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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My New Little Singer and Thrifting


You might remember that Kelli and I spent a Saturday talking at the NE Iowa Quilt Show in Decorah.  Well I made a couple purchases that day that I thought I would share with you.

First off let me say I am such a thrift store addict that it almost kills me to go to Decorah without stopping at the thrift stores in Decorah and in Calmar.  I knew I was suppose to be at the show at 9:30.  That meant if I was in town at 9:00 I could hit up the thrift store.  I was there at 8:55 and waiting when the doors opened.  I walked in and the first thing I saw was this…

Ah..what a cutie.


I opened the case and everything was there.


The tag said “works” $25.  Hmm…  It was a bit of a splurge but I bought it.  I’ve seen them in antique stores and the price has been higher and it didn’t seem to be in as good of shape.  I guess I’ve spent $25 on sillier things.

I ended up having a great day at the store.  I found a good name brand high chair that is red for Kalissa for $2.50.  It’s the kind that attaches to the table.  I also found that drawer cabinet that I showed you when I gave the tour of my sewing room.  If you missed the tour find it here.  See?


Typically at the thrift stores I spend somewhere between zero (yes, occasionally I leave with nothing) up to $20.    This day I spent a whopping $72.

With so many people in our family I’m always on the look out for things that the kids might want…

Kayla loves yarn and pyrex.  Check out her pyrex display. [Read more...]

Our Quilt-Your Version: Stair Steps


You might remember we had a quilt, Stair Steps, in an issue of American Patchwork and Quilting.  Well a reader recently sent a Facebook message to me with pictures of their version of our quilt.  I think this version is wonderful.

The creator writes:
I’m a 3 yr quilter and I wanted to share my version of Stair Steps. I saw it in the APQ magazine and thought this would be fun. I must admit I was a little daunted about halfway through with the HST’s but I hope you like this version. Thanks for a great design- George Jackowski

StairStep-5-2and here it is shown with the backing fabric. [Read more...]

What I’m Working On…


When Kelli and I spoke at the NE Iowa Quilt Guild show on the 15th there were vendors there.  Of course we couldn’t pass up a chance to shop.  I bought several things.  One thing I’ll tell you about today.  The rest I’ll tell you about in an upcoming Stash Report post.

One of the vendors was Debbie’s Quilt Shop in Osage Iowa.  You can find her page on Facebook here.  She had the cutest little sock monkey quilt.  Our daughter Kayla loves sock monkeys and I love them too.  I thought to buy a kit for Kayla should they decide to have kids then thought nope…I am buying TWO kits.  They were so cute and I needed a baby gift for my new little baby boy that was born to one of my childcare families.

I’m not really good at sewing minke…and not really good at following directions so even though this little kit looks easy, it’s not for me.


I read through the directions right away after I got it and thought yuck.  I set them aside.  Then our daughter Kayla came home this weekend and I decided that I’d make the quilt and she could be here to help me make sense of the directions.

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