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August 11, 2022
Community Quilt from: Cheryl in Dallas and an Unknown Quilter from Jo's Country Junction

I have a quilt to share today from Cheryl in Dallas.

Cheryl writes:

“Hi Jo,  This quilt top came from one of your blog readers whose name is unknown to both of us.  I sure hope she/he lets us know the name of this charity quilter.  When I received the project, it wasn’t finished:  most of the blocks were sewn into rows, but, the rows were of different sizes.  Oh, no!  I studied the blocks for a while and realized the squares were not all the same size.  Maybe the quilt maker got discouraged and decided to move ...

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August 7, 2022
Community Quilts from Kathleen and Ray from Jo's Country Junction

Kathleen sent some finished quilt pictures to me this spring and I lost them, but have since found them.  YAHOO.  I felt terrible for losing them.  Here are her quilts.  I didn’t get any names on who donated them.  If it was you, please leave a comment so we can thank you.

The first one is a pretty chevon quilt in rainbow colors.  Gannon loves everything rainbow and commented that he loved this quilt.  I think he has good taste!!

I also got an email from Ray sharing …his latest goodies that came in the mail…

Ray writes:
Life ...

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Sunday Stash August 7, 2022 from Quilt Paint Create

No fabric in or out this week.

I showed pictures of all my projects in Friday’s post and haven’t been back in the sewing room since. The best I can do is a picture of the different color pinwheels.

To deal with the size inconsistencies, I decided to trim the blocks to the largest size I could based on color. At this point I have pinwheels in three different sizes.

We’ll see how that works out for me.

I have also fallen behind on reading posts and acknowledging comments. A number of weekend commitments and a stormy ...

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Community Quilts from Chris from Jo's Country Junction

Chris is a newer finisher to the bunch and I’m just thrilled that she joined us and is already cranking out finished quilts.  I just love adding new finishers and I always have tops here just waiting for anyone who volunteers.  I just got a message from someone with 22 quilt tops and they are looking for someone to finish them.  It’s a great problem to have…so I have to ask, is anyone wanting to finish some quilt tops??

Chris writes:
Here are three quilts I recently finished. I’m pretty sure they’re all from the ...

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August 5, 2022
Cross Stitch Update from Jo's Country Junction

I have lots of stitching to share with you because I spent last weekend at a cross stitch retreat.  WOW…what a difference a weekend of stitching can make!!  I felt a little ho-hum about my projects.  Many of them weren’t seeing a lot of stitching time thus not progressing.  The retreat was just the kick in the pants I needed.

I brought two projects with that I really wanted to make progress on and a couple of other projects I thought I might stitch on in case I got bored.  I ended up stitching on only two.

Here ...

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August 2022 OMG and Short List from Quilt Paint Create

Another month down, another project finished. I met my goal last month of sewing a shirt. I’ve done well this year finishing my OMGs, which has kept my projects moving.

There are quite a few changes in the list this month.

Project One: I’m still stitching My Sewing Treasures by Bobby G Designs.

Project Two: I started working on a UFO I picked up off the charity table at Guild. Whoever started it including a picture of what the planned quilt would look like, but I’m not going there. I’ll sew up all the pinwheel pieces ...

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August 4, 2022
Community Quilts from Ronda from Jo's Country Junction

What a fun email I have to share with today.  Ronda has finished quilts.  YAHOO!!

Ronda writes:
“I’m getting close to the end of the pictures I have to share with you of the finished quilts I have. At one time, I had 59 tops here to quilt, bind, and donate. Many of your readers have also sent fabric, so now I need to spend some time making some tops to use up that fabric.

Wendy L. of Harpeswell, Me. sent a big stack of 5″ squares which I used some of to make large 4-patches and then grouped ...

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July 31, 2022
Square in a Square – Comfort Quilt from Heart Desire Creations

A tutorial for a different way to do a square in a square block popped up while browsing Pinterest one day and I thought I’d give it a try. Place two squares of equal size on top of each other, right sides together. Then sew all four edges using a 1/4″ seam. Mark from corner to opposite corner then the next corner to corner. Carefully cut the “x” being sure to not cut into the seam. Fold out each cut section, press, and voila! there’s your block! It’s not a true square in a square as ...

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Community Quilts from Doreen and Laurie from Jo's Country Junction

I am combining finishes from two diffent quilt finishers today.  First up is Doreen.  Doreen is busy in the Quilt of Valor program.  If I ever get quilt tops that are patriotic, I pass them to Doreen.  She’s a friend of mine and I know she will always get them where they need to go.  If you even have a top that you would like to donate to Quilt of Valor, I can hook you up with Doreen.

Doreen writes:
Finally after all this time, I am able to send you some pictures of our recent QOV presentation. Due ...

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July 28, 2022
Community Quilts from Ray and Laurie from Jo's Country Junction

Ray has been blessed with some awesome mail that he’s sharing with us today…and then I have a VERY awesome team-up I want to share with you.

Ray writes:
I got a box of 5 quilt tops in the mail from Elaine C in NY. First I am going to tell you about the tops and at the end, I am going to tell you what I discovered. Maybe you already knew this, but I did not. She taught this “old dog” a new trick.

The first quilt was this gorgeous quilt with polar bear fabric. I love ...

