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… I’m telling you about some quilting plans and answering a comment about Facebook. Here goes…
“I am sad. Your blog posts are not showing upon my Facebook feed. Is anyone else having this problem?
I have to remember to Google your blog.”
I talked to Kayla and something was amiss that wasn’t updating my blog posts to Facebook. That is fixed now. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.
I have had this question asked before and everything was working correctly. I thought I would remind everyone a bit how Facebook works.
If you are a person who comes to the blog because you see a blog post listed in your Facebook newsfeed, I want to encourage you to periodically “like” the post…or leave a comment on the post.
Facebook only shows you what they think you want to see. If you don’t like things or comment on things you see, Facebook assumes you are no longer interested and quit showing you that.
I follow an antique shop that is south of me. They are a great shop and Kramer and I often sold stuff to them. I like every one of their posts even if it isn’t a particular antique piece that I love because I want to keep getting their posts in my Facebook feed.
So…like or comment on posts from Jo’s Country Junction that you see on Facebook if you want us to stay in your feed. If for some reason that doesn’t work, you can always try following and not following.
I got a question from Laurie and that launched me into a HUGE plan that I think I was moving towards…but didn’t know it until she asked the question.
“Curious Jo if you are limiting your Two-Step to a particular set of colors like the designer did. I am undecided if I want to do that (because I just love hers) or use ALL the colors! I have a bin full of 2.5 squares and strips just waiting for me to get started.”
Let me back up and remind you what my Two-Step quilt is…
The quilt is in the same book as my County Fair quilt…
You can find the book HERE on Amazon.
What Laurie wants to know is…if I am keeping the quilt in a limited color palette. You can see that the colors she selected are a little softer. You can see there aren’t blacks or browns in the quilts.
Well, I was thinking about this and I’ve been thinking about it every time I open and close my scrap users system boxes. I have to use more of this…
Just look at my boxes. Here is the 2 1/2″ bucket with brights.
Here is the 2 1/2″ bucket with reproduction fabrics and more jeweled tone prints.
Here is yet another bucket with reproduction fabrics that Kelli gave me.
Can you believe I have two others with 2 1/2″ strips…one with batiks…one with shirt fabrics? Neither of those is very full so I’m not feeling the need to push to use them up.
It’s time friends. I need to focus on some quilts that will use this up those two big buckets. It’s not that I don’t use it. I do all of the time. But honestly, when I make a quilt, I typically use what I can, cut more from fabric, and add the same amount back in. AH!! I want these to be able to shut easily.
Worse news, the 2″ and 1 1/2″ buckets are just as full.
I really want to focus on the 2 1/2″ buckets right now and make a good dent in them. That means I’m going to be careful but not quite as picky about the very most perfect fabric in a project…so…all of that to say, I’m using bright colors in my Two-Step quilt. I am using colors of the rainbow plus teal/pink/light blue too. No browns. No blacks.
I am focusing my neutrals to be more on the white side of things.
My plan for 2022 is I’m going to try to have at least one project that uses 2 1/2″ fabric strips going on all of the time. It might be one in reproduction fabrics. It might be one in brights. My batik and shirt buckets aren’t so full so I’m going to concentrate on the other two…so watch for some projects to come. Until 2022, I am going to collect books and patterns and maybe do a project or two…but once 2022 comes I am making it the “Year of the 2 1/2″ strip”.
I have my eye on a couple of quilt books from Amazon to help…and I’ve been paging through some I already have. It’s fun to get something new now and then so I did order one of them…this one, Start with Strips by Susan Ache.
I’ll do a review on the book coming up.
There are other quilts in the Scrap School book that need 2 1/2″ strips and I’ll be making some of them.
I’d love it if you all would flood me with great quilt books, patterns -free or paid-, along with any ideas or links to great quilts that use 2 1/2″ strips. Does anyone else have an overflowing 2 1/2″ bucket…or jelly rolls laying around? Let’s tackle this together. I’d love to have some people sewing along with me. It helps me keep my momentum. Seriously, please flood the comment section with suggestions…I need them.