Ask Jo: Perfect Match Question and Comments

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 topic is all about our quilt that was featured in the 2022 Fall Issue of Quilts and More.  You can get the magazine HERE on Amazon.  This quilt…

This quilt has a bit of an epic story.  Epic in this case means long, not spectacular.  So let me start at the beginning, November of 2021.  At that time I was contacted by the magazine.  Being I’m a regular contributor they periodically contact me to see if I have something they could use last minute…and that’s what this contact was about.

They needed a project for immediate publication.  I sent them pictures of this quilt…

They accepted it right away and I sent it off.  You can read more about it HERE.

Well, that got me thinking that they likely needed more quilts for upcoming publications so I quickly designed a quilt with the idea of using a layer cake in mind.  That was the Perfect Match quilt.

They accepted that immediately.  I left the fabrics up to them saying I would make it in whatever fabric they wanted.  I was told great.  They would get back to me.  This was in November.  I had a deadline date of February 1st.

Fast forward to mid December.  I still had not heard from them.  I was now taking oral chemo and could see it was starting to get me foggy and not feeling quite as good.  I was nervous I was going to get sicker so I wrote a note saying I needed to know what fabric they wanted to use so I could get this quilt made.  I explained that I had cancer and was going through treatment.  A few days later I got a message with three options of fabric lines.  Two were Riley Blake designs and one was from Moda.

I like Riley Blake fabrics but don’t have any direct contact info for anyone there so…I opted to go with Moda because I have regular contacts with several people there.  Anything to get the fabric here faster as I was getting sicker and sicker.

Well, my request came in about the same time as the holidays rolled in.  People were out of the office taking family time and then inventory was starting in.  I didn’t get my fabric until January.  UGH.  Now I was feeling worse.

Remember that terrible acne, so bad I could barely touch my face?  Then came the terrible mouth sores, headaches, raging blood pressure, and isolation.  YEP.  That was time I finally had everything to start the quilt.

Because of the delay in getting everything, I ordered extra fabric.  It’s a good thing I did.

I struggled through making the quilt top.  This is what I made…Imagine it only as top.  I wasn’t feeling well at all by this point so even though I normally could have handled the longarming.  I contacted my friend Carla and asked her to do it.  Carla said yes but now I put her in a crunch.  I wrote to the magazine and they said no worries.  Just get it in when you can.

By now I got a notification that the gal at the magazine that I had been working with moved on and found a new job.  I wondered if that was why the slow responses when I was trying to hear back from them on the fabric selection.

Then Carla contacted me.  She thought there was something wrong with the quilt.  She was having trouble seeing the pattern and consistency in it to do the longarming.  She sent pictures to me.  Oh, my word.  I was sick…only this time, sick because Carla was right.  The quilt was wrong.

To clarify.  The quilt is okay as is but it isn’t how it was meant to be.  Look at the picture below.  See how the individual squares are lined up and centered.  That is how I meant the quilt to be.  In the photo above, they are not centered and lined up.

I’d like to also point out that the first quilt I made used a darker gray and the one that was published used a lighter gray.  Which one do you like better?  I think it popped a little more on the darker gray…but the lighter is softer.  Pick whichever for the look you’re going for.

Here is a close-up picture to help you see my error.

Isn’t Carla’s quilting fabulous??

By now it was the beginning of February.  I was feeling a little bit better.  The headaches were easing.  My mouth was terrible but I didn’t need my mouth to help me sew.  So over the course of a weekend, I sewed the top and got it to Carla.

I asked for an extension from the magazine and they granted it.  Carla went all out and finished this for me in record time.  I was so grateful.

Carla gave the “wrong” top back to me.  You can read more about it HERE.

Many of you said you couldn’t see what was wrong with the first quilt.  You are right…it’s a good enough quilt in its own right, just not the quilt I intended.  I did finish it and donated it to Ukraine.  I’m sure whoever got the quilt doesn’t really care if the individual squares line up or not.

Now for a question from Deb K.  She asked:
How did you cut the layer cake for Perfect Match. Just found the magazine and had bought the layer cake this spring eggnog you were working on it.

I did make mine using a layer cake.  If you are super careful you can get it out.  The magazine opted to write the directions using fat quarters as they didn’t want someone who made a cutting error to be frustrated.  If you haven’t bought fabric for it yet I suggest getting a layer cake and one 1/2 yard cut of your favorite prints from the line. That way if you do make a mistake cutting, you can always just make a couple of extra blocks using your favorite print.

