“QAL By the Sea” Block 8 Release!

Hello and welcome to the release of Block 8 of the QAL By the Sea!

Mariner’s Compass Block is designed by Kathleen McCormick of Kathleen McMusing. Visit her blog to download the free pattern and read the tutorial.

Here is my finished version.

Mariner’s Compass Block designed by Kathleen McCormick

This is a Paper Peiced (PP) block. It can also be referred to as Foundation Paper Piecing (FPP). Kathleen’s pattern is easy to follow and you will love the crisp points that paper piecing creates!


  • Reduce you machine stitch length from the standard 2.5″ to 2″. A firmer seam, when removing the sewn on templates, is less likely to stretch/distort the fabric.
  • Remember that with PP you are putting the two pieces of fabric right sides together with the template on top, then you will literally sew along the lines of the paper.
  • Double check that the two pieces cover the entire area including seam allowance. PP templates are numbered in the order you will sew the seams.

For this quilt I am using HITS the SPOT and seeing stars Grunge fabric from Moda and coordinating Kona solids that I have in my stash. 

To see this block in a variety of different colors and fabrics as well as get tips for construction, please visit the other QAL hosts:

Becca Fenstermaker of Pretty Piney

Jennifer Fulton of  The Inquiring Quilter

Karen Thurn of  Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, & Eats

Laura Piland of Sliceof Pi Quilts

Sandy Maxfield of  SandyStar Designs

Sherry Shish of Powered by Quilting



A Fat Quarter fabric bundle of the Island Batik line Cascadia by Claudia Pfeil.

Quilters Dream Poly batting;  a throw size 60” x 60”.  Dream Black is a beautiful true black quilt batting that enhances the integrity, richness, and warmth of vivid and dark fabrics and ‘quilts like a dream’.


A six month subscription to the e-magazine Make Modern. A magazine for quilters, by quilters, filled with beautiful patterns and articles to inspire quilters like us to make more modern quilts!

A PDF pattern of your choice up to $10.00 from these designers:

Laura of Slice of Pi
Sandra of Sandra Healy Designs

In order to include all eligible participants in our prize giveaway, we are having two separate prizes for each QAL Segment and for the Grand Prize;  one for our USA participants and one for our International participants. Due to the demanding cost to ship to Canadian and International addresses, these prizes will be patterns and/or an e-magazine that will be sent in electronic format.

Eligibility for Prize Entry for all Participants:

Segments: Participants can enter the prize drawing by sharing a single photo with all the completed segment blocks on our Facebook group, IG #qalbythesea, or the hosts blog linky party provided at the end of each segment.  

The QAL is divided in to three segments of four blocks each.

Grand Prize:  Share one photo showing all 12 of your completed blocks, as above.  Entry is limited to one per person per prize. You must be 18 years old to enter.

This nautically themed QAL will have twelve 12″ x 12″ mystery blocks. Block patterns are provided by each block designer and are free during the duration of the QAL. There will be 3 Segments with four blocks each. Blocks will be released every week on Tuesday at 8:00 AM EDT with a two week period in between each segment. Blocks are free during the duration of the QAL after which pattern designers may charge per pattern.

All levels of quilters are welcome. Block techniques will vary and include traditional piecing, paper piecing and applique.For a complete list of designer’s and the QAL timeline visit my post here.

Next Tuesday is the release of Block 9 by Karen Thurn of Tu-Na Quilts!

Please join the community and fun! We hope you join us!

~Abbie 🌞


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