Today’s News…

Today’s news is really no news.  HA!!

My daughter Kayla is doing some work on the blog and has told me I need to stay off the blog if I can.  YAHOO, does that mean I get the day off?  NOPE!!

Kalissa came over with Anders…


She helped me learn to edit my own videos.  I’ll be slow at it but I think I’ll eventually get the hang of it.  I am so excited about the prospect of that happening.  I paid her in cake for her efforts (or rather patience in teaching me).  I made … …

Community Quilts from Cathy

I have quilts from Cathy to share with you today.  They are a fun batch made by the Cresco Ladies.

Cathy writes:
“Today I have more quilts to share with you and your readers. In November and December, I went on a “finishing frenzy” and was able to finish off lots of little quilts for Quilts for Kids here in Utah. Here are six of them, now finished and donated, whose tops were sent 
to me by you.

The first four were pieced by the Cresco ladies. This first one I’m calling Blue Bubbles because it is a cute bathtime-themed quilt. It was quilted on my domestic machine with little loops.

The little birdie quilt stole my heart with those adorable nests and mix of floral prints. This one got a simple stipple treatment.


Both of those little quilts shared a lovely blue 100% cotton sheet for a backing.


The top I tackled was this bright and happy little elephant quilt. The quilting was double loops. some child will love these whimsical critters!


The backing was a multi-colored speckle print from my stash.


I had so much fun with this next one – Winnie the Pooh! What kid (or adult) doesn’t love Winnie the Pooh? Everyone has a favorite character (amirite?).

Jo, you sent the teddy bear backing to me, and I thought it was a great match-up with the bears and the colors. Pooh and friends are sporting the same loopy quilting.

The next two little quilts came to me as one top measuring 54×72”. Since our chapter of Quilts for Kids doesn’t take quilts that large, I split it in two, unpicking the center seam. The I sewed two side borders on each so that they each measure 44×54”.

As you can see, one was quilted with loops and the other with a stipple. Maybe these will go to twins who can tell them apart by the quilting design!

They both got this lovely aqua backing that I bought specifically for them.

And that’s it for this batch!

Wow…Ladies.  You teamed up to finish some great quilts.  Many thanks to the Cresco Ladies and many thanks to Cathy.  She does wonderful work.  It’s so inspiring that you finish these with your domestic machine!!  I love hearing that.  Too often people think a long arm is needed.  Cathy is proving that notion completely wrong.

Jo’s Favorite Finds

I started a new feature here on the blog called Jo’s Favorite Finds.  In these posts, I’m going to share some things I’ve discovered.  You might already know about them…and some you might not.  Here are today’s featured items.

I wanted to show you something I bought.  As I have more cross-stitch projects going, I needed a few more scissors to put into the bags with my projects.  If I didn’t have grandkids around all the time, I’d likely keep scissors and a pincushion out near my stitching spot but being they are here,  I’ve opted to keep a scissors in each individual project bag.  I am out of scissors. So I went on Amazon to see what they had.  I found these.

There were 10 for $20 or I could have gotten 6 for $15.  I figured that was too good to be true.  Seriously these would easily be $7 each at a needlework store.  I figured they were probably cheapies but I decided to order them and if they were cheapies, I’d return them.  I really didn’t need 10 but the price break was so much better so I bought the ten.


They came.  I opened the box feeling sure that I was going to have to return them, but I ended up really liking them and I’m keeping them.  I love the different colors.  They aren’t cheapies.  They work perfectly for cutting floss.  You can find them HERE on Amazon.

I am set for scissors now!!

I love all colors!  In a couple of my cross-stitch bags, I had kids’ school scissors and they aren’t my favorite at all.  I’ve pulled them out and replaced them with these cute scissors.  I’ve never bought the expensive scissors that many cross stitchers collect and honestly, I doubt I ever will.  I prefer these and having money to spend on charts instead.  Charts are the place where I spend too much money.

I’m currently working on a craft idea that uses these scissors.  Hopefully, I can share it with you soon.  It might be a bit though as you know me, I have too many irons in the fire.

Another Favorite Find I want to share with you is… …

Villa Rosa Blog Hop: It’s MY Day!!!

Hello.  It’s finally my day for the Villa Rosa blog hop.  Today is the last day of the hop and I’m so glad that I am one of the last blogs for you to visit.

I am sharing this day with a few other bloggers so make sure to hop over there too.

Julie at https://thecraftyquilter.com
ME!!!  at http://www.joscountryjunction.com
Cindy at https://www.stitchinathome.com

I do want to introduce myself a bit as lots of new people are here.  I’m an Iowa girl…I grew up a farmer’s daughter in Minnesota and eventually became a farmer’s wife in NE Iowa.  We had five kids and sadly at age 57, he passed away.  My grown kids are very much still a part of my life as are the 10 grandchildren.  I write about all of them here in the blog.

I write about everything and anything…mostly quilting, cross stitching, fostering dogs, charity quilting, my kids and grandkids, thrifting, widowhood, gardening, books..just about anything that comes up in my day.  I’m chatty and consider all of my readers friends.  I try to keep you caught up with things through two blog posts a day…one morning blog post and one evening blog post every single day…

So that means if you’re ever bored and on your computer or device, you can just type in www.joscountryjunction.com and I’ll be there with something new.  If you prefer, I can come to you in your email via a newsletter.  If that’s interesting to you feel free to sign up to receive it.  It’s in the right-hand column of this post.

I hope you enjoy your stop off here and decide to visit regularly.

If you were here last week, I gave you a teaser of my quilt…here was the teaser photo.

The quilt is done now…and I’m ready to show it off…Here it is… …

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