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

So where’s Tu-Na’s projects. Even she would like to know how she let time get away from her.

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One wall hanging done.

Catch the others later when she is back home from traveling and finished writing about her Quilt MN Shop Hop experience. (You can read the 2019 shop hop posts as they unfold here. There was much shopping and hopping and a whole lot of fun.)

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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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Tu-Na Quilts: Fall Into a QAL Block Six Released Today

I have two blog hop posts scheduled this week. If you’re looking for the Christmas in July blog hop post, my post is scheduled to publish close to the midnight hour on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 11:59 PM CDT. You can find it here after that time.

Welcome to the release of the sixth block for the Fall Into a QAL. Before we know it, fall will really be here.

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Tu-Na Quilts: I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long Block One is Finally Done

Some ideas just have to percolate for awhile. That’s the way it was with my snowflake.

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This pattern was designed by Vanda from Quilt in Piece and can be downloaded here free through January 15, 2018; don’t delay, download yours today.

I wasn’t sure how to proceed. Should I make a white snowflake on a red background or a gray one? Should I make a gray snowflake on a white background or a red one? Where should I add some ric rac? I asked my husband; no help there. I asked my quilting group friends; some said use the red background while others said use the gray background.

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Tu-Na Quilts: Giveaway Winner Annonced

I’ve been so busy driving and shop hopping all around Minnesota that I failed to finish this post with the winning name from my 12 Days of Christmas in July Giveaway post. So here it is, a bit late, but at least “now you know the rest of the story (Paul Harvey).” This was my first giveaway at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats in celebration of the things I learned that day here.

Under Tu-Na Helper’s close supervision, I plugged in the numbers to a random number generator from the internet. There were 110 comments left on the giveaway post here. Number 2 is the lucky recipient of the Christmas stocking and all the goodies it holds.

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Generate number between 1 and  110 = 2

Congratulations to: Jean McKinstry July 25, 2017 at 3:03 am

“I met you during the 12 days of Christmas Blog hop, and you are now on my blog list, I follow you with Blogger.” 


Jean wrote the comment above on the day of her birthday. She must be very lucky, indeed. I met Jean, too, during the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop. Jean is from New Zealand which explains why she was commenting at 3 (my time) in the morning. She blogs over at All Points of the Compass and was smitten by that little pillow pincushion I made here and wrote me a delightful poem about it which I published here on the Eleventh Day of that Blog Hop. 

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This is how the parcel looked after traveling thousands of miles. (Picture by Jean McKinstry and used with permission)

I emailed Jean for her shipping address and apologized profusely as in my rush out the door for the Quilt MN Shop Hop I had forgotten to take along the box, the stocking, and all of it’s contents. She waited patiently for me to get back home to mail all those goodies to her. They’ve now been packaged, mailed, and received.

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(Picture taken by Jean McKinstry and used with permission.)

Surprisingly, the package didn’t take long to get there. Jean wrote me a lovely email thank you note extolling the virtues of everything in that box including the Ziploc bag that I used to contain it all. Had I known that a bit of plastic would have been so well received, I would have included a couple extra bags.

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I think Jean rather enjoyed opening that package and savored every minute. Jean was also the first recipient of my new blogger business card which I will tell you more about soon.

When I read her note, I decided it was just too good and heartfelt to delete so I thought I’d share her kind words with you (with her permission, of course).

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Here’s a close-up of that thimble pincushion necklace.

“Hello  Karen

The mail arrived on Friday!!! There are so many goodies inside, I am thrilled beyond anything you could imagine. The pins, so fine and extra-long, a seam ripper, that is fabulous, a super wide shaped hand part, M&M!!! They will get shared around. The neck thimble, purple, a colour I love, and the goodies you have made. The little bucket will go on my window-sill by the sink bench, so I can see it all the time,  my tiny pin cushions, the one with a pinwheel, and so  lovely, And a strawberry, that might be a decoration on a Christmas fabric tree,

Thank you so much for them all. The little flower basket card, your card, and the wrapping and bright green bag, all made this so truly wonderful.

Then, I almost forgot, the great zip lock bag. We have them here, but yours are so much better.

Can you tell how thrilled I am? On a scale of “ how is the pain from 1 to 10?”, this is off the Beaufort scale of gale force wind!!!

