Tu-Na Quilts: Wanta Fanta Blocks are Needed

Tu-Na Quilts: Wanta Fanta Blocks are Needed

I’m busily preparing to leave on vacation and just happened to see that I’m up for August to request a block. So this post will be short and sweet and scheduled. Well, maybe two out of the three.

I requested the Wanta Fanta Blocks last year when I was also in the Blossom Heart Bee but only received blocks from three of my hive mates (and 2 other blogging friends) so I’m thinking I need to ask for more of these so I can finish this quilt with lots of scrappiness.

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This blocks consists of two snowball units and two X units. I thought I’d simplify this block and ask that you just make the units and not sew the units together as pictured above. Just trim each unit and mail. That will require less of your time and allow me to scatter your units around to create a more scrappy look. 

Pattern Location: The free Wanta Fanta pattern can be found here on Blossom Heart Quilts and more info about it here.

Colors needed:

Background: Please use either a solid white or white on white for the background.

Fabrics A, B, C, and D should all be a different orange fabric— any shade or tone except for peach.  I am going for a very scrappy orange look so anything goes such as solids and prints and batiks as long as orange is the main color. 

To make the snowball units:

Cut two 6.5″ squares from solid white or white on white.

Cut eight 2.5″ squares from orange fabric as listed above.


Draw a diagonal line on the back of each of the orange squares and another one 1/2″ away. Place each orange square with RST on the corners of each white square.


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Sew just a hair’s width on the outside of the line towards the corner.

Trim seam by cutting between the two stitching lines.

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Press seam towards corner. It just seems logical.

Trim block to 6.5″ Please make two.

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Here are those cute, little, bonus HSTs. Please include them in the mailing. You don’t need to press seams or trim them.

To make the X Units: Make sure your printer will be printing at 100%. Print out two pages of the paper pieced pattern included in the pattern link above. Measure the test box.

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The pattern gives approximate fabric requirements but you could use scraps.

Lay paper on top of wrong side of orange fabric (printing should be showing on top) with fabric covering area #1 completely with about 1/2″ around it. Pin.

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This is a bad example as my orange square is too close to being the finished size for the block. This is one of those “do as I say, not as I do” times.

Place this section on top of white or white on white fabric, again making sure you have plenty of fabric that will cover #2 area with about 1/2″ around it.

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Reduce stitch length to 1.5. Sew on the line between #1 and 2 starting and stopping well into the seam allowance. I even sew right off the paper.

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I should have continued this sewing line off the paper. This helps keep the seam from unraveling.

Fold paper back and trim seam allowance to 1/4″.

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Press on the right side of the fabric (not on the side with the paper to prevent the ink from bleeding). Now lay this section on top of the same white fabric making sure you have plenty of fabric. Sew on the line starting and stopping well into the seam allowance. Even better, start and stop off the paper.

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Trim seam. Press. Trim block to 3.5″ square.

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Please leave papers on. Make 8.

No need to sew them together from here as I can spread them around to add to the scrappiness. Plus this is about all that you can get done in 1.5 hours or so.

Alternative for non-paper piecers: If paper piecing is not your thing (or your cup of tea), please make 2 additional snowball units and forget the X units.

What I Learned Today:

  1. I do not know how to write up a post quickly.
  2. I am very wordy.
  3. I’m exhausted. I need a vacation.

Question: Where’s your dream vacation? We’re heading to see our new granddaughter in Michigan and then we’ll hop around Minnesota on the Shop Hop. By the time you read this, I should have already visited about 30 shops. But our big vacation comes later in the year when we go to Germany and Italy.

I’ll be watching for the mail, as soon as I get back from my trip. Thank you very much!

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts


May Bee Block for Velda

Our May queen, Velda @ Freckled Fox Quiltery asked us to make her cake blocks–a pattern by Patty Sloniger for Michael Miller Fabrics called Sweet Cakes.

Velda asked us to make a cake and give it a name. I wanted to make something representative of me, so I made her an Italian Cream Cake, the cake I had at my wedding almost 25 years ago.

