Tu-Na Quilts: A Woven Star for Jen

Tu-Na Quilts: A Woven Star for Jen

I started out this 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 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 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!

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Karen, Tu-Na Quilts

Linking to:

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

Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts

Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt

Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River

Let’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts

Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication

WIP at Silly Mama Quilts

 

 

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June block for Jen

circle of geese

When Jen asked for a block of our choice for this month I knew exactly what I was going to make because when I posted my Stash Bee Geese Trails block from Piece and Press block for March queen (also) Jen (@jentexas) on Instagram (see it here) she said it was on her list of makes. I know how long my own list is and how frequently it gets updated so here it is – a tertiary coloured Circle of Geese. I used a different pattern this time around, the Circle of Geese from Piece by Number, and increased the size by 125% so that it turns out at 16” finished. I wasn’t intentionally going to place the geese in rainbow order and that’s just as well because somehow the plan I did have went awry anyway. Hope you like it Jen!

 

 

Tu-Na Quilts: This One’s for Velda

Tu-Na Quilts: This One’s for Velda

I was anticipating baking a wonderful cake in May. I spent the first two weeks thinking about what kind it should be.

I knew I would wait to make it until I was back in ND when I’d have more time. Once I arrived, I opened my fabric pantry and proceeded to pull out various ingredients to search for just the right combinations.

I settled on whipping up a chocolate cake. To help me create the most perfect one, I asked Mr. Google for some guidance.

I found a recipe for Red Wine Chocolate Cake. The recipe taunted, “Give in to two of your guilty pleasures with this double whammy of naughtiness.” That must mean the wine and chocolate or in Velda’s case, fabric and thread.

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Red Wine Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Then there was The Best Chocolate Cake described as, “A blend of dark chocolate and strong coffee making the sponge deeply delicious.” I wasn’t so sure about the coffee addition but I thought the fabrics sure looked rich.

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The Best Chocolate Cake frosted with Creamy Homemade Chocolate Frosting

I found a recipe for a Chocolate Oreo Cake. It looked mighty delicious and fun.

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Chocolate Oreo Cake with Classic Vanilla Bean Frosting and Sprinkles

Maybe, Velda would like a classic white cake with a chocolate frosting and colorful sprinkles.

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White Cake with Dark Chocolate Icing and Sprinkles

Making good food, just like good quilts, can’t be rushed. I arranged and rearranged and then something quite unexpected happened; May turned into June.  My hunt for the perfect recipe combination continued.

An Andes Mint Chocolate Cake might be an interesting choice for Velda’s delicious quilt. I could definitely see these fabrics using one of the patterns with multiple layers of cake and frosting. It would be sew pretty!

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Andes Mint Chocolate Cake topped with Chocolate Ganache

Hmmm, this was good but maybe Velda’s bakery needed something that was worthy of a prize. Continuing on my search, Sandy claimed, “One bite and you’ll see why this velvety beauty was named ‘the best chocolate cake recipe’ and won first prize.”

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Sandy’s Chocolate Cake with Whipped Buttercream Icing

It sure looked good and was very colorful but was not quite what I thought Velda might like. Besides that, I for sure, and probably Velda, didn’t know this Sandy. I continued to scroll down the list letting Mr. Google show me a few more winners. The Love at First Sight Chocolate Cake recipe insisted, “It will please the biggest chocolate lovers.”

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Love at First Sight Chocolate Cake with Creamy Chocolate Frosting and Non-Pareils

I wasn’t exactly sure how big of a chocolate lover Velda was; I suspected she liked it from her comment on this post. But then I saw a picture of a cake I once had made—a checkerboard cake. It was fun to make and actually looked like a checkerboard when it was cut, at least that’s how I remembered it.

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Chocolate and Vanilla Checkerboard Cake with Cocoa Buttercream Frosting

After much deliberation, I finally decided on a perfect recipe. Velda, your cake will be on it’s way to you in tomorrow’s mail. I hope you enjoy it.

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German Chocolate Cake with Creamy Coconut and Pecan Frosting

See Velda’s post here for information on where to locate this free cake pattern. She asked us to make her a cake and name it. Oh, what fun this no-calorie splurge was!

