A New Project and a New “Sew with Jo”

Hey everyone…this will be a short post today.  Things have been a little crazy this week.  Gannon has had some issues again.  I’ll let Kalissa tell you all about that on her blog, The Pink Shoelaces.

Before I get to today’s post I want to tell you all that the Double Wedding Ring Quilt Instructions have all been updated.  In the fall of 2018, I did a quilt along and showed readers how to make a double wedding ring quilt.  That quilt along stretched into 2019 with the final reveal scheduled for March of 2019.

If you are a long time blog reader you know that February through June of 2019 was a hard time for our family.  My husband, Kramer, was diagnosed with lung cancer and passed away.

Needless to say, the quilt for dropped.  The instructions go dropped.  The page where the instructions were got dropped.  I was reminded of this and on Wednesday I went in and fixed the quilt along instruction page and fixed all of the links.

I have yet to finish this quilt.  I will.  All that is left is the machine quilting.  It’s a top so finishing it up shouldn’t be that hard.

I wanted you all to know that the page is fixed.  If you find pages on the blog that aren’t working, don’t be afraid to let me know.  I really appreciate your letting me know if there is anything I can do to make the blog work better.  Thank you for understanding why the double wedding ring page wasn’t complete.

Anyway…on to today’s post.

A couple of weeks ago I talked to Kelli and asked her if there was something she thought she would like me to get for Georgia for her birthday.  Kelli’s answer was that she was making doll clothes for Georgia and was wondering if I might make her a doll quilt something like the baby quilt I made Georgia.  Hmm.  That was a tall order.  Do you remember Georgia’s baby quilt?  It was this one…


Well, I debated and thought and debated and thought trying to figure out how to make that doll-sized.  I finally decided that I would simply do the letters and make a heart in the middle.

I had the doll quilt on my to-do list.  I’m pretty scheduled right now when it comes to quilts so I was trying to figure out when I was going to sneak this in too.  Oh my.

Well, then Kalissa called me last Saturday on her way to or from work and said, “Mom, remember to shoot a video”.  Oh my.  I swear if it wasn’t for her, you all wouldn’t see as many videos.  I never think what I’m doing it interesting but her reminding me makes me take whatever I’m doing and trying to make it more interesting so I can shoot a video…so what did I shoot the video of…a “Sew with Jo” making free form ABC’s.

HERE is a link to the video.  Follow the link to watch.


During the video, I was able to complete a few of the letters.  After the video was over I decided to just keep working on the project.  By 8 pm that night I called it quits and ended up finishing the quilt top the next day.

Here I am showing it off…


I’m hoping to get it machine quilted this weekend so I have it ready for her birthday.  In the video I said Georgia’s birthday is in April…that’s wrong.  It’s in March, so I want to keep working on this.

I’ll show you more pictures once it’s finished and ready to gift.  For now, I’m so tickled to have it this far.

There were several of you who asked for a video on how to make these letters.  I do have to make them again for baby quilts for Kelli’s twins.  I could do a video and show how to make four letters or so in each video.  Is that something you are interested in or doesn’t video give you enough of an idea on how to make them?  Let me know.

I’m so tickled to have this little top this far!  I can’t wait to finish it up!!

31 thoughts on “A New Project and a New “Sew with Jo”

    1. Gloria

      Yes please….for the video’s showing us how to make the letters. I would love to learn how to make these ABC’s from you!!

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  1. Kate

    Jo, you are unbelievable!! You did such a neat job making the quilts, first for Georgia and now the doll quilt. You certainly are a mover – you get so much accomplished. I haven’t been able to watch the video yet (hubby watching NASCAR race and wouldn’t appreciate hearing anything from my computer), but I will soon.

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  2. RuthW in MD

    That quilt is So beautiful, lavender letters and the heart! You got that done so quickly, good for you.
    There is one thing (more) I would suggest for your blog – a dateline at the top, so I could know if I’ve missed a post, as I randomly wander the blogosphere looking for interesting comments and blogs to read. (I just can’t ‘follow’ any blogs and have them show up in my emails, insisting that I read them.)
    I sure hope that Gannon is doing better already. That is quite some difficulty he has. I have a grandson who recently started vomiting, and my daughter explained that he hadn’t had any poops for a couple of days. I had no idea the two were in any way related. In 7 children, I never had anything like that happen. So frightening. Best Wishes to all!

