Every now and then blog readers send me a email or leave a comment in the comment section that I need to answer. When I think other readers might be interested too, I answer them here on the blog. Today is one of those days….
“I know you probably said this ten times before – but this is a Bonnie H pattern, isn’t it? Which book is it in, please ??? thank you”.
I got the pattern free from Bonnie Hunter when we ordered the String Frenzy book from her. She is still doing that offer. If you aren’t interested in the book you can buy the pattern individually for $8. HERE is the link.
“Jo, I am not computer savvy so I don’t know how this works…but would it be a terrible amount of trouble/work/time for you to have a category at the top of your blog where you put your “what am I reading” posts. I try to jot the titles down but sometimes I can’t do that right at the time when I’m reading your posts and then when I think of it later, I can’t find that post. You recommend so many interesting books. I don’t mean to create more work for you just to make it easier for me….just wondering!”
Trisha wrote after I had reviewed this book…The Storyteller’s Secret by Sejal Badani.
..which was wonderful.
Here’s my answer. In theory it would be wonderful. I know bloggers that have wonderful lists of things that make things right on the tip of their readers fingers. I admire them but most of them blog as a full time job. I’m a ameatuer personal blogger who blogs more for the person benefits than I am a professional blogger…so I’m not going to make a page as I know me and I know I will NEVER keep it up. I’ll have a good intention and then three months into it I’ll lag and pretty soon I just won’t do it. I’m being honest….BUT I have almost the same thing for you….
I have the search bar on the top right hand column of my blog. If you are ever looking for a book that I have previously reviewed, type “WHAT I’M READING” into the search box.
Then the whole list of blog posts that I’ve written to review books will show up. You can easily scroll through them and find the book you are looking for.
I did start a list and got four books into it and decided I couldn’t tackle it. Questions kept plaguing me. Do I list them alphabetical? Do I list them with a picture of the book? Do I list them in order I’ve read them with no picture? I felt like whatever I did, someone would prefer the alternate way of listing them. So…I quit.
Using the search option is the best way I can recommend to find anything on the blog. I know it can be cumbersome but, in the end, I think it’s the best option.
Marie wrote this question to me:
“I use to receive your blog.
Enjoyed so much. Do not receive at this time………I have registered my e-mail but no blog.
Please help me get this blog in my e-mail.”
AH…I hate this question. I get it often. Really often. I can’t do a single thing about this. I do not have any access to the program that does or doesn’t send the email of the blog to you.
If you are not getting the blog, do it the old fashion way and type into your search bar, www.joscountryjunction.com.
If there is a reader who signs up for emails of the blog and knows how to help Marie, PLEASE leave a comment to help others know how to deal with this.
“Do you wash your thrift store scraps as needed? Do you have any hints? My method seems like a lot of work. Thanks so much for your blog. I check in with you every morning with my coffee. I am a transplanted Iowa girl, and have similar antique, childcare and quilt interests. Bless you!”
I wash ZERO fabric before I use it. ZERO. I have never washed fabric and have never regretted it. I know there are huge debates about color running and color catchers and all of that. At one point I did and I HATED IT. I absolutely HATED IT. So I quit doing it. I make so many quilts so this is my feeling about them.
If the colors run, I’ll make a new one. PERIOD.
If the comment was leaning towards that the fabric might smell as it was thrifted. Fabric that comes from thrift store kind of has a bad rap. My thrift stores are all VERY nice and VERY clean. I would not be worried about anything I bought as “being stinky” or covered in pet hair. So no worries for me at all…and NO WASHING OF FABRIC. (as always, this is my personal preference, everyone can do whatever they want)
That wraps up this round of “Ask Jo”. If there is a question you have, leave a comment on the blog or drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.