Ask Jo

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. 

Barb asked:
Jo, your pears are just beautiful. I am a cross stitcher- not a quilter but seeing both on your blog. I’ve mostly had things framed that I have cross-stitched but am now trying to stretch a little and do some for paddle boards and finishing in hoops. Questions- what kind of interfacing do you use on the backs of your finished projects? It seems you use it on most things. And if I want to glue a circle of felt to the back of a hoop to finish off a stitching, what kind would you all recommend?”

Barb asked this question after I wrote a blog post about the cross-stitch pears I made. you can read about them HERE.

I watch Vonna Pfiffier on YouTube. She has an awesome Flosstube with tutorials for how to finish items. She recommends using either SF101 from Pellon or PF44. I use both of these due to her recommendation. I will also use something I found at the thrift store that feels good because I am cheap that way. But…if I buy it from the store, I buy one of the products Vonna recommends. If you haven’t checked out her tutorials, you’re missing out. She is the master finisher!! She did a recent video on how to finish things on a spool. I need to watch that one.

From Wendy:
Hi Jo,
I just wanted to express how helpful your tutorials are! I’m working on a must-do wedding ring quilt and have found your tutorial extremely helpful! I think I may have thrown in the towel if not for them. I paper pieced the curved pieces because I started with another pattern but when I started assembly I was lost as to the approach.
Even though you made them several years ago they are still relevant today for this classic quilt

Thanks Wendy. I appreciate your kind words. Part of the reason I made the tutorial was that I was always getting a lot of questions. I was happy to put all the information in one spot. To date, I have made three double wedding ring quilts. I think I might have one more in me. I have an idea for one but just haven’t done it yet.

You can find the tutorial instructions Wendy is referring to HERE.

Beryl wrote:
“I so wanted to read your health update…I get a mess of words and portions of previous messages?”

Beryl wasn’t the only one who sent that message. Sadly, several of you did. I want you to know that I am still trying to fix this. I got a lead on someone who might be able to help…so far, I’ve tried to get in touch, but the person hasn’t gotten back to me.

If you get a blog post that is garbled or looks like it is in code. Wait about eight hours and check back in at the blog. Just type this address into your browser. It should have corrected itself by then. If not, wait until the next day. I’ve yet to hear that blog post permanently stayed that way.

Again…if anyone knows a computer geek who specializes in programming blogs or websites who I can for sure trust, please pass their name to me. I want it fixed as much as anyone else but there isn’t anyone listed in the yellow pages that does this…

Wilma was so sweet and sent me a link to make a cute succulent pincushion. I might have to try making one. You can find the link HERE.

Jenni wrote:
How is it possible that I can feel so much love for a lady who I don’t know personally, whose blog I started following years ago just because she is a quilter (so am I) and she reminds me of my aunt? Jo, I hurt for you as you wait for a response and clarification on these test results. The unknowns are so hard. Love to you and prayers for you, dear lady.”

Oh Jenni. Thank you for your kind words. You don’t know how to touch my heart. I think the connection is attributed to growing together. You all have watched as me and my family have gone through so many things. When I started blogging, I got my first house dog, Gracie. You’ve seen all of my dogs and even the rescue dogs I’ve fostered.

Goodness knows you’ve seen every crafty endeavor I’ve undertaken…Every quilt, every cross stitch piece…man, there were a lot!!

You’ve seen my kids grow, get married, and have kids.

You have watched my old foreclosure house become my home…and witnessed all the projects it took to get to where it is today…and I’ve shared more I want to do.

You’ve been with me as my family has struggled with cancer for both me and my husband.

You’ve been with me as I grieved his loss.

I think the connection gets forged because you all get a chance to see into my real life…

A sweet blog reader Ellie, who comments here often sent me a note the other day. She introduced herself to me. She’s been reading my blog for a long time. I always see her name in the comments. What fun for me to get to read about one of my readers. Connections are so good.

Thanks to all of you who read the blog and been here with me through it all. I appreciate it more than words can say.

13 thoughts on “Ask Jo”

  1. Hi Jo ! I have noticed that when I see a garbled post from you, eventually they come through straightened out. I don’t know anything about why it happens or how to fix it, but happy that eventually I can read it. Loved your Pet All Dogs finish. Beautiful. I was working on that one, but then got all wrapped up in And God Saw. I love Teresa Kogut’s design. They sure are stitch intensive.

  2. I got the garbled post yesterday too, but have to say that was the first one in quite some time. There was a period when it happened almost every other day. Haven’t seen one in a few months, so something made it better. (Nothing on my end changed…same iPad, etc.) Yes, it usually clears up by the end of the day.

  3. Thanks for your sweet words on my note! If I could change one thing it would be that we lived close enough to have lunch together! That would be perfect!
    As Sally and Ginger said if your blog comes up garbled I just come back a few hours later and it’s usually fixed. The gremlins have moved on to create havoc elsewhere!
    Keeping you in my prayers on your cancer journey.

  4. I love this blog and I thank you for giving us all connections to each other thru reading about your life. It also gives me inspiration to keep a positive attitude and a sense of humor no matter what I’m going thru. Thank you so much for that!!

  5. I know nothing about computers, blogging, or how to ungarble posts. But I do have a theory. It seems when the posts are garbled you can read some of the post and it is usually an old old post (like it will say 2013). I think the garbled ones are those that have the same title as an old post, like Family Update or Spring roundup. My theory is that the old post gets pulled up and mashed into code on the new one.

    But as others posted, they get straightened out. We are just impatient to read a new post.

  6. Susan the Farm Quilter

    I have whittled down my “must read” blogs to Bonnie Hunter, a friend in England and yours. You do feel like a friend I just haven’t seen for a while…definitely invested in you, your family and all your adventures. I think it is your determination to look on the positive side…finding that silver lining in the dark clouds…that make you so appealing to all your readers. No matter how deep the valley, you have shown us that having a positive attitude makes a difference in our everyday lives. Thank you so much for that!! Live for today, for tomorrow isn’t promised to anyone and the way you grab onto life with both hands is a lesson to all of us.

  7. Being quite a technophobe here, I find that it is really hit and miss with the strange texts, but I always pop back the next day and all is well – or the same thread appears later. We can beat this gobbledegook!
    Big hugs to all – because we all need one from time to time – from across the pond!

  8. Martha W in WY

    Jo, I feel like you’re a friend. You and I have lots in common. That is one reason I enjoy “visiting ” with you each day. I wish I could say that I have a cup of coffee as I read the blog & comments but I don’t get around to reading it until late evening (usually with my dessert- haha!).

  9. Thanks Jo! It’s pretty amazing that you will let us all into your life.
    I read through all your Double Wedding Quilt posts. I am so blown away! I think this going on my bucket list, and thats after I decided long ago that I would not do a DWR quilt. Your posts make this quilt so do-able!
    Unfortunately, it looks like the back issue magazine is no longer available. is there somewhere you can point us for the templates? Thanks in advance!

  10. Jo, you keep me praying for you and your family. You have such a kind, generous spirit and always lift me up. I love your sense of wonder and go get it attitude. It is kind of rare. It is a privilege to participate in your life through your blog.

    1. I feel the sam way, you have become part of my family of friends and I look forward to reading your blog every day

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