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Community Quilts by Ronda and Friends

It’s a happy day and a treat day.  Ronda has three community quilts to share.

Ronda writes:
I have a few more quilts to share with you today.  All of these quilts have been donated to the Ronald McDonald House.

The first one was a top that you forwarded to me from Jan in Wisconsin.  She did a great job of piecing these pretty star blocks!  The backing also came from you, Jo, and was possibly one of your thrift store finds. The binding came from Judy M. in Lynchburg, Virginia.  This quilt finished up at 48 X 64.


The second top…
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Destination or Journey?

I posted a picture of my cross-stitch project on Instagram a month ago.  (I have since finished this project) My Instagram is auto connected to my Facebook feed so the picture showed up on my Facebook account too.

Mary from Chicken Scratch County Threads left a comment on the post that said, “So Jo – is it the destination or the journey for you?”

Hmm…I had to think about that.

What drives me to keep stitching?  Do I enjoy the journey along the way?  Or do I enjoy the destination more?

Some people have termed that process or product but I really like Mary’s way of saying it better.  What brings me the most joy…working on the project or having the finished product.

With quilting, that’s easy.  I am a process girl or a journey girl.  I love designing the quilt.  I love picking the colors.  I love cutting it out.  I love piecing.  I truly love piecing.  Machine quilting and binding are likely my least favorite part of the process but I still enjoy them.

Once the quilt is finished, I get a little high, but not a lot.  It doesn’t bother me if the dog runs on it.  It doesn’t bother me to gift it.  I don’t care if one of the grandkids pukes on it.  I’m really not possessive of the finished quilts at all….especially if it is a “quick sew”.

This is all me and everyone is different and I completely understand and respect the differences.  I think we have all seen or might ourselves be a person who would not let their quilt touch the ground.  Kelli one time was washing quilts and hung them on the line.  There was an unexpected shower that came through..just quick and the quilts got damp.  Kelli left them on the line overnight thinking they would dry the next day.  Someone drove by and saw them and ended up talking to Kelli about it thinking the quilts would fade and was worried about her quilts.

Kelli is like me…she’s not super picky with the finished quilts.  The person who drove by and saw the quilts on the clothesline was a product person.  She cared a lot about the finished quilt.

Destination or product people might enjoy the quilt-making process but their biggest enjoyment comes from having the finished product.  How many of you gasp when you see some of the quilt tops that blog readers send to me and donate to charity?  Do you think, “I would never donate a top like that?”  You are likely a product person.  The person making the quilt, she’s a process or journey person.

We all know a person who has stacks of unquilted tops…That person is a journey or process person.

There isn’t a right wrong way to be.  I think it’s good that we recognize and appreciate each type of person.

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Ask Jo: Helping Bloggers

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…

Jeanine asked:
I have asked you this question some time ago, but I don’t think it has ever been answered. I was wondering if it helps you financially if we click on ads on your blog. I know Mary from Country Threads gets some help financially if we click on the ads on her blog. I have been clicking on your ads when I see them, but am just curious if it helps you at all. Thanks.”

Blog readers get money from the companies that place ads on their blogs.  There are two different ways they are compensated.  One is through the ad being there and you seeing it.  The other is if the ads are clicked and there is interaction with the reader.  This obviously pays more.  There are catches to this though.  If a reader comes in and clicks all the ads, the counter notices that the clicks are not organic, and all the clicks are then negated and there is no compensation.

So, as far as ads go, the best thing for you to do is click on something if it is something that interests you.  Click if you want to learn more about whatever it is.  Click how you would naturally click ads….don’t wildly click every ad.  In the end, it is not helpful.

For me, I was on Zenni looking for glasses.  A couple of days later the ad came up when I was checking the blog and I remembered that I forgot to order the glasses.  I ended up hitting the ad and ordered my glasses.  This is a great way to use an ad and is super helpful.  If you haven’t tried, Zenni for glasses, they are awesome.  More coming up about that in another post.

As far as closing ads, close them if that makes reading the blog post more convenient to you.  I know the ads are annoying.  I totally get it but as I’ve explained before, they are necessary so I get some type of compensation for all I put into the blog, and trust me, it’s not a lot!

So, I’m sure you’re wondering how you can really help bloggers then.  Well here are some suggestions…
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Sunday in the Sewing Room

I spent much of Sunday at the computer trying to catch up.  I feel so behind in bookwork and emails and writing blog posts.  It started about a month ago and the behindedness has just stuck.  I thought I might make a dent if I stuck with it for a few hours but I still feel behind.  I’m sure I’ll catch up at some point but I can see, it won’t happen soon.

After so long I wasn’t concentrating and decided enough was enough.  I was going to head to the sewing room.  I had plans to get the dresser that I painted together.  The drawers were still in the garage and I needed to put the drawer pulls back on.  The problem, my dresser is the white one on the far left in the photo.  Whoever painted it, did a crappy job of painting it which was okay as it was easier to paint once I got it.  The problem was they paint the drawer pulls too.  UGH.

So I showed them to Karl.  He said, no problem mom, behold a grinder.

Karl ended up buffing them with the grinder and got all of the paint off of them.  They look fabulous.  Seriously, if I bought these drawer pulls in town, I’d have likely spent the price of the dresser.  I went to screw them on and that’s when I realized the screw heads were painted too.  So the screws all go buffed too.

I carried the drawers upstairs and put them in.  Now the moment of truth, do I like it? Continue reading