Quilt Along By The Sea Block 5

Block 5 for the Quilt Along By The Sea is a colorful fishy block designed by Sandra Healy. You can find the Heads or Tails? block pattern and tutorial on her website Sandra Healy Designs

My Version of Block 5

This is my version of Sandra's Heads or Tails? block. It reminded me of the colorful fish that I have seen snorkeling in the Caribbean. Make it your own with your fabric choices and play around with value and contrast so your fish will really pop. My fish don't have eyes yet, poor things. I will embellish with buttons after quilting.

QAL By The Sea Vlock 5

And just for fun, here is the back of my version. It is kind of cool to see the appliqué stitch outlines on the back. Do you appreciate the backs of your quilt blocks?

QAL By The Sea Block 5 Back

My Tips for Block 5

With a little bit of piecing and a little bit of fusible appliqué, I think you will find this block comes together easily. My usual tips apply to this pattern.

  • Measure the 1" square on the template page to confirm that you have printed it at actual size.
  • Be organized and label your appliqué pieces as you cut.
  • Lay out all of the pieces to check your composition before you start pressing them down.
  • Leave more than 1/4" of open space for the seam allowance around the edge of the 12 1/2" background square. 

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 2 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.

QAL By The Sea Segment 2 Prizes

US Winner


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’.

International Winner

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:

    Check back on Sept. 15 for Block 6!

    2 comments

    • Pretty fish Sandy! I always love you fabric choices.

      Abbie
    • Your version looks great, Sandy, I love how you’ve mixed up different prints to make such a vibrant block.

      Sandra Healy

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