Category Archives: Ask Jo

Ask Jo This and That….

Every so often questions and comments come from readers that I think others would like to hear my response to.  That’s when I feature them on the blog.  This is one of those days.

First off before I get into today’s post I want to share a fun story. This comes from Kayla, “Someone happened upon my blog from my mom’s blog and recognized my address. She even sent me pictures of how my house used to look.”  It turns out her in-laws used to live in Kayla’s exact house!!  Here is a LINK TO THE POST that tells the whole story.  It’s so fun.  You’ll want to check it out.

Before I get into the questions, I thought I would share a comment about the  Wonder Grip Nicely Nimble gardening gloves I recommended.

I use and love mine for gardening but Patricia wrote:
You are really going to laugh! Those are the gloves I wear when I use my long arm quilting machine to do ruler quilting and such! I love them! So glad to know they work for gardening too.

Oh my…It looks like I might need a second pair!!

Seven Shirt Quilt
A blog reader Gloria wrote asking, “I am trying to find someone who has made or has the pattern for the seven shirts quilt. I got the shirts, destructed and put in a sack YEARS ago. With the great pause in the country I have been catching up but cannot find the pattern for this quilt anywhere. Do you have any suggestions?

This is the seven shirt quilt.  It was on a blog called “The Thrifty Quilter”…then changed to “Life is a Stitch”.  You can find pictures of it HERE.

The problem, the link goes to an error message.  I had seen this quilt years ago when I first saw Bonnie Hunter making quilts from shirts and thought the premise of the quilt was so cool.  You take SEVEN men’s 100% cotton shirts and you can make an entire quilt including the pieced backing.

Has anyone made this quilt?  Does anyone have the instructions?  They seem to be completely lost from the internet so sharing doesn’t seem wrong to me.  Leave a comment in the comments section if you can help Gloria locate the pattern.

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Ask Jo: Kelli’s Cheddar Bow Tie

Every so often questions and comments come from readers that I think others would like to hear my response to.  That’s when I feature them on the blog.  This is one of those days.

Last week I showed you Kelli’s Cheddar Bow Tie quilt.

Following that I got several people wondering about the layout and more about the quilt.  I thought I’d write a little more about it.

First off, this quilt started as a Bonnie Hunter Challenge quilt.  Each year Bonnie does a challenge quilt starting in the summer and ending the next summer.  She encourages people to construct a quilt as a leader and ender project.  You can read more about leaders and enders here.

In 2011 her challenge was the bow tie block.  You can read more about the challenge and get the instructions on how to make the bow time block HERE.

Kelli and I both jumped on board to make the cute little bow tie blocks.  Kelli opted to use many different cheddar colored fabrics to make her quilt.  Me, I used all the same cheddar color.

To make this quilt, she made 1024 cheddar bow tie blocks.  Oh my.

After Kelli got the individual bow ties made she sewed them into blocks like the one you see below.  You would need 256 of the blocks below.


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Ask Jo: Masks and Religion

Every so often questions and comments come from readers that I think others would like to hear my response to.  That’s when I feature them on the blog.  This is one of those days. 

First off I want to thank everyone for using the Amazon link at the top of the right hand column on the blog.  As I’ve told you before, Amazon pays me a tiny percentage of your sales…and I really appreciate all of you who are using that link.  I so appreciate it as the money made there is used to help offset the costs of running the blog.

About Masks:
I recently put this picture up on Instagram and Facebook.


I got another flood of questions and comments:
What tutorial did you use?  This one.

Here is a LINK if you can’t view it in this post.

I also ended up with floods of other comments so I’m going to address some:

This is the mask (person gives me an example) I am making.  Is it the “right” mask?  I don’t know.  Is it the “wrong” mask?  I don’t know.  Is there a “better” mask?  YES.  There are better masks the N95 but, as we know, they aren’t always available.

Is it good to wear these masks?  I don’t know.  I figure it can’t hurt.  Should everyone be wearing them?  I don’t know.  The news is starting to make it sound like everyone going out might need to be wearing them.

What do you do if you run out of elastic? Make ties.  How long do you make them?  I don’t know. Every pattern is different.  Try the mask on and see what you think.  I can’t make a recommendation as I don’t know which mask you  are making.  I make mine the width of fabric.  One for each side.

I’ve heard I need to make them with a non woven.  Well to be honest I don’t really know what that is.  I don’t really know that it is available.  People have guessed.  Which guess is right?  I don’t know.

I’ve been told make them with batik fabric, it has a tighter weave.  That might be true…has it been tested and it’s factual based?  I don’t know.  It sounds good in theory.

I’ve been told the masks I’m making are so complicated.  Well I want mine to stand up and be washable and reusable so I’m making them like the tutorial….is it the right choice?  I don’t know.

I’ve been asked to make a pocket in them so…I have.  Do you need to make them with a pocket?  I don’t know.  Is it the best choice?  I don’t know.

I’ve been told the tutorial I’m using it to hard.  I’m sorry.  Find one that fits your needs.  I’ve been told this design or that design is better….Maybe it is.  Find one that fits your own needs.

I’ve been told that this hospital or that hospital wants this or that style.  Well then I’m not the person to be making them for that facility as I’m making the style in the youtube tutorial I linked.  Someone else can make them for the hospital.

I’ve heard make them with elastic.  I’ve heard “no, don’t make them with elastic because of ear fatigue”.  People wearing the masks get sore ears from wearing them all day as the elastic rubs.  Who knows what to do or listen to?  Not me.

I’ve been told “your fabric is so cute…I don’t have cute fabric like that”.  Seriously, if someone NEEDS a mask, I really don’t think they care about fabric.  There is no “proper fabric print”.

I’ve heard I must make them from two different pieces of material so the people using them can figure out how to put them on and know what is the front and what is the backside.  Mine have a pocket on the backside, I’m sure someone can figure it out.  But if that’s what you want to do, go for it.

People send me links to articles about “their” mask.  (a “better” one)  People are constantly sending me suggestions and comments.  Me, I smile and nod.

I’m going to go off on a little tangent here so beware.  I’ll come back around and link the two things PROMISE.  Here goes: Continue reading

Ask Jo

Judith asked:
I really liked your Sunday Schnibble quilt. Are her patterns still available?

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This is her Schnibbles Times Two book.

This is her book Another Bite of Schnibbles.

There are more of her books available that are not Schnibbles.  This is my favorite.  For me it’s a must have in my library.  Kelli has made several of the quilts in here.  The book is Miss Rosie’s Farmhouse Favorites.  The includes a lot of the last patterns she put out before she went on and started working at Moda.


She is a real talent.

The next comment came from April.  She wrote:….
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