Tu-Na Quilts: Put a Little Love in Your Quilt

As quilters, we put a lot of love in our quilts we make. When Carol from Just Let Me Quilt offered this blog hop, I jumped at the chance. The only requirement was to put a heart somewhere in the quilt.

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I’ve been wanting to make a wall hanging for the front door area of our house for awhile.

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This quilt will finish at 21.5″ x 33.5.” Read on to find out why it’s missing it’s binding.

Something that says a quilter lives here. Something that says welcome. Something that I could leave up for awhile and replace with something else as the season calls. I found a free heart pattern here and began to cut some scraps. I wasn’t going to go scrappy but once I started cutting, I dug deeper into the scrap bin.

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I put a binding clip in the end of each row to show which direction I should press the seams toward. This keeps me from running back and forth from the ironing board. Although, I could use the exercise.

I changed the pattern by cutting the blocks 3.5″ so that my finished block would be larger than what the pattern called thus making my wall hanging larger. 

I used this recent purchase of #love designed by Sandy Gervais for Moda that I found in the clearance bin at a local quilt shop for some of the background pieces.

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This fabric has hearts too as well as the words live laugh love.

At this point I realized it needed something more and so I searched for a pattern of a bouquet of flowers. I settled on these paper pieced rose buds that I found in the May/June 2015 issue of Quiltmaker magazine.

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I remove the inner papers leaving the outer ones intact until the seams are sewn together.

They sewed up quickly or maybe I’m just getting better at paper piecing. 

And Then Some Distracted Sewing Happened

I started searching the internet for some free patterns for roses, just in case you wanted to make one of these wall hangings for yourself and didn’t have access to that particular magazine. You probably won’t believe me when I say that a funny thing happened on my way to find that free pattern. I found a “squirrel” project. So I dropped everything and made this cute little mug.

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You can find the free paper-pieced pattern here

I’m planning on quilting this mug rug and giving it to my husband for Valentine’s Day. He likes his morning coffee all day long. Now he’ll have a fun mug rug to set his cup on.

If you want to sew up some roses. You’ll find a free paper pieced pattern of a rose here. I downloaded it and will make it as soon as I am finished writing this. 

Back on Track Again

I quilted the heart with straight lines

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My husband bought these gloves at Menards, a department-type hardware store in the Midwest. We were sad to find there isn’t a Menards in AZ. The gloves have silicone on the underside of the fingers (you can see some of the dots) which really helps grip the fabric and makes quilting so much easier on the hands, arms, shoulders, and back.


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and did some free motion loopy hearts all over everything else.

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I couldn’t resist adding some ric rac stems. After all, I am the Queen of Ric Rac (self-proclaimed).

So that’s why this outdoor wall hanging still needs the binding.  (Update: This wall hanging is now finished and hanging outside my front door. You can read all about it and Tu-Na Helper’s finished mug rug and other 2018 Valentine projects I made out of fabric and flour here.)

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I chose these fabrics for a scrappy binding.

More Fun and Love Found Here

To help you spread the love or at least get you in the mood to sew up something fun for Valentine’s Day, hop on over to these blogs.

What I Learned Today:

  1. I get easily distracted and want to try new patterns. Maybe that’s why I like making sampler quilts where every block is different.
  2. That lemon pie isn’t making itself. I’ll have to make it tomorrow. Lemon Meringue is Tu-Na Helpers favorite pie. I’ll make him another one next week. 
  3. Paper piecing is getting easier. The easier it’s getting the more I like it.

Question: How will you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Will  you sew something special?

Thanks for stopping by and do come again.

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts

Linking to:

Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River

Let’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts

Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter on Feb 14th

Midweek Makers at QuiltFabrication

Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilt

Can I Get a Whop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Show Off Saturday at Sew Can She

DREAMi at Musings of a Menopausal Melon on the last Saturday in Feb. (Hopefully, I won’t forget)

Free Motion Mavericks at Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing


61 thoughts on “Tu-Na Quilts: Put a Little Love in Your Quilt

  1. Angela J Short

    Beautiful wall hanging. The Ric rac is cute! Ric rac rocks!! Awesome mug rug. Thank you for sharing. Have a great day!! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom


  2. Leslie Schmidt

    Karen, that is just adorable! The roses are lovely. Thanks for the link. The Sandy Gervais fabric is perfect. And the mug rug is so sweet. I’m sure Tu-Na Helper will love it.


  3. Helen

    I used to run away from paper piecing then it cropped up in various bees over the last year or two . I never do it pro actively now but I am not afraid and more! In fact I quite enjoyed it . I love how your heart is sideways on . And I love yiur backing fabric . Great wee mug rug too


  4. Colette

    Cute wall hanging. Love the ric rac….self proclaimed queen–very cute and funny made me laugh early this morning. Also too adorable about getting distracted.


