Author Archives: Jo

What I’m Working On…

I had a SUPER busy sewing week this week.  You all are going to be shocked at all I got done.  I was hoping for a weekend to myself but then plans were made with the grandkids so I didn’t think I’d have time but then the plans changed again and I had most of the weekend to myself.

I decided I was going to do a “quilt snowball”.  If any of you are listeners of Dave Ramsey he suggests that if you are in debt to tackle your bills a bill at a time paying off the ones that are the smallest first.  His theory is that by paying off those small bills, you’ll see progress and be excited about sticking with your debt paying.

For me, I decided to tackle some of the projects around here that have been nagging at me.

So…over the week I did what I could to set myself up for a grand sewing weekend.  I got Kelli’s quilt out and figured out a border for it.

The quilt wasn’t very big and it could easily handle a border so…

I measured the size of the blocks and decided to cut the borders at that width.

This is an off-color of blue that’s hard to match.  I found this at the quilt shop the week before.

Here was the borders and matching binding all cut and ready.

Next up I cut borders for my County Fair quilt.  A blog readers asked the print I found for that.  This is it.

What a cute selvage!!

I only cut borders for this.  I don’t know what I’ll do for binding.

When Saturday morning hit.  I was up and sewing right away.  With the “quilt snowball” in mind, I did easy projects first with some Bitcoin units sewn as leader and enders.

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Community Quilts from Ray and Doris

Today I have quilts from Ray and Doris…

First up, Ray is in the house…well not my house, likely his house.  But he is here on the blog today with some of his great finishes.  We all know Ray as an amazing longarmer and charitable man donating many hours in service to those in need by finishing quilts but did you all know, he is a great quilt maker too.

Ray writes:
In March the church I am a member of had an Airing of the Quilts fundraiser. A lady parched a twister quilt that she really liked and then hunted me down as she wanted two more like it. At that time I had no idea what kind of pattern/tool was used to make it. You told me it was a twister tool and I went from there. I bought a twister template which came with instructions and started. I made a small test piece and confirmed that I truly understood how it all worked and then went in search of fabric that was as close to the original as possible. My pattern is a bit different as my blocks are a shade larger.  The original is on the left.  Mine is on the right.

I think I got pretty close to the colors and pattern.  I ended up making two for her. I was unable to find any backing that came close to the original and had to work with what I could find.

I used the double swirl quilting motif and bone color thread as was on the original.

My thanks to you for the assistance and guidance and to Kim for the original.”

Ray made this quilt using a twister ruler.  HERE is a link for the ruler.  There are many different sizes one can make.  I’ve made quilts using the mini and and the tiny.  They were so fun to make.  Kelli and I had a fun sewing day together about 10 years ago and each of us made a little table topper.  So FUN!

The next quilts come from Doris…

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Community Quilts from Jazz

Yahoo!!  I have quilts to share from Jazz.

She writes:
I’m not a very good secret-keeper — now everyone knows I love to make charity quilts, especially with donated scraps!

This is one I made with fabric bits from you, me, and our friends. It’s a 2 1/2″ squares cascading pattern, but look at the back!

It’s so pretty with the same colors as the front. It was a gift from your follower, Nancy Morey of Birmingham, AL, and I thought it was just perfect! Nancy sent me quite a lot of fabric, all beautiful. I’ll be sharing more pictures of quilts made with it soon.

The next quilt was …
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What I’m Making: Zucchini Butter Spaghetti

I am a little cranky with myself that I didn’t take more pictures when I made this because it is so good.

A blog reader messaged this recipe to me via Jo’s Country Junction Facebook page.  I looked at it, thought it was a little weird, something I would typically not make.  I smiled and thought, “thanks for sharing” but I don’t know if I’ll make that.

A bit later I went out to the garden and SURPRISE.  There were more zucchini there to “bless” me.  (I’m sure all of you with zucchini can relate).  There were four zucchini.  I still had two in the house.  Oh my.  I picked them, went in the house, and found the recipe from the blog reader, and half-heartedly said, “Why not try it?”  What did I have to lose.  I was needing some way to used them up.

That explains why so few pictures were taken.  I really didn’t expect to like the recipe.  I really didn’t think I’d like it.  But here we are.  I love it and am wishing I would have taken more pictures of when I was preparing it.

What I made was Zucchini Butter Spaghetti.  Here is what it looked like when I fed it to the kiddos.

Gannon LOVED it and ate down two plates of it.  The other kids liked it too but nothing like Gannon did.

The recipe uses up 1 1/2 pounds of zucchini.  I put that on the scale and that was 5 small zucchinis.

I shredded it and grated it as shone in the photo below… Continue reading