Villa Rosa Blog Hop: It’s MY Day!!!

Hello.  It’s finally my day for the Villa Rosa blog hop.  Today is the last day of the hop and I’m so glad that I am one of the last blogs for you to visit.

I am sharing this day with a few other bloggers so make sure to hop over there too.

Julie at
ME!!!  at
Cindy at

I do want to introduce myself a bit as lots of new people are here.  I’m an Iowa girl…I grew up a farmer’s daughter in Minnesota and eventually became a farmer’s wife in NE Iowa.  We had five kids and sadly at age 57, he passed away.  My grown kids are very much still a part of my life as are the 10 grandchildren.  I write about all of them here in the blog.

I write about everything and anything…mostly quilting, cross stitching, fostering dogs, charity quilting, my kids and grandkids, thrifting, widowhood, gardening, books..just about anything that comes up in my day.  I’m chatty and consider all of my readers friends.  I try to keep you caught up with things through two blog posts a day…one morning blog post and one evening blog post every single day…

So that means if you’re ever bored and on your computer or device, you can just type in and I’ll be there with something new.  If you prefer, I can come to you in your email via a newsletter.  If that’s interesting to you feel free to sign up to receive it.  It’s in the right-hand column of this post.

I hope you enjoy your stop off here and decide to visit regularly.

If you were here last week, I gave you a teaser of my quilt…here was the teaser photo.

The quilt is done now…and I’m ready to show it off…Here it is… …

Welcome to the Villa Rosa Blog Hop

Hello…today launches the start of the Villa Rosa Blog Hop!!  We have new people coming to the blog and our old regulars.  That’s for hanging out with me whether you are new or old.  I am a busy blogger writing two new fresh blog posts each day…one in the morning and one in the evening.  I laugh and say you can always wake up with me and you can always catch me before bed.

All of you regulars are probably wondering where the community quilts post is.  No worries.  That will be in the evening post this week.

Some of you who have been reading the blog have been anxious for this Blog Hop to happen.  You’ve seen a sneak peek at the quilt I am working on for the blog hop and have wanted the pattern.  I’m doing a little teaser again…you’ll have to wait until my day of the hop to see the full finished quilt.

I’ll be up front…it’s all quilted and I need to bind it yet.  I’m hoping that will happen later today.  You can catch my Instagram Stories to see if I actually get to it.  You can find me on Instagram at @jo_joscountryjunction.  I post a lot of day-to-day things there in my stories.

I dug into my Kaffe prints for this quilt!!  It was so quick and easy to make I’m sure you’re going to be wanting to make one too.

The great news about the blog hop is that Villa Rosa is launching four other patterns besides the quilt I made…and you’re going to get a chance to hop around and see all of the patterns made up.  Here they all are… …

Anders Crumb Quilt Progress

I told you in my “What I’m working on” post that I needed to just stop and clean up my sewing room.  It wasn’t terrible but it definitely wasn’t what I wanted.  In the past, I’ve been able to shove things aside and sew with a mess there but this was about five projects worth of mess plus pictures that needed to be hung.

I worked on that on Monday and then I started organizing all of the random pieces I have for my grandson Anders’s baby quilt.  YES!  I do need to get working on that.  I might have it ready for his baptism if I ever get working on it.

If you’ve been following along you know that I’m made a series of Youtube videos showing you how I’ve been making this.

I have put in some time off-camera and have been making some of the inside pieces of the quilt.

I thought I would show you what I have and behind-the-scenes thoughts I have on this…

First off let me show you what I’m trying to make…a quilt something like this… …

Quilt Book Review: Moda All Stars All Time Favorites

I caved and bought another book…a quilt book.  It’s Moda All-Stars All-Time Favorites.  The quilts are made by several different designers and compiled by Lissa Alexander of Moda fame.

I have to admit I am a sucker for the books from Moda All-Stars.  When I see the name on the book I always know there are going to be some projects in the book that I will like.  I find myself scrolling through the pictures on Amazon and often ordering.

I used to feel really guilty for buying so many quilt books because honestly, I often don’t make a quilt from the book.  I finally got over that.  I read quilt books like books and magazines.  All of my other reading and listening comes from free online libraries so I easily justify quilt book purchases as my reading budget, not my quilting budget.

Regardless of how you want to spend your quilting or reading budget, this is a good book.

There are 14 projects included in the book.  All are either big lap or larger quilts.

Check out this one…isn’t it a ray of sunshine?  When I get books like this I study color placement and quilting patterns.  I do use orange very often in quilts and this reminds me that hey, orange is a good color too.

This one is soft and gentle.  I love that they pictured it with antiques.  I often think if I am putting quilts with antiques the quilts are supposed to be only reproductions fabric based.  Wrong.  This looks great.

Little things like this are beside the quilt patterns that are often what I get from quilt books.

Oh, what a cute log cabin blog with a tiny friendship star in the center.

I’m never a two-fabric kind of quilt girl but this one could have me rethinking that.

This is another, not my typical quilt.  The pieces are really big but wouldn’t if be great for a charity quilt?  Those big pieces would make the quilt come together quickly.

This one I thought I’d really love but then turned the page of the book only to realize that…

The plus signs were all big and weren’t all over.  I like the concept but I think I might modify the pattern if I ever made it.

Now this one really caught my eye.  I just love it!!  This would be a great quilt for a wedding present.  It would go together quickly and solid fabrics are always cheaper than printed.  Hmmm.  I just might have to make one.  Or I’d love it in red and white for Christmas.

This one is the perfect scrappy quilt.  I really like it.  It’s clean and crisp.

It seems there is always a quilt in a book that pushes me over the edge to buy the book.  For me, it was this one.  Betsy Chutchian designed it…she designs fabric for Moda and is a prolific reproduction fabric quilter.  Oh my.  Be still my heart.  Those tiny little star blocks are calling to me.  I love the printed background.  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!

I’m so in love with this quilt.  Oh my word, I wish I could sew up some of those UFOs of mine a little faster.  This quilt might be worth setting them aside long enough to make it.  Nope.  I’m going to at least get that Tribute to Judy quilt made first.  I’m already making small little stars.  I shouldn’t sign up for another tiny star block quilt just yet.

You might have noticed that I didn’t show you every quilt from the book.  There is a total of 14 quilts.  You can find the book HERE if you are interested in seeing the other quilts of purchasing the book.  I’m having lots of fun studying all the different designs.

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