Our Wedding 002Italian Cream Cake is rich, filled with coconut flakes and chopped nuts, with a cream cheese frosting. You can find an original version recipe here and a lighter version recipe that is actually quite awesome here.


For my block, I wanted to choose fabrics that were similar to those in the actual cake but also rich (like the cake itself) and elegant enough for a wedding. If you look closely, you’ll notice that most of them have a shimmer.

Italian Cream Cake 5After making the block, I decided I simply had to add flowers to the cake so it would look more like my actual wedding cake.

Italian Cream Cake 4Finding the right flowers (right size, right colors) took awhile but I finally did it. Then my sewing machine broke down so again the block sat around while I solved that problem.

Italian Cream Cake 1The block is finally done now, and I’ll put it in the mail tomorrow. I hope you like it Velda!

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Spinning Star Block for Jen

I will admit that I was’t really sure what to do with Jen’s June Bee request of ‘Maker’s Choice’.  I thought it would be a good opportunity to design something, but my June was just crazy busy at work so I didn’t really have the mental space to dream up something new.  By mid July I was really late and was looking for something kind of straight forward to do, but in the end I wanted to at least try something new.  I gathered a bunch of blocks on Pinterest and considered a few, but I kept coming back to this one:

Spinning Star

photo credit – Paula Storm designs

I’m pretty good at figuring out how blocks go together, but this one I just could not get.  I tried a few times to find the pattern source for the block, but all the images I found on Pinterest only linked back to photos of the blocks.  Finally on Saturday night I had a breakthrough and found the pattern and a tutorial here.  It’s from a quilt along designed by Paula Storm.

This site has a link to a pattern page.  The tutorial shows how to do the foundation piecing with freezer paper and how to do the middle block that includes an inset seam.

Here is my block:


Putting it together really wasn’t that hard, and the tutorial helped a lot.  The only issue I had is that when I print the pattern page the 1″ scale on the page comes out about 1/8″ too small.  I’ve never had this problem with a pattern I’ve printed from an online source and I’m not sure how to get it to the right size – it is already set to print to actual size on the printer settings.  My block came out a bit small, but as it doesn’t seem Jen is going to put these together in to a quilt I’m hoping it doesn’t matter.  🙂  I might try and draw up my own version to get it to finish at 10″ and then make a few for a quilt of my own!

Let me know if you try out the block and if you have the same pattern size problem that I had.  I’d love to see more versions.

Ann, Brown Paws Quilting





So far behind!!!

I am so sorry to be so far behind with my blocks!  I promise to get caught up next week!  It is so hot and dry here in Missouri that sitting at the sewing machine in my cool sewing room sounds like a good plan for next week!

This week, I taught at Art Camp all week…lots of fun…lots of cute kids and projects!

And I am caught up on pattern writing for now and on my Island Batik challenges are well underway….

I want to invite all of you to my Quilt Along which will begin on July 25.  Here is the post with all of the information….hope you will want to sew along with easy classic blocks.

grace and peace….SharonHappy Go Lucky

Galaxy Star in Fandangle Fabric

Jen gave us the freedom to choose any block we wanted to make but gave us a few suggestions.  In this post, she choose several from Quilter’s Cache where there are quilt blocks galore!

I choose the Galaxy Star 9″ paper pieced block.

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For colors, Jen requested the tertiary colors and I have the perfect fabrics.  These three prints are from Christa Watson’s new fabric line, Fandangle by Benartex.

The two tone on tone prints are Crosshatch in light grey and teal.  And print is Triangle Trinkets in teal.

Fandangle Fabric for bee

I had fun brushing up on my paper piecing skills and even managed to keep the background fabric oriented correctly.

Karen made a woven star block for Jen and I’m looking forward to seeing more!

July Tutorial – 10-inch Toadstools

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Yep, July already! Well here anyway. This month we’re making a toadstool quilt for my great-niece Tilly, a term that makes me sound like I’m 150 😊. Velda and Emily have made me these blocks for Stash Bee already, where it was popular with my hive mates and a couple of you expressed that you would have liked it to be our bee block too so I’m here to please! I’ve changed my original plan and I’m now going to be making a larger quilt. Hope you enjoy it!

