Community Quilts from Jazz

Yahoo!!  I have quilts to share from Jazz.

She writes:
I’m not a very good secret-keeper — now everyone knows I love to make charity quilts, especially with donated scraps!

This is one I made with fabric bits from you, me, and our friends. It’s a 2 1/2″ squares cascading pattern, but look at the back!

It’s so pretty with the same colors as the front. It was a gift from your follower, Nancy Morey of Birmingham, AL, and I thought it was just perfect! Nancy sent me quite a lot of fabric, all beautiful. I’ll be sharing more pictures of quilts made with it soon.

The next quilt was …
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What I’m Making: Zucchini Butter Spaghetti

I am a little cranky with myself that I didn’t take more pictures when I made this because it is so good.

A blog reader messaged this recipe to me via Jo’s Country Junction Facebook page.  I looked at it, thought it was a little weird, something I would typically not make.  I smiled and thought, “thanks for sharing” but I don’t know if I’ll make that.

A bit later I went out to the garden and SURPRISE.  There were more zucchini there to “bless” me.  (I’m sure all of you with zucchini can relate).  There were four zucchini.  I still had two in the house.  Oh my.  I picked them, went in the house, and found the recipe from the blog reader, and half-heartedly said, “Why not try it?”  What did I have to lose.  I was needing some way to used them up.

That explains why so few pictures were taken.  I really didn’t expect to like the recipe.  I really didn’t think I’d like it.  But here we are.  I love it and am wishing I would have taken more pictures of when I was preparing it.

What I made was Zucchini Butter Spaghetti.  Here is what it looked like when I fed it to the kiddos.

Gannon LOVED it and ate down two plates of it.  The other kids liked it too but nothing like Gannon did.

The recipe uses up 1 1/2 pounds of zucchini.  I put that on the scale and that was 5 small zucchinis.

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Community Quilts from Ray

Ray had been busy not only longarming but sewing too!!  Read along and check out the three great quilts Ray finished.

Ray writes:
Between all the long arming of quilts, I managed to actually make a quilt.

I was doing some shopping at a discount store and came across the fabric aisle. They had 20 count jelly rolls for less than $7 each and I could not resist buying two of them. I decided to sew two strips together and then cut them into 4-inch blocks. I grouped four blocks with the same fabric in them to make 8-inch blocks. The fabric is really cute but there were only five different fabrics which was not enough variety.

I found the pink and green polka dot fabric in the stash from Tammye M, in FL. With all the dots in the fabrics, I had to go with the circle meander motif for quilting and white thread.

It is probably a bit big for a baby quilt but would be great for a young child. I enjoyed making it and like it. Hope some child does as well.”

Here’s quilt #2 from Ray…
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Made By You!

Welcome to a regular feature here on the blog called “Made by You!”  We have free patterns listed on the right sidebar of the blog, we have a book Country Girl Modern, we have patterns in our online shop and we have patterns often featured in magazines.  We have so many of you taking those patterns and making them in your own way and your own style.  The blog series features YOUR quilts made with our designs. We love the series as there is no higher compliment to a designer than to know you like our design well enough to spend your time and money to make it.

I recently got an email from Amy.  She writes:
Hi Jo
I wanted to send along a picture of my Moment of Zen quilt.  When I saw your quilt in the magazine I just knew I had to make it for a friend’s wedding gift.  I had been looking at the Cider fabric for a while and just knew I had to use that too.  You and Kelli did a great job on this pattern.  I used 42 fat quarters to make mine a 6×7 layout.  It will hopefully find a home on the back of their couch and be a cuddle quilt.  I will be blogging about it after I deliver it.

Also, I have included a selfie I took (not good at them) wearing my new shirt from Kalissa.  I can’t find an email address for her anywhere on her blog.  Could you please pass it along?  And please tell Carver, thank you for the wonderful note.”

Oh, how FUN…both the quilt and the shirt.  Amy blogs HERE.  Please go over and check her out.  I had not been to Amy’s blog before and found it very nice…dogs, quilts, house fixing up.  All of those things are exactly what I love reading about.

About the quilt.  This was out Moment of Zen quilt.  (No we didn’t name the quilt but honestly, we stink at quilt names so likely couldn’t have come up with anything better.)  It was featured in this issue of American Patchwork and Quilting… Continue reading