“QAL By the Sea” Block 10 Release!

Hello and welcome to the release of Block 10 of the QAL By the Sea. Sunset Beach Block is designed by Sandy Maxfield of SandyStar Designs. Visit her blog to download the free pattern and read the tutorial.

Here is my finished version.

Sunset Beach by Sandy Maxfield

Sandy’s 12″ x 12″ block has a pieced background with added appliques. The background is easy to piece and simply captures the many hues of the setting sun at the ocean. The solid dark appliques create the shadows of this peaceful evening scene.

My partner and I took a shortened socially distanced vacation this summer to Assateague Island and I took this photo at sunset. I love the pink and purple shades around the oranges, an inspiration for my version of Sandy’s block.

Assateague Island, MD August 2020

Enjoy making your block, it is amazing to see all the different colors, fabrics and styles each person uses. 

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 and Eats

Laura Piland of Sliceof Pi Quilts

Sherry Shish of Powered by Quilting


We have some great prizes this segment for those you you who complete all four blocks and post photos of them to by 11/9/2020. *Please be sure to include in your photos post if your are a US or International resident. Thank you!


A Fat Quarter bundle of Kismet by Tamarinis for Island Batik 
A 60″ x 60″ batting of Quilter’s Dream Angel
A heavenly Batting made with 100% flame retardant fabric.


A one year Premium e-subscription to the Online Quilt Magazine
You will gain access to more than 50 pages of great Quilting Stories, Hints and Tips, How To’s and Bonus Patterns each and every month.

>>>Bonus for all of our participants!!! Online Quilt Magazine also offers a free standard edition! Please visit them to sign up.


Becca Fenstermaker’s Madras About You quilt pattern.

Kathleen McCormick’s Blooming Desert quilt pattern.

*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 week please join me here for the release of Block 11 designed by me, Abbie Danahy.

~Abbie 🌞


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