I have a whole wild conglomeration of questions and comments today. There are a bunch of them too so, let’s jump in.
We had some people asking about a bird quilt block that the Cresco Ladies made. Sandra wrote to me and said while she was scrolling the internet she found this bird block.
“Week #21 on the USA Block Tour is North Carolina by A Stitch in Time. You can get your free complimentary block at https://ladybugbuz.blogspot.com/…/quilting-around-block…” Follow the link if you are interested.
The block is slightly different from the one Sandra used in her bird quilt…but still cute.
Sandra suggested enlarging the block to get the larger size. That’s what she did with this original block.
Gail M wrote:
“Can you let me know what organization you are working through to get quilts to Oregon fire victims? We are a small group in Portland who has about 8 comforters and quilts, queen size for this purpose but haven’t been able to find anyone taking them.”
Cheryl in Dallas recently sent quilts to Oregon as she had a friend there. He said that he had enough quilts. That doesn’t mean there are enough everywhere. Maybe one of you reading this might know of a contact or if there is still a need. Please leave a comment in the comment section if you know of a place that is still taking quilts for Oregon Fire Victims or any other place that has experienced wildfires so these ladies can get their quilts distributed.
Laurel wrote to say, “Mystery Quilt is “Guilty as Charged!” by Debbie Caffrey”. This is a quilt that Lori finished and donated to Sharehouse. A blog reader sent the top to her. Many of you liked the quilt and were curious about a pattern for it.
I did a google search and looked up images and wow…there are so many different quilts. That was fun. I have no idea how to get the pattern…but at least now there is a name to the quilt.
“Does anyone know who might be able to create a cross-stitch design – I have 2 sayings that I would love to work up into cross stitch pieces.”
There is a computer program called PC Stitch. It isn’t super expensive. You can go to their website and download it for free. You can try it out and do whatever you want except use the ‘SAVE’ feature. Maybe the printing option works so you could design it and print it. I thought it might be worth it to you to check it out. You can find the site HERE.
…or maybe someone reading the blog has the program and might be willing to do it for you. If you have a program and could help Anne, leave a comment for Anne in the comment section.
Nance in Reno wrote:
“Jo, amazing that you have already completed the Halloween quilt top! Wow!!
You mentioned you have enough fabric to make about 10 more Halloween quilts . . . As a person who sent you a few pieces of Halloween fabric, I would suggest you consider putting some of the Halloween scraps together as a postage auction item, maybe with a copy of the published magazine (autographed, of course). I am sure that it would be a big fundraiser because who wouldn’t want the opportunity to get such a large variety of Halloween fabrics that would otherwise be impossible to collect? ”
WOW. I love the idea of putting together some kits of 2 1/2″ strips and selling them with an autographed copy of the magazine. It would be a great way to raise money for the postage fund. Plus as Nance says, it is hard to collect such a wide variety of fabric to get the same look, so I do think Kelli and I will do this. There were several of you who said you thought it was a great idea so plan on this. We’ll do this as soon as we can get our hands on the magazine. Watch that to come!
Sew Happy wrote:
“Please explain using sheets for backings. Are they 100% cotton? I have always been told not to use them. About your breakfast. How are you comfortable eating something that was made on Thursday? I was taught at the most 3 days. Just wondering for the sake of others.”
In THIS BLOG POST I wrote about using a sheet as the backing for a quilt, and I wrote about eating lasagna for leftovers.
I’ll tackle the sheet question first. “Please explain using sheets for backings. Are they 100% cotton? I have always been told not to use them.”
a myth. I suspect it was told to you either by someone who owns a quilt shop, quilting police, a hand quilter, or someone who had a bad experience with the wrong type of sheet.
A quilt shop owner is going to say this as they don’t get sales from the fabric if you are buying a sheet. Remember, a sheet was once fabric before a manufacturer hemmed it and called it a sheet.
Quilting police often say this. I don’t know why but these are often the same people who would never make a quilt from recycled clothing or use a piece of fabric from Joann’s. When someone says something like this, you always need to look and see what their perspective might be.
I am not the quilting police at all. I am not afraid to use any fabric that is 100% cotton that feels good. Admittedly, there are fabrics at Joann’s or Walmart that I don’t like the feel of. I just stay away from them. FEEL should be your judge. If the fabric feels good, use it.
I will readily admit that some sheets aren’t good for the backing. Again, it has to pass a “feel test”. You don’t want a cheap sheet. It won’t hold up the best. It won’t have the fabric store fabric feel. You might not want things that have polyester in them (but I’ll admit, to have used them occasionally if I love the print). You don’t want anything with a super high thread count. If it’s too high, your machine quilter can have trouble with thread breakage when they machine quilt your quilt. So, the general rule of thumb, feel the sheet. If it feels like quilt shop quality fabric, use it.
Hand quilters often stay away from sheets as the weave is really tight on some sheets and it’s hard to get a needle through when hand quilting.
For me…I will use a sheet any day at any time on any quilt. I do stick to 100% if I can. A sheet is $2 at my thrift store. I’m not going to pass up a quilt backing for $2!!
If I at all can, when I am making a quilt from 100% cotton recycled fabric, I prefer a used sheet for the backing. You will never have a nicer quilt that feels more loved than a quilt made with completely recycled fabric. Seriously, they are the best. They have the instantly loved feel!!
As far as leftovers go…
From the Foodnetwork:
“Cooked lasagna keeps in the refrigerator for up to five days if stored in a tightly sealed container to keep out excess moisture and other contaminants. The best way to determine whether or not lasagna has turned is to look for dried-out noodles or a sour smell emanating from the tomato sauce and cheese.”
Many other readers commented on this and the general guide most suggested is 5-7 days. I think it’s a matter of preference.
Chris B asked:
“I love your blog! This post touched me because you are right on the money about keeping those who are gone alive for all of us. I have to ask, did you really make 4 Perkiomen Dream quilts?. I know you made two but FOUR?…”
Here is Buck’s. That is my granddaughter Lucy laying on it. She was a baby then and is now three.
Here is mine in the pile of finished quilts. It’s the very bottom quilt.
Here is Kelli’s. It is still just a top. I’m trying to convince her to get the backing made. She was a little more excited about it once I made her get it to take this picture so stay tuned!
I message Kayla and asked her to a picture of Jasper on her quilt. She tried and Jasper didn’t…
So, yep…that was FOUR of the Perkimon Daydreams quilts.
If you aren’t familiar with the quilt…Here it is all full and laid out.
The quilt is a mosaic of 1″ squares. It’s the best quilt to use up all those scraps you have hiding away. This is a Bonnie Hunter quilt. You can find it in her Scraps and Shirttails Book One. It will forever be one of my favorite quilts…obviously, if we powered through and made FOUR that’s a testament to how much we like the quilt.
Many people commented and said they had never seen my pie tin before…the one with the six sides. This is a vintage pan. I actually have three of them. I have found all of them at thrift stores. I found two one day and found one a couple of years later at the same thrift store.
I really love them and it makes cutting equal-sized pieces a breeze. I did a little online search (real quick one) and it doesn’t appear that they are regularly made. I did see one on Etsy and eBay had a glass one.
Being I know one of you might be interested in one, I’ll keep my eyes open and buy one if I find one again.
I think that wraps up the “Ask Jo” for this time. Feel free to drop me a note anytime if you have a question or leave a comment in the comment section. I read them all!