Tu-Na Quilts: Destination QAL Block 9

Welcome to the Ninth block reveal

for the Destination QAL!

This QAL is brought to you by Partners in Design: Where Friends and Fabric Meet.

Presenting: Road Trip

This 12.5″ (unfinished) block pattern was created by me, Karen of Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats. You can purchase it from Tu-Na’s Pattern Shop by clicking on the link below. You will be directed to my pattern shop and will be asked to leave your email address so the pattern can be emailed to you. 


Click here to purchase Road Trip


Solutions for Common Problems with Downloading.

  1. If you don’t have Adobe Reader, install it before you place your order. You will need it to open and read  your pdf. Most computers already have this if you are opening other pdfs. However, if you don’t have it, it is available for free online here (click on the “Download Acrobat Reader” located under Adobe Acrobat Reader DC located on the top right side of the page. Then follow the instructions. You do not need to purchase the Pro version).
  2. You will be asked to give your email so that the link can be sent to you. 
  3. You can download the pattern immediately from your confirmation receipt or from the link in the email.
  4. If you do not receive the email right away, please check your spam or email filter.
  5. If you clicked on the download button and it seemed to disappear, check your download folder on your computer. That’s where it’s hiding.
  6. Save the pdf onto your computer in a file folder where you can find it. 
  7. If you have difficulty, contact me at kthurn@bektel.com. 

Tips and Tricks to Constructing this Block

  1. Plan Your Route Before You Start. Read and look over the pattern. You have choices to make such as which kind of car you want to make, which wheels to use, and the road stripe. You’ll find customizable options in the black outlined boxes. I refer to them as speed traps. They are meant to make you slow you down and think which one to choose.
  2. Make Things Easier. Use the labels that I provided. There are a lot of pieces and they can get lost or you can become confused. If you are caught in any speed traps, write the changes on the road map. I definitely recommend printing the road map.
  3. Make it Your Own! In the above picture, I decided to use the same fabric for the surrounding area. If you want to do the same, cut all sky, background, and foreground pieces out of the same fabric making just one change: Do not cut pieces D and J separately. Instead, cut just one D/J piece at 4 1/4″ x 2 1/2″ and stitch it to the left side of the road sign post. There’s a bit of matching skill involved in using scenic or directional prints. But the effect is worth it if you are up to the challenge.

    I machine embroidered one of my favorite places to go when we are in Arizona on the road sign. It’s one of the few places where we can find Prickly Pear Ice Cream. About 5 years ago, we took our grandsons to Tortilla Flat for a visit. As we were walking down the boardwalk on our way to the ice cream parlor, two kids approached us. They were enjoying their prickly pear ice cream when one of them licked too hard and the scoop flew off the top of the cone and landed on the floor right in front of us. Our grandson’s eyes opened wide. When we arrived at the ice cream parlor, we asked them if they wanted Prickly Pear Ice Cream. “No,” they both shouted. “It jumps to the floor.” We couldn’t convince them otherwise so they enjoyed other flavors while we enjoyed our Prickly Pear which stayed nicely in it’s cone.

  4. Be Kind to Your Longarmer. Add any embellishments such as the hub caps (buttons) after your top has been quilted. Your longarmer will thank you.

    Wrong Way!! These buttons are sewed on just for photographing. They will be removed before I sew the blocks together.

  5. Have Fun! Enjoy some snacks and stop at the rest area once or twice while you are sewing this block. It’ll be done before you know it. Then you can say, “You have arrived at your destination.”

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

Kathleen @ Kathleen McMusing

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 3: September 14 to October 19

  • September 14 – Block 9: Karen Thurn @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats  — Find Block Nine There
  • September 21 – Block 10: Becca Fenstermaker @ Pretty Piney Quilts — Find Block Ten There
  • September 28 – Block 11: Sherry Shish @ Powered by Quilting  — Find Block Eleven There
  • October 5 – Block 12: Bobbi Bridgeman @ Snowy Days Quilting — Find Block Twelve There
  • October 5 — Segment 3 Wrap-up and linky provided for segment prize and linky provided for Grand Prize
  • October 19th 7:59 am Eastern time — Deadline to enter picture for Segment 3 Prize
  • October 19th – Segment 3 Winner Announced

Segment Three Prizes

At the end of this 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 grand prize giveaway will be held for making all 12 blocks. More details coming on the Segment wrap-up post.