  5. Karen

    love that rick rack you used, my hubby wouldn’t use a mug rug for anything, he uses a travel mug all day long and I can’t get him to use a regular mug at all


  6. piecefulwendy

    No Valentine’s sewing here, but we are going to go out to a favorite restaurant because they have a yummy special. Your little wall hanging is very cute. I never think about rick rack, so would that make me the non-rick-rack queen? Haha. Those free motion gloves are really bright! I bet you don’t lose them. I enjoy paper piecing. During Christmas I made some cute gnomes for an Instagram sew along. Now I’m playing with another IG sew along with cats.


  7. Susan Shaw

    I love your quilt. I thought your roses were 3D. How did you get the ric rac either in the seam or to look like it is in the seam after the quilt is quilted? That is awesome! I adore the scrappy heart. Your choice of all the fabrics is perfect. Thanks for sharing. Now I have to stop and follow rabbit trails.


  8. Carol Kussart

    Sweet wallhanging–the roses with ric rac stems are the perfect embellishment! Ha, I encounter those “squirrel” projects too–I bet we all do! We will be sitting our granddaughters (the ones pictured on my blog today) on Valentine’s Day while their parents are both traveling for work. Fun times! Thanks for sharing!


  9. Carol S.

    I have so much “squirrel” in me so you definitely made me smile with your “squirrel” project. It is so cute! I love the idea of a quilt hanging on my door. I must do that! Your door will be a welcome site with that gorgeous heart and flowers. I love the little roses! Your paper piecing and quilting looks amazing. Thank you, Karen, for playing along in this hop! :O)


  10. mary

    That is a delightful piece. I love the paper pieced flower bouquet. I think we can all agree with how easy it is to get distracted when there is so much to make!


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  12. Sandra Walker

    LOLOL at least you’re not blaming seniors’ camp for not getting the binding on! I’m very happy that you chased a squirrel, and I live that mug rug. Hope you’ll link this up at the end of the month with DREAMi! since it is exactly that! I love that bouquet of flowers touch and the rickrack. 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration!


  13. selina

    I for one am happy that you didn’t get to binding the wall hanging if it meant seeing the mug rug. I too have a problem focusing when a new idea fly’s into my line of sight. The hanging is terrific and I love the rick rack stems. Thanks for sharing.


  14. rl2b2017

    Hi Karen,
    Your wall hanging turned out so nicely. My absolute favorite part is your FMQ of the hearts! They look so whimsical and fun. And the ric rac is perfect too. It wouldn’t be your signature piece without it. ~smile~ Roseanne


  15. Melody Lutz

    Distacted? Why, what ever do yoy mean?Super cute! That 3D effect with the rick rack is a great idea with fantastic results.


  16. June @ QuiltQuest

    What a pretty new door way you will have! Very cute and clever the way you combined different ideas. I’m going to try to make a mug rug for my husband and son – your pattern is perfect! Might be able to finish in time! Thank you for sharing!


  17. thedarlingdogwood

    It looks great! The love print is fantastic as a back and I really like your roses. I made some hearts to go on our front door last year and I hung them up on Feb 1st. No Valentine’s sewing for me but we will make homemade pizza together as a family on Valentine’s Day.


  18. Tish

    Your wall hanging makes my heart go pitter patter 🙂 I love how you added the rick rack to give the roses stems, it’s so cool! The Sandy Gervais fabric was a perfect find.


  19. Joan

    Your wall hanging is just adorable. And I love love love your tip on using binding clips for sewing directions! It’s the little things some days! Glad I’m not the only one who gets distracted easily when pattern searching! LOL!!!


  20. Kathleen McCormick

    I love this heart hanging and your squirrel project! So funny how that happens. Will be seeing something valentinesy but don’t know yet, new batiks arrive Friday. It was really so thoughtful of you to include a free pattern in this post!


  21. Sandi

    I love your wall hanging! I made a heart wall hanging for my mom’s door in the nursing home. Valentine’s Day will be spent at home with my hubby and probably doing some sewing.


  22. thatfabricfeelingcom

    What a great project. You are on a heart journey…each of your creations is so sweet. I also love lemon meringue pie so your blog post now has my mouth watering. IT’s so past time for me to diet, but now I am thinking about desserts.


  23. Connie Kresin Campbell

    Beautiful Karen! The addition of the rick rack and tiny paper pieced flowers is perfect. I also love the mug rug you are making for your husband.


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  25. Melody A.

    LOVE your projects!! and all the extra free patterns you put the links for!! You are right , that happens so often, I will go off looking for one thing and get sidetracked seeing something else!! but such FUN!!! Great welcome sign and I bet your husband will love the Mug Rug!! Happy Sewing! take care from Iowa


  26. inquiringquilter

    Gorgeous wall hanging! I love scrappy, and those special touches–the flowers and the rickrack stems! Thank you for coming back and linking this to my special Valentine’s Wednesday Wait Loss.


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  28. Lizzie Lenard

    Hello Karen,
    I love your quilt, with all those romantic shades of pink! The hearts in the quilting are a great touch.
    Thank you for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks.
    Love, Muv


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