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Community Quilts from Ray

Ray had been busy not only longarming but sewing too!!  Read along and check out the three great quilts Ray finished.

Ray writes:
Between all the long arming of quilts, I managed to actually make a quilt.

I was doing some shopping at a discount store and came across the fabric aisle. They had 20 count jelly rolls for less than $7 each and I could not resist buying two of them. I decided to sew two strips together and then cut them into 4-inch blocks. I grouped four blocks with the same fabric in them to make 8-inch blocks. The fabric is really cute but there were only five different fabrics which was not enough variety.

I found the pink and green polka dot fabric in the stash from Tammye M, in FL. With all the dots in the fabrics, I had to go with the circle meander motif for quilting and white thread.

It is probably a bit big for a baby quilt but would be great for a young child. I enjoyed making it and like it. Hope some child does as well.”

Here’s quilt #2 from Ray…
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Made By You!

Welcome to a regular feature here on the blog called “Made by You!”  We have free patterns listed on the right sidebar of the blog, we have a book Country Girl Modern, we have patterns in our online shop and we have patterns often featured in magazines.  We have so many of you taking those patterns and making them in your own way and your own style.  The blog series features YOUR quilts made with our designs. We love the series as there is no higher compliment to a designer than to know you like our design well enough to spend your time and money to make it.

I recently got an email from Amy.  She writes:
Hi Jo
I wanted to send along a picture of my Moment of Zen quilt.  When I saw your quilt in the magazine I just knew I had to make it for a friend’s wedding gift.  I had been looking at the Cider fabric for a while and just knew I had to use that too.  You and Kelli did a great job on this pattern.  I used 42 fat quarters to make mine a 6×7 layout.  It will hopefully find a home on the back of their couch and be a cuddle quilt.  I will be blogging about it after I deliver it.

Also, I have included a selfie I took (not good at them) wearing my new shirt from Kalissa.  I can’t find an email address for her anywhere on her blog.  Could you please pass it along?  And please tell Carver, thank you for the wonderful note.”

Oh, how FUN…both the quilt and the shirt.  Amy blogs HERE.  Please go over and check her out.  I had not been to Amy’s blog before and found it very nice…dogs, quilts, house fixing up.  All of those things are exactly what I love reading about.

About the quilt.  This was out Moment of Zen quilt.  (No we didn’t name the quilt but honestly, we stink at quilt names so likely couldn’t have come up with anything better.)  It was featured in this issue of American Patchwork and Quilting… Continue reading

Community Quilts: The lost email edition

As I was cleaning out my email I found some extra quilts that had been shared with me but not featured on the blog yet.  The first quilts are from Ray.

Ray writes:
I received an email a few weeks ago from Paulette H. in WI. She is a blog reader and had a flannel quilt top to donate and wanted to know if I would like to long arm it and to donate it. I said yes and said we do use flannel in Florida, not a problem. Paulette mailed me this beautiful quilt along with a note on its history.

The quilt kit came to Paulette from Evelyn H. in CA via a connection with you. Evelyn won the kit and it is called “Diamonds in the Rough” by Bonnie Sullivan. The quilt is gorgeous with its dark earthy colors. Quite a contrast to the bright-colored fabrics typically found around here.

I dug in my stash and could not find anything that suited this quilt. I took the top with me to Kay’s Quilt Shop and asked if she had anything for backing. She said she did and found this striking fabric that was on sale.

Because of the earthy qualities in the quilt, I chose the trillium leaf pattern and used a dark brown thread.

WOW!! What a story and what a quilt! Thanks to you, Evelyn, and Paulette for your contributions to creating this quilt.”

This quilt was late in posting that it was already featured in Ray’s Airing of the quilts.  Paulette has gone on and finished another UFO I sent her.

You can read more about HERE on Paulette’s blog. You’re going to want to see the fun machine quilting Paulette did.

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Made by YOU!

In the great email clean-out, I found a whole bunch of quilts that viewers had shared with me.  They are all patterns that Kelli and I created.  I thought I’d share the quilts all here with you.

Kathy writes:
Hi Jo,  Wanted to show you my Chain of Faith quilt made in 2013. I gifted it to my step-granddaughter.

Think I may have to make this one again.”

The pattern for our Chain of Faith quilt is a free pattern and can be found HERE.


Dianne K in Oregon made our Black Magic table topper, opting to make it in Christmas colors.

So cute.  The free pattern can be found HERE.  We did ours in black and white for Halloween.

Theresa used a pattern from our blog to make this… Continue reading