Fall Into a QAL Block 9 Release!

Block 9 of the Fall Into a QAL  “Postage Stamp Turkey” is designed by Karen Thurn of Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats where you can view her tutorial and download the free pattern!

This is a pieced block with sixty-four 2” squares (your postage stamps!) sewn together. Thirty-seven of these are Half Square Triangles (HST.)

This block requires some extra time and patience but you will be rewarded with a block that you will be so proud! I am actually in love with my turkey. 😉

Postage Stamp Turkey by Karen Thurn

Tom, my turkey, has two gradations of brown. I’m using Kona solids and thought all my stash was “Coffee” but it appears some “Espresso” found its way in too. Or perhaps a dye lot variation? Well,  luckily Tom likes his beverages and says it gives his body feathers a nice look.

My tips for this block include; Reading the entire pattern through first. Then using the checklists Karen provides in her pattern to keep your pieces organized.

Cut and organized pieces

I spy a turkey face! Such fun!

#fallintoaqal Postage Stamp turkey

Lay out all your “stamps” and then begin sewing row by row. Karen’s pattern provides precise pressing directions.


I added a sequin and bead eye to finish complete my Tom!


I’m  happy to report that my Tom is a recipient of the annual Presidential Thanksgiving Turkey Pardon. He will continue to reside with me year round! 🦃

Please visit all of the QAL hosts to see this block in a variety of inspirational fabrics and to read their tips on making this block. All of the hosts are available to answer your questions and you will find a complete tutorial for this block in Karen’s post.

Abbie at Sparkle On! >>>You are here!
April at JANDA Bend Quilts
Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting
Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter
Karen at Tu-Na Quilts, Travel and Eats *Block designer*
Sherry at Powered by Quilting
Vanda at Quilting with Vanda

The prizes for this block are two printed “Vintage Blessings” exclusive mini patterns from Shabby Fabrics;   Vintage Pumpkin Wall Hanging & Vintage Schoolhouse Table runner
A 34” x 45” Warm & White craft size Cotton batting from the The Warm Company.


Help us support our sponsors and visit  Shabby Fabrics to request their latest mail order catalog or view the digital version.

To enter a chance for this release’s prize, post a picture of your finished block on:

  • The “Partners in Design“ Facebook group page. Here you can also meet and interact with other quilters who are participating in the QAL.
  • Instagram using the hashtag #fallintoaqal
  • Since Karen, our block designer, is on vacation all of the rest of us hosts are doing a shared link-up this time.  Link up a photo of your finished block here or on the rest of the QAL host’s blogs. Please visit a few of the other blogs in the link up too. We all love comments from our fellow quilters!

Click the blue button below to link up a photo of your finished Postage Stamp Turkey.

When you post a picture on our FB group page, Instagram and/or the linky party, you will be automatically entered to win Block 9’s prizes.

To keep the contest portion of the QAL fair and fun for everyone, the prize will be randomly awarded to one person who completed the designer’s block pattern. We encourage you to make each block your own, however a substitution will not gain entry. The deadline for entry is Monday 9/17/18 at 11:59 EDT.  We would love you to post your photos on all our formats, but entry is limited to one per person per block. You must be 18 years or older to enter. *


Block 10 designed by Sandra Healy of Sandra Healy Designs will be released on 9/18/18.

Thank you for quilting along with us! ~Abbie ✨


Brought to you by Partners in Design


20 thoughts on “Fall Into a QAL Block 9 Release!

  1. I think this Tu-Na design is just incredible and Mr Tom definitely does it justice. I hadn’t noticed the two shades of brown until you mentioned it but I think it works really well. A happy accident!


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