Welcome to the sixth block reveal
for the Destination QAL!
Block 6 means that we’re halfway done!
This QAL is brought to you by Partners in Design: Where Friends and Fabric Meet.
Presenting: Cross at a Walk Block
This 12.5″ (unfinished) block pattern was created by Jennifer Fulton of The Inquiring Quilter. You can download it free on Jennifer’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
- Develop good habits— good sewing habits, especially good applique ones. Use a Teflon sheet below as well as above your applique pieces. You could be saving your block and saving time from cleaning your iron and replacing your pressing surface.
- Make your tools work for you. As quilters, we have many tools. Use them. Jennifer gives detailed instructions to place Template F about 1/4″ above Template E. I used my ruler for that as well as another one to make sure that both pieces are straight in alignment with each other.
- Neatness counts. At least for me. I always pull the threads to the back, tie a double knot, and thread them on a needle to weave them under the stitching. Even if my old machine had a knot tying feature, I would not use it for either beginning the stitching or ending it.
- Think thin — at least for your block. After finishing the applique stitching, I turn the block to the wrong side and cut away the excess. It’s a scary process but it does reduce the bulkiness of an applique block. This only works for pieces that I cut an adhesive frame for the piece rather than the whole piece containing the adhesive. I show a picture and discuss this on block three.
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.
Segment Two Prizes
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.
A one year subscription to Online Quilt Magazine. A must-read for any quilter! It’s packed full of hints, how to’s, projects and more.
And a pattern from each of these designer’s shops:
Jennifer Fulton The Inquiring Quilter – One free PDF pattern of your choice Kathleen McCormick Kathleen McMusing – One free pattern up to a $10.00 value
Laura Piland Slice of Pi Quilts – One free PDF pattern of your choice
Segment 2: August 10 to September 14
- August 10 – Block 5: Kathleen McCormick @ Kathleen McMusing — Find Block Five There
- August 17 – Block 6: Jennifer Fulton @ The Inquiring Quilter — Find Block Six There
- August 24 – Block 7: Karen Thurn @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats — Find Block Seven There
- August 31– Block 8: Laura Piland @Slice of Pi Quilts — Find Block Eight There
- August 31– Segment 2 Wrap-up and linky provided for prize entry
- September 14th 7:59 am Eastern time — Deadline to enter picture for Segment 2 Prize
- September 14 – Segment 2 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
Tu-Na Quilts: Destination QAL Block Three — Fair Block
Tu-Na Quilts: Destination QAL Block Four — Turtle Beach
What I Learned Today:
- The air quality in ND is changing. Sunday was beautiful with an index of 24. It was the first time in over 6 weeks that we saw blue sky and sunshine. It’s been as high as 276.
- There’s been many days in the past month when our air quality was worse than Phoenix.
- Clear air makes it easier to see longer distances. ND is suffering from smoke inhalation from the wildfires in the western states. Monday I could not see the Missouri River Bluffs 4 miles away and the air quality index was 174. When our air quality was the highest, we could not see the humungous house that was 1/4 mile away.
- I miss clean air, blue skies, and sunshine.
Questions: Have you walked or driven over a covered bridge? Tu-Na Helper and I have driven many thousands of miles around this country. Neither of us can remember driving over a covered bridge. I think we need to take a road trip, as soon as the pandemic is under control. Actually, there’s a lot I’d like to do once the pandemic is under control.
Thanks for stopping by and do come again.
Karen, Tu-Na Quilts