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…
I have some follow-ups to share with you.
Do you remember this community quilt that Cheryl and Ann Dee? It was this one. (It was shared HERE)
Cheryl and I both thought the stars were interesting and commented on that in the post. A blog reader said that she thought the pattern was Bonnie Hunter’s Smokey Mountain Stars. You can find the free pattern HERE.
If you want the layout that is shown for the community quilt above, you would need to make these blocks for vertical star points….
…and theses blocks for the horizontal star points.
In Bonnie’s version… she only uses this block for the star points.
I really like either layout. This is a great design for a community quilt or any quilt that will be gifted. It’s not to hard and can be scrappy like Bonnie’s or planned Ann Dee’s.
In my post about all the goodies that came my way from Kim, (find the story about Kim HERE) there were a lot of polka dot fabrics. I said someday I might like to make a quilt that was all polka dot. A blog reader Mike sent these pictures of a polka dot quilt…
How FUN!! I really like all the polka dots.
In all my time on earth, I don’t know that I’ve ever had a sad face after seeing a polka dot. I think polka dots just make me think HAPPY!!
Thanks so much for sharing the quilt!!
Samantha left a message in the comments after I told you about Kim’s visit when she left a lot of goodies. (Find that post HERE)
“How odd that you chose to use a sewing machine and listen to an audiobook when expecting a visitor. No wonder you didn’t hear her knocking. Too bad of you.”
Here is what I can tell you about Kim’s visit. She was driving through and stopping. She was crossing several states. When our family is driving we never predict time well. We end up needing to stop…someone has to go to the bathroom. We are terrible at calculating time. When Kim mentioned a time, I anticipated it to be a moving target. I have a doorbell and as far as I know, I have never “not heard it before”. I have a dog and she typically alerts me to everything so I didn’t think there was a problem with my sewing while I anticipated Kim’s arrival. Besides I had put stain on the dining floor and couldn’t move about freely on the main floor of my house. My dining room is in the middle of the house and I can’t go from room to room without going through the dining room. Anytime I needed to go from room to room, I had to go outdoors and around the house to do it…plus I didn’t want Rosie on the floor. Sewing was about the only thing I could do while waiting. I have expressed my regret to Kim. This was only an unfortunate thing that happened but being Kim’s family lives close, we have an opportunity to meet at another time.
I got an email from Linda asking: “You probably have been asked this before BUT please share the name and source for the snap together padding under your Longarm quilting machine. I currently have cardboard under my legs to protect my wood floor.”
Amazon is my source for most everything. I have these….
They are awesome and are about $20. It really does help to have them on the floor at my longarm machine. Kramer bought them for me. HERE is the link.
While I was looking for the link for Linda I saw these….
HERE is the link for these. There are other ones with lighter “wood grain”. I’m adding these to my wish list. Actually I think I’ll add them as my reward if I really get the quilting room completely under control. I think the wood grain ones would look so much better in my sewing room.
Susie Q asked:
“I am curious as to why you no longer have the Acuqui machine…..”
Hmmm… that is a long story. I’ll try to give you the short version.
I was given my Accuquilt Go as I was a blogger and they were doing a huge promotion for them. MANY bloggers got one from the company for free and they got one to give away along with dies to one of their blog readers.
I was super excited about it at the time. Who wouldn’t be?
Well then after having one I got a little frustrated with how expensive the dies were and how much space it took to store them.
Right now if you want a Double Wedding Ring die, it’s listed at $99?? I can’t afford that.
Well, then Accuquilt came out with a promo thing…if you did a video and posted it on Youtube, they would give the creator of the video a free die. I was all about that and went on to create many videos and I got a free die each time I did. I loved the arrangement. I made 31 videos for them. The videos are still available and you can find them HERE.
From there Accuquilt contacted me and asked me if I would be willing to write patterns for them. Well sure I would. The deal was that they would pay me a commission for each pattern that sold. I was thrilled.
I went on and wrote around five patterns for them. (the are available for free-find them on the right sidebar on the blog in the free pattern section) Well, that’s when the relationship went bad. They wouldn’t pay me. I was to paid quarterly and time passes and no check came. It was about the end of the next quarter and still no pay. Almost a year later…still no pay. I quit writing patterns and doing videos as I didn’t want to endorse them if I was getting no pay. After a year I decided to publicly call them out. After that, I was paid within a week. People who previously wouldn’t answer emails answered emails. It was amazing the attention I go once I publicly said they were a company that wasn’t treating people right.
I’m sure they’ve cleaned up their act now and I don’t hold any animosity towards them. What is past, is past.
For me, at this point, I don’t have the space for an Accuquilt…especially all of the dies. If you are thinking of buying one, please plan space to keep all of the dies. Please know that the mat that is put on top of the dies wears out and new ones need to be purchased so there is a continued expense to it. The price of the dies does add up and nowadays I’m on a smaller budget so I won’t be buying one in the future due to cost and space.
I do know that there are people that have difficulty with using a rotary cutter and love them. I know Bonnie Hunter has one and uses it for cutting strips. I think she has a big version.
I hope that answers your question.
So that’s it for this version of Ask Jo. I have to tell you all I have gone through my email trying to get to the bottom of it and start anew. If you have written an email before July of this year and I haven’t responded, please write again. My email got so out of hand when I was mask sewing and in an effort to get it under control, I deleted much of it this past week without even reading it. I know that sounds terrible but at some point, it’s virtually impossible to catch up on 500 emails especially when more are coming in. It’s not that your message wasn’t important…I’m just terrible at any bookwork and was overwhelmed when I was making masks. Thanks for understanding.