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

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Tu-Na Quilts: I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long Block 5 Released Today

♪ It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere I go ♪

from my sewing room to the shops I visited today!

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I visited The Quilted Ceiling in Valley City, ND today and found this cute guy. More about that quilt shop in a future post.

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Lots of snowmen greeted me in that quilt shop.

Maybe you can say the same. It’s not too late to start quilting along with us on this merry adventure. Of course, the blocks are a mystery until they’re revealed every other Tuesday.

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Sherry at Powered by Quilting presents our block for today. You can visit her blog here for a free pattern of it.

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She’s included several ways to make this pattern your own.

I had a lot of fun sewing this one. It’s cute and quick and the directions are well-written. Be sure to use a scant 1/4″ seam so you won’t be making your block too small. I find when a block has lots of small pieces, and this one surely has some tiny ones, that one runs the risk of the block ending up being too small because the seam allowance was just slightly too big. Those slightly too big seam allowances can add up and one can find themselves with a block that is smaller than one needs. Yes, that’s experience talking…more than once. I’ve also learned to make sure I cut the pieces accurately.

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I thought I’d show you the lovely back. I guess if I’d known I was really going to use this picture, I’d have given this block a light mist of Best Press (no affiliate) just because I like the way it leaves the block all crisp and neat. Sherry’s pattern gives you directions which way to press the seams. I like that! I don’t like to have to guess because usually I end up having to repress those seams.

I’ll be adding some button eyes, buttons for a mouth, a carrot button nose (I have to find one first—I’ve seen them), and some buttons down his “suit.”

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On our shop hop trip, we found lots of carrot button noses and I even remarked about not being able to find apple buttons but I could buy lots of carrot buttons. Now I wish I had bought at least one. I think I’ll be using 5 small buttons for his mouth. Sometimes, after I see a block in a picture, I can tell how it would look better. I’ll sew them on after the quilt is all quilted so that’s a few months off, yet.

The pattern also includes directions for adding some twiggy arms which I’ll embroider later. If you don’t want to embroider yours, you can make some applique twiggy arms.

Be sure to check out all the handsome snowmen (and maybe some gorgeous snowgals) that will be popping up on the I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long Facebook page as well as #iwishyouamerryqal on Instagram. If you are sewing one, be sure to link up at the party found on Powered by Quilting. Prizes are involved for a lucky person.

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The next block will be revealed on Sept. 26th. Can they get any cuter than these?

My block three–Santa’s Belt– see my post here and find the links to get your free pattern for it as well as links to other hosts to see their versions.

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My block four–Ornaments–see my initial post here to find the link to get your free pattern for it as well as links to other hosts to see their versions. You can see my finished block post here.

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I am still working on blocks one and two, so you see, there’s still time for you to join along.

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. My eye is healing nicely according to what my eye doctor said at today’s visit. This is good and bad news. It means that all is going well. But that also means that it’s good enough to schedule the other eye surgery for the end of the month. See this post for more info about that.
  2. I had an inkling that would be the report. This morning when I woke, my green, warning, wrist band fell off on it’s own.
  3. North Dakota has some great quilt shops, too. On our long way home from the doctor, Monday, we stopped at The Quilted Ceiling in Valley City. Lucky for me, and you, the owner was there and I got a lot of interesting tidbits about that shop and some pictures that I will be sharing in a future post.

Question: Do you live in an area that gets snow? Do you play in the snow? A number of years ago, I helped my girl scout troop make snow angels on the lawn of our state capitol building. We held that world record of simultaneous snow angels for a number of years. It was fun to be a part of that record-breaking moment.

Thanks for stopping by and do come again.

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts

Linking to:

Block 5 Linky Party at Powered by Quilting

Linky Tuesday at Free Motion by the River

Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter

Let’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts

Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication

 

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

Tu-Na Quilts: Block 4 Completed for I Wish You A Merry Quilt-A-Long

This block was released almost two weeks ago here as part of the I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long. I finally finished it. If you remember from one of my latter posts here, I had just picked out my fabrics for this block. As what usually happens just before I cut, I changed my mind. So now I give you my completed block.

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This cute pattern is from Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter, link above. It’s not too late to make one and link up at her site for some prizes.

I think it will go nicely with the Santa Belt that I finished.

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The reds are the same fabric even if they look different here.

This was my first attempt at doing a blanket stitch on the machine to applique those ornaments down. I think I did well for my first time.

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It turned out very flat but I see it needs another good pressing.

But I added some stabilizer to the back and away I stitched. It stayed put nicely and didn’t pull in from the sides. I was impressed….until I turned it over.

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I will have lots of picking out to do.

Coming soon:

Tu-Na Quilts: Block 5 Unveiled for the I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long (Sept. 12th) Block 5 is revealed tomorrow (actually midnight eastern time. I hope you stop back to see mine. It’s a cute pattern and one I’m sure you’ll want to make…several times.

