Category Archives: Where we’re published

Ask Jo: Question on the Halloween Quilt

Thanks so much for the wonderful response to our Halloween quilt, Halloween Hoopla, that is published in the current, October 2021 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting.

I’ve gotten quite a few questions related to the quilt so I thought I would get to them all.

First off…from Laura K:
“I absolutely love this pattern. Where can I purchase it?”

The quilt pattern is in the current issue of American Patchwork and Quilting.  This issue.

For me, our Walmart and our grocery store regularly stock this magazine.

Next up…the packages of Halloween fabric.  Remember I had 13 of these bags…

Remember they were all filled with Halloween fabric… Continue reading

Where We Are Published: American Patchwork and Quilting

At last.  It’s the quilt you call have been waiting for!!  It’s our Halloween Hoopla quilt and it’s featured in American Patchwork and Quilting.

Do you all remember last January when I put out a plea asking for help?  I know I sure do!

Let’s start this story at the beginning…

I had submitted a quilt to American Patchwork and Quilting.  It was this quilt…I had made it for a family friend as a wedding present.  I really liked the quilt and I submitted it to American Patchwork and Quilting.  Jodie messaged us back and said she loved the quilt but she already recently had a quilt in the same color palette so was wondering if I wanted to do a Christmas or Halloween version instead.

Without thinking I said Halloween.

It was Christmas time.  Covid was a thing.  Where was I going to find Halloween fabric.  AH!!

Well, that’s when I got the idea to ask all of you for some help.  I asked if any of you had a strip of Halloween fabric, could you send one my way.  My thought was that one strip could fit in an envelope without any extra postage needed.

You all came out in DROVES!  I had so much mail.  The mailman was shocked and brought the mail to my house in BASKETS!  Oh my word.

I had to sew like crazy as the deadline was close.  Without the help of all of you, I never could have completed the top…NEVER.  I thank all who sent fabric my way.  It was so appreciated…I’m classifying this quilt as “OUR” creation…not my creation.  I thank you all so much!

Before I show you the quilt, Let me show you the magazine cover.  It’s this..It is on the newsstands now.  If you have a subscription, your’s should be coming soon.

The issue you are looking for is the October 2021 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting.  Here is a picture from the magazine… Continue reading

Where We’re Published: Bow Tie Bliss

Have you seen the latest edition of Quilter’s World?  If you haven’t, I have some news to share.  Hot off the press is our quilt, Bow Tie Bliss.  Well, actually QUILTS…let me explain.

In the Autumn 2021 edition, our Bow Tie Bliss quilt is featured.  But…we made two versions.  Kelli and I made this quilt some time ago.  We made it under wraps and didn’t share anything about it.  It’s so long ago that I don’t remember which one of us sewed it.  I think Kelli did the large version and I did the small version but don’t hold me to that.

After we made the tops, they just sat.  I couldn’t get the courage to tackle the machine quilting.  I knew I wanted to submit it to a magazine but also didn’t think my machine quilting abilities weren’t up for the task.  We ended up calling on our friend Carla of Longarm Quilting Inspirations.

Here are some better pictures… Continue reading

Where We are Published: Fly the Flag

Have you seen the latest issue of American Patchwork and Quilting?  This is the one just about to hit your mailbox or the newsstand.  It is issue #170 that says to display until June 4th.  The magazines used to have a month listed on the front cover but I couldn’t see a month listed.  Anyway…it’s this issue…

We have a quilt featured in the issue…it’s this quilt they named, Fly the Flag.  Here’s the picture from the magazine showing it off.

They did a big spread with the quilt.  They did an awesome job showing off our quilt.

The quilt is home and I had to take the quilt out to show you more pictures.

The quilt is easy construction…nothing hard.  I know many of you like flag-style quilts but hate making triangles.  You could make this one…no triangles needed.

The quilt is 68 1/2″ x 90 1/2″.  I think many of these will be made as Quilt of Valor quilts.

If you are a long-time reader here at the blog, you might recognize this block as the same one I used in the Brick House quilts.  Find them HERE.

If you didn’t guess already, I’ll tell you that the quilt was made of all recycled button-down shirts.  The magazine did a piece on how I cut up shirts.  They showed a scissor but I often use a rotary cutter.  It’s quicker.

I think shirts are perfect for this quilt.  I used most of one striped shirt for the binding.

But take a look at the picture below…I used a different striped shirt for the blue part of the binding.

This was so fun to make and really fast.

I’ve been wanting to decorate with quilts a little more so this one is going to be hanging out in my living room over the summer.

I did some not so straight line quilting on this one.  The quilt isn’t huge and straight-line quilting looks good on it.  Those of you who machine quilt on a domestic machine will appreciate that.

I found a duvet cover at the thrift store and completed the recycled project using that as the backing.  I also used Hobbs 80/20 for the batting.  It drapes better and adds to the instant vintage feel of the quilt.

I’m so happy to have this one home.  I can’t thank the blog reader who originally introduced me to the Brick House block.  I’ve loved every project I’ve made using it.  So far, I think this is my 5th project!!

One more look before I sign off…

What a fun quilt…I say it all the time and it’s so true.   I love working with recycled fabric!!

A big shout out to American Patchwork and Quilting for their great work in making our quilt shine.  We just love working with them.

If you missed my video on how I cut up recycled shirts, you can find it HERE.

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