Tu-Na Quilts: Art with Fabric: Sunflowers-if Van Gogh Were a Quilter

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Welcome to my stop on the Art with Fabric Blog Hop. Thank you Alida of Tweety Loves Quilting for hosting this event. Be sure to stop by the other artists displaying their creations today. The list is below.

I grew up on a farm. When I read that the theme for this Art with Fabric Blog Hop was Mother Earth, visions of fields came to mind. My parents have now retired and moved off the farm but my brother and his boys now work the land. They raise wheat, corn, soybeans, canola, cattle, kids (the human kind), and sunflowers.

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“Daddy, where are you?” This is my great niece and I think the hat in the field adorns the head of my nephew.

The beautiful sunflower fields have now turned brown but my nephew’s wife rescued me and sent me pics she took of last year’s crop.

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I’m thinking that van Gogh didn’t use field sunflowers or he’d never have fit so many in the vase.

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This crop of sunflowers and kids are growing nicely and quickly! I wonder what or who my great nephew is pointing to?

When images of sunflowers came to mind, I immediately thought of van Gogh and his Sunflowers.

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This piece can be found at the van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

In fact, I have several sunflower pictures already decorating my walls. They are more precious than van Gogh’s (although one of his five Sunflower paintings sold for over 39 million dollars). Mine, however, are priceless.

When my kids were in school, they had the same third grade teacher who showed them how to paint like the masters: van Gogh, da Vinci, Grant Wood, O’Keefe. Yes, I had some of their prints framed and they still decorate my living room walls.

I wondered if I could interpret the sunflowers in fabric form for my Art with Fabric entry.

I present: Sunflowers—if van Gogh were a quilter

 

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This mini is 13.75″ x 16.5″.

I chose not to use the monochromatic color scheme that van Gogh used. I didn’t even look at the ones that my kids had done. I just chose the colors I wanted to use.

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If it looks like these petals and leaves are loose and standing up, they are! I went for the 3-D effect.

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I quilted a crosshatch creating a diamond. This helped soften the dizziness of the navy blue, checkered tablecloth.

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Ric rac makes a perfect stem. I even folded it down and left the fold hanging for more effect. I am on a mission to use and promote the use of ric rac.

I framed this quilt with a wide 1″ binding. (Yes, it is possible to use a wide binding and even make mitered corners!) After all, if you’ve visited any museums and seen the master’s, you’d know they are framed with heavy wooden frames usually containing gold leaf. You can see hints of gold in my binding fabric which is a landscapes from Northcott.

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Van Gogh was brilliant! I suspect he was a bit perplexed about how to paint those stems entering the top of the vase. To solve that dilemma, he just painted several flowers over that area and didn’t have to worry about the perspective.  So I did the same except I sewed one on.

The backing came in the mail as a wonderful surprise just in time for me to use. I won 10 fat quarters of Batiks from The Objects of Design last month and this one was included. It was perfect for the back. Thanks Sally!

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I included folded corners in the top to make hanging this mini easy.

And now it’s ready to be hung with the masters.

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Visit these Fabric Artists today to view their creations. Most should be posted by 7 am EST.

For the full week’s schedule, see my post here.

I am so glad you stopped by today. I am most frequently asked about my name, Tu-Na. You can read how that name was bestowed upon me here. I started quilting when I was 16 and  wrote my second post here about that quilt. I guess you’ll have to read it to find out why it resulted in my receiving jewelry and a marriage proposal and to find out what happened to it.

I hope you enjoyed my Art with Fabric project and post on Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats. I write about the things I enjoy doing: quilting, traveling, and eating (well cooking and baking but that didn’t sound good in a title of a blog). If you enjoyed your stop here and would like to receive notice when I publish a post here on my blog, you are welcome to subscribe to follow me. You’ll find three ways to do so: email, WordPress, and Bloglovin. They are listed in the sidebar to your right on a computer or down below on your mobile device.

Coming Soon:

Tu-Na Quilts: A Visit to the Quilted Ceiling Quilt Shop in Valley City, ND

Tu-Na Quilts: It’s All Out of the Bag (pertaining to the Quilt MN Shop Hop Loot)

What I Learned Today:

  1. It feels good to be back in the sewing room. After taking several weeks off for the second time this summer and fall, I am now back to creating and catching up with bees, quilt-a-longs, and blogging. Look out fabric and thread, needles and scissors are flying around the room!
  2. Retirement is hard work.
  3. To be more like van Gogh. When a problem occurs, such as when seams won’t match, just sew a flower over it.

