Category Archives: Ask Jo

Ask Jo: Bonus Triangle and MORE

Every now and then blog readers send me a email or leave a comment in the comment section that I need to answer.  When I think other readers might be interested too, I answer them here on the blog. Today is one of those days….

After I wrote this post about a quilt I was working on, hoping to submit for publication, this question came from Helen M:
“…. what are bonus triangles?”

Whenever I make Flying Geese, put snowball corners blocks or make diamonds in a square I make the “Bonus Triangle”.  Here are example.
(About this quilt…American Patchwork and Quilting picked it up.  It will be in a future issue.  I’ll let you know which one once I know.  More on the quilt HERE)

I am adding a “corner” or snowball to this block.  I first sewed on the diagonal…Then I sewed another line close to it.

Like this…. Continue reading

Ask Jo: The Seasons of Life

Every so often I get comments either in the comment section or in my email.  I think others might want the answer to those same questions so I answer them here on the blog. Today is one of those days.

First off I want to thank and commend all the wonderful response that I’ve gotten from blog readers wanting to help Tina and the others who are dealing with the aftermath of the California wildfires.  (Read about that in this post)

I still find it so heartening to know that Tina was someone who donated to charity..and now it’s Tina that needs help…but even in her own person tough time she’s still working to help others through the distribution of quilts.  What a wonderful lady!

I can’t imagine one day having this and the next…nothing.

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I’ve had people email me wanting Tina’s address as they want to send quilts.  Some are taking Tina’s message to their guilds and the guilds are coming together to help.  Wow…I love you guys.

Quilters really are the best.

I got a letter with a check from blog reader Judy in Vermont.  Judy writes that she doesn’t have quilts to give but help Tina so she sent a check to me to help with postage and costs to get things to her.  This is a “it takes a village project”…I’m glad Judy jumped in.

If anyone else is interested in helping, drop me an email and I’ll pass on Tina’s information to you.

Both of the topics I’m tackling today in this “ask Jo” edition are very different but both have the theme of then and now…changing seasons of life.

Some of you heard that I was thinking of caving in and doing Bonnie Hunter’s mystery.

I got all sorts of comments from blog readers…most of them were “I caved too” comments.

I got a comment from Gretchen that had me thinking.  Let me first say that Gretchen is a long time blog reader and comments often.  I’m not for a minute bothered by what she said…she just had me thinking.  This is her comment….. Continue reading

Ask Jo: Waffles, Jelly Rolls and Longarming

Every so often questions or comments come to me that I think everyone might be interested in learning the answer to.  Then I address them here on the blog.  Today is one of those days.

After reading my blog post about my waffle iron that I bought on Ebay…and then found it had a faulty cord, Jane and several others wrote:
“Reread the listing and then contact the seller. If they are a good seller they will do something to make this a better transaction for you.”


First off…I showed the waffle iron cord to Hubby and he said that would not be a problem to fix.  I still felt is was not fair that I would have to pay full price.  I kindly messaged the seller and she was great.  She split the cost in half and she refunded me the difference.

After this post about the charity quilt from Heather and Cheryl, many of you wrote how excited you were.


So many of you have jelly roll race quilts that you thought needed some zip, but then saw Cheryl’s idea of adding blocks around the edge and thought you might do the same thing.

When Cheryl sent the pictures I too was impressed with how she took a regular quilt and gave it some WOW!


I’d love to see any pictures or links anyone wants to send my way of any upgrades they do or have done on jelly roll race quilts.  We can all learn so much from each other.  I’ll happily put together a blog post about it if I get enough people to send ideas in.

Last week I showed a picture of a quilt Kelli and I are finishing up.  I told you that we had submitted it to a magazine and hoped it would be picked up.  The good news.  I did get picked up.  American Patchwork and Quilting will be featuring it in one of their upcoming magazines…I’d guess for next fall.

We also got another question about the quilt.  A blog reader wanted to know “if I have a long arm machine, why would I send a quilt out for someone else to quilt”.

That’s an easy one to answer.  Then I don’t have to stress about it.  I am an okay longarmer.  I’m not super talented.  I am poor at picking out a unique motif.  I don’t always have the time a quilt top needs.  I am intimidated by big open space on a quilt.  I don’t like stressing about it.  This quilt top has hung waiting to be quilted for a year.  I said no more and moved it on.

Our longarmer, Carla, is fabulous.  She is punctual.  She comes up with great designs.  She is reasonably priced.  If we have a quilt that “needs something more”….she’s our girl.

I know my limits…I know my talents….I know what I do and don’t want to do.  I know which quilts have potential.  This one I though had potential if the “right” thing was done to it….Carla’s the girl to do the “right” thing.  We highly recommend her.  Here is her contact info.  Carla is the same person who did the quilting on cover quilt… On the Bright Side.

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Speaking of which.  Is anyone going to Houston to the Quilt Market?  Our quilt will be hanging there and Carla and I would LOVE to have a picture of it.  Will anyone do that for us?  PLEASE!!  Neither of us can be there so this would be such a treat for both of us.

That’s it for this version of Ask Jo.  If you have other questions, please ask…leave a comment or send an email.  rogjok@iowatelecom.net.

Ask Jo: Baptist Fans and Charity Fabric

Every so often questions or comments come to me that I think everyone might be interested in learning the answer to.  Then I address them here on the blog.  Today is one of those days.

Chris wrote:
I too love baptist fans. How do you quilt them on your long arm? Do you have a pattern you follow?

This comment came after I talked about this quilt and my idea to use Baptist Fans on another quilt of mine.  Read about the quilt here.

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Here’s another quilt I did Baptist Fans on.

I was a LONG a Baptist Fan lover but with a long arm I thought it wasn’t possible to do them.  I was aware of pantographs for them but I don’t use pantographs…so I figured they weren’t for me.

After reading a blog, Mary Quilts, I learned that I could do them free motion  style and I do them very regularly now.  Almost all of my quilts that are Civil War printed get Baptist Fans.  Here is a link to the PDF file that shows how to make them.  (Please remember that you need an Adobe Reader to view the file)

Once you do them over a whole quilt, you’ll have the muscle memory in place and find it very easy to do.  I recommend giving them a try.

The next comment came after I told you about this haul of fabric. Continue reading