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)

What I Learned Today:

  1. Think twice before doing a blanket stitch using stabilizer. I had no problem tearing away the stabilizer from the straight stitch side but the other side is awful to remove.
  2. It’s ok to change my mind. I am glad I changed my mind about the fabrics for this block.

Question: Do you stabilize your applique or not? I don’t like how satin stitches on an applique pulls in the fabric but maybe the blanket stitch wouldn’t have done that anyway.

Thanks for stopping by and do come again.

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts

Linking to:

I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long Linky Party for Block 3 at The Inquiring Quilter

Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts

Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt

Moving It Forward at Em’s Scrapbag

Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter

Tu-Na Quilts: A Sneak Peak at my Loot from the 2017 Quilt MN Shop Hop

Ahoy, me mateys!

Me be Cap’n Tu-Na. Me be back from our shoppin’ adventure ‘n and now me be protectin’ ‘n stowin’ th’ loot which me captured.

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Don’t get too close or ya be meetin’ up with a fat quarter bomb or a bit of spray. Oh, wait, me has to fill it first.

Shiver me timbers! Me didn’ plan t’ be a pirate again but some thin’s jus’ couldn’t be helped. Me been recuperatin’ from eye surgery that me had scheduled shortly aft we returned from thee 2017 Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop. While me been away from sewin’ ‘n readin’ n’ ‘ritin’ fer a few weeks, th’ loot has remained on this island in our guest cabin untouched from human hands, ‘cept fer mine fer an occasional pat.

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Me be a banded pirate. Thar green warning band prevents me from flyin’ or goin’ t’ places with high altitude. It says me has a gas bubble in me eye. But it’s gettin’ smaller just like it should and soon it’ll be completely gone. Me don’t has to wear the eye patch all the time, just when me eye gets tired o’ seein’.

Don’t be worried about that eye patch. Thee Eye Doctor has assured me that aft a few months, me be seein’ better than e’er. ‘N then me git t’ do it all over again with th’ other eye. Me can hardly wait. It’s quite a story ‘n me sure me be tellin’ ye more about it once it’s all over. Th’ good thing is that me has been excused from swabbin’ th’ deck around here ‘n cookin’ in th’ galley.  

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In th’ meantime, here’s a sneak peek at th’ booty. Me be aft to reveal just what’s in those bags ‘n how well me followed me list. Yo ho ho!

Coming Soon:

Tu-Na Quilts: Block 4 Completed for the I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long

Tu-Na Quilts: Block 5 Unveiled for the I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long (Sept. 12th)

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)

What I Learned Today:

  1. Eye sight is very precious.
  2. Good eye sight is so important for sewing/quilting.
  3. Eye patches look so much better on men in movies than women in real life.

Question: So what’s keeping you from working on your sewing/quilting projects?

I’ve enjoyed and appreciated every comment that you’ve left. Thank you so very much. Due to having a bit of difficulty with reading and writing for now, I’ve become quite far behind in responding. I’m hoping to one day get caught up on replying to them.

Thanks for stopping by and do come again.

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts

See my other posts about the 2017 Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop:

Tu-Na Travels: ♪Over Hill. Over Dale. We Will Hit the Dusty Trail. As the Quilt Hop Goes Rolling Along….♪

Tu-Na Travels: Day One, 352 Miles, 11 Shops, Only 55 Shops Remaining

Tu-Na Travels: Day Two, 334 miles, 7 Shops, Only 48 Shops Remaining

Tu-Na Travels: Day Three, 210 Miles, 4 Shops, 44 Shops Remaining

Tu-Na Travels: Day Four, 276 Miles, 9 Shops, Only 35 Shops Remaining

Tu-Na Travels: Day Five, 274 Miles, 8 Shops, Only 27 Shops Remaining

Tu-Na Travels: Day Six, 243 Miles, 8 Shops, Only 19 Shops Remaining

Tu-Na Travels: Day Seven, 259 Miles, 6 Shops, 13 Only Shops Remaining

Tu-Na Travels: Day Eight, 204 Miles, 6 Shops, Only 7 Shops Remaining

Tu-Na Travels: Day Nine, 401 Miles, 4 Shops, Only 3 Shops Remaining

Tu-Na Travels: Day Ten, 171 Miles, 3 Shops, 0 Shops Remaining

Tu-Na Quilts: Update on Johnny’s Quilt (I interviewed Johnny and his Grandma Sue on Day 6. Check out his progress here.)

All the links to my posts for last year’s Quilt MN Shop Hop can be found at the top of this blog under the Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats title. Click on the Shop Hop tab; in the drop down menu, click on 2016 Quilt MN Shop Hop Posts. You will find pictures and links to each of the posts for that year’s hop. I hope to get this year’s posts put up there soon.

