What I’m Working On…

It looks like I did a lot but a couple of these things have been on going projects.

This first project I’m showing you is my beginning design process for a quilt for Hubby’s great niece for her wedding.  I started out with this and a phone call to Kelli….


After talking it over with Kelli I was happy with the idea so I worked on it some more……


For most of you this is a bunch of gibberish.  For me, it’s the pattern written out in short hand.

I put a quilt on the frame.  This one….  Check it out…This one has been in my to-do pile.  It’s for Neighbor Girl.   I’ll tell you more about the quilt once I have it finished.  I’m hoping to have it bound and finished by Friday but we’ll see.


I had my shirts out and had cut the Ohio Star blocks that I needed for Rectangle Wrangle.  While the whole shirt mess was out I decided to cut out a couple quilts that are on my radar.  Here is Holy Toledo.  This one is all cut out.  This happened over a month (or so) with simple cutting over nap time.  This quilt is in Bonnie Hunter’s Scraps and Shirttails II book.  This will be awesome to have cut out as it will be an easy project to grab and go.  Perfect if I need a gift.

While I was cutting out Holy Toledo I also cut out this….This is Show Off.  This pattern is free from Becky at Quilted Twins.  (Find this and other free patterns here-find awesome fabric buys too!)


I’m doing a debate on whether I want to cut out another shirt quilt while I still have it all out.    I’ll admit, I did start cutting strips for Bonnie Hunter’s Moth in the Window too….

The good thing about all of this extra cutting of shirts, I’m getting LOTS and LOTS more strings which is exactly what I need for Virginia Bound.  I’m starting to think Virginia Bound should move to the front burner and be full speed ahead…but alas, I have a that wedding quilt I need to get going on.  Luckily it will be a quick quilt….at least that’s the hope.

14 thoughts on “What I’m Working On…”

  1. Wow you really are moving at fast speed! Great motivation for me. Thank you always for your blog I so look forward to hearing from you

  2. I too make notes that look nonsensical when I’m designing a quilt. I’m good at math which means my notes kind of skip around with end results instead of all the math to get me there. It works for me, that’s what matters.

    And you’ve inspired me to finish cutting up some shirts instead of trying to figure out how to put them away. Thanks.

  3. I seem to go in bursts as well, either a cutting frenzy, or piecing like a madwoman or running quilts through the long arm. Have to get a baby girl quilt on the frame and bound, and OH BOY, do I need to focus some time and energy on cleaning up my sewing room. It is a mess. . . Can’t wait to see what you get done.

  4. Where do you get all the shirts? I’ve looked at thrift stores but they have really increased in price. Unless you have a source where you buy by the pound or bag, this could get spendy. Do you only use all cotton shirts or a poly/cotton blend or whatever as long as it looks nice?

    1. Only all 100% cotton. I have AWESOME thrift stores in my area-Really AWESOME! Shirts are $2 at the most expensive store. Most of the time they are $2-$4 for a bag or 10 items. Selection isn’t the best but I’ve been hunting for them long enough. Now days I only buy if there are some good yellow, red, orange or purple ones….then fill the rest of the bag with neutrals or blues. Blues are so plentiful! I’m lucky I know.

  5. Cynthia Bartz

    Jo, I found a fashion plates and the doll dressing toy that you use fabric pieces to make clothes for the doll ( you posted it on your blog). Would you like them for the daycare kids? I can mail them if you want them.


    1. YES! They love to play but I don’t have one for everyone so we can only play them on days when someone is gone or we end up with fighting…That would be so nice. Here’s my address:
      Jo Kramer
      111 2nd Ave NE
      Waucoma, IA 52171

  6. Holy smokes! I wouldn’t be able to keep track of working on so many different projects at one time. You’re an expert when it comes to time management, for sure. The neighbor girl is going to be tickled pink receiving that quilt made by you. It’s so cute!

  7. Again, I am amazed at how much you accomplish with little’s under foot all day! That pink quilt on the longarm is beautiful!

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