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September 21, 2020
What I’m Working On…. from Jo's Country Junction

I had a busy week and didn’t get a lot of stuff done.  Kayla was here for two overnights.  We celebrated Carver’s birthday one night.  I visited a new baby and did errands one day.  I submitted a project for publication.  I got another one sent in and I did a BIG packaging up of charity quilt tops to be sent out.

So…my Hawk’s Nest quilt didn’t get any further.

I did however pull out my Quilted Twins mystery.


Do you remember what that looks like?

I had about three other things I should have ...

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September 20, 2020
A Little Row Sewing from 120 Blocks

As I’m recovering from surgery, it has been a long time since I did much in the sewing room, but I did sew two long seams to finish Row 4 of the Infrastructure quilt. I tried multiple times to get … Continue reading

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Fabric Triangle Scarf Tutorial from The Crafty Quilter

As the weather transitions from summer to fall, it’s nice to have a light scarf to keep you warm. I’ve got the perfect solution with my Fabric Triangle Scarf Tutorial. This is the best way to add a layer of warmth without feeling too heavy. It’s also perfect for gift-giving as the holiday season approaches!

Fabric Triangle Scarf Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter.  This is a really cute scarf that is simple to make!

I love accenting an outfit with a cute scarf. The fabrics I chose coordinate well with each other, and it’s a color I wear often. The polkadot fabric, above, is rayon and I can’t remember where I purchased it. The ...

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Joyful Sabbath from Wedding Dress Blue

“Truth will always be opposed.”—Elder Lawrence E. Corbridge, “The Prophet Joseph Smith”

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September 17, 2020
SEPTEMBER MEETING HIGHLIGHTS! from Limestone Quilter's Guild

We had a great start to our quilting season.
Our first Zoom meeting was successful, with 57 members in attendance.

Our guest speaker, Celeste Compion of Meerkat Shweshwe provided a wonderful presentation, telling us the history of Shweshwe cotton fabric, from the history to the current business in South Africa.  They still use the style of looms developed during the industrial revolution, and complete all the steps, from weaving the fabric, to completing the final products.
She also shared some of her quilts, made from Shweshwe cotton.

Community Quilts

The deadline for placemats has been extended until the end of ...

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A Bit of This and That:) from Simple Bird Applique

Hard to believe the summer is coming to an end and fall is just around the corner. Yesterday I was out for my daily walk and noticed a chill in the air and the leaves are changing. It seems a little early, but time is ticking on:)

I have more than a few projects on the go, which keeps me motivated. It also keeps me from getting bored.

When each one of my kids turn 30, I make them a quilt to commemorate the event. My son turned 30 this year so this is his quilt. It is very autumn-y ...

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The Birds! from Quilt & Textile Collections


No this is not a blog about the Hitchcock movie, “The Birds,” although that does provide another example of the use of birds in art. I jokingly say if the quilt has a bird on it, it is coming home with us. Whether the birds are pieced, applique or in the fabric design we are both drawn to birds. As I’m working on a quilt filled with birds, I was interested to think of Di Ford Hall’s design source. I started thinking about how many quilts I’ve made that have birds, either hand painted, part of the ...

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September 16, 2020
On my Porch: The Kim Story from Jo's Country Junction

I have a long time blog reader Kim from Tennesse.  She has parents that live about an hour away from me. She was traveling this way and had goodies to share. Oh my. Did she ever have goodies. We had arrangements for her to come to my house on Labor Day. She was coming around noon. I was upstairs sewing and listening to an audiobook. I came downstairs at 1pm to make myself some lunch. I figured that Kim, traveling, ended up at an unexpected stop or traffic was slow… I went back upstairs and worked on my quilt. Rosie ...

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I know, it’s been a while…. from QUilting By-You

Happy quilting! It has been a while since we showed some love to our blog… Once again we are going to reboot and give it another go!

It has also been a rough ride this year so far. Just when we think that we are getting ahead, some random event comes along that makes us question all of our life choices.

We are still here at the shop and we have made some changes in light of the current situation. We are only taking one renter at a time and trying to schedule appointments where there is no overlap. We ...

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1 Year from Words & Stitches

Today, it’s one year since my husband passed away. I thought I would just repost my Facebook post here. Tomorrow, I will focus back on fabrics and fun things but today is for remembering.

Sometimes, they get it wrong. Sometimes, the very worst happens and you have to say goodbye, too soon and too horribly. Sometimes, you have to walk to the edge of the river and hold tight to your love’s hand as they slip away to the other shore. And then you have to take the longest walk of your life, the one you didn’t ...