Linking to:

Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter

Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts

Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt

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

Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilt

 

Tu-Na Quilts: I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long Block 4 Released Today

Welcome to the second block release for today for the I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long. You can find my version of Block Three, Santa’s Belt, here. I’m just getting started and have some catching up to do so come along and join me as we explore some new patterns and blogs together.

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Block 4 designed by Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter

Jennifer’s titled her block “Christmas Memories.” It’s a gorgeous block of Christmas ornaments and you’ll have to pop over to her blog here to get your free copy.

I thought I’d share a memory about two of our tree ornaments. Many years ago, before we had children, my husband and I lived near Washington D.C. We would be spending our first Christmas by ourselves away from our families. I called and asked my mother-in-law to send a favorite tree ornament that would remind my husband of his home and his childhood Christmas memories.

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This glass ornament is my husband’s favorite from his childhood. He didn’t know it was coming from his mom.

I also talked to my mom and asked her to mail mine. I had the advantage as I knew just which one.

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This multi-faceted ball was made of metal. I’ve since found some plastic types at the dollar store but they are just not the same.

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We celebrated that Christmas by ourselves but we still hang these ornaments on our tree every year.

Now onto Jennifer’s block. Here’s as far as I got.

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I’ve only had time to pick out the fabrics for this block. Stay tuned while I put it together and post it.

Please see Jennifer’s blog here for the free pattern and tutorial so you can make one, too. I’ll be working on mine and as soon as it’s finished I’ll be posting some tips and tricks to putting this one together here on my blog and also on the I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long Facebook page. It’s the best I can do for now as we have a printer that won’t work and I’ve been very busy petting some new fabric!

Update: I’ve now completed this block and you can see it here. FYI-I only used two of the fabrics above.

Jennifer is offering a 20% discount off all her patterns (PDF or printed) in her online store beginning August 29th and running through September 30th. You must enter the promo code MERRYQAL20 at checkout to get the discount.

Block 4 Christmas Memories designed by Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter

Be sure and visit our other designers and hosts to see their version of Jennifer’s block, Christmas Memories.

What I Learned Today:

  1. My fake pine trees by my fireplace need dusting.
  2. I need to make a trip to the fabric store to get some transfer photo fabric for another project and also fusible webbing for this applique project. Good grief. I should have been looking for those in the 66 quilt shops that we visited!

Question: Do you have a special ornament that you hang on your Christmas tree? I shared mine above. My sister made the nativity out of a walnut shell. I’ll have to post a picture of that when I have my block made as it’s also a favorite of mine.

Coming Soon:

  • Tu-Na Helper’s Side of the 2017 Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop
  • A Look at the Loot that I acquired or purchased on that shop hop

Welcome: I’m glad you stopped by on the quilt-a-long. I hope you’ll be back. If you like what you read and want to make sure you don’t miss any posts, please follow me by subscribing by email, WordPress or Bloglovin.

Thanks for stopping by and do come again.

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts

Linking to:

Midweek Makers at QuiltFabrication

WIPs at Silly Mama Quilts

Let’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts

Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter

Tu-Na Quilts: I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long Block 3 Released Today

Have you heard? There’s a new Christmas Quilt-A-Long happening and there’s still time to join.

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I’m just getting started myself. I’ve been galavanting all around Minnesota shop hopping and now I’m playing with a bunch of new fabric. I found some Christmas fabric in several of those 66 quilt shops I visited that I can use for this new project, too. I’ll be hosting these designers as they showcase their creative 12.5″ blocks and will be sewing along, too. So grab some fabric and let’s get cutting.

When you’ve finished your block, you might want to join the linky parties going on at the designer’s blogs. If you’re looking for inspiration and want to see what other’s blocks are looking like, check out the I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long Facebook page as well as #iwishyouamerryqal on Instagram.

I’ve heard there are giveaways with prizes. The first two blocks have already been released and are available for free until January 16th, 2018. Find Block One and the tutorial here and Block Two and the tutorial here.

Look for one or two blocks to be released every other Tuesday. Two blocks are on the schedule for today with the fifth block to be released Sept. 12th. The final block is set to post on December 5th giving you just enough time to finish your quilt before Christmas.

I’ll be playing catch-up here so watch for more blocks coming as well as a look at the loot I purchased on the 2017 Quilt MN Shop Hop (on separate posts that is).

Now let’s see what new block awaits us today.

Block 3: Santa’s Belt designed by Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts

Here’s my version. Please see Laura’s site for her free pattern and tutorial so you can make one, too.  Thanks, Laura, this is a cute block!

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Guess who’s coming to dinner, or to my house, or to your house if you make one of these blocks. Isn’t it amazing how a few strips of fabric placed just so resembles a well-known part of the holidays?

