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October 18, 2018
The Unexpected from Jo's Country Junction

A week or so ago I got an email message from someone whose name sounded familiar.  I thought and thought but nothing clicked.  Then I opened the email and it said, -Do you remember me?  I worked with your daughter Kayla at Pine Needles in Cresco.  I am helping my mom clean out fabric.  We have a couple boxes, are you interested?  If not we’re taking it to the thrift store.”

Oh be still my heart.  YES!  I’d love it.  So we make arrangements to meet in Decorah in the grocery store parking lot….here’s the two ...

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October 12, 2018
Great Batik Hospice Quilt from Heart Desire Creations

The community of quilters is just so awesome! Jo Kramer, of Jo’s Country Junction, receives amazing mailings from her readers which include fabric, blocks, patterns and quilt tops. She recently shared some of her bounty with me, knowing these quilts go to a great cause – Hospice. It was a thrill to receive not only this beautiful quilt top, but the backing and prepared binding too! The colors are so rich. We’ve had a lot of rain, so the pic was taken indoors and really does not do the colors justice.

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It was such a quick finish – one of ...

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October 11, 2018
October OMG Charity Quilts Finished, Pineapples Progressing, and New Outreach Quilt Headed to My Frame from Cheeky Cognoscenti

First, I have to show my friend Colleen that YES, I am still working on my pineapple log cabin quilt:

S.L.O.W.L.Y., Joining These Blocks Into Rows
I timed myself, and it takes me a solid ten minutes just to get two blocks pinned together and ready to sew, due to all of the seam allowances stacking rather than nesting.  Once they're pinned, I'm sewing them together at a fairly slow machine speed, watching out so my needle doesn't hit any of the pins, using my stiletto to swipe beneath the work to ...

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Charity Quilt From Ronda from Jo's Country Junction

Ronda dropped me an email with pictures.  I opened the pictures before I read the note and immediately recognized this as some blocks I had passed on to Ronda.  An anonymous blog reader sent them to me.  There were lots of blocks done but needed a few more.  I had planned on making them and putting it together then in the middle of cleaning my sewing room I had a little reality check!!  I don’t have time for that now…not when my sewing room still wasn’t clean.  It was so much better to pass them on to ...

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October 4, 2018
Charity Quilts: Ronda and Janelle strike again! from Jo's Country Junction

Ronda and Janelle are at it again.  They make a great tag team accomplishing MUCH.  Janelle made up 8 tops and forwarded them on to Ronda who finished them.

Ronda writes:
I have two more finishes for you ~ the last two from the box of eight sent to me by Janelle R. in Pasadena, MD.  These last two tops are flannel, so I backed them each with a plush or velour blanket that I picked up last spring when all the winter things went on sale. I didn’t have anything in mind when I bought them, but they were ...

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Falling into Fall from Heart Desire Creations

My goal for 2018 has been to reduce my Works in Progress (projects that have been started.)  These do not include Hospice quilts.  I had about 25 in January and now I have exactly 11 in project boxes.  In addition, there are  2 quilt tops that need a border, another that needs stitching around the appliques and one quilt top that I will quilt. One quilt top is on the way to the longarm this week and another that I am hand stitching the binding.

Then there are the projects – yummy fabrics and a pattern or sketch in a box ...

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October 3, 2018
My One Monthly Goal for October: Church Charity Tops Quilted and Delivered from Cheeky Cognoscenti

This is the third time I'm linking up with One Monthly Goal over at Elm Street Quilts.  I did not manage to ACCOMPLISH my goals for either of those previous months, but what the heck -- I'm giving it another go.


Just. ONE. Goal...  Hmmm...

OMG for October: Load and Quilt Second Church Charity Quilt Top
Okay, you guys, here's my goal: I have already quilted the first of two charity tops that I volunteered to quilt for my church, and struggled with it dreadfully due to the mix of fabrics in the top itself and the tightly ...

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September 27, 2018
Charity Quilt Ronda and Janelle…AGAIN. from Jo's Country Junction

Last week I showed off quilt tops that Janelle R made and Ronda finished…  This week I’m doing the same.  There are different quilts but look very similar.

Ronda writes:
Hi Jo,
I have three more donation quilts to share with you.  These three are the second group of three tops that were sent to me from Janelle R. in Pasadena, MD.  I just had to quilt and bind them.  They will go along with the first three to the Ronald McDonald House.  I used a plush blanket with no batting on one of them and it turned out ...

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September 20, 2018
Charity Quilt from Ronda and Janelle from Jo's Country Junction

I have charity quilts in from Ronda.  Ronda does such a great job so blog readers are sending things directly to her.  She’s a whiz and works so fast.

Ronda writes:
I have three finishes for you to share!  I received an email from Janelle, who asked if I would be interested in four quilt tops to quilt, bind, and donate.  I emailed her back that yes, I would take them.  So you can imagine my surprise ~ and delight! ~ when the box arrived and there were eight quilt tops instead!  They are all about 45 inches square, so just ...

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September 13, 2018
Charity Quilts From Sandra from Jo's Country Junction

YAHOO!!  I have charity quilts to share.  Few blog things make me happier than when I have a charity quilt to share.

These are from Sandra and her group of quilters.  If you’re a regular blog reader you know that I often take donated fabric to a group of quilting ladies south of me in the Oelwein/Hazelton area.  Well the ladies have been busy.  They do many more quilts than the few I am showing today.  These just happen to be quilts that were made from items donated from blog readers!

