Tu-Na Quilts: A Star for Jen

Tu-Na Quilts: A Star for Jen

This was my first Lemoyne Star block I’ve ever made. It proved a tad more difficult than it should have been. After the third time taking apart the center, I said it was going to have to be good enough.

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It measures 12..5″.

Jen asked for complementary tertiary colors. I had no idea what that meant so I had to ask someone for help; Mr. Google came to the rescue. I found this site to be helpful http://www.tigercolor.com/color-lab/color-theory/color-theory-intro.htm. I learned a little about colors. I hope I got it right. This one is a deep orange with teal.

But the centers just didn’t meet exactly and that bothered me so I decided to make another one.

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This one is the closest to magenta and amber that I had in my stash. There’s no way Tu-Na Helper is letting me go shopping for awhile (the credit card bill arrived from our Quilt MN Shop Hop and the numbers were so large even I could see it) so it had to do. Jen, I hope you like it.

The center still isn’t perfect but you’ll get it anyway. Here’s a pic of both of them.

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Fooled you! This little star is only 4.5″ square. And the centers still don’t meet well. Oh, well, I’m learning and I hope Jen likes it anyway.


What I Learned Today:

  1. Lemoyne stars don’t have to be perfect to be nice.
  2. Complementary tertiary colors do look great together. It will be fun to see this quilt come together.
  3. The more you mix colors together the more gray they become.

Questions: Did you know there are only 6 tertiary colors and can you name them? Did you know there are quaternary and quinary colors*? Do you spell grey or gray? I couldn’t name them before. I’ve discovered a lot.  For me, it’s always been a bit gray outside when the sun doesn’t shine.

*”Quinary colors are, roughly, varying shades of gray, this is why there are no specific names beyond the tertiary colors. The more you mix the colors the harder it is for the human eye to detect those differences.” https://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/40907/list-of-rgb-quaternary-and-beyond-colors

Thanks for stopping by and do come again.

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts

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Tu-Na Travels: A Bit about Where I Live

Tu-Na Travels: A Bit about Where I Live


As part of Sue’s block requirement way back in February, she asked us to post a bit about where we live. I didn’t do that then but promised I’d do it. Time got away.

Most of you know I live in two states: North Dakota when the weather is warm and Arizona when the weather is warm. You read that right. We spend the nice days of spring, summer and fall in North Dakota and the nice days of fall, winter, and spring in Arizona. That way we don’t experience the temperature extremes of either. It’s the best of both places.

I’ll keep this short. I found a couple of pics that I took on our way back from our Arizona home in May.

I’ve spent most of my life in North Dakota. We have clean air and blue skies.

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Yes, that’s an oil well. Parts of North Dakota have oil. Unfortunately, not where I live.


We also have lots of open land. One could drive for miles without encountering another vehicle. There’s much space between farms. We’re known as a major U. S. producer of wheat and durum. The semolina (flour) in your pasta just might have originated here.

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My brother and his boys are farming the farm where I grew up. In addition to wheat, they raise soybeans, sunflowers, canola, beef cattle, and kids (the human kind).

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North Dakota also has several large wind farms. We have wind-lots of it.


So why do I leave all this and head to Arizona? The answer is simple, to get some of this

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SUN!! (This is one of the Chihuly glass sculptures that had been on display in the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix. It reminds me of the sun.)


to get away from this.

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While we do head south for the winter, we still fly back for the Christmas holidays so we still get to see some of this white stuff for a couple of weeks. Last winter we saw a lot of it including being in a blizzard which stranded 16 people in my house for 3 days.


What I Learned Today:

  1. The geese are heading south already. They’ve been spending the night in the field by our house.
  2. We are making plans to do the same (head south not spend the night in the field).

Question: If you could live anywhere, where would it be? Do you think it’ll ever be possible? I’ve always thought I’d love to spend some time living beside the ocean. My husband, affectionately known as Tu-Na Helper on my blog, wants to buy a lake home in Minnesota where they have mosquitoes and ticks. But I’ll always call North Dakota home.

Thanks for stopping by and do come again.

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Karen, Tu-Na Quilts

Tertiary, she says!

I must not have been paying very good attention in any of my art classes in school because I had no CLUE what a tertiary color was!  So thanks, Jen for the lesson in color although  I am still not sure what I picked are proper tertiary colors.  One is definitely marigold,  the other is somewhere between blue and purple but not sure if it falls in the category of tertiary.

I was so excited when the points on the inside block all matched!  YAY!
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I must have gotten a little cocky and needed humbling because the very next thing I did was this . . . These are supposed to be the same.  Ugh.

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After several ripping sessions to rectify multiple goofs, I FINALLY got the block done.  Hope you like, it, Jen!

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Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

I cannot believe it is September already.  My, how fast the year has passed.  I have known for a few months which block I wanted to do for my month, but I wasn’t exactly sure of the other details.  I narrowed down the colors pretty quickly, but what size did I want?  In truth, I want all different sizes.

Of course, I cannot for the life of me find the “name” of this block.  I have made it before, but I did not follow a pattern or tutorial at all.  If you know the name, please let me know.

What I am looking for is a star in 2 complementary, tertiary colors.  Think violet & chartreuse or amber & magenta or teal & marigold.  You can choose solids or prints, but please just have each part of the star read as that color.  Then for the background I would like grey.  Any shade of grey will do, just not black or white please.  Gosh, does anyone else feel like they are being bossy when they write out their requests?  I feel like I am micro-managing.  Ok, so… as far as size goes, I am writing out the tutorial to measure 12×12 finished, but you are welcome to make it any size you like.  I want the quilt to have all different sizes of stars.

Here you go, simple instructions for the block:

(4) 3 1/2″ sq grey

(4) 4″ sq grey

(4) 4″ sq color 1 (the photos show 4 1/2″ squares, but that was too big, 4″ will be plenty)

(4) 4″ sq color 2


  • Draw diagonal on wrong side of grey 4″ squares


  • Place grey squares right sides together with (2) 4″ squares of each color


  • Sew 1/4″ on each side of drawn line
    • Cut along drawn line
    • Press
    • Trim to 3 1/2″ square using diagonal as reference


  • Draw diagonal on wrong side of 2 of the remaining 4″ squares
  • Place right sides together with other color
  • Sew 1/4″ on each side of drawn line
    • Cut along drawn line
    • Press
    • Trim to 3 1/2″ square using diagonal as reference
  • Arrange and piece together as shown in images below



And there you have it!  All done.  🙂

If you want to make a different size, you just add 1″ to the individual square size to get your pieces for the HST.

I cannot wait to see all of the beautiful stars you guys make.  🙂


Dog Gone Cute Block for Ann

I hope you like the block I made you, the doggie might be blue but it is definitely female.


It caused me so much trouble that I had to name it Indi after my little bundle of mischief.


You would think butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth but in the past week she has chewed my favourite cushion cover and somehow managed to pull down one of my floor length curtains,


and dragged it from the lounge, through the hall, and into the kitchen.  No wonder springer spaniels are named the eternal puppies, she has just had her fourth birthday.

I hope you love your Indi as much as I love mine.

With smiles from,

Kate x