Tu-Na Quilts: Entry for Blogger’s Quilt Festival

Quilter’s like to show-off their hard work and I am no exception. I am entering this Little House quilt in the Large category over at Amy’s Creative SideThis week quilters are gathering their quilts, writing a new post about them, and posting their entries into one of 11 categories: mini, small, large, art, home machine quilted, hand quilted, original design, modern, scrappy, ROYGBIV (rainbow), and applique.  

You can see my second entry, the Plus Quilt, here.

I encourage you to stop over there next week to vote for your favorites. You can get there by clicking here and scrolling down past the list of prizes to see the boxes with the entry categories. This quilt can be seen here on the large category page. 


Each block in this quilt tells the story of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life. It is a popular story around these parts since she didn’t live far from here.

I made this quilt for my 5-year-old grandson and gifted it to him this summer. You can read more about it and see close-up pics of it here on this post. This is the second little house quilt I’ve made. You can see the first one, which looks very different, by clicking here.

I got the idea for the quilt and most of the block patterns from the blog called During Quiet Time. I modified Amy’s quilt to include blocks that would depict my grandson’s favorite stories from the books. Therefore, several block patterns come from other places. I designed the covered wagon block myself.


You can see the wavy quilting lines I made using my home sewing machine. This background fabric was perfect for this block. Half the fun of making this quilt was finding just the right fabric for each block.


After, I had finished the quilting, I added buttons for eyes and some embroidery features to some of the blocks. My mom embroidered the chalkboard before I quilted it.


I matched the circles down the center of the back so well that you can’t see the seam–even up close.

edge 1a

I machine stitched the binding to the front and hand-stitched it to the back.

Quilt Stats:

 Sewn and home-machine quilted by me (Karen)

Date finished: July 2016

Given to: My second oldest grandson

Size : 66″ x 82″ (296″ around qualifying it for the large category)

Top fabric 100% cotton from a variety of manufacturers and designers

Backing: 100% cotton flannel

Batting: Quilter’s Dream

Patterns from:

Leaf, pumpkin, barn, sheep, house, wheat, star, feather, window, blackbird, shirt, chalkboard, and music note: Amy Friend designed the Little House Quilt. Her patterns can be found here on her blog During Quiet Time.

Log Cabin: Adapted this pattern from The Quilter’s Cache

Jack (their dog): Pattern found on Lorna’s Sew Fresh Quilts blog and can be found here (dog #5)

Red Mittens: from Lori Holt’s book Quilty Fun.

Covered Wagon: Designed by me (Karen)

Train Locomotive: Adapted from the Quick & Easy Quilting Magazine, Vol 19

Kitten and Mouse: Maartje Quilts in Amsterdam’s free pattern for the mouse (mouse #3) and the free pattern for the kitten (kitten #4)

Books on Shelf: Adapted from Melissa Corry’s free pattern found here on Moda’s Bake Shop

If you are new here, welcome. I’m glad you stopped by. Are you wondering why I’m called Tu-Na? To find out click here to read my first post. To find out more about me click here. If you enjoyed what you’ve read and want to follow me, you’ll find several ways to do so on the side bar as you won’t want to miss all the fun and frivolity coming soon.


Are you ready?


I’ve barely uncovered this pile of loot for you to see. More revealing coming soon.

I’ll be posting the rest of the loot from my MN Shop Hop later this week so be prepared; it is not for the faint of wallet. You’ll all be in for a treat too when Tu-Na Helper (my husband) guest writes a post on Sunday about his impressions regarding the MN Quilt Shop Hop trip. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, then you have some catching up to do. Catch the links on this post and then here, here and here and you’ll be all set for later this week.


What I Learned Today:

  1. Show and Tell is still fun just like it was in first grade.
  2. My quilt is up against some really stiff competition. There are some great looking quilts being entered.
  3. Win or lose it’s all fun–at least that’s what I tell my grandchildren.

What have you entered in a competition?

25 thoughts on “Tu-Na Quilts: Entry for Blogger’s Quilt Festival

  1. Cathy Melancon

    I love your Little House quilt and the wagon is so cute! I easpecially like the chalkboard and the horse too! As a much younger girl, I watched that tv show and of course loved the books! I always look forward to the Blogger’s Quilt Festival voting and seeing all the fantastic quilts from the bloggers! Best of luck to you and you have my vote!!!


  2. JanineMarie

    I ate up the Little House books when I was a kid and when I re-read them to my kids, so this quilt really clicks with me. I love your fabric choices, and especially, your covered wagon block. Good luck with the festival. I entered the Bloggers Quilter Festival in the fall of 2014, and have entered two more quilts this year. So fun!


  3. Paige

    Karen, this is such a special quilt, one I know your family will cherish! The blocks are so darn cute, it’s hard to decide a favorite one! Great entry for the BQG! (I’m working on my posts for the festival now!)


    1. Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats Post author

      Thanks. I had so much fun picking out appropriate fabric for each block and now I have lots of leftovers except for the background of the covered wagon block. For some unknown reason, I only bought a fat quarter! I looked thru all 72 shops on the MN shop hop for more—you know just in case I ever want to make another Little House Quilt—and couldn’t find anymore.


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  7. Nancy

    This is a perfectly fun quilt for a child with a love of Laura Ingalls Wilder stories. Well, it would be a perfectly fun for any child. I love your use of background fabrics in these blocks.


    1. Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats Post author

      It was a lot of fun to make and lots of fun to shop for “just the right fabric” for each block. Needless to say, I have lots of leftover scraps except the background of the covered wagon block. I only bought a fat quarter and used most of it. Why only a fat quarter? Good question…I must not have been thinking clearly that day.


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