What I Learned Today:

  1. I know what most of you are thinking—Karen has too much time on her hands.
  2. I know what the rest of you are thinking—Karen has a lot of fabric.
  3. In reality, I have difficulty making decisions.
  4. I like to put fabric combinations together.
  5. Now, I want to make a cake quilt, a chocolate cake quilt. After rereading this post, I think I have almost all of the blocks already planned.
  6. Chances are pretty great that I’ll still be arranging and rearranging them.

Question: How do you eat your chocolate? I like mine in any form: liquid in the form of chocolate coffee creamer or dark chocolate shakes, semi-soft in the form of Chocolate Mousse, and solid in the form of Ritter Sport Chocolate Bars (they have a large variety of chocolate ones; I’ve been to the factory in Germany). 

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

Linking to:

Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts

Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt

Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River

Let’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts

Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication

WIP at Silly Mama Quilts

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

Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

Friends are the best part of Quilting

Friends are the best part of Quilting

Once upon a time, there was a woman that had a new sewing machine.  She knew she wanted to start quilting, but didn’t know how to do it.  She was very, very excited about all the different ways she could cut up fabric and put it back together again.

This woman has been gone a long time, changing into a woman that quilts every single week and even makes her own patterns from the pieces of fabric that now fill her rooms.

But she will never forget that first website she found with all of the beautiful blocks that were not as intimidating as full size patterns were.

I am stepping a bit outside the normal quilt zone a bit this month.  In my opinion, the best part of becoming a quilter has been the amazing community and friends I have met.  And all of you are some of the very best!!

Now, my sewing space has always been an after thought.  A corner of my bedroom.  But, I want to decorate that space to become a true creative corner, so I need things to hang on the walls.  🙂  That is my plan for the blocks this time around.

I am fairly open to the block choice and the size.  To tie it back to that little story in the beginning, I have picked a few blocks that I like from Quilter’s Cache.  Feel free to choose from them or browse and pick one of your own.  I have linked a handful of them below.

For colors.  I love my tertiary range.  Teal, Chartruese, Plum, Magenta, Burnt Orange, Golden Yellow.  Along those lines.  For backgrounds: White, Black, or Grey in solid or tone-on-tone (ish) would be great.  Here is a color palette page I have started.

ColorsI “borrowed” this photo.

As a little extra, if you want to include a label of sorts for me to add to the back I would be so appreciative.  Hand written or your regular label would be amazing (nothing fancy needed)!  I want the wall to be filled with friends and I will be making sure I add the labels to the back when I quilt them so I know where each one came from.

Here are some of the blocks I like from Quilter’s Cache – no need to limit yourself to these, but it will give you an idea & it is the styles I like, NOT the colors 😉

Blooming SquaresChain LinksCrown and StarStar and ChainRed HerringMineral WellsGalaxy StarEyes of MarchEight Pointed Star4

I really hope you enjoy making a block that suits you.  Like I said.  Any size, any block, any color.  I cannot wait to fill my wall with all the pretties!  🙂

 

Li’l Shamrocks for Jennifer

Saint Patrick’s Day has come and gone, but I finally have made a couple of  little shamrock blocks to be included in the border of Jennifer’s quilt.

Shamrocks Two

These little shamrocks measure just 4 1/2″, so sewn into the quilt they will be 4″.

Shamrocks

I used a Cotton and Steel print, Dottie in Picnic green, and another green, a print from Hazel by Alison of Cluck, Cluck, Sew.

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You see,  Jennifer is continuing her theme from 2017.  Her block from March 2017 was Irish Eyes.

And one more pic of a little shamrock.

Shamrock Single

These are in the mail to Jennifer and I can’t wait to see her finished quilt.

Scrappy Strips Block for Ann

Ann requested a Scrappy Strip Block finishing 12″ square using a white background and brightly colored scraps.  She posted about the block here and wrote a detailed tutorial on her blog Brown Paws Quilting here.

I grabbed some scraps and made this block.

Feb Scrappy Strips Block sq

I almost took the easy way out and made a cross but wanted the challenge and inserted the second strip at an angle.  It looks nice and straight at this angle…

Feb Scrappy Strips Block 2

But what about from the other angle?  Success, I did keep the strip lined up fairly well.

Feb Scrappy Strips Block 3

Even though Ann requested two strips in each block, I had enough scraps sewn to make one additional strip so I inserted a single strip in a block and thought she could add in another strip.

Feb Scrappy Single

Now to catch up on my other bee blocks!