Tu-Na Quilts: For Paige and Jennifer

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



Tu-Na Quilts: An Hour to Spare

With just an hour to spare, I finished sewing Ann’s block. Hooray, I am all caught up with my bee blocks for the year. At least for an hour.


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The pattern for this block can be found here


I finished Sharon’s block earlier today. Both will be mailed tomorrow because the post office is closed for the day.

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The yellow is bright. The print has yellow not green in it so it looks better than the photo. Sharon’s pattern link can be found here.

What I Learned Today:

  1. Being caught up is a very nice feeling. Maybe that will be incentive enough to finish the next one before the end of the month. 
  2. I really liked the scrappy log one. I cut more pieces than I needed. I guess I’ll be adding this one to my “must make” list, too.

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    I have lots of leftover scraps of scraps, now. It must be a sign.

Question: Ham and eggs or Bacon and eggs? For me, scrambled eggs with cubes of ham, onions, and peppers. Yum!

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Karen, Tu-Na Quilts

Tu-Na Quilts: A Cookbook Shelf for Emily

Tu-Na Quilts: A Cookbook Shelf for Emily

Emily, your block is finally finished! I hope you can use this shelf of cookbooks for your quilt. 

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These food novelty prints traveled back from ND with me after the holidays in January.

Emily’s a librarian and a mom and a wife and a quilter who blogs at The Darling Dogwood.  She asked for this block in December. Yes, I realize it’s February. Artwork just can’t be rushed.

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I’ve made several leaning books before but this one had to lean the opposite way than all the others I made. I got it right the second time.

When Emily asked for a shelf of books, I knew right away what I wanted to do. Yes, it became involved and grew and grew. You know that’s how it is with cookbooks; one just can’t have too many.

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I had to add a strip of this wonderful fabric because everything is better with butter!

I added a mixer as my shelf extra. Sitting amongst the “cookbooks” it actually looks like a new mini version. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could actually own a mini KitchenAid that’s just the right size to whip up some cream for two people or even four. I don’t know about you but I need to whip at least a pint in my real KitchenAid so that the beater is effective or else it ends up just whipping up air.

Tu-Na Helper called this mixer a digital version since it was missing the lever but I think some things just have to be left to the imagination.

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I trimmed this cute little mixer block down to 7 3/4″ x 8 1/2″ and set it on top of some “cookbooks.” After all, if you owned a mini KitchenAid, wouldn’t you store it on your cookbook shelf?

In the end, this block measured 13″ X 29″. Yes, it’s longer than she asked for in her tutorial here but on our Facebook page she said it could go longer if we wanted. And well, there’s no stopping Tu-Na from adding more books to the shelf, especially a cookbook shelf!

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I just had to add some more books to the other side of the mixer for balance. I couldn’t resist adding the strip of selvage for a label on the cooky book. That selvage came from the fabric with the stick of butter. 

Tu-Na Helper thought I should add more labels to the books but I thought you could do that if you wanted to. His suggestion is The World of Pickles. I think I would have put Everything’s Better with Bacon, Betty’s Pies, and The Joy of Ice Cream. If I knew how to operate the embroidery alphabet on my new machine, I’d do it but that lesson comes next week. Since this block is so late I thought I shouldn’t wait another minute. I’ll get it in tomorrow’s mail and it’ll be on it’s way to you.

What I Learned Today:

  1. This mixer block was fun but putzy. You can find the free pattern here and the pattern for leaning the books here.
  2. I might have to sew up a mixer block for myself. But I sure don’t need another project right now. I just confessed that I suffer from MPD and DSD on my blog here. This block is just one of those blocks one has to make at least once but I’m not going to say I’ll never make another one. 

Question: Do you use cookbooks or are you prone to searching the internet for a recipe? I do both but I have a huge collection of cookbooks. I used to read them as books.

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Karen, Tu-Na Quilts

Linking to:

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

Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilt

Show Off Saturday at Sew Can She

Tu-Na Quilts: The Dogs Have Arrived

Tu-Na Quilts: The Dogs Have Arrived

All those cute little poodles that you sewed for me have safely arrived in Arizona. They were happy to be set free from their bag after traveling hundreds of miles by car. I am so relieved they didn’t need walking. 


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There’s always one in every pack that wants to head their own way! 


You will notice that I received one from Wendy who blogs at Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life. She’s a follower of mine and asked if she could make me one, too. I believe Wendy’s is on the bottom right.

I’ve got them all labeled so I can identify them. Their names are so cute. They are all looking mighty spiffy!! And I think they all play so well together.

Thank you everyone for these delightful pooches! I’m thinking I will only need to make 6 more, probably all left facing and probably all with a dark background. I wasn’t able to have my other bee group make more of these poodles since it didn’t follow their 1.5 hour timeline. Although, I think only one of the blocks I sewed for that group finished within 1.5 hours. I will also be adding sashing and cornerstones.

