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Tu-Na Quilts: Winners Announced

Marian at Seams to be Sew has announced the winners of the X-Block rulers/templates and will be emailing them. If this is you, please watch your inbox for an email from her.


Winners for the X-Blocks Template Rulers

| Liz H | Susan R | Lori S | Elaine S | Sherry N |

The remaining posts for the Quilt Qwazy Queens Blog Hop continue on Monday. You can see the list of participating blogs as well as my post for the hop here.


In the meantime, Happy World Wide Quilting Day!!

What I Learned Today:

  1. Two cups of cream is about 1/2 cup too much when making caramel for caramel rolls. The rolls soaked up too much of the liquid causing them to be soggy. But they still taste good.
  2. I guess I’ll just have to make another batch to get it right.
  3. Seven in the morning comes early for me but not for those living full-time here in Arizona; by 7 am it’s almost time for lunch for them.

Question: How will you spend World Wide Quilting Day? I will be helping my quilting group sell bake sale items (minus my soggy caramel rolls) at a craft fair today. I also made puppy chow, Scotcheroos and Glazed Orange Scones, too. Then I’ll do some sewing. I finished the Elephant quilt top so I need to decide on borders or not.

Thanks for stopping by and do come again.


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Tu-Na Quilts: Embracing That Embarrassing UFO

Welcome to Quilt Qwazy Queens Blog Hop hosted by Marian at Seams to Be Sew. You’ll find the list of other participants at the end of my post who are also offering daily giveaways. Thank you, Marian, and thank you to our sponsors listed below.

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If things went well, if all seams were equal, if all seams were straight, if there were enough hours in the day,  if the seam ripper gathered dust rather than threads, if I were better at decision making, if I knew how without making mistakes, then maybe — my projects wouldn’t stall and become UFOs (Unfinished Objects).

I started this elephant quilt over a year ago and posted about it here in Tu-Na Quilts: Let’s Make Elephants. After completing all the blocks and sewing some into rows last spring, I packaged them all up and headed to my summer home.


I used Lorna’s (Sew Fresh Quilts) pattern found here to make a couple of elephants and posted about them here in Tu-Na Quilts: We Have an Elephant Parade. 

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Dr. Tu-Na helped deliver that cute little elephant to the proud parents here in Tu-Na Quilts: She’s Arrived. Lorna’s pattern for this baby elephant can be found here.

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Meet Lily who is now lovingly snuggled between her mom and dad on this quilt that I titled “She Has Her Mommy’s Nose.” This quilt is no longer a baby quilt since the baby is now almost 1 1/2 years old. But it will still be plenty big enough for her to use on a toddler bed and drag around the house.

I then stitched the remaining blocks together into rows. It then sat all summer on the pool table (a good use for our pool table) until I put them in their own bin so they could travel south with me for the winter. I’d discovered that the rows that I had sewn on my new Bernina using a quarter inch foot were different lengths than the ones that I sewed this summer with my 25 year old Pfaff Creative 1475 using a quarter inch foot and moving the needle to the right to get a scant 1/4″ seam. I never thought to check my Bernina initially. I later discovered it produced a very very scant 1/4″ seam. Each block was off by about 1/8″ but when added up by 9 seams made each row about 1 1/8″ too long. So it sat. For a long time. A very long time. In the meantime, that baby grew and grew. 

When Marian revealed the UFO theme for the Quilt Qwazy Queen blog hop, I knew just which project needed to be moved along. 

I’ve made progress. I fixed all the seams in the blocks that were too long. Instead of ripping them all apart, I just sewed a proper seam line. Yes, I opted to ignore the fact that I had two rows of stitching.

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Some people might have ripped out those seams. I decided the only way this project was going to get done was to not worry about ripping and just sew that extra seam making the finished blocks exactly 4.”

I could do so because I was pressing the seams towards the side and not pressing them open. 

I’ve only got two seams left! This is so exciting. 

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One of my favorite blogs has a great article about why our UFOs languish. You can read what Stitched in Color writes about What Makes You Stall (and what to do differently).

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I might actually get my OMG completed this month. This one is looking good.

The elephant quilt might actually become a finished quilt top this month. I’ve listed it as my One Monthly Goal for three months. If I don’t get this sweet little quilt finished, I’ll have to make my April OMG to quilt and bind it. But at least I can celebrate that I’ve made progress even if I took a slightly embarrassing long time to get to this point!

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This giveaway has now closed:

And the winners are…

Liz H.
Susan R.
Lori S.
Elaine S.

Sherry R.

Each of the above have won one of the following rulers/templates. They have been emailed. Click here to go to Rafflecopter to enter to see the winners names.

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 Join These Bloggers Promoting Their UFOs

Thursday, March 15, 2018

| Quilting Queen OnlineTu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats |
| Melva Loves Scraps The Quilted Snail |

Friday, March 16, 2018

FunThreads DesignsElizabeth Coughlin DesignsQuilting with Vanda |
| Life in the ScrapatchThrift Shop Commando |

Monday, March 19, 2018

Just Because QuiltsMooseStashQuilting | Pumpkin Patch BC |
Quilting Affection DesignsMs. P Designs USA |

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Words & StitchesSew Many YarnsQuiltin’ Grandma’s Blog |
Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc. | Adventurous Applique and Quilting |

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Kathy’s Kwilts and MoreSeacoast Quilter |
DesertSky QuiltingSeams To Be Sew |

What I Learned Today:

  1. There’s a weight being lifted from my shoulders. I wonder if it’s those elephants.
  2. World Wide Quilting Day is Saturday, March 17th. 
  3. All quarter inch feet are not created equally.
  4. Technology is difficult understand. Understanding how to add code is impossible.

Question: What makes your projects stall?

Thanks for stopping by and do come again.

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts

Linking to:

Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication

Let’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts

Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilt

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

UFO Busting at Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland

Pieceful Sunday at JANDA Bend Quilts



Tu-Na Quilts: Quilt Qwazy Queens is Coming This Week

Marian at Seams to Be Sew is hosting the Quilt Qwazy Queens Blog Hop this week. The topic is UFOs — the project variety not the alien kind.

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In preparation for this event, I’ve worked on the elephant quilt. You know, the one that’s been hiding in my closet out of my sight up to now but not out of my head or my heart. Join me Thursday to see how far I’ve come.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Friday, March 16, 2018

Monday, March 19, 2018

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

There will be prizes from these sponsors:
The Fat Quarter Shop
XBlock Rulers
Timeless Treasures
Studio 180
Quilters Dream Batting

What I Learned Today: 

  1. Breaking a task into small portions really seams to help.
  2. The problem with the elephant quilt wasn’t as bad as I remembered it.
  3. Sometimes, the best way out of a situation is to take the easiest approach.
  4. March is flying by.
  5. Fresh squeezed orange juice is the best; I am not tired of it, yet.
  6. There’s so little time and so many projects and blocks I want to make.

Question: Do you have any UFOs or do you work on only one project at a time? I definitely have MPD —Multiple Project Disorder.

Thanks for stopping by and do come again.

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts