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.
This 12.5″ (unfinished) block pattern was created by teamwork! I had an idea but didn’t have the drawing skills to make neat applique shapes. I shared my block idea with Kathleen of Kathleen McMusing and asked if she wanted to partner with me on this block. She said, “Yes!” It’s like she got inside my head. This is exactly what I was thinking.
You can download it free by clicking on the links found on either of our blogs 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.
To access this pattern, click on the link between the red * below. You will be routed to my pattern shop where you will find this pattern. You will be able to download your free pdf pattern from there. Just follow the directions. The pattern can also be found on Kathleen’s blog, Kathleen McMusing.
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.
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 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: Kathleen McCormick @ Kathleen McMusing AND Karen Thurn @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats — Find Block Seven on both blogs
- 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 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