Question: What do you create with fabric? Let me know in the comments. Years ago, I sewed pretty dresses and hats for my daughter and zuba pants for my boys. Now I make mostly functional bed quilts so I was reaching outside my comfort zone with this wall hanging.

Thanks for stopping by and do come again.

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts

Linking to:

Pieceful Sunday at Janda Bend Quilts

Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter

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 Quilt

Show Off Saturday at Sew Can She

 

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Tu-Na Quilts: I Wish You A Merry Quilt-A-Long Block 8 Released Today

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In the spirit of giving, we give you another free pattern today. But don’t delay in downloading your patterns, as they are free only as long as the quilt-a-long is going on.

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This block may look challenging to some of you. But it goes together easily just follow the directions. I used the pictures a lot to tell me if I was on the right course or not.

Sola, at Alice Samuel’s Quilt Co., created this super cute pattern. You can find the pattern on her blog here. Don’t be overly worried about it. I’ve got a couple of construction tips for you to help you along your way and so do my fellow hosts listed below.

First, the pattern makes two identical present blocks within the block. At first, I thought I’d only make one present for my square. I should have done that and once finished I would have realized how easy they were and then gone on and made the second. Instead, I cut out for both presents and tried sewing them up together. I highly suggest cutting out and sewing up only one at a time. Why you ask?

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I accidently cut two of those white with red pieces that were to be set aside. This meant that the remaining piece would now be short and I would have to start over.

Next, when sewing the angled edges together, baste them in place along the seam line and then check. If the ribbons don’t match, you can easily remove the basting and try again. Why you ask?

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I machine basted just thru the ribbon seams to see how they lined up. It took me about six tries on each present before I got it right. Ripping out only this much saved me a lot of time. I use this technique a lot when matching angles.

I will add the ric rack bows and gift tags after the top is finished and quilted.

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I’ll use fray check on the ends of the ric rac. I had to find a way to sneak some ric rack into this block.

I think the bows and tags really dress up this gift and also help create the 3-D effect.

I hope I’ve inspired you to grab your fabric and sew up a couple of presents today.

Then post the picture on either Sola’s party link on her blog or on the I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long Facebook page or tag # #iwishyouamerryqal on Instagram to win some prizes. Remember you have until October 23rd at 11.59 PM to link or post your pic to be entered to win.

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Thank you to Warm Crochet for offering this prize. In addition, they are also offering a discount code to all QAL participants. Use the code “ChristmasQAL” to get 10%OFF your purchase. Thank you also to Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl for offering a pattern for this giveaway. You can find her shop here.

At the end of the QAL there will be a link to download a picture of your finished quilt. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must make a quilt top using all twelve of the QAL blocks by January 16th, 2018. Thank you to all these sponsors for prizes.

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Here’s all my blocks so far.

Find info on where to get the pattern and see my Block 3-Santa’s Belt here,  Block 4-Christmas Memories (ornaments) here, Block 5-Snowman here, and Block 6-Angel here, Block 7-Poinsettia here. As you can see, I am still working on blocks one and two, so you see, there’s still time for you to join along. You can find the pattern for block one-snowflake here and block 2-tree farm here.

I’ve got a start on the tree farm. I’m starting to see a secondary theme emerging. Do you?

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Meet the rest of the I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long Hosts as they reveal their version of this block

Look for Block 9 to be released on October 24th.

Coming soon:

My Art with Fabric Blog Hop post on Wednesday  (I hope you’ll be back to check it out as I’m really excited about it)

A visit to the Quilted Ceiling Quilt Shop in Valley City, ND.

A look at all the Quilt MN Shop Hop loot

What I Learned Today:

  1. Take more pics. I do take a lot but I could use more.
  2. When the camera stops working: take out the battery, wait 10 seconds, reinsert the battery, start taking pics again.
  3. Deer don’t like zucchini. They ate the watermelon but left the zucchini in the garden.

Question: What was a unique gift you gave or received? I made a jar of reindeer noses (malted milk balls and sour cherries) and gifted them to our neighbors at our AZ house a couple of years ago. They all enjoyed them. I should do that again.

Thanks for stopping by and do come again.

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts

Linking to:

I Wish You a Merry QAL Linky Party at Alice Samuels Quilt Co.

Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River

Let’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts

Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication

Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter

WIPs at Silly Mama Quilts

Tu-Na Quilts: I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long Block 7 Released Today

 Did you know there’s a song about a poinsettia? It starts out:

♪ Percy the puny poinsettia
Is hanging his bloom in dismay
If they had just kept him wetta
He’d be a houseplant today
Folks liked the other plants betta
Now he’s alone on the shelf
Even a plant with no uncle or aunt
Shouldn’t spend Christmas Day by himself ♪

If you’re interested in finding out what happens to Percy, you can listen to it here.

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The seventh block in our I Wish You A Merry Quilt-A-Long just happens to be a poinsettia. However, this poinsettia definitely isn’t puny and it sure is cute.

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The pattern can be found here at SandyStar Designs.

You will have fun sewing this one. Ohhh, the possibilities! I wanted to use just one color for all of the petals but wanted to make a definition between them. Voila, ric rac to the rescue. I plan to use ric rac in many of these blocks. I liked ric rac as a little girl and still do. I think I’ll start a campaign to promote the use of ric rac again. There used to be so many colors to choose from at the store and now the selection is rather limited. So let’s start using more ric rac.

Adding the ric rac, took a bit of thought. I started by machine basting the ric rack onto the piece that I wanted it to lay flat against.

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Then I pressed the seam open.

Check the picture below to see how I easily squared the half square triangle/quarter square triangle pieces.

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I aligned the diagonal line on my square ruler along the seam line as noted by the black arrows. I made sure the cutting line on the right side of the ruler would fall exactly at 3.5 inches at the place where the quarter square triangle seams joined as noted by the red arrow. This is very important as it ensures the square will be cut accurately and each quarter square triangle will be the correct size helping tremendously when matching seams.

Sewing all that ric rac in the seams produced quite a clump in the middle. It was so thick when I joined the final two seams that I didn’t even try to sew through it. I didn’t want to break a needle but I tried to get as close as I could to the center.

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Once all the seams were sewn and pressed, I cut away the center making sure there would still be plenty of block that would be covered by the appliqued circle.

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Reducing this bulk, helped the appliqued center lie flat.

I used a vintage thread spool to trace around for the center part of the poinsettia.

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I often look for items to trace around especially round things.

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That’s how I made my pretty-but not puny-Poinsettia.

Are you making a Poinsettia this week?

Grab your fabric and sew up a poinsettia today.

Then post the picture on either Sandy’s party link on her blog or on the I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long Facebook page or tag # #iwishyouamerryqal on Instagram to win some prizes. Remember you have until October 23rd at 11.59 PM to link or post your pic to be entered to win.

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Special thanks to Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter for supplying a pattern for the giveaway. You can find her pattern shop here.

At the end of the QAL there will be a link to download a picture of your finished quilt. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must make a quilt top using all twelve of the QAL blocks by January 16th, 2018. Thank you to all these sponsors for prizes.

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Here’s all my blocks.

Find info on where to get the pattern and see my Block 3-Santa’s Belt here,  Block 4-Christmas Memories (ornaments) here, Block 5-Snowman here, and Block 6-Angel here. As you can see, I am still working on blocks one and two, so you see, there’s still time for you to join along. You can find the pattern for block one-snowflake here and block 2-tree farm here.

Meet the rest of the I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long Hosts as they reveal their version of this block

Look for block 8 to be released today also! You can find my version of Block 8 here. Block 9 will be released on October 24th.

Coming soon:

A visit to the Quilted Ceiling Quilt Shop in Valley City, ND.

A look at all the Quilt MN Shop Hop loot

What I Learned Today?

  1. There appears to be a song written for just about anything.
  2. There’s a lot of creative quilters making this quilt. I Wish You a Merry QAL facebook page shows lots of creative versions of these blocks.
  3. Looking at all that creativity makes me want to start another one of these quilts but in blue and white.
  4. Someone, probably on four legs, stole all of our watermelons from the garden. My husband even put them in hiding amongst the vines and laid corn stalks over the top. We picked one last week and it was delicious. I hope they enjoyed them, too.

Question: Does your Christmas decorating include buying Poinsettia plants?  Do you use ric rac?

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Thanks for stopping by and do come again.