This is how I cut my layer cake.  I didn’t have any squares left from the fabric line so this is just a piece of fabric that I cut to the 10″ square size.  This quilt could easily be made with scraps.

Please keep in mind, that I can’t give you all of the exact measurements of everything as the magazine owns the pattern.  They wrote it.

Cut your 10″ square in half so you have a two 5 x 10″ pieces.  With the left half, cut two 5 x 5″ squares.  From the other half cut the four 2″ squares.

Cut the 3 1/2″ square and the two 1 1/2″ squares for the doll quilt.

Cut two extra 2″ squares.

It should look like this…

Do that for however many doll quilt blocks you need.  Then stop cutting the 3 1/2″ pieces and only cut the 1 1/2″ pieces you need for the blocks that only need a single square.

If you cut the way I explained, from each block you can get, the pieces needed to make two large blocks you see on the left, the doll block on the lower right, the individual squares on the middle right, and what you see at the very top in the only waste you’ll have.

You can see why I said you have to cut carefully.

I hope that all makes sense.

If you’ve read all the way through this post, you’re in luck.  I have a giveaway.  I didn’t announce it at the beginning of the post because I wanted to treat loyal readers.  It looks like you are likely one of them.

I have one layer cake by Moda from The Sea and Me line designed by Stacy Iest Hsu.  It’s the exact line I used to make the quilt.  I’d like to give it away to you!  I purposely ordered an extra layer cake hoping I wouldn’t need it and could gift one.  MANY thanks to Moda for providing it.

THE GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED:  Many thanks to all who entered.

The only thing you need to do is leave a comment and tell me how long you’ve been a quilter.  I’ll pick a winner in a couple of days.  THANKS so much.

Here are some links that you might want to check out.
The Chemo Quilt Finish
The Quilts and More Finish
Link to get Magazine with Pattern
Link to Carla’s Longarm Quilting Inspirations Facebook Page

So now I think you know the whole story about our Perfect Match/Chemo Brain quilt.

395 thoughts on “Ask Jo: Perfect Match Question and Comments”

  1. I quilted the first time about 25 years ago, but have gotten serious about a year ago when I retired from full-time work. Ironically, I’ve been machine quilting and finishing that first quilt top this week.

  2. Brenda Peterson

    I’ve been sewing since birth and quilting since 1976 when I took a community education class that played up the domestic interests associated with the bicentennial.

  3. Hi Jo, I’ve been quilting for 15 years. I was struggling with depression and my therapist suggested I find a hobby to keep me busy. I signed up for a quilting class at JoAnn’s. I loved it! Than I found a quilting club in my church! I learned so much from those ladies and had so much fun. We donated baby quilts to a hospital in Indianapolis. My hubby made me a sewing room (with a design board!) and I was so appreciative. I no longer struggle with depression. I still quilt! And I’m retired now and we’re snowbirds! I have some quilt tops I’ll be sending to Ray. I love your blog. You got me back to crossstitch too! God bless all you do, Jo!

  4. Jo, you made me really have to think!
    34 or 35 years ago I took a quilting class in Converse Texas. We cut the pieces with scissors and hand pieced and hand quilted. It was just a little wall hanging but it still isn’t finished!
    I have done many quilts since. My favorites are piecing and I like bedsized quilts best.

  5. I started seriously quilting around 2010. Before that I just dabbled in it. I love your blog and read it twice a day!! Thanks, Jo.

  6. I love reading your blog. You are in my thoughts and prayers with your health and I hope all is well. I have been quilting on and off for years. I would have to say I have about 7 yrs total with quilting. I absolutely love being able to sit down and create something with my sewing machine.

  7. I’ve been quilting about 18 years. Unfortunately, I don’t usually finish my quilts and have many tops! I am getting better, tho. I love scrappy quilts and usually use what I see as an idea and just freely piece with only an idea. Thanks for all your inspiration!

  8. I started quilting 36 years ago. Some of my earliest attempts are terrible, but it truly is a learning process! Before quilting I made a lot of clothes for my 2 girls. I love your blog and read it every day. You are very down to earth, and I love that.

  9. I have been quilting for 23 years. I sure love your blog! Thank you for sharing your life with all of us.

  10. Rebecca Trittel

    The difference between the two quilts is subtle – I would not have noticed it if you hadn’t point it out! I’ve been quilting for about 15 years. I love it and have so enjoyed following your blog since I found you, as you have so much wisdom and practical information. Keep up the good work!

