Author Archives: Jo

On my Porch: The Kim Story

I have a long time blog reader Kim from Tennesse.  She has parents that live about an hour away from me. She was traveling this way and had goodies to share. Oh my. Did she ever have goodies. We had arrangements for her to come to my house on Labor Day. She was coming around noon. I was upstairs sewing and listening to an audiobook. I came downstairs at 1pm to make myself some lunch. I figured that Kim, traveling, ended up at an unexpected stop or traffic was slow… I went back upstairs and worked on my quilt. Rosie needed to go out so I came down to let her out. I checked my email and there was a note from Kim. She had been here at 12:30pm. I never heard the bell. Rosie didn’t bark or let me know someone was here. AH>>> I missed Kim. I was so sad. Kim has been a long time reader and I love meeting blog readers.  So I went outside and was shocked to see all that was there.

WOW!!  I started carrying it in.  Kim ended up sending me a picture she took at my house when she dropped it all off.  I’m so glad she sent it.  At least I can put a face with a name.

I went through it all the next day.  There were so many goodies.  Imagine my excitement when I saw this bag filled with fabric that was all firemen related!!

I took it all out of the bag. OH MY WORD.

I’ll be using this to make some quilts for the fireman.  This kit was in there…I have some fabric here that Connie gave me that coordinates with this so I might make it bigger…we’ll see.

I started in on opening the boxes.  Oh my.  They were all packed full.

Here is what was inside….
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Moda Bake Shop: 1934 Nine Patch

As many of you know, Kelli and I did a lot of quilts for Moda Bake Shop several years ago.  Some of the things you likely don’t know is that Moda Bake Shop isn’t ran quite the way it used to run.  The site has been reworked and can now be found through  Well through all of this, Kelli and I have been overwhelmed by questions from interested parties wanting the patterns for specific quilts as some of the patterns have been “lost in the archives”.  Well, to be honest, we are wanting to avoid all those emails and requests so we are going to be featuring one of our old Moda Bake Shop quilt or projects each week until all of them are posted here on our blog so we can readily find them and have access to them whenever we want.  These quilts will be archived here on the blog in the free patterns section on the right column.

Here’s my latest quilt project, 1934 Nine Patch. If you are new to quilting or are looking for an easy large quilt, this might be just the pattern that you are looking for. Nine patch blocks sew together quickly to create a beautiful and classic design. The colors of this fabric line, Circa 1934, are SO rich and creamy. The red and gold colors elicit a warm and cozy feel.

Circa 1934 Jelly Roll
2 1/4 yards Circa 1934 Solid Red 37008 11
3 3/8 yards Circa 1934 Solid Cream 37008 15
2 1/2 yards Circa 1934 Solid Gold 37008 13
3/4 yards Circa 1934 Davis Black 37007 14-binding
6 yards Circa 1934 Ginger Sage 37003 12-backing

When making the quilt, I made extra blocks so I would have extras to add a row of nine-patch blocks when piecing together the backing. If you do not want a pieced backing, you will need more backing yardage than is listed above.

Start by making the gold and cream nine patch blocks first.
Cut 31 gold strips- 2.5″ wide.
Cut 38 cream strips- 2.5″ wide.

Sew the strips together in a gold-cream-gold pattern. You will need a total of 8 strip sets like this. Press the seams toward the gold. Sub cut the strips into 122 gold-cream-gold sections that are 2.5″ wide.

Sew the strips together in a cream-gold-cream pattern. You will need a total of 15 strip sets like this. Press the seams towards the gold. Sub cut the strips into 244 cream-gold-cream sections that are 2.5″ wide.

You should now have a stack of pieces like this.

Matching the seams, sew the pieces together to create a nine patch block like the one shown. Press the seams out.

Next make the red nine patch blocks.
Cut 31 red strips. Sub cut the pieces in half.
Cut 8 cream strips. Sub cut into 11″ pieces. If they are slightly smaller don’t worry.
Select 30 of the jelly roll strips. Cut each strip into two- 11″ lengths and one- 21″ length. Keep each set of jelly roll strips together.

Sew a 21″ red strip on each side of the 21″ jelly roll strip. Sew a colored 11″ strip to each side of the cream 11″ strip. When possible, match sew the strips together (keeping the selvage ends next to each other). Press all seams toward the colored jelly roll strip.

Sub cut the pieces into 2.5″ segments. You will end up with 4 of one and 8 of the other. This will make four nine patch blocks. Press all seams toward the colored jelly roll strip.

Assemble into nine patch blocks. Each of the red blocks will have a cream square in the center.

Continue making blocks in the same manner making 124 blocks.

All of the blocks are made. It’s time to assemble them together into rows. Notice that one row starts with a red block. The other starts with a gold block. Create 8 “red” rows and 7 “gold” rows.

Assemble the rows as shown. You will have leftover blocks.

The next step is to create the back. To do this, Cut the backing fabric in half. Remove the selvage edge. Sew the red strips from the jelly roll and another 2.5″ strip cut from the red fabric together into one long strip. Sew it to the one long side of the backing.

Cut an 8″ strip from the remaining backing piece. Sew the 8″ strip to the red of the first backing strip.

Sew some of the remaining blocks together to create a strip equal in length to the backing fabric. Sew the blocks to the 8″ strip. Sew the last backing strip to the blocks.

Quilt as desired.
Cut nine binding strips. Sew together and bind.

90″ x 90″ Quilt
Gracie wasn’t in the mood for a photo shoot with the quilt. The neighbors were shooting off firecrackers and the noise really scares her….poor girl….

This quilt went on to be a donation to the Fireman’s Breakfast Raffle.  Happily one of the firemen won it and I’ve seen it displayed in their home.

Quilts of September 2010

I’m doing a little series of posts that feature old blog posts.  I have been going back and looking at them.  It’s been fun.  I started blogging in June of 2009…WOW.  Over ten years.  I’m so glad I’ve kept the blog as a diary of sorts…today I’m telling you about the quilts and other quilt-related things I discovered in April of 2010.

I was pretty busy back in September of 2010.  I had quilted these two panel quilts for my Aunt Agnes.


I finished my Bubbly Quilt.  This one was so fun to make.  I honestly had a blast doing it.  A the time I was big into using my Accuquilt Go ( I no longer have one).  I used the circle dyes to cut the circles.

You can read more about it HERE.  It is an easy quilt as the edges are raw applique done by machine.  

I was busy making videos back then and I made a video on how I made this quilt.  Please keep in mind that back then, I had older equipment and a not so willing helper.

It’s a really quick video but I think you get the idea.  I should make one of these quilts again.  It was so fun.  Now with my new quilting machine, I wouldn’t use glue.  I think I’d do it without anything and simply hold the circles in place.

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Tackling Projects

When Covid first hit I made a long list of projects I wanted to get to while I was off of work.  The list was LONG.  But…I was off for about two days and then I jumped into mask making.  Oh my.  I seriously made masks for about a month straight and my list languished.

I’m still off work.  My doctor still doesn’t like the idea of me going back to work as I’m still high-risk with my thyroid cancer return so…I’m doing the best I can do and trying to make things work.  It’s not an ideal situation.

Well with a few cold fall-like days in a row, that list is really calling me.  I know as the weather turns colder it’s harder to tackle some of the projects.  So I picked a few easy ones and jumped in.

I grabbed some graphite Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and painted the unfinished wooden box I bought at the thrift store for $2.

I did two coats of paint, sanded and the clear and dark wax.

It ended up like this…

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