This super cute block sews together very easily. It’s great for a beginner or an advanced quilter who just wants to get a block done quickly. When I sew a block, I like to know which direction to press the seams.  So I thought I’d share how I did them.

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Press seams in direction of the arrows.

Refer to your pattern found on Laura’s blog. Here’s some pressing hints:

Center Unit: After sewing the gold rectangles to either side of the black square—which will be the center of the buckle, press the seams in towards the black square (as indicated with black arrows in pic above). After sewing the gold rectangles to the top and bottom of that unit, press the seam outwards toward the gold rectangle (as indicated with white arrows in pic above). After sewing the red rectangles to the top and bottom of that unit, press the seam out towards the red rectangles (as indicated with green arrows in pic above). This will help to next the seams when sewing the units together.

Side Units: After sewing the red rectangles on the top and bottom of the black rectangles, press the seams in toward the black rectangles (as indicated with yellow arrows above).

Sewing Units Together: After sewing the units together, press the seams outward (as indicated with purple arrows above).

Your block will now look so pretty from the back but really it will lay flat and your seams will match nicely.

Check out all the designer’s and hosts below to see their version of Santa’s Belt. Will you be joining us and be merrily quilting-a-long?

I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long Hosts:

Block 3 Santa’s Belt designed by Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts

What I Learned Today:

  1. It’s never too late to get started.
  2. Sometimes the hardest part of a project is starting it.
  3. I must be needing to celebrate Christmas this year; I participated in the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop in July and now this one.

Question: Does Santa make an appearance at your house? When the kids were young, Santa came and filled their stockings and put presents under the tree. Now, if the grandkids are here on Christmas day, Santa fills a stocking for them—if he remembers. Otherwise, everyone gets presents from Papa and Tu-Na.

Coming soon:

  • A few words from Tu-Na Helper regarding his side of the 2017 Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop
  • A look at the loot that I acquired or purchased.

Welcome:

If you are visiting here for the I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long, welcome to my journey doing the things I love: quilt, travel, and eat. You are welcome to follow me by subscribing by email, WordPress, or Bloglovin (check my sidebar for the links).

Thanks for stopping by and do come again.

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts

Linking to:

Wait Loss Wednesday at the Inquiring Quilter

Santa’s Belt Link Up at Slice of Pi Quilts

Let’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts

Linky Tuesday at Free Motion by the River

WIPs with Friends at Mama Sparks

WIPs at Silly Mama Quilts

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

Finish or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilt

Show Off Saturday at SewCanShe

Tu-Na Quilts: Giveaway Winner Annonced

I’ve been so busy driving and shop hopping all around Minnesota that I failed to finish this post with the winning name from my 12 Days of Christmas in July Giveaway post. So here it is, a bit late, but at least “now you know the rest of the story (Paul Harvey).” This was my first giveaway at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats in celebration of the things I learned that day here.

Under Tu-Na Helper’s close supervision, I plugged in the numbers to a random number generator from the internet. There were 110 comments left on the giveaway post here. Number 2 is the lucky recipient of the Christmas stocking and all the goodies it holds.

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Generate number between 1 and  110 = 2

Congratulations to: Jean McKinstry July 25, 2017 at 3:03 am

“I met you during the 12 days of Christmas Blog hop, and you are now on my blog list, I follow you with Blogger.” 

 

Jean wrote the comment above on the day of her birthday. She must be very lucky, indeed. I met Jean, too, during the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop. Jean is from New Zealand which explains why she was commenting at 3 (my time) in the morning. She blogs over at All Points of the Compass and was smitten by that little pillow pincushion I made here and wrote me a delightful poem about it which I published here on the Eleventh Day of that Blog Hop. 

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This is how the parcel looked after traveling thousands of miles. (Picture by Jean McKinstry and used with permission)

I emailed Jean for her shipping address and apologized profusely as in my rush out the door for the Quilt MN Shop Hop I had forgotten to take along the box, the stocking, and all of it’s contents. She waited patiently for me to get back home to mail all those goodies to her. They’ve now been packaged, mailed, and received.

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(Picture taken by Jean McKinstry and used with permission.)

Surprisingly, the package didn’t take long to get there. Jean wrote me a lovely email thank you note extolling the virtues of everything in that box including the Ziploc bag that I used to contain it all. Had I known that a bit of plastic would have been so well received, I would have included a couple extra bags.

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I think Jean rather enjoyed opening that package and savored every minute. Jean was also the first recipient of my new blogger business card which I will tell you more about soon.

When I read her note, I decided it was just too good and heartfelt to delete so I thought I’d share her kind words with you (with her permission, of course).

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Here’s a close-up of that thimble pincushion necklace.