  11. I made a doll quilt for my little sister when I was about 13. Next quilt was a baby quilt for my new baby in 1973 using old clothing scraps and drapery lining for the back. In 1980 I took a quilting class with a friend and dabbled in quilting for a number of years. Now I’ve been quilting seriously about 30 years.

  12. I cannot see the mistake in the first quilt, for the life of me. They are both beautiful. I started following you before Kalissa finished high school and before Karl went to Texas to teach. I love starting my day checking in with your adventures, both the fun ones and the not so fun ones. I have moved back to Canada, so if my name gets drawn for the layer cake, I am happy to send the postage money.

  13. What a nice give-away – thanks from all of your readers!
    I started sewing before I was 10, but that’s when I made my first dress – 60 years ago. That morphed into sewing quite a bit of my clothing and also my kids when they came along. I started quilting back in the ’90s, so it’s been about 30 years. Some things were done for charity, others for family – and there are several UFOs that need to be finished! I also cross-stitched for years and have picked that up again. (Maybe they should bury me with stitching fabric and notions so I can stay busy in the afterlife… HA!)

  14. Even though I’ve been quilting about 25 years, I still can’t see what is wrong with your first quilt! Love your blog. I read it every day.

  15. Love your quilt(s). Lol. I’ve been quilting for almost 30 years. Yikes! It’s an addiction for sure, all aspects, but especially the fabric and pattern shopping. I’m off to shop now to find this magazine with your design. Looks like a great stash buster.

  16. I began sewing as a teen 50+ years ago. College interrupted my sewing but met my husband in that time and married and started our family. We were dairy farmers and i was very involved with every aspect of the farming but sewed almost all of our 3 kiddos clothes late into the night. Then life became very busy, farm crisis made it necessary to take on a 60 hour a week job as a convenience store manager and my sewing trickled to mending and crafting for sale. Fast forward…. my goal was to get back to sewing and start quilting. My husband’s health had deteriorated and i was working full time managing and it was becoming too much. Thank goodness the company I worked for had a great profit sharing program and I was able to retire at 60 to stay home to take care of my husband. The Lord had another plan. My husband passed away 2 days after I officially retired. I was devistated and lost. So i began self remodeling my house and as an empty nester I .now had an empty room to make into a sewing room. So by day…I painted and put in new floors and fixed what was neglected all those years I was working. By night… I read and watched videos and read blogs (that is how I stumbled on to yours). And taught myself quilting and have now been at at it for 2 years. Love it. It is especially therapeutic as there has been more tragic events in my life. But this blogs encourages me the most to continue pushing through.
    Sorry for the small novel. My finger got to typing and wouldn’t stop. Thank you for being the encouragement behind so many. You need to know the influence you have on other lives.

  17. I made my first quilt 45 years ago (can’t believe it was that long ago), but then got busy with family and a full-time job. Once life settled down, really started quilting daily more in the past 25 years!

  18. Hi Jo, I love your blog! I can not see a problem in your first quilt, and I have been sewing and quilting for most of my 75 years on Earth. I look for your blog every morning and am always so happy to find it. You are such an inspiration to me and your other readers. God bless you always!

  19. I made my first quilt in 1985, before my first child was born. So I guess I can say 37 years. I made a couple of quilts in the decades in-between, but did not start quilting regularly until 2020, when my first grandchild was on the way. Now that I my four children are grown and I am retired, I plan to keep quilting regularly.

  20. Hi …I made my 1st quilt in 1984… so almost 40 years. Thankful for rotary cutters, better rulers and sewing machines.

  21. I made my first quilt in 1993. I saw a picture in a catalog and decided that, because I’d been a sewer for several years, I could figure it out. It was a wild goose chase block. Needless to say I chopped off more than one point and did everything the hard way, but I still have it and it’s stood up to lots of wear. Jo, thanks for your generosity in sharing your life and stories.

  22. Good morning, Jo! Both quilts are beautiful! And Carla’s quilting is fabulous.

    I’ve been quilting for 30 years. Learned to sew in 4-H.

  23. Elizabeth Withnell

    I made my first quilt in 1986 when my first child was 4. I did it as part of a Quilt in a Day class, although it took longer than a day to finish the quilt. I have dabbled in many crafts over the years, but quilting really grabbed me and I have been piecing and quilting ever since.

