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Tu-Na Quilts: A Postage Stamp Turkey

Fall Into a QAL Block 9 Released Today

Today has arrived!! Thanks for stopping by to see my block that I designed for the Fall Into a QAL. QAL buttonThis QAL is brought to you by Partners in Design: Where Friends and Fabric Meet.

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Presenting my Postage Stamp Turkey Block

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This Postage Stamp Turkey block involves stitching sixty-four 2” squares together of which 37 are Half Square Triangles (HSTs). Don’t panic. Each of the hosts will have construction tips to share on making this turkey. After you are finished reading my post, waddle on over to theirs to take a look.

Download your pattern by clicking on Postage Stamp Turkey below to get your free pattern.


Postage Stamp Turkey


Making This Block Just a Little Easier

Don’t let your fear of small pieces prohibit you from making this block. I’ve included step by step directions and pictures in the pattern.  Here’s a few other tips to help you succeed.

  1. The more pieces in a block the likelier your block may end up being too small. That’s why I wrote Tu-Na’s Tried and True Easy Steps to Making Accurately Pieced Blocks found here. I show how to cut accurately as well as cover the importance of starching and proper pressing.
  2. Throw away your clock. Working with this number of small pieces will take time. Sit and sew and enjoy it. Maybe break the job into several sewing sessions.
  3. Print out the blueprint found on the last page. Color it using colored pencils or crayons (I like colored pencils). tunaquilts 4aa
  4. Use the handy labels that I’ve provided in the pattern to identify the many pieces. tunaquilts 3a

Making a Two Color Background

I provided directions on the pattern for making the background with just one color. However, if you want to use two colors to create a sky and ground as I’ve done on my sample, follow these cutting and sewing charts here.

Cut all pieces as indicated on the pattern except cut the background pieces as follows:

Sky Background: (6) 2.5″ squares, (6) 2″ squares, and (2) 1.5″ x 2″ rectangle

Ground Background: (5) 2.5″ squares, (6) 2″ squares, and (1) 1″ square.

Follow all the directions as indicated on the pattern except:

Use the 1″ square sky background when making the head, the 1.5″x2″ ground rectangles when making the feet, and 2.5″ sky background squares for the wattle/beak unit and the neck/wattle/background unit.


Using 2 Sky Background and 2 Dark tail pieces, make 4 HSTs

Using 2 Sky Background and 2 Light tail pieces, make 4 HSTs.

Using 2 Ground Background and 2 Light wing piece, make 3 HSTs.

Using 1 Ground Background and 1 Dark wing piece, make 1 HST.

Using 1 Ground Background and 1 Body piece, make 2 HSTs.

Complete your turkey following the pattern. Use your blueprint to layout your pieces.

Have fun making your turkey. I can’t wait to see the flock appear on our Facebook page and Instagram.

Join this QAL

You can join in anytime. Each 12.5″ (unfinished) block will be released every other Tuesday with the last one scheduled for release on October 16th. You are free to make these blocks any way you want. However, if you are wanting to enter the contest, be sure to read the rules found in the Enter to Win section below to make sure your entry counts. 

The patterns will remain free on the respective designer’s blog until November 13, 2018. Designers may choose to keep them free after that time or make them available for a charge in their pattern shops. The final finished top containing all 12 of these blocks (it doesn’t have to be quilted) link up for the mega giveaway is November 13th at 11:59 EST.

Enter to Win

A winner will be selected at random from all the blocks posted. Details are listed below.

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Block 9 Prizes: One lucky person will receive these prizes just for making a postage stamp turkey.

Two printed “Vintage Blessings” exclusive mini patterns from Shabby Fabrics:   Vintage Pumpkin Wall Hanging and Vintage Schoolhouse Table runner .

And one 34” x 45” Warm & White craft size Cotton batting from the Warm Company.

Vintage Pumpkin – Wall Hanging Pattern: Want the kit instead? Make life easier and order it here! Full Set of 12 patterns available here – buy all 12 and save 10%! Decorate your home all year long with this beautiful wall hanging from The Vintage Series by Jennifer Bosworth of Shabby Fabrics. Wall hanging measures 12″ x 18″ and hangs from a darling dowel hanger (not included – available separately below).

