Tu-Na Quilts: Welcome to the Third Week of the 2017 New Quilt Blogger’s Hop

Come on in, sit a spell, and explore my blog for some fun stories and interesting photos as well as quilting goodness. Hi! My name is Karen but I also go by Tu-Na or Tu-Na Quilts or Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats if you want to get very formal. My name came about during a conversation with my grandsons. I wrote my very first blog post about that conversation last April and you can read it here. If you want, you can read more about me here or check out the introductory post that I wrote for last year’s New Quilt Blogger’s Hop here.

I’ve been very busy with family responsibilities the past several months and my first blogiversary came and went without my notice.  However, I’ve got some fun improvements and a belated party planned for my blog in the coming months so stay tuned.

I made my first quilt many years ago when I was 16 and wrote my second blog post about it which you can read here. Almost all the quilts that I make, I give away.

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This fun quilt went to live with one of my grandsons since he loves the Little House books.

You can read more about this Little House quilt here and see the block that I designed for it.

Speaking of designing, I designed this coneflower block for last years Cloud 9 Block Hop.

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I call this block “Anne’s Flower.” It is easy to sew using a method that I call piecelique–meaning some piecing and some applique. Don’t let that curved stem scare you; it’s easy.

The free pattern for my coneflower is still available on that post here. I am constructing a quilt gallery in the tabs at the top where you can see other quilt finishes including my mini laundry day quilt with this 4 inch mini-mini of a lighthouse.

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Twenty one years ago, I took a quilting class where I learned how to use a rotary cutter and ruler which revolutionized quilting for me. I wanted to make a quilt for me since I didn’t have a good quilt that fit our queen size bed. I remember attending that class and sharing my strips of fabric with other quilters as they shared theirs with me. This class taught me the importance of accurate cutting.

I took those strips and sewed them into nine patches. I sewed many nine patches and then stuffed them into my fabric cupboard. Every now and then, I’d let them come out to play. I’d sew a few more nine patches, arrange and rearrange them, and then reshelf them while family and work responsibilities took priority.

Four years ago, I rediscovered them and took them over to my mom’s house. This quilt was meant for me and I wanted to get it done. Mom drew up a plan for setting those nine patches and together we laid them out and I sewed.

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And then the top sat for another year until I rented time on a longarm and quilted it using a computerized program of hearts.  

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Sometimes I see the quilting as leaves or maybe heart shaped leaves.

Other quilts needed to be made and finished first and my quilt was folded and put away. When I was at my North Dakota home for Christmas last year, I unfolded it and machine stitched the binding to the top.

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At this point I was tempted to return it to the pile but decided to begin to hand sew the binding to the back.

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I didn’t get very far as I had to leave it behind when I flew back to Arizona on January 1st. Finally this spring, while I was on a quick trip back to my North Dakota house, I picked it up and finished hand sewing the binding. There you have the real story behind my quilt lovingly named “My 21 Year Quilt.”

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I failed to get a pic of the back or to measure it. It is a generous queen size. I put my extra nine patches on the back. I will post pics and stats when I get back home.

Just in case you missed it, I live in two places: North Dakota in the summer and early fall and Arizona in the winter and spring. I love Arizona in the spring.

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This Argentine Giant lives at the house next to us. It was loaded with blooms this year that open in the evening and last only 24 hours. I think I’ve convinced my husband that we need one of these in our yard.

I’ll be posting more pics of beautiful cactus blooms on Wednesday. Speaking of blooming, please visit my fellow Blooming Quilters this week. They know that company’s coming and are waiting for your visit.

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These Blooming Quilters are hosted by Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl. Thanks, Yvonne!

Tami @Thrift Shop Commando Tami gives modern meaning to the phrase “Use it up, Wear it out, Make it do, or Go without.” She shows us a quilt that she’s making for her son out of some thrifted fabric. It’s going to be beautiful.

Sandy @Sandy Star Designs Sandy shows us some great eye candy as she puts it. She also shares a link to her tutorial on how to sew an accurate quarter inch seam. Since I can use all the help I can get, I’m going to have a look at that one.

Karen @Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats That’s me. Thanks for stopping by.

Kathleen @Kathleen McMusing  Kathleen shows her quilt history through pictures of really beautiful quilts. Find out who taught her to sew and how she found her love for quilting. She’s got some great quilting tips and I should pay heed to #2 more as it’s the one that stalls my projects.

Sarah @Designs by Sarah J Sarah has a full basket of accomplishments: fabric designer, Aurifil thread designer, pattern designer, and author. You’ll be able to see some of her quilt designs and take a stroll through some of her other posts to see her Dandy Drive block patterns which you can download for free. I know I want to make some of them.

Also check out the other hosts for the 2017 New Quilt Blogger’s Hop, Leanne @she can quilt and Beth @Cooking Up Quilts, to meet even more quilt bloggers.

Remember to enter the giveaways found on our host blogs. There’s a bunch of prizes from some wonderful sponsors. Maybe you’ll be lucky enough to win one so don’t delay as the giveaways are open only for a few days.

Quilting Tip: My quilting tip for you today is to strive to make quilts that are “good enough” and not perfect. If you want perfect, it may take you 21 years to finish.

What I Learned Today:

  1. It is better to have finished after 21 years than not to have finished at all.
  2. I like my 21 Year Quilt as much as I did when I first started it.
  3. My bedroom is still blue. It’s a good thing I don’t redecorate often.
  4. My 21 Year Quilt is still not perfect but it is good enough.

Question: Do you have any older quilts or projects begging to be finished? Here’s a chance to confess how long your project(s) has been shelved and whether you want to finish it or not.

Linking to Monday Making, and Main Crush Monday on Monday; Sew Fresh Quilts on Wednesday; Can I Get a Whoop Whoop, TGIFF, and Finished or Not Friday on Friday. Buttons on my sidebar. and Show Off Saturday on Saturday.

Thanks for stopping by and do come again.

Karen

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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.

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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. 

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

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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

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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