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts

Linking to:

I Wish You a Merry QAL Linky Party at SandyStar Designs

Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River

Let’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts

Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication

Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter

WIPS at Silly Mama Quilts

Tu-Na Quilts: Art with Fabric Blog Hop Starting Monday

The Art with Fabric Blog Hop is starting Monday. My day to post my project is Wednesday so please stop on back to see it then.

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You might be wondering what this blog hop is all about. Participating bloggers were invited to produce a quilted/sewn project using a well-known or lesser known work of art as our inspiration piece. You can see the last several years entries here.

The theme this fall was Mother Earth. So what did Tu-Na decide to make for her quilted art piece. You’ll just have to return on Wednesday to see.

Here’s the schedule:

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Monday, October 9th, 2017

 
Tuesday, October 10th, 2017
 
Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 
Thursday, October 12th, 2017 
Friday, October 13th, 2017 

What I Learned Today:

  1. There will be no apple cider days, no aroma of drying apples in our house for weeks, no fresh apple pie, and no fresh applesauce this year. Our apples did not survive the three hail storms we had this summer. There are not many apples on the trees. The few that did survive are very small, misshapen, dented, scabbed, and have other living things inside.
  2. This will be a busy blog week with two posts for the I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long scheduled for Tuesday and the Art with Fiber post on Wednesday. I have not forgotten about the loot posts or the one about The Quilted Ceiling. They will be coming. Maybe even this week!

Question:

Thanks for stopping by and do come again.

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts

Tu-Na Quilts: I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long Block 6 Released Today

♪ Angels we have heard on high

Sweetly singing o’er the plain

And the mountains in reply

Echoing their joyous strains ♪

 

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Welcome to the Block 6 Release Party Day of the I Wish You A Merry Quilt-A-Long.

Here she is sweetly singing ♪ Gloria in excelsis Deo. ♪

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I’ve personalized this pattern a wee bit. She’s got a new “do” and some eyelet edging on her gown,  She’s also sporting a halo.

You’ll find this pattern at Sandra Healy Designs here. All the patterns are free until January 16th, 2018. So don’t delay, download your pattern today. Sandra’s also offering a 20% discount in her shop at Sandra Healy Designs until October 25, 2017. Just use the coupon code MERRYQAL20 when you check-out.

I learned a few tricks to make this angel a bit easier to put together.

  1. I don’t have a lightbox. In order to trace the applique portion of the pattern, I taped it on a window and then held the Lite Steam a Seam 2 over it with the yellow lines side facing me. Then I held the Steam a Seam over the paper and just traced the lines moving the Steam a Seam as needed for the next part of the applique. Make sure to leave about half an inch of space between each part.tunaquilts 2a

2. This pattern has lots of applique pieces with rounded edges. To make the rounded edges nice and smooth, I turned my prepared fabric applique piece while I cut holding the scissors in one place. This helps to make the rounded edges round and make nice crisp lines. It does make a difference. It is so much better than holding the fabric/paper still and moving the scissors cutting up and down. Having a really sharp scissors also helps. I also have a scissors that I only use for applique. The blades do get gummy and I clean them off with rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab.

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O.k. This wasn’t the best pic to highlight this point. But it’s really hard to hold the scissors in one hand, and the fabric in the other hand, and the camera in another hand when I only have two hands!

3. I chose NOT to use a stabilizer this time. I used one when I made the ornaments and look what happened here. I’m still picking out the remnants. I think this angel block turned out well.  

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This looks so much better than the back of the ornament block. but that one will look nice, too, once I finish picking out all the paper. The block pulled in just slightly on the bottom but still finished very close to 12.5″. This was probably because of the bias tape edge of the eyelet lace trim. After thinking about it, I could have trimmed this bias edge away in the back before stitching it down. 

4. You can also see in the pic above that I used a piece of lightweight iron-on interfacing on the underside of the face. this is so that the embroidery thread French knots do not pull through the front.

5. I also found that the sewing machine needle will get gummy from the Steam a Seam although the package says it doesn’t. To remedy this, either clean off your needle when done with rubbing alcohol or use a needle that you save just for applique.

6. Finally, I encourage you to personalize your block to make it unique and to reflect a bit of yourself in it. Add some fun embellishments. If you look at Sandra’s pattern, you can see that I changed the angel’s hairstyle and added a halo. I also added a bit of eyelet trim to the bottom of her gown.

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She just got back from the hairdresser and is sporting a new “do.”

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I appliqued the feet first. Then stitched down the gown leaving the trim flying free.

