Hello. It’s finally my day for the Villa Rosa blog hop. Today is the last day of the hop and I’m so glad that I am one of the last blogs for you to visit.
I am sharing this day with a few other bloggers so make sure to hop over there too.
I do want to introduce myself a bit as lots of new people are here. I’m an Iowa girl…I grew up a farmer’s daughter in Minnesota and eventually became a farmer’s wife in NE Iowa. We had five kids and sadly at age 57, he passed away. My grown kids are very much still a part of my life as are the 10 grandchildren. I write about all of them here in the blog.
I write about everything and anything…mostly quilting, cross stitching, fostering dogs, charity quilting, my kids and grandkids, thrifting, widowhood, gardening, books..just about anything that comes up in my day. I’m chatty and consider all of my readers friends. I try to keep you caught up with things through two blog posts a day…one morning blog post and one evening blog post every single day…
So that means if you’re ever bored and on your computer or device, you can just type in www.joscountryjunction.com and I’ll be there with something new. If you prefer, I can come to you in your email via a newsletter. If that’s interesting to you feel free to sign up to receive it. It’s in the right-hand column of this post.
I hope you enjoy your stop off here and decide to visit regularly.
If you were here last week, I gave you a teaser of my quilt…here was the teaser photo.
The quilt is done now…and I’m ready to show it off…Here it is…
But let’s roll back a bit and let me tell you about how this all came about for me to be with the blog hop. I was reading my email back in November when a message came from Villa Rosa asking me if I would be interested in participating in the blog hop. I said yes.
Sometime later each of us in the hop was sent these five patterns. Here they are…
If you aren’t familiar with Villa Rosa designs, they all come on a postcard. The designs are made to be simple patterns often using fat quarters or other precuts. There are several different designers but they are all printed and marketed through the parent name Villa Rosa.
I immediately knew this one, Nantucket was my favorite.
I immediately grabbed my bucket of Kaffee prints and started cutting. The pattern calls for fat quarters, but you all know I’m a bit of a rebel and don’t do things traditionally so I pulled scraps of all shapes and parts and cut my quilt out. I used strips, I used leftovers, and anything was game. It makes a pretty small quilt so I decided to cut enough to make the quilt a little bigger.
The pattern called for it to be in a 5×6 setting. I made mine in a 6×6 setting.
I cut the binding strips the same day. I cut random scraps into 2 1/4″ as that’s my preferred binging strip width.
I sewed the top together in less than a day.
I prepped a backing the week later and then squeezed in some machine quilting time. Then it was binding time.
I used my Third-Hand Binding tool to prep my binding. I absolutely love it.
It’s so easy to use. Just advance your fabric through it and iron as you go. No more burning your fingers!!
If you are new here, you might like to watch a video I made showing how the Third Hand Binding Tool works. You can click play and watch the video here or you can go to Youtube HERE and save the video to watch later.
In no time flat you’ll have your pieces ready to go. If you are interested in a binding tool or any of the other Heather of Purple Hobbies makes, you can enjoy her 20% discount coupon for you. If you go to her site, Purple Hobbies (HERE is the link) you can get 20% off anything you buy if you use the code JoSentMe. (type it in as all one word)
If you keep reading to the end of the post, I have some great news. Heather will be offering up one of her Third Hand Binding tools as a prize for one lucky blog reader who enters to win. You can pick out the color you’d like and she will get it shipped off to you. YAHOO!!
Here are my binding strips all ready to go. No fingers weren’t burnt in the process! HA!
I went with this variegated thread to sew down my binding.
I bind by machine.
You can watch this video I made to show you how I machine bind. Just push play to watch the video here or you can click THIS LINK, save it and watch it later.
I just love the colors in this quilt!!
So are you ready to see a closer picture of it finished…enough teasing, here it is.
What a burst of color!! I think the pattern Nantucket is great for large print fabrics.
The quilt is made up of three easy blocks…
One is plain, a four-patch and square with borders. How easy is that??
It’s dreary winter here so seeing this bright quilt makes me smile.
I used a sheet for the back. If you’re new here I wrote a whole block post about the true confessions about me using sheets for the backing. You can read that HERE.
I used a Stitched by Susan quilting motif that is new to me. I couldn’t find the link to it but Susan is an awesome resource for quilting videos. You can find her Youtube channel HERE.
Here is that scrappy border.
Such a brightly colored beauty!
Here are my blog mascots, Rosie and Izzy showing off the quilt…
I couldn’t decide which picture I liked better so included two.
As many of you know, I’ve been working on a “use your scraps” series on Youtube. I want to take the time to remind you that even though a pattern like this one calls for fat quarters, you can check the sizes of the pieces needed and you can go to your scrap basket first. That’s what I do and look, the quilt turned out just fine. It really helps that I used all fabrics from Kaffee.
This quilt is going in my to-be-donated pile. I make lots of quilts for causes or benefits that are meaningful to me. This will be perfect for that.
I have some giveaways happening on the blog here today. To enter you need to follow the rules. So here are the details.
Giveaway #1 is for
the Third Hand Binding Tool from Heather at Purple Hobbies. They are a U.S.-made company…I love that!! You can find their website HERE. Please follow this link to see the color and size options then leave a comment telling me if you win, what color, and what size you want. By size, it means what size of strips you cut if you are making a binding.
Giveaway #2 is a set of quilt-themed cards donated by my daughter Kalissa. She has an Etsy shop that has all sorts of quilting and cross-stitch T-shirts. She’s expanded to add stationery and a few other things. You can find her shop HERE.
Besides those prizes there will also be these…
Each blogger will be giving away a set of the Blog Hop Patterns.
Each blogger will select 2 people to go into the drawing for the 2 big prize boxes that are being given away with lots of awesome goodies from the blog hop sponsors which include books, precuts, notions, fat quarter bundles, and more.
Each blogger will select 3 more winners who will each be awarded some kind of fun prize —
It might be a set of precuts, a bundle of fat quarters, a book, or other quilty goodies. Some bloggers will be doing their own giveaways on their blogs at the same time.
The blog Hop welcomes international guests. If any international folks win, they will win a digital Blog Hop pattern set.
TO ENTER TO WIN THE GOODIES FROM MY BLOG JUST LEAVE A COMMENT THAT SAYS THE COLOR AND SIZE OF THIRD-HAND BINDING TOOL YOU’D LIKE IF YOU WIN AND THAT WILL ENTER YOU INTO ALL OF THE DRAWINGS.
I’ll close this post by giving you a list of the previous day’s blog hop participants. I know several of you have had trouble leaving a comment at some places. That was supposed to get fixed. Feel free to hop around and try leaving a comment…remember to “Jo Sent Me”….that’s the same code to the discount at Purple Hobbies. HA!! Have a great day.
Villa Rosa at https://villarosaquilts.com
Wendy at https://www.piecefulthoughts.com
Diann at https://littlepenguinquilts.blogspot.com
Keepsake Quilting https://www.keepsakequilting.com/blogs/keepsake-quilting-blog