But first I have to find Paige’s land fabric I brought with and then sew her up a couple of trees to add to her forest. It will be a beautiful quilt. And then I have to sew up a partial shelf of books for Emily. That will be sew exciting. I’m thinking I want to add something to that shelf too. Just not sure what it will be.

What I Learned Today:

  1. I need to find a space to have a design wall in this Arizona house.
  2. The day is still young so there’s still time to learn more.

Question: What’s a nice size for a generous lap quilt?

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Karen, Tu-Na Quilts


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.

If you enjoyed this post and would like to read more about my journey or follow me, please visit my blog, Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats. Thank  you for visiting Bee Inspired.

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts

Tu-Na Travels and Quilts: Day 8 in Paris and Assembling the Poodle

Tu-Na Travels and Quilts: Day 8 in Paris and Assembling the Poodle

We started the day early as our museum pass was about to expire and we still had more things to see. Here’s a few of the highlights of the day.

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I thought street performers were found only in New York. This one amazed me since I thought he was a sculpture.

We visited Sainte Chapelle, Notre Dame Cathedral, and a modern art museum. I’m not sure where I found my energy to keep going day after day.

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About 1/5 of the stained glass windows were covered with scaffolding on the inside of the building; they were being cleaned and restored, if needed. Even so, the place was magnificent. There are 1,113 stained glass windows with each one depicting a different story from the Bible. Next time I go, I’m taking a pair of binoculars to see them closer.

We stopped for some crepes at a cute little Creperie right outside the modern art museum.

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In the modern art museum, we saw art works by Matisse, Picasso, and others. Here’s just a sampling. Click on each pic for more info. There were some really nice pieces as well as some that were, well, interesting.


And some that were really off the wall.


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Yes, that’s a chair hanging on the wall. There was another one: a fold-up bag chair but I figured you all know what one looks like .


What I learned today…Mercredi April 23, 2014

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  2. How to eat a real French crepe: First, eat some of the extra filling. Second, spread the remaining filling. Third, roll it up. Fourth, cut it in half to share with husband knowing he’s doing the same with his.
  3. Six consecutive days of a Paris museum pass was a lot to do. We visited the Louvre twice, the d’Orsay, Rodin, modern art museum, Notre Dame, St. Chappel, Notre Dame Crypt Archeological museum, d’Orangie, Invalides, Army museum, Napoleon’s tomb, Arc of Triomph, and Palace at Versailles. I think we got our money’s worth. There were only 47 other museums listed on our pass that we didn’t get to. We tried our best.
  4. Shoe shopping in Paris should be easy; every other store in the Chalet and Les Halies sections are shoes stores. Good to know if I need to buy more shoes.
  5. The half-size dishwasher in our furnished apartment is just the right size.

Poodle Block Tips:

Now onto Part Huit (8) Some Assembly Required. This will complete the poodle block. (You will find links to Parts 1-7 at the very end of this post.)

Using Sally’s tutorial for her right facing poodle found here on The Objects of Design or my tips below, let’s begin arranging the pieces. Think of it as putting a puzzle together. Hint: Use a large flat tray, design board or cutting mat that you can move closer to your machine, unless you need lots of exercise.

I will begin assembling this pooch one row at a time. Let’s think of it as a row by row. A picture follows each row description. If you laid out the frame already, you’ve already got some pieces in place. I’ve enlarged the labels only in that specific row to further help you. Be prepared to be amazed and amused as your playful puppy begins to grow right before your eyes, kind of like they do in real life.

Row 1: Top left corner, top of headtop right corner

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Row 2: Tail, Extra tail piece made in part 7, Above back, Ear, Eye, Nose


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We’re using one of the unlabeled pieces from part 7.


Row 3: Behind rear under tail, Body, Chest

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Row 4: Lower left middle, Under Belly, extra front leg piece made in part 7

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Here’s the other unlabeled piece that was made in part 7.


Row 5: Bottom left corner, Foot poof, Bottom middle, Foot poof

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Extras to add: Add the Right side under muzzle piece to the right side of the block and the two pieces labeled Foot to the bottom of each Foot poof

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That should be all of your pieces. Now the fun begins; bringing life to this little fella by using needle and thread.


You might be scratching your head, hopefully with your hand and not your foot, and wondering where to begin. There’s a logical sequence that makes it come together quickly. Just follow the pictures below and the list of seams to sew in order and you’ll be well on your way to petting this playful pup. The red numbers on the pictures below correspond to the number of the seam that you will be sewing. I’ve listed it out here for you too. Start with number 1.

