What I’m Working On…and String Challenge

If you follow me on Instagram you might have noticed that on Friday morning I posted this picture.

I was so excited!  I had all of my blocks finished!!  The time sewing this has gone by so quickly.  I ended up looking as to when I first started talking about the quilt on the blog.  It was January 11th.  I had started it a few days before then but not a lot earlier.  I’d guess I started it on the  8th…I finished it on the 18th!!  I wish some of my other quilts happened that quickly.

I’ve been so excited working on this…I’ve been up early in the morning and hurried through kitchen clean up at night.  The little printed fabrics in these blocks is so stinking cute I loved working on them and wanted to get back to them.

Thursday the childcare kiddos all ended up leaving early.  I was completely done with childcare at 4:30pm.  Typically it’s 5pm or after and then I have clean up after that.  I decided to take advantage of the opportunity and ran to the sewing room to start piecing this quilt top together.

By bedtime I had this!!!
The top was together!!  I was so excited.  I quickly snapped this picture and sent it on to Kelli to see what she thought.  She liked it.  I did too.

We decided to send it off to a magazine for publication consideration the next day.  I needed a better picture though so as soon as the sun was up I took it outside and snapped a photo.

I contacted the Quiltmaker group and I immediately got a YES!!  How exciting!  We rarely ever get a yes that quickly.  We were notified that it will be in the Quick Quilts Oct/Nov issue.

This is likely the last you’ll see of it until then.  I thought I should take a quick close up of the fabrics before it makes it’s way to Golden, Colorado.
I really want to thank the many blog readers who have handed their scraps on to me.  Without those scraps, this quilt wouldn’t be what it is!

So on my agenda for the week…get this quilted and packaged up.

Onto my String Challenge: For those of you who have been following along with me, you know that I’ve challenged myself to finish all of the quilts in Bonnie Hunter’s new book String Fling before her new string book comes out….I only have four that aren’t finished and all of them are started….so….here’s this week’s progress. …not much.   I started sewing Charlotte’s Baskets together.


I am making this bigger than the original in a 5 x 6 setting.  It will be a nice sized throw.  I have to admit that I’m started to second guess my sashing choice.  I’m wondering if I should have done something brighter in the pink/purple family.

I got so busy with the Halloween quilt that I didn’t do much work on my string challenge….it’s okay.  That happens.  I’m taking any progress I get.

You can find me here next week. My hope is that I’ll have Charlotte’s Basket sewn into a top!!

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16 thoughts on “What I’m Working On…and String Challenge

  1. Christie

    Oh Jo – I love the green and blue sashings! You don’t need to second guess yourself on this one! HUGS… and stitches

  2. Sandy Allen

    Hi Jo!
    Love the green sashing! I bet when it is all together it will be stunning! And the Halloween quilt is so cute, I can understand why you kept wanting to work on it. So glad it will be published! Congratulations!

  3. shirley hopper

    Thanks for sharing! And congrats on the Halloween quilt getting accepted for publication can’t wait to see it again! I’m love the sashing colors of the basket quilt.

  4. Robby H

    That green sashing is great, it brightens it, but not too much.
    Congratulations on another quilt getting published.

  5. Mary kay Maksem

    Your amazing! Plus daycare! Been working on charm quilts for kids at hospital, just need sewing partner, enough blocks to make 50 quilts or more. Anyone in celebration, fl or close that would love to help

  6. Karla (threadbndr)

    I can see why the magazine wanted the Halloween quilt – it’s so CUTE! And I think the blue-green looks fine on the baskets.

    As far as my progress on Bonnie things. I’m still plugging away on “On Ringo Lake” – doing brown flying geese and putting the ‘twosie’ units of flying geese together. No blog post on it this week as I am not yet to a ‘milestone’ point. I’m hoping to be ready to put blocks together by the end of the month, though.

    I got my big floor frame out and set up. I want to load a quilt for hand quilting soon.

  7. Aletha in Colorado

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your Halloween quilt!!! It just pops with those super saturated oranges!! I will definitely be watching for the issue it comes out in and then making it.Thanks Jo for all that you do for the Quilting community. I just get SO much inspiration from reading your blog!!

  8. Linda in NE

    Your sashing choices are great. Don’t change a thing! Your Halloween quilt looks great too! It would be great in brights or plaids too.

  9. Cindy

    I like the green/blue sashing. And congrats on getting your new quilt accepted for publication and so quickly. Thanks for sharing.

  10. mary

    Glad to see I wasn’t the only one with little progress this week. But gosh that quilt is some cute. I can totally understand how it took over everything else.

  11. Darlene B

    Hi, Jo…I read your blog all the time, but rarely comment. So it seems wrong to comment for the first time in a long time to say that I think one of your orange/white blocks is turned the wrong way. Hope you have time to correct that before you have to send it in. Congrats on another published quilt!

  12. Susan the Farm Quilter

    Congrats on getting another quilt accepted!! That’s awesome! I love the sashing and cornerstones on your basket quilt…you made the right choice!!

  13. Bobbiesews

    Love the sashing- I don’t usually use green but it’s the right one for this quilt!I think I’ll copy those colors for my next project. I’m an absolute sucker for Halloween fabric it’s always so cute. Great design and so happy it got accepted & so quickly. After reading the comment from Susan the Farm Quilter I took another look and then saw the one she saw-5 up and 5 over. Wow she has good eyes. Do so enjoy your blog.

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