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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: These Boots Are Made for Riding

On my post last week, I told you that I opened my mouth at my quilting group meeting and out came the words, “Who would like to help me make some boots?” That was December 17th and then I promptly left for two weeks to spend Christmas in North Dakota. Continue reading

Tu-Na Quilts: Black and White

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Welcome to the Black and White Blog Hop!

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Our hostess, Carla of Creatin’ in the Sticks, has quite a line up of participating blogs this week. You’ll find the list below as I know you’ll want to check them all out. Thanks, Carla, for putting this together.

Howdy, pardner!  Thank you for stopping by and visiting. I appreciate new followers (check out my sidebar to follow by email, Bloglovin, or WordPress).  
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Tu-Na Quilts: Looking Ahead to 2019

2018 was a very busy year and I suspect that 2019 will be, too. Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl is hosting the 2019 Planning Party here and I decided to join in the fun. After all, the ND house is once again quiet and I’m not heading back to AZ until tomorrow.


I’ve not been very good at writing goals. Well, actually, I’ve been very good at writing goals BUT I’ve NOT been very good at achieving them. Here’s hoping that 2019 will be different.

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Tu-Na Eats: Virtual Cookie Exchange

Now this is my kind of eating!! I hope you also enjoy this no-calorie trip to other quilt bloggers who have set aside their rotary cutters and fabric and have reached for bowls and spoons in order to whip up some fun seasonal treats for you to enjoy. Maybe you’ll find a new favorite that will become part of your family tradition.

Welcome to the Virtual Cookie Exchange hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt. Thanks, Carol. You will find the list of participating bloggers at the end of this post.

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Tu-Na Quilts: Pumpkins at the Palace

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Thanks to Carla at Creatin’ in the Sticks for hosting this festive event. See below for a list of other bloggers showcasing some quilty pumpkins this week.

I’ve got a pumpkin project to show but before I do, I have a few pictures of a real European  Pumpkin Festival.

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Tu-Na Quilts: Fall Into a QAL Block 10 – Patchwork Pickles

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

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Presenting Patchwork Pickles

(If you’re looking for the Peek at Who? blog hop, you’ll find it here but you are certainly welcome to stay for a while here before you rush on over to see Whoo is Peeking at You? The giveaways are still open.)

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Tu-Na Quilts: Whooo is Peeking at you?

Welcome to the Peek a Who? Blog Hop


Thanks Marian for hosting this event.

Whoo’s on the list?

You’ll find the complete schedule below. There are several giveaways to enter, too. Be sure to check Marian’s blog at Seams to be Sew each day for a free pattern, too.

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Tu-Na Quilts: Fall into a QAL Block 12 Released Today

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

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Presenting Owl

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I still need to applique the little fella. Update: I’ve now finished the appliqueing; you can see the post about it here. There’s also a giveaway going on with it as it’s part of a blog hop.

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