Charity Quilt Finishes


Guess what  Patricia T in Spokane, WA?  The quilt tops you sent oh so long ago are FINISHED and onto a worthy charity.

These quilt tops were sent to me long ago and I finally got to them in late spring.  They were sent on to Nancy K in Texas to do the binding.

The quilts were gorgeous and perfect for donation quilts as the colors are great.  Here is Nancy (on the left) holding the quilts that she passed on to the Fort Bend Women’s Shelter.


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Northeast Iowa Quitl Guild 2016 Show!


A post from Kelli–


A couple of weeks ago, Mom and I were invited to speak at the 2016 Quilt Show of the Northeast Iowa Quilt Guild.  They first asked us to give one trunk show, but closer to the date, they requested that we do multiple talks–I’m gonna assume that so many people wanted to come, that they had to split the group up ;)

We ended up heading up there a little bit before it started to get all of our stuff carried in, but were quickly distracted by the wonderful quilts that were on display.  Because you weren’t all able to see the beauties, I figured I’d bring them to you!

Quilt 1 (300x400)Check this one out!  I’m pretty sure this was the winner.  It sure was intricate and so gorgeous!

Quilt 2 (300x400)I really liked this one.  The simplicity of it is really appealing to me.  I also like the fact that it’s the same block repeating over and over again.

Quilt 3 (300x400)This one was a beauty as well.  You can’t see from the picture, but it was hand quilted too!  I surely love double weding ring quilts.

Quilt 4 (300x400)This one is pretty neat too.  I like the fact that this one is a little bid different from what I would normally like.  I like the corners too–I think they almost look like they sparkle.

Quilt 5 (300x400)This was one that mom likes–She loves quitls that have a big star in the middle.  And she’s a sucker for any kind of feathered star too!

Quilt 7 (300x400)I loved these colors.  They look like they’d fit into almost any one’s living room.

Quilt 8 (300x400)As I’m writing this, I can see that it seems as though I was also really drawn to quilts that were made on point too!

Quilt 9 (300x400)This one was partially embroidered.

Quilt 10 (300x400)Here’s a close up of one of the birds that was embroidered.  Isn’t it great!?!?  The stitching is impecible!

Quilt 11 (300x400)I liked that this one used a blue as a background instead of a white or cream.

Quilt 12 (300x400)I believe that this one was called watercolor, or somethign similar, which is the absolute perfect name because that’s exactly what it looks like.  There would be quite a bit of planning to go into this one to ensure that the colors are planned out right.

Quilt 13 (300x400)This one was a little bit closer to the traditional that I usually like–The same blocks in colors that aren’t too flashy.  When I looked a bit closer, I could see that it had been made in batiks–Something I haven’t really tried working with much yet.

Quilt 14 (300x400)


Normally, I’m not a fan of bargellos because they aren’t symetrical, but this one satisfies that criteria.  While I don’t plan on making a bargello any time soon, if I change my mind, this will be the one that I will be making!

Quilt 15 (300x400)I like this one too–And again, it’s batiks–For some reason, I feel lots of batiks are in my future!

Quilt 16 (300x400)I thought this one was pretty cool too!  It was made with striped fabric, which I know mom has at home.  I might be raiding her fabric closet one of these days….I think this is probably stored next to the batiks–Maybe I’ll have to sneak in there and just clean her out!

Quilt 18 (300x400)This one took me aback a bit.  At first, I thought the blocks in the middle were all the same, but after taknig the picture, I could see that there was a rectangle of lighter blocks in the middle.  Kind of a neat optical illusion!

Quilt 17 (300x400)When I saw this one, I knew it looked familiar–Then I saw the tag and remembered why–It was a free pattern that we featured on the blog!

Mom and I had a great time presenting.  At first we talked about how we got started getting our patterns featured in magazines and online.  We also talked a bit about charity quilts.  Our second presentation focused on our book, and the third was a quick overview of all of the things that we’ve done.

While the quilts at the show weren’t similar to ones that I’ve sewn before, it really opened up my eyes to see that quilts sewn from batiks don’t need to be loud, flashy, and look like a Hawaian shirt.  Many times, I turned to mom and told her that I was going to make a quilt from batiks–Now for December to get here so I’ll be done with school and have the possibility of having time to sew again–ONLY TWO MORE MONTHS!!!














UFO Progress


I had hoped to get my Santa Fe String Star sewn together but that didn’t happen.  I had even hoped I might have a UFO on the quilting frame but that didn’t happen either.  The UFO on the quilting frame was the most tempting but the charity quilts have been winning out.  I feel guilty doing my own quilts when there are charity quilts here.  I’ve told myself a few more of them, then I’ll take a break and do one of mine.

So what did I work on…Blue Skies.

I got this stack of block finished…


But I needed more blue triangles so back to sewing and trimming for me.


As much as I love sewing strings, I’m happy to say that those are all finished now.  I need to get the yellow and blue triangles sewn together and then I’ll be done with this step.

I still haven’t managed to squeeze out enough time during nap time to get all my half square triangles ironed.  Little by little more is getting done but I’m not done yet.  I’ll be SUPER happy when I get that step finished.

I did see that Bonnie Hunter is off picking up paint chips for her mystery. That means the colors will be released soon. I promised myself that I’l really hit the UFO quilting hard once she released the colors. Then I’d work to see how many quilts I can finish between the time the mystery colors are released to the time the mystery actually starts. I need to finish up a few more loose ends before I can do that…I best get off the computer and up to the quilting room!!

Ask Jo: QOV, Ruby and More


Every so often I get questions from blog readers that I think other blog readers would like the answer to as well.  When that happens, I answer the questions here on the blog.  Today is one of those days.

I had LOTS of people respond to the wonderful QOV (Quilt of Valor) that Doreen worked on and M. Smith made as part of our charity project.  You can read about it here if you missed it.


There were several people who wanted to know the measurements needed for a QOV.  I asked Doreen and she said, “Minimum size is 55″x 65″ and the largest size is 72″x 90″.”

Terri L writes, “Jo, I would love to donate a quilt top, but have a few questions. Size requirements? Do they need to be Red , White and Blue? and most important, do we send them to you or directly to QOV representative?”

The quilts are typically some type of red, white and blue…red and white is fine.  There are all sorts.  If you do a google search of “Quilts of Valor” and look at the images there are MANY.

Anyone who wants to make a QOV top can send them to me…I’ll get them to Doreen.  Any help from blog readers to help with Quilts of Valor is greatly appreciated….as always you can email me at

Jan Ochterbeck also commented on the QOV post she said, “Quilts of Valor is such a worthy cause and the veterans always seem to appreciate them so much. You may be aware of the block drive that Alycia in Colorado is spearheading, but other QOV groups are welcome to make blocks and quilts for local and regional needs as well. Alycia is featuring a block I designed for QOV, and the tutorial can be found on my blog here: or on her blog at”  I checked that out.  It seems that they are looking for people to make quilt blocks.  There’s a way to help if you don’t want to make a whole quilt!!

Next question came from Mary Jo after she saw my finished “H” quilt, “Beautiful as always – hope Ruby is not under the weather. Probably at the end of a long week she is too tired to pose on a quilt.

Actually Ruby was out with a the neighbor girl.  Since my foot surgery I’ve had the neighbor girl take Ruby and walk her a few times a week.  The neighbor girl is nine and we’ve become fast friends.  Ruby loves her and loves getting out of the house with her…I love her too.  She’s a real sweetie.

Here’s a snap shot of the Ruby hanging with Kayla over the weekend.


Ruby is fine and well.

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