  24. Well, I used to sew some of my clothes – I didn’t enjoy that lol. With my mom as a child/teen we made a couple of tied scrappy squares quilts – using ALL of the fabrics from garment sewing. When I was pregnant with my first baby in 1979/80, I made all of the nursery decorations including a tied ‘quilt’ – 2 large pieces of fabric with batting in the middle. But then, when the oldest was a baby I saw a pattern for a ‘Storm at Sea’ wall hanging – and yes I started making it. Oh my, points, 60 degree cuts, very limited cotton/color choice availability (most sewing was still garment so – poly blend). But I made it, and I still have it and use it as a lap quilt. So, a really long time lol, if I count the tied quilts mom and I made – 50 years.

  25. LuAnn Martinson

    I have been quilting since 1976. I made my first quilt for my baby niece. I really got hooked when Thimbleberries came out with the “quilt in a can” I believe in the early 1990s.

  26. I have taken a few classes, but haven’t started quilting on my own yet. That’s on my list for retirement – which I hope is soon! I really enjoy your posts daily about your quilting, but also about your family. I followed you via Bloglovin’, but recently switched to direct email, which is so much better. Wishing you all the best.

  27. This quiIt is so pretty both ways. I don’t know how you do it. You are such a strong lady. I
    have been quilting since 1978. In 2013 I retired and made many quilts one after another. Take care. Love reading about you, your family and everything you do

  28. G Mother taught me to sew straight lines (seams), when I was 4yrs. Featherweight with foot pedal on an overturned flowerpot. Made 1st quilt when 9, Sunbonnet Sue, hand appliqued, put together on featherweight. I still use that featherweight daily. I’m 77 yrs along. And still making quilts. I sew daily (about 250 days a year). Just completed 39 tied quilts. Will be hung out 2nd & 3rd weekends in September for a “Quilt yard”, sale in my yard. Baby to king bedspread, $20.00 to $ 120.00. What doesn’t sell will be given away.

  29. I love both quilts you created! I’m a long time quilter wanna be. I first tried small projects in 1977! I took a class in the early 80s, set it aside then tried again in the early 1990s. But, it didn’t really take off until 2003 when I started quilting with friends on a regular basis. Thanks for the giveaway! I’m amazed that you got through making both quilts at the time you were experiencing the side effects from your treatment drugs. I’m glad that the tests you had showed they had done what you hoped they would do!

  30. Thank you for sharing the cutting instructions for the layer cake. It’s amazing what you can do with a 10 x 10 piece of fabric. I’ve been a quilter for almost 30 years and gift almost all of my quilts to family, friends, and fund-raising events. I’d love to be able to design quilts, but I settle for picking the right fabrics to look good with the pattern I choose. Thanks for sharing your quilting journey and your family stories.

  31. Glenda Fletcher

    Good morning, Jo. I started sewing in the 70’s when my kids were young. I learned a little from my mom.
    I also did mending for my family and others that asked if I would mend something. I started sewing quilts in the late 80’s. I would cut squares with a scissors until a lady showed me her rotary cutter. I was in 7th heaven. I have since made a lot of different designs. I have 2 granddaughters that I have helped to get started. The older one made outfits for 4-H to be taken to the fair. That has been fun. I have also started up again with cross stitch with your “Blessed” piece. Love doing that also. Thank you for everything.

  32. Jo, Your quilt is amazing, especially considering that you made it under the influence of chemo therapy. How long have I be a quilter? That is hard to answer. I have sewn for years, and tried to quilt for years . I finally bought tools, and got to work 15 years ago. I read your blog every day.

  33. I made my first quilt when I was in 4-H, so about 9 or 10. My grandma Wertz was an avid scrappy quilter, I also helped her cut pieces for her projects. Then I took a ‘break’ and became an active quilter in the mid-90’s. I needed something to do in the evenings after my kids went to bed. Quilting fit the bill at the time. I’ll go with I have been quilting for 25 years.

  34. Oh Jo, my computer has done it again…I don.t get a daily copy of your blog via email. I have signed up for your rmails again and so far no notices. I love following you so I’ll just keep plugging it into the search mode to get it.
    I love the “new” swing set ! Your grandbabies will always remember and talk about this amazing swing set.
    Thanks for jeeping us in ” stitches.”

