Hello, and welcome to another edition of “Ask Jo”. I get many comments in and questions from all sorts of places, the comment section here, Youtube, email, and from our Facebook group. Sometimes I think others of you might want to know the answers as well so I answer them here on the blog. It often gives me a chance to tell a little more or expand on the topic. Today is one of those days.
After I wrote about the quilts I did for my childcare boys, June asked,
“Great job-looks wonderful and I’m sure all were delighted. I have a silly question- the picture behind you as you were at the machine- where did you acquire that? We had bought a home in Kansas and there was one like that in it. The lady sold all her stuff off before I could purchase it with her hutch.”
I believe this is the picture she is referring to.
…and these are the two pictures she is referencing that are on my kitchen wall.
These are from Eric Enstrom. I believe the one with the man is “Grace” and the lady is “Gratitude”. Throughout my life people that I knew had them in their homes. Once I saw them at a thrift store, I bought them immediately. My girls have all loved them too and have them in their homes. These can still be purchased. Here’s an Amazon link.
Here’s a little history about the one of the man:
“Eric Enstrom was a Swedish-born American photographer. He became famous for his 1918 photograph of Charles Wilden in Bovey, Minnesota. The photo is now known as Grace and depicts Wilden saying a prayer over a simple meal. In 2002, “Grace” was designated the state photograph of Minnesota.”
The lady was done later…here’s what I found on it:
“It, too, is a photo, called “Gratitude,” taken in the 1960s by Jack Garren, who owned a Christian bookstore in Centralia, Illinois. The subject is Mrs. Myrtle Copple (d. 1975), and the photo was designed to complement “Grace.” The two are often packaged together: “Grace and Gratitude.”
I’m guessing that I saw them often as a child being the originator was from Minnesota and was Swedish. I also am originally from Minnesota and am also of Swedish descent.
“I was headed to the post office anyway so I added a package of strips to my trip. My husband asked what they were for, and I said you had put out a call for Halloween 2 1/2 ” strips. “Kind of like the midnight bark?” he asked. We had just watched 101 Dalmatians. So yes! Happy to help save those puppies and help you make your deadline.”
Elizabeth is referring to my post about needing Halloween prints. You can read about it HERE.
Being a grandma and childcare provider, I knew immediately what Elizabeth’s husband was referring to…If you don’t know, this:
I have already gotten packages. I had three delivered on Tuesday and it was only one day after the request. You all are awesome. I can’t thank you enough.
Earlier this year you asked for feedback on batting from Minnesota. Did you get any? We do LWR quilts at my church in DSM and am always looking for deals on batting.
Here is what I wrote:
Someone sent me a link to Oklee Quilting Supply Incorporated in northern Minnesota. You can find a link to them HERE. They said that many Lutheran World Relief quilters get their batting from this company.
I checked them out. I found this…it is a roll of 60 yards of batting that is 60″ wide for $89.40. Shipping looked to be about $18 a roll.
My calculations say that quilters could make 36 quilts that are 60 x 60 with this batting. That means it would be about $3 per quilt for batting. WOW. That is cheap.
BUT the question is this….is the batting a good quality? Does anyone know? Has anyone used this batting?
I heard back from readers that the batting is not 100% cotton so I ended up not ordering some to try. I did hear from other LWR groups that were happy with the batting as they don’t mind using part poly batting.
I did recently purchased some batting from Overstock. It is Pellon 80/20 90-inch x 20-yard Scrim Batting Roll – 90 inches x 20 yards. The cost for that was $83.
I did try this and so far feel comfortable with it. I would classify it close to Warm and Natural.
Overstock does run good sales so I’m sure if you watch their site you can get it for even cheaper.
Margaret from Edmonton a.b Canada
“Hi why did you wait that long to do the wedding quilt?
should have been done before the holidays.”
This comment made me beat myself up a bit. Like so many of you, I do what many women do to themselves, I chastised myself. Maybe Margaret was right. Maybe I was procrastinating. Maybe I should have gotten this quilt done quicker. Then I looked back on my thought process with this whole quilt.
