Quilt Along By The Sea Block 9

Today we start the third and final segment of Quilt Along By The Sea. For Block 9 Karen Thurn has designed a block called Setting Sail. You can find the block pattern and tutorial on her website at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats.

Have I shared that I actually own a sailboat named Quelle Belle Vie? Happiness is being out on the water, especially this time of year when the weather is cooler and the winds are fair. I am loving this whole quilt along! 

My Version of Block 9

The pattern is thorough and easy to follow. I love the three dimensional effect of the curved sails! I went with a fun color for my fantasy boat so it will coordinate with my other blocks. Karen is the queen of rick rack embellishment, which makes great ocean waves. Sadly I don't have any rick rack in my stash so I borrowed the overlapping curve technique from Block 1 to make watery waves.

QAL By The Sea Block 9

My Tips for Block 9

Before you turn your sails right side out, I suggest trimming the seam allowance around the point. This will reduce the bulk in that sharp corner. Some people use a chopstick to poke out corners. I like to use a mechanical pencil with the lead pushed up out of the way.

I used small dots of glue to baste the pennant in place and to baste the sails to the background. You can use regular school glue for basting. Don't use too much and keep the glue inside the seam allowance so it doesn't show on the front of the piece.

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 Oct. 20 for Block 10!