Tu-Na Eats: Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

At first, I thought I should change the title to “Tu-Na Drinks” rather than eats but after reading this you will agree that the title is correct.

#3. I like fresh squeezed orange juice.

I mean — I really like — fresh squeezed orange juice.

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We have an orange tree in our backyard in Arizona. It’s wonderful to run outside in the winter come mid-January and grab a couple of oranges and juice them for breakfast.

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I set the juicer to the largest opening to get the most pulp. I’ve noticed that the oranges that I pick later in the season are bigger and juicer. One orange was so big it yielded a half cup of juice.

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Some of the oranges have a bit of green on their skins.

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Here’s how big they were. That’s a 1 cup Tupperware measuring cup on the left.

 

It didn’t seem to matter as they looked the same in the inside and were just as juicy and tasty.

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The orange on the left had green on the outside.

 

This year our harvest lasted into the first week of April. In fact, fruit was hanging on the tree while the tree was blossoming in early March. The air was very fragrant for a few days.

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When my grandson came to visit us the first winter we lived here, I offered him a glass of my fresh squeezed orange juice. He drank it slowly. When I offered him juice the next day he replied, “No, thanks. I don’t like to have to chew my juice.”

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A spoon (ok. a plastic spoon) can remain standing in a cup of my fresh squeezed juice.

 

What I Learned Today:

  1. Next January, when the oranges are ripe, seems like a very long time away.
  2. Juice made from oranges bought at the Fruit/Vegetable market or the grocery store does not taste the same as that coming from our tree.
  3. I still have some fresh grapefruit that needs juicing. 
  4. There is no need for us to plant a grapefruit tree. Grapefruit is found in abundance in our village. People pick their trees and leave the grapefruit in boxes along the curb or put it in the common areas such as our village’s pool or library for others to take.

Question: Pulp or no pulp?

Linking with Lee Anna at Not Afraid of Color for her I Like Thursday party. If you missed my first two “I like” posts you can catch them here.

#1. I Like the Saguaro Cactus

#2. I Like to Shop at Thrift Stores

Tu-Na Quilts: Welcome to the Second Week of the New Quilt Bloggers Hop

Hello, fellow quilters! I’d like you to meet a few more of my fellow Blooming Quilters this week as we jet around the globe. Just click on their blog name and you’ll be able to visit with them too and if you like what you read you might want to follow them to keep in touch. Thank you to Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl for bringing us all together. Visit Yvonne’s blog to enter to win some fantastic prizes. Don’t delay the giveaway is open only for 4 more days.

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  • Olusola @Alice Samuel’s Quilt Co. We all strive for perfection in who we are and what we do. Meet Sola from Nigeria whose blog is perfect and she tells us at what point we or our quilts are perfect too. She’s displaying some fantastic quilts she’s either finished or in the process of making so you’ll get some major inspiration here.

 

  • Liz @My Sew Called Life Meet Liz who lives in the dream location of Hawaii. Find out how she turned her life around to create happiness and quilts, of course. You’ll also get to meet her fur babies and read about her feathered friends. There’s quilt inspiration pictures here too. She finished her post with some quilting tips but I can’t follow the first one…Don’t buy fabric just because you like it.

 

  • Anita @Domestic Felicity Anita’s introductory post is still coming and I can’t wait to read more. I’ll come back and update this when it publishes. Update: Anita may have been a bit tardy for the party but her post is definitely worth the wait and she had a good excuse–life got in the way. This motorcycle mamma sold her bike and took up quilting. I hope you’ll stop over and visit her blog to get a couple of great quilting tips that I’ll definitely use and maybe you will too.

 

  • Cate @Chaos Theory Quilting Cate started to quilt as a way to ease her pain and leave something tangible behind. She tells us that she has many unquilted tops lying around–no surprise there as I think many of us quilters have them, too. Learn what she would like to do with them.

Also check out Leanne @she can quilt and Beth @Cooking Up Quilts to meet even more quilt bloggers from these hives.

Come on back in May for two more weeks of introductory posts and giveaways. I’ll be posting the first week. Oh, and remember to enter the giveaway found on any of our three host blogs (Yvonne, Leanne, or Beth) soon.

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What I Learned Today:

  1. Food feeds the soul.
  2. My sister is a great cook.
  3. So is my niece (her daughter).

Question: What did you do yesterday? After a beautiful Easter church service, I had a wonderful Easter meal prepared by my sister.

