Author Archives: Jo

Where We’re Published: American Patchwork and Quilting

Lookie, Lookie!!  I made the cover of American Patchwork and Quilting.  It’s always exciting whenever we have a quilt published and even more exciting if we can be the cover!!


It’s the February 2022 issue.  You can start trying to find it on the newsstands now.

Of course this quilt has a story…don’t all of the quilts I design have a back story?  This one certainly does.  Grab a cup of coffee or drink and read on…

First off, this quilt was inspired by a vintage quilt I found when Kalissa and I were out and about.  We were shopping at a vintage store in Sumner, Iowa called Maker’s Market.  It’s a fun and cute little shop that Kalissa actually sells her shirts at.  I love it when she invites me along.  Kalissa snapped this picture of me with the quilt.  My intention was to go home and draw it up on EQ.

I got home and ugh…it wasn’t working.  I ended up back at the shop about a month later and the quilt was still there.  I’d been thinking about the quilt all that time..I looked at it again.  Man, I loved the quilt.  I just bought it.

I got the quilt home and was so disappointed.  The quilt blocks had inset seams.  UGH.  I didn’t want to recreate that!!  I can do them but I didn’t want to do enough to make the quilt.  UGH.  I let the quilt sit.  I was so disappointed that I spent the money and now wasn’t going to reproduce it.


The quilt sat on my dining room table for a month.  UGH.  Every time I passed it I was disappointed.  I only spent about $50 on it and that wasn’t terrible…but still.

Then one day I decided I was going to sell it at the next postage auction.  I picked it up to take pictures and WAIT.  With a little modification, I thought I could make the block without y-seams.

Here is the block I came up with…YES!!  It’s slightly different than the original but I felt good about it.

I had to learn a new technique on EQ but finally figured out how to make the border with it.  This is the quilt I came up with.  YES!!  This is what I had in mind.

I immediately ran to the sewing room but stopped.  I decided to submit the quilt before I decided what fabrics to make it with.

With the submission, I wrote that I was willing to make it in whatever color or genre they wanted.  I had thought about 30s prints.  I had thought about batiks and brights…but Jody, the editor at American Patchwork and Quilting surprised me when she said yes she would love it for the magazine and suggested reproduction fabrics.  Hmm.  YES.  I was up for that.

Here is how the block worked out on the actual quilt.

Covid was new and fresh when this all happened.  Stores were closed or had weird circumstances for shopping so I decided to contact Marcus Fabrics and see if they might be interested in supplying the fabric for this quilt and happily they were.


The pretty pink and most of the other fabrics are from them.  I did dig into my scrap bin and pulled a few more for variety.

Here’s the quilt all finished and at my house… Continue reading

Cross Stitch Finish: A Freebie

I’ve slowly been trying to get through all of my previously stitched projects and finish them.  I’ve gotten so I’m finally comfortable with making my cross stitch projects into pillows.  It’s taken putting together about five of them for me to be able to say that.

I can’t remember where this piece came from. I think it was a freebie from Lizzie Kate.  Yep.  I looked.  You can find the freebie HERE.  I changed the colors out to make it more me…red vs pink for me every day.  I think Priscilla might have suggested this color conversion…I’m not sure.

I have no idea what type of linen this was stitched on.  I’m guessing it was two threads of floss over two threads of linen.  The linen I have no idea about.  I’m guessing a 32 count linen.  This have been finished for a couple of years and has been sitting in a drawer.


I trimmed it up to a size I thought would work.  I didn’t have a real plan.


I found a nice red with birds in the print.  So cute!!  Then I bought a sewing stand at Goodwill last week.  It was full of goodies that I’m telling you about in an upcoming blog post.  Anyway, in the stand was this pretty, pretty lace.  I decided to use it on the pillow.  LOVE!!

I sewed a piece of fabric on both sides of the cross stitch piece.  Then I ironed and sewed the lace down.  I tried to make sure the peaks and valleys of the lace mirrored each other.

I sewed the front to the back and then….oops.  I forgot interfacing.  I always put fusible interfacing on the wrong side of the fabric.  I started to go get my seam ripper than then realized I could iron it on even if I had sewn it together and just resew it.  That’s what I did.


I used a combo of these lavender-scented ground nutshells (I got them HERE on Amazon) and polyfill to stuff the pincushion.

Some people cut openings on the back.  I don’t.  I sew it more of the traditional way and stitch the opening closed when I’m done.


Here it is all finished.,,


I am super pleased with it.  I think the pretty lace was just perfect with it.  Typically I don’t like mixing white and cream but this time, I think it worked.


I have a few more things in my drawer of not completely finished items.  I can’t wait to get them finished.  After finishing a few things I feel so much more confident about my finishing.  I can’t imagine how much more confident I’ll feel once I get those finished.

I did a couple of finishes last year that were all Valentine-themed.  My dough bowl is going to have lots of pretty cross stitch in it once February rolls around.

What I’m Working On…

I was working on my Remainders quilt from the book No Scrap Left Behind by Amanda Jean Nyberg.  Find the book HERE.

Well…I ran out of muslin for the project.  Darn.  Matching muslin is not an easy thing at all.  I’ve learned in the past to buy a bolt of it so then it lessens the chances of me needing it to match.

Kalissa called and she was going to Walmart.  I decided to ride along and see if I could find some that would work.

When we got into the store, Kalissa took Gannon and went in one direction.  I took Carver and went the other.  As I was waiting for my fabric to get cut, I looked at the fabric in the rack in the center of the asisle.  Look what I saw…they are one clearance for $1 a yard!!


I grabbed the ones that were $1 thinking these would make decent backings for charity quilts.

There were almost… Continue reading

Community Quilts from Laurie

I have a big treat for you in this blog post.  Laurie has been super busy and has finished a lot of quilts.  I always love seeing Laurie’s quilts as she always does a great job.  Sadly, I don’t know for sure who made the tops.  As I was quickly trying to ship things out, a few didn’t get labeled.

We have four to share with you today.

I think this is one of the Cresco Ladies’ famous 3-yard quilts…I’m not sure.  Just a guess.


I made that guess whenever I see a quilt with three colors.  HA!!

Laurie is great at custom quilting.  Check out those big flowers in each red square.

Here is the back.  You can see the flowers… Continue reading