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. Today’s questions are about cross stitch buys, the community quilt list and my checkerboard quilt.

Debra asked:
“Good morning Jo. loved your post this morning. what is the name of the cross stitch pattern that has the hands to work, hearts to God saying on the bottom, please? who is the designer? I love this piece and would love to purchase the chart. thanks so much. I hope all is well with you. any new cancer results? we’re all on pins and needles as I know you are. blessings and love on the way to you.”

This is the piece that Debra is referring to. It’s called Heart and Hand from With Thy Needle and Thread.

I’ve never stitched on a colored linen…I wanted to give it a try and I love the way the linen looks with the thread color. The linen I picked out for this is Knights and Shining Armor by Serraphim. I picked 40 count linen.

Amy asked:
“How fun! I have a question though. Will you use purple in the Spring Quaker one? I absolutely love it in purple. But I know you prefer red so I am just wondering if you will keep the called for color. Either way, it will be beautiful! Thank you for sharing. You inspire me! I usually quilt but have been making a few cross-stitch items because of your motivation.”

Amy is referring to this chart. I think I’ll stitch this with a variety of colors. The Colorado Cross Stitcher on Flosstube had done that and I like that idea.

This is one of those projects I really want to get to but haven’t yet.

Carol asked:
“Hi Jo
Just wondering if your list is a lot shorter than in the past? I don’t see The Cresco Ladies, Ray’s, or Sue Darling’s contact information.”

Carol is referring to Community Quilters. If you have goodies that you would like to pass on to other quilters who are doing charitable work, you can go to THIS PAGE. There is a longer list there.

Kate asked:
“It is always fun to see what progress you have made with any of your projects no matter how small it may be. The blue and white quilt will be very pretty when you finish it. I agree that straight line quilting will look great with that quilt. I think I missed what size squares you are using for that quilt. Are they 2.5 inch or larger?”

Kate is talking about the quilt you see below. I’m calling it my checkerboard quilt.

My squares are 2″ cut so 1 1/2″ finished. I had a bunch of leftover blue 2″ strips after I made this quilt…

This is my True Blue quilt. You can read about it HERE.

Becky said:
“Do I spy white fabrics with cream fabrics in the two quilts?? Lol”

I have written in past blog posts that I like to pick one shade of “neutral” either white-based or cream-based when I make a quilt. You can see some closer pictures below.

I think Becky is mostly referring to the white square in the picture above. I was more lenient when making this quilt than I typically am because
it’s a two-color quilt. There is more wiggle room with two-color scrappy quilts. Your eye will focus and see two colors more than it will see any slightly different modifications.

With this quilt I’m using ranges…white with a print…to cream with a print…ZERO prints that would be considered tan. If I were criticizing this top so far, I would be more concerned with the couple of bright blue squares. They read to me like they would be better with stark white. They stick out a little bit. I can easily see two of them in the picture below.

Regardless…I’m loving this quilt top…and I’m going to love it even more once it’s on my bed.

As for my Tiny Nine Patch blocks…I’ll be picking and choosing which ones make the cut and are actually put into the quilt. I haven’t decided on a fabric for the alternate blocks. Once I do…I’ll be sorting through the blocks and picking my favorites.

I think that covers my Ask Jo questions for this round. Thanks so much for leaving comments and questions. I love answering them.

6 thoughts on “Ask Jo”

  1. Thank you for sharing the answers to these questions! It is helpful to hear others’ questions and your answers. I so appreciate all you share and for taking the time to write your blogs. You continue to be in my prayers.

  2. I noticed Gladys Wahl on your list tonight and did not know if you had heard, she fell and broke both of her legs. She had been in a nursing home and was to be released to finally be able to go home, last week I think it was. She is a member of a group I belong to “stashbusters” on groupio and one of our members let us know about Gladys.

  3. Jo, I always enjoy your Ask Jo sections.

    People think adding an “lol” makes their rude comment okay. It really doesn’t, the comment is still just as if not even ruder due to it.

  4. Joy in NW Iowa

    Another pet peeve I have is someone will say something really rude and then say ‘just kidding’! Grrr!
    Love your blog Jo. I always read the questions and your answers because we all learn something!
    Hope you and your family are doing well.

  5. Marlene Clausen

    Very entertained by your white vs. cream but not beige choices. I find it nearly impossible to make scrap quilts because I have that color differentiation compulsion. It is so bad that one night I dreamt I made a red and white quilt. I was so taken by the dream, the next morning I pulled fabric to make one. Turned out, my whites had to be WHITE! and my red had to be the red that leans toward the blue. It really did make a pretty quilt and one of the very, very few scrap quilts I have made.

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