 

Tu-Na Quilts: Welcome to Week One of the New Quilt Bloggers Hop

Here they are all polished and shined up and ready for a visit. You’re all invited to pop over and visit and get to know these new quilt bloggers better. There are fun prizes to be won on our host’s blogs so don’t delay as there are only 4 days to enter.

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Meet some of my fellow Blooming Quilters this week by clicking on their link which will take you directly to their post for this hop.

  • Jennifer @Inquiring Quilter You can find out that Jennifer is a list-maker and a planner and discover why and how she chose the name of her blog plus see some fantastic projects she’s done. We are talking major inspiration here. Plus you will want to pop back each day but especially on Wednesday for a little wait loss.

 

  • Fi at living cloth Find out what the word cloth means in her blog name. Fi also shows us her first quilt she ever made and a fun improve tree mini quilt that I just have to make and maybe you will want to make one too. 

 

  • Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts This young mom of two boys is not going to let  her stash gather dust. She designs quilt patterns and completed 34 quilts last year. Now that’s some serious sewing partly made possible by a desire to set goals and achieve them. Oh, my, I do need some of her energy. But don’t worry, she will leave you with a tip on how you, too, can not only manage to get something done but also achieve some lofty goals.

 

  • Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting It’s a good thing that Bobbi loves snow since she lives in Montana. She shows us some of her quilts that she’s designed and tells us to spin our seams to make them lie flat. Well, I’ve tried and not been successful at spinning seams so I’ll just have to keep practicing it.

 

  • Amanda at Mommy’s Projects Another young mom tells us why she takes time to quilt or play with yarn. She’s got a great quilting tip that I plan to use and you might want to, too.

But that’s not all! Leanne at she can quilt introduces these new quilt bloggers

as part of  4

and Beth at Cooking Up Quilts introduces

Jess @ Sew Jess Handmade
Rachel @ Making a Beautiful Life
Amanda @ Quiltologie
Abigail @ Cut & Alter
Rose @ something rosemade

as part of  3

You will want to visit Yvonne or Leanne or Beth to enter the BIG giveaway on their blogs.

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More new quilt bloggers are coming next week with another round of giveaways.

What I Learned Today:

  1. I have great readers who left me some great stress relievers. Thank you all so much!
  2. My brother suggests that eating a half a bar of chocolate each day is healthful. I haven’t even had time or the desire to eat any lately so I can’t tell you whether that would work for me or not.

Question: What are you craving to eat or do today?

Thanks for stopping by and do come again.

Karen

 

Tu-Na Quilts: Coming soon…2017 New Quilt Bloggers Hop

The 2017 New Quilt Bloggers are busily polishing their blogs and preparing their post. During two weeks in April and two weeks in May, you will be able to get to know them better. There will also be lots of giveaways on our host’s blogs.

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The hop is scheduled as follows:

2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop Schedule

  • Blog Hop Week 1 – April 10th
  • Blog Hop Week 2 – April 17th
  • Blog Hop Week 3 – May 1st
  • Blog Hop Week 4 – May 8th

I am part of the Blooming Quilter’s group under the direction of Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl and am scheduled to post an introductory post on May 1st.

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We’ve received our assignments and are scheduling our posts. Some of my fellow members of the Blooming Quilters as well as those of the two other groups of new quilt bloggers will be posting during each of those weeks. I will let you know more of the schedule as we go along.

Meet my fellow members of Blooming Quilters.

You can find even more new quilt bloggers on the other co-hosts blogs: Leanne @she can quilt, and Beth @Cooking Up Quilts as well as find the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Sponsors.

On a side note: I’ve been busy with family responsibilities but have sincerely appreciated all of your blog comments and support. As soon as I can, I will post about my March bee blocks and the continuing postage saga. You probably won’t believe it. But then again, maybe you will.

What I’ve Learned Today:

  1. My family is priority number one.
  2. All else pales in comparison.

Question: How do you handle stress? I need some good stress relievers.

Tu-Na Quilts: Winners Announced

I am sorry for the delay in posting the winners of the Quilt Qwazy Queens Blog Hop; I’ve been busy with family matters.

I enjoyed reading all your comments. I was able to reply to a few but matters kept me busy. Know that I appreciated every one of your comments and thank you so much for stopping by to read my blog and enter this contest.

The winners have been posted on Marian’s blog Seams to be Sew; You can see the list here. Congratulations to all! I do not know at this time if Marian has contacted them or they have replied. I will be back later with more info.

QQQ

Tu-Na Quilts: It’s Coming-Soon! Will You Be Ready?

