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July 5, 2022
Ask Jo: The #2 Bag of Mail and My Wardrobe 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.

Last week I told you about a wonderful package that I got in the mail from a blog reader.  You can read about it HERE if you missed it.

The package had many of you curious just as I was.  Do you remember this??

I have several people tell me that this was a quilt from the book Kindred Spirit by Jill Shaulis and Vicki ...

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July 4, 2022
What I’m Working On… from Jo's Country Junction

Happy 4th of July to my American readers.

What a crazy weekend.  I had family here from Thursday until yesterday.  WOW.  More about that coming up.  I did manage to get a few things done earlier in the week but before I get to that, I did a wrap-up and an updated list to my Dirty Dozen UFO list.  You can find the wrap-up list HERE and the new list HERE.

Mary from Country Threads Chicken Scratch blog picked number 10.  I am SO HAPPY!!  My number 10 in my Hawaiian Sunset quilt.  I’m thrilled to have that out ...

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July 3, 2022
Joyful Sabbath from Wedding Dress Blue

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July 2, 2022
More Filled Grid Variations – Swirl from Gwen's Quilts

Last week we filled grids with straight lines, curves and S-shapes. That leaves two more of the 5 basic shapes to create even more filled grid variations, swirl and loop.

Swirl

The swirl is a fun one to quilt because it flows so easily. If you are not proficient at quilting swirls, remember to practice this shape every day. Your skill will improve and before you know it you’ll be loving to quilt swirls too!

Let’s start with a little larger grid this time. A 5 across by 4 down will work well for this example.

Pro-tip: You ...

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More Filled Grid Variations – Swirl from Essie's Quilts

Last week we filled grids with straight lines, curves and S-shapes. That leaves two more of the 5 basic shapes to create even more filled grid variations, swirl and loop.

Swirl

The swirl is a fun one to quilt because it flows so easily. If you are not proficient at quilting swirls, remember to practice this shape every day. Your skill will improve and before you know it you’ll be loving to quilt swirls too!

Let’s start with a little larger grid this time. A 5 across by 4 down will work well for this example.

Pro-tip: You ...

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Quick Baby Quilt from Wedding Dress Blue

I got a handy pile of scraps just as a co-worker got a new grandbaby.

Some became 4-patch blocks using 2-1/2″ squares and some background fabric.

The rest became 4-1/2″ squares.

A total of 81 blocks became a 36″ quilt.

And ta-dah! A quick baby quilt.

I enjoy the unexpected color combination. Something interesting to look at. It will be delivered next week.

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June 29, 2022
Dirty Dozen in Review 2021 from Jo's Country Junction

Mary at Country Threads hosts a Dirty Dozen every year starting in July and goes through the next July.  In the past, it’s always meant selecting 12 projects and putting them on a list.  Then each month Mary picks a number and participants work on that project.  I always loosely follow along.  I don’t always work on the selected number.  I don’t always finish the correct projects but it’s a very loose group with few rules.  I’m okay to participate in the fray.

I thought I would go through last year’s list and give ...

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June 28, 2022
Bathroom Remodel Update from Jo's Country Junction

Slow and steady my main floor bathroom is getting closer to a finish.  I’ll take pictures and do an update once it’s completely finished.  This is just an update on progress.

When we remodeled and added to the house, we put this bathroom in.  It’s right inside the garage door and I love where it’s located.  At the time, we didn’t have a real “vision” or an open checkbook to do whatever we wanted so we put in a toilet, found a pedestal sink on a freecycle group, bought a claw foot tub on Marketplace ...

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June 27, 2022
Best Package EVER #2!! from Jo's Country Junction

Do you remember a bit ago I wrote a blog post about “the best package ever”?  Well fast forward a few days…package #2 came.  I don’t know for positive because the packages came anonymously, but I think the same blog reader sent them.

They were addressed the same… both have projects and leftovers that are similar.  Everything about this package reminded me of the other package.  Whoever it is that sent them, please know, that I really appreciate it so much and you’ve sparked a renewed a new excitement in me and I love it!!

Here are ...

