Welcome to the second block reveal
for the Destination QAL!
This QAL is brought to you by Partners in Design: Where Friends and Fabric Meet.
Presenting: Quilt Retreat Camper Block
This 12.5″ (unfinished) block pattern was created by April Adams of JANDABendQuilts. You can download it free on April’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
- Make it your own! I usually add something to the patterns I use. Doing so allows me to let my personality shine and allows my block (and quilt) to be unique. To make this block unique, I cut out flowers from another piece of fabric and appliquéd them to the top of the window box. I also gave the block a nighttime feel by using a dark navy for the sky, made the windows black, and appliquéd a sliver of a moon on that night sky.Reminder: If you are entering our giveaways for the section prizes and for the grand prizes, we allow for creative changes but be aware that your blocks should still be recognizable as ones made by using the given patterns for this quilt along. However, this is your quilt and if you don’t like something, you are free to use whatever you want. Just be aware that block substitutions won’t count as an entry.
- Use good appliqué techniques. You can find some of my tips from past QAL blocks: Learn how to clean your scissors and needles if they get sticky from residue from the fusible adhesive and also how to prevent your light fabrics from showing through here); Find lots of good tips here on reducing the bulk of appliqué pieces, using the fusible adhesive wisely, and making do without a lightbox; Check out this post to find the best appliqué needle to use and this post to learn how to keep your iron clean; Read this post to discover how to use the computer and printer to print directly onto your fusible adhesive web; and finally, read this post on how to prevent your appliqué blocks from getting stiff.
- Make the back pretty, too. I stitched each appliqué piece with matching thread. I didn’t backstitch or knot at the beginning or end. After stitching one section, I turned the block over and brought the thread ends to the backside and double knotted them. Then I weaved them under the stitching with a needle. This keeps the back neat and tidy. And yes, it is a lot of work but worth it to me.
See These Hosts for More Construction Tips
Karen @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats — Thanks for stopping by.
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
- July 6 — Block 1: Sandy Maxfield @ Sandy Star Designs — Find Block One There
- July 13— Block 2: April Adams @ JANDA Bend Quilts — Find Block Two There
- July 20 — Block 3: Abbie Danahy @ Sparkle On! — Find Block Three There
- July 27 — Block 4: Jennifer Fulton @ The Inquiring Quilter — Find Block Four There
- July 27 — Segment 1 Wrap-up and linky provided for prize entry
- August 10th 7:59 am Eastern time — Deadline to enter picture for Segment 1 Prize
- August 10: Segment 1 Prize Winner Announced
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.
Tu-Na Quilts: Destination QAL Block One — Canyon Block
What I Learned Today:
- This summer is as busy as the last 50+ have been.
- Homemade angel food cakes are the best. My son made one when we were visiting last week. It was delicious.
- Unicorn food is fun to make and eat.
- The secret to good Unicorn food is sprinkles and food coloring, lots of each.
Question: Camper or Hotel? I used to enjoy sleeping on the ground in a tent. About 25 years ago, I needed an air mattress and a tent large enough for it. Now, I prefer a Bed and Breakfast or a hotel although it doesn’t need to have a pool.
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What fun you are having making unicorn food! It would be perfect for the quilt retreat camper. I don’t love camping, and haven’t since an adult!
I never need a pool but I need a bathroom and a bed! it used to be I would tent camp and I was just fine with it, then I needed a camper as I got older – now I’m actually getting tired of the camper and all that you need to do to set it up when you get to your location(s) and kind of like a cabin! Those cakes look delightful!
Hi Karen! Those photos with your granddaughter are just the best! I can’t wait to bake with my littles – I’ll remember the sprinkles and food coloring requirement. Your block is so fun – I like the nighttime setting! ~smile~ Roseanne P.S. Yes to a hotel!!
Your block is really clever, Karen. I like the idea of a night-time setting.
I’ve never been a camper. I prefer the hotel, with air conditioning and lots of hot running water. For me, a vacation does not include cooking meals!
Great block, your work is always impressive. I have fallen in love with the grass fabric. Delightful.
Love the way you personalized your camper block. The idea of camping is fine but give me a hotel with a nice bathroom and comfy bed and air conditioning in the summer and good places to eat so I don’t have to cook. My grandson and I made an Angel Food Cake for my birthday week before last (from a box). He’s 13 and said the batter tasted like toothpaste…but he did love the cake!. Love the colorful unicorn treats. Isn’t it great to spend time with grandkids?
I’m good in a camper, 5th wheel or whatever, as long as there’s a bathroom and the mattress is comfortable! I miss our years of full-timing in our 30 ft. home. Those unicorn donuts look fabulous. So does your wonderful block. Not only does the blackbird sing in the dead of night, but the daisies grow, too!
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