  35. Love your quilts and your blog – I was “exposed” to the odor of quilting over 20 years ago but did not really get into it until I retired just over 10 years ago – I have 4 grandchildren and my goal has been to make at least one quilt for each of them – and I find I like making smaller doll quilts and table toppers/runners for the instant gratification factor – LOL – I would love to win the layer cake

  36. I have been quilting for over 50 years. My mother was an avid quilter also, and my two sisters both quilt. When my first grandchild was born, I gave him two quilts that I made for his father when he was born. I did the same for my second grandchild; I gave her two quilts that I had made for her mother when she was born. I love quilting.

  37. I am fascinated with quilting but I don’t consider myself much of a quilter. I like making blocks and sending them to charity events, etc. I am elderly and started learning to quilt when I retired. My conditions make me unfocused due to meds, I think, so I just do small things, like pothholders, etc. I have a huge, beautiful stash which I will need to donate to someone at some point. I don’t have anyone to give it to, so I am interested in ideas. I absolutely love keeping up with you, and I follow closely everything you post. It is really like having a close friend, and I admire you so much that I don’t even have the words to express it. Thank you so much for giving me something to look forward to when you send out all your posts. Love your family!

  38. I’m so glad you shared this story! You do such a great job designing quilts! I’ve been quilting for ten years—and it’s ALL my mother in law’s fault!

  39. Hi Jo – I’ve been quilting since 1986 when I was pregnant with my oldest son. 36 years! Oh my! How can that be?

  40. Hi Jo, I’ve been quilting for about 30 years. I found your blog five years ago, and have been enjoying it ever since. Thanks so much for all you do and share with us.

  41. I’ve been quilting for about 5 years and slowly learning. I have been sewing clothing, crafts and baby items over 50 years.

  42. Thank you so much for ALL you do, Jo! I made my first quilt 50 years ago! All my quilts now get donated. Lovely hobby shared by some really remarkable people!

  43. I have been quilting since 1980. Every season has brought new things and the past 4 years since retiring has allowed me to learn new things and work on my skills.

  44. I made my first quilt when I was 16 in 1984, boy things have changed. Scissors, wooden rulers, cardboard templates vrs plastic rulers and rotary cutters. I still remember the old house we went to that had a quilt shop in it. My aunt who helped me has passed on but I still have that quilt that is more repaired then the original but I love it. For years – pins that were caught in the 2 inch batting would pop out and hurt me in the middle of the night.

  45. My first attempt at quilting came in 1988, jumbo squares of pastel moiré taffeta with the thickest polyester batting I could find! Lol, think a puff comforter! I became an avid quilter in 2009 and haven’t slowed down since!

  46. Rosie Westerhold

    I’ve been making quilts since the 70s. Got REALLY serious in the 80s and 90s. I have SO MUCH fabric, but always enjoy having something “newer” to sew with.

  47. Wow, I am almost 72 and just now working on my FIRST quilt because I worked full time since the age of 16 and never felt I had the time to learn. I really enjoy reading all your blogs about what goes on in your life. I have learned so much from your writing. This first quilt is a crazy quilt made from fat quarters that I have collected for the last 40 years. I worked at JoAnn’s, Michael’s, and Hancock Fabrics for many years so I have lots to choose from!

  48. Hi Jo. I look forward to reading your blog
    I started quilting 26 years ago. Our oldest son passed away 1 month of his 16 th birthday from meningitis. I was a mess! A friend said let’s quilt. What!! I could hardly function she would cut and tell me what to sew. It came to the year that would of been his graduation. Sad time. I made 14 lap quilts for his best friends. To say the least it was focusing on making these quilts that helped me get through this terrible chapter of our lives. To this day 26 years later it is quilting that settles my heart.

  49. I’ve been quilting since 2017. I always loved quilts and wanted to learn how to make one, maybe when I retired. My daughter, pregnant with her first baby, decided she was just going to make one – and she did, after watching a you tube video! This blew my mind. Really?? Something I’d been putting off for 20 years she could learn from a video?
    Anyway, that inspired me to buy a machine, take a beginner sewing class (never sewed in my life!), take a beginner quilting class at my LQS and just take off from there.
    I especially love making scrappy quilts and have learned a lot from you, Jo!

  50. I’ve been quilting for 45 years. I couldn’t quilt my first quilt, a baby quilt for my third son, without pleats, so I finally put the top on a quilted fabric and sewed through that. Now I have a mid-arm machine and love free motion quilting.

    It’s always interesting to see how differently you cut and sew a quilt and the magazine does.