Six Month Subscription to Make Modern. An online magazine for quilters, by quilters, filled with beautiful patterns and articles to inspire quilters like us to make more modern quilts!
And a pattern from each of these designer’s shops!

Becca Fenstermaker of Pretty Piney 
Sherry Shish of Powered by Quilting $10 shop credit 

Don’t Miss Out on My Previous Destination QAL Posts

Segment 1:

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 1 — Canyon Block

Tu-Na Quilts: Destination QAL Block 2 — Camper Block

Tu-Na Quilts: Destination QAL Block 3 — Fair Block

Tu-Na Quilts: Destination QAL Block 4 — Turtle Beach

Segment One Wrap-Up

Segment 2:

Tu-Na Quilts: Destination QAL Block 5 — Ferry

Tu-Na Quilts: Destination QAL Block 6 — Covered Bridge

Tu-Na Quilts: Destination QAL Block 7 — Cityscape (I sewed two of these).

Tu-Na Quilts: Destination QAL Block 8 — Lake

Segment Two Wrap-Up 

What I Learned Today: 

  1. Ordering fabric makes one feel better but not as much as when it arrives. Look what came today.
  2.  I love coneflowers. Some real ones even sprouted in the wildflower bed this summer.
  3. There’s many different colors of coneflowers. I thought there were only purple ones.
  4. Free Spirit fabrics rereleased Anna Maria Horner Coneflowers.
  5. I think she added more coneflowers to her collection.
  6. I just couldn’t stop with just three colors.
  7. There’s four more packages arriving this week!
  8. I feel much better now.

Question: Do you travel for pleasure by car, or motorcycle, or plane? If you could go by car, where would you go and what would you see? Tu-Na Helper and I enjoy car trips. For five years in a row, we traveled thousands of miles around Minnesota visiting participating shops on the Quilt MN Shop Hop each summer. You can click these links to read our adventures for 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. We were not able to go the last two summers because of Covid. Maybe the pandemic will be over so we can safely  go next year. One summer, a long time ago when we had only two kids, we drove from North Dakota to New Orleans, Louisiana and then over to Phoenix, Arizona and finally back to North Dakota after a stop at the Grand Canyon. We were gone a long time or as our oldest son, age 5, recalled at the time, for 63 meals.

Thanks for stopping by and do come again.

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts

At this time I am not affiliated with any of the products, shops, or services that I mention here on Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats. I just happen to like them.

15 thoughts on “Tu-Na Quilts: Destination QAL Block 9

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  2. karenfae

    interesting background fabric that you selected. We travel by car most of the time and have done 8 week road trips and up to 10 weeks for the longest from Arkansas to parts of Canada and I lost track of how many US states in that trip as well

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  3. Jean McKinstry

    The trip is so entertaining, love your story along the way, stops, route signs and more. I am not joining in this time, having too much to catch up on already, and health wise a few heart problems, too hard to take the machine into our local or the larger hospital 2 hours south of us. Guess I could always entice the surgeon into some new stitching ideas. Love your background fabric, perfect for the trip to places you do go.


  4. Rochelle Summers

    Congratulations on getting cone flowers in your wildflower garden. Success finally! Almost always travel by car and would love to be at the beach. But hubby had knee replacement surgery and recovery is slower than anticipated. With COVID maybe it’s just as well we are home. Hope you are up and feeling better.


  5. Leslie D. Schmidt

    What an inventive block, Karen! I think I knew you had designed it before I even read down that far. I love all the options.
    We usually travel by car. My husband loved planning the route and finding stops along the way. Most of the time we went out west. He loves the desert southwest, and I love California. We tried to take the kids to a lot of parts of the country, but we didn’t get to the northeast. We’ve made a few trips without the (now adult) kids, and have been to Williamsburg, St. Louis, Michigan, and Wisconsin.


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