Welcome to the third block reveal
for the Destination QAL!
This QAL is brought to you by Partners in Design: Where Friends and Fabric Meet.
Presenting: Fair in Square
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
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
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.
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.
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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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
Tu-Na Quilts: Destination QAL Block Two — Camper Block
What I Learned Today:
- My plants are taking over the sunroom!
- Tu-Na Helper has a green thumb!
- Yes, I can bake a cherry pie!
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.