  51. I enjoy your blog so much. I too, lost a husband (age 48) to cancer 42 yrs ago, Life goes on. I made my first quilt in 1958 (terrible job) In 1968 I started making quilts regularly, mostly needle turn applique. I have made 13 tops so far this year for prayers and squares ministry. I don’t know exactly how many quilts, wall hangings, Minature quilts I have made, but it has to be close to 400. 200 plus for charity, Quilts of Valor etc. I also have a long arm machine. Thanks for your great blog.

  52. I enjoy your blog so much. I too, lost a husband (age 48) to cancer 42 yrs ago, Life goes on. I made my first quilt in 1958 (terrible job) In 1968 I started making quilts regularly, mostly needle turn applique. I have made 13 tops so far this year for prayers and squares ministry. I don’t know exactly how many quilts, wall hangings, Minature quilts I have made, but it has to be close to 400. 200 plus for charity, Quilts of Valor etc. I also have a long arm machine. Thanks for your great blog.

  53. What an incredible story. You are one determined lady. I learned to quilt about 1989, when I took a class with my mother and aunt. The beginner class was for a hand-pieced sampler quilt, using templates and cutting everything out with scissors. For quite a few more years, I didn’t make anymore quilts, but I read magazines, books and anything about quilting. I began actually making quilts again in 2003.

  54. Laurie Lauricella

    I’ve been quilting since 1992. Actually did hand quilting on panels in a junior high heritage arts class in the late 70’s. I have had an interest ever since!
    Thanks for the blog Jo. I look forward to it every day!

  55. I normally don’t enter giveaways, but I very recently bought some yardage of this same line to make cross stitch project bags with, so the layer cake would be a useful and USED addition! I can’t really say I’m a quilter yet, maybe an aspiring quilter! I have only made one rag quilt and then a lap sized rail fence quilt at a class a few years ago. I do other kinds of sewing and I collect fabric! I have all the materials to make my first real quilt and more on the way for the second one. Wish me luck! I have followed your blog for years and admire all that you accomplish! Thanks, Jo!

  56. I have been quilting since the late 80’s. During this time I have owned two small businesses. Finding time to quilt has always been challenging but oh so rewarding. Love It!

  57. I cut up fabric for my first scrap quilt in 2003. I’ve been majorly addicted since 2011. Thats when I realized I could machine quilt instead of hand quilt.

  58. Hi Jo – nice to meet you! Sorry if this is a duplicate, I commented earlier but am on my phone (and it was pre-caffeine) and it did something weird and looks like my comment didn’t go through? Not sure. But I am a pretty new quilter, started teaching myself in January if this year – so almost 9 months now, guess I’m the baby of the group, haha! I would very much like to be considered in the fabric drawing! And I think I like the dark gray better, I love when quilts have that strong contrast with bright colors and a darker background. Please feel free to ignore this (and I’m sorry in advance) if my previous comment is just waiting for approval. Thanks!

  59. I’ve been quilting off and on for around 40 years. It keeps me grounded and relaxes me. I enjoy reading your posts. You are so lucky to have such a lovely family.

  60. Barbara Firesheets

    I became a quilter in 2007 when I took my first class. Can’t believe that was 15 years ago!! I met and made some dear friends in that class and we still get together once a week to quilt! We are blessed to have each other. Love your quilt and the fabrics.

  61. I’ve been actively quilting since 2000. But back when I was 8 years old my grandmother gave me some squares and told me if I sewed them together she would quilt it for me. Now mind you I’m 8 and no one ever told me about a 1/4 seam. I was so proud of my self getting the squares all sewn together by the time grandmother came to visit again. She took one look at my quilt top and told me she wouldn’t quilt something that looked like that! She kept the top and I never saw it again. You would think that would have stopped me but I kept sewing little projects since my mom let me have full control of her sewing machine.

  62. I’ve been sewing for 55 years but the quilting bug didn’t bite until 15 years ago. This seems to coincide with empty nest syndrome.

  63. I feel like I am blind as I cannot see the problem in the quilt! Both are cute but I like the dark grey one better. The quilting is beautiful!

    I have been quilting since 1991. I made a quilt in 1976 when quilting was ‘rediscovered’ due to the Bicentennial. celebration. There were no rotary cutters or fancy rulers back then. I used a cardboard template to draw with pencil so I could cut out the four inch squares. Needless to say the quilt was not very good! I picked it up again 1991 and have been hooked ever since!

