A Kayla and Jasper Visit

I told you all that I had a busy weekend.  Kayla and Jasper came on Friday evening in time for supper.  During the day I had made lasagna.  I told you about that HERE.

Our fun continued into Saturday.  Kalissa had worked the overnight on Friday and fieldwork has started for Craig so Carver and Gannon ended up at my house to have a cousin Jasper visit.  I caught him out under the swing set fixing with his tools.  Boy, he loves tools.


Kayla has made a goal for herself to run a half marathon.  She runs during the week and then on the weekend does a big run on Saturdays.  She asked if I could watch Jasper and she’d do her big run.  This run was 11 miles.  She drove to Decorah to run the Trout Run Trail.  It’s a nice path.  She hadn’t run that far before but she did it…

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Ask Jo: Follow Ups

Every so often questions and comments come from readers that I think others would like to hear my response to.  That’s when I feature them on the blog.  This is one of those days…

I have some follow-ups to share with you.

Do you remember this community quilt that Cheryl and Ann Dee?  It was this one.  (It was shared HERE)


Cheryl and I both thought the stars were interesting and commented on that in the post.  I blog reader said that she thought the pattern was Bonnie Hunter’s Smokey Mountain Stars.  You can find the free pattern HERE.

If you want the layout that is shown for the community quilt above, you would need to make these blocks for vertical star points….

…and theses blocks for the horizontal star points.

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What I’m Working On….

I had a busy week and didn’t get a lot of stuff done.  Kayla was here for two overnights.  We celebrated Carver’s birthday one night.  I visited a new baby and did errands one day.  I submitted a project for publication.  I got another one sent in and I did a BIG packaging up of charity quilt tops to be sent out.

So…my Hawk’s Nest quilt didn’t get any further.

I did however pull out my Quilted Twins mystery.


Do you remember what that looks like?

I had about three other things I should have been doing but one afternoon I decided I was going to get as far as I could on it.  I ended up this far…. Continue reading

Community Quilt from Ray

Ray has been so busy…He has more quilts to share with us.

Ray writes:

Just put the finishing touches on another quilt. This top came from Beth L. in Destin, FL.


Here it is finished.
A few months ago now, you put out the word that I needed assistance with creating a stash of fabric to use for borders and backing. Beth stepped forward and sent me a big box with a wide assortment of fabrics as well as this top. Every time I look at it, the top says, “Hello, I am from Florida.” Such beautiful and assorted blues and the piano key border. The pieced backing comes from two of your readers, Beth L, and Shirley S. in Carson City, Nevada.

After a bit of deliberation, I decided to use a floral pattern to reinforce the flowers in the fabrics.

Wow, what a wonderful quilt to be added to the pile of quilts to be donated.”

Many thanks to Jo, Beth, and Shirley for your contributions to a vibrant community quilt.

Attached are pics of the latest Stoney M. quilt that I just finished….
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