Hints to remember: Check the two pieces that you will be sewing to see if you’ll be sewing two flip triangles or seams on top of each other (it will get a bit bulky). If so, just flip one to the other direction. Doing so will also help you nest those seams tight. But it’s not the end of the world if it just doesn’t work out; don’t go ripping it all apart to make it lay down. Just say, “I did my best” and let it roll over you.

The First Seams (Sew right sides together 1/4″ scant seam allowance for all the seams, press to the side—I found that most pieces had a natural tendency to lay to one side or the other)

  1. Top left corner onto Top of head
  2. Top of head to Top right corner
  3. Eye to Nose
  4. Chest to Ear
  5. Extra piece to Under belly
  6. Foot to Foot Poof
  7. Foot to Foot poof
  8. Lower left middle to Behind rear under tail
  9. Extra piece to Tail
  10. Above back to Body

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Now let’s see what we’ve got!

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You can see there is progress as there are less labels. I keep at least one label on each section while sewing so I don’t get confused.


We are getting closer to done with each seam and this little guy will be ready to play.

Next seams to sew: The numbers correspond to the seams in the picture below.

  1. Nose to Right under muzzle
  2. Right foot poof section to Bottom middle
  3. Bottom left corner to left foot poof section
  4. Tail section to Behind rear under tail
  5. Back/Body section to Ear section

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Now let’s take a look at what we have.



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Just a few more seams to sew.

  1. Left foot section to the right foot section.
  2. Under belly section to Above back/body section.

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Now your pampered pooch should be looking something like this:


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Just four more seams and he/she will be begging for treats.

Sew the last four seams:

  1. Tail section to Body
  2. Feet section to the body section.
  3. Muzzle section (that would be his mouth/eye/nose section) to the body.
  4. For goodness sake, sew on the top of his head so you can pet him!

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Voilà! Meet Cherise, my newest, darling, little poodle. She’s not only playful and perky but she’s also a little bit on the wild side. I caught her hanging out with the boys: Marcel, Odie, and Tigg. I’ll have to sew her in the middle of the quilt so she doesn’t escape.


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This is a 14″ unfinished block which will finish to 13.5.” Mine was right on probably due to my squaring up each of the pieces while prepping them and watching that scant 1/4″ seam.


What I Learned Today:

  1. Writing this specific post was very difficult. I kept getting the pictures mixed up. Let me know if you have questions or if I’ve made a mistake.
  2. When taking pictures of lots of pieces, make sure there is space between each piece so they can be seen as separate units and not a mess.
  3. I learned how to use more features in the photo editor program, Paint. It was a real time-saver or I would have had to remake this block. Maybe, someday, I’ll show you the bloopers.
  4. I’ve run out of days to post this month. I’m heading to the lake tomorrow and I won’t be back for a week.  To my American readers, have a Happy Fourth of July! To all of my other readers, have a Happy Day!
  5. No more poodles arrived today. I’ll post when they show up.
  6. Homemade macaroons taste wonderful. I will be sharing about that experience when some of those poodles arrive.

Question: If you were to give a French poodle a name, what would it be?

If you enjoyed this post and would like to read more about my journey or follow me, please visit my blog, Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats. Thank  you for visiting Bee Inspired.

Au Revoir

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts

Here are the previous poodle posts just in case you need to catch up to figure out what is going on this month at Bee Inspired. We’ve all gone on vacation—don’t we wish—to Paris. Well, maybe at least in our minds and imaginations.

Tu-Na Quilts: All Aboard. Fasten Your Seatbelts. We’re Taking Off for… You will find the pattern link for the poodle block in this post as well as why I chose this block.

Tu-Na Travels: Day One in Paris which includes Part un (1): Pattern and Fabric Selection.

Tu-Na Travels: Day Two in Paris and Poodle Block Cutting Tips which includes Part deux (2): Cutting and Anatomy Labeling.

Tu-Na Travels: Day Three in Paris and Prepping Those Furry Pieces which includes Part trois (3): Prepping the Furry Accent Pieces (Foot poofs, Tail, and Ear). 

Tu-Na Travels: Day Four in Paris and Prepping the Poodle Body Parts which includes Part quatre (4) Prepping the Poodle Body Parts.

Tu-Na Travels: Day Five in Paris and Prepping the Background Pieces which includes Part Cinq (5) Prepping the Background Pieces.

Tu-Na Travels and Quilts: Day Six in Paris and Building the Frame Around Our Pampered Pooch which includes Part Six (6) Building the Frame Around Our Pampered Pooch.

Tu-Na Travels and Quilts: Day Seven in Paris and Finishing the Leftovers which includes Part Sept (7) Prepping the Last of the Extra Pieces.

Linking to Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? and Finished or Not Friday.