Eye Candy

I have some eye candy for you all.  It’s been sent in by blog readers.  I’ve been slow to share.  Please know if you sent pictures, I so appreciate them but am also WAY behind in my email inbox.  That’s a spot where things have gotten very messy and I haven’t taken the time to deal with.  I’m so busy doing all of the “other things” that I have let it slip aside.

No more excuses…on to the pictures.

Diane O a blog readers was so great and sent me some calicos.  I’ve been collecting them.  I thought to make a calico quilt with them.  I mentioned that I didn’t know of a good pattern so Diane sent me some pictures of quilts she quilted for a client.

They were made from calicos.  The pattern if you don’t recognize it is from Bonnie Hunter.  It’s Carolina Chain and can be found in the book Addicted to Scraps.  I really like this idea of using my calico scraps to make my own version of Carolina Chain.  
Thanks so much for the fabric and picture Diane.

These pictures came from Jill.  She was busy and twined a rug.  She mentioned that she learned about it from me and then went on to order the rug twining book from Country Threads.  Mary is hosting a Rugalong and you can make a rug right along with her.  To find out more, follow this link.

Jill’s pup is super cute and the rug gorgeous.  These rugs use up a lot of fabric.  I have so loved making them in the past.  They use of tons of the “what was thinking when I bought that” fabric!!
I love the rug!  Blues are awesome!!

Charnette’s (a blog reader and retreateer) mom made our quilt that was featured in American Patchwork and Quilting.  The quilt is called On the Bright Side.  Check it out….WOW!!  I’m so impressed.  This quilt is a lot of work!!

What was even more fun was that they took the quilt to Carla of Longarm Quilting Inspirations to do the long arm work.  Carla did the work on our version…and they wanted it just like ours.  How cool was that??  Carla was tickled to be able to work on the quilt.  You can find Carla HERE.

Kelli was the one who sewed our quilt….I’d still like to make one.  Hmm.  Maybe a winter project??

The pattern was featured in American Patchwork and Quilting.  All People Quilt- which is where American Patchwork and Quilting have their website, is where you can find back issues of their issues.  Here is the link.


You can read more about this quilt here…and suggestions on how to make it smaller here.

The next quilt was sent to me but the reader didn’t sign the email.

This is her version of our quilt Homestead that you can find it in the May/June 2018 issue of McCall’s Quilting.

Here is our version….


Our blocks are placed more randomly…these were intentionally put so the light blocks around the outside almost border it….I love the updo of our version and was sure many of you would like to see it as well.

This quilt came from Erin.  It’s our Connect Four quilt from our book Country Girl Modern.  I love it in this colorway.

Here is our original.  I’ve made a couple of these.  It’s the quickest pattern ever.  Seriously, if you don’t want to use scraps, grab two charm packs that you have lying around and get a matching background color.  You’ll be good to go.  I still have a few copies of the book here.  Message me if you want one.  rogjok@iowatelecom.net.  $24 postage included.


This beautiful picture came from Debbie.  She had asked if I wold be willing to send her a couple African Violet leaves and she would try her hand at propagating African Violets.  Oh me.  It worked.  Isn’t it beautiful??

I love blog reader mail whether it’s in the inbox or in the mailbox.  Either way is wonderful.  I though all of you might enjoy the eye candy.  It can be inspiring to see quilts in different color ways.  So often when people send pictures I think…now why didn’t I do that?!

Thanks everyone.  I appreciate your sharing and the notes you send with.

P.S.  My inbox is a terrible mess.  If you sent something in the last six months and I haven’t answered or acknowledged you, PLEASE forgive me and please send it again.  I’m in a better spot to take care of things.

11 thoughts on “Eye Candy”

  1. Carolyn Sullivan

    OH I have that magazine from American Patchwork, always wanted to try it.
    Also I killed most of my African violets this year :( wasn’t a good year for them at my house either.

  2. If you haven’t bought their book, please do. It’s got wonderful patterns, well written, and even supports our friends, the Kramer Strong family!!!!

  3. I love the quilt in a king size and its on my to due list…..which grows longer with each passing year, lol

    1. Go to Country Threads Chicken Scratch blog. Scroll back a bit. You can order a book of directions from them. It’s Rags to Rugs.

  4. Judith Fairchild

    Enjoyed the eye candy. Your African violet just gave me several ideas for a purple and green quilt. Thanks

  5. Thanks for sharing these, Jo. I love seeing quilts made in different colorways. “Carolina Chain” in calico is a great example of that.

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