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July 25, 2022
Weekend Happenings from Quarter-Inch Capers

It was an uneventful weekend which left plenty of time for sewing and quilting. Bill is still in Arizona, and I ended up watching church on YouTube. On Saturday, I loaded up two charity quilts and did another two-for-one quilting.

It comes down to finding two that can use the same backing, making sure I have a 108” backing in that color, and trying to find two that don’t vary too much in width and height.

Not quite the same length but within and inch or two. I used a yellow backing for these. I didn’t finish the ...

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July 24, 2022
Community Quilts from Laurie from Jo's Country Junction

Laurie has been crazy busy finishing quilts.  All of the tops you see today were made by the Cresco Ladies and finished by Laurie.

Laurie really knows how to work magic.  The quilting she did in the green squares really makes this shine.

Take a look at her work.

I’m truly impressed.

Here is the backing.

The Flowers Quilt finishes at 42 1/2” x 43 1/2”.

Next up is… the medallion quilt.

I love the details in the star.  So pretty.

Laurie really does a great job with these quilts.
Here is the backing…

The Star Medallion ...

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Community Quilts from Julie from Jo's Country Junction

You might remember last week I told you about Julie who lives about an hour north of me in Spring Valley, MN.  She is a busy charity quilter who makes quilts for all kinds of causes.  She also makes pillowcases.  She also makes placemats for Meals on Wheels participants.  She’s a busy volunteer!!

Julie has teamed up with her friend Rita of Longarm Quilting by Rita.  Julie has been collecting and making tops (some with the help of all of you), coordinating backing fabrics, and taking them to Rita who is generously donating her time to machine quilt them ...

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July 22, 2022
Adopt A Box from Quilt Paint Create

My Guild (The Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild) does a thing called “adopt a box.”

The guild has a supply of fabric used to make quilts for a local battered women’s shelter (Safehouse). Member can browse the tables of fabric and take whatever they want to make a Safehouse quilt. We’re talking a lot of fabric to choose from.

Rather than rent a storage unit to store the fabric between meetings, member are asked to take a box home and bring it back the next meeting. Members’ homes become the storage facility.

I’ve taken boxes off and ...

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It’s Been a While from Heart Desire Creations

Where have I been the last few weeks? Mostly in the garden. We did have a little cool spell that found me out there about 4 hours a day. Once coming inside, there was no motivation to sew. It has gotten back to hot, hot, hot days so I’m back inside. But instead of sewing, I’ve been doing some organizing for which there never seems to be an end!

One project did get finished – a special quilt for a special person. At one of my retreats one gal told me about a patient of hers who is 25-26 ...

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July 21, 2022
Community Quilts from Julie from Jo's Country Junction

Julie is  a quilt finisher from north of where I like in Spring Valley, MN.  I regularly drop off quilt tops to her on my way to doctor appointments.  It’s kind of funny…I drop them off, she starts working on them.  By the time she almost has them all finished, it’s time for me to go to the doctor again.  HA!  It’s a pretty good system.  You might remember that Julie also makes a lot of pillowcases.

Julie recently sent me a group of pictures that I thought I would share with you today.

A new ...

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July 19, 2022
To-Do List Tuesday 7-19-22 from Quarter-Inch Capers

It was a good week sewing-wise, but not too good goal-wise. I did get five more charity quilts quilted:

Unfortunately, they are not bound and no pillowcases made. I know there are four in the picture; two were identical (the pink and turquoise). 

I also pieced three more.

My other two goals were a big ole "nope". It's okay though. I feel like I got quite a bit accomplished.

I don't know about this coming week. Bill will be out of town, so I should have more free time, in theory at least. I know I have customer ...

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July 17, 2022
Community Quilts from Ray from Jo's Country Junction

Ray sent in a few things to share with you today.

Ray writes:
Barbara S. in FL sent me this beautiful quilt top to finish and donate. I love how she was able to see a quilt from a cut of fabric.

In this case the birdhouses and bees set the stage. She added complimenting borders to give it a super finish.

I believe she sent the bird fabric for backing which was most appropriate. Since it was a bit small, I found a cut from Darlyn V, in IL, was a good addition.

I decided that some yellow daisies ...

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Community Quilts from Celesta from Jo's Country Junction

Celesta has been busy.  You might remember that her along with a group of ladies from her church were busy making and donating baby quilts to a Woman’s Health Clinic in Tanzania.  When Covid hit, the organization they work with, halted shipments and still hasn’t started back again.  In the meantime, Celesta found a new place to donate their wonderful quilt tops.

Celesta writes:
MaryAnne in Perkasie, Pa is quite prolific and so generous. Here are some more of her creations that will go to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. We’re still waiting on being able to ship ...

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July 16, 2022
Two for One Day from Quarter-Inch Capers

I challenged myself to figure out if I could quilt two of the charity quilts at once. I thought the batting would be the limiting factor as the quilts are all about 45" wide, and I buy the 90" batting by the roll. I figured I could probably using the batting seam tape and fuse a long piece of scrap batting down one side. I measured the batting after I cut it, and it is actually about 97-98" wide. I had no idea! 

You can see I have plenty left on the sides. I floated the tops since they are ...

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