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August 8, 2020
Guild Scrappy Christmas Quilt from Crayon Box Quilt Studio

This scrappy Christmas guild charity quilt was been completed recently.
As usual, I took a "before" photo once it was loaded on the frame.
This is the "after" shot.
With charity quilts I get to choose the design and threads so for this one I used Flirtatious with King Tut Malachite thread on the top and So Fine Fern in the bobbin.
A bright green print was supplied for the backing and a dark green binding finished it off.
I'm sure this sweet holiday quilt will bring someone much comfort this coming winter.
I have one more to finish ...

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August 7, 2020
August 2020 Short List from Quilt Paint Create

I don’t know about everyone else, but I’ve had to work to find inspiration and motivation this year. Looking online is not the same as seeing quilts and other projects in person. I don’t see that changing this year, at least not where I live. New times call for new ways.
That said, I finished a couple projects last month and can move on to other things.
The Short List categories are UFO, garment, original design, stitchery, framing, charity and other. I’ve used some form of this system for 6 years to keep me focused. I ...

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August 6, 2020
Community Quilt from Ray from Jo's Country Junction

Do you all remember the missing mail I had a month or more ago…the mail from Julie with the cute quilt tops in it?  Well we solved the mystery.  I had sent them to Ray and now Ray is finished with them!!

Ray writes:

Just finished another of the 3 quilts from Julie. Hopefully I will get the 3rd one to you later this week. I got to longarm a BIG 100 x 100 string quilt for a customer this week.

This was an interesting quilt. I had never seen this pattern before.

Loved the feathers and the fabrics ...

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August 1, 2020
Community Quilts from Karin from Jo's Country Junction

It’s bonus community quilt day.  I’ve gotten a few emails in lately that have finished quilts from blog readers.  I have enough that I’m giving you a bonus quilt.  This one is a fun one….

Karin writes:
Hi Jo, as you may recall, I requested the flimsy Gayle donated, that she put together from a Norman Rockwell panel and other various fisherman themed prints and solids you had sent enough fabric for a pieced backing and bias plaid binding as well.

Being as we are volunteering in a National Wildlife Refuge, I thought I could finish the ...

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July 30, 2020
Community Quilts from Ronda from Jo's Country Junction

It’s a happy day!  More donation quilts are here to share with you.  These came from Ronda and friends…she writes:

“I have a couple more quilts to share with you today.  The first one is from Cindy E. of Mansfield, Ohio.

She has sent me quite a few tops, a few at a time, and they are always very well made and easy to quilt.”

I’m not sure if the backing also came from Cindy, or if someone else sent it to me, but it was a nice compliment to the top.

This quilt finished at 55 ...

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July 26, 2020
Happy Quilt Mail from Heart Desire Creations


Such a joy to see a box on the front porch that wasn’t an Amazon box! It was a box full of quilt goodness from Elaine in Missouri. She sent a full quilt top for Hospice.  This is such a happy quilt. I especially love the green that peeks out among the cheerful oranges.  This donation could very well go to a male patient. Most quilt tops seem to be more appropriate for female patients so this is a total win. This flimsy is now hanging with four other Hospice flimsies. I’m guessing this will be the first ...

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July 24, 2020
Flexibility is key from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Thank goodness I'm a very flexible person. Remember that whole month of August that stretched ahead of me with "nothing" to do? HAHA - what a laugh!!

In my day job as an SVP Educator, we haven't been able to travel because of the pandemic. We have been trying to get things going virtually. I wasn't planning on any bookings until at least September. Guess what?? I'm booked for August! That means I have a lot of prep work to do as we're going for ALL the planned events, not just the ones on quilting.

I ...

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July 23, 2020
Community Quilts from the Quilters for Tanzania from Jo's Country Junction

I have quilts for the ladies in Ohio that are making baby quilts for Tanzania.  They are such a fun group and all of you have been fantastic with your support for them.  Thank you so much!!

Chelesta writes:

Here you go Jo. We have been slowed down by making face masks, which is also important, and then I was also dealing with the inconvenience of a minor surgery. The first set of photos are donations from MaryAnne in Perkasee, Pa. She is a prolific quilter and has sent several donations.

We so appreciate her beautiful work and her generosity ...

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July 16, 2020
Community Quilts: Ray Edition from Jo's Country Junction

Ray has been busy again.  I just love getting emails from him….

Ray writes:
I finished another quilt and wanted to share it with you. But before I get in to that, a BIG THANK YOU for the write ups on your blog. I received 5 emails last week from ladies saying that they are sending me fabric to rebuild my stash. Two of them even sent me the tracing numbers. They are absolutely wonderful.”

The quilt I just finished is a top from the Cresco ladies. It was 40 x 60 when I got it. Unfortunately I did not ...

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July 12, 2020
Community Quilts from Ronda from Jo's Country Junction

Ronda has been a busy quilter.  She finished two amazing quilts that will go on and be used in the community to help others.

Ronda writes:

I have two more quilts to share with you today.  Both of them were sent to me from Kathy M. of Westerly, Rhode Island.  The first one is a beautiful quilt made from a kit from JoAnn Fabrics called Nature’s Garden.”

Kathy pieced and appliqued the top and sent it on to me along with the backing and binding fabric.  This quilt finished at 78″ square.

I will hang on to this for ...

