Quilt Along By The Sea Block 11

Welcome to Block 11 in the Quilt Along By The Sea. This extra fun Ab the Crab block was designed by Abbie Danahy, and just like the designer, Ab the Crab is never crabby, always nice! You can find the pattern and tutorial on her website: Sparkle On!.

Ab the Crab Block

This is my version of Abbie's Ab the Crab block. I think my favorite parts are the googly eyes on those eye stalks. So clever! For my fabric choices I was able to use pieces left over from previous blocks. I am sticking to my resolve not to buy any new fabrics for this quilt along!

QAL By The Sea Block 11

My Tips for Block 11

This block uses fused appliqué on a simple pieced background, a technique familiar from previous blocks. I've shared technique tips before, so this time I want to share one of my favorite tools for appliqué. I absolutely love using Karen Buckley's Perfect Scissors for detailed cutting. These scissors have serrated edges that grab the fabric all the way to the tips. I own all three sizes of these scissors. This green pair is the smallest at only 4" and it was perfect for cutting out the detailed pieces in this pattern.

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  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.

Segment 3 Prizes

US Winner

A Fat Quarter bundle of Kismet by Tamarinis for Island Batik islandbatik.com

A 60" x 60" batting of Quilter’s Dream Angel. A heavenly Batting made with 100% flame retardant fabric.


International Winner

A one year Premium e-subscription to the Online Quilt Magazine www.onlinequiltmagazine.com
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. *The editor of the magazine, Jody Anderson, asks that we also let participants know that there is a free standard edition of the magazine available to sign up for on www.onlinequiltmagazine.com.

Plus ...

A PDF copy of Madras About You Quilt Pattern from Pretty Piney.

A PDF copy of Blooming Desert Quilt Pattern from Kathleen McMusing.

Check back on Nov. 3 for Block 12 and the end of the final segment!

 p.s. If you missed my blocks from our previous Quilt Alongs they are now available here in my shop.