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I think those toes are so cute just peeking out from under the gown.

What can you do to make your angel block unique?

Here’s how all my blocks look together. The gray, red, white, and yellow are all the same fabrics in each of the blocks. They just look different in the pics.

Find info on where to get the pattern and see my Block 3-Santa’s Belt here,  Block 4-Christmas Memories (ornaments) here, and Block 5-Snowman here. I am still working on blocks one and two, so you see, there’s still time for you to join along. You can find the pattern for block one-snowflake here and block 2-tree farm here.

That cute snowman pattern that was released two weeks ago is catching the eyes of everyone! In fact, my snowman above was featured last week on Quilt Fabrication for Midweek Makers. That was really exciting. So, Mr. Snowman, this one’s for you!

I’ve been enjoying seeing all the unique snowmen being posted on the I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long Facebook page.

Grab your fabric and sew up an angel today. Then post the picture on either Sandra’s party link on her blog or on the I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long Facebook page or tag # #iwishyouamerryqal on Instagram to win some prizes. Remember you have until October 9th at 11.59 PM to link or post your pic to be entered to win. Thank you to Island Batik for supplying the prize for this block.

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The next two blocks will be released on October 10th at 12:01 AM Eastern time. The remaining blocks will be released every other Tuesday with the final block set to post on December 5th giving you just enough time to finish your quilt before Christmas.

At the end of the QAL there will be a link to download a picture of your finished quilt. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must make a quilt top using all twelve of the QAL blocks by January 16th, 2018. Thank you to all these sponsors for prizes.

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Meet the rest of the I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long Hosts as they reveal their version of this block:

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

Tu-Na Quilts: The Reveal of the Listed Loot

Tu-Na Quilts: The Reveal of What Was Added to the List (a.k.a. The Big Splurge)

Tu-Na Quilts: The Reveal of My 2017 Quilt MN Shop Hop Fabric and a Bit More About the Designer

Tu-Na Quilts: A Few Words from Tu-Na Helper

Tu-Na Quilts: It’s All Out of the Bag (A Wrap up of the 2017 Quilt MN Shop Hop)

Tu-Na Travels: Visiting the Quilted Ceiling in Valley City, ND

What I Learned Today:

  1. There’s a lot of creativity in the quilting world. Looking at all the blocks on the I Wish You a Merry QAL Facebook page makes me want to start about 4 more of these quilts.
  2. It’s easy to get behind even with fun things. I am behind in posting the remaining posts of the Quilt MN Shop Hop and my Valley City  Quilt Shop as I was busy preparing the post for the Blogger’s Quilt Festival. But they will be coming.

Question: Are you sewing along with us? If you aren’t, what color fabrics would you choose?

Thanks for stopping by and do come again.

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts

At this time, I have no affiliation with any of the shops, products, companies, or services that I mention here on Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats.

Linking to:

Block 6 Linky Party at Sandra Healy Designs

BOMS Away at What a Hoot Quilts

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

Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilt

Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts

Moving It Forward Monday at Em’s Scrapbag

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

 

Tu-Na Quilts: Second Entry in Blogger’s Quilt Festival

The Blogger’s Quilt Festival hosted by Amy’s Creative Side is a virtual Quilt Show. All you need to do is sit in your favorite chair or at your desk and flip through lots of quilts on blogs using your computer. I think the best part about this virtual show is reading more about the quilts than one would get at a live show.

bqf-f2017-e1505776492695.pngI attend several live quilt shows each year but I do enjoy reading and seeing the quilts here at the Blogger’s Quilt Festival. This is my second year I’ve entered but I’ve been enjoying this festival for a few years. My last year’s entries were the Plus Quilt and the Little House on the Prairie Quilt.

 

This is my second entry into this year’s festival. (My first entry, Quilter’s Laundry Day Mini, can be found here.)

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This baby quilt contained a lot of tiny pieces and took me awhile to make.  I changed the pattern somewhat in that I have the bear on the front of the paw patch rather than having the green sashing going through the bear. I also left out the bear paw in the square with his rump. He does have a black eye as well as a black nose. I thought I had a close-up of it.

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I designed the back to look like that bear had walked right over it. Our exchange daughter, Kerstin, helped me with the layout of these blocks. The pattern included these paw prints to be used as a border around the larger size quilts but not the baby quilt. Since my mom says “Quilts just shouldn’t be square,” I added an extra row to make it longer.

