“Destination: Quilt Along” Block 1 Release

Today is the release of the first block of twelve in the Destination: Quilt Along!

Grand Canyon Block by Sandy Maxfield

Block 1, Grand Canyon, is designed by Sandy Maxfield. You can download the pattern for free during the duration of the QAL by visiting her blog SandyStar Designs.

The Grand Canyon is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World! Sandy artistically captures the essence of the river carved rock layers.

My tips when making this block of many pieces is stay organized! You can label your pieces by size. I laid out the entire block by piece before I began sewing. I then labeled each row to keep them in order.

Chain piecing will make sewing the Half Square Triangles faster. Be sure to trim your HST’s to the exact size of 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ square.

Make sure your 1/4″ seams are consistent.

I turned the sun into a moon (I haven’t appliqued it yet.)

Take your time and enjoy making your block!

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

Jennifer Fulton of Inquiring Quilter

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

Laura Piland of Slice of Pi Quilts

Sherry Shish Powered By Quilting

Segment 1 of the QAL includes four blocks that will be released each Tuesday until 7/27/21. You must make all four blocks to be eligible for prize entry.


A free six month subscription to Make Modern. An online magazine written by quilters for quilters.

A free PDF pattern of your choice from the inquiring quilter.

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 #destinationqal, or the hosts blog linky party provided at the end of each segment. 

Grand Prize:  Share one photo showing all 12 of your completed blocks, as above.  

»Entry is open to both U.s and International participants.

»Entry is limited to one per person per prize. You must be 18 years old to enter.

About the QAL: This travel destination themed QAL will have twelve 12″ x 12″ (finished) mystery blocks. Patterns are provided by each block designer 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.

All levels of quilters are welcome. Block techniques will vary and include traditional piecing, paper piecing and applique.

The next block will be released on July 13th designed by April Adams of JANDABend Quilts.

We hope you will join us on this adventure!

~Abbie

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