Fondest greetings


Jean’s been busy using the items she found in her Christmas stocking.
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Evidently Jean’s had to use the seam ripper several times today and it looks like those pincushions are earning their keep.

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“… the tree farm really gave them a good workout. Phew, they all needed a rest afterwards!!!” (Jean) 

 What I Learned Today:
  1. Time goes by much too fast.
  2. Giving feels so good today.
  3. It’s nice to know that my hard work and the items I put in that stocking were appreciated.
  4. How good it feels to receive a nicely worded thank you note. Thanks, Jean, for a lovely note and making my day sweet.
  5. I need to be more specific and put more thought into writing my thank you messages. Thanks for the lesson, Jean!

Question: Do you write Thank You notes? I am guilty of not writing thank you notes like I should. I often pick up the phone to say thanks or send a short email as a quick way to say thanks. Receiving Jean’s emailed thank you note was special; it shows that she put a lot of time and thought into writing it.

Thanks for stopping by and do come again.

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts

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Tu-Na Travels: ♪Over Hill. Over Dale. We Will Hit the Dusty Trail. As the Quilt Hop Goes Rolling Along….♪

Yes, we are going to drive all around Minnesota for the 2017 Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop, again. This will be our fourth year. Last year we not only shopped but also took our first sailboat ride. You’ll find all the links to posts about that journey at the top underneath my blog name in a tab called SHOP HOP. Click it and a drop down menu will appear, click on 2016 Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop. I wonder what adventures await us this year?

Sixty six shops have been busy preparing for us and other shoppers to descend upon them and swoop up all they have to offer. They’ve been busy creating samples of quilts, bags, runners, and other fun things using the exclusive shop hop fabric. In addition, they’ve been designing their 8 inch finished block and cutting a 5″ charm from one of those fabrics which they will present to each of the hoppers for free. They’ve been assembling the incentive prizes.


This is the 11th Annual Shop Hop which brings quilters (and even some of their husbands) from all over the country to scour the shops finding inspiration, fabric, and a special kind of quilting kinship.

We’re all packed and headed down to our daughter’s house in southern Minnesota so we can get an early start tomorrow morning.

As we left North Dakota, and in fact all along the way to her house, we encountered lots of construction. We’re sure hoping this is not a sign of what’s to come.

Just how did we prepare for our quilty adventure?

Perusing the Quilt Minnesota Website

The Quilt Minnesota website is jam packed with all the information us hoppers need including a list of participating shops divided into sections, shop hours, state map, section information and incentive prizes, and the special Minnesota Fabrics designed and printed ONLY for this hop—I’m showing you a few of them here.


Many of the fabrics are available in several different background colors.

Programming the Route

My husband—lovingly named Tu-Na Helper by my sister on last year’s hop—put all the zip codes into the computer website, OptiMap. A minute later it spit out the route map in the order that we should take. While we know we will deviate from that route because of shop hours, it gets us going in the general direction and provides us a base to use the phone to navigate.

To navigate around, we use Google Maps on my husband’s smart phone. My husband puts in the address of the first shop from the OptiMap suggestion, and then when we get to the location, he puts in the next one, etc. Oh, I love technology! We’ll see how off-course it takes us this year.


The fabrics are an exclusive line designed by Emily Krueger and manufactured by Clothworks.

Creating My List

Tu-Na Helper wouldn’t let me go without a plan. So, yes, I have a list which reads:


  • Florence Flamingo by Elizabeth Hartman
  • Lepidoptera by Elizabeth Hartman
  • We’re on a Bigger Roll by Java House Quilts


  • No Scrap Left Behind by Amanda Nyberg
  • The Quilt Block Cookbook by Amy Gibson


  • Laundry Day (irons, clothes hanger)
  • Kaffe Fasset especially olive green
  • Low volume prints
  • fabric with postage stamps
  • White on white
  • Minnesota Fabrics.

I wonder which fabric will be the statewide sell-out this year? The one most sought after by quilters. The one that those of us who didn’t pre-order will wish we had. My guess is the lady slipper or the birds will be the first to go. But could it be the fish instead like last year? My husband doesn’t think so, as he prefers last year’s colorful ones. I guess this year’s fish look too realistic for him. But, if given the chance I find some, I might get some anyway. Who knows? His preference might change.


