Quilt Along By The Sea Block 1

Today is the release day for the first block in the Quilt Along By The Sea! This fabulous block, called She Sews Seashells By The Seashore, was designed by Becca Fenstermaker. You can find the block pattern on her website at Pretty Piney Quilts.

My Fabric Choices

QAL By The Sea Fabric Choices

For this quilt along I am pulling from my print fabric bins. I plan to use selected prints in multiple blocks and supplement them with solids when appropriate. One firm rule: only from my stash!

My Version of Block 1

QAL By The Sea Block 1

This is my version of Becca's fun block. I loved her technique for making the curves and I think you will find it easier than you expect. I chose two blues, one white, and four shades of tan for the background and three prints for the shells that would stand out from the background.

My Tips for Block 1

I used a light panel and a reversed version of the template under the background to help lay out the appliqué pieces. I created the reversed version of the template by simply outlining the template shapes with a marker on the backside of the pattern page.

There are some sharp corners to sew around for the appliqué. I suggest experimenting with a narrower version of your chosen stitch and make sure the needle is on the outside of the shape when you stop to pivot your fabric.

QAL By The Sea Block 1 Detail

More Tips from Hosts

Visit the other segment QAL hosts to get more tips. And don't forget to share your finished block. We love to see what you create!

Segment 1 Hosts

Fabulous Prizes

See my initial Quilt Along By The Sea blog post to review the QAL schedule and details on how the prize drawings will work. Also keep up with our Partners in Design Facebook Group for announcements.

Quilt Along By The Sea Segment 1 Prizes

US Winner
Dream Green 60" x 60" batting from Quilter's Dream. An earth friendly polyester batting made from 100% recycled plastic bottles!

A Fat Quarter fabric bundle of Island Batik "Kismet." This line by Tammy Silver of Tamarinis has a bohemian vibe with vibrant colors!

International Winner

Six month subscription to Make Modern, a magazine for quilters, by quilters, filled with beautiful patterns and articles to inspire quilters like us to make more modern quilts!

Plus a PDF pattern of your choice from these designers!

Check back next week for Block 2!

4 comments

  • Oohhh! Even your neutral sand colors are fun prints!

    Laura
  • Your block is gorgeous! I really like that you are making from your stash.

    Susan
  • Your block is so pretty!! Your enlarged picture of your applique shows you’ve done a lot of it!

    Tu-Na Quilts
  • Using a light box is a great idea. That’s one of those things I need to get someday. Love the colors you’ve chosen here. Especially love the scallop fabric with that little sparkle!

    Jennifer Fulton

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