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.

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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. 

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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

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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

March 16

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.

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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

 

Tu-Na Quilts: February Bee Blocks and the Postage Saga

February sure went fast! I’ve been busy with entertaining company, baking pies, sightseeing, and beginning my training on my village sewing group’s longarm quilting machine. Imagine my surprise when I looked at the calendar and I found it to be the last day of the month and those bee blocks had not yet been sewn and had to be mailed that very day. I immediately put foot to the pedal (sewing machine one that is) and turned out some real cute ones. I wanted to keep them all but since I left them until the last minute again with no time to sew any others I had to bid them farewell, squash them in their envelopes and give them to my husband to deliver to the post office.

Now here’s where the story gets interesting. If you read last month’s bee block post here, you may remember that I had quite a bit of discrepancy in the postal rates of almost identical size blocks in identical size envelopes (legal envelope) packed the identical way. February’s blocks proved even more interesting.

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This log cabin block went to Colette in Texas. She wanted scrappy logs made with a true red and not an orangey/red. For some reason, I had difficulty finding a true red but with help from Melva ( Melva Loves Scraps) and my mom and cousin, I think I pulled it off. We could use any block for the center that was bright, happy and makes us smile. Tulips make me happy.

I had two blocks ready in their envelopes as my husband rushed out the door shortly after noontime on February 28th to do some errands. I figured I’d have him mail those two just in case I couldn’t get the other one done. He called me after this visit to the post office and had me guess what each cost to mail. “The one to Australia must have been over $5.00,” I said. “I just went up to the attendant and said ‘regular first class mail’ so the one to Texas cost 70 cents and the one to Australia $1.15,” he replied. I stood there with my mouth open. I know it makes no sense at all. But wait. The story isn’t over.

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Inside Addition went to Susan in Australia. The pattern was initially written for an 8″ unfinished block but Susan adjusted the pattern to be 13″ unfinished. She wanted this block to be monochromatic using mid to dark tones. Since I work with a limited stash here, I used the best I could find to make it work. I think it turned out well.

While he was gone, I completed the third block and had it ready for him to take out on his errands later in the afternoon. My husband enjoys a challenge, so he took the third envelope that was headed to California to see if he could get it as low as 70 cents again.

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Homebase went to Samantha in California. She requested blues or greens for the center.

It almost worked. The attendant initially charged him 70 cents but then decided to see if it fit into a slot. Unfortunately, it was too thick so she charged him 98 cents instead. By now you are probably scratching your head and thinking, how could this be that identical envelopes with approximately the same size blocks could vary so greatly in postage? We are wondering the same thing.

You can find a tutorial for the log cabin here and click printer friendly at the top to display it with pictures. You can find Susan’s adjusted pattern for Inside Addition here on the Bee Inspired Blog. Finally, the pattern for Homebase can be found here. Just in case you want to make some for yourself.

What I Learned Today:

  1. Obviously I didn’t learn my lesson last month; I still waited until the last day to work on my bee blocks. I will try to do better in March.
  2. Instead of thinking of March 31st as the absolute deadline, I am going to give myself March 15th as the deadline for bee blocks but then I’m helping with a bake sale on the 18th so I’ll make the new deadline the 20th.
  3. I get to pick out my block for April for one of the bees so people get to make some for me. But that requires me getting the March block done early for that bee group and sewing a sample block and writing a post about it ahead of time. March is going to be very busy.
  4. Give my husband the bee block envelopes to mail as he gets better rates than I do.
  5. Keep working on  trying to get the envelopes as flat as possible. I have to put the blocks inside a plastic bag inside the envelope. The problem is that I can’t get out all the air and keep it out.

Question: Do you have a postage story? What postal advice do you have for me?

Linking to Love Laugh Quilt for Monday Making and Beth at Cooking Up Quilts for Main Crush Monday (Buttons on the sidebar) and Design Wall at Patchwork Times.

Tu-Na Travels: I Like The Saguaro Cactus

I am again linking with Not Afraid of Color for I Like Thursday this week. If you missed my first “I Like” post (Shopping at thrift stores) you can find it here. I had planned to link each Thursday but life got in the way. So I’ll leave it as I’ll link as often as I can.

This post may not be surprising to some of you since I live in Arizona in the winter.

2. I like the Saguaro Cactus.

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This pic was taken in the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix when Chihuly had his exhibition there. I like Chihuly too but that could be the subject of another post.

I like — I mean I really like —  Saguaros. From the first time I saw a Saguaro (pronounced sah-wah-roh), I was enamored by the way they looked: tall and stately, standing silently, just waiting for something to happen,  just don’t touch since they do have sharp spines, after all. 

      I even like Saguaros on quilts. These two were at the Tucson Quilt Festival that I attended on Feb. 17th, 2017 (post coming soon).

 

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The Park is divided into two sections. We prefer the West side as it has more Saguaros. And look, there’s even an outline of a Saguaro. Maybe I like them because this is how they look when I draw them.

The movie at the Saguaro National Park Visitor Center near Tucson says that Saguaros look like people ready to march over the hills. At dusk, if you squint, you can actually see that might be true.

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I’ve seen many Saguaros. It helps to live in this desert. Phoenix is in the upper part of the Sonoran desert—the wettest desert on earth which gets between 7-10 inches of rainfall each year. Saguaros are only found in the Sonoran desert. Similar looking cactuses (called Cardon) are found in Baja CA, upper Mexico, and a few have been transplanted in the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix. Although they look similar to the Saguaro, they grow much larger.

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Sometimes they seem to grow out of the rocks. Their root structure is very shallow with most roots only 3 inches below the surface and one large tap root that goes 1-5 feet down (depending on what source you read).

Saguaros grow slowly. In the desert, it may take 10 years for them to reach an initial height of one inch. If they are lucky and don’t get eaten or trampled, they can reach 45-50 feet tall in their 150-200 year lifespan. 

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They start forming arms when they are between 50-100 years old. Some don’t get arms at all and some get many. I’ve seen some with arms on arms. You can’t tell the age of a Saguaro by counting its rings like a tree or by the number of arms they have.

 

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A Saguaro starts to produce blossoms once it reaches 35 years of age. Each blossom, which opens at night and begins to wither around midday, lasts for only one day. Usually they bloom in late May or early June around here. Last spring they bloomed early and we were able to see the desert ablaze with color before we left for home up north. This one is particularly full of blossoms. The Saguaro blossom is Arizona’s state flower.

The Saguaro has internal ribs made of wood. They can weigh several tons (an adult one can weigh up to 8 tons) after a good rainstorm depending on the source you read. Contrary to what you’ve seen in western movies, you can not save yourself in the desert by eating one to get water.

 

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Look at that beautiful sky!

I see Saguaros in yards around my Arizona home and along highways. But my favorite place to see them is out in the wild or in the National Park. I hope you get a chance to see some too.

 

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I posted this pic on Dec. 23, 2016 as part of my “I Want to Wish You a Merry Christmas-Arizona Style” series. I posted pics for almost 2 weeks of some really unusual and interesting ways people decorate their yards and cactuses for Christmas. The pics are still here on the blog (if you missed seeing them, go to Archives on the side bar and click on December).

Some of the residents of my village decorate their Saguaros for Christmas. Some Saguaros seem to develop their own decorations.

 

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This crested Saguaro was transplanted just outside the entrance to the Desert Museum near Tucson, AZ. See the next pic for a close-up of it.

These crested Saguaros are quite rare. Sources list their ratio as 1 in 200,000. I’ve seen two in captivity: one at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix and one at the Desert Museum near Tucson, and three in the wild: one on the Desert Belle Boat trip around Saguaro Lake, one just outside the Visitor Center at Saguaro National Park, and one took us by complete surprise as we walked along a trail in Colossal Cave Mountain Park near Tucson.

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There’s really no definite explanation for why this happens. There’s some speculation that it’s a genetic mutation or from damage caused by insects, bacteria, fungus, frost, or lightning. No matter what the cause, they are an unusual sight to see. This one is sprouting two arms on the top which are new since the last time I saw it.

