All About Jo

Hello and WELCOME to Jo’s Country Junction.   I am glad you found your way to my blog.  If you want to reach me personally send an email to .

If you want to send a charity quilt top for me to machine quilt and donate to charity here is my address:
Jo Kramer
111 2nd Ave NE
Waucoma, IA 52171

I am not very good at talking about myself but here’s a bit.

I am married to self proclaimed redneck…and I love him like crazy.  When we got married, I quickly realized that our life would revolve around farming…and 29 years later it still revoloves around farming.

God has blessed us with five great kids who keep our life busy in a good way.  They can really make me smile…what more can a mom ask for?  Three of them are out of college.  One is in nursing school. One is going for teaching. My husband has many of the same values that I do, so we work together to keep me home with the kids as much as we can…and I love that.   I work part time teaching continuing education classes for Childcare Resource and Referral and I work on my website  I have a passion for children and believe the best way I can help them is by helping the people who care for them.

If you have read the blog you know that I love my family, quilting, reading, gardening and cooking.  I am not into housecleaning or decorating.  A while ago, the house started to feel a little empty so I begged my husband to let me get a house dog…so we have our beagle Ruby to keep my company.

In the past couple years I’ve started teaming up with my oldest daughter Kelli and started dabbling in quilt designing.  Kelli our oldest has  become my quilting partner.  You can find our quilts published through Moda Bake Shop, Quiltmaker, Quilty,and American Patchwork and Quilting.  Kelli and I recently completed 14 quilts that will be featured in our new quilting book that is scheduled to be published February of 2015.  We are so excited.  We are selling autographed copies HERE.  

I am a real simple girl with a real simple life and I hope it always stays that way.

11 thoughts on “All About Jo

  1. Karen Evans

    I am the manager of Windy Moon Quilts in Reno/Sparks, NV. I saw your quilt ON THE BRIGHT SIDE in the Better Homes and Garden American Patchwork and Quilting February 2018 –issue 150. I am curious if you have this pattern available to sale outside of the magazine. If you do, do you sell wholesale to quilt stores?
    Look forward to hearing back from you.
    Karen Evans, Manager
    Windy Moon Quilts
    4400 Spokane St
    Reno, NV 89512
    (775) 323-4777

  2. Jo Post author

    No..the pattern is only available via the magazine. They sell back issues if you are looking for the pattern for several of you to use.

  3. Joy Infantozzi

    I used to be able to use the strip calculator but now it does not appear. There’s only a formula where the calculator was before. Am I looking in the wrong place?


    Not only do I do cross stitch, but I did the one you are working on-Everything Changed. And bought the frame, but don’t have it on my wall yet. I am an avid quilter, but last year after being diagnosed with metastatic renal cell carcinoma 13 years after having a kidney removed because of cancer, I wanted something really inspirational so I got into cross stitch again. I’m working on one now about faith is the bird that sings before dawn. When you talked about your cancer issues I could emphasize.
    I love your long magnet idea, hope they decide to make one. And I will check out that site. I’ve ordered from Everything Crosstitch. And there are a couple nice shops about an hour from me. I just need to be able to work faster. My craft room is really piled up.

  5. Marie Samples

    I use to receive your blog.
    Enjoyed so much. Do not receive at this time………I have registered my e-mail but no blog.
    Please help me get this blog in my e-mail.

  6. Wally Potter

    My wife, Maureen (Marty) Potter loves your blog. She is a quilter. I have bought her four sewing machines over the years. She is using the Sweet 16 I bought her for free motion quilting. I had to learn a little bit about quilting to help buy the right equipment. I would buy her the big, computerized free motion machine but she says it costs too much and I can’t think of a place to put it in our house.

    I am writing to ask your opinion on blog design. I would like to start a traveling blog and have read what I can find about starting a blog. My concerns right now are not making a mistake on what host or platform I choose. Do you have any recommendations? I am asking you because you have done it and have a great blog.

  7. Jo Post author

    UGH. I’m not really good at blog advice Wally. My daughter Kayla takes care of all of that for me. I know how to write a post and insert pictures but not a lot more. I do like Blog spot but prefer to have a domain name that doesn’t have the in the name. That’s me…whatever you do as long as you are patient and consistent, it usually works!

  8. Julie in WA

    Hi Jo, I’ve noticed when I visit your blog (twice a day!) it says “Not secure” in the address. I just learned about it from Wanda at Here is what she says to fix that….

    For all of you who still have http:// as the beginning of your blog address, this isn’t safe any more. Blogger has already set it to https:// for everyone but you need to take one more step. In Blogger go to your settings in the Basic page and change the HTTPS DIRECT to YES. In Bloglovin my blog came up as Not Secure until I changed that setting to YES. You don’t want the bad guys getting into your account and messing with it. I’m visiting a lot of blogs that still come up with the Not Secure at the beginning of the address and you need the setting enabled to forward your visitors to the secure https:// setting.

    I went ahead and fixed my own blog and now the “not secure” is no longer there. Check it out!

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