Category Archives: Quilting

Quilts of 2015

I went through the archives and pulled all of the quilts Kelli and I made in 2015.  I thought we didn’t make a lot of quilts in 2015…but we did.  Grab some coffee and read along.  This is a long post…

In 2015 we did a blog hop showing off the quilts from our book Country Girl Modern.

cgm-cover1This is School Bus.  You can read more about it HERE.    These quilts were technically made in 2014 but we never showed them off…just the backs so I’m including them in the 2015 quilts as that is when the book was published and was the first time we could show the quilts.

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Here is Modalicious.  It was made with all Moda fabric.  You can read more about it HERE.

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This is Puddle Duck.  It is also in our book.  You can read about it HERE.

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Also from our book is Modern Day Patriot.  You can read more about it HERE.

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This is May Flower.  Also from our book.  Read more about it HERE.

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This is Connect Four from our book.  Read more about it HERE.  This is a fun quilt as it is made with two charm packs and yardage.

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This is Bohemian Rhapsody.  Also in our book.  Read about it HERE.  This is a favorite of mine!!  I love the fabrics in this one!

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Also from our book is Thanks to YOU!!  When I made this, I put out a call to blog readers to send a neutral 2 1/2″ strip.  It was so fun.  I’ve made three of these quilts.  You can read more about it HERE.

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The next quilt from our book is Pilot Knob.  Kelli made this top.  I finished it.

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Almost Amish is also from our book.  I made this top in one day.  Read about it HERE.  It’s a quick quilt.

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Rainbow Connection was one of the first quilts we made when we put our book together.  Kelli didn’t want to sew this one as she said it was just like putting borders on borders on borders.  She’s right.  It is, but I loved making it.  Read more about it HERE.

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I didn’t do a lot of sewing in early 2015.  We moved in January and it took a long time for us to get everything set up.  I also started childcare in February and was working full time.  Out of desperation, I set up a sewing machine on the main floor.

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I spent a lot of time paper piecing my Pineapple Crazy blocks.

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As the year wore on I did get back my sewing room set up and going and ended up accomplishing quite a bit.

I made another of our Connect Four quilts.  Read about it HERE.

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I made a baby quilt with leftovers from a fabric line…

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Read about it HERE.   I want to make another of these.

Our Strawberry Sunday Quilt was featured in Quiltmaker.

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Here it is all laid out.  You can read more about it HERE.  This is a favorite quilt of mine.  I did all of the work on this one.

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Our quilt made the cover of this quilting calendar.  What an honor!!

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I finished my Spoolin’ Around quilt just in time for the retreat we hosted that Bonnie Hunter was at!!  I brought my quilt and she took a picture with it with me!

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You can read more about the quilt HERE.  This is a favorite quilt of mine.  I’d love to do another marathon quilt like this.  Making all those spools made my heart happy.
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We had this baby quilt featured in Quilts and More.  It was part of a challenge to design a project from a jelly roll.


Our Midnight Hour quilt made the front cover of Amercian Patchwork and Quilting.  You can read about it HERE.
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This was a fun quilt to make!!
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I made a wedding quilt for my niece Ariel and her hubby Sam.  You can find the free pattern HERE.

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I finished this quilt…Read more about it HERE.  This was the third time I make this quilt.

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I finished this quilt, Pinkie Swear.  You can find a free pattern for it HERE.  You can read more about the quilt and find more pictures of it HERE.

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We had this quilt in American Patchwork and Quilting.  It is Stars and Scraps Forever.  You can find more info about it HERE.

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I made another Bohemian Rhapsody quilt.  This was was gifted as a wedding present.  You can read more about it HERE.

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I finished Grand Illusion.  That was a Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt.  You can read more about it HERE.  I gifted this to someone but don’t remember to who.

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I also finished Bonnie Hunter’s Wild Child quilt.  You can read more about it HERE.  The quilt can be found in this book.  I went on to make another of these quilts as a gift for a childcare kiddo.

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I made Craig and Kalissa’s wedding quilt.  Read more about it HERE.

Corn-and-Beans-Quilt-1The pattern came from this book  From the Cover: 15 Memorable Projects for Quilt Lovers.  Here’s some good news…Amazon has used books that are selling for $5 plus the shipping.  It’s a good book.

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Kalissa and Craig’s quilt is this one that was on the back cover of the book.  Kalissa picked the colors for this quilt.
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We were a featured designer in a book, 75 Fun Fat Quarter Quilts.  The book is still available through Amazon HERE.  Here are four of six or seven quilts we designed and are in the book.  Quilts from other designers are also in the book.

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All of our quilts featured a Churn Dash block.   We have 6 or seven featured quilts in this book.  Read more about his quilt HERE.
75-Fat-Quarter-Quilts-1Here is another from the book.  We called this on Miss Molly.  You can read more about it HERE.

Miss-Molly-Quilt-1This is another quilt from the book.  This is “X” Marks the Spot.  You can read more about it HERE.   This was so fun to make!!