Sandra writes:
Attached are 4 pictures of ...

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A Finish & Prepping from Heart Desire Creations

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Woo Hoo! Another Hospice finish. My goal has been to complete all the Hospice quilts by the end of September. I still have four more to go so I’m not sure I’ll make it, but am sure going to try! These blocks were also pieced at a Quilt & Sew-In Retreat. Such a wonderful activity. The quilters voluntarily piece blocks then put their names in for a drawing of prizes. Win-Win!

And the prepping? Well, not quilts unfortunately. Today I have been prepping for Florence’s arrival! We are pretty far off the coast (about 200 miles) but Hugo ...

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September 9, 2018
A Finish and A Winner! from Heart Desire Creations

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Yes! Another Hospice finish.  This quilt top was done when I was first quilting. I found it in the bottom of a bin and finished it for a Hospice – perfect lap sized quilt. My hope is that the lavender will bring calm and peace to the recipient. I really, really like the backing fabric.

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Thank you to all of you who participated in The Great Outdoors Blog Hop and Giveaway.  Your positive comments were such a great show of support – thank you!

And now…drumroll please…the winner is:  Anna Brown.  I’ve sent you an email Anna and your ...

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September 6, 2018
Charity Quilting…Help Please? from Jo's Country Junction

I had some mailbox overload….not in a bad way, in a totally good way.  But, it has me looking for a little help.

There were four boxes that were FULL of things..

This is a Texas themed project.  The fabrics even have bluebonnets and the words “Texas” on it.  There are blocks and some extra fabric.

There are over 120 blocks already finished.  Another border could be put on them….they could be sewn together and finished like this.  My problem, I think it would go best to someone it Texas.  Is there are charity quilter in Texas who ...

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September 3, 2018
Guild Pinwheel Churn and Dash Quilt from Crayon Box Quilt Studio

My guild's charity quilt coordinator was happy when I said I'd be willing to quilt the larger (twin and up) tops that she had waiting to be finished.  She gave me 4.  The first one on the frame was this pretty Pinwheel Churn and Dash.  I'm trying to remember to take a "before" picture of each one.
This is the "after" though the lighting isn't the best.  After waiting through days of rain and/or wind to take the pictures, I gave up and laid it on my living room floor.
The texture from the quilting ...

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August 31, 2018
Yup – It’s September! from Heart Desire Creations

Looking at my August listing, you might wonder – “what have you been doing?” My Island Batik January project is now a flimsy. The quilting won’t be happening right away. It feels so good to be so very close to completing the year! Don’t forget to stop by on Tuesday, September 4, for my Great Outdoor project for the IB Blog Hop and a giveaway!

Two quilts came back from the long arm professional. I so want to trim and bind them but there just hasn’t been a chance to do that. We were in Chincoteague, Virginia for ...

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August 30, 2018
Charity Quilt for Sharehouse from Jo's Country Junction

New charity quilts are in to take a look at….These were bound by Lori.

Lori writes:
Here are pictures of the quilts that you sent me to bind.  This first 30’s quilt is lovely, Evie was the quilt top maker.”  The backing was donated by Martha in Wister, OK.


This was such a fun quilt to work on.  The piecing was wonderful.  Evie does wonderful work.

Here’s a picture of the quilt when I just had it off the frame.  It’s a simple design yet very nice.  Wonderful for scraps!!

Here’s the second quilt….I ...

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August 24, 2018
Friends are the BEST from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I've said it before and I'll say it again - friends are the best. Sewing days are the best. It's amazing what one can get done when you're focused. This group was an early starting group and we were off and sewing very early for the entire day. I got oodles done and I'm so excited - I wish I had the entire day to do it all over again, but I'll have to wait until Sunday for that luxury. 


Do you want to see what I got done? Better sit down because it was a ...

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August 23, 2018
Charity Finish from Cindy and Ronda from Jo's Country Junction

I got an email from Ronda with a finished quilt!!  I can’t tell you all how impressed I am with you.  Ronda and others are reporting back that they are getting donations from all of you.  That is fabulous!!  If you have fabric, tops, or things you’re not longer interested in remember you can do a lot of good by passing them on.  Here is our listing of places that would be happy to get your goodies.

 

Ronda wrote:
I finished up with the hand sewing of the binding on this quilt this weekend.   This lovely scrappy and ...

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August 20, 2018
A WOW Finish! from Heart Desire Creations

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Hooray! Another Hospice finish.  This fabulous quilt top was pieced and donated by Beverly.  Yes, you’ve seen her generosity here before. The fabrics are so cheerful and are sure to bring cheer to a Hospice patient.

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The expert quilting was done by Judy of Goneaway Quilting. She chose the perfect pattern for this quilt!

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To finish it off, I did the binding (didn’t I get off easy?!) This quilt makes eleven ready for donation in November! There are several more flimsies to be quilted and bound – here’s hoping I’ll be showing another soon!

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Linking up with ...

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August 16, 2018
Charity Quilt Finish from Jo's Country Junction

I have a charity quilt to share…this one is from Charlotte, she writes:
Sorry Jo for the delay in sending this picture.  

The quilt came from Marjone of Fountain City, WI.

Loved the action in this quilt.

Bound by Charlotte in Tecumseh, MO

Donated it to the VA clinic in West Plains, MO.

We have so many needy veterans in the Ozarks.

Thank you for letting me bind it and would love to do more.

 

Here’s the backing….just a simple solid colored sheet.  You can see the quilting I did on it too.  That’s my standard- ...

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