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…
But let’s roll back a bit and let me tell you about how this all came about for me to be with the blog hop.  I was reading my email back in November when a message came from Villa Rosa asking me if I would be interested in participating in the blog hop.  I said yes.

Sometime later each of us in the hop was sent these five patterns.  Here they are…

If you aren’t familiar with Villa Rosa designs, they all come on a postcard.  The designs are made to be simple patterns often using fat quarters or other precuts.  There are several different designers but they are all printed and marketed through the parent name Villa Rosa.
I immediately knew this one, Nantucket was my favorite.

I immediately grabbed my bucket of Kaffee prints and started cutting.  The pattern calls for fat quarters, but you all know I’m a bit of a rebel and don’t do things traditionally so I pulled scraps of all shapes and parts and cut my quilt out.  I used strips, I used leftovers, and anything was game.  It makes a pretty small quilt so I decided to cut enough to make the quilt a little bigger.
The pattern called for it to be in a 5×6 setting.  I made mine in a 6×6 setting.

I cut the binding strips the same day.  I cut random scraps into 2 1/4″ as that’s my preferred binging strip width.

I sewed the top together in less than a day.

I prepped a backing the week later and then squeezed in some machine quilting time.  Then it was binding time.

I used my Third-Hand Binding tool to prep my binding.  I absolutely love it.

It’s so easy to use.  Just advance your fabric through it and iron as you go.  No more burning your fingers!!

If you are new here, you might like to watch a video I made showing how the Third Hand Binding Tool works.  You can click play and watch the video here or you can go to Youtube HERE and save the video to watch later.

In no time flat you’ll have your pieces ready to go.  If you are interested in a binding tool or any of the other Heather of Purple Hobbies makes, you can enjoy her 20% discount coupon for you.  If you go to her site, Purple Hobbies (HERE is the link) you can get 20% off anything you buy if you use the code JoSentMe.  (type it in as all one word)

If you keep reading to the end of the post, I have some great news.  Heather will be offering up one of her Third Hand Binding tools as a prize for one lucky blog reader who enters to win.  You can pick out the color you’d like and she will get it shipped off to you.  YAHOO!!

Here are my binding strips all ready to go.  No fingers weren’t burnt in the process!  HA!

I went with this variegated thread to sew down my binding.

I bind by machine.

You can watch this video I made to show you how I machine bind.  Just push play to watch the video here or you can click THIS LINK, save it and watch it later.

I just love the colors in this quilt!!

So are you ready to see a closer picture of it finished…enough teasing, here it is.

What a burst of color!!  I think the pattern Nantucket is great for large print fabrics.

The quilt is made up of three easy blocks…
One is plain, a four-patch and square with borders.  How easy is that??

It’s dreary winter here so seeing this bright quilt makes me smile.

I used a sheet for the back.  If you’re new here I wrote a whole block post about the true confessions about me using sheets for the backing.  You can read that HERE.

I used a Stitched by Susan quilting motif that is new to me.  I couldn’t find the link to it but Susan is an awesome resource for quilting videos.  You can find her Youtube channel HERE.

Here is that scrappy border.

Such a brightly colored beauty!

Here are my blog mascots, Rosie and Izzy showing off the quilt…

I couldn’t decide which picture I liked better so included two.

As many of you know, I’ve been working on a “use your scraps” series on Youtube.  I want to take the time to remind you that even though a pattern like this one calls for fat quarters, you can check the sizes of the pieces needed and you can go to your scrap basket first.  That’s what I do and look, the quilt turned out just fine.  It really helps that I used all fabrics from Kaffee.

This quilt is going in my to-be-donated pile.  I make lots of quilts for causes or benefits that are meaningful to me.  This will be perfect for that.

I have some giveaways happening on the blog here today.  To enter you need to follow the rules.  So here are the details.

Giveaway #1 is for

the Third Hand Binding Tool from Heather at Purple Hobbies.  They are a U.S.-made company…I love that!!  You can find their website HERE.  Please follow this link to see the color and size options then leave a comment telling me if you win, what color, and what size you want.  By size, it means what size of strips you cut if you are making a binding.