I started this bear quilt last summer during a sewing day with my mom and sisters. I had a couple of projects going on. They offered to help, sort of.

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This pattern has lots of little pieces. But that’s ok as my motto is “I dabble in small pieces.”

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My sister, Bonnie, was in charge of pressing and quality control. If she didn’t like the way I’d sewn a square, it came back to me for correction. Don’t let those two irons fool you. She only used one at a time.

Eventually, there was quite a pile that needed trimming.

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Mom thought we should stay organized. So she used my Tupperware container and filled it up. Eventually, both containers were just about full.

At the end of the day, I found the scraps shaped like this.

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I think my mom was the creative artist behind it.

We got together last summer several times for sewing and eating. Really, there was more fun than sewing going on during those days. Mostly we’d eat. My sister, Sheila, was in charge of cooking because she said she doesn’t sew.

We’d have morning coffee with treats.

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If the weather was nice, we had our coffee outside in my gazebo. Coffee time usually lasted at least an hour and sometimes longer.

Then all too soon it was time for lunch.

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On this particular quilting day, Sheila made us homemade pizza on the grill. She said it would taste similar to my much-loved Punch pizza. Yes, she’s rolling out homemade dough.

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Even my husband was enlisted to help because he’s the grill master. After all, if you want to eat around here, you have to be part of the process.

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The pizza was yummy!! It had fresh mozzarella cheese and fresh basil leaves. Grilling the crust worked. I’ll just have to write a separate post about the process.

Afternoon tea and treats followed.

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Where am I? The question really is; where is Tu-Na Helper (my husband)? If he’d been around, then I could be in the picture, too.

I had read through this MOD Bear Paw Quilt pattern for Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts offering suggestions before she published it. Then I started sewing it. The pattern can be purchased here on her pattern site if you’d like to sew one, too, and want your directions all in one spot. She also offered it as a free quilt-a-long on her blog. Find more info about the quilt-a-long tutorials and the free pattern here.

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My daughter, Emily, is showing me how the bear’s front paw should look when walking as I was questioning it. I think she makes a good bear model.

I learned a lot when making this quilt: the importance of sewing a scant 1/4″ seam especially when the block has lots of little pieces; using lots of spray starch (Best Press is my favorite) for easier cutting, sewing, and to make the seams and blocks lay flat; and asking someone to look over my work.

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That last tidbit of learning needs a bit of explaining. I had the quilt all laid out on our pool table (which serves mostly as a design table for me since it’s always covered with fabric—or folded clothes) when our exchange daughter, Kerstin, came to spend Christmas with us. She took one look and in about 30 seconds pointed out my mistake. I had turned a half-square triangle in one of the paws the wrong way. Out came the seam ripper so I could correct that mistake and then I enlisted her help to look for other errors. I was relieved when she didn’t find any more.

I gifted this quilt to my great-nephew (Bonnie’s grandson) at Christmas. It was a surprise for her, too, as I had not told her who was getting it. This little guy’s dad is a hunter. I think he liked it, too.

Quilt Stats:

Pattern: By Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts

Size: 47″ x 53″

Construction: Machine pieced by me.

Fabric: All 100% cotton from the stash, mine as well as some from my mom’s. The blue backing is cotton flannel.

Batting: Quilter’s Dream

Thread: Aurifil 50 wt.

Quilting: Machine quilted by me using my domestic sewing machine stitching horizontal wavy lines. They went much better after I drank a glass of wine.

What I Learned Today:

  1. Don’t wait so long to post about my projects as it takes longer to gather the pictures and remember the details.
  2. Tuesday is coming fast and I’d better finish that I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long block so it’ll be ready for it’s “birth day”. Are you quilting along with us?
  3. The loot posts are going to be rather embarrassing. I haven’t forgotten about them. Other things have needed to be done or written about first.
  4. I miss that old ironing board cover as I’ve replace it already. I can’t remember where I bought that one.

Question: Do you make quilts according to the pattern directions, or do you let creativity take over and change the pattern, or do you prefer to design your own? I make some using the pattern exactly and others I change. I haven’t done much designing yet.

Thanks for stopping by and do come again.

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts

At this time, I have no affiliation with any of the shops, products, companies, or services that I mention here on Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats.

Linking to:

Blogger’s Quilt Festival at Amy’s Creative Side (Thanks Amy!)

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

Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilt

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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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