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June 26, 2022
Community Quilts from Ray from Jo's Country Junction

Ray had some mail to share today…Patty K in Florida is working hard to keep Ray in quilts to use for the Quilts for Kids program.

Ray writes:
Earlier this week I received a box in the mail from Patty K. in FL. It was packed with all kinds of goodies for me to share.

1) The first quilt immediately grabbed my attention with all the farm tractors and implements, ATV’s and more. Love the triple border that she attached. I almost had to go get some toys to play with. It measures 34 x 34.

2) The ...

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Joyful Sabbath from Wedding Dress Blue

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June 25, 2022
TEMPTATION…a puppy?? from Jo's Country Junction

You all know I’ve been tempted to get a puppy.  Can you guess how hard it was for me when someone I knew had beagle puppies??  SUPER HARD!!

You might remember a month or so ago I had thought I would get a rescue beagle but then someone else got the dog.  Then I had a lead on a beagle puppy from a rescue group.  I debated and debated on getting the puppy.  In the end, I didn’t.

I made the decision to put more work and money into Rosie.  It was the right decision.  She is a ...

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June 24, 2022
It’s Finally Done from Victoria's Life On A Page

This will always be the most special quilt I have made as it’s in memory of my beautiful, amazing sister Jill. I used this making fabrics from her stash and mine and it was one we were going to work on together. I will be sending this to Jill’s friend Victoria, who is the hospital chaplin and was able to spend her last few hours with Jill. I hope it reminds her of the fond memories of time with Jill.

It was also the first quilt I got to display and photograph using this awesome quilt rack Claudia ...

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Since It Was Clean from Victoria's Life On A Page

Well since no one will be living in the guest suite for some time, I decided it wouldn’t hurt if I used one wall and some shelves. I have the small design board in my quilt room but I put a bigger one one the guest room wall. It’s funny how expensive those fabric design walls are and you can do the same thing with a $20 flannel backed tablecloth and some command strips. Here it is already in use.

I was also able to move all my pre-cut quilt kits to the shelves in there and have ...

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Cross Stitch Update from Jo's Country Junction

I had a busy week and got zero stitching done over the weekend.  I scrambled the rest of the week trying to squeeze in some stitching.  I did okay considering.

I am still pushing for a finish by the end of July on my Forever and Ever piece by With Thy Needle and Thread.  Here is where I was last week…


What I’ve done in the past is stitch on this over Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  This week I ended up stitching on it on Sunday and Monday night.  My goal was to get the border all finished…

and ...

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June 23, 2022
In Search Of from Wedding Dress Blue

I am in search of this pattern if anyone out there has one that they are willing to part with.

Thank you!

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June 22, 2022
Reminders from Terificreations's Weblog

This week I’m starting with a couple of Thank you notes: Sharlene Rodewald & Lori Baker Heartland Quilt Guild Thank you both so much for your generosity, kindness and thank you to all the guild members who took the class. I enjoyed our time together, especially at the restaurant!Bonnie, Gale & Linda Nitzen Flying Geese… Continue reading Reminders

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June 19, 2022
Joyful Sabbath from Wedding Dress Blue

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June 18, 2022
Making Gingerbread Man Cookies from Jo's Country Junction

A blog reader sent me this cookbook…


I pulled it out the other day and started paging through.  This recipe caught my eye…

I love gingerbread cookies and ginger bread.  I immediately looked at the clock trying to figure out if I had time to make them before the kids got off the bush.  Note, they need to chill in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours.

If I hurried, I’d have enough time…so Gannon and I got to baking.

As I was pouring the molasses, Gannon said, “Oh…Chocolate.”  I said not that’s not chocolate and I didn ...

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Quilt Shop Review: Quilter’s Window from Jo's Country Junction

I imagine this is not newsworthy to most but, I went into a quilt shop.  Seriously, I can not remember the last time I went.  Ooops, wait, It was when I needed some Grunge fabric to make my stained glass quilt.  I was in and out and didn’t even shop.

I went to the quilt shop with something in mind.  Remember my Hawaiian Sunset quilt?  I needed some of the dark blue sashing for it.

I happen to be in New Hampton Iowa to go to the chiropractor and decided to stop at Quilter’s Window.


This is a ...

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