Category Archives: Where we’re published

Where We’re Published: American Patchwork and Quilting

Lookie, Lookie!!  I made the cover of American Patchwork and Quilting.  It’s always exciting whenever we have a quilt published and even more exciting if we can be the cover!!

It’s the February 2022 issue.  You can start trying to find it on the newsstands now.

Of course this quilt has a story…don’t all of the quilts I design have a back story?  This one certainly does.  Grab a cup of coffee or drink and read on…

First off, this quilt was inspired by a vintage quilt I found when Kalissa and I were out and about.  We were shopping at a vintage store in Sumner, Iowa called Maker’s Market.  It’s a fun and cute little shop that Kalissa actually sells her shirts at.  I love it when she invites me along.  Kalissa snapped this picture of me with the quilt.  My intention was to go home and draw it up on EQ.

I got home and ugh…it wasn’t working.  I ended up back at the shop about a month later and the quilt was still there.  I’d been thinking about the quilt all that time..I looked at it again.  Man, I loved the quilt.  I just bought it.

I got the quilt home and was so disappointed.  The quilt blocks had inset seams.  UGH.  I didn’t want to recreate that!!  I can do them but I didn’t want to do enough to make the quilt.  UGH.  I let the quilt sit.  I was so disappointed that I spent the money and now wasn’t going to reproduce it.

The quilt sat on my dining room table for a month.  UGH.  Every time I passed it I was disappointed.  I only spent about $50 on it and that wasn’t terrible…but still.

Then one day I decided I was going to sell it at the next postage auction.  I picked it up to take pictures and WAIT.  With a little modification, I thought I could make the block without y-seams.

Here is the block I came up with…YES!!  It’s slightly different than the original but I felt good about it.

I had to learn a new technique on EQ but finally figured out how to make the border with it.  This is the quilt I came up with.  YES!!  This is what I had in mind.

I immediately ran to the sewing room but stopped.  I decided to submit the quilt before I decided what fabrics to make it with.

With the submission, I wrote that I was willing to make it in whatever color or genre they wanted.  I had thought about 30s prints.  I had thought about batiks and brights…but Jody, the editor at American Patchwork and Quilting surprised me when she said yes she would love it for the magazine and suggested reproduction fabrics.  Hmm.  YES.  I was up for that.

Here is how the block worked out on the actual quilt.

Covid was new and fresh when this all happened.  Stores were closed or had weird circumstances for shopping so I decided to contact Marcus Fabrics and see if they might be interested in supplying the fabric for this quilt and happily they were.

The pretty pink and most of the other fabrics are from them.  I did dig into my scrap bin and pulled a few more for variety.

Here’s the quilt all finished and at my house… Continue reading

Where We are Published: American Patchwork and Quilting

Remember those crazy first months of the year when we had a whole bunch of quilts accepted by American Patchwork and Quilting and I was sewing like a crazy fool??  Well, first came the Halloween Hoopla quilt that was in last month’s magazine.  Now it’s our Christmas quilt.  Here it is…

You can find it in the December 2021 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting.

This one was fun to make and was actually pretty quick to make.

These are the clips from the magazine.

…and these are the clips from my house.  I love the magazine pictures but I love my home pictures even more.  Here it is hanging off of my porch.

Blog readers have told me that they like hearing the back story on what inspired me to design a quilt.  I’ll tell you a big about that… Continue reading

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