Vintage Schoolhouse – Table Runner Pattern: Want the kit instead? Make life easier and order it here! Full Set of 12 patterns available here – buy all 12 and save 10%! Decorate your home all year long with a beautiful table runner from The Vintage Series by Jennifer Bosworth of Shabby Fabrics. Table runner measures approximately 12 1/2″ x 53″.

Please help us support our QAL sponsors. 

Visit Shabby Fabrics to request their latest mail order catalog here or view the digital version!

Visit the Warm Company to see what they have to offer.

Entering to win the prize above is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

  1. Everyone (You must be 18 to be able to enter to win prizes) gets to participate because International entries are welcome! You do NOT need to have a blog to enter. Hosts and designers are not eligible to win.
  2. Make a block using my pattern. Take a picture of it. Slight variations of the pattern are ok such as embellishments but keep your block true to the designed pattern if  you are entering the giveaway. The block should definitely be recognizable as one made from this free pattern. Deviating too much (or substituting a different block entirely) will cause your entry not to be counted. If you have questions if it’s allowed for entry into the giveaway, please ask me before you cut.
  3. Post a picture of your block before 11:59 PM EST, September 17th either on the Facebook page, or on Instagram #fallintoaqal.

Winners are drawn from the eligible pictured blocks and prizes awarded every other week. A mega grand-prize using all 12 of the block patterns sewn into a quilt top/flimsy (quilting not necessary) will be awarded at the end of the Fall Into a QAL .

See These Hosts for Inspiration and Tips

on Making the Autumn Leaf Block

*Block Designer — hereDownload your free pattern by clicking on the pdf above.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

These are our prize sponsors throughout the QAL. The sponsor for each bi-weekly prize varies. The Final Grand prize bundle and sponsors will be announced 10/16/18.


In addition, the following members of Partners in Design are providing prizes as well:

Come on Back for the Next Block Release

Join me on September 18th at 12:00am EDT for the release of the tenth block designed by Sandra Healy of Sandra Healy Designs.

Don’t Miss Out on My Previous Fall into a QAL Posts

Tu-Na Quilts: Big Announcement!!! (QAL introductory post with a schedule of when the blocks are released and a sneak peek at the fabrics that I’ll be using.) Yes, I’m seeing spots!

Tu-Na Quilts: Block One—Hedgehog

Tu-Na Quilts: Block Two —Harvest Basket

Tu-Na Quilts: Block Three — Bonfire

Tu-Na Quilts: Block Four — Sunflower with Tu-Na’s Tried and True Easy Steps to Making Accurately Pieced Blocks

Tu-Na Quilts: Block Five — Acorn with Lesson 1: Let’s Take the Wheel for a Spin of Tu-Na’s Tried and True Easy Guide to Fabric and Color Selection for Quilt Blocks

Tu-Na Quilts: Block Six — Pie with Lesson 2: Variety is the Spice of Life of Tu-Na’s Tried and True Easy Guide to Fabric and Color Selection for Quilt Blocks

Tu-Na Quilts: Block Seven — Pumpkins Aplenty

Tu-Na Quilts Block Eight — Autumn Leaf

What I Learned Today:

  1. Time flies when you’re having fun and even when you’re not.
  2. Tu-Na needs a turkey anatomy lesson. Turkey’s have wattles to help regulate body temperature since they don’t have sweat glands.
  3. The red part hanging off the beak of a turkey is actually called a snood. You’ll see it enlarge when Mr. Turkey is strutting his stuff while the misses are around. Evidently, they find it fascinating.

Question: Where do you display your turkeys in the fall? Are they on the wall or the door, in the yard, or on your plate? On Thanksgiving, turkey is on my plate. We like it so well, that I served it at Easter this year.

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I stuffed that turkey breast with lots of fresh rosemary and a large cut up lemon. I also inserted lots of butter under the skin. Because everything is better with butter!

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It was tender and juicy. Tu-Na Helper thought so.

Thanks for stopping by and do come again.

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts

Linking to:

Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts

Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt

Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River

Let’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts

Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication

Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? at Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

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

BOMsBOMsWelcome to the release of the eighth block for the Fall Into a QAL.

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Presenting the Autumn Leaf Block

If you are looking for my Fabulous Freebies Blog Hop post, you will find it here. But you are still invited to check out this leaf block before you go.

