Tu-Na Quilts: Fall into a QAL Block 12 Released Today

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

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Presenting Owl

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I still need to applique the little fella. Update: I’ve now finished the appliqueing; you can see the post about it here. There’s also a giveaway going on with it as it’s part of a blog hop.

This 12.5″ block was designed by Vanda Chittenden Quilting with Vanda. Please visit her blog here to download your free pattern. Remember these patterns are free only as long as the Fall Into a QAL is in process. Don’t delay, download your pattern today.

Making This Block Just a Little Easier

You’ll find this owl easy to make. I recommend following Vanda’s well-detailed instructions. Take your time and look at each page of her instructions as you add your  layers to create the owl.

I suggest cutting the background square at 13″ and then trimming after appliquéing.

However, if you want an easy way to center the owl on the block read on.

To help you center the owl on your block, fold your block in half and press a crease with an iron.

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I then folded the body piece and head in half to find the center and matched it up with the crease in the block. I wanted my owl to be in the middle of my picture.

Adding a tree branch

As you see, my owl sits on a tree branch. Ok. It is just a strip of fabric but it could be a tree branch. I cut a 1.25″ x 9″ strip for the tree and a 1.25″ x 5″ background piece and sewed the short sides together. I then trimmed to 13″.

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Then I added a 2″ x 13″ background strip to the bottom and a 11″ x 13″ background rectangle to the top. I then trimmed the block to 13″ square. I will trim this block to 12.5″ after I’ve finished appliquéing it.

Keep your iron clean

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I have a Teflon sheet that I use to keep my iron clean.

Join this QAL

You can join in anytime. All of the 12.5″ (unfinished) blocks have now been released. 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 pattern shops. The final link up for the finished top containing all 12 of these blocks (it doesn’t have to be quilted) for the mega giveaway is November 12th at 11:59 EST.

Enter to Win

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

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Two Dritz sewing notions:

Seam-Fix™ Double-Sided Seam Ripper and a 5 pack of Heat Erase Marking Pens


A PDF pattern of your choice from Quilting with Vanda. See what she offers here

Please help us support our QAL sponsors. Visit their websites today. 

Entering to win the prize 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 Vanda’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, October 29th either on the Facebook page, or on Instagram #fallintoaqal, or on Vanda’s blog at the Linky party on the bottom of her post. You are welcome to post a picture on each of the sources but it will only count as one entry.

Winners are drawn from the eligible pictured blocks and prizes awarded every other week. A mega grand-prize using all 12 of the block patterns sewn into a quilt top/flimsy (quilting not necessary) will be awarded at the end of the Fall Into a QAL .

See These Hosts for Inspiration and Tips

on Making the Owl

*Block Designer — Vanda at Quilting with Vanda. Download your free pattern by visiting her blog here.


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

Come on Back for Setting Ideas

Join me on October 16th at 12:01am EDT for my layout suggestion for the finished top. You will also find the information for the mega grand-prize and where to post a picture of your finished top. Remember it doesn’t need to be quilted.

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

Tu-Na Quilts: Block Three — Bonfire

Tu-Na Quilts: Block Four — Sunflower with Tu-Na’s Tried and True Easy Steps to Making Accurately Pieced Blocks

Tu-Na Quilts: Block Five — Acorn with Lesson 1: Let’s Take the Wheel for a Spin of Tu-Na’s Tried and True Easy Guide to Fabric and Color Selection for Quilt Blocks

Tu-Na Quilts: Block Six — Pie with Lesson 2: Variety is the Spice of Life of Tu-Na’s Tried and True Easy Guide to Fabric and Color Selection for Quilt Blocks

Tu-Na Quilts: Block Seven — Pumpkins Aplenty

Tu-Na Quilts Block Eight — Autumn Leaf

Tu-Na Quilts: Block Nine — Postage Stamp Turkey This was the block I designed.

Tu-Na Quilts: Block Ten —  Patchwork Pickles (I haven’t finished canning mine yet. They are still marinating but I’ll post a picture soon.)

Tu-Na Quilts: Block #Eleven — Autumn Harvest Barn

What I Learned Today:

  1. Tu-Na’s running out of time; I have so much to do before we fly south for the winter. We are still taking care of our apple harvest by freezing apple sauce and pie filling, cidering apples, drying apple rings, baking pies and crisps, and eating fresh apples.
  2. I am tired. We had two busy weekends of cider making. I think we have two more left or we just might call it quits.
  3. I’m still missing the canning jar block. I better check on those pickles as they’ve fermented way too long.
  4. I need a design wall.

Question: What fall preparations are you doing?

Thanks for stopping by and do come again.

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts

Linking to:

Owl Party at Quilting with Vanda

Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River

Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts

Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt

Let’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts

Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication

Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter

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

Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

19 thoughts on “Tu-Na Quilts: Fall into a QAL Block 12 Released Today

  1. Leslie Schmidt

    I chuckled when I saw your owl. He is so cute. I think I have to make something with him for my daughter. She would get a kick out of him.
    I’m not doing any fall preparations. Each day is pretty much the same as the next. The only seasonal decorating I do is for Christmas, and that has dwindled in the last few years. I hate winter, and we all know that is fast approaching, especially after the snow on Sunday. I used to like the fall, but since my daughter and both of my parents died in Sept. and Oct. it doesn’t hold any charm for me.


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  3. smilesfromkate

    I love my design wall. It’s only the width of fabric and 1 1/2 metres long, but I love it, and it’s so much better than using the floor or a bed.


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  6. inquiringquilter

    Wasn’t the Owl block fun to make? Love that branch. Great addition to a cute block. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.


  7. Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts

    Our only fall prep is to put away the deck furniture, and put out some mums in pots on the front porch. I think we’re the fuddy duds in our neighborhood! LOL But I do better for the holiday’s. Your owl is adorable. I hope you get all your work done and can enjoy your winter getaway!


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  9. Joni

    Love the adorable owl block. We had a bumper crop of apples this year and so far have made dried apples, 50 quarts of apple pie filling using clear jel, apple cider vinegar, hard apple cider, apple molasses and applekraut and a few jars of mincemeat.


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