Ask Jo: Miscellaneous

Often times blog readers ask questions that I think others might be interested in as well.  I answer them on the blog.  Today is one of those days.

After seeing my finished Cheddar Bow Tie Quilt Tinazee asked:
“Your quilt turned out stunning! How did you quilt the fans? Did you use a panto? If so, which company?”

Thanks so much for the compliment.  I was LONG a Baptist Fan lover but with a long arm I thought it wasn’t possible to do them.  I was aware of pantographs for them but I don’t use pantographs…so I figured they weren’t for me.

After reading a blog, Mary Quilts, I learned that I could do them free motion  style and I do them very regularly now.  Almost all of my quilts that are Civil War printed get Baptist Fans.  Here is a link to the PDF file that shows how to make them.  (Please remember that you need an Adobe Reader to view the file)

Here are some other quilts I used traditional Baptist Fans on…Spooling Around from Bonnie Hunter’s More Adventures with Leaders and Enders.
…Nine in the Middle from Leaders and Enders by Bonnie Hunter.

4 Patch X from Bonnie Hunter’s More Adventures in Leaders and Enders is a little different.  The fans in this go every which way in direction.  Quilters can easily do that change once getting used to making traditional fans.


Next Question from Amanda Bailey:
Has this pattern been published yet? I have been watching for it. What size ring does it make? Love the dark background. Anything goes with indigo! Any updates on the progress of this quilt? Would love to see more pictures of it’s progress.
I have made several Double Wedding Ring quilts. I like this pattern because all the arc pieces seem to be the same shape rather than left end-right end pieces.”

Amanda asked this after seeing my blog post about tips for making a Double Wedding Ring Quilt.

This is the quilt she was referring to…Kelli’s wedding quilt that I made.


Yes…this will be published.  We have been working with American Patchwork and Quilting on getting some directions together for this.  The quilt was sent in just as editors were changing at the magazine so some adjustments in publication dates happened.  I think it’s coming this fall but don’t know for sure which issue.  We aren’t always told which issue.

Being the quilt is still with them I can’t answer a lot of the questions about the quilt.

Once the magazine comes out I have plans to make another just like this.  Anyone wanting to join me, you sure can.  I can do some tips and tricks along the way to help to anyone tackle the quilt. It really isn’t that hard….just time consuming.  I’m writing this to put a bug in your ear so you can think about it and contemplate joining in the fun.

So Amanda…I know it’s hard to wait but soon.  I promise!!

That’s what I have for “Ask Jo” this time around…

8 thoughts on “Ask Jo: Miscellaneous”

  1. I’ve always wanted to make a double wedding ring quilt. Please give us a timely heads up when you are planning to start. January 2019 would be a good time to start a new quilt.

  2. One of my first quilts was a Double Wedding Ring, but the arcs were solid. It came out fine, but my main memory was about the four patches where the arcs meet. I wanted to fussy cut half the patches to showcase the roses on the fabric (it was a wedding gift) and my sister just wanted it done. She agreed to the fussy cutting, but I had to do it. Seems roses were a theme of the wedding and the couple adored it.

  3. I made a Double Wedding Ring top (still unquilted) using Mary Ellen Hopkins’ pattern and yours looks very similar to that. It went together very well, but I thought it was a little odd that everything was sewn together and then the 4-patch pieces were inset. It was a little awkward doing that, but it all worked out quite well.

  4. I was so happy to see the blog about the Baptist fans. The links didn’t work for me. Maybe the site is overloaded by other readers wanting to see how to make the fans freehand?

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