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Ask Jo:

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

Lynn wrote:
I just picked up the February 2022 issue of Better Homes & Gardens American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine with your gorgeous “Inspired by the Past” quilt on the cover. I am in love with it!  I am fairly new to quilting, but after looking over your instructions, I think I can do this!  I have a few questions, though:  How many different medium and dark prints did you use, and how much of each one? Also, how many different cream prints did you use, and how much of each one?

Oh Lynn. I’m not going to be the best help in answering your questions.

I am a true-to-the-heart scrappy quilter.  I have never counted how many different fabrics I’ve used when I make any quilt.  I know some of the fabrics were repeated but most often paired with a piece of different fabric.  When I made this I contacted Marcus Fabrics and told them I was making a scrappy quilt and they sent me a box of fabric.  It was all different sizes and there were end the bolt, odd cuts, and scraps that were sent to me.  I made the quilt with them.  From looking at the original quilt I noticed there was black in the quilt-I don’t typically use a lot-so when I requested fabric I asked for bright colored reproduction fabrics plus black.

If I were buying fabric for this from a quilt I would buy fat quarters or 1/4 yard cuts of as many different fabrics as possible staying away from browns or dark prints (except black).

Take a copy of the magazine and study it…You can see from these pictures that this was a few-rules quilt.  The block below mixes two different golds that make it almost hard to differentiate.

This block uses two different stripes and the stripes go every which way.  The block below that used the same color in the middle as come of the points.

The block below the center and the pink almost don’t match… again, in this one the stripes go the same direction.


In the green and yellow block you only see half of, the two greens are technically different but aren’t they oh so close in shade.

Really, this was an anything goes quilt.  I really don’t think you can go wrong.  Speaking of going wrong…look at my quilt.  See the lower 16 patch on the bottom left.  I never noticed it before.  Two of the exact same prints are side to side.

In the big picture of the quilt, I’ve never noticed that.

In the picture below you can see that some of the blocks have a super busy background print.  Some are simple and plain prints.

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Ask Jo: Odds and Ends

After I told you about how I saved money and ended up buying the new snowblower, I have Marybeth ask:
Good for you for making the decision to get a power snow remover. I showed it to my DH and we looked it up….what model number did you get? Thanks for the hint and info.”

I bought exactly what Buck recommended and if you follow THIS LINK you will see all I know about it including model number, etc.

Our son, Buck, has a similar version only without electric start.  He runs a snow removal business.  The guys lift this and put them in the back of the pickup all of the time.  They are light weight and Buck loves them.

I love that it’s lightweight but I also love that there is a “snowblowers for dummies” instructions right on it that tells how to use it.  I need that!!


The next question came from Joyce:
How can I order this pattern sampler?

Sadly, I’m not sure which sampler you are referring to.  Right now I am working on two different ones.  This is Heaven and Nature by Teresa Kogut.  I would order that directly from her.

She has an Etsy Shop HERE.

sampler  cross stitch  needlework  Teresa Kogut  Heaven & image 1
The other piece I am working on is the Floral Motif Sampler by The Scarlett House.  You can find it HERE.


Every flower I stitch, I love this more and more!!

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Ask Jo: Copyright

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

Oh my.  My Frolic leftover quilt had several of you worried and concerned and pretty skeptical about me.

I got this from Ellen:
You mention this morning that you are going to do a tutorial on making the blocks for this new fabulous quilt.  I wouldn’t want you in trouble with Bonnie but that is surely a copyright infringement?

For a refresher, I took leftovers from Bonnie Hunter’s Frolic mystery, added other things to is and came up with a new quilt.  Here is the quilt.


Here is a closer look at the blocks.

Here is my Frolic quilt.  Each quilt has star blocks and the star blocks are not the same.  Notice how the original Frolic blocks have half square triangles in the corners.  Notice how my blocks are completely scrappy and the same pinks and the same blues are not used throughout the individual block.  The same can be said for the aqua/light blues.  All of them are different.  They are completely not the same prints.  Bonnies are.


Did you notice in my quilt that I made blocks with a white background?  Bonnie’s quilt has none.

Janette B wrote:
Wouldn’t it be a copyright infringement to produce a quilt pattern for a magazine if most of the quilt is made with leftovers of Bonnie’s Frolic quilt pattern?

For a refresher, these are the pieces I sorted through… Continue reading

Ask Jo: From Back Issues to Donation Page

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

Sara O asked:
“I loved this quilt from the minute I saw it years ago as it is now 2021. However, I saved only part of the pattern from APQ magazine. Help- where can I get the full pattern. Do not tell me to contact the magazine. They have difficulty working with humans.”

The quilt she was referring to is “All Are Welcome”.  This was a bonus triangle quilt I made.


It was in the December 2019 issue 161 of American Patchwork and Quilting.


This isn’t the first time I’ve been recently asked about finding back issues of American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine.

Here is my advice:
Type the name of the magazine, issue, and back issue into the search bar.  So I typed:
“American Patchwork and Quilting December 2019 back issue”

One of the options that comes up is the APQS shop.  Select that one and you’ll find a link to the back issue.

Next question:
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