**Also remember, If you go to her site, Purple Hobbies (HERE is the link) you can get 20% off anything you buy if you use the code JoSentMe.  (type it in as all one word)

Giveaway #2 is a set of quilt-themed cards donated by my daughter Kalissa.  She has an Etsy shop that has all sorts of quilting and cross-stitch T-shirts.  She’s expanded to add stationery and a few other things.  You can find her shop HERE.

Besides those prizes there will also be these…

Each blogger will be giving away a set of the Blog Hop Patterns.

Each blogger will select 2 people to go into the drawing for the 2 big prize boxes that are being given away with lots of awesome goodies from the blog hop sponsors which include books, precuts, notions, fat quarter bundles, and more.

Each blogger will select 3 more winners who will each be awarded some kind of fun prize

It might be a set of precuts, a bundle of fat quarters, a book, or other quilty goodies.  Some bloggers will be doing their own giveaways on their blogs at the same time.

The blog Hop welcomes international guests.  If any international folks win, they will win a digital Blog Hop pattern set.


I’ll close this post by giving you a list of the previous day’s blog hop participants.  I know several of you have had trouble leaving a comment at some places.  That was supposed to get fixed.  Feel free to hop around and try leaving a comment…remember to “Jo Sent Me”….that’s the same code to the discount at Purple Hobbies.  HA!!  Have a great day.

Villa Rosa at

Michelle at
Kathleen at
Jaftex at

Wendy at
Diann at
Keepsake Quilting

Cheryl at
Leanne at
Quilts of Valor at

Bernie at
Joy  at
Electric Quilt at

Julie at
ME!!!  at
Cindy at




381 thoughts on “Villa Rosa Blog Hop: It’s MY Day!!!”

    1. Hi! If I win the binding tool, I would like the aqua/teal colored one in 2.25. I’m already familiar with kalissa’s site. I have ordered from her a couple of times.

  1. Susan the Farm Quilter

    Ohhh, the Forest 2.25″ third hand is perfect!! You certainly brought a beautiful splash of color to the winterscape of Iowa!! Kaffe fabric is perfect for this pattern! Rosie and Izzy look so happy together on the quilt…they know a treat will be theirs soon!!!

  2. Aloha from one MN native to another!
    I like your colorful Nantucket quilt! And If I were to be a winner, I would like a yellow 2.5″ binding tool. I do most binding by machine and find size gives me a better result.

  3. Julie A Hutcherson

    Pink size 2-1/2

    LOL! I just ordered the size I wanted 2-1/4. So, I guess I might need a 2nd size.

    Your blog post for this even was nicely written & beautiful. (I do love all your posts, though)

  4. I should start with Jo sent me. Thank you for making the comment easy to find. I like 2.5 in lime. Thank you for an interesting blog.

  5. Sharon M Aurora

    Your quilt is so colorful. I love it. I was fascinated by your Third Hand Binding Tool before reading that it was one of the prizes! I would love to have the 2″ size in Lime Green.

  6. Love reading your blog Jo, look forward to it every day, just like visiting with a friend! If I win, I would like the 2 1/4 inch third hand binding tool in the marble color

  7. Such a cheerful, colorful quilt, very nice! Definitely looks great against the snow.

    #1 in purple in a 2 1/4 inch. That looks so helpful with binding.

  8. Beautiful quilt. I love the blog with alot of info. That is a neat binding tool. I would like it in pink if I win.
    I like 2 1/4 inch binding. Thanks for sharing.

  9. The 2.5 Lime would be delightful. That is one colorful quilt. Love it and using your scraps like that, Perfect! Thanks.

  10. I would get the purple in a 2.5 inch as that’s my go to binding size.
    Love your colorful quilt – Villa Rosa patterns are so easy and I need to make more of them.

  11. Hello Jo! I had to come and see who you were because I got several JoSentMe comments on my blog within their comments… :-) Your quilt is just fabulous, and the fact you are donating it as a comfort quilt impresses me! I love Kaffe prints and have used them quite a bit. I also like your idea of using up scraps, something I’ve been working at for (ever) some time (without a lot of dwindling in the scrap bins/drawers/boxes… If I were to win a Third Hand binding tool I’d love any shade of blue in 2.25″ size, same size as you prefer. PS your dogs are adorable – they make every quilt better imho.

