Tu-Na Quilts: All I Want for Christmas is ___ –Day Seven of the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop and

First: The purple thang story I promised you from yesterday’s post.

As the holidays drew near last year, I got a group text from one of my kids asking what I wanted for Christmas. I immediately texted back:

2 purple thangs, no typo

What ensued were lively text and phone conversations from several of my kids asking what were purple thangs, where they could be purchased, and why I wanted two. Well, my thoughts were that I needed one for each house.

What I meant in that initial text was that the word thang was correct and not to be confused with thong. I don’t know about you but when I grew up, thongs were a type of plastic/rubber sandal worn on the feet. They had a strap between the big toe and first toe and made a thumping sound as you walked. I wore them all summer and loved them. I attempted to explain this to my kids.

They also couldn’t help but tease me that maybe, just maybe, I really meant 2 purple thongs from today’s definition of them. Somehow, it seemed they weren’t buying my explanations and the more I explained the deeper I was digging my hole. I finally gave up.

And then we gathered for Christmas. I received these from my oldest son.

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I am so glad he went by my definition.


Oh, and I also got two purple thangs from his wife.

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One already lives in my AZ house. I use it to hold fabric that is too close to the sewing machine needle for my comfort. It also helps push out points and push stuffing into corners.


Now onto today’s exciting news:

The weather outside may be frightfully hot or cold, depending on where you live, but the ideas and inspiration coming forth from this year’s bloggers is incredible. Come see for yourself:


July 14-25, 2017. Hosted by Sarah from Confessions of a Fabric Addict. Inspiration and ideas supplied by dozens of bloggers.


 Thursday, July 20th

Confessions of a Fabric Addict Sarah’s posted the next set of instructions for the  Santa’s Trip Around the World Quilt: a little bit of ripping and a bit more sewing, pressing included.


You can make this quilt with any fabric. It doesn’t have to be Christmas.


 Cheryl’s Teapots2Quilting Cheryl’s post is filled with 10 more ideas of gifts to make and give away or even keep for yourself. I found one or two that I put on my must make list. Maybe you will, too.

The Inquiring Quilter Are you needing a quick table runner pattern? Jennifer is one talented quilter who’s designed a beauty that will leave you lots of time to either make more or turn some into a quilt. I’m putting this one on my list to make. You might like to, too.

Selina Quilts Selina’s suggesting making some vinyl bags for someone on your list. She’s posted the link to the free pattern and tutorial. She also gives a hint for sewing with vinyl. I often forget about how great these are for gifts and great to use for myself.

Remember to leave comments on each of their Christmas blog hop posts as listed above so you can qualify to win some fabric giveaways of Tula Pink’s new holiday line, Holiday Homies, generously donated by Free Spirit Fabrics!!! You have until July 26th to comment on each blog.


See my post here for a complete listing of all participating blogs on the hop. 

I posted my 12 Days of Christmas in July post earlier this week. Click here if you are looking for it. I showed how to make these two projects pictured below: a mini quilted Christmas stocking and a kid’s mini wreath craft. You will also find a complete listing of all the participating blogs on the hop with updated links that will take you directly to their 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop posts once they are published. This might be helpful if you have to go back and comment for the giveaway or look at directions again for all the projects you want to make.

The first stocking stuffer reveal happened here. Go check it out to find out what I made to put in the stocking as you might want to make one or two for yourself.

Coming soon on Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats:

What I Learned Today:

  1. Even the Dr. doesn’t know why my cold lingers. “Might be a virus, gargle with warm salt water,” she said. My mom said that and I didn’t even have to pay her.
  2. I’ve lost 9 pounds. I hope I don’t find them again. Instead of a stash report, I should do a Tu-Na Eats: Pounds Lost report. Nah, not quite as interesting.
  3. I shall miss the IRobot Roomba. For the last three weeks, my husband and son have been fixing my mother-in-law’s. During the fixing process, it needed lots of testing. Now that it’s fixed, they’ve announced that it is ready to be returned to her. My floors have never been so clean. It’s been fun watching the little robot vacuum move over the floors and carpets with no rhyme or reason or pattern to its cleaning. Kind of reminds me of the way our Italian foreign exchange student mowed the lawn years ago.

Question: Do you buy or make a special Christmas outfit or do you make do with what you have? I am in the phase of making do except this year might be different. If I can continue to lose some weight, I’ll be needing some new duds to wear. 

Thanks for stopping by and do come again,

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts

19 thoughts on “Tu-Na Quilts: All I Want for Christmas is ___ –Day Seven of the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop and

  1. Helen

    I have a few comments
    Love your thang story
    Wish I could lose 9 lbs
    I am glad we have the national health service and don’t pay doctors
    The robot cleaner sounds fantastic


  2. spierssusan

    I enjoyed your thang story-good luck with future purple gifts! Congrats on your weight loss (not the best way to achieve it), but 9lbs is 9lbs! I have a favorite Christmas outfit (I just love it)- I dig it out of the closet-give it a shake & wear it one day, and one day only-a wash & back into the closet until next year-I have become a creature of habit(I think it comes with age).


  3. rl2b2017

    Hi Karen,
    HAHA – purple thang – I love your son’s definition. It sounds to me like you need to get a Roomba for yourself (or two). Let it go wild and vacuum its little heart out while you sew. Sounds like a win-win to me. ~smile~ Roseanne


  4. Susan

    I wish I could find the cartoon about thongs. There is a lady who is probably in my age range (60’s). She is trying on thongs from a rack. They are lingerie thongs. She has put two on her feet – one on each got. The elastic goes around her ankle and down between her toes and the little bit of cloth goes under her foot and then that elastic goes up the back of the elastic where is the becomes part of that around her ankle. Of course, the artist took artistic license to get the cartoon to work and it is priceless, in my opinion. I’ve seen it a couple of times on Facebook. If I can find it again, I’ll share it with you. If I’m not mistaken at one time, there were sanitary products for thongs. Oh, my! I don’t know – I had a complete hysterectomy when I was 29, so I have paid little attention to such things except what I needed to guide my daughter at the appropriate time. Anyhow, I’d much rather have a purple thang at this stage of my life, I rather have two purple thangs even if I am combining all my crafting areas that I can into one. Thanks for the story – I can relate and laugh with you.


  5. Jeanna

    The purple thang story is just too funny and FUN! Nice that your family has a sense of humor.
    Congratulations on your weight loss…I’m trying but haven’t got very far.
    I look forward to seeing what you share tomorrow.


  6. piecefulwendy

    This post had me chuckling on so many levels. My family would have the same fun with the whole purple thang thing. One year, my mom said she wanted shades for Christmas (for her windows). My SIL and I had fun with that, and gave her a big pair of shades (sunglasses) like you see on clowns. We laughed about that for years! Sorry to hear about the ongoing cold; I hope your weight loss isn’t related to that! Take care, Karen!


  7. Rochelle Summers

    You have such interesting stories for us. Love the “thong” story as I had a similar discussion with friends just yesterday…flip flop of thongs!! Hmm, a roomba would be very useful for me as I HATE to vacuum and it would give me more time for sewing. I hope those 9 pounds are never found again. And I hope your cold gets lost for good soon.


  8. thedarlingdogwood

    I have been curious about that purple thang, but haven’t actually purchased one. You must like it if you want one at each house! I use something else for poking out corners, so don’t know that the purple thang would get much use. Congrats on your weight loss!


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