Blast from the Past: Quilts of October 2011

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 projects I finished in October of 2011.

Here is my Jamestown Landing Quilt.  You can read more about it HERE.

At the time it was only published in a magazine.  The quilt was later published in Bonnie Hunter’s book String Fling.  You can find the book HERE on Amazon.  Of all of her books, this one is my favorite.  I made every quilt in the book.  In fact, I made every quilt in the book and one quilt I made twice!  You can see all of the quilts in THIS blog post.

This was taken back when we still had our beagle, Gracie.  Have you read the blog that long?

I pieced the funkiest backing ever for this quilt…


This is my version of Judy at Patchwork Times’ quilt Making Ends Meet.  It’s a free pattern on Judy’s site.  You can read about it HERE.

Back then I had my old Grand Quilter with Next Generation frame.
MeetinthemiddleI am so glad I upgraded to my APQS Millenium.

Kelli and I had a CRAZY weekend sewing on our… Perkimon Daydreams quilts.  Kelli had us graduated to warrior status and put headbands on us.



Then Kelli thought the dogs needed a headband too….That’s about when our youngest daughter Kalissa came in and decided we were just plain crazy.

She insisted on a picture.


It’s goofy but it’s one of my favorite pictures ever.

These are from Bonnie Hunter’s pattern Perkiomen Daydreams.  The pattern is in Scraps & Shirttails: Reuse, Re-pupose, Recycle! The Art of “Quilting Green”.
PerkiomenDaydreamsI loved making these quilts!!  Together, Kelli and I have made four of them.  What a scrap buster!!

I got my top together for my Pineapple Blossoms quilt.  This is a free Bonnie Hunter pattern.  You can find the link HERE.

Mine was done in browns and brownie gray colors.  Here’s a link to the original quilt.
Last month in the Blast from the Past I told you that I was hosting a Crumb Along.  In October these were the steps we covered.

Directions #5- Triangles
Triangles were used in several different blocks.

We did a log cabin block…Directions #6-Log Cabin
For week seven of the Crumb Along, we sewed the center of our quilt and added the inner borders.  Directions #7-Center and Border Configuration


Last we talked about adding the alphabet letters around the outside.
Directions #8-Borders
Crumb-1Here was my to finished.  It was a while later before it was fully finished.
It was such a fun quilt to make…lots of work, but fun.  I smile when I see the quilt.  I made this in 2011.  At the time I told the kids that this quilt would be gifted to the first grandchild.  Back then we didn’t have any grandkids.  I never dreamed we would wait five years..or that our youngest Kalissa would have that first grandbaby.  At the time I made it, she was only a junior in highschool.  Reading these posts and seeing what happened is one of the reasons I really love blogging.  I feel bad for the people who write blogs and don’t include family stuff as they don’t get the same “look back” that I get.

Before I close…
It’s not a quilt but I wrote a piece on how to get a kid to want to sew…It’s a piece that I am so thankful that I wrote.  You can read the post HERE.

All of my kids can sew…Even my boys.  Kelli is the only one that loves to sew.  Kalissa and Kayla both sew but more out of necessity.  If Kalissa wants pillows for her living room, she’ll sew.  Otherwise, she really doesn’t.  Admittedly, when I was deep into little ones like they all are, I didn’t sew much either.  It will be interesting if once they all get past having little kiddos if they will pick up any of my hobbies like gardening or sewing.  Hopefully I’ll still be alive in ten years and I can look back at this blog post and see what has changed in the last ten years.  All I know for sure is that I really hope covid is in the past by then.

9 thoughts on “Blast from the Past: Quilts of October 2011”

  1. So fun to read this Blast from the Past! I always enjoy reading about your family and super fun to see the girls in their younger days. Of course, really enjoyed seeing the quilts you made because they are all beautiful!

  2. Judith Fairchild

    Such fun you had and have with your family. Hope you do get to seethe next10 years plus. And that i’m around to read your posts. The quilts you showed are really cool

  3. I started blogging in 2008 so we started about the same time!! I wanted to do Jamestown Landing for YEARS but just never started. Well, then a\I did (a few years ago) and I’ve gotten to the stage where it ONLY NEEDS the piano key border on 2 sides. I NEED TO FINISH! I also did the pineapple blossom long ago and think it got donated. The blog is a great virtual diary.

  4. I have been reading for almost as long as you’ve been blogging. Gracie is what drew me to your blog as we are beagle lovers too. We just adopted a 14 year old beagle!

  5. Oh yes, I remember these original posts! Love the headband carefree days of you and Kelly stitching together. I can’t tell you how I found your blog but I can tell you that you gave me permission to veer off the quilting path I was “raised” on by a friend (very planned and very “proper”) and went toward planned scrappy and anything goes backings! THANK YOU for that.

    I love your look back posts.

    Cheers to 10 or 40 more years Jo :-)

  6. I found your blog shortly after you started. I’ve always been amazed at everything you get done. I love the blasts from the past posts. And I totally agree with your last two sentences, for both of us.

  7. Love Blast from the past, its great to see your family and yourself slightly younger, Jo you do not seem to age, I was going to ask what’s your secret , but really your blog says it all., I believe its , Love your family and love what you are doing.
    Adore your Jamestown quilt , is it possible do you think that the pattern is still available? I would love to make it using up my large stash of French General’s reds and taupe’s. Thanks for your blog I bless the day I found you, you and Judy Laquidara are the only blogs I have ever followed and I look forward to seeing them waiting each morning in my inbox.

  8. Yay Jo have tracked the pattern for Jamestown Landing , it’s on our UK Amazon site , the book is String Fling: Scrappy, Happy and Loving it! by Bonnie Hunter. So excited it will arrive tomorrow! I am off to pull out all my French General, thanks for showing us all your marvellous quilts and the dogs !

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