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Tu-Na Quilts: Entry for Blogger’s Quilt Festival

I’m taking time off from photographing all the loot from my 2017 Quilt MN Shop Hop to enter the Blogger’s Quilt Festival.


I made this little mini as part of a blog hop in March.


This mini quilt is 16.5″ square. The lighthouse quilt, between the two saguaros, is only 4 inches square and contains 47 pieces. I quilted sun rays using my domestic sewing machine.

I was even lucky to find some fabric with cacti when I was in Tucson last winter and used it for the back.


I wanted to show off this quilt one more time because I am pretty pleased about that little mini in the mini.


This little mini took me longer to make than the bigger mini in which I put this piece. So far, no one has linked any quilts on the Festival this small.

When I read that it was time to enter the Blogger’s Quilt Festival, I thought you might like to see it again and see how I embellished those saguaros.


I added some tiny flower buttons and two barrel beads that I found at the thrift shop.

You’ll see the simple pattern that I started with, find out more info about this mini including my thoughts behind turning the clothesline posts into Saguaros, and get the links to the patterns on my post here.

If you’d like to see many great quilts on display without leaving your home, please visit Amy’s Creative Side. We’ll be linking up quilts all week so do take some time to see some quilty inspiration.

Quilt Stats:

Size: 16.5″ square

Fabric: The top is pieced with 100% cotton scraps I had on hand. The 100% cotton backing fabric was new but I don’t have the manufacturer info.

Batting: Warm and Natural

Quilted by: Myself using Aurifil thread

Welcome visitors!

If you are stopping by from the Blogger’s Quilt Festival, welcome to my journey where I blog about the things I love to do: quilting, traveling, and eating (cooking and baking actually but that didn’t sound as good in the title). I recently returned from a 10 day trip around Minnesota shopping 66 quilt shops and blogging about it. I hope you’ll check out some of those posts. The post giving you a sneak peak at all the loot I bought is here and contains links to the others which includes a featured shop each day. If you enjoyed what you read, I hope you’ll stop back again. To make it easy, please follow me; you’ll find a number of ways on my sidebar: email, WordPress, Bloglovin and Facebook.

What I Learned Today:

  1. I have a lot of loot to photograph, organize, and find places to store. It’s time to move it out of the guest room.
  2. I miss seeing this little mini. It’s at our other house.
  3. As the weather turns colder, our thoughts about our other house in Arizona increase.

Question: What have you been working on this week? I’m getting caught up with my bee blocks, working on the next block for the I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long as well as making blocks one and two that I am behind on, and photographing and writing the loot posts. I also want to get a good start on my Art with Fiber project that is due in October. So much to do, so little time.

Thanks for stopping by and do come again.

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts


Linking to:

Quilt Blogger’s Festival at Amy’s Creative Side

Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts

Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt

Linky Tuesday at Free Motion by the River

Let’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts

Tu-Na Quilts: “Oh, Let the Sun Shine In” On This Quilter’s Laundry Day

Welcome to my home in the desert. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that it is the desert since it is so beautiful and I like to show it off. So when Jen offered a free pattern and Jen and Jan offered to host a blog hop, I jumped at the chance.

Jen and Jan button

Read on to find out how to win some prizes! Jen from A Dream and A Stitch designed the pattern which can be found here just in case you want to make one too. Here’s a pic of the pattern I started with. It went from this……

Participants were encouraged to personalize and embellish the pattern. The possibilities were endless.

to this.


Personalize and embellish it, I did. It finished at 16.5″ square.


I found the perfect fabric for the back in Tucson at the Quilt Festival in February. Melva from Melva Loves Scraps was with me and was wondering what I would use it for. But I kept it a surprise.

I like Saguaros so using two for the clothesline posts seemed quite natural. If you missed my post last week about the Saguaros, you can click here to see some pretty awesome pictures and find out where in the world you can find these tall giants.



The itty bitty mini block was divided into 6 sections containing a total of 47 pieces.

The 4 inch mini took me a full day of sewing.  How ironic that this quilter living in a very obvious desert chose to make a lighthouse and water scene quilt. The itty bitty mini lighthouse block was designed by Janeen of Quilt Art Designs who blogs at quiltartdesigns.blogspot.com.


Here was my first finished piece as I began to trim it. What’s missing? Oh, no, I trimmed off the seam allowance on two sides. There was no other way around this mistake except to make another one. I included this pic, just in case you think, I am a whiz at paper piecing.


I added some buttons and beads for the blooms and a barrel bead as a way for this quilter to attach a clothesline to the cactus..


Doesn’t every house need a purple brick chimney? Here in the desert area of Arizona, many houses have light tiled roofs. Of course, my house had to have one, too.


It seemed natural to quilt rays of sunshine. I used painter’s tape to mark the lines.


I am not very neat when I create and sew.

Visit other quilt bloggers to see their creative interpretation of this pattern and then download it so you can make it too. Let me know if you make one. You will find the list of bloggers below. Oh, and there are prizes too!!!! Check out Jen’s blog A Dream and A Stitch AND Jan’s blog Color Creating and Quilting and leave a comment on BOTH of their blogs to enter. Thank you Jen and Jan for hosting this fun blog hop!

What I Learned Today:

  1. I am not very neat while I create. In fact, I am very messy.
  2. I like to dabble in small pieces.
  3. I need to plan earlier and work harder.
  4. There’s nothing like a looming deadline to spur me into action or get the creative juices flowing.

Question: Do you hang laundry outside or toss into the dryer?

Visit these bloggers for Quilter’s Laundry Day.

March 10th, 2017

Jen Rosin at  A Dream and a Stitch Be sure to comment here to win prizes. Thanks Jen!

Kate Heads at Smiles From Kate

Jennifer Fulton at Inquiring Quilter

Karen Thurn at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels and Eats You are here. Thanks for stopping by and do come again.

Melva Nolan at Melva Loves Scraps

Vicki at Vicki’s Crafts & Quilting

Julie Stocker at Pink Doxies

Anja Clyke at Anja Quilts

Diann at Little Penguin Quilts

Jayne at Twiggy & Opal

Susan Arnold at Quilt Fabrication

Leanne Milsom at Lizzie the Quilter

Sandra Walker at Mmm! Quilts!

March 11, 2017 

Janice Holton at Color Creating & Quilting Be sure to comment here to win prizes. Thanks, Jan!

Sola at Alice Samuels Quilt Co

Jennifer Strauser at Dizzy Quilter

Amy Gerlich at Amy Scrap Spot

Sharon Denney Parcel at Yellow Cat Quilt Designs

Tami at Sew Much for Free Time

Suzy Webster at Adventurous Applique & Quilting

Tish Stemple at Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland

Susan Gordon at Sevenoaks Street Quilts

Anne Boundy at Said With Love

Barbara Wootie at The Flashing Scissors
Jan Welander at 
Making Scraps

Mary Marcotte at Fleur de Lis Quilts

Linking to Finished or Not Friday, and Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? and Sew Can She for Show Off Saturday. Monday Making, and Main Crush Monday