Welcome to the seventh block reveal
for the Destination QAL!
This QAL is brought to you by Partners in Design: Where Friends and Fabric Meet.
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at Tu-Na’s Pattern Shop
Tips and Tricks to Constructing this Block
- Be creative. I couldn’t stop with one cityscape so I made another.
- Think outside the box. I wanted to include some other places so I drew them.
- Think thin. Cut your fusible adhesive web pieces with a frame. This reduces the bulk and helps your block be more supple. I wrote more about framing the pieces on the last block post here. You’ll also find other applique tips on that post.
- Use what you have. I often grab items that are about the size and shape that is called for on the templates. I used this little guy for the round window because it was the perfect size (well, close enough).
- Use your time wisely. I wanted to enlarge the Eiffel Tower so I printed it at 125%. I also wanted to cut out that little piece to show the night sky rather than stitch on a piece so I taped it to the template before I traced it on the paper side of the fusible adhesive web. Once the fusible adhesive was ironed onto the fabric, then I cut out the window. I didn’t bother with framing this piece. It wasn’t worth my time to do so.
- Take your time. Some of these templates are quite involved. I sewed very slowly, sometimes one stitch at a time, and turned my fabric when the machine was stopped and the needle in the down position. This also helps to keep my fabric from bunching or losing shape.
- Be creative. I know that was tip #1 but it bears repeating but with a different angle. This pattern includes templates for 7 iconic structures and three pages of buildings and windows. But I decided to find fabric that looked like it had windows.
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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 four weeks, a new block is 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
- 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
Tu-Na Quilts: Destination QAL Block Five — Ferry
Tu-Na Quilts: Destination QAL Block Six — Covered Bridge
What I Learned Today:
- Save the draft regularly. I was almost finished with this post and accidently closed my internet browser. At first I thought I’d lost everything but I was able to recover most of the post except what I wrote in the last hour.
- I wrote a lot in that last hour.
- First words are the best. Maybe I’m just tired but I can’t remember all my construction tips or the exact wording for the ones I can remember.
- I have a short memory. Oh, dear. And they were so good!!
- Cityscape means 1:a city viewed as a scene. 2: an artistic representation of a city. 3: an urban environment a cityscape cluttered with factories.
- I think Cityscape was the perfect name for this pattern.
Question: What city are you planning to visit and how would you portray it with fabric? I want to visit them all! I’ve been cooped up long enough so look out world, here I come (as soon as it’s safer, that is).
Thanks for stopping by and do come again.
Karen, Tu-Na Quilts
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this is fabulous – we went to Europe in 2013 – I’m thinking the Roman Coliseum or the Vatican??? Still thinking!
So cool, Karen!!! I love this! Great tip–think thin!
those are interesting blocks – I never think of visiting cities – I prefer the mountains and small mountain villiages
You two were very creative with this block! My next trip will be to Duluth, so that would be fun to work into this block, but I might have to get Kathleen’s help with the lift bridge – LOL. I should probably get all the earlier blocks done first – I’ve been watching and downloading, but not sewing – yet.
Both of the blocks are great. I loved the idea of collaboration, and I liked what others did with the block, too. It leaves plenty to each one’s imagination
My favorite block! There all nice!
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What a wonderful block with so many variations. I have been participating in a Quilt Along “Around the World” with luggage tags representing individual sites. Just finished Tokyo this month and NYC Statue of Liberty last month. I love the use of fabric for the windows especially the night view.
Such great tips as always! I hate when I loose content that I have written. I really love both your versions…the second one is especially interesting choice of fabrics.
Great block idea! So versatile and fun! 🙂
This is a wonderful concept. It’s nice that you and Kathleen were able to collaborate. I like your idea of letting the fabric do a lot of the work. I’ll bet stitching down the spikes on the Statue of Liberty was fun! Thanks for the block, Karen. I know a lot of work went into it.
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This is such a fabulous idea for a block!!!! Love it, and love that you and Kathleen worked together to create so many options!
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