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Tu-Na Quilts: Finding Free Patterns

Welcome to Fabulous Freebies Blog Hop hosted by Calico Joan of Moosestash Quilting. Thanks Joan.


Let’s explore the world of online bee swaps and a very special quilt-a-long as part of  Fabulous Freebies.

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Tu-Na Travels: Day Seven, 398 Miles, 4 Quilt Shops, 0 Remaining!

The loons did not call us to arise as they had last year (read that post here) but we awoke before the alarm sounded anyway. We both sighed — for me it meant that my shop hop fun was coming to a close and for Tu-Na Helper it meant that his fun could now begin.

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Tu-Na Quilts: Day Six, 288 Miles, 9 Quilt Shops, 4 Remaining

If you recall from yesterday’s post (day 5), we secured the last hotel room in the greater Brainerd area for the night.

Cue the Music ♪ Do do, Do do, Do do ♪

We arose early to prepare to drive the short 30 minute trip to the quilt shop in Pequot Lakes in order to be there when it opened at 9 am. I was still getting ready as Tu-Na Helper announced he would start taking our bags to the car.

He grabbed the cooler, slung his bag over his shoulder, unlocked the door, reached for the handle, and pulled. Nothing happened. He moved the deadbolt to the lock and then to the unlock position again and pulled on the door handle. Again, nothing happened. We looked at each other. Could we both still be sleeping and dreaming or is this the beginning of a quilting thriller? Help! Let me out. There’s shops to visit and fabric that needs to be bought!

He tried several more times locking and unlocking the door and pulling down on the handle with the same result and then searched the room for the telephone to call the front desk. There was no phone.

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Tu-Na Travels: Day Five, 419 Miles, 10 Quilt Shops, 13 Remaining

Morning came early and we headed toward Randall to visit The Old Creamery Quilt Shop (I featured them in 2016 here). We both groaned when we pulled into the parking lot as it was filled with cars AND a bus!

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Tu-Na Travels: Day Four, 251 Miles, 8 Quilt Shops, 23 Remaining

I knew something (or should I say someone) was missing when I first stepped through the door of Heather’s Book Nook & Sew Much More in Granite Falls. I looked around and then I asked.

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Tu-Na Quilts: Day Three, 346 Miles, 9 Quilt Shops, 31 Remaining

Oops, Finishing Day Two

Maybe it’s my imagination or maybe it’s not but this year’s route seems to be flowing so much better and faster. The first two days found us visiting a fair amount of shops each day because we were able to get to shops that open at nine in the morning and then to several that were open far into the evening. This really helps to get us moving down the list but it sure makes for a long, tiring day and a short night. 

That being said, I now have leverage to admit that I forgot to mention that we checked out of the Metro section last night (day 2 post). It was about 7 pm when we arrived at Eagle Creek Quilt Shop in Shakopee. I featured them a couple of years ago (read their interesting story here).

A class was in process but I still was able to look around at the shop samples; ask if they had the pattern, A Little Bit Shorter Tall Tree, that was on my list; leisurely browse the clearance fabrics; and make a purchase before we got our passports stamped and received our incentive prize for finishing the Metro section.

However, I need to apologize to the lady waiting to use the restroom. Since the classroom tables usually hold the clearance fabrics, the staff had stacked the many bolts alongside one wall inside the single-use, spacious restroom and I took the opportunity to “kill two birds with one stone” albeit a little too leisurely.

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We each received a mesh bag for completing the Metro section. There were only 8 shops in this section which is down from 11 a few years ago. Several quilt shops have closed but some have decided not to participate. Tu-Na Helper still abides by his motto, “If they’re not on the hop, we don’t stop.” I guess he has to draw the line somewhere.

Now, Let’s Start Day 3

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Tu-Na Travels: Day Two, 339 Miles, 9 Shops, 40 Remaining

If you’re looking for the Fall Into a QAL, you’ll find my post here. Of course, you’re welcome to stay and read about my adventures on the Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop as Tu-Na Helper and I travel the entire state visiting 59 shops or at least we hope to visit them all.

Our first stop for the day would be Country Loft Quilt & Design in Forest Lake. The quilt made from all the shops patterns was displayed here.

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Tu-Na Helper and I submitted our entries to win the 59 kits which contain the fabric to make each of the blocks.

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

Welcome to the release of the seventh block for the Fall Into a QAL.

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