Tu-Na Quilts: Fall Into a QAL Block Three Released Today

Welcome to the release of the third block for the Fall Into a QAL.

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This QAL is brought to  you by Partners in Design: Where Friends and Fabric Meet.

Partners in design

If you’ve dropped by looking for my flower project as part of the Where Flowers Bloom hop, you can find it here.

Presenting Bonfire

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This block is 12″ finished (12.5″ unfinished) and super easy.

This Bonfire block was designed by Sherry Shish of Powered by Quilting. Please visit her blog here where you will be able to download your free pattern.

Making This Block Just a Little Easier

This block is very easy to begin with. I’ve been wanting to experiment with printing the applique templates right onto the sheet of Lite Steam-a-Seam 2 using the printer. This pattern gave me the perfect chance to do so.

First, I checked to make sure I was printing at 100%. To be able to change the scaling and to get the accurate size, I needed to download the pattern, save it, and then open it in Adobe Reader. Once saved, it opens automatically in that program.

Next, I enlisted Tu-Na Helper to assist me. After all, we have a new printer and I didn’t want to have a problem. He recommended we do a test to make sure the Lite Steam-a-Seam 2 would be installed in the paper tray the right way.

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He wrote on the paper to indicate how this page was loaded so he would know how to load the Lite Steam-a-Seam 2.

I checked the test box to make sure it was one inch.

Then he noticed that the Lite Steam-a-Seam 2 was larger than the paper tray. I measured 8.5″ x 11″ and cut away the rest.

He inserted the Lite Steam-a-Seam 2 into the paper tray and gave me the command to push the print button.

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This worked perfectly and saved me a bit of time. Otherwise, I would have taped the pattern to the window and copied on the lines because I haven’t yet invested in a light box.

Then I proceeded to cut out the pieces leaving a margin around the shape, removed the paper backing, stuck them onto the wrong side of the fabric, ironed, cut out the shape, fixed onto the block square and appliqued.

Note: I followed my tips that I listed for block one here and my block remained nice and flat and didn’t shrink at all. But I still had cut it the size recommended on the pattern just in case.

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I trimmed this block to 8.5″.

Join this QAL

You can join in anytime. Each 12.5″ (unfinished) block will be released every other Tuesday with the last one scheduled for release on October 16th. You are free to make these blocks any way you want. However, if you are wanting to enter the contest, be sure to read the rules found in the Enter to Win section below to make sure your entry counts. 

The patterns will remain free on the respective designer’s blog until November 13, 2018. Designers may choose to keep them free after that time or make them available for a charge in their shops. The final finished top containing all 12 of these blocks (it doesn’t have to be quilted) link up for the mega giveaway is November 13th at 11:59 EST.

Enter to Win

A winner will be selected at random from all the block posted for this block. Details are listed below.

block 3 prizes

Enter for a chance to win these for making a bonfire block

Seam-Fix™ Double-Sided Seam Ripper

Omnigrid 4 1/2” square ruler

One free pattern of your choice from Powered by Quilting.

This block also comes with a special surprise for everyone from Sherry! Until June 13, her newest pattern, Around the Square, is on sale for $5.99 (no code needed) and all QAL participants will receive a 25% discount on her other patterns using coupon code FALLINTOAQAL25 until June 25!  The coupon code is valid in her Etsy and Payhip shops only.  Around the Square will be included in the 25% off after June 13.

Entering to win the prizes above is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

  1. Everyone (You must be 18 to be able to enter to win prizes) gets to participate because International entries are welcome! You do NOT need to have a blog to enter. Hosts and designers are not eligible to win.
  2. Make a block using Sherry’s pattern. Take a picture of it. Slight variations of the pattern are ok such as embellishments but keep your block true to the designed pattern if  you are entering the giveaway. The block should definitely be recognizable as one made from this free pattern. Deviating too much (or substituting a different block entirely) will cause your entry not to be counted. If you have questions if it’s allowed for entry into the giveaway, please ask me before you cut.
  3. Post a picture of your block before 11:59 PM EST, June 25th either on the linky party found on Sherry’s post here, on the Facebook page, or on Instagram #fallintoaqal.

Winners are drawn from the eligible pictured blocks and prizes awarded every other week with a mega grand-prize at the end for a finished quilt top/flimsy (it doesn’t have to be quilted) using all 12 of the block patterns.

See These Hosts for Inspiration and Tips on

Making the Bonfire Block

Thank You to Our Sponsors

These are our prize sponsors throughout the QA. The sponsor for each bi-weekly prize varies. The Final Grand prize bundle and sponsors will be announced 10/16/18.


In addition, the following members of Partners in Design are providing prizes as well:

Come on Back for the Next Block Release

Join me on June 26th at 12:00am EDT for the release of the fourth block designed by Sandy Maxfield of Sandy Star Designs.

Don’t Miss out on My Previous Fall into a QAL Posts

Tu-Na Quilts: Big Announcement!!! (QAL introductory post with a schedule of when the blocks are released and a sneak peek at the fabrics that I’ll be using.) Yes, I’m seeing spots!

Tu-Na Quilts: Block One—Hedgehog

Tu-Na Quilts: Block Two —Harvest Basket

What I Learned Today:

  1. Tu-Na Helper makes printing these seem so easy.
  2. I have a hankering for a toasted marshmallow.
  3. I’ve come a long way in my applique ability from my very first attempt on the I Wish You A Merry QAL ornament block last year. That block was a real mess and took lots of time to tweeze out all the papers left behind. You can read about it here.

Question: Do you sit by a campfire mesmerized by the flames and flickers or do you enjoy singing tunes to it’s glow? I like to sit by a fire and toast up some marshmallows and have been known to belt out several rounds of Kum Ba Yah while I’m waiting.

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

Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication

Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter

Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

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

Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts

Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt

Moving It Forward at Em’s Scrapbag


37 thoughts on “Tu-Na Quilts: Fall Into a QAL Block Three Released Today

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  2. Leslie Schmidt

    I love your block, Karen! Your block has so much character and life to it. It’s so cute! Your dotty fabrics are working wonderfully.
    I’m not an outdoor person, so I would be inside, watching the flames from the safety of the house. No mosquitoes that way.


  3. Susan Shaw

    I like the idea of printing right on the Steam-a-Seam. Is there much waste? If the pieces are close to cut out, I guess you would still have the left over to use for another project where you could trace the objects, if there is no printing in the wrong places on the paper. Just a thought. I’m all about using my products, if possible. It “seams” that stuff is expensive to me.
    I like to sit my the fire and roast marshmallows, except not this time of year and especially this year. It is unseasonably hot this year. We had late June and even late July temperatures in May this year. It is hot, hot, hot! Oklahoma is hot this year. I am wilting worse than ever this year. Thanks for the tips for this cute project.


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  5. Kathleen McCormick

    I am loving the dots and the hint for printing directly on the paper. Were they sheets or trimmed pieces from the roll.


  6. Barbara Mitchell

    I love this campfire block….so adorable for summer, camping and thinking about making smores! ♨️


  7. Brenda~Songbird Designs

    Very nice camp fire block! It does make me wish for a little cooler weather to sit by the fire and make S’mores with my grandkids! They love that!


  8. Julie Stocker

    I appreciate your report on the process. I’m not an avid appliqueer, but it seems this has made it even more inviting and simpler. Simple is good, and does leave more time for marshmallows. Your technique really is improving, and I know you’ve been working on this, Karen. Good job, and thanks for helping the rest of us too.


  9. bsellers21

    That is one cute block! Printing directly on the steam-a-seam is a great idea, as I find tracing the design a speed bump (I don’t have a lightbox either).


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