“Hello  Karen

The mail arrived on Friday!!! There are so many goodies inside, I am thrilled beyond anything you could imagine. The pins, so fine and extra-long, a seam ripper, that is fabulous, a super wide shaped hand part, M&M!!! They will get shared around. The neck thimble, purple, a colour I love, and the goodies you have made. The little bucket will go on my window-sill by the sink bench, so I can see it all the time,  my tiny pin cushions, the one with a pinwheel, and so  lovely, And a strawberry, that might be a decoration on a Christmas fabric tree,

Thank you so much for them all. The little flower basket card, your card, and the wrapping and bright green bag, all made this so truly wonderful.

Then, I almost forgot, the great zip lock bag. We have them here, but yours are so much better.

Can you tell how thrilled I am? On a scale of “ how is the pain from 1 to 10?”, this is off the Beaufort scale of gale force wind!!!

Fondest greetings

Jean”

Jean’s been busy using the items she found in her Christmas stocking.
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Evidently Jean’s had to use the seam ripper several times today and it looks like those pincushions are earning their keep.

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“… the tree farm really gave them a good workout. Phew, they all needed a rest afterwards!!!” (Jean) 

 What I Learned Today:
  1. Time goes by much too fast.
  2. Giving feels so good today.
  3. It’s nice to know that my hard work and the items I put in that stocking were appreciated.
  4. How good it feels to receive a nicely worded thank you note. Thanks, Jean, for a lovely note and making my day sweet.
  5. I need to be more specific and put more thought into writing my thank you messages. Thanks for the lesson, Jean!

Question: Do you write Thank You notes? I am guilty of not writing thank you notes like I should. I often pick up the phone to say thanks or send a short email as a quick way to say thanks. Receiving Jean’s emailed thank you note was special; it shows that she put a lot of time and thought into writing it.

Thanks for stopping by and do come again.

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts

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Wait Loss Wednesday at The Inquiring Quilter

Tu-Na Quilts: Update on Johnny’s Quilt

I received an email from Grandma Sue telling me of Johnny’s progress on the quilt he designed and was sewing. If you recall, I interviewed them on Day 6 of the Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop when I featured Monika’s Quilt and Yarn Shop when we were in Park Rapids, MN. If you missed that story, read it here.

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Picture used with permission. Could this be a friendship star block?Johnny drew the quilt layout and then selected these beautiful blue fabrics from Monika’s Quilt and Yarn Shop in Park Rapids, MN. I wonder if he’s found his whale backing, yet.

 

He worked hard on this quilt project when he was at Grandma Sue’s in August. “I showed him how to cut accurately and how to sew the 1/2 square triangles. He did everything himself from cutting strips to squares, marking the 1/2 square triangles, sewing, pressing to arranging on the design wall. and then had to leave for home,” wrote Sue Harmon. 

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Picture used with permission. Those are some mighty nice looking half-square triangles. I think Johnny has a great start to his quilt.

I suppose a 12-year old has to go home and get ready for another school year. But Grandma Sue assured me he’d be back over Labor Day, and if time allowed, would be sewing away on it. I’m sure she’ll take some pics and email them my way so I can share his progress with you. Go, Johnny!

What I Learned Today:

  1. A 12 year old can do mighty fine workmanship. That quilt already looks wonderful. I’m impressed with how much he’s done in such a short time.
  2. Quilts look great up on a design wall.
  3. I need a design wall.

Question: At what age did you start sewing? At what age did you make your first quilt? I was 5 when I sewed an apron for my mom. I won’t tell you any more about it as it is a story yet to be written and shared here on the blog. I was 16 when I made my first quilt and I’ve already written that story here. The making of that quilt resulted in a marriage proposal —not from Tu-Na Helper, though. But I’ll let you read it for yourself.

Thanks for stopping by and do come again.

Karen,

Tu-Na Quilts

Tu-Na Travels: Day Ten, 171 Miles, 3 Shops, 0 Shops Remaining

Today would be an easy day leading towards a state-wide finish for the 2017 Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop. We learned from last year to allow more time for this last leg so we wouldn’t have quite as dramatic of a finish. See this post and then this post about last year’s amazing race to the finish line.

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My husband and I spent the night at my sister’s log cabin by the lake. We were honored to be given the jungle bedroom. This towel gorilla was waiting for us. We lifted it carefully onto some color so he would photograph well.

We woke in time to attend church with my sister, her husband, and our niece.

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But first we needed a little breakfast. My husband is enjoying his morning cereal or maybe he is he enjoying the view.

As we entered this beautiful Lutheran church, we noticed the gorgeous stained glass windows and the bright and cheery sanctuary. Bonnie told me the congregation had spent quite a lot of money to have those windows professionally cleaned. They sure looked nice and I think it was money well-spent.

