Tu-Na Quilts: Announcing the Next Quilt-a-Long with Partners in Design

A New Quilting Mystery Revealed:

Destination QAL

Destination quilt along logo (2)

It’s time to plan our great escape. Starting Tuesday, July 6th at 8 AM, the first block for this destination themed Quilt-a-Long will be revealed. Where will you go?

Partners in design 2

Yes, the designers in Partners in Design are back and have a full line-up of free, exciting, places to go and things to do that fit on a 12.5″ block.

Join Us:


We’ll be starting on Tuesday, July 6th at 8 AM EST and follow the schedule below until all 12 blocks are released.

Block patterns will be free from the designers and available on their blog until November 16th at 8 am Eastern time


Segment 1: July 6, 2021 to August 10

Segment 2: August 10 to September 14

Segment 3: September 14 to October 19

Grand Prizes

  • Deadline is November 16th at 7:59 am Eastern time 
  • November 16th Grand Prize Winner Announced

Learn from Each Other and from the Hosts/Designers

The hosts/designers will post construction tips and techniques. Be sure to visit their blogs.

When you finish a block, share it on our Facebook group or post a picture on Instagram with the hashtag #DestinationQAL. We enjoy seeing and commenting on each person’s finished blocks. See below to find out how to enter to win awesome prizes. 

To enter for prizes:

Everyone age 18 and over living in any country are eligible for winning.

Segment Prizes: Participants can enter the prize drawing by sharing a single photo with all the completed blocks from that segment blocks Facebook on the Partners in Design page, Instagram using #DestinationQAL, or on any of the hosts blog linky party at the end of each segment in the wrap-up post.

Grand Prize:  Share one photo showing all 12 of your completed blocks, as above. Note: They do not need to be sewn into a finished quilt top.

Please note: To qualify for an entry for the Grand Prize or the segment prizes, please make the blocks using the designer’s pattern. You may embellish and personalize them but your block should still be recognizable as sewn from the given patterns. Substitutions are not counted as an entry. For example if you decide to sew a pattern found elsewhere for one of the blocks, it will not qualify you for an entry for the prizes in that particular segment or for the grand prize. You can still do it the way you want but to be included in the prize drawings, you’ll have to follow the rules.

We Couldn’t Do This Without These Wonderful Prize Sponsors!

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Make Modern 
An online quilt magazine written by quilters for quilters.

Online Quilt Magazine
Packed full of hints, how to’s, projects and more.

Island Batik Fabrics
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Quilter’s Dream Batting
Only the highest grade of fibers and the best processing technology to bring our customers the finest batting possible.

PDF patterns from some of our Partner in Design designers.

And More…..

Let’s Get Started

Gather your fabrics and meet me on July 6th at 8 am Eastern time for the first block. I’ve already selected my fabrics. I’ve bought a few new fabrics but will use a lot from my stash.

Since we’re going places on our quilt along, I’ll use some of my fun landscape fatquarters in each of the blocks like the one below.

tunaquilts 3a

I’ve got sky fabric because I’m hoping we go to bright happy places.

tunaquilts 2a

I just received a shipment of solid fabrics and will use some of them in these blocks.

tunaquilts 4a

What I Learned Today:

  1. Covid let the air out of my sails. I didn’t get it because I was careful and followed the rules. But it was hard not to go shopping and see museums that I usually get to do.
  2. I haven’t completely been silent for a year. I’ve been posting a bit on Instagram @tunaquilts. Come on over to see what I’ve been up to. 
  3. I’m looking forward to sewing and posting on my blog again.
  4. Look what I found waiting for me on my design wall when I got back from Arizona three weeks ago. I wasn’t able to finish it before I left in October because I had hurt my wrist.
    tunaquilts 8

    You can find the links to the patternhere.

Question: If things are opening up where you live, where are you planning to travel and what are you planning to do? Tu-Na Helper and I are driving to Michigan to visit see our kids and grandkids. Not all of them can make it, but those of us who can will enjoy our Kamp K’Zoo. We haven’t seen some of them since Christmas 2019! The rate the grandkids have grown, we may not recognize them.

Thanks for stopping by and do come again.

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts

12 thoughts on “Tu-Na Quilts: Announcing the Next Quilt-a-Long with Partners in Design

  1. piecefulwendy

    We plan to go cherry picking in Wisconsin next month. We’ve been to Santa Fe earlier in April. I’m glad to see your post and to realize you hadn’t been posting much – I thought I had lost your blog and been missing posts!


  2. Gretchen Romanelli

    So glad you will be able to see family again. My only son and most of my family live close by so I didn’t have such an extended period of forced physical separation. Glad you took precautions and will have some time together with as many as possible.
    Loved the Arizona photos of cacti blooming. I was in Yucson for a vacation in December years ago and loved the Seguaro national park. Those blooms are amazing.
    I am still cautious about travel but will still visit family cabin and my favorite pick-your-own farm opened last weekend. I picked strawberries and sugar snap peas. Of course fabric shops are on my list this summer. I miss the stimulation and friendliness of the staff and customers.


  3. Susan Nixon

    Oh, yay! I will love following along, though I probably won’t be sewing this time, because I’m undergoing cancer treatment for the next two months. If I have enough energy, maybe I can catch up, or maybe just do later parts. We’ll see how I’m feeling. I’m excited to see what the new QAL is like!


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    It’s so good to hear from you. Though family live close by, they worked outside the home so we didn’t see much of them until after shots. I want to see my granddaughters…it’s been two years. But hubby has knee replacement surgery scheduled so don’t know if we will get out of town until fall. I certainly enjoy following this Mystery Quilt-Along but don’t know if I will be sewing. We’ll see.


  6. Leslie Schmidt

    It’s so good to hear from you again, Karen. I don’t think I will be traveling anywhere. I still don’t feel safe, even with the vaccine. My husband just returned from his spring trip to Mesa Verde to do his volunteering stabilization work on the ruins there. That may be the extent of our venturing out.
    This sounds like a really fun quilt-along mystery. I’m looking forward to seeing what all you talented people come up with.


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