Category Archives: Quilting

Ask Jo: Binding and UFO Progress

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. A comment came in from the comment section.

Christina asked:
Do you have a tutorial on binding?

I do have a binding video.  You can watch it right in this blog post by pushing the play button.  You can also go HERE to Youtube, save it, and then watch it on your television.

In the video, I was binding my granddaughter Georgia’s doll quilt.  You can see more about her doll quilt HERE.

Sharon asked:
Beautiful quilts. After doing 4 quilts in the same colors, I definitely understand wanting to move on! You got so much accomplished but I was wondering how you’re doing on the UFO challenge? I may have missed it but I don’t think you’ve given an update lately?

You can read a full listing of my UFOs HERE that I want to work on over the next 9 months.  I started the list on July 1st as part of Country Threads Chicken Scratch blogs UFO Dirty Dozen challenge.  This year they also added a color option that some are doing.

So far, here is what I’ve completed.  I haven’t always followed along with the specific project.  In that case, I picked an alternate project.  My list had 24 projects on it.  I really didn’t expect to complete them all but I wanted to complete a minimum of half.

Here is what I have finished…

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Quilt Book Review: Fresh Start Quilts

My quilt book came.  I’m so excited.  I just got Fresh Start Quilts by Mary and Connie of Country Threads fame.


I’ve been anxiously awaiting its arrival ever since Mary first published the video of the book.  You can see the video by pushing the play button.

The video is great.  I thought I would share some pictures of the quilts from the book.

There are 11 bed sized to lap-sized to wall-hanging quilts in the book plus 3 mini pillows.


I thought that was a pretty good bang for the buck.

Once I get a little caught up in the sewing room (as if that will happen) I’ve been tossing around the idea of actually making some quilts more as decoration for my house.  I’d love to have a couple of red quilts for Christmas.  The one below would be perfect for Christmas or Valentine’s.


This one is bed sized.  If you had a large-scale print fabric that you’ve been saving back but really love, this would be a great project for it.


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News on the Publishing Front

Before I get to today’s post, I wanted to let you know that I filmed another Quilty Tube of Sew with Jo.  You can watch it by pushing the play button…or you can watch it by following THIS LINK
if you want to save it and later watch it on your television.

It really helps me if you can leave a comment of hit the like button.

I have some news for you today.  This is behind-the-scenes news that I thought I wanted to share with you.  You might remember that I told you that this quilt was going to be published in a magazine.


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Quilt Book Review: Spice of Life Quilts

I had a blog reader admire the quilt blocks that I have been putting together for my True Blue quilt.  She was wondering if I thought there were other good patterns in the book because she was thinking of purchasing a copy.


The book, Spice of Life Quilts, is by Carrie L Nelson of Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company.  If you are a new quilter, you might know about Miss Rosie.  If you’re a long-time quilter, you likely do.

Miss Rosie was SUPER popular from about 2008 to 2012… the time before and after too but I think this time period was likely her hay-days.  I loved her stuff then and I still do.

I have always wanted to make the cover quilt, True Blue but never got around to it.  There are so many quilts to make…it’s hard to determine why one gets made and the others don’t.  This quilt moved to the front burner after a blog reader gifted me a started quilt.

Here are some of the quilts from the book…

This is Double Duty…

Open Door.  I have long been tempted by this one.  This block is one I haven’t made but have a desire to.


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