Tu-Na Travels and Quilts: Day Six in Paris and Building the Frame Around Our Pampered Pooch

Tu-Na Travels and Quilts: Day Six in Paris and Building the Frame Around Our Pampered Pooch

Today we returned on foot to the Louvre to see many paintings by some very well-known masters:

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We saw lots of other paintings including some with lots of hands



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and some with really pretty faces.

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We left the Louvre and began our walk to the Arc de Triomphe. Along the way we saw a very interesting concept which we think the cities where we live should use—at least we haven’t seen it yet.

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Again, maybe it doesn’t take much to impress us, but we were very intrigued with this sidewalk vacuum. Do you have sidewalk vacuums where you live?


Finally, we reached the Arc.

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One more trip past the Eiffel Tower made the end of a beautiful day.


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What I learned today…Lundi, April 21, 2014

  1. Crème Brulee and coffee in an outdoor café makes a delicious Parisian lunch.

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  2. 4.80€ for a small cup of coffee without refills is a bit expensive, so is a bottle of water at 3.50€. No water is served unless you pay for it.
  3. Paprika Pringles are very tasty. I sure hope I can start buying them at home.
  4. There are 284 steps in the circular staircase leading up to the top of the Arc de Triomphe. Going down was much easier.

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    Looking down from the top.

  5. The Arc de Triomphe sits in the center of an intersection of 12 major streets coming together with a round-about (circle). Luckily for me, I wasn’t driving or I’d probably still be there (I am a timid driver).

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    A view from on top of the Arc de Triomphe. Note the tree lined streets coming towards the Arc and the Eiffel Tower in the background.

  6. Went back to the Gloria restaurant and verified that it is the best Italian food we’ve tasted.

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  7. The app on my husband’s phone read 27,863 steps today or 10.99 miles. We both had dessert this evening. We earned it!tunaquilts 26a

Poodle Block Tips:

Now onto Part Six (6) Building the Frame Around Our Pampered Pooch (You will find links to Parts 1-5 at the very end of this post.)

Handy Hint: I highly recommend laying out these frame parts on an extra cutting mat, corner of your sewing table, large cookie sheet or tray, piece of cardboard, pool table, large design board or whatever flat space you can find where you can let them stay while you finish the block or easily move them all contained without messing them up. Just in case you get distracted, you can easily come back and pick right up where you left off.

Use Sally’s Tutorial for the Right facing poodle found on her blog The Objects of Design or my picture below to lay the following pieces in the correct orientation. Moving clockwise, lay them in the following order: 

  • Top left corner (refer to number 1 in pic below to help you find it)
  • Top right corner (2)
  • Right side under muzzle (3)
  • Bottom middle (4)
  • Bottom left corner (5)
  • Lower left middle (6)
  • Behind rear under tail (7)
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The names on the labels were so small so I put numbers here to help you identify the piece.


You will also need the following Extra pieces:  three 1.25″ square body pieces, one 2″ body square, and one 1.25″ x 2″ body piece. Follow Sally’s tutorial or my picture below, lay the pieces right side together:

  • Top right corner (piece 2 in picture below) needs a 1.25″ square body piece on the left bottom corner.
  • Right side under muzzle (piece 3 in picture below) needs a 1.25″ square body piece on the top left corner.
  • Lower left middle (piece 6 in picture below) needs the 1.25″ x 2″ body piece sewn to the right side (shortest side). Might as well go sew this one with right sides together 1/4″ seam, press to the dark.
  • Behind rear under tail  (piece 7 in picture below) needs the 2 ” body square placed in the upper right corner AND a 1.25″ body square in the lower right corner.
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I’ve drawn in the sewing lines. We won’t be using all the pieces for this part.


Now flip those corners (draw a diagonal line from corner to corner, stitch, trim to 1/4″, press). (Refer to Part 3 Prepping those Furry Accent Pieces if you need to see how that is done).

Did I make an extra bonus half-square triangle block using the 2″ piece on the Behind rear under tail piece? It’s not required for this block but it might be useful for a future project. I sure did! Did you?

To ensure the finished block will be close to the correct size, I like to square each piece now to the following sizes:

  • Top right corner squares to 2.75″
  • Right side under muzzle squares to 3.5″ x 9.5″
  • Lower left middle squares to  3.5″ x 2″
  • Behind rear under tail squares to 3.5″ x 5″

Now stand back and look at your hard work.

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Coming soon as we near the finish line: Part Sept (7) Prepping the Last of the Extra Pieces

Finally, we break through the ribbon and finish with Part Huit (8) Some Assembly Required

What I Learned Today:

  1. I still can’t find paprika Pringles around here (in North Dakota). I’ll have to check in Arizona this winter.
  2. June is going fast.

Question: Have you run in a race? What does it feel as you near the finish line? No racing for me since I’ve been out of school but my 8 year old grandson ran in one in Duluth. I can’t wait to hear about it when we see him.

Au Revoir

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats

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.

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: Day One in Paris

Tu-Na Travels: Day One in Paris

I set foot on Parisian soil for the first time in mid April of 2014. My husband and I were on a month long voyage to Europe with stops in Germany, Paris, and London. We had just taken the TGV train from Stuttgart to Paris. During my stay, I wrote in a journal about the things I learned and I want to share them with you.

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This sign welcomed us at the TGV station in Paris.


But first a little story about some good-looking French men.

Our travel agent had secured an apartment for us two blocks from the Eiffel tower. I was so excited hoping that I could draw back the window drapes and have a view every morning of it.

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There was construction happening at the tower. Part of the floor was being replaced with glass.

