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: QAL by the Sea Block 10

Welcome to the tenth block reveal
for the QAL by the Sea!

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

Presenting: Sunset Beach

This 12.5″ (unfinished) block pattern was created by Sandy Maxfield of SandyStar Designs. You can download it free

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Tu-Na Quilts: QAL by the Sea Block 9

Welcome to the ninth block reveal
for the QAL by the Sea!

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

Presenting: Setting Sail

I created this 12.5″ (unfinished) block pattern. You can download it free by clicking below.

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Tu-Na Quilts: QAL by the Sea Segment 2 Wrap-Up

Congratulations!

You’ve survived Segment 2 of the QAL by the Sea. We’ve gone snorkeling to view fish underwater, enjoyed the night sky at sea, rode some waves, and tried not to get lost. I wonder what segment three will bring. 

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

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Tu-Na Quilts: QAL by the Sea Block 8

Welcome to the eighth block reveal
for the QAL by the Sea!

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

Presenting: Mariner’s Compass

This 12.5″ (unfinished) block pattern was created by Kathleen McCormick of Kathleen McMusing. You can download it free

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Tu-Na Quilts: QAL by the Sea Block 7

Welcome to the seventh block reveal
for the QAL by the Sea!

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

Presenting: Waves

A shark sighting! I appliqued a shark fin to add a bit of whimsey to this block. 

This 12.5″ (unfinished) block pattern was created by Laura Piland of Slice of Pi Quilts. You can download it free

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Tu-Na Quilts: QAL by the Sea Block 6

Welcome to the sixth block reveal
for the QAL by the Sea!

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

Presenting: Stars at Sea

This 12.5″ (unfinished) block pattern was created by Bobbi Bridgeman of Snowy Days Quilting. You can download it free

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Tu-Na Quilts: QAL by the Sea Block 5

Welcome to the fifth block reveal
for the QAL by the Sea!

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

Presenting: Heads or Tails

The buttons are attached just for show. They will be removed before quilting because my quilter (me) doesn’t want to break the needle or the machine! After quilting, I’ll hand stitch on the buttons.

This 12.5″ (unfinished) block pattern was created by Sandra Healy of Sandra Healy Designs. You can download it free

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Tu-Na Quilts: QAL By the Sea Segment 1 Wrap-Up

Congratulations!

You’ve survived the first Segment of the QAL by the Sea.  I wasn’t so sure I would. You can read the Rest of the Story below to find out what happened to Terry the Turtle I.

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

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Tu-Na Quilts: QAL By the Sea Block 4

Welcome to the fourth block reveal
for the QAL by the Sea!

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

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Presenting: Sun Block

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This 12.5″ (unfinished) block pattern was created by Sherry Shish of Powered by Quilting. You can download it free

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Tu-Na Quilts: QAL by the Sea Block 3

Welcome to the third block reveal

for the QAL by the Sea!

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

Presenting: Signal Flag

This 12.5″ (unfinished) block pattern was created by

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