  12. I’m new to your blog through the blog hop but would love to come back and view more of your tutorials and read your blog. I love the idea of a binding tool as ironing an entire length of binding is quite a task. If I won, I would use lilac or light blue in 2.25 inches. Thanks for sharing your bright quilt!

  13. I so loved Rosie and Izzy posing on the quilt!! So adorable! This blog hop has been awesome, if I’m lucky enough to win, I’d want the purple 2″ size binding maker. Good luck to me lol!!

  14. Jo, I like how the quilt turned out. It is a bright spot in a gray winter. You sent me; this has been a fun blog hop. I would be interested in the 2.5″ third hand binding tool in orange.

  15. Michelle Boswell

    3H pink 2.5”

    Hi! I’m from central Iowa and also love Kaffe. I have a bunch of scraps and pieces …. You’ve inspired me to make Nantucket

  16. Hi
    I would choose pink 2.5″ and oh I wish I would get on the ball and do something scrapie. I love yours but am nervous to make the plunge – someday!

  17. I would pick the purple binding tool in 2 1/2″ size. I love your Nantucket and think the pattern would be great in scrappy too!!! I have really enjoyed this blog hop, thanks for inviting me along!!!

  18. Your quilt is so bright and cheery in those amazing fabrics.
    The 3rd hand berry at 2.5 inch for my binding would be lovely.

  19. I love the colors of your quilt you did for this blog hop!!!your choice of thread is awesome and That their hand tool looks so handy!! Well since I’m a beginner and have yet to do my first binding…someone recommended a bit bigger binding than normal…so guess I’d go 3 inches and a purple third hand..

  20. Hi Jo! Goodness, that is a colorful and beautiful quilt. Someone will be so happy to receive it and be wrapped in your love. I’ve never seen or heard of the Third-Hand Binding tool before. What a nifty device. Should I happen to win, I’d love a red one. Thank you also for the links and the code for 20% off. {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

  21. Love your quilt! It cheered me up on this cold, cloudy day in Iowa. If I win, I would like a purple 2.5 inch binding tool.

  22. Purple third hand for me. Jo great quilt. I think I might have some Kaffe scraps to make one.Live Villa Rosa.

  23. Your quilt is beautiful. I think the Nantucket pattern will work with so many different fabrics. I would pick the magenta binding tool in 2.5 width.

  24. I have been reading your blog for about a year now and enjoy your down to earth, common sense life and projects. You are very gifted with needle, pen and camera!
    For the binding tool I like marble for 2.5 ” fabric.

  25. Hi Jo,
    Have been reading your blog for about a year now and have enjoyed getting to know you a little bit. You are very gifted with needle, pen (oh, well keyboard) and camera. I do quilt and cross stitch and love seeing what you are making and/or working on.

    Marble, 2.5″ for Binding Tool.

  26. Polly Brickhouse

    I love your quilt! The colors make this cold day in central Iowa seem a little brighter! I’m off to try and find that pattern because it certainly showcases that fabric well. I’ve never seen a tool to help with binding. My choice would be 2.5 yellow on an aside, I want to thank you so much for your courage in talking about the anniversary date of when you learned about your husband’s health issue. That post may have brought me to waves of raw emotions again but it made me feel like these tidal waves will eventually lessen or at least become manageable… God bless you for helping me to realize my grief is mine and it’s okay. My Dad died in October unexpectedly and….well, just thank you for that post.

  27. I love your Nantucket quilt in the Kaffe fabrics. Oh no, one more quilt I have to make! I would love the binding tool in lime green in size 2.25”. Thanks for all your posts, Jo. I read them all!

  28. I love your Nantucket quilt. I’ve become a fan of Kaffe and seeing this quilt makes me want to do one like it. quiltjane@aol. Com

  29. Very informative and helpful. The patterns look like ones that I would want to repeat and give as gifts. I would prefer a Lilac Binding Tool. Would be very functional and finger saving! Thank you for all of you inspiration..

