Ask Jo: Edition #2 or So…

Occasionally I answer comments here on the blog rather than answering them personally in my Ask Jo series.

The first question comes from Annie M asks… “BTW, please tell us about the quilt pattern on the wall behind your pretty daughter and the quilt.”

Thanks for asking Annie…this is one of my very, very favorite projects that I ever made.  The pattern is from Country Threads.  You can find it here on their website.

I made the project as part of Country Threads Reproduction club.  Back then they would sent 8-eighth yard cuts and a black and white pattern.  In the eighth yard cut bundle was lime green.  I thought it was crazy until I visited the shop and saw the wall hanging in color….then I was in love.  I loved the green.  You can read about that here.  Here is another post about the wall hanging too

Honestly…this is one of my favorite all time projects!

The next question comes from Kim:  “I love your blocks. I was thinking of making one…but, was wondering about the size of the block? I haven’t ordered the book yet…and, if I do it would mostly be because of this pattern. Would you mind sharing with me the size of the block?”

My answer:  Kim, what are you waiting for?  Order the book!!  Here’s a link String Fling: Scrappy, Happy and Loving It!.  Here’s my logic for purchasing the book…Even if you think you just want the book for this pattern alone…think about it this way.  The quilt has 284 block total.  It honestly takes at least 40 minutes to do a block…probably more as I haven’t timed it.   This one pattern would then give you 190 hours of entertainment just making the blocks!  That doesn’t include the time to sew them all together or the time to quilt and bind it.  Just counting the 190 hours, that would be 15 cents per hour of entertainment just making the blocks considering cost of book plus shipping.  That’s cheap entertainment…especially when the you can use up every little scrap that you have laying around.  The quilt top is virtually free to make!!

There are other great projects in the book.  You can see the quilts and read my review of the book here.

But to answer your question Kim…the blocks are 5″ finished with 45, yep 45, pieces in each center block.  The cute little border blocks are the same size.

That wraps up ask Jo for this session….Feel free to ask any questions and I’ll try to get to them.

3 thoughts on “Ask Jo: Edition #2 or So…”

  1. What are you using for the foundations of the pineapple block? I liked your reasoning for buying Bonnie Hunter’s book! Great logic in my opinion! My book arrived this week and I devouring it for the evening. I found 4 or 5 quilts I would love to make but, oh my, they do take a lot of piecing! And I already have soooo many UFOs that my daughter and I agreed not to count them when we recently cleaned my studio!

  2. With your reasoning, I had to go out and purchase the Bonnie Hunter book. Thanks for twisting my arm – but it didn’t take much twisting to make up my mind. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thanks for answering my question. I’m going to go for it and buy the book. I’m really looking forward to working on the quilt. I don’t have a lot of “lights” in my stash, but, with such small blocks I can buy small pieces. Please keep sharing your progress. It’s very inspiring! :-)

    Have a good rest of the weekend!


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