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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

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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: 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!

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