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I am afraid this cactus in my village may not last much longer. It’s being held up by the support rope. We’ve seen many Saguaros in yards trying to be saved but they usually end up being taken down.

 

What I Learned Today:

  1. I want to travel to Organ Pipe National Monument in southern Arizona. The ranger at Saguaro National Park says there are even more Saguaros there as well as lots of Organ Pipe Cacti. Maybe I will like Organ Pipes, too.
  2. Both cactuses and cacti are acceptable when speaking of more than one cactus. However, cacti is the more common plural form. I am relieved as I rarely say anything the common way.
  3. I have difficulty telling the difference between a Cardon or a Saguaro in the Desert Botanical Gardens. It’s a good thing they are labeled.
  4. I’ve always wanted one in my Arizona yard. But with so many of them in my neighborhood falling over, that may never happen. I think they get too much water from irrigation or run-off.
  5. Since I’ve seen 5 crested Saguaros, I guess that means I must have already seen a million Saguaros.
  6. There’s a crested Saguaro in Scottsdale at a Golf Club that I think I’ll go find.
  7. The number of Saguaros in Saguaro National Park have increased since the last census was taken of them. Yes, they count Saguaros.
  8. It is illegal to move a Saguaro off of private or public land without a permit (learned by reading not experience).
  9. I live in a very interesting part of the country.

Question: Have you ever been to a desert or would you like to?

Linking to Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

 

 

 

 

 

Tu-Na Quilts: Wanted– Sister to Help Share the Brotherly Love

Warning: Tissues may be needed!

When my daughter, Emily, was young, her bedtime prayers always included “..and, please, help me get a sister.”

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Here’s Emily at age two modeling a vintage coat. Yes, it was mine.

She wanted the sister experience and with three older brothers and one younger one, I can understand. However, it was not meant to be. 

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Here’s Emily with her brothers.

So we decided to do the next best thing for our family. The spring before my daughter’s senior year in high school, my husband and I applied to be host parents for a foreign exchange student program.

Once our family was accepted, we were emailed pictures and biographies of student’s from all over the world. While scrolling through them, both my daughter and I couldn’t believe our eyes when we saw her. Our jaws dropped. She looked so similar to Emily that one could think they really were sisters. We requested Kerstin and she came to live with us in August of that year.

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The girls are getting ready for a school dance. Kerstin is on the left and Emily on the right. They have been asked if they are real-life sisters.

By the second day after her arrival,  I knew she would fit right into our family when I heard my youngest son cry out and found him pinned under the dining table by Kerstin. That was 9 1/2 years ago. Kerstin was an only child when she came to us but soon learned how to hold her ground in a large family.

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Kerstin was involved in many school and non-school activities. She made many friends while she was here. Here are the girls after a dance recital receiving flowers from Alyssa, who still remains a good friend to both of them.

Two weeks after Kerstin came to live with us, I walked past the door of Emily’s room and saw both girls sitting on the bed crying. By then, my husband and I had been to several AFS (stands for American Field Service and is the name of the foreign exchange student program that we used) orientations and were told to confront problems right away. So I entered the room and said, “Ok, girls, what’s the problem?” Amidst the sobbing and tears both girls replied “we’re talking about when Kerstin has to leave after school is over next year.” I knew it then and it still holds true today; Kerstin had entered our hearts to stay.

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No school year would be complete without spending an evening at the senior prom. The girls shopped together for their dresses (and yes, it’s all about the dress) and had dates for the prom.

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Although the foreign exchange program in our high school has the kids enroll as Juniors they still get to walk through graduation. After Kerstin returned to her home in Germany, she still had two more years of high school to complete.

The exchange program is a 10 month program. The school year went very fast and Kerstin was able to extend her stay for an additional month so that we could take her on several family trips to show her our beautiful country.

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These trips were Kerstin’s first camping experiences. One night in July of that summer, we braved the heat of the Arizona desert and a few days later in the mountains of the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone Park where we were scrambling to find more clothes to put on. The girls still have those matching Dr. Pepper pants we purchased near Yellowstone so they wouldn’t freeze.

We camped at Arches National Park in Utah and the Grand Tetons in Wyoming, saw the Grand Canyon, drove through Sequoia National Park in California, wet our toes at Venice Beach in Los Angeles, peered at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, and rode the white water (it was actually quite tame) of the Yellowstone river in Montana. We made lots of memories and had lots of fun.

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Here we were 9 years ago! Time has flown by fast.

When we signed up to be a host family, we received no promises or guarantees that the year would go smoothly or that we would bond with our student or them with us. We are so pleased that the year went incredibly well as we grew very close to Kerstin and her to us. Saying goodbye that summer was very hard for all of us.

I baked and decorated cookies and a cake. We invited all of her friends and our extended family to help us celebrate her year with us and wish her well ’til we meet again. The German flag is outside of the picture on the right.

We had no idea if we’d ever see each other again or what the future would bring.

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This pic was taken a day before we put her on a plane in Chicago and sent her back to her family in Germany. Everyone in our family became attached to her.

I am so happy to tell you that Kerstin’s been a part of our lives since. Modern technology (Skype, Face Time, Texting, and email) helps us stay connected. She’s come to visit us many times. One year Emily went to stay with her in Germany for 5 weeks. A couple of years ago, my husband I spent two weeks visiting Kerstin and her family. Kerstin was a bridesmaid in Emily’s wedding and we were honored to have her parents, aunt, and cousin attend as well.

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It was a beautiful wedding. 

Kerstin called us last spring to tell us there was a possibility she would be coming to spend the fall semester at Montana State University in Billings, about 6 hours away from our home in North Dakota. She is studying to become a bi-lingual teacher in math and English. We were thrilled when everything worked out to allow her to do so.

When she called again early last summer to ask if she could borrow some bed linens and blankets, I got the idea to make her a quilt. After all, there is nothing better that says you are loved than being wrapped in a quilt.

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I cut 3.5 inch squares of Elementary by Sweetwater for Moda and included some green and purple pops of color from the Bazaar Style Collection from Art Gallery, Burlap by Dover Hill for Benartex, and Prints Charming by Sandy Germais for Moda.

That fat quarter bundle of Elementary  by Moda that I had purchased the year before would be perfect. So I enlisted help from Emily and my daughter-in-laws to design it. We decided on a modern plus quilt. 

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We started with graph paper and colored variations of the plus quilt.

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One of my grandson’s designed this option. It’s beautiful, too.

My sister’s were involved with helping to pin and press and my mom hand embroidered the quilt label for the back.

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The living room furniture was rearranged to give more space. It took a whole day for my sister Sheila and I to lay out all 924 squares. The long handled tongs were used to reach into the middle as we arranged and rearranged until it was just right.

 

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My sister Sheila became the “Pinning Queen.” With her help, all of my seams matched perfectly!

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My sister Bonnie took care of pressing those seams.

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I did the sewing, except for one seam, when my sister Bonnie sat at the machine and said “so this is what it feels like to sew.”

But it wasn’t all work and no play. During our quilting days together, we took breaks.

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My mom and sisters and I would have tea time in the sunroom.

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If the weather cooperated, we’d have tea time outside in my gazebo. Sometimes we ate more than we worked because there was morning tea and afternoon tea with lunch in between. But somehow, the quilt was finished.

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My sister Sheila is showing us how to make pizza on the grill during one of our quilting days. It was delicious and just may be the subject of yet another post.

I sewed the quilt and rented time on a longarm so it would be done and ready to present to her when she arrived in late August.

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I let the computerized longarm do the work and quilted various sizes of circles and bound it with the ruler fabric Measure Up in Splash.

I had found the perfect backing on our 2016 Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop trip.

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This is a text fabric called Odds and Ends by Julie Comstock for Moda. It includes encouraging words and phrases such as: believe, dream, beauty, never give up, realize your potential, surrender your heart, as well as many more.

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While I had plenty of fabric for the back, I chose to add in some squares leftover from the front to give it more interest.

We were excited when the time came to see her again. She had arrived at Emily’s several days earlier so they could have some “girl time.”

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Since I know she likes to wrap herself up in the blankets, I made it big. It finished at 84″ x 99.”

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She loved it!

The semester went fast and we were so happy to be able to spend time with her again. She flew to Arizona with us after Christmas to enjoy some fun in the sun here.

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She made sure the quilt fit in her suitcase for her return trip to Germany. We are so proud of all she’s accomplished here: living in a different country and culture, learning to live with a large family, trusting us to care for her, thriving in school work, making lifelong friends, sharing her life with us, and letting us love her.

What I Learned Today:

  1. I miss having our German exchange daughter in our house.
  2. There is nothing better that says you are loved than being wrapped in a quilt. I hope Kerstin feels that love every time she uses that quilt.
  3. Germany is a long way from North Dakota or Arizona.
  4. This post was more difficult to write than I anticipated. It was hard to type looking through tears.
  5. I look really good in that picture taken nine years ago. I wonder what’s wrong with my camera now? I must need a new camera because I feel the same as I did years ago.

Question: Have you or anyone you known participated in the foreign exchange program?  Did you have a foreign exchange student in your classes in school? Tell me your story.

Linking this week to Love Laugh Quilt for Monday Making, Beth at Cooking Up Quilts for Main Crush Monday, Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s Bee Social , Finished Or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilt, Can I Get a Whoop, Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and Show Off Saturday at Sew Can She. I will add the links when they come live. Some are posted on my sidebar.

Tu-Na Quilts: The Three Bees

I’ve been reading quilting blogs for several years now. During that time I’ve noticed that several blogs sponsor quilting bees where you make a designated block and mail it to that person. Then when it’s your month, they all mail your chosen block to you that they’ve sewn. So this year I decided to join not one but three. I never do anything in a small way.

4a

This block is called Split Hatchet and went to Sharon in Texas.

 

The block above was for the Bee Inspired Group made up of quilters from all over the world. This new group was just formed this year and most of us were part of the 2016 New Quilt Bloggers Group. The block was paper pieced and rather fun to make. I might have to make some more of these for myself. You can find links here at the end of the article to download the paper piecing instructions and templates, just in case you want to make some for yourself.

1a

This block was made for Tanyia in Alabama.

 

The house block above was a fun one I made for the Stash Bee Hive. This group has several subgroups called hives. I belong to a hive of those living in the United States. The hardest part of sewing this block was picking out the colors. Tanyia wanted it to be very scrappy and I love playing with fabric and had lots of options that I would have liked to sew. I think more houses are in my future too. Click here to find the pattern in case you want to construct some too.

 

3a

Jenna in Waco, Texas got this one. I wonder if she knows Chip and Joanna Gains from HGTV?

 

I made the above block called Chainlink as part of the Blossom Heart Hive. Jenna wanted it in bright white, blue, and yellow and told us which colors to use where. She changed the coloring around a bit from the pattern. I found it to be a bit difficult. You can find the pattern here if you want to make it and prove me wrong. Making these blocks gives me an opportunity to find out which ones I really want to make more of. This was not one of them.

The real surprise was when I went to the post office to mail them. I had folded them neatly and carefully put them inside a plastic snap lock bag and squeezed out all the air. It was then folded in half and put into a legal size envelope. I was told the top two blocks could only be sent parcel post and were a whopping $2.67 each. The next day I returned to the same post office with the last block and it went flat rate for $1.19. All were packaged the same and all are similar size blocks. I was helped by different people.

What I Learned Today:

  1. Next time wait in line at the post office until I get the assistant who let me mail it at the cheaper rate.
  2. Start sewing my bee blocks earlier in the month.
  3. Don’t wait until the last couple of days of the month to get my blocks sewn and in the mail.
  4. Since my 22 year old son had already lectured me on internet safety last summer, I had my husband go with me to the post office.

Question: Have you sewn for others?

Linking to Finished or Not Friday and Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?