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July 9, 2020
Community Quilts from Ray and Friends from Jo's Country Junction

Finished quilt tops just keep pouring in.  A year or more ago I remember anxiously hoping someone would send me pictures of a finished top to so I’d have a charity quilt to feature on Thursday mornings.  Now I am getting so many in I never have to worry.  In fact, I’ve even added more slots in the blog to feature them.

Today’s quilts were finished by Ray.  He writes:
Attached is a pic of a quilt that I just finished. Actually all I had to do was add the binding. It is a really nice quilt ...

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July 6, 2020
Ask Jo: Birthday Quilt and More from Jo's Country Junction

Every so often questions and comments come from readers that I think others would like to hear my response to.  That’s when I feature them on the blog.  This is one of those days.

After I made my list of UFOs for Country Threads’ Dirty Dozen Challenge, (Find that HERE) Betty from Canada asked:
What ever happened to the quilt blocks that we all sent you? Or did I miss something?

I think this is the quilt that Betty is referring to….

For my 50th birthday many of you sent quilt blocks to welcome me into my ...

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July 3, 2020
July 2020 Short List from Quilt Paint Create

It’s time for another list. I’m not sure where my time went in June. It must have gone towards finishing the penguins.
The Short List categories are UFO, garment, original design, stitchery, charity and other. I’ve used some form of this system for over 5 years to help keep me focused. I change the categories as my goals and interests change.
UFO – The plan for Birds In The Branches changed from machine to hand applique. The stitching will take a while.
Garment – I stuck with the third pattern choice, the Life Sew Savory Fitted Tee. I’ll ...

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July 2, 2020
Community Quilts: Everett Valley Quilter Edition #2 from Jo's Country Junction

This is a continuation of this morning’s blog post.

These tops all came from Sandra and the Cresco ladies and were finished by Everett Valley Quilters.  Laurie is my contact and she writes:

I have finished the quilt tops you sent me from the Cresco, Iowa quilting ladies. I am forwarding the pictures to you. They will be donated to the Everett, Washington firefighters for distribution to kids who have suffered trauma. We put them on the fire trucks and in all the aid cars. We have been told so many heart warming stories of how these quilts have ...

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Community Quilts: Everett Valley Quilter Edition from Jo's Country Junction

I said I’ve had new volunteers to finish quilts. That is so awesome as the Cresco ladies with their speedy sewing are keeping us all on our toes.

The newest bunch of ladies to volunteer to finish quilts is out of Marysville, WA and are called the Everett Valley Quilters.  Laurie is my contact and she writes:

I have finished the quilt tops you sent me from the Cresco, Iowa quilting ladies. I am forwarding the pictures to you. They will be donated to the Everett, Washington firefighters for distribution to kids who have suffered trauma. We put them ...

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June 29, 2020
Community Quilts: The Cresco Ladies Part 2 from Jo's Country Junction

I told you yesterday that as I was writing a blog post about the quilt tops the Cresco ladies delivered, that I got a message that they were going to be delivering another batch….and they did.

Carver was here as I was taking pictures of these.  This on was his favorite.  He loved looking at all the different squares.  He said, “Those monkeys crack me up!”  It was so cute.  I’m sure a child is going to love this one!!

Here’s a simple strip quilt….

Here’s a panel quilt with some added borders.

…another panel quilt ...

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June 28, 2020
Community Quilts: Cresco Ladies from Jo's Country Junction

Those Cresco ladies are at it again….They notified me and said they had quilt tops done and said fabulous…I have fabric for you!  It works out great…by the time they get tops sewn, I have fabric for them.  So it’s a win-win for us both when they come to my house.  I thank you all so much for sending fabric my way so I can pass it on to them.  You also can always send it directly to them as well.  Here is Sandra’s contact info…
Sandra always tells me they are ...

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From UFO in the Mail to Charity Auction from Jo's Country Junction

I love happy stories like this.  There is just so much feel good in them that it makes my heart happy.  Nowadays it seems a person is always wrong no matter their opinion and all we hear about is the bad.  You are are proof that a lot of good is still happening too.  This story is definitely filled with good!

LaNan writes:
There it is!  All finished and ready for delivery!  I can kind of understand why the person gave up on it…I have had more fun with other quilts I’ve made!!  There won’t be a ...

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June 25, 2020
Community Quilts: On a Roll with Ray from Jo's Country Junction

Ray is a prolific longarmer.  Seriously, I can’t believe how much he gets done!!  Today community quilts are again, all Ray quilts which is great!!  I love seeing them.

This is the quilt I sent to Ray.  Oh my.  I loved this one.  So simple of a design but so cute.

There it is all finished….Ray writes:
I just completed another quilt and wanted to share it with you . It is from Joann in CA.”

I had to come up with a way to make it larger so that it would meet the minimum size of a quilt ...

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June 21, 2020
Community Quilts from Karen from Jo's Country Junction

Karen has been on a roll with finishing quilts…in fact, all of the volunteer longarmers have been.  That’s why I’m adding in a few extra community quilt posts in an effort to try to catch up.

Karen writes:
First of all, guess I should tell you that all quilts will be donated to Stability First here in Martinsville, IN.  There is a family shelter and a women’s shelter that are part of this program.”

Grace donated an O’s quilt top (46X52) which on closer inspection the O’s were Halloween fabrics.”

“Quilted with all over ...

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