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  3. Debbie B

    Georgia’s doll quilt looks great. I can’t wait to see it all finished. Kudos to you! Yes, I’d like to see how you make the large letters, also. Thanks so much!

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  4. Cinders70

    Jo! The doll’s quilt is so very wonderful! I watched your sew along when you were just getting started so you really got a lot done for sure, you get things done! I would love to see more videos with you doing more letters as I am not a string quilter just yet. I hope Kalissa will be able to get Gannon’s health situation under control. And yes, when someone is backed up just smelling food can make you very nautilus, been there done that when my bowel quit on me. It is quite miserable. I love your blog and soon I am going to do something cross-stitching when I get away to a town that has a good selection! Thanks for helping us through this stay-at-home time.

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  5. Cinders70

    Jo, your doll quilt is so cute! You really got a lot done in just one day. I would love to see additional sew along video so we can see more on how you do the letters as I am not a string quilter. I think I will give this a try however. I feel so bad for Gannon and his health situation, I know from personal experience that if your bowels are not working correctly it is very miserable, just the smell of food can make one nautious, it happened to me when my bowel quit working. I hope the medical people help them very soon. Thanks again for sharing your sewing and daily activities. Your blog is very uplifting when we have to be away from our families and friends in person right now.

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  6. Lorraine

    Wow, Jo! The doll quilt turned out great! I had a crazy day on Monday and the treat of the day was watching your video! Thank you.

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  7. LaNan Eldridge

    The doll quilt is sooo cute. I’d like. To know how you did it! I’d prefer to read it than watch it but will do what it takes to make some letters

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  8. Sandra B

    Yes, I would love to see a video of how you do the letters! I love the quilts!!
    Thanks so much for all that you share with us!

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  9. Joy

    Is there a link to your crumb quilts and the quilt-a-long you did a few years ago? If there’s is I must have missed it as I had to do a search to find them the other day. Videos are great for most I guess, but for those of us with limited or rural internet it’s a nightmare. I’d love to see a tutorial on the blog as well.

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  10. Margaret in North Texas

    The doll quilt is so neat! I like your videos and tutorials.. I thought you had a strip led light to put under the head of the sewing machine for better lighting on your site. Then I looked again could not find it. Can you help, I want to buy it from your blog site Thanks!!

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  11. Lesley Gilbert

    Love that cute dolls quilt and I’m watching the video tomorrow. I would love to see a version with larger letters. Thanks for making your video’s – I always enjoy listening to you talk and watching you sewing – thanks.

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  12. Penny Holliday

    Beautiful doll quilt Jo! I especially love the heart & the letters in purple! Would like a video on how you make the letters! Thanks!

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  13. Sally

    I love the doll quilt! Wow, I would call that a baby quilt! My doll quilts are smaller. You do everything bigger and better! I enjoy watching the videos and get inspiration from watching them. If I am going to make something, I get more step by step info by reading a tutorial. So I like both!! I hope Gannon is feeling better. He’s had such a rough time. I know you are so thankful that Kalissa is a nurse!

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  14. Nicola

    Hi can’t seem to be able to follow the pink shoelaces blog on bloglovin is there a link to follow on the blog please

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  15. Penni

    I don’t think I’ve ever watched a sewing video for an hour, EVER! I loved every second of this one! I can’t wait to make my own letters! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Rachel Summy

    The doll quilt is so adorable, and matches Georgia’s quilt perfectly. Yes, continue with letter video please! That has been on my wanting to make list, a free-formed letter quilt! Thanks Jo!

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  17. Pamela Arbour

    I just recently found your site. I am so so sorry to hear about your husband. I have enjoyed your videos. Just turn on the video for every project. At worst, you could not post it if you don’t like them

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  18. Kim J LeMere

    Yes to a video on making the letters. I think the doll quilt is super cute, and a wow! She is going to love it. I feel so bad for sweet Gannon, he has had a bad time of it. Hope he is doing better.

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  19. Karen Marshall

    I so enjoy your videos and was thrilled to see this one on free form letters. I am now looking forward each week to see if you have done another. The doll quilt is adorable. Georgia will love it!

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