The block has been tweaked – up scaled, turned into a square, simplified slightly, and the tiny HST units have been removed (you’re welcome) – from this block by I am LunaSol. It turns out that it now looks very similar to this block by Patty Sloniger. When I couldn’t find the pattern in her shop I checked with her and she has given her consent to me using it so long as I acknowledge that she came up with it first. I’m more than happy with that!

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FOR FABRIC CHOICES I would prefer a red and white print for the toadstool tops if you have it or black and white if you don’t, low volume prints on white or off white for the background, a mid to dark grey print, blender or solid for the stem and a pale grey print, blender or solid for the gills. Since Tilly is coming up to her third birthday feel free to add prints with some novelty value.

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From the red print

Cut one rectangle 5 ½” x 10 ½”

Cut two 1 ½” squares

From the pale grey

Cut one 1 ½” x 10 ½” rectangle

From the darker grey

Cut one rectangle 4 ½” x 3”

From the low volume

Cut two rectangles 4 ½” x 4 ¼”

Cut two 3 ½” squares


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Mark the diagonals on the two low volume squares and the two red print squares

Line the low volume squares up in the corner of the red print rectangle so the line cuts across the corner, and the same for the red print squares on the pale grey print rectangle. Stitch along the marked line. Trim and press.

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Stitch the two low volume rectangles to either side of the darker grey rectangle.

Stitch the three sections together to form a toadstool.

And we’re done!


Please also add an airmail sticker or write it on the envelope to avoid the two month delivery time.

I know you guys will do a stunning job and I can’t wait to see them!

Tu-Na Quilts: A Woven Star for Jen

Tu-Na Quilts: A Woven Star for Jen

I started out last week thinking about using a different pattern for Jen’s bee block but at the last minute I saw this pattern and knew it would fit perfectly with her theme. Jen blogs over at A Dream and A Stitch but you can read Jen’s Bee Block request post here.

Jen asked us to make any block in any size using tertiary colors. I think these are tertiary colors. Well, I hope these are tertiary colors. She wants to make all of her bee blocks into mini quilts to hang in her sewing studio, her new one after she moves.

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This block is called Woven Stars and is a free pattern from Stitch Supply Co.

You can find the free pattern here at the Stitch Supply Co.

Jen is moving to Montana. Since I’m from North Dakota, that makes us practically neighbors. So I feel the need to warn her about some of that wildlife she’ll find. Us North Dakotans know for sure that all of our deer come from Montana.

I’ve driven thru Montana many times and know that that little fact is true. They are everywhere in both of our states: on the roads, in the hills, in the gardens, in the woods, in the backyards, in the cities, and always around the next bend on the highway standing in your lane looking up at you as you drive towards them.

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This block is 16.5″ unfinished.

I thought I’d include some deer in Jen’s block just to remind her to always be on the look-out for the deer and the elk and the mule deer and the antelope and even the moose because even in the dark they all look alike and make big dents in your car.

What I Learned Today:

  1. Tu-Na Helper knows what a purple thang is! I was finishing Jen’s block as he came into my sewing room. “You’re using your purple thang,” he announced. And we both giggled. If you haven’t read my story yet about my purple thang, you can find it here.
  2. Our apple trees are loaded with apples again this year. They are small and green yet.

Question: Have you been annoyed by a deer or other 4 legged animal? They sure like my roses preferring to eat them in the rosebud stage. They also eat tulips and asparagus and apples  and strawberries and even daylilies. They are always on our road and sitting in our apple orchard waiting for the apples to ripen. They’ve become so tame they don’t even move out of our way. Yes, we’ve discovered several times just how much damage deer and mule deer can do to a car. Let’s just say, it ain’t pretty!

If you enjoyed reading this and would like to read more of my adventures and even follow me so you won’t be left out, please see my blog Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats and subscribe by email, WordPress, or Bloglovin. I’d enjoy having you join my family of blog readers. 

Thanks for stopping by and do come again.

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts

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