While we were sitting and waiting for the service to begin, the pastor was making his rounds around the congregation shaking hands and exchanging morning greetings. When he came to where we were seated, he recognized my husband and I as members of Bonnie’s extended family. We’ve been to church here before with Bonnie and her family for baptisms, confirmations, and visits although it’s been a couple of years. My husband and I told the pastor of our adventures of traveling around the entire state of Minnesota and visiting 63 quilt shops with only 3 left to visit today. The pastor then put his hand on my husband’s shoulder and said, “God Bless You.” He went on to add, “That is very honoring.”

After church, my sister, Bonnie, made us Wild Rice Pancakes with fresh fruit including raspberries freshly picked from her garden. She has quite a green thumb growing all kinds of fruits, vegetables, and weeds. Somehow those weeds just keep coming back year after year. We also had bacon, I think. I’ve learned not to ask what kind of meat she serves as we’ve had a variety of deer, pheasant, salmon, bear, elk and who knows what else since my brother-in-law is an avid hunter and fisherman.

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I almost forgot to get a picture of that delicious breakfast. I guess I didn’t get a picture of that mystery meat.

They offered us the use of their canoe and paddle boat so we could paddle around the lake before we left. My husband was focused on finishing the shop hop today and heading home so he declined and said we’d be back sometime soon and took a rain check. We’re holding her to it!!

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And we were off on the last leg of our adventure. It’s always sad when an adventure has to end but we were excited to get back home to see our new college graduate son who had moved back home to job hunt and our other son, his wife, and our 2-year old grandson who had sold their house and moved in with us until they are able to move into their new house in September.

We entered the This is Sew Broadway shop in Crookston and found Jenn, the owner, there this time. I featured this shop last year but she had been away hosting a bus of quilting shop hoppers so I had visited with her dad instead. You can read more of that post here. We spent a fair amount of time visiting with Jenn, looking around the shop, and making a purchase. Tu-Na Helper reminded me that we needed to be on our way.

The gals at Quilter’s Eden in East Grand Forks were very friendly and we took our time. After getting back into the car, I realized I had forgotten to ask about their block kit so I ran back in and purchased one. Now, we didn’t have as much time as we had thought before the last shop would be closing for the day.

We arrived at our last shop on the 2017 Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop about 30 minutes before closing. We’d be checking out of the Northwest region here and also the state. When we rounded the corner in the Moorhead Center Mall in Moorhead, MN and spied all those ladybugs, I knew I’d found

Today’s Top Shop on the Hop:

Lisa Hage, the owner, was off for the day getting a much-needed couple of days off. She’d left the shop, The Quilted Ladybug,  in Cindy’s and Sarah’s capable hands. Cindy filled me in on some details about this shop while Sarah took care of customers and other shop hoppers still coming into the shop.

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The Quilted Ladybug is located at the Moorhead Center Mall, 420 Center Ave. Suite 2, Moorhead, MN.

Lisa purchased The Quilted Ladybug about three years ago. It had previously been located elsewhere in the city since it’s inception in 2004. Evidently that owner liked Ladybugs and the name continued. You will find ladybugs all over the store from fabric displays to rocks.

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Church Lady apron patterns! I have that pattern and need to get to making one. I always go back to my usual one that I could sew up without a pattern. It’s about time I try something new.

When Lisa purchased the business, she made the decision to move The Quilted Ladybug for several reasons: the current building rent was increasing and also to improve it’s visibility. It is now conveniently located within the Moorhead Center Mall in Moorhead, MN across from Herberger’s and has ample parking. As most business entrepreneurs would say, it’s all about location, location, location.

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Lisa, being the creative person she is and because she had taken graphic design classes, decided to design and write quilt patterns. She created the pattern company, Sew Many Stitches, when she was a stay-at-home mom. Lisa believes that “Quilt patterns should look difficult…not be difficult!” (Excerpt taken from The Ladybug website.) The Quilted Ladybug includes a display of her patterns and you can also see them here on her online shop. Of course, she also made a lot of quilts during that time at home. Her love for pattern designing, fabric, and quilt making all led her to become the owner of The Quilted Ladybug.

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The shop doesn’t house a longarm for quilter’s use or provide professional quilting service but it does offer a longarm drop-off service for 4 professional longarm quilters. Customers can bring in their finished tops, battings, and backings and drop them off to be picked up by one of those professionals with which the customer has pre-arranged. That’s very generous customer service for any shop.

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I noticed their large amount of batik fabrics as well as some bolts of Lori Holt fabrics. In addition to those fabrics, they also have a good supply of other quilting fabrics, flannel, minky, wool, and a variety of patterns. The shop recently became a dealer for Brother sewing machines and are an authorized Brother Service Center servicing all makes and models of sewing machines. I also couldn’t help but notice some NDSU items as well.

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They sell pre-fused, laser cut NDSU applique Bison logos. Good to know! Tu-Na Helper and I are both NDSU graduates as well as 4 of our 5 children. Go Bison!

