Welcome to the Villa Rosa Blog Hop

Hello…today launches the start of the Villa Rosa Blog Hop!!  We have new people coming to the blog and our old regulars.  That’s for hanging out with me whether you are new or old.  I am a busy blogger writing two new fresh blog posts each day…one in the morning and one in the evening.  I laugh and say you can always wake up with me and you can always catch me before bed.

All of you regulars are probably wondering where the community quilts post is.  No worries.  That will be in the evening post this week.

Some of you who have been reading the blog have been anxious for this Blog Hop to happen.  You’ve seen a sneak peek at the quilt I am working on for the blog hop and have wanted the pattern.  I’m doing a little teaser again…you’ll have to wait until my day of the hop to see the full finished quilt.

I’ll be up front…it’s all quilted and I need to bind it yet.  I’m hoping that will happen later today.  You can catch my Instagram Stories to see if I actually get to it.  You can find me on Instagram at @jo_joscountryjunction.  I post a lot of day-to-day things there in my stories.

I dug into my Kaffe prints for this quilt!!  It was so quick and easy to make I’m sure you’re going to be wanting to make one too.

The great news about the blog hop is that Villa Rosa is launching four other patterns besides the quilt I made…and you’re going to get a chance to hop around and see all of the patterns made up.  Here they all are… …


Remember Quiltmaker’s 100 block Road Tour Rally?  I didn’t get the winners picked yet.  This post is for that purpose.

We asked readers to tell us if they had ever been to a retreat before.  I never answered the question myself.  Yes…I have.  I saw Bonnie Hunter in Storm Lake, IA.  I saw Bonnie again in Moline, IL.  I attended a retreat in Lake Okoboji, IA too.  Then we hosted our own retreat but never got a chance to sew at it.  That was in 2015.  We have another retreat planned for this August.

The first winner is Deb who said, “No, I’ve never been to one….I think I’d want to walk around and see what everyone was working on and who was there….not sure i’d get much done!”

That’s funny Deb.  After attending a retreat you will find that there are all kinds.  Some people want to power sew…some want to eat snacks…some are early birds sewing at 5 am and some are night owls wanting to sew until 3am.  There are truly all kids and there are plenty who enjoy the time simply meeting others and checking out other color combinations.  Me…I’m usually the power sewer.  Imagine that!!

Deb wins the copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 blocks that will be coming from Quiltmaker magazine.

The second winner is …

The Giveaway that NEVER Ends…

Welcome back to the next installment of the giveaway that never ends!!

Remember earlier this week when I wrote about my big giveaway mix up with Janelle and Jenelle…remember?  Janelle from Nebraska and Jenelle from Kansas??

Well the saga continues.

I got a message from Nell (Janelle from Nebraska) that said- I was serious, I do want to give a box of scrap away so pick another name.  REALLY??  Well you know me.  I can’t turn down free fabric even if the fabric isn’t even going to me.

So I asked Nell about what book she’d have to have in a library and she said, Anne of Green Gables.  It’s an all time favorite of mine.  I read the whole series about 25 years ago and loved it.

I recommend it to everyone.  I so loved it.

Anyway back to the giveaway….I need to pick a name from the people who said Anne of Green Gables as their best book…and that winner is…

Itty Bitties Anyone? A Giveaway….

Kelli plans on coming home tomorrow to sew.

Honestly, the spare machine was covered up with STUFF.  LOTS of STUFF.  That promoted me to spend Friday night and part of Saturday cleaning the sewing room.  For the most part, it wasn’t horrible as I did spend a little time of my quarantine cleaning it.  I definitely need to tidy though.

As I was vacuuming I moved these two yarn baskets of scrap.  They were so full…bits were falling out everywhere.


Just like that I decided enough was enough.  I was moving some of this out.  At first I thought these are just small pieces–Pitch them.  Then I thought nope…I’d see if anyone wants them first.  It’s all small pieces….perfect for crumb quilting.  What happens is that I will be cutting out a quilt and there’s a bit of this or that so I throw it in the scrap bag.  There might be a string or two…an awkward piece from when I cut out a double wedding ring quilt….bits of this and that.  For the most part most of the pieces are Civil War prints…or jewel tones…no brights.  I already picked the brights out for my Pineapple Crazy quilt.

Here they are, all boxed up. …

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