Anyway, after debarking from the TGV and dragging four suitcases (two for each of us) plus our personal packs (backpack for my husband and a large, very large purse for me), we walked to the subway station entrance so we could travel to that apartment. I peered down, down a very long steep set of stairs leading to the underground station. As I was about to start hoisting my two bags down all those steps, I heard a voice.

“Mademoiselle, S’il vous plaît.” He repeated it again. This melodic sound came from a tall, dark haired, good-looking, French man who was now standing right beside me.

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O.K. So this is a recreation of the moment but those are the same suitcases, although a little more worn than then.


“Oui, oui, Merci,” I feebly uttered with the accent of a frog as he grabbed one of the suitcases and bounded down the steps. I stood at the top just watching him for a few seconds while another handsome French man grabbed the other suitcase and trotted down those steps as if he were moving on level ground.

I was still standing at the top mesmerized by what had occurred as my two suitcases were gently placed side by side at the bottom and the bearers quickly disappeared into the crowd. They had sailed past my husband as he struggled to navigate those steep stairs while heavily laden with more weight and bags than we should have brought.

I hoisted my purse on my shoulder and hopped down the stairs while my husband, mouth opened, looked up at me in utter amazement wondering what had just happened.

My first impression of the city was that young French men are very helpful.


What I Learned Today….Mercredi April 16, 2014

  1. The TGV’s (train) top speed between Stuttgart and Paris was 320 kph. Do the conversion. It was a very smooth ride! We made the trip in 3.5 hours. No conversion needed.
  2. How much I miss Germany: the clean cities, the quiet streets, the three-ply soft toilet paper.
  3. I’m feeling 30 years younger. I had three hot French men in their 30s call me “Mademoiselle” and offer to carry my suitcases up and down the stairs at the train station. Of course, I let them!
  4. One can’t always trust their travel agent. Our apartment 2 blocks from the Eiffel tower takes us 25 minutes to walk. Obviously it is more than 2 blocks. I wonder what conversion we should have used.
  5. I can’t escape from McDonalds, Starbucks, Burger King, Ford and Chevrolet even in Europe! They’re all over. Our apartment is four floors above a McDonalds and there’s a Starbucks across the street.

I hope you enjoyed today’s little memory about my first day in Paris. I’ll be back with more as I have a hot date this afternoon with my sewing machine to make another French Poodle since, now after writing this, I’m feeling in the mood.

In addition to sharing some other Things I Learned during my Paris trip, I plan to pop in and out this month with some tips and tidbits about the Poodle block I’ve chosen. So if you are feeling like it is a bit over your head, rest assured more info and pics are coming. But if you are confident to tackle it on your own, go right ahead as I think most, if not all of you, are seasoned quilters and I’m probably doing this only for my benefit.

Part un (1): Pattern and Fabric Selection

I covered this on my first post so check it out here (Tu-Na Quilts: All Aboard. Fasten Your Seatbelts. We’re Taking Off for….) on the Bee Inspired Blog if you missed it. Basically, I am asking for blacks and whites. But if you have an elusive black with only pink/wine/burgundy/raspberry/white or white with pink/wine/burgundy/raspberry/black that might make a good body. Let me know if you have questions.

I wrote a post about the poodle block on my blog Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats and we are having a fun game naming groups of things. Did you know that a group of dogs is a pack or kennel and a group of giraffes is a tower? So pop on over here (Tu-Na Quilts: A French Poodle for Moi) to be part of it and comment with the name of a group of something. I wonder who came up with some of those names.

Here’s my fabric selection for this new poodle. 

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The black with white flowers shown on the bottom left will be the background. The Zest for your nest (middle) fabric will be the body and the white with black swirls shown on the right will be for the furry accents of ear, foot poofs, and tail.


Coming soon: Part deux (2): Cutting and Anatomy Labeling.

What I Learned Today:

  1. Memories are so sweet and pictures help jog it.
  2. I miss Paris.
  3. Maybe it’s time for a new set of suitcases. No, maybe not, as these have too many memories. Besides that, after one trip on the airlines, the new ones would be looking very close to these anyway.

Question: Have you been anywhere fun? Do you have a memory of that trip you’d be willing to share?

Au Revoir,



First Blog Post!

Aaaand we are off and running!

As you can see, this blog is a work in progress – by January 1st, 2017 we will have a few posts up – not all mine, I’m hoping…
This blog has twelve (yes, twelve) authors – we are a group of quilters who “met” while participating in a new blogger group.  Most of us (if not all) have been blogging for less than three years, all of us are enthusiastic quilters, and all of us are VERY happy you stopped by to visit!

All of us may post at any given time, about pretty much anything! But, the first of each month is reserved for the person who is assigned that particular month.  She will post a tutorial for her chosen block (the rest of us will make that block and send it to her).

Everyone authoring here also has their own individual blog – that’s how this group started after all.  Their blog information is listed on the side bar – we would welcome you going to visit.

So, now here is a list of all os us (in random order):

Kathleen (Kate) from the UK
Karen, who splits her time between North Dakota and Arizona (I already see a post here on how to do this from a quilter’s perspective logistically!)
Ann from New Mexico in the US
Emily from North Carolina (all the way on the other side of NC from where I am), in the US
Janice from Idaho, in the US
Jen from Oregon in the US
Jennifer from Indiana in the US
Paige from South Carolina in the US
Sharon from Missouri in the US
Sue from (Western) Australia
Velda from Canada, and
me, Irene from North Carolina in the US

I hope you will forgive any errors you find on this blog. Even though I have been blogging for a couple of years, I am self-taught and some things may slip through the cracks. If you see something that does not seem quite right, please let me know and I will try to correct it as soon as possible.

Enjoy !