Author Archives: Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats

About Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats

The story behind Tu-Na came about a couple of years ago when I asked my five year old grandson, “What do you call me?” "Nana" he replied. I turned to my four year old grandson, seated across the table from him and asked, “What do you call me?” “Tutu” (which is Hawaiian for Grandmother) he replied. “So” I asked, “What should the new baby call me?” as I pointed to my two week old grandbaby being held by his mother. After a couple of seconds, my oldest grandson's face brightened and he exclaimed “Tu-Na.” While the boys don’t call me Tu-Na as they each have their own names for me, the name is cute because of how it started. I wasn’t ready to be called grandma when the oldest was born and Nana seemed like a good idea. When the second grandson came along his mother didn’t want him calling me a name that is so close to banana that most kids say nana for anyway and since we had just returned from a trip to Hawaii and learned that Tutu is Hawaiian for grandmother, it seemed like a good idea. After raising four sons and one daughter, I rejoined the workforce briefly to decide I have more important things to do. Come follow along on my journey as I document the things I love to do; quilt, travel, and eat.

Tu-Na Quilts and Travels: 8 Days; 59 Shops; 2,815 Miles on the Quilt MN Shop Hop and Stories to Tell!

We’ve returned from our sixth consecutive year of participating in the Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop. Tu-Na Helper survived another year of hopping with me. And do I ever have stories to share.

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Tu-Na Quilts: Sew Let’s QAL Block 12 – Rotary Cutter

Welcome to the twelfth block reveal

for the Sew Let’s QAL!

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Presenting: Rotary Cutter

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This rotary cutter looks so real!

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Tu-Na Quilts: Sew Let’s QAL Block 11 – By the Bolt

Welcome to the eleventh block reveal

for the Sew Let’s QAL!

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Presenting: By the Bolt

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Use this 12.5″ block to showcase your fabrics you’ve used in previous Sew Let’s QAL blocks.

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Tu-Na Quilts: Sew Let’s QAL Block 10 – Buttons

Welcome to the tenth block reveal

for the Sew Let’s QAL

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Presenting: Buttons

This is a 12.5″ block featuring one of my favorite items to collect.

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Tu-Na Quilts: Sew Let’s QAL Block 9 – In Stitches

Welcome to the ninth block reveal

for the Sew Let’s QAL

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Presenting: In Stitches

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This delightful block pattern was created by Kathleen McCormick of Kathleen McMusing. You can download it free on her blog here from now until September 24th, 2019. After then, the patterns in this QAL may not be available anymore or may be available for a small fee. Don’t delay, download them today.

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Tu-Na Quilts: Sew Let’s QAL Block 8 – Pin Cushion

Welcome to the eighth block reveal for the Sew Let’s QAL

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Presenting: Pin Cushion

Usually, the tomato pincushion is red but I made an heirloom variety.

 

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Tu-Na Quilts: Sew Let’s QAL Block 7 – It’s a Pressing Issue

Welcome to the seventh block reveal for the Sew Let’s QAL

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Presenting: It’s a Pressing Issue

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I designed this block with some drawing help from my daughter. She sent me a sketch of an iron on graph paper and then I totally changed it. But I do want to give her credit for helping me see the possibilities. Thanks, Emily!

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Tu-Na Quilts: Let’s QAL Block 6 – Binding Clips

Welcome to the sixth block reveal for the Sew Let’s QAL

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Presenting: The Binding Clips Block

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This “Binding Clips” block measures 12.5″ x 12.5″ unfinished.

This block was designed by Jennifer Fulton of The Inquiring Quilter. You can download the free pattern here on her blog from now until September 24th, 2019. After then, the patterns may not be available anymore. Don’t delay, download them today.

Tips and Tricks to Constructing this Block

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Tu-Na Quilts: Sew Let’s QAL – Segment One Wrap-Up

Congratulations!

If you are sewing along with me, you’ve now completed segment one! I’ll give you a couple of ideas below of what to do with your blocks from this segment. Of course, you may continue to sew all of them and make a quilt or make several other smaller projects with them. Check out the other small project hosts for more ideas.
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Remember to download all the patterns you want as they may disappear after September 24th, 2019.

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Tu-Na Quilts: Sew Let’s QAL Block 5 – Quilt Shop

Welcome to the fifth block reveal for the Sew Let’s QAL.

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Presenting:

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This “Sew, Let’s Quilt Shop” block measures 12.5″ x 12.5″ unfinished.

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