The shop has a cozy class space making their classes more personal. They offer classes in quilting, embroidery, and bags.

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Cindy Steyer-Lukowiak will soon be saying good-bye to the staff and customers of The Quilted Ladybug as she moves out of state. However, she has fabric plans that will keep her in touch with quilting.

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Cindy’s advice for new quilters is to start with a good beginning class, such as their “Quilting 101” class that The Quilted Ladybug offers. “Once new quilters have been successful at taking that class (or any good beginning class), then they’re hooked,” according to Cindy.

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The black and white quilt in the top center is the quilt made in the Quilting 201 class.

The shop also offers a Quilting 201 class. I suspect the naming of the classes come from the fact that they are located within 20 minutes of 3 major universities and several smaller colleges and trade schools. Sarah is an example of taking that Quilting 101 class and then walking out with a job at the shop. It didn’t take long for her to become hooked.

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Cindy, Me, and Sarah

For more info about The Quilted Ladybug and to discover Lisa’s online offerings, see her website here. When you stop in to see all the lovely fabrics and count the ladybugs, say Hi! to Lisa and the gals. Oh, and when you do, tell them that Tu-Na sent you.

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When we checked out of the Northwest region here, we received these lovely fabrics.

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I chose the Dotalicious Earth Island Batik Strips on the left. My husband chose the Blushing Blooms on the right. Each package has 40 2.5″ strips of delightful fabrics to play with.

We are State Finishers! 10 Days, 3,429 Miles, 66 Shops and Credit Card Debt from a Car Full of Fabrics, Notions, and Patterns

Our passports were verified and stamped. We had made it!!

Over hill. Over dale. We did hit the dusty trail. As the Quilt Hop went rolling along.

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All the stores have applied their store stamp and verified that we did set foot inside. Setting foot inside was easy, leaving was often hard to do. Seeing all the beautiful quilts and other things on display was indeed impressive. I had to leave so much pretty fabric behind. However, I did buy more than enough to keep me busy and productive this year.

The passports sure look different than when we first started out ten days ago. See the originals here.

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Since we completed the entire state visiting all 66 shops, our passports now go into a drawing for an Alaskan cruise!

From 66 Quilt Shops on the Hop all the way down to one, we had been inside every door. Each shop was interesting and unique and I found a lot of things to buy. My only regret was that I wanted to have stayed longer at many of them. Tu-Na Helper’s regret will be coming soon in the mail, the credit card bill.

The mileage listed above includes all of our miles from our front door in Bismarck, North Dakota traveling around Minnesota and back home. It’s been quite an adventure once again. “I think if we don’t win the trip after next year’s hop,” Tu-Na Helper said as he leaned in close to me, “we’ll just have to go and buy the trip ourselves.”

Block of the Day:

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I purchased this super cute block kit from Quilter’s Eden in East Grand Forks, MN. There was no name for it so I think “Porthole View” would be appropriate. I substituted the included background and light green fabrics for 2017 Quilt MN Shop Hop fabric. It just seemed like the right thing to do. Kind of like not grilling pancakes on a Lefse griddle, right Bonnie? Note: If you are making this block, there is a typo on the cutting directions for the background fabric; it should read, cut (16) 1.5″ squares.

Coming Soon:

  • Update on Johnny’s quilt
  • A look at the loot
  • A few words from Tu-Na Helper

What I Learned Today:

  1. We must be slowing down or maybe we just enjoyed this trip more. It took us one more day than last year. We drove 61 less miles and there were 6 less shops on the hop than last year but the car is just as full.
  2. Moms are the last ones to know things about their kids or at least I am. Our new college graduate son now has a job. He received a job offer when we were gone on the hop. Although we talked to him by phone a couple of times, he decided to surprise us with the news when we arrived home. During that time, he had driven to Fargo, 200 miles away, and found himself a brand new apartment. He’ll be moving there in a couple of days and we’ll probably be helping him.
  3. My sister is a very good cook but I already knew that. It’s nice to be reminded.
  4. It feels good to be home.
  5. The car is packed with enough projects to keep me busy all year and then some.
  6. My husband is a wonderful guy but I already knew that, too.

Question: Can you fold a towel or a napkin into an interesting object? Tell me about it. Years ago, when I was a girl scout leader, I showed my group how to fold napkins and bought each of the girls a book on napkin folding. My daughter enjoyed doing that and we often had nicely folded cloth napkins at our table. My sister has a book on towel folding from the Carnival Cruise Line. It must be addicting since every time we visit her, we have a different animal sitting on our bed.

I am home now and trying to get caught up with household tasks and my bee blocks which some are two months behind. I read and appreciated every comment I received. Many of you were happy to hop along with us from the comfort of your easy chair. Some of you wanted to be out shop hopping, too, and maybe next year, you will. And a few of you found Tu-Na Helper and I at the shops and we visited and snapped a couple of pics. It was great fun! Thank you all for your kind words and encouragement.

