Author Archives: Jo

It’s FINISHED: Spider Web String

I am so excited to wrap this one up and put it in the finished pile.  I started this some time ago.  When we hosted a retreat in 2017 with Bonnie Hunter the Spider Web String was one of the quilts that the participants made.


Oops…there’s snow on the right hand lower part of the quilt…it’s so snowy here!!

You can find the free pattern for this quilt on Bonnie Hunter’s site HERE.  She did hers in a 6 x 7 setting.  I did mine larger.  It’s an  8 x 8 setting.  The quilt, if I remember right, is 96″ x 96″.


Here it is as it came off the quilting frame.


A BIG shout of to all of the blog readers who sent me fabric to make this.  All of these little scraps in scrap bags that were sent to me were collected and put into this quilt.  Oh I love scrap bags.  I could never have the great variety that I have without all of those tiny pieces.  If you don’t like scraps and strings, I’ll happily accept any anyone wants to part with.  Making these kind of quilts makes my heart happy.

You can see a sneak peak of the back here in the photo…see? Continue reading

Kramer Update: Thursday Edition

The title of this post is a bit misleading – it’s actually a summary of our Wednesday.

Mom (Jo) is over by the window stitching her heart out. She has been stitching ALL DAY. She had to go back and rip a seam or two out but other than that has been working very hard on her “love” cross stitching. I was teasing her and said it should be “perseverance” based on how many times she’s ripped out stuff up on hoop today :) I would for sure have given up by now.

So anyway, this is Kalissa giving an update from Dad’s hospital bed (Dad insists he is more comfortable in the recliner). I’m passing the time until our pizza and my husband Craig comes. He should be here in about a half hour.

Mom and I woke up – our hotel is SO nice. We got a ton of snow in Northeast Iowa this morning and it’s so nice – we haven’t had to go outside in days. The hotel is connected to the hospital in underground tunnels. We got an AMAZING continental breakfast. Continue reading

Charity Quilts from Ronda and Friends

First off let me say I am behind on my email.  It’s the thing that has kind of dropped in the hustle of things.  I’m hoping to get a little time over the weekend to at least make an attempt.  Be patient with me…I’ll get to it.  BUT don’t be afraid to send anything to me a second time.

Ronda has been busy again….

She writes:  “The first one was a top that was sent to me from Jean D. in Seguin TX. ”

I used one of the black sheets that you(Jo) had sent me for the back of this one and it worked out fine.  My initial intention was to use the excess that got trimmed off after quilting for the binding, but when I was looking for backing for another quilt, I ran across this peachy/rusty fabric that matched the violins in Jean’s top perfectly.”


Since the top has a lot of black and the backing is solid black, I decided to give it a little more color with the binding.  It is a large lap size and will go to the Father’s with Children Shelter.”

On a side note…I had sent the sheets to Ronda and she wasn’t sure she’d like working with solid black.  Looks like it turned out great!!  Great color choices Ronda!

The second quilt…. Continue reading

New Busy Bag

When we go to Hubby’s appointments I’ve been taking my bag….
I love my bag.  It’s the perfect size when we are staying overnight and I need the laptop with.  There’s room for magazines for the hotel room in the evening…room for stitching projects and my English paper piecing.

When we go to the actual appointments, the bag is a little too big…so, I decided to make myself a smaller busy bag that can go inside my big bag.  I’ll take that out and bring it with when we go to the actual appointment.

I thought about buying a pattern.  I thought about searching the internet to find a free pattern.  Then I thought WHY…you can sew Jo.  You can just work it out as you go…and that’s what I did.

I started with an orphan block left over from my Tulip Fields quilt.  I put a 1 1/2″ strip on each side.

Then I put 2 1/2″ strips on each side of that.
Then… Continue reading