Ask Jo: All Are Welcome

On Sunday I answered questions about this quilt…Rustic Charm and today I’m doing a follow-up question. You can read all about Rustic Charm in THIS blog post.

I have a new question from Rosie. She asked: “OK, Jo. Now where is All Are Welcome published? It’s not in the same issue by any chance, is it?

This is my All Are Welcome quilt. It’s a favorite of mine. I like it even more than Rustic Charm. This one came about because I had a bijillion leftover bonus triangles. I wanted to use some of them up.

The quilt was published in the December 2019 issue 161 of American Patchwork and Quilting. This is the cover of that magazine.

This is quilt I didn’t have a lot of confidence about it because reproduction print quilts had started to fade and I didn’t know if the magazine would take the quilt submission. I didn’t plan on submitting the quilt. I knew I loved it and that’s all that mattered. I ended up piecing a backing for the quilt and used several different pieces of fabric in a “use it up” sort of fashion.

Then when it was time to longarm it, I ended up doing some custom work on it and loved it. I decided what the heck, I would submit the quilt. Then I realized I had the crazily pieced backing on the quilt. UGH. I submitted it anyway thinking no one would ever see the backing anyway.

Well, the magazine accepted it, and oops. You can see the backing. Check out the pictures above. HA! Now I look at it and think “who cares” but at the time, I was worried about it. Isn’t it crazy the things we worry about when we don’t have big things to worry about?

I periodically pull the quilt out and am amazed that I did the longarming on it. That’s more futzy than I normally do. But, I love it…well worth the extra time!!

This quilt has been a traveler. It made it to Houston for quilt market. You can see it on the far right.

This is small quilt for me….78 1/2″ x 84 1/2″.  It used up so much scrap….but more than that, it used up my big stash of bonus triangles!!

If you’re someone who doesn’t like triangles, this likely isn’t the quilt for you. It takes 1,968 half-square triangles to make the quilt.

From the time I initially made the quilt to the time I sent it to the magazine for publishing, likely a year’s worth of time had passed. When Kelli and I sat down to write the directions, we both couldn’t remember how I constructed it. Nope…I didn’t keep any notes. We sat and puzzled about the quilt for some time until we finally remembered how the quilt goes together. I think one of my favorite things about the quilt is that the blocks aren’t immediately obvious when looking at it.

I hope that answers all you questions about our “All are Welcome” quilt. Thanks for asking a question.

7 thoughts on “Ask Jo: All Are Welcome”

  1. I love that quilt too! Every time I see one of your beautiful quilts I think I really need to do a scrap quilt. I have the scraps even after giving bags of them away before moving across country. I really like what your said about what one worries about when he or she doesn’t have big things to worry about. That is so true and that is why the book, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff.

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