Holly’s Quilts

Last summer at our retreat with Bonnie Hunter I met so many great new people.  One of them was Holly.  I even wrote a blog post about Holly’s work.  She’s wonderful with color.  If you missed that blog post, read it here.  Holly showed us a couple more projects she was working on that I didn’t get photos of.  One was her Loosey Goosey blocks.  Amazing!!

Anyway.  I opened my email the other day and was pleasantly surprised…there was a note from Holly saying, “I just finished the two quilts from your book that we started at the retreat in Olewein! I LOVE them both…in fact, Thanks to You is my new favorite! My daughter loves May Flowers. You have created amazing designs that are fun to make!”

Aw…isn’t that sweet.  Sweeter yet was that she included picture of her quilts….

Want to see?

LOOKING GOOD…right?  I sure am impressed.

This quilt gave me a whole new appreciation for background fabric.  I love printed little gems.

Here Holly even took a great picture to show the quilting and the fun fabric background.  I love it! …

My Favorite Quilts

Whims and Fancies is hosting a Trunk Full of Quilts blog hop.  I didn’t know a thing about it until I was over visiting my friend Michelle’s blog.  The premise of the hop is to show off your favorite completed quilts..well that surely sounded like fun so I dug through the archives of quilt pictures and grabbed a few to share.

I tried to pick a mix of quilts we’ve designed like May Flowers from our book Country Girl Modern….(You can order a signed copy here)


and Thanks to You!ThankstoYOU

I tired to pick my favorite that we’ve had published in a magazine.  This one was in March of this year in Quiltmaker.  I think they called the quilt Strawberry Sundae but it will always be Tops and Bottoms to me.


Stars and Scraps Forever, other of our designs was featured in American Patchwork and Quilting.


I tried to pick my favorite pattern from our free patterns (find them on the left hand column of our blog) so I picked Jimmy John…


and Meet in the Middle.

I tried to pick my favorite done by other designers and then I was all confused I love all things Bonnie Hunter.


I’ve made MANY-MANY of her quilts.  I love their scrappiness.  Here is a listing of many of the quilts I’ve made that are her designs.

On my bed is a quilt I love from Pat Speth.


No list would be complete without some of the wall hangings I’ve made from Country Threads.


I have made so many of their patterns.  I just love them.

But my favorite quilts of all have been my crumb quilts.  More about them here.




The last one will likely be my favorite.

That sure was a fun traveling down memory lane….thanks to everyone at Whims and Fancies for taking me down that road.

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Ask Jo: Quilts and Rugs

Yesterday I showed a block from my Wild Child Quilt.
Becky asked:
“Isn’t Wild Child a Bonnie quilt? Love it and that blue is a great color! Do you know what color it is and the manufacturer?”


Yes, Wild Child is a Bonnie Hunter quilt.  You can find it in her String Fling book.  I was inspired to make is after Linda gifted the border fabric to us.  It’s the floral shown in the photo.


The fabric we chose for the blocks is a Kona in Caribbean.  The sku is Koo1-1064.  I do have to suggest one thing though.  I would approach the making of this quilt a little differently.  Often people make the blocks and then look for the border fabric.  I would find the border fabric and then take a swatch to find the matching background fabric.  There are about 10 different Kona’s just in the teal color family.  You’ll want one that matches your fabric…not mine unless of course we have the same fabric.

Next up via email came the question from Sandy, “I was wondering where to get the pattern for the Santa Fe String Star?”


Lucky you…it’s in the same book as Wild Child…Bonnie Hunter’s String Fling.  If you missed my way to make the diamonds, you can find that here.

Next up…In my stash report I mentioned that the fabric came from Sue in Manchester.
from Linda comes this question, “Forgot to ask. Did your parcel from Sue come from Manchester, England? I live in England, hence my curiosity! My husband lived near Manchester all of his childhood.”

No.  The fabric came from Sue in Manchester, IOWA.  It’s really just about a 60 minute drive from here.  Population 5,179 people.  There are several loyal blog readers that live in town there and we appreciate them all…so a big shout to all of the Manchesters of the world.

I wrote that I was thinking about doing Mary from Country Threads’ rug along.
Annie D. writes, “Sounds like a good way to use up ugly fabric! My question: are those rugs slippery on a hardwood or other non-carpet floor?”

I have these rugs on hard wood floor and don’t have a slipping problem.  I do have to say that all of my rugs are either in front of a door entrance, in front of the stove or the sink.  That does give the rugs somewhere to but up against.  I don’t keep them in the middle of the floor.  That might make a difference.

Of all of the rugs I have ever-ever had, these are by far my favorite.

That concludes this edition of ask Jo.  If I missed your question, drop me a not at rogjok@iowatelecom.net.

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