X-Marks-the-Spot-Quilt-1You can see that all of them were a play on the churn dash block…one of my favorite blocks.

Our Paddle Wheel block was featured in Quiltmaker’s 100 blocks.

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You can see the block above.  I ended up designing a quilt with the block.  This was the backing I pieced for it!

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We have this block in the fall issure of Quiltmaker’s 100 blocks.  I designed this to be used with shirts.  I’d love to make a whole quilt with this block.

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Kelli made Blue Skies.  It’s a Bonnie Hunter quilt from the book String Fling.  You can read more about it HERE.

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Kelli made Scrappy Mountain Majesties.  She made her blocks smaller.  It’s a free Bonnie Hunter pattern.  You can find it HERE.  I did the machine quilting and binding.  You can read more about it HERE.

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I finished a few charity quilt…

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Those are the quilts of 2015.  It was so fun to put this together and look back on the quilts we made.  I hope you enjoyed the parade too!!

A New Project and a New “Sew with Jo”

Hey everyone…this will be a short post today.  Things have been a little crazy this week.  Gannon has had some issues again.  I’ll let Kalissa tell you all about that on her blog, The Pink Shoelaces.

Before I get to today’s post I want to tell you all that the Double Wedding Ring Quilt Instructions have all been updated.  In the fall of 2018, I did a quilt along and showed readers how to make a double wedding ring quilt.  That quilt along stretched into 2019 with the final reveal scheduled for March of 2019.

If you are a long time blog reader you know that February through June of 2019 was a hard time for our family.  My husband, Kramer, was diagnosed with lung cancer and passed away.

Needless to say, the quilt for dropped.  The instructions go dropped.  The page where the instructions were got dropped.  I was reminded of this and on Wednesday I went in and fixed the quilt along instruction page and fixed all of the links.

I have yet to finish this quilt.  I will.  All that is left is the machine quilting.  It’s a top so finishing it up shouldn’t be that hard.

I wanted you all to know that the page is fixed.  If you find pages on the blog that aren’t working, don’t be afraid to let me know.  I really appreciate your letting me know if there is anything I can do to make the blog work better.  Thank you for understanding why the double wedding ring page wasn’t complete.

Anyway…on to today’s post.

A couple of weeks ago I talked to Kelli and asked her if there was something she thought she would like me to get for Georgia for her birthday.  Kelli’s answer was that she was making doll clothes for Georgia and was wondering if I might make her a doll quilt something like the baby quilt I made Georgia.  Hmm.  That was a tall order.  Do you remember Georgia’s baby quilt?  It was this one…


Well, I debated and thought and debated and thought trying to figure out how to make that doll-sized.  I finally decided that I would simply do the letters and make a heart in the middle.

I had the doll quilt on my to-do list.  I’m pretty scheduled right now when it comes to quilts so I was trying to figure out when I was going to sneak this in too.  Oh my.

Well, then Kalissa called me last Saturday on her way to or from work and said, “Mom, remember to shoot a video”.  Oh my.  I swear if it wasn’t for her, you all wouldn’t see as many videos.  I never think what I’m doing it interesting but her reminding me makes me take whatever I’m doing and trying to make it more interesting so I can shoot a video…so what did I shoot the video of…a “Sew with Jo” making free form ABC’s.

HERE is a link to the video.  Follow the link to watch.


During the video, I was able to complete a few of the letters.  After the video was over I decided to just keep working on the project.  By 8 pm that night I called it quits and ended up finishing the quilt top the next day.

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Georgia “Sews”

Georgia’s birthday is coming up soon.  She is really into dolls.  When she was little I bought her a Bitty Baby and she plays with it all the time.  Kelli decided that she would sew a couple of outfits for Georgia’s doll for her birthday.  Needless to say, it’s been quite an adventure.

Georgia is going to be two and she is “all of two”.  She wants to be a part of EVERYTHING.

While Kelli has been sewing, Georgia has been playing in the scraps.  Here is “Teetee”.  That’s what she calls her baby getting “fitted” for her new clothes.


Kelli said she is so entertained by this.


What a busy girl…


I think she is going to…
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Shirts are Done…onto fun!

Yahoo!!  I’m over here in NE Iowa doing a happy dance.  I am officially and completely caught up on cutting up my shirts.  I told you all my goal was to get through all four garbages of shirts that I had here waiting to be cut up.  Last week I forged ahead and just finished them all!!

My easy goal had been to cut up one shirt a day but once I saw that the finish line was close I decided to just go for it.  Here what I did last week.

I have the shirts, a bag of blue and yellow scraps, more scraps, and a bowl of buttons.  I already have everything cleaned up and put away.  I’m so happy.  I can’t remember the last time I was completely caught up on shirts!!


To be honest, I don’t know if I was ever completely caught up on shirts!!  This is HUGE accomplishment for me.  I know those of you who love working with shirts can likely relate.

Do you want to know what is happening next??  I’m… Continue reading