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September 15, 2020
September challenge: It’s In The Bag! / Πρόκληση Σεπτεμβρίου: Είναι μέσα στην τσάντα! from Mania for quilts

It was a great pleasure to see that there was the making of a bag on this semester’s schedule. We love a lot the bag making in Greece. And I love especially Annie’s Unrein patterns. When I was asked about the pattern I wanted to make, I chose this bag that actually is not a bag, but a whole suitcase. I had made this bag in the past several times, but I wanted to see the most of the materials that Annie has in her shop. Therefore I asked for this pattern, that proved to be very wise ...

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September challenge: It’s In The Bag! / Πρόκληση Σεπτεμβρίου: Είναι μέσα στην τσάντα! from Mania for Quilts

It was a great pleasure to see that there was the making of a bag on this semester’s schedule. We love a lot the bag making in Greece. And I love especially Annie’s Unrein patterns. When I was asked about the pattern I wanted to make, I chose this bag that actually is not a bag, but a whole suitcase. I had made this bag in the past several times, but I wanted to see the most of the materials that Annie has in her shop. Therefore I asked for this pattern, that proved to be very wise ...

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Hummingbirds and Hot Springs: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Aren’t Hummingbirds the greatest?

Don’t tell the Chameleon, but I think so. One of Nature’s little oddities, and beautiful into the bargain. We don’t have hummingbirds in Australia, and I’ve never seen one, although I’d love to one day. In the meantime I have settled for making an appliqué version…. yup, I started playing around with some of the free patterns being offered in the It’s A Garden Party Row Along that popped up last week. I hope you’ve had a chance to look into that blog hop for both the patterns ...

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September 14, 2020
The Craig and Jo Show from Jo's Country Junction

It’s been some time since there has a been a Craig and Jo episode here on the blog.  Since Craig started working on the farm, he’s typically working on the weekend and there isn’t a lot of time to do anything extra.  Also, we have gotten a lot of the things done around here.  Of course, there is always something we could do but nothing urgent.

You might remember that I bought this old piece for my entertainment center before Covid….

(I’m requesting that you not leave any comments about mounting the television on the wall ...

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One strip at a time, let’s sew a Jelly Roll! from Katie's Blog

Let’s celebrate all things Jelly Roll with National Sew a Jelly Roll Day this Saturday, September 19th, 2020! Moda Fabrics created the jelly roll a number of years ago and they’ve created a day honoring one of my favorite things.  Jelly Rolls are 2 1/2″ strips of fabric, from one fabric line.  They are great for creating a quick quilt, because part of the cutting is already done for you.  You can also cut your own jelly roll strips and create a scrappy assortment of fabrics for your own project.

This year we embraced Moda’s Three ...

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September 13, 2020
Made By You from Jo's Country Junction

I’m going to make a new regular feature here on the blog.  We have free pattern listed on the right sidebar of the blog, we have a book Country Girl Modern, we have patterns in our online shop and we have patterns often featured in magazines.  We have so many of you taking those patterns and making them in your own way and your own style.  The new blog series will feature YOUR quilts made with our designs.  We are so excited to be launching the new series as there is no higher compliment to a designer than to ...

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Joyful Sabbath from Wedding Dress Blue

“We seek for truth wherever we might find it.”—President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “What Is Truth?”

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Community Quilts from Ray and Virginia from Jo's Country Junction

Happy things in my email again…this time, community quilts from Ray.

Ray writes:

Here are some pics of a quilt that I just finished that came from the Cresco ladies. It is a beautiful quilt that measures 47 x 57.

You just have to love the scrappiness and colors in this quilt. I choose a butterfly pattern for the quilting to go with the yellow butterfly strips in the quilt. Looks like they are floating around in a big flower garden.

The yellow backing came from a bargain basement sale I found a couple of months ago. It is ...

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National Jelly Roll Day – FREE pattern from Want It, Need It, Quilt It!

Grab a Jelly Roll and get ready for the National Jelly Roll Day on Saturday, 19th September 2020. Jelly rolls are a scrumptious swirl of 2.5″ strips of your favourite Moda collections. A very versatile pre-cut to use in so many projects such as,quilts, table runners, placemats, mats and bags. Over the years I have...

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Quilt-y update from The Crafty Quilter

I saw a new quilt along that is coming up soon, so I thought it was time for a quilt-y update! Plus, there are some quilt shows that are not happening, but more that are going virtual.

The Stitch Pink 2020 Quilt Along starts on October 1, 2020 for 30 days. Fat Quarter Shop and Moda Fabrics are teaming up to spread breast cancer awareness with a free quilt block pattern for each day in October. You can purchase a kit of Moda Grunge fabrics in your favorite pinks here.

The latest Quilt-y update includes the Stitch Pink 2020 Quilt Along from Fat Quarter Shop and Moda Fabrics.

The Pacific International Quilt Festival (PIQF) is going virtual this ...

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