Thanks for stopping by and do come again.

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts

See my other posts about the 2017 Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop:

Tu-Na Travels: ♪Over Hill. Over Dale. We Will Hit the Dusty Trail. As the Quilt Hop Goes Rolling Along….♪

Tu-Na Travels: Day One, 352 Miles, 11 Shops, Only 55 Shops Remaining

Tu-Na Travels: Day Two, 334 miles, 7 Shops, Only 48 Shops Remaining

Tu-Na Travels: Day Three, 210 Miles, 4 Shops, 44 Shops Remaining

Tu-Na Travels: Day Four, 276 Miles, 9 Shops, Only 35 Shops Remaining

Tu-Na Travels: Day Five, 274 Miles, 8 Shops, Only 27 Shops Remaining

Tu-Na Travels: Day Six, 243 Miles, 8 Shops, Only 19 Shops Remaining

Tu-Na Travels: Day Seven, 259 Miles, 6 Shops, 13 Only Shops Remaining

Tu-Na Travels: Day Eight, 204 Miles, 6 Shops, Only 7 Shops Remaining

Tu-Na Travels: Day Nine, 401 Miles, 4 Shops, Only 3 Shops Remaining

All the links to my posts for last year’s Quilt MN Shop Hop can be found at the top of this blog under the Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats title. Click on the Shop Hop tab; in the drop down menu, click on 2016 Quilt MN Shop Hop Posts. You will find pictures and links to each of the posts for that year’s hop.

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:

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

Tu-Na Quilts: Starting the New School Year Right with Breakfast and A New Apron

“Nothing says lovin’ like something from the oven.” Do you remember those words from the TV commercial for Pillsbury? O.K. that may date me but they just don’t make good commercials like that anymore.

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Choose fun fabrics for your aprons. This is one side.

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And this is the other side.

When my kids were in school, they were always excited for the first days of school. They’d put on their new clothes and come to the breakfast table. I wanted to start them out right, too, with a good breakfast. Even if it was just a bowl of hot or cold cereal, milk, fruit or juice, and maybe some toast. Sometimes, we’d have scrambled eggs, French toast, or pancakes. Usually the more labor intensive breakfasts were saved for the weekends. But I always donned an apron before cooking or baking.

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Aprons are easy to sew and there are a wide variety of patterns available.

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This pattern ties around the neck.

There’s something about wearing an apron that makes food preparation special. When I put on my apron, and looked at those hungry faces, I sent them a message of love because I was taking the time to make sure they were getting nourished before rushing out the door to meet the bus. 

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Potatoes and french fries anyone?

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The nice part of a reversible apron is that one side can be just as nice as the other.

You can choose any apron pattern you want. I’ve made many aprons through the years. The pattern for these aprons pictured here has become my “go to pattern.”  It’s reversible with a couple of pockets on each side and sews up quickly. Years ago, I took a class on making this apron at North Country Arts and Crafts Workshop near Bemidji, MN. I’m planning on writing a tutorial soon. Be sure to follow me (Bloglovin, WordPress, Email, Facebook) by subscribing with one of the ways on my sidebar so you don’t miss it. I bought quite a bit of that novelty food fabric and have made many for gifts, too. The aprons pictured here went to Germany to our exchange daughter’s family.

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Aprons last a long time but kids grow up way too fast. If you have children waiting for breakfast, grab an apron, whip up some breakfast, and enjoy this time with them.

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I have lots of fabric with fruit too.

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And when the kids have left for school or grown and moved away, you can celebrate and switch your apron to something a bit more fun.

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These fabrics have wine bottle and wine corks.

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Peanuts and beer anyone?

What I Learned Today:

  1. Time goes by much too fast.
  2. I have to remind myself that I need to make an apron for my mother-in-law. She’s been asking for one of these for years.
  3. I am exhausted after our 10 day trip around Minnesota. Buying fabric is hard work.

Question: Do you wear an apron? What do you fix for breakfast? Yes, I wear an apron every time I set foot in the kitchen. I feel naked without one. Breakfast now consists of granola, milk, and fruit.

If you are here for the Back to School Hop, Welcome! I just returned from a fantastic trip around Minnesota visiting 66 quilt shops and blogging as I went. You might like to read some of those posts. I still have to post a look at the loot yet. If you enjoy what you’re reading, please follow me by Bloglovin, WordPress, or Email. Links are on my sidebar.  I’m now also on Facebook and welcome you to like and follow Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats there, too.

Please visit the other blogs for the Back to School Hop.

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Thanks for stopping by and do come again.

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts

Linking to:

Main Crush Monday at Cooking up Quilts

Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt