Prodigal Returns: Double Dutch

Our quilt is back!!  I’m so happy to see it.  This one actually had a quick turn around.  Sometimes we send a quilt out and don’t get it back for almost a year.  This one was only gone for about four months.  In the magazine publishing world, that’s FAST!


If you missed our original post about it, this quilt is being featured in McCalls Quilting Magazine…the May/June issue which should be on news stands soon.

I’ve always felt really inadequate on the machine quilting I do.  I feel embarrassed that people nationally are looking at it.  I tell Kelli and tell Kelli that I don’t feel like I am good enough at it to have things published.  My WORST fear is always that a magazine company is going to take a close up of the quilt and everyone will see my free motion quilting.

Well in this issue, it happened.  I am thrilled to say, I’m not mortified by it either.  It is far from perfect…but something I’m not embarrassed about.  What do you think?

Here it is in real life.


I love the backing for this quilt….LOVE-LOVE that fabric.


This quilt has gone through many name changes.  We started out referring to it as the “Social Club Barn Raising”.  It is made from a fabric line called Social Club.  It’s in a barn raising setting.  Make sense.

From there we called in Prairie Sunrise.  That didn’t fit.


In fact we sent to a magazine for publishing consideration and they didn’t take it.  We began to wonder if the name sounded too “country” and country isn’t the current quilting kick.

We renamed it “Urban Renewal”.  I like that.  The dark looks, well, bleak…the bright yellows and green look renewed.  I really liked that name.  We sent it out again for consideration and McCalls took it.  I’m so glad they did.  It’s a nice quilt.

McCalls Quilting ended up calling the quilt Double Dutch….I have no idea how Kelli or I will ever remember the name.  It’s been so many different things.

The quilt is 72″ x 84″.  On their website that’s listed as a large throw.  To me, that’s twin sized…no matter.  I didn’t want you to wonder if you saw the words “large throw” as if you are a long time blog reader you know we don’t do throws around here.

…and what’s a quilt around here without Ruby???

Here she is.

It’s always such an honor to have a quilt selected for publishing in a magazine.  Thanks so much to McCalls Quilting for featuring our quilt.  We love the quilt and hope you all will love it too…..

20 thoughts on “Prodigal Returns: Double Dutch”

  1. What a great quilt ~ fun design & colors! I’ve always admired your quilting, Jo & really like the quilting you did on this one!

  2. Beautiful quilt! Angela Walters says we are too critical of our own quilting. No ones is perfect, not even Angela. Yours looks lovely.

  3. I must say your quilt is an eye catcher for sure. I was going through different websites looking for block information, and had to back track to take a look at it your quilt again. It is fresh with a bold pop of color. Your color selection is wonderful, and it’s just in time for spring. I have an agreement with myself not to buy any more quilting magazines. I have way too many, however; I think I’ll have to grab this McCall’s issue off the self and add it to my collection. Give yourself a pat on the back. You did a wonderful job!

  4. I always admire your quilting. On your recommendation I bought Christina Cameli’s freemotiin quilting book and I love it. You are an inspiration in so many ways. Thanks for sharing so much with us.

  5. Love your Quilting!! Being one of your binders, I’ve seen your Quilting up close and personal and it’s gorgeous! I’m a relatively new longarmer and understand it’s not so easy. Congratulations!

  6. I will have to go get this magazine and check it out. I love the fabric line, layout and your quilting looks great. Congratulations to you both.

  7. Congratulations on being published again! Such a lovely quilt. I think your quilting is lovely! I’d be thrilled if mine looked half as good!,

  8. It’s a great quilt. And it feels fresh, not the same old thing. There might be a handful of those magazine readers that will peer at the quilting critically, but they are probably looking to improve their own quilting. I’d be delighted if I could quilt that well.

  9. Lorraine Bujnowski

    Congratulations on your newly published quilt. I do like it and the quilting is just fine. I am a new long arm machine quilter and I now know how difficult it can be to do.

  10. The quilt is gorgeous! I love the combination of colors. I’m going to have to get that issue so I can make it. As for your quilting, don’t be so hard on yourself. I think it looks great…and it’s done! Big win in my book. Very few of us will be a Karen McTavish, Angela Walters or Judy Madsen, but we all strive to do our best and I don’t think others are nearly as critical of our work as we are ourselves. It’s a great quilt!

  11. Me too—I would be so happy if I could machine quilt as well as you do….a lovely quilt. I love the work you two do…..

  12. Rosie Westerhold

    You are WAAAYYYY too critical of your quilting! Your free-hand things are always wonderful. Can you share how you quilted this one? Sort of looks like Baptist fans at a distance, but I see something different up close. LOVE it whatever it is. Maybe you posted a tute or drawing on it before, but can’t remember. Would love to have another view of it so I can draw it out and PRACTICE myself! Congrats on being published yet again:)

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