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

I’m taking time off from photographing all the loot from my 2017 Quilt MN Shop Hop to enter the Blogger’s Quilt Festival.


I made this little mini as part of a blog hop in March.


This mini quilt is 16.5″ square. The lighthouse quilt, between the two saguaros, is only 4 inches square and contains 47 pieces. I quilted sun rays using my domestic sewing machine.

I was even lucky to find some fabric with cacti when I was in Tucson last winter and used it for the back.


I wanted to show off this quilt one more time because I am pretty pleased about that little mini in the mini.


This little mini took me longer to make than the bigger mini in which I put this piece. So far, no one has linked any quilts on the Festival this small.

When I read that it was time to enter the Blogger’s Quilt Festival, I thought you might like to see it again and see how I embellished those saguaros.


I added some tiny flower buttons and two barrel beads that I found at the thrift shop.

You’ll see the simple pattern that I started with, find out more info about this mini including my thoughts behind turning the clothesline posts into Saguaros, and get the links to the patterns on my post here.

If you’d like to see many great quilts on display without leaving your home, please visit Amy’s Creative Side. We’ll be linking up quilts all week so do take some time to see some quilty inspiration.

Quilt Stats:

Size: 16.5″ square

Fabric: The top is pieced with 100% cotton scraps I had on hand. The 100% cotton backing fabric was new but I don’t have the manufacturer info.

Batting: Warm and Natural

Quilted by: Myself using Aurifil thread

Welcome visitors!

If you are stopping by from the Blogger’s Quilt Festival, welcome to my journey where I blog about the things I love to do: quilting, traveling, and eating (cooking and baking actually but that didn’t sound as good in the title). I recently returned from a 10 day trip around Minnesota shopping 66 quilt shops and blogging about it. I hope you’ll check out some of those posts. The post giving you a sneak peak at all the loot I bought is here and contains links to the others which includes a featured shop each day. If you enjoyed what you read, I hope you’ll stop back again. To make it easy, please follow me; you’ll find a number of ways on my sidebar: email, WordPress, Bloglovin and Facebook.

What I Learned Today:

  1. I have a lot of loot to photograph, organize, and find places to store. It’s time to move it out of the guest room.
  2. I miss seeing this little mini. It’s at our other house.
  3. As the weather turns colder, our thoughts about our other house in Arizona increase.

Question: What have you been working on this week? I’m getting caught up with my bee blocks, working on the next block for the I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long as well as making blocks one and two that I am behind on, and photographing and writing the loot posts. I also want to get a good start on my Art with Fiber project that is due in October. So much to do, so little time.

Thanks for stopping by and do come again.

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts


Linking to:

Quilt Blogger’s Festival at Amy’s Creative Side

Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts

Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt

Linky Tuesday at Free Motion by the River

Let’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts

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

  1. Julie Stocker

    I think the Quilt Festival is a fun way to revisit some favorites from the past year. What I think is fun is when my favorites happen to be the maker’s favorites, too. Loved the cactus from the first time I saw it, and just as good now. Great pick!


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  3. Leslie in MN

    You did a fabulous job, Karen! That was a clever change you made to the posts. I was wondering why you put cacti in your quilt, but then I read that you have a house in Arizona, too. I’ll bet the little quilt feels right at home there.


  4. Mary @ Fleur de Lis Quilts

    That cacti backing is just the best for this quilt. We visited Arizona and went quite far off-course to go to the Black Hills and see the saguaros. What a wonderful trip. Thanks for “the little remember” as a grandie loves to say. Love the mini and its mini!


  5. Sandra Walker

    Oh YEAH!!! This is one of my all-time favourites of yours (think the Little House on the Prairie one is still #1). Such fun to pull these out ourselves and enjoy them, but also for us readers to see them again. That back–!! but that lighthouse mini—-!!!!! 🙂 Beautiful fun little quilt. I see mine each day, hangs in my sewing room/loft.



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