I thought about the quilt quite some time ago. For a long time, I thought I’d give a quilt I already had already made. Then in early November, Kalissa went to the bridal shower and said the bride was doing farmhouse decorating. Well, none of the quilts I had here really seemed farmhousy to me. So I decided to make one. That’s about when Buck said he’d come and help me with my sewing room. I don’t know about you, but when someone says they are coming to help, I drop everything and anything to gratefully accept the help.
Then I got a request for the quilts for the school kids in need. Well…I could have said no and left people cold for the winter but that’s not me. If people need help, I help.
That’s when my longarm broke.
Then Kelli said, “I’ll help make it. Then let’s give the quilt from both of us.” That sounded like a great idea. I figured Kelli and I would power sew a couple of days and get it done in no time.
Thanksgiving fell in there…as did time for me to be a grandma and help my kids with their kids. Priorities…again, the kids are more important than a gift.
Then my old childcare families called and asked if I would do childcare for them being their sitter quit with little notice. Of course, I put people first again and took on the kids. I have kids here over 45 hours a week here now.
I remembered the quilt periodically. I knew it was on my list. I knew as long as I was making it, I wanted to design the quilt myself. It would be a “two birds one stone” type of project. I thought I could offer it as a pattern on the blog. I have a busy life and the more often I can do “two birds and one stone” projects the better. I sat on EQ two different times. I came up with two different designs. Guess what? I didn’t think either was what I was looking for. The first took over two hours and still nothing I liked. The second took about two hours and I liked it…but not for this project.
Finally, after a third session on the computer with EQ, I came up with a design I thought was perfect.
I had a day of doctor appointments.
Kalissa and I organized a sponsorship for a family in need at Christmas.
You all love reading two blog posts every day…and I’m still working on my Youtube channel. All things I love to do. All things I need to do.
Craig and I tried to fix my longarm a couple of times. No luck. I called. I waited for parts. Finally, after about four tries, we were able to get the screws loose and the part replaced.
Then I needed to machine quilt a test quilt to make sure the machine was working properly.
Then I had to put the quilt together for the childcare boy and that needed to be done before Christmas.
Through all of this Kelli and I tried to get together twice and something ruined our plans…so the top didn’t get sewn.
So…it was a week or before Christmas when I sat down and did a big sewing session on the quilt. Then Kelli came a couple of days before Christmas and we tackled more of it. Then Christmas weekend when I got the top finished.
Kayla and Jasper came for a several day stay over the last week.
I took a look at it all again…by doing the quilt in my time:
-I was able to spend time with my family at Thanksgiving guilt-free
-I was able to get my sewing room together which was long overdue
-I was able to machine quilt some quilts for a donation that are helping keeping school kids warm
-I was able to enjoy Christmas. I got my cards out, my presents wrapped and the food all was wonderful.
-I was able to have grandma time
-I was able to help my childcare families
-I didn’t rant and stress over my broken longarm
-I was able to keep up with my daily life
-I was able to spend time with Kayla and Jasper
I will still be able to gift the quilt at a perfectly acceptable time. I’ll get the quilt finished the weekend after the wedding. I’m not attending the wedding due to my concerns about Covid. We will drop the quilt off at their home after. We’ll be able to greet the bride. We’ll be able to chat. This will be perfect.
I started feeling a lot better about myself. I didn’t need to chastise myself. I had done okay. There isn’t a single thing on that list that I was willing to give up. No quilt that I would gift for a wedding was worth me giving up any of the things I listed. So, for me, this quilt was done in the perfect time.
For some of you who aren’t working a job…who don’t have an active family, who already have your sewing room together, I understand, my timing seems like a poor timing…for me and my life, PERFECT TIMING. There is no reason for beating myself up for not having it done more quickly.
Thanks so much for leaving that comment, Margaret. Like many people, I beat myself up from time to time thinking I procrastinated, thinking if only I was more organized…if only, if only. By writing the response to your comment, I am not beating myself up anymore. I’m actually praising myself for putting people first.
So…I think that answers all of the most recent questions. Thanks so much to all who have left comments. I really appreciate having someone on the other side of the screen to talk to.