  64. I started my quilting journey in 1976 before rotary cutters and plastic templets. I stopped quilting when I had two young boys that were into sports and scouts and I became their chaffuer to and from events plus any school events. I started back hand sewing and quilting in the mid 90″s and haven’t stopped since.
    I am now at the point in my journey where I work one day a week at a major quilt store/warehouse and sew some of their samples plus make charity quilts for local cancer center.
    As for your quilt, I hunted and hunted and never saw it until you pointed it out. I think this is one of my favorites that you have done.

  65. A friend who had recently retired from teaching decided to make quilts for kids in a school where nearly all the kids qualified for free lunches because she thought they probably had very little of their own and a quilt might be something they would make good use of. She planned to make 96 quilts a year! I asked how I could help and she asked me to cut 6.5″ squares of anything I had on hand–preferably 100% cotton. I did that. When I called to ask her if I should bring them to her or if she would pick them up, she said, “Sew them together six across and seven down.” That’s how I became a quilter. I just loved it and soon I was buying all kinds of kid-friendly fabric to make fun quilts.

  66. Thank you for answering the cutting directions for the layer cake. I have been quilting over 30 years and so enjoy your daily blogs. Feel a part of your family. In my original comment the word “eggnog” was suppose to be “when “ you were working on it. Felt so bad how sick you were then.

  67. I had been sewing since I was about 9 years old. As grandchildren came along I made a couple baby quilts. I didn’t start to seriously quilt until I retired 12 years ago. I’ve made many quilts since then. No stopping me now.

  68. I have always sewn & usually made quick, tied quilts. When I retired I found I wanted to try more detailed quilts, & have been quilting now for 7ish years. Hope I live long enough to make many more!

  69. I have started quilting when I was knee high to a grasshopper back in the early 60’s. My mother and both grandmothers quilted, I have quilts from all of them. I also have a scrappy quilt that I helped hand quilt when I was around 8 years old. My grandmother’s and mother hand quilted all their quilts. I made some quilts in 4-H through high school. Then off to college, got married, had children-you know, life- so quilting went to the wayside for several years. I picked it up again in my late 40’s. I have helped 4-Her’s with quilting, as well as keeping busy making the grandkids quilts. I would LOOOOOVE to win The Sea and Me layer cake! Thank you so much for all you do for the quilting cmmunity!

  70. I’ve been quilting for at least 30 years but honestly have quilting in my blood…I remember laying under the quilt on a frame hung from the ceiling in our living room with ladies all around, just sewing away. I have quilts from both my grandmothers and my husband’s grandmothers on the beds in our home. Recently on my father’s passing, I found my grandmother’s wedding quilt made by the ladies described above with their wedding dates stitched into the block they each contributed to the quilt. Many of the dates were the early 1900’s. I guess you can say that I just love quilts! All of them…traditional, modern, impressionist, whatever…just all of them!

  71. Eugenia Stepanek

    Sewing since i was 8 or so. Started quilting in college then got sidetracked by costumes and other projects. Serious quilter since 1998

  72. Jo,
    53 years making quilts. I love making quilts although lately I need to catch up on my UFO’s. Thanx for your inspiring posts.

  73. I’ve been quilting on and off for 40 years. I started making charity quilts five years ago and that is my main focus now.

  74. I’m 72 years old and when I was in HS my mother and aunts taught us to quilt. We had basically a “quilting bee” around a frame. Many memories were made. I didn’t actually piece a quilt until I was about 25. It was pretty basic but is still my favorite of the many I’ve made since then.

  75. Janice Cronkright

    I’ve been quilting for over 30 years. Started taking Home Economics in high school, never touched the cooking part until college (Home Economics teacher). Your oops was very successful to say the least. Mine was on a baby quilt with blue work, square in square and stars. Didn’t see a turned triangle until the quilt was held up at the baby shower. I never told a soul.

  76. I have been quilting for over 25 years. Have made quilts for all my grandchildren. Now just for my enjoyment.
    Enjoy reading your blog on my email.

  77. I’ve been sewing since 1965 – some clothing, costumes and home decorating items (curtains, pillows, etc).
    I began quilting 10 years ago.

  78. I’ve been quilting for 30+ years. Started with quilts for my children then went into overdrive once grandkids came along.. Most have been gifts for various life events. I’ve kept a few for myself, but, not many. This week I sent a quilt to bE lonarmed that I am definitely keeping ( unless of course one of the grands ask for it!)

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