  30. Hi Jo,
    Thank you for offering such neat, useful and thoughtful gifts in the blog hop. 2.5 binding tool not fussy on color.

  31. Enjoy your blog so much! Your Kaffe prints are perfect in this pattern. Scrap quilts especially Civil War are my very favorite quilts. If I win I’d like the 2 and a fourth” in royal blue. Thanks for the opportunity!

  32. 3RD HAND BINDING FOLDER CLIP, 2.5 size and Starry Night.

    Thanks jo for sharing your quilt and all the prizes for the giveaway.

  33. This is such a beauty, all made with Kaffe fabrics. Somehow all of his fabrics look great together!
    I’d choose a 2.5″ in 3HBerry!

  34. Love your quilt, and I agree with you about using scraps and cutting them to size. I would choose a 2.5 tool in pink. It’s always nice to have a helping hand. Thank you.

  35. Yes Jo, Jo sent me touring around the USA right from my armchair, such fun .
    Your quilt is absolute joyous among the snow, beautiful.
    The 3rd hand sounds very useful, 2 1/2″ in any colour would be most acceptable, thank you.

  36. Love your Kaffe quilt! I know you have been saving fabric for a while. If I win your lovely prize I choose magenta 2.5”.
    And Jo sent me ;)

  37. Bonnie Hendrickson

    Magenta 2 1/2″ binding tool
    I love the colorful quilt you made. I don’t know if I’d be able to give it up if it were me.

  38. Carmen Montmarquet

    2 1/2 in binding tool, blue or red would be great! Love how your quilt turned out, my favorite is Nantucket too!

  39. Thank you Jo for all the time you give to making us feel apart of your day from quilting, cross stitching, new recipes and sharing your family and puppy dogs with us. If I would win a Third hand I’d like a 2.5 yellow. It’s been very gray and cold here in Idaho and any sunny color would brighten up the day!

  40. I have never been a big fan of Kaffe only because I prefer more traditional quilts but this pattern is perfect for his prints! How fun it looks and Rosie and Izzy are the perfect mascots :) thanks for sharing

  41. Love your quilt, Kaffe, & would love a yellow 2.5 binding tool! I really enjoy your blog & your down to earth comments. You are raising such an amazing family. You & Kramer should be proud!!!

  42. Such a colorful quilt! I make 2.25″ strips for my bindings, so that’s what I’d like to win….and in PURPLE, of course!!

  43. Hi, love reading your blog. I from just outside Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. If I win I would like the 2.5inch color Magenta. Thanks

  44. Love the Nantucket quilt. The colors are stunning. On the binding tool, I would love the purple 2 1/4. Thanks for giving us the chance to win.

  45. That “Third Hand” looks really neat! My favorite color is purple and that’s one of the choices, so I’d definitely go for that one, and I generally cut my bindings at 2 1/4″, so I’d go with the one that’s 2 3/8″, since it’s the closest they have. Thanks so much for being a part of the blog hop, and your quilt turned out great! Blessings, Vivian wvoaks at comcast dot net

  46. Lorene Holbrook

    What an awesome tool! I can see that i might need several sizes. Pink is my preferred color. And 2.25” size. Kalissa is a super talented lady! Her cards are darling! Thanks gif the chance.

  47. 2” purple is my choice. Great color selection. Love your posts, Jo. I’ve begun watching your videos, too, they’re fun and helpful.

  48. Hi Jo! If I win I would love the 2” berry colored binding tool. Would love to try it. Thanks for doing the giveaways

  49. I love the lime green color and I make my binding 2 1/4″ wide. I love your bright quilt in Kaffe fabrics. It puts a bright spot in our gray winter days!

  50. 2.5 inch, marble would be my choice. Love your quilt, and also love how versatile this pattern is. I can easily see making it in my bright, children’s prints or using up a bunch of Civil War prints, even.

  51. I would love the Third Hand Binding Tool in any color. I also love the quilt, it makes me happy with all the wonderful colors.

  52. Thanks for sharing your project and participating in the blog hop. Your quilt is beautiful.
    Hard choice to pick one size and one color…
    2.5″ and royal blue my 1st choice (2.25″ my 2nd)

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