Tu-Na Quilts: Destination QAL Block Three

Welcome to the third 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: Fair in Square

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This 12.5″ (unfinished) block pattern was created by Abbie Danahy of Sparkle ON!. You can download it free on Abbie’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. Waste Not Want Not! I save all my scraps of unused fusible adhesive. When I make an applique block, I first check my bag of fusible adhesive scraps. I was amazed and  amused that I was able to find all scrap pieces for this block.tunaquilts 3a
  2. Simple is better (it has a better chance of getting done). I often tape my templates and fusible adhesive to the window to trace, but then I discovered that I didn’t need to. The lines showed through just fine. Bonus! There’s some of this piece leftover!tunaquilts 6a
  3. Keep things nice and soft. To reduce bulk and stiffness, I trace the template and then cut the shape out leaving about 1/4-1/2″ on each side of the line. tunaquilts 4a

 I cut out the small  window after it was ironed to the fabric. After I’ve finished appliqueing the piece to the block, I carefully cut out the back fabric away. tunaquilts 8a

4. 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 decided to change the window into a sign board. I also added some stitching on the cone to give it some depth. 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.tunaquilts 9a

5. It doesn’t have to be perfect! This is the first time I actually used my Pfaff sewing machine to stitch the alphabet font and I’ve had it for 25 years. It’s not perfect but my practice one sure was. The machine didn’t have a $ sign so I used an S and stitched a straight line through it. If I had thought of it, I would have put Tu-Na’s Treats instead of Tasty Treats. But, hey, it doesn’t have to be perfect!

6. Keep it together! Keep your wits about you but also use a shorter stitch length when stitching the pennants and backstitch at each end. (I forgot to backstitch and will have to go back and secure it; it won’t look as neat but it doesn’t have to be perfect.

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Using a tighter stitch will keep the pennants from fraying past the stitching line.

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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

  • 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

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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

Tu-Na Quilts: Destination QAL Block TwoCamper Block

What I Learned Today: 

  1. My plants are taking over the sunroom!
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    This is only a small fraction of the plants. That jade plant in front is about 20 years old and is beautiful!

  2. Tu-Na Helper has a green thumb! 
  3. Yes, I can bake a cherry pie!
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    The cherries are from our orchard. The pie was delicious which is evident by how much it ran over! Luckily, I anticipated it and had a cookie sheet on the lower shelf.

4. Tu-Na Helper doesn’t know how lucky he is.

Question: Have you been to a county or state fair? Many years ago when I was in 4-H, I exhibited at the county fair and earned many ribbons. One year, I was even crowned Miss 4-H for that county. When my two younger kids were in 4-H, I was asked to do the judging. It was a lot of fun but I had to give a little boy a white ribbon because he didn’t know some of the ingredients in his brownies, wouldn’t taste them because he said he didn’t like brownies, and he came to the judging wearing a very dirty shirt. His mother was not happy. I wasn’t asked to judge anymore after that.

20 thoughts on “Tu-Na Quilts: Destination QAL Block Three

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  2. Leslie D. Schmidt

    Great block, Karen. I love the fabric you used for the ice cream. And I never would have thought of using the brick fabric to create a wall. Clever! Good for you for learning how to use the embroidery feature on your machine. I’ve never attempted that. Cute, cute, cute!


  3. thedarlingdogwood

    Such a fun block, and I love the print you used for the ice cream. The sign board is a clever change!


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