Ask Jo: From the Comment Section

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 questions and comments that came from the comment section here on the blog.

Wendy wrote:
I haven’t posted in awhile.
I can’t get to Kayla’s Weekend Charmer for some reason.
Anyway I wanted to ask you about your 1/2 Sq triangles
I noted one side the tip was cut before sewn. Did you use ament section
Prairie Point Cutter????
Thanks. Wendy
Ps how do you feel you look great

Well, this looks like a threefold question…

1- I think Kayla took her blog down and the quilt directions are no longer available. There are costs to keeping a blog going and she wasn’t blogging anymore so it’s gone. I don’t have the directions myself.

2-My half-square triangles do have a point missing. I use an easy-angle ruler. You can find it HERE on Amazon. This ruler has been life-changing for my quilting life. You can watch the video I did below about the ruler and how I use it.

Of all the specialty rulers I use, I use this one the most. I love this method of making half-square triangles. This is the same method I used on my 16 patch half square triangle blocks.

3-Thanks for the comment about looking great. I feel great. I feel perfectly normal. Perfectly…and that’s what can be so scary. I don’t feel like I have cancer growing in me…but it is. I think that’s one of the reasons I take this saying to heart more than ever.

If I looked crappy and sick, people on the street might have more empathy for me…Just because I look good on the outside doesn’t mean my brain(it’s okay) and my body is healthy.

It’s also another reason why I push and encourage people to go to their annual doctor’s appointments. Get the mammogram. Follow up and take your blood sugar readings. You can feel perfectly normal and have something really bad happening or growing inside of you. By the time whatever it is takes hold and you feel bad, it’s often too late. Please take care of yourself…do the things you prefer to ignore concerning your health. Go to the doctor. My thyroid cancer was discovered during a yearly appointment.

One more note…I know I won’t be feeling so good in about a month. I’ll be taking the oral chemo by then. I’m appreciating my time now and doing all the things I can because I know it’s going to be not so fun by then. Live in the moment is what I’m really trying to do and I think that shows!!

Pat wrote:
Just wondering – I want to start either cross stitch or embroidery. I assume you like cross stitch better – why? Your pieces are beautiful & thought that would be better than just watching tv. Thanks!!

Crafting AND watching television is a good mix for me. I don’t think I could ever only watch television. I don’t like television all on its own. I just think about all the projects I would never see done if I only watched television but that’s just me and how my brain works.

The rest, Hmm. This is a tough question. I think I like cross-stitching better…but wool applique is making a big resurgence for me.

I think I like cross stitch better because it fits with my house better. I can hang it on the wall…I can finish projects into dough bowls. It’s just more versatile.

Plus, I think it looks better with antiques (which my house is full of) than embroidery does.

Another reason, most embroidery is done in white and I can’t keep anything white clean. Between dogs and grandkids…white is a no-go for me.

I think one of the reasons I love wool applique is because it fits into my house AND it uses a lot of embroidery. Look at the strawberry piece I made in December. It has a lot of embroidery on it. See the pretty chain stitches? It’s the embroidery that makes the piece.

I think that’s one of the reasons I’ve been so excited about wool applique is that I know how to embroider and embroidery really make wool applique shine.

I’m not against embroidery on its own…I’ve done a lot in the past. When my oldest Kelli was just getting ready to move to a big girl bed, I made her this clown quilt. In all the crazy quilted blocks, I put embroidery along each seam. I worked as an overnight telephone operator at a hospital and there were very few calls. The embroidery kept me awake. HA!!

I loved doing it!! I have a couple of books with neat fancy embroidery stitches.

I guess I love anything involving a needle.

I am also moving into wool applique a bit because I have some and I’d like to use it…and it gives variety to my decor.

Thanks so much for the questions ladies. I love answering them and I think others have some of the same questions but don’t always ask.

9 thoughts on “Ask Jo: From the Comment Section”

  1. YES, YES and YES – annual appts are necessary. And, include your dentist!!!
    As for needlepoint or embroidery – BOTH!!!!!!!!! I have at least 2 or 3 of each going simultaneously. And, depending on the mood, lighting, attitude (!) and TV options for ‘background’ (I like sports and HGTV!!!) I’ll select my piece. Some days/nights I work on 2 or 3 pjts…………………. ENJOY!!!!!!!!

  2. Thank you for sharing these questions, comments, and your answers. I really love your corner displays! You always have the best way of displaying your works.

  3. I love how you display your pieces. You do a wonderful job of finishing them, it gives us all inspiration! D I’m with you, I have never been able to just sit and watch TV. I’m always doing something else at the same time. Needle work or crossword puzzles. Actually I have not watched TV in years. Everything is so violent! It’s no wonder that there is so much violence in the world, we do nothing but encourage it.

  4. I’ve solved the TV problem. I haven’t watched one in about 35/40 years. Even when my husband was alive & had to have his on 24/7, for the noise. He was a very big reader, I didn’t watch. Too boring, too many lies, to fake, just too, too. I gave his away 3 days after he passed to a neighborhood young boy, who turned it off,( I didn’t know how), disconnected it all & took it home. It was huge & 8 months old. Great riddance!!! Also gave him both computers, also 8 months old. He was thrilled. Not as thrilled as I was!

  5. I absolutely love all of your cross stitch projects and the latest one that caught my eye is the ‘Love You More’ I see in your dough bowl. Whenever I say ‘I love you’ to my oldest son, he responds with ‘Love you more, Mom’!

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