Tu-Na Quilts: For Paige and Jennifer

Obviously I didn’t learn my lesson well enough in February (read #1 of What I Learned Today found on Tu-Na Quilts: An Hour to Spare) which means that I was behind, again. 

But have no fear, Jennifer’s cute little Shamrocks are expected to be in her hands on Saturday.


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I said to count me in for three. But I got to making these and they practically sewed themselves so I made four.


That same day Paige will be jumping for joy as she opens her envelope from me to get her blocks.


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Oh, dear, this is not one of her blocks.



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And neither is this one.




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Ahh! Much better!


Tu-Na Helper and I were visiting (not shopping since I didn’t buy anything) some antique stores and happened upon those cute little sock monkeys. I couldn’t help but photograph them as I had just finished making Paige’s blocks.

Paige is making a quilt for a teenage girl. When I found the sock monkey fabric, I knew I just had to include it.  I know a teen would love it.

However, I knew she would be orientating them the long way so now her quilt will have…


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They were just too cute not to include even if they are lying on their sides.


a tower of sock monkeys!

What I Learned Today:

  1. I must have some British blood. When I checked the correct usage of orientating or orienting, Mr. Google said orientating is “a British thing. Orientating is the typical British usage, vs. American “orienting”.” (Yahoo) I prefer orientating.
  2. Mr. Google is wrong. I have German blood.

Question: What are your roots? Heritage, I mean, not the hair variety. Catherine the Great invited my ancestors (and their neighbors) living in Germany to come to Russia and teach the locals how to farm. They went and settled in the Odessa Region for a long time until the welcome mat was rolled up making their exodus necessary. They made their way to America. All I really know of them is that they knew how to work hard and took pride in doing a good job. 

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Karen, Tu-Na Quilts


13 thoughts on “Tu-Na Quilts: For Paige and Jennifer

  1. Good Morning Karen!
    Those little shamrock blocks will make Jennifer happy – her whole quilt is so cute and those shamrocks around the border is a fun idea. I know Paige will be happy with your tower of monkey and other two blocks as well. My heritage is Danish and English, although I haven’t had the DNA check to verify that. ~smile~ Roseanne


  2. Cute blocks for both quilters, and I know they’ll love them! I’m a halfsy — half Swedish, half German. That’s about all I know, except that my mother’s maiden name is the Swedish word for “oak leaf” (or so I’ve been told).


  3. Wonderful blocks! I can’t wait to get them. Man, it’s like waiting for Christmas to arrive! I’m Irish obviously, which is why I’m making an Irish Chain quilt with your help. I’m also English and Welsh, Canadian, and yep, German.


  4. No doubt you are having fun at all of the adult activities in your village. We share a similar heritage… Germans from Russia! My Dad’s descendants setted near the Volga river and Huck Russia. Both of my dad’s parents came to the US in the early 1900s and arrived in Galveston.


  5. Cute sock monkeys and great blocks! I’m of British descent, Scottish on my Dad’s side and Welsh, or maybe it’s Cornish, on my Mum’s. Both families have been in Australia since the 1840s. They’re letters from the voyage and stories of their lives make for interesting reading!


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  7. Me? Scandinavian, mostly. Your ancestors made a deal with Catherine the Great that in exchange for their hard work and gentle neighborliness they would be free from taxes and exempt from military service. After Catherine’s death that deal was rudely terminated and they had to flee leaving everything behind. Scattered widely, many came to the US where they found the freedom to peacefully live as they desired.


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