Hello, and welcome to another edition of “Ask Jo”. I get many comments in and questions from all sorts of places, the comment section here, Youtube, email, and from our Facebook group. Sometimes I think others of you might want to know the answers as well so I answer them here on the blog.
There was a lot of interest in this quilt that Ronda recently finished…many were trying to figure out the pattern. If you read through the comment section there were many coaching many others through the possible construction of the block.
Blog reader, Pam, sent me a note to let me know that she found the pattern. HERE is the link.
It is a fun pattern that I’m sure many of you will enjoy and the good news, the pattern is FREE!!
I have gotten this question time and time again…Patti asked, “I love this quilt kit and am dying to find it! I know it was from a while ago but if you know of anyone who would like to sell this quilt kit I would love to buy it. I only started quilting five years ago and this kit was prior to my time.” The quilt she is talking about is the Civil War Tribute quilt. I machine quilted two of them this year and I am always getting requests from people who want to make it, wish they had the kit, or want some lead on trying to track it down. As far as I know, it is out of print. If you know of anyone who has the pattern or kit and wants to sell it. This is Patti’s contact info. email@example.com
This comment came from June: “I LOVE the colors of this quilt! And wherever did you get that “ruler” under your sewing machine foot (next-to-last picture) with the lines on it? That would be such a help!”
This is the picture that June was referencing…
I use the Seams so Easy Guide by Lori Holt. You can find it HERE on Amazon. I love mine. I use it all the time.
I actually did a video that shows you how I use it. I embedded the video in the post but if you’d like to watch it on the “big screen” you can find the video with THIS LINK.
If I were to pick a favorite sewing notion, this would be in my top five for sure.
A comment also came in asking what kind of muslin I used for the quilt. I believe this came from Joann’s. When I am out of muslin I go and buy a bolt at a time of the best I can find and use my coupon. This was soft and thick. I stay away from the stiff or thin muslins. I’m sorry I can’t tell you a name as I used the rest of the bolt for this. Using muslin like this really cuts down on the cost of quilt vs using a solid fabric from one of the big companies. Muslin was perfect for this project.
This comment had me chuckle from Lenna saying, “I enjoy just taking a break from studying and visiting your blog. I just wish you posted more regularly.”
WHAT?? Seriously?? I put up more blog posts than most anyone. I have one every morning and every night. The only person who I know that posts more than me is Judy at Patchwork Times.
Then I looked at the email address that came with the comment and realized it was spam. Oh my.
Theresa sent me an email along with this picture.
Theresa wrote: “This is what I’m doing with my 8” polka dot Shoo Fly blocks. I’m afraid the sashings are taking the spotlight but I don’t want to rip them out and start over with another idea. So I’m continuing. I like your 9-Patch centers.”
Theresa was writing to give me a suggestion for my nine-patch Shoo Fly blocks that I had written about. This totally sparked an idea for me.
Thanks a bunch for the suggestion. My next step is to see if I can find some more of the same gray fabric…then I need to find some time. My plate is pretty full with quilts and projects right now but slowly I’m checking them off and this will be at the top of the list…so I want to order the fabric and have it here.
The next comment comes from Danielle…
“After seeing the wonderful front, and knowing how much work goes into, and that you put into, making the quilt, I was shocked at seeing the back. It looks like an afterthought, like you ran out of material and so slapped together the top part and threw it on – ah, now the back is covered. Would it have been that much more work to have cut the large piece in half and put the cream and block in the middle so it would be symmetrical, so it would have looked planned? I’m sure the recipient will love the quilt! I know that if I were given this quilt, I would love it, and I would also not ever display the back. Now, I’m not an experienced quilter. You could call me a novice and wet behind the ears, so maybe there’s something I’m missing here?”
This comment came after I shared the pictures of the quilt I recently finished- this one.
I pieced the backing together to look like this…
Some people like symmetrical designs…others don’t. Miranda Lambert sings a song that is called All Kinds of Kinds.
The main refrain of the song says:
“Ever since the beginning
To keep the world spinning
It takes all kinds of kinds”
I guess my trying to branch out and try something asymmetrical isn’t Danielle’s thing. I’m happy to say many others of you really liked it.
“Beautiful! And my favorite part is the extra block on the back. Like a secret treat at the end. I usually piece my backs, but have never gone to so much effort – love it!”
“Very striking! Can’t wait for the pattern to come out! You are amazing to make that in such a short time! I love the extra block in the back! That’s perfect and you can use it as a label!”
I was content with the backing and thought it looked just fine. With the block at the top, I thought it would be easy to fold so that the block could be at the tops and center almost like a decoration when the quilt was folded. In fact, that is exactly how I folded it when I wrapped into a bundle and tied it with jute. It was so cute and I wish I had shown a picture of it before it was gifted.
Curious minds…do you piece your quilt backs? If you do, do you take a lot of time with the piecing? I’d love to hear your thoughts.