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Ask Jo: On Point?? YES!

Hello, and welcome to another edition of “Ask Jo”.  I get many comments and questions from all sorts of places, the comment section here, Youtube, email, and from our Facebook group.  Sometimes I think others of you might want to know the answers as well so I answer them here on the blog.

Today I’m only tackling one question.  It’s about a quilt that Ray recently finished as part of the community quilt project.

Ray finished this quilt and took time to tell you all that the quilt was set on point.  After that comment, many of you found yourself having trouble understanding.  After all, it doesn’t look like it is one point.


Helen made this comment, “Not sure this is on point but it is intriguing. I can see the intersection but can’t figure how to make the rest of the block. Can you draw this out for us, Jo? I would love to understand it. Yes, Ray is magical!!”

Ray wrote:  “The quilt was made on point. I know it does not look like it. But it has to have been made on point. The border was part of the outside blocks.”

First off, for those of you new to quilting, I want to tell you that quilts blocks can be “set” in several different ways.  On point means the blocks are turned so that they appear to look like diamonds vs squares.

This is an on-point setting.  I borrowed this picture from Pheobe Moon Quilt Designs.  She has an awesome explanation including charts with measurements on how to cut the side triangles to make this layout of the quilt.  I highly recommend checking out her website.  Find it HERE.

Quilt Set on Point showing blocks, side setting triangles and corner setting triangles
Look at the picture below carefully to see the intersection where the blocks come together.  Look specifically at the tan square in the middle of the picture below. Continue reading

Quilts of 2016

In 2016, I had two surgeries…one to remove my thyroid because of my thyroid cancer, and two I had foot surgery.  Surprisingly, that really didn’t limit the number of quilts I finished.

This is my Four Patch X quilt.  This is a Bonnie Hunter quilt and can be found in her book More Adventures with Leaders and Enders.  Read more about it HERE.

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I love this quilt…It’s one of my favorite kinds of quilts…not fancy but classic scrappy.

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I made Emery’s Stars.  It’s just a baby quilt but it is 51″ x 51″.   I made this one for one of my childcare kids when she was born.  She’s five as I write this and has become a real treasure to me.  I love her like my own!!

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If you’re looking for the free pattern check out this link.  Read more about it HERE.

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Allietare the mystery quilt got finished!!  I think I still have this one but I’m not sure.  I could have gifted this one.  Read more about it HERE.
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Here’s another picture of it.

allietare-1I’m so glad I take pictures outside now on the clothes line.   You can see the quilts so much better.

In my march to get the quilt tops under control at my house, I  finish….Narragansett Blues.

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Read more about it HERE.  This is in Bonnie Hunter’s book More Adventures with Leaders and Enders.  Find the book HERE.

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You might remember our block that was featured in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks magazine.  This quilt was made with our block.

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I wrote a blog post (find it here) about how I constructed the block.  If you follow my instructions and wanted to make this quilt, the inside sashing and the outside border are made with the bonus pieces.  For the quilt, I did change it up and used different background fabrics.  This was submitted and later published in Quiltmaker Magazine.

Rausch-baby-Quilt-10I made a second one for publication. I love the straight line quilting on this.

I finished my Lozenges quilt.  Read more about it HERE.  I did this as a Bonnie Hunter Leader and Ender challenge.

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I gifted this to my niece Carly.

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This is Garden Party.  It’s a Bonnie Hunter Quilt that was published in Quiltmaker Magazine.  You can read more about it HERE.  This was later published in Addicted to Scraps.

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I finished Fair and Square.  Read more about it HERE.

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The pattern can be found in Bonnie Hunter’s book Scraps and Shirttails II.  This is one of my very favorite quilts…
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I finished a quilt for a wedding gift.  Read more about it HERE.

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This is a free pattern we offer here on the blog.  Find it HERE.

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This is Jingle Bell Square, another Bonnie Hunter pattern.  It was published in Quiltmaker magazine and late in one of her books, Addicted to Scraps.

Jingle-Bell-Square-Quilt-1Read more about it HERE.

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I finished my Rick Rack Nines quilt.  Read more about it HERE.  You can find in it Bonnie Hunter’s book Adventures with Leaders and Enders-book 1.

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We had a quilt published in American Patchwork and Quilting…this is Stair Steps.  It’s an explosion of 1″ finished strips!!  You can read more about it HERE.

StairStep-1This quilt is a favorite of mine.
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We had a quilt published in a calendar.  This quilt.  I don’t remember what the publication called the quilt.  I’ve called in Crystal’s Zinnias named after my niece.

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Zinnia-Garden-1It was a fun quilt.

Our Plus Fun quilt was in McCalls Quilting.

