Tu-Na Quilts: Fall Into a QAL Block 10 – Patchwork Pickles

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Presenting Patchwork Pickles

(If you’re looking for the Peek at Who? blog hop, you’ll find it here but you are certainly welcome to stay for a while here before you rush on over to see Whoo is Peeking at You? The giveaways are still open.)

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This block is 12.5″ square.

This block was designed by Sandra Healy of Sandra Healy Designs. You can download the free pattern here on her blog from now until November 12, 2018. After November 12, the patterns may not be available anymore. Don’t delay, download them today. I did make a few changes to the block because I just can’t seem to make anything that follows the pattern exactly.

This block was released on Sept 18, 2018 but I was late in finishing this block because I spent almost a month galavanting around Europe and just couldn’t finish it before I left. There are only so many hours in a day, you know.

The Fall into a QAL is just wrapping up but just in case you haven’t started your canning yet, I’ll share how I made this tower of jelly jars.

Making a Tower of Jelly Jars

Cutting Chart:

Background: (16) 3/4″ squares, 2.5″ x 2.5″ square, (6) 1″ x 3/4″

Jars: (3) 3.5″ x 2.5″

Lids: (6) 2″ x 1″

Consult the pattern for instructions to construct three little jars using the pieces above. Sew them together in a tower. Sew the 2.5″ background square to the top. Sew this tower unit to your larger jars and trim to 12.5″.

One Other Hint

I hide my threads after I’ve finished appliquéing. I leave the tails loose (no backstitching or machine knotting).

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When I’ve finished, I use a needle to bring those threads to the underside. I tie the two threads together using a surgical knot. Then I thread the ends under two or three stitches to secure them so they don’t move around and show against the white fabric..

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A needle threader really helps! I’ve worn out three this summer.

Voila! Isn’t it tidy and pretty?

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for Construction Tips For Patchwork Pickles

You will magically be transported to each of the following designer and host’s Patchwork Pickles posts by clicking on each of the links.

Block designer Sandra Healy of Sandra Healy designs. Find the pattern here.

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

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Here are all my blocks. I’ve started framing them and they are now being packed to travel south with me where I’ll finish sewing them in the sun. I’ve been thinking of putting a border around them. But I’m not sure if it will be blue or green. But I am sure that it will have dots!!

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

Tu-Na Quilts: Block Eleven — Autumn Harvest Barn

Tu-Na Quilts: Block Twelve — Owl I’ve finished appliqueing my owl and posted about it here as part of the Peek a Who? blog hop. Stop on over to enter some giveaways this week.

Tu-Na Quilts: Setting Idea and information on the giveaway which closes November 12, 2018 for a mega-grand prize valued at $200.00. There’s still time to enter. Just sew up a quilt top (doesn’t have to be quilted) using all 12 of these patterns and post a picture.

A winner will be selected at random from all the finished quilt tops pictured.

Entering to win the prize below 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 quilt top using all 12 of the blocks provided to you free of charge for this event. It does not need to be quilted. Take a picture of it. Slight variations of the patterns are ok such as embellishments but keep your blocks true to the designed patterns if  you are entering the giveaway. The blocks should definitely be recognizable as made from these free patterns. 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, November 12th either on the Facebook page, or on Instagram #fallintoaqal, or on any of the host’s setting posts on their blogs by clicking on the Linky tool found at the bottom of the posts. You only need to link on one blog as it will show up on all the blogs. (Hopefully, mine at the end of this post will work, too). You are welcome to post a picture on each of the sources but it will only count as one entry.

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

 What I Learned Today:

  1. It’s good that I am not a surgeon. I am slow at tying surgical knots, my patients would not survive.
  2. I like to be creative.
  3. Sometimes ideas just have to sit and pickle for awhile.
  4. I haven’t tried all the apple recipes yet. There’s still more things I want to make.
  5. I am running out of time so I’ll have to take some apples south with us. We have about 50 bags left. (We started with about 250 each weighing 15-20 pounds).

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    To help you visualize the size of these apples, I set the Honeycrisp apple inside a Corelle cereal bowl and placed a 1 cup Tupperware measuring cup in the pile. We’ve had larger ones in past years. We have 8 trees: two are Honeycrisp, one is Haralson (good for pies), one is Prairie Spy (yellow), and the rest are delicious mysteries.

  6. This gadget has now become my most favorite. It has saved me countless hours of work.
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    Tu-Na Helper and I peel about 50 apples each night to load on trays for the dehydrator. We’ve only missed three nights in four weeks. Do the math. That’s a lot of apples!


    We make 9 trays plain and one tray with cinnamon. They take 20-24 hours to dry.

  7. Dried apples taste like candy. My grandsons, ages 4 and 8, love dried apples. I caught them sitting under the table with the bags as evidence; they’d already eaten two full quart bags.
  8. There’s about 15 apples in each quart bag.

Question: Do you can or freeze produce to enjoy later? I used to do lots of canning in the past. I really liked to do it until it got to be 2 am and I was taking the last batch out of the canner. I canned pickles, peaches, carrots (without the tops), applesauce, tomatoes, and even ketchup. And then I bought a glass top range. That put an end to my standing over a hot stove with kettles of boiling water and extra hot glass jars. Only after I purchased it did I learn that canning wasn’t recommended for that stove. I never thought to ask before. Now I freeze everything including jelly and apple cider. I just have to remember to use it.

Thanks for stopping by and do come again.

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts

Linking to:

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


12 thoughts on “Tu-Na Quilts: Fall Into a QAL Block 10 – Patchwork Pickles

  1. Leslie Schmidt

    Your jars are very cute. You had a great excuse for not getting them done on time. All of your blocks look so charming.

    I’ve never done any canning. If I did, I wouldn’t have any place to keep the results. Even frozen items are out of luck in my freezer. My grandmother canned a lot. She had concord grape vines in her backyard, so we always got great grape jelly. Of course, she canned vegetables and pickles, too. Good luck with the rest of your apples. Honeycrisp are my favorites.


  2. Brenda @ Songbird Designs

    Another cute block, Karen!

    We canned or froze everything we raised growing up – at least what we didn’t sell at market. I think I had my fill of it then! LOL I haven’t done a lot of it after I married and moved away. My mom and I canned a lot of Vidalia Onion Tomato Relish one year before she passed. It’s great on dried peas in the winer!! I don’t even plant a garden! I do occasionally have a few tomato plants but I have trouble keeping the deer and other critters away from them.

    That’s a LOT of apples! My grands would probably like those dried apples as they love applesauce!


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  5. dezertsuz

    I like your addition to the block! I may copy that since you gave directions. Thank you! That’s one advantage to not having the block done yet. LOL I have 3 to do, but there’s so much else going on right now.

    I used to can a lot, but recently, partly because of my tiny kitchen, I’ve been bribing a friend to do mine for me in exchange for keeping half. It works well for both of us. She cans a ton of stuff anyway, from her garden that’s so awesome!


  6. Kate

    A very fun block! Thanks for the picture of the back and how you tie off the threads. I don’t applique, but joined a mystery where I have to do just a little. It’s nice to see tips from others.


  7. Rebecca Grace

    Your machine blanket stitched applique is beautiful! I tried that once in a class and discovered that getting the machine needle to land exactly next to the applique piece every single stitch is not as easy as it looks! Tying those threads off by hand is a great idea, and looks very neat and clean.


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