Welcome! I am Tu-Na.
Merely two years ago, Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats was born. During these two years, I’ve learned a lot. Much of what I’ve learned has been from participating in several New Quilt Blogger’s Blog Hops. I’ve also learned a lot by trial and error. Tu-Na Helper says that I’ve taken my blog from being my part-time hobby to a full-time hobby.
He is right and that’s why my blogging tip for you as well as all my readers is to develop balance in your quilting and blogging life. One has to have time to quilt so that one has material to blog about as well as have time to blog so that readers will stay involved and come back for more. I’m still trying to figure out where housework and cooking fit into this scheme.
For those of you stopping by on the New Quilt Blogger Hop, welcome to my blog.
Here’s a few frequently asked questions
Who is Tu-Na Helper?
Tu-Na Helper is my husband of 43 years. My sister suggested his name when she came with us for one of the days on the Quilt Minnesota shop hop almost three years ago. The name stuck.
He’s even been recognized, more so than me, when we’ve gone places. He’s not afraid to enter a quilt shop or give me his advice on color schemes. He’s knowledgeable in quilting terms and techniques and can even identify manufacturers of fabric lines; read here to find out how I learned that.
What Does Your Name Mean?
I am frequently asked about my name, Tu-Na. I wrote my very first blog post here telling about the cute little story of how my name came to be. Please take a few minutes to read it if you haven’t. You can also find the definition of my name on my sidebar. If you are reading it on your computer or tablet, it is displayed on the right side of this post. For those of you reading this on your phones, the info on my sidebar displays at the bottom of my post. Scroll down (or up) to check it out.
What Kind of Quilter are You?
I started piecing and quilting when I was 16. In fact, I wrote my second post (Tu-Na Quilts: My First Quilt) explaining how I made it and why I will never see it again. Here’s a quilting tip for you — Label your quilts, photograph the front and back of it, and write a detailed document including the pattern(s) used, size, your piecing and quilting process, and the fabrics (fabric swatches are nice, too), threads, and batting that you used. If you take the time to make a quilt, take a few extra minutes to photograph it and document about it before you send it away.
I make a variety of wall quilts, (You can read more about my Art with Fabric entry -Sunflowers-If van Gogh Were a Quilter, and the Quilter’s Laundry Day mini (the lighthouse paper pieced block is only 4″.)
table toppers, pillows, and mug rugs. I also sew pincushions, aprons and more.
Do You Design Patterns?
I designed a coneflower block as part of a hop almost two years ago.
It’s still available for free here (Tu-Na Quilts: Presenting Anne’s Flower) for a limited time.
Lately, I’ve been refining my pattern designing skills. I teamed with other quilt bloggers to become Partners in Design.
We will kick off our Fall into a Quilt-A-Long (Fall into a QAL) next week on the 15th with the release of the first block. There’s still time to gather your fabric to join in with the fun. Oh, and there will be great giveaways, too. You can find more information on my QAL introductory post here. I will be releasing my block pattern on September 4th.
Since I can’t share any pictures of my upcoming pattern, I thought I’d share a picture of the quilt I am still working on from the I Wish You a Merry QAL.
Do You Belong to Any Groups?
I enjoy making blocks and joined three online Bee groups last year but only two this year. When it was my turn last year to be the Queen in the Bee Inspired group, I asked my Bee Mates to make me poodles.
My favorite bee block that I made was for Emily in the Bee Inspired group. She asked us to make a shelf of books and invited us to add something to the shelf pertaining to the category we’d chosen.
What Do You Write About?
I write about the things that I enjoy doing: quilting, eating (ok. cooking and baking but that didn’t sound good in the title), and traveling. I may travel as close as the neighbors to take pictures of their amazingly beautiful cactus…….
……or travel around the entire state of Minnesota on their annual Quilt MN Shop Hop and post about the fun things we see and do.
What do two quilters have in common? They both want the same fabric! Read more about Day Seven of the 2017 Quilt MN Shop Hop here. You can find more shop hop post links in my menu at the top under….Shop Hops.
I’ve also written about some of the good things I like to bake and eat.
If you are new here, please consider following me on my journey by subscribing to my blog using one of the ways found on my sidebar: email, WordPress, or Bloglovin. I’d enjoy having you as part of my reading family.
Visit the Other Members of my Team and the Other Hives
Rashida @ No. 3 Quilt Studio
We are mentored/hosted by Tish @ Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland. I’ve met Tish in person and she is as delightful as her blog. Her husband, David, is also a quilter. He brings her flowers in the form of floral fabric layer cakes. Be sure to enter the giveaway.
More New Quilt Bloggers Also Found Here
Then pop on over to our other Co-Hosts as they each introduce two more new quilt bloggers. You can enter the giveaway on any of the Co-Host blogs as it is the same.
Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts I’ve met Beth in person, too, Beth has a sunny disposition which fits perfect with her hive’s hop button. I’ll guess you’ll just have to go visit her to see it.
Jennifer @ Dizzy Quilter Jennifer is a stay-at-home mom who started quilting when she had a toddler so that she had at least one thing that she could control. Sounds like a good reason to me.
Sandra @ Musings of a Menopausal Melon-mmmQuilts (mmmquilts) Sandra and I have many things in common besides the love for fabric and family. I’ve enjoyed getting to know her better through the last several years and following her journey on her blog. She loves to photograph her finished quilts in trees and we love to see them there.
What I Learned Today:
- I have not written many Tu-Na Eats posts. It’s not from a lack of food (according to the scale) or from a lack of ideas (I have lots of recipes, ideas, and pictures) but more from a lack of time. I need to write more of them.
- I have 7 more days of fun in the sun for this year then Winter Camp for Seniors will be over until fall.
- 103 degrees is very warm. North Dakota will feel cold to us when we return.
- It is impossible to get cold water out of my water faucet anymore. I have to add ice cubes to the water when I wash lettuce or cool down boiled eggs.
- There are only 80 days until the 2018 Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop begins.
- Thinking about #5 is almost as much fun as Christmas!
Question: Do you prefer to be warm or cold? I’d rather be warm and have cold drinks. I will be posting my recipe for delicious Strawberry Lemonade later this week. Last year when we left our winter home, it was 107 degrees and we came into 60 degree temps when we arrived in North Dakota. That felt cold.
Thanks for stopping by and do come again.
Karen, Tu-Na Quilts
Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? at Confessions of a Fabric Addict