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…
The first question came from several different blog readers each asking the same question. If I was working to donate all the quilts to school kids, why did I not think it appropriate to give lap quilts?
Well…I had Kalissa dig through pictures for me and she found this gem from when my kids were all in school. Take a look. There are five kids ranging in age of typical school-aged kids.
At the time of this photo, three of the kids were about as tall as me. Me personally, if I wanted a quilt to sleep with and keep me warm, I’d want something at least 60 x 80.
Lap-sized quilts are not a specific size. Check out the chart I found online for defining the size of a “lap quilt”.
|Lap Quilt Size||Width||Length|
|Small||36 inches||45 inches|
|Small||36 inches||48 inches|
|Medium||36 inches||60 inches|
|Large||45 inches||60 inches|
|Large / Long||54 inches||72 inches|
Because of that, I like to be really careful when I tell someone lap-sized quilts will work. Everyone has a different size in their head as their personal definition of a lap-sized quilt.
If a child was truly in need and needed warmth, I believe every one of my kids in the picture I showed would have needed a bare minimum of a large/long lap-sized quilt.
Remember we live in Iowa. It gets very cold. When my kids were growing up, we didn’t have heat in the upstairs of the farmhouse beside the little that came up through the one vent in the hallway. It was COLD upstairs. My kids often slept in sweat pants with sweatshirts and still had three quilts on them. They need a big quilt to truly be warm so they could tuck a blanket around them.
We will send a couple of quilts that are somewhere in leaning towards the large/long category as a few of the quilts will go to young elementary kids…but other than that, I really think to best honor the kids these are being gifted to, the quilts need to fall in the largest lap-sized category and head towards twin sized.
After seeing my latest progress in my sewing room redo, Whitney asked if I would put a link to the Facebook page of the gals who hosted the sale where I got the goodies for my sewing room from.
Their business name is The Twisted Sisters. You can find them HERE on Facebook. The address of their sale is in Sumner Iowa. A couple of comments were made about my “can shelf”. If someone wants, I can take some close up pictures and provide measurements. Making the shelf would be pretty easy for someone who is handy with power tools.
The next question came from the comment section and was in reference to this quilt, Pumpkin Patch by Bonnie Hunter.
You can find my original post about the quilt HERE.
A Reader wrote:
“I have started making this quilt and I have some questions for you since yours is done. When you make the flying geese border, what are the measurements of the main orange rectangles? The squares on each side? The finished piece should measure?? For the small squares, how much do they measure before sewing?
Lastly, what size are the pieces to make the stem?
I found the pattern to be very challenging without specifics in inches for the pieces. I am making the blocks with orange strips 6 1/2 by 4 1/2 and I will use the squares on all corners to create the body pumpkin.
Thank you in advance for your help!”
As much as I would like to be a help to this reader, I won’t and can’t. There are two reasons why. First off, I made this quilt a couple of years ago, and frankly, I don’t have the time to find the quilt and the pattern and answer the questions. I love people and I love to help, but that is too much of a request. I would basically be writing out the whole pattern.
BUT mainly, telling that information is a complete copyright infringement. If I am answering that many questions, the person likely has not either purchased the magazine it was originally printed in or Bonnie Hunter’s book String Frenzy that it was later printed in. They are likely putting some quilting knowledge together and making a guess at the pattern.
For me to tell her all these measurements and instructions are not only illegal but it also just plain wrong. The author of the pattern has worked long and hard to design this pattern and put it out for print and purchase. This is her livelihood. This is how she makes a living. By sharing this, I hurt her and her business. In reality, it is shoplifting. I won’t do that.
Many quilt pattern writers offer free patterns and patterns for sale, just like Kelli and I do here. We have a long list of free patterns on the sidebar of this post and we offer paid patterns in our shop. (Find our shop HERE) We love quilters and are giving people so want to offer some free patterns but we also need to make some money….for me more than ever since I am not doing childcare, so we do offer some for purchase. It’s a nice balance. It’s more than fair. Bonnie Hunter does the same. She offers free patterns and patterns for purchase. Please honor designers by not giving away their paid-for patterns. If you want to give a free pattern away, that is okay. BUT, instead of printing it and handing if over, please direct the person to the blog or website where it is posted. Give the designer credit.
My next email came from Carol, a long time blog reader. Carol writes:
“Kayla helped me with my blog and I am so enjoying it. It’s nice to be able to just click and there it is and know how to use it. Still working on pics but I’ll get there. I wrote this blog after your visit to the Country Sampler shop. I sent her a copy as well and she was thrilled. I don’t have many readers so thought maybe a plug from you would be nice. I was an interior designer for 35 years and wrote many design articles so I like to incorporate design with quilting.”
HERE is a link to what Carol wrote. It was an interesting article and so sweet of her to write.
All of that got me thinking that maybe we should do a shout out for any blogs out there. I’ve added a link button that I hope will work. I haven’t done that for a long time!! Please let us know about your own personal blog or a blog/site that you enjoy. I think we’re all stuck at home and might enjoy finding a new site to check out.
If you can’t get your link to work, please just leave a link in the comment section.
Feel free to also share anything else you feel is appropriate, a favorite Youtube channel, flosstuber, Instagramer, quilt forum, or the like. I think we all would love to see something different than our “same old”.
I think that wraps things up for this edition of “Ask Jo”. If you asked and I missed your question please ask again…