Tu-Na Quilts: Destination QAL Block One- Canyon Block

Welcome to the first block reveal

for the Destination QAL!

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

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Presenting: Canyon Block  

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This 12.5″ (unfinished) block pattern was created by Sandy Maxfield of Sandy Star Designs. You can download it free on Sandy’s blog from now until November 16th, 2021 at 7:59 am Eastern time. After then, the patterns in this QAL may not be available anymore or may be available for a small fee through the designer. 

Tips and Tricks to Constructing this Block

  1. Get off to a good start! This super cute block has lots of small pieces that need tender loving care. Click on the title below to check out my guide where I’ve gone into detail on all the things that help make the block to be the right size from cutting accurately to keeping the perfect 1/4″ seam allowance. With so many seams, this block has a good chance of becoming too small unless you follow some of my suggestions.

    Tu-Na’s Tried and True Easy Steps to Making Accurately Pieced Blocks

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    Testing your seam allowance is the most important thing you can do to ensure an accurate size block. Read the link above to find out how to do so.


  2.  Use proper pressing techniques! Click on  the link below to read my guide on the importance of using proper pressing techniques.

    Tu-Na’s Tried and True Easy Guide to Pressing Matters

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    I don’t use water in my iron as I’ve never met an iron that doesn’t become incontinent. I use water in a spray bottle and always spritz and iron my fabric before cutting. I am amazed how much fabric can shrink during this process. Learn more about ironing and pressing by clicking the link above.

  3. Throw away your clock. Working with this number of small pieces will take time. Sit, sew, and enjoy the process. Breaking the job into several sewing sessions will ease the stress. Lay out the pieces on an extra cutting or pressing mat or design board to help keep them in order.tunaquilts 4a

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Isn’t the Grand Canyon beautiful! I took this picture on our last visit there.

See These Hosts for More Construction Tips

Karen @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats — Thanks for stopping by.

Sherry @ Powered by Quilting

Abbie @ Sparkle On!

Laura @Slice of Pi Quilts 

Jennifer @ Inquiring Quilter

Join this QAL

You can join in anytime. Find the complete schedule here. Every Tuesday for the next four weeks, a new block will be released until all 12 blocks have been released. This QAL is divided into three segments each containing four blocks with a two week break between segments for a chance to catch up. 

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.

At the end of each segment, a prize package will be offered. Make all four blocks and follow the directions on the Segment wrap-up post to enter to win. We allow for creative changes and embellishments but each block must be made using the given patterns to be eligible. 

Segment 1: July 6, 2021 to August 10

Don’t Miss Out on My Previous Destination QAL Posts

Tu-Na Quilts: Announcing the Next Quilt-a-Long with Partners in Design —Introduction and a look at my fabric selection.

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I’ll use either the fabric on the left or the right for the sashing between the blocks.

What I Learned Today:

  1. New and improved is not always better.
  2. I do not like the new WordPress Editor. 
  3. This block reminds me of my many trips to the Grand Canyon in Arizona. If you have never been there, you might like to put it on your bucket list. I once had hiking down, across, and up the other side of the canyon, on my bucket list but I think I waited too long to do that.
  4. We last visited the Grand Canyon in the spring of 2019. It seems like a very long time ago.

Question: What travel plans do you have or would like to have? We left for Michigan several days ago to see our kids and grandkids who we haven’t seen in a year and a half! If I had my way, I’d own an RV and travel around the country visiting all of our National Parks. It’s on my bucket list. I am not sure I’ll ever be able to cross that one off, too.

Thanks for stopping by and do come again.

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts

At this time, I am not affiliated with any of the items, products, services, or shops that I picture or talk about here on Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats. I just happen to like and use them.

11 thoughts on “Tu-Na Quilts: Destination QAL Block One- Canyon Block

  1. karenfae

    love your depiction of the Grand Canyon. Camping at the National Parks is fun and we have been to a lot of them – but in recent years they have gotten so busy that some parks you now have to have a reservation just to go in them!!


  2. Kathleen McCormick

    Beautiful choices for your block and great tips, too! Tu-na tried and tested is something for sure to follow. Hope you are enjoying your trip – we did one in June and it was good for the soul!


  3. Leslie D. Schmidt

    I love the choices you made for your block, Karen. I think they really convey the power of the Grand Canyon. My family and I visited it many years ago, and I was just as impressed as I expected to be.
    I am in no hurry to go anywhere. I think I probably won’t go on any trips ever again. Life is just so weird now. We have to travel about 350 miles to a funeral this Sat., but we will come right back and not stay overnight anywhere. I hope you are having a great time with your family.


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