Tu-Na Quilts: Destination QAL Block 6

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 

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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

  1. 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.

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    I know it’s hard to tell, but there is a Teflon sheet under this block, too.

  2. 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.tunaquilts 4a
  3. 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.tunaquilts 5a
  4. 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. tunaquilts 6a

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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

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.

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.

Seg 2 prize logo (2)

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

Segment 1:

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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 Two — Camper Block

Tu-Na Quilts: Destination QAL Block Three — Fair Block

Tu-Na Quilts: Destination QAL Block Four — Turtle Beach

Segment One Wrap-Up

Segment 2:

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Tu-Na Quilts: Destination QAL Block Five — Ferry

What I Learned Today:

  1. 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.
  2. There’s been many days in the past month when our air quality was worse than Phoenix.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

14 thoughts on “Tu-Na Quilts: Destination QAL Block 6

  1. karenfae

    Yes I have driven and walked over covered bridges – several out in New England when we lived out there for about 3 years many many years ago and then we came across one in recent years and I can’t for the life of me remember where it was but it might have been the one in Zumbrota in southeast MN we spent time in Minnesota especially southern MN when our daughter was living in Wisconsin and we saw a lot of places in those two states then.


  2. piecefulwendy

    Hiya, Karen! I’ve been missing your posts, so I’m glad I saw this one. We have a covered bridge not far from us that is walkable, but is no longer open to vehicles. I like to walk through it and look at all the carvings in the wood (apparently a lot of lovebirds hang out there).


  3. Leslie D. Schmidt

    Great use of fabrics, Karen. I like how you differentiated the foliage in the tree. And the polka-dotty red gives the bridge a weathered look. Is that a grunge?


  4. rl2b2017

    Hi Karen! It is so nice to see your post today and what a cute block you are sharing. Thank you, also, for the tips and tricks you used. Your covered bridge looks very inviting and not one bit scary! I have gone over a few covered bridges in my day but I can’t help but think of Mr. Blanding Builds His Dream House – an old (OLD!) Jimmy Stewart movie. I hope you two are doing well. The nation deserves a big celebration once the pandemic is under control! {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne


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