  • Small apple buttons

There are lots more fabrics to this line including a panel. Check out the website listed above to view them all.

Packing the Cooler

We carry a cooler for lunches. There’s a lot of miles to cover and not a lot of hours to do it in so we opt to eat in the car for lunch and splurge in the evening at local fare. We’ll be restocking at grocery stores along the way; in the meantime, we can enjoy a snack of string cheese and some baby carrots.


While this exclusive fabric can be pre-ordered, I, again, decided not to pre-order. Instead, I will hunt and seek and discover which fabrics I will buy limiting myself to only purchasing one at a shop. I call it a lesson in decision making. Which one can’t I leave behind? Which one do I risk but may not see again?

Deciding to Take the Sewing Machine

Some of you may wonder, why I would do that. Each shop provides a free charm square of this year’s Quilt Minnesota fabrics and a pattern for an 8 inch block. My plan is to buy some of the kits for those patterns and sew a few up in the evenings. After a few days, we’ll see how that goes and whether it was worth bringing it along.


The agate is the state gem. This fabric, by that name, is available in several colors. This one might be a contender for the first to sell-out statewide.


The giveaway to win the Christmas stocking and ALL the stocking stuffers I made for it is still open through August 1st. If you haven’t entered click here to go to that post and leave a comment.


Last year, there were mosquitoes. This year it’s the dragonfly.

The hop continues through August 13th. There’s still time for you to join in on the fun. If you can’t travel the whole state, you might like to visit just a section or two.

What I Learned Today:

  1. I don’t need a lot of fabric but I sure do want some more.
  2. Whether I am ready or not, the quilt hop will start.
  3. If you see me out and about, please stop and say hi. I will try to do the same.

Question: What makes a good shop hopper? Help me list some Shop Hop Etiquette. It will be a good reminder for me. I make a point to stop and shop or at least look around each of the shops. We avoid the grab and go approach. We don’t look at the hop as a race to finish first. But rather think of it as an experience to be enjoyed. It’s kind of like stopping to smell the roses or in this case, petting the fabric.

Thanks for stopping by and do come again.

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts

Linking to:

Oh, Scrap at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework

Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts

Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt

Moving It Forward at Em’s Scrapbag

Tu-Na Quilts: Ding Dong Merrily on High–Day Eleven of the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop

Ode to the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop

Choirs of sewing machines continue to hum all across the lands

While quilters and sewists are busily laying out their plans

For filling their lengthy Christmas lists from all of their labors

To wrap, bag, or stuff in red stockings and hand to the neighbors.

by: Tu-Na Quilts


July 14-25, 2017 Hosted by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas all over Blogland. Are you still wondering why or what? Check out this hop for Christmas inspiration for everyone on your gift list.


Join these bloggers on this Eve because tomorrow’s the last day of this year’s 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop. But don’t worry, everyone’s posts will be available for a long time so you can come back and look at them again and again.

Monday, July 24th, 2017

Confessions of a Fabric Addict Sarah walks us through the next step of Santa’s Trip Around the World Quilt Along if you’re sewing along. If not, you can always start one and finish in time for Christmas. After completing today’s assignment, the quilt top will be finished. Probably not mine, yet, but it will get there, eventually.

 Anja Quilts If you can’t see the forest for the trees, head over to Anja’s to create your own forest of Christmas trees. This table runner looks like it would grow mighty quick.

PickingandStitching Judy’s showcasing the easy quilt as you go method on her table runner. If you’re looking for a quick project that you need to get done TODAY, stop on over to take a look. While you’re there, take a look at the picture of the back of the pinwheel block to see those gorgeous spun seams. That’s truly a work of art behind the scenes.

 A Dream and a Stitch Jen made a real sweet treat to hang on the wall or door. This is one way to enjoy some Christmas candy and not worry about cavities or calories.

Remember to leave comments on each of these 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop posts so you can qualify to win some fabric giveaways of Tula Pink’s new holiday line, Holiday Homies, generously donated by Free Spirit Fabrics!!! You have through July 26th to leave comments on all of the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop posts.