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Read more about it HERE.
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Our Candy Cane quilt was in Quilts and More magazine.

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You can read about it HERE.  I gifted this to a couple who had a December wedding.

I finished my Winston Ways quilt.  Read more about it HERE.
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This is a Bonnie Hunter quilt.  It is featured in her book More Leaders and Enders.
Winston-Ways-13Be still my heart.  Red four patches.  What is not to LOVE!

I finished  Bonnie Hunter’s Bricks and Stepping Stones quilt.  (You can find the free pattern here)
Bricks-and-Stepping-Stones-Quilt-1-1HERE is a link to read more about the quilt…

Bricks-and-Stepping-Stones-Quilt-3Again…red four-patches!!

Next is a baby quilt I made for a gift.  The pattern is based on Bonnie Hunter’s “H is for Happy” pattern.  The pattern can be found here.   I made the “H” blocks and then set mine differently.  I ABSOLUTELY loved making this quilt.
H-quilt-0-1Read more about it HERE.

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This was a wedding quilt.  The lighting is terrible in the picture.  Sorry.

Quilt-10This was a quilt along I think with Country Threads.

Next a baby gift.  It’s a Minky quilt.  I hated making this!
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Kelli made quilt a few quilts that I machine quilted and bound for her.

This is Kelli’s Easy Street quilt.  This was a Bonnie Hunter mystery.  You can read more about it HERE.

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Kelli made this…

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We later remade it and submitted it for publication.  It ended up being featured in American Patchwork and Quilting.  You can read more about it HERE.  Can you believe it is made with one jelly roll?

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This is Kelli’s version of My Blue Heaven.  It’s in the free pattern section on Bonnie’s site.  You can find it here.  Kelli did a scrappy version.

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She started this quilt in 2011 when we saw Bonnie Hunter in Storm Lake Iowa at a retreat.  It was the first retreat Kelli and I ever went to.  We met Nell there and have had a lasting friendship with her.

Read more about Kelli’s finished quilt HERE.

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This is Kelli’s First Monday’s quilt.  It’s a Miss Rosie pattern.  Read more about it HERE.

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This is Kelli’s Pineapple Blossom quilt.  She did the top.  I finished it.  You can read more about it HERE.

PineappleBlossoms-1This is a free Bonnie Hunter pattern.  You can find the free pattern here.  I love this made all with one color.

Here is another Kelli quilt finish, Farmer’s Daughter.  Read more about it HERE.

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So pretty.
Farmers-Daughter-5I finished this quilt for Kelli.  She had made a Miss Rosie Schnibble pattern.  Sorry, I don’t know the name of it.  I had added borders and machine quilted it for her.

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That’s the quilts we completely made and finished.  I did other things though…

I twined a rug.  Mary at Country Threads was having a rug along and I joined in.  You can read more about it HERE.

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Anyone can make this type of rug.  You simply need a frame like this.

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I’ve made several and very much enjoy making them.

I did a lot of charity quilting.  A LOT.  Here they are…

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At this time in my life I was donig a lot of longarming of charity quilts.  I was doing so much that I started handing off the quilts and had a bunch of blog readers that were finishing the binding on the quilts.  I counted over 25 charity quilts that I did the longarming on.

I did some machine quilting for my cousin Donna.  These are her projects…
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Donna now had her own longarm.

In other sewing news, I found my Singer 301.  Read more about it HERE.

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That’s pretty much the highlights in the sewing room from 2016.  I’m so excited to have this post to add to the archives.

Being a Mom and a Grandma

I told you that I had the grandkids this weekend.  What I didn’t tell you was that I had lunch with Buck on Friday.

In yesterday’s post, I told you that I went to pick up Buck’s kids on Friday but they thought I was coming on Saturday.  It was the best miscommunication EVER.

I got to Buck’s house and no one was home.  I was confused as I was on time.  Typically on my drive there he’ll call and see how I’m doing.  It’s a two-hour drive..nothing terrible.  But there was no phone call, and now no one was here.  Hmm.

I called him and he said, “You’re here today??”

“Yep”, I said, “at your front door”.

He said he thought I was coming tomorrow.  So…we made new plans to go up to the bar and grill and eat as it was close to lunchtime.

I had yet to eat in a restaurant yet so that was GREAT, but the best part was… Continue reading

Cross Stitch Update and a Reader Question

I thought I would give you all a cross-stitch update.  It’s been about three weeks since I updated you so I thought I’ve made enough progress that it might be time to show you where I am at.

I’m working on my Anniversaries of the Heart.  I’m so happy. I have the February block done and I’ve started on the bonus block.
Here’s more of a close-up picture.  This is more of the real colors.

The pattern does leave spots that are designed to put initials in.  I am… Continue reading