Worldwide Quilting Day that is. In just 2 days, on March 18, 2017, quilter’s all over the world will unite with needle in one hand and fabric in the other busily sewing in honor of those who quilted before us, who quilt with us, and who will quilt after us. In honor of this old yet new art. In honor of the comfort our quilts provide for others. In honor of us— Quilt Qwazy Queens!

Welcome to the Quilt Qwazy Queens Blog Hop.

Quilt Qwazy Queens 2017

We’ve got some wonderful sponsors (links below), a great coupon deal from EQ, and giveaways for five days. See the list of hop participants at the end of this post. Giveaways are open only for one day (except Friday which will close on Monday) so don’t delay and enter today. More about how you can enter my giveaway towards the end (Update: my giveaway has closed but the blog hop posts on March 17 are still open. The winners have been announced on Seams to be Sew-March 18, 2017). But first I want to share how I will be honoring Worldwide Quilting Day.

I plan to spend the day at my sewing machine busily working on this cute crib-size quilt.

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Ok. The elephants need some work yet. But you get the idea.

I started with a design. I don’t have EQ yet so I use graph paper and colored pencils. But look what’s here!

!!Coupon Alert!!EQ Do You EQ BlogEQ is offering a 30% discount during the hop for visitors… You’ll need the following coupon code when you check out. 

Promo code: EQHOP2017

This code is valid from 3/16/2017 to 3/27/2017. This is a good time to upgrade from EQ6 to EQ7 and even the plugin for EQStitch.

Exclusions: Electric Quilt 7, EQ7 Migration Kit, Upgrade from EQ Mini to EQ7, EQ Mini Migration Kit, EQ Academy classes, and EQ University classes.

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I took a look at the new mom’s baby registry to find she had picked an elephant theme in teal, green, and peach.

I’ve cut many squares and sewn many half-square triangles. I made them a bit larger than needed so I could trim them to size. This allows me to make perfect (or nearly) perfect points.

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I use a lead pencil to lightly mark a line on the wrong side of the fabric.  I lay the ruler across the points at opposite corners and draw a line on each side of the ruler. This ruler allows for a 1/4″ seam when the square is cut diagonally in half. I find these rulers so handy that I have a set in both of my houses.

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It’s a mountain of half-square triangles waiting for the seams to be set, cut apart, and pressed to the side.

Chevrons are so popular.

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I don’t have a design wall. I use the guest bed to lay out small quilts.

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I use Wonder clips to hold my labels for the blocks and rows. Usually, I don’t have to put so many labels on, but I was getting company and needed to be able to pick up each block and keep the rows together. You can see I number each row going down and I give each block a letter of the alphabet going across. So far so good!

My friend’s daughter had a baby in November so this quilt will be finished soon and heading her way. I think she’ll like it.

Marian of Seams to be Sew has graciously offered to help me with my first giveaway. To enter, please click this link to enter at her website (Update: My giveaway has now closed but the blogs on the hop posting on March 17 are open until Monday). In fact, you might want to check out her blog each day for extra giveaways.

The giveaways today include 3 Fat quarters from Northcott Fabrics Noah’s Ark Collection. It’s new! (Post and Picture below edited to align with rafflecopter at Marian’s post)

Northcott - Noah's Ark

The second giveaway is a Twin size batt of Quilter’s Dream 80/20 batting (The winner of the Quilter’s Dream should be willing to pay shipping costs as follows: USA Priority Mail: 6.75, Canada: 15.50. International: 23.50). Quilters Dream

Quilters Dream

Northcott

Check out these fine blogs to see how these Quilt Qwazy Queens are honoring Worldwide Quilting Day. Will you be quilting like qwazy?

Quilt Qwazy Queens 2017

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Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats Thanks for stopping by and do come again. Remember to go to Marian’s blog here to enter for my giveaway. (Update: this giveaway is now closed)
Resourceful Momma
UCanQuilt2

March 17

Freemotion by the River
KwiltKrazy
FunThreads Designs
Pink Doxies

March 20

Jane’s Quilting
Seacoast Quilter
Words & Stitches
Quilting Affection

March 21

Thrift Shop Commando
Batts In The Attic
Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Sew Many Yarns

March 22

MooseStash Quilting
Life in the Scrapatch
Seams To Be Sew    Thanks, Marian, for a great inspirational hop.

What I Learned Today:

  1. It’s the little things in life that are important.
  2. Even a little start, is a start.

Question: What will you be doing on Worldwide Quilting Day, March 18, 2017?

Linking to: Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Sew Can She, Finished or Not Friday

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.

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

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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..

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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.

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

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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