Please note: Sarah has notified us that she needs to delay the announcement of winners until August 4th due to a family emergency. Winners will be notified by email then. I will be posting a list, too, as soon as I see it.

Here’s a sneak peek at the prizes thirteen people will be winning just by commenting on each of the 12 Days of Christmas in July participating blog hop posts.


Holiday Homies by Tula Pink from Free Spirit Fabrics.


I posted my 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop post on Monday, July 14, 2017 where I showed how to make a mini quilted stocking and a ring wreath that kids can make. Click here if you are looking for it. It also contains links that will take you directly to each blogger’s 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop post to make it more convenient for you to comment or find that project long after the hop is over. 

My first stocking stuffer reveal (Pincushion in a Pail) happened here, the second stocking stuffer reveal (Strawberry Pincushion) happened here, and the third stocking stuffer reveal (Pretty Pillow Pincushion) happened here. Here’s a picture recap of what I’ve created for this hop:

Jean, who blogs at All Points of the Compass,  was quite smitten with that Pretty Pillow Pincushion. She wrote a poem about it and shared it with me. She’s given me permission to share it with you. Who needs to read my pincushion tutorial when you could just read her poem!

The Pincushion

This is the tiniest wee item,

you’ll be sure to find it all fun.

Then before you can say “ Woohoo”,

it’s  finished, even quilting all done.


Now go and sort out your fabrics,

You won’t need them larger than SMALL.

Sort them out into order,

The shorter, the tinier, the  tall.


A pinwheel of only TWO inches,

that’s the first part, the true centre square;

The borders just go on like magic,

a tad more than 4 inches, you’re there.


Add some batting and then do the quilting,

such short rows, a real pretty sight.

Interface and then add the backing,

at this stage it’s all going right.


Sew round the edges, leave a gap, trim the corners,

turn it out and fill so it’s firm.

Add stuffing and sew up the opening,

to test it, just stick in a pin!!!


But remember, these are only the words,

Save some time, and make sure you’re thinking

Before pinning and cutting, and sewing it up,

It won’t quite be done in an inkling.


But the many minutes and hours that you spend

Will reward you so very well.

Then you’ll show it off often,

And have a story to tell.


So sit back and relax, look with great delight

A design made for us all, thank Karen so much,

She is a whizz at the needle, the words and the photos as well,

And we can all be so thankful for her magic touch.


With apologies to any poet who can do better.

This was a fabulous tutorial, I smiled, I enjoyed it SO much.

Hugs from a Sunday night down in New Zealand.

Jean. ( you deserve a huge hug, some XXX, and a glass or two of bubbly) !!!



Thanks, Jean. I was touched and honored that you took the time to write me a poem about my work! Your poem is perfect!


I’ve been having a lot of fun here at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats revealing that stocking loot. There’s one day left on the hop but the stocking still holds quite a bit. So plan to stop by tomorrow to see what else I could possibly have stuffed in there. And then the big question is: What does Tu-Na plan to do with it all?

Coming soon on Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats:

Tu-Na Quilts: The Fourth and Final Stocking Stuffers Reveal—Does The Fun Have to End? (Do you see the s on the end of Stuffers? I bet you know what that means.)

What I Learned Today:

  1. Sharing my cold with my husband seems to have done the trick; I am feeling much better.
  2. I need a longer list of toddler activities. I got to babysit my 2 year grandson for about 4 hours today (my son, his wife and this little guy are living with us for a few weeks while they wait to get into their new home). By the time 30 minutes had gone by, we had done just about everything on my list of things to keep him busy.
  3. Treadmills make a good bowling alley for toddlers.
  4. Tu-Na makes a good bowling pin setter. My 2 year old grandson brought me to my knees. I was on my hands and knees at the front of the treadmill setting and resetting the bowling pins for him. He had fun until the knees complained—mine.

Question: Do you celebrate Christmas on Christmas Day, Christmas Eve, both, or do you celebrate all the way through New Year’s Day? Now that almost all of our children have married, we have to share them with their in-laws over the holidays. They’ve all worked out a schedule so everyone is on the same calendar. One year we all gather for Christmas around New Year’s Day and the next year we gather for Christmas around Christmas Day.

Thanks for stopping by and do come again.

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts