Sunday, July 26, 2009

Better late than never. Right?.....right??

Hi! My name is Jona (pronounced "John-uh" in case you were having trouble with it!) and I'm full of good intentions. I've been meaning to post here since last fall but here we are and it's almost August! I have a blog called Stop Staring and Start Sewing! where I do lots of sewing and kid wrangling with my 5 offspring (and lately a lot of spray painting!). I own an online fabric store called Fabritopia and that keeps me busy every day.

"Sweet" apron

I've been sewing for almost 30 years but I don't have much experience with quilting. This group sounded like a low stress way to try a few new things with a bunch of fun and talented gals so I had to jump at Beki's invitation. I don't think I let the others know that I was clueless to the mysterious ways of the quilter so hopefully they haven't caught on to me yet.

You can usually find me sewing girls clothes, banners, bags, aprons, etc.... so this quilt dabbling has been lots of fun (and quite a brain stretch).

My creation

Here are my quilt square for my friends so far: Sarah's is the unfinished stack at the top (but you can see what the others have done here at our Flickr group!), and next to that is Kathryn's. Second row is Melissa's and Tracy's. Third row is Jessica's and Beki's. And forth row is Kristena's and Leslie's. Sarah actually lives in the Phoenix area with me so we are going to meet in person to exchange our blocks! I love meeting bloggers in person!

Twelve square so far (july 09)

I finally have my fabric cut out and ready to place in the envelopes (almost 2 months late, sorry!). It was very hard to choose since I'm surrounded by fabrics all day but I narrowed it down to some fun and happy fabrics and the gals can add to them and do whatever they want! My only request is that each block have a piece of printed selvage somewhere in it. I love all the new things being made with selvages so I thought it would be fun to have them in my quilt.

Here's my stack which will be divided and shipped this week. Yay!


I know all the other ladies in the group have been busy sewing and creating (and blogging about it thankfully!) so be sure to visit all of their blogs (listed in the sidebar) to see what sort of goodies they've been working on!! You'll probably end up with some great ideas! Keep on sewing!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Scrappy, Scrappy, Wonky, Wonky

I finished my block for Kristena the other day. I love the theme this month, scrappy log cabins! My favorite.
She sent so many great fabrics, I just used hers. I am loving purple and red together lately, so this was one I could not wait to dive into. I love scrappy blocks, love wonky blocks. it was a fun one to make.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Jessica's Autumn Block

November's 12Square block

I finished Jessica's twelve square block for November a couple of weeks ago. She sent the green print and the dark brown print. All she said was that the theme was "Autumn." Wide open. I love autumn, as we all know, but the color scheme of this block was a bit of a departure from when I usually associate with autumn: orange and red. It's very neutral and earthy, both of those are good things, though.

I had a few different thoughts on the direction to go with this. Leaves came to mind, of course. I had inklings to do a rough edge stacked kind of thing with leaf shapes, ala Amanda Jean's tutorial. But in the end, I went a bit more abstract. Shocker, huh? I thought the green print would be lovely as a sort of ground for other bits of color in the block, since it wasn't too busy, and there was enough of it to use alot. I pulled in a bit of orange, but tried not to let it overpower the block, keeping the neutral tones of the fabrics that she sent. I added in some natural linen, and a bit of a beautiful little brown and cream japanese print that I received from the always lovely Leslie. I offset short stripes of patchwork in layers coming in from two sides of the block, making them a bit wonky. They remind me of the layers of leaves that fall in autumn, stacking together, or of layers of earth that get bulbs nestled within in the fall. It turns out, I was on the same train of thought as Katie, with the layers and the rough edge idea. This was a bit of a challenge for me to figure out how to make this work the way I wanted it to work, while still keeping an open creative process, but I think I accomplished what I was going for.

I designed it to have the color intruding from the top and bottom, but I don't see a problem with rotating it so that the layers intrude from the sides. And, I made the block a little bigger than the 12"x12". I just couldn't decide what to cut off, so I give that decision to you, Jessica, if you choose to. And that way, if you want to not cut if and have different sized blocks, you can do that too. I hope you like it!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

For Jessica


I've loved working on Jessica's Autumn-inspired block this month. I've enjoyed poking around her blog, attempting to guess her color and style preferences and in the process, getting to know a little better the creative, charming girl behind the blog.


The embroidered leaf and acorn were inspired by her beautiful new Fall table runner and I added that big bold Michael Miller print to tie together the subtle patterns of her fabrics with the bold outline of the embroidery. I've looked at it too long to decide, but I think it all works? I'll let Jessica decide :-)

So thanks, Jessica for inspiring cozy, tea-filled evenings spent embroidering, planning and piecing and I hope the end result elicits a mix of tradition, charm and reverence for nature, just like ms. turkey cookies herself!

Happy Fall and happy quilting!

Monday, November 17, 2008


When I got my fabric from Jessica, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I loved the Autumn theme.
I made a ragged edge block, based on this tutorial from Amandajean.

When I think about Autumn I think about layers. Not just wearing more layers of clothing to keep warm, but new layers of leaves that cover the ground. Autumn is rustic, and organic. I loved making this block so much, I see a quilt made out of these squares in my future.
I can't wait to see more Autumn squares.

Sunday, November 2, 2008


Hi All, I'm Jessica and my birthday happens to be in November which makes this my month for the quilting bee! Right now I'm a whole bunch of stuff: a graduate student, speech-language therapist in an elementary school, and a crafty girl at heart. Creating things always makes me feel a bit more at center when life gets crazy (which it always seems to do).
I'm lucky to be surrounded by many crafty friends and family members who support my (ahem) passions. My Grammie (the infamous Turkey Cookie baker) is the original crafty gal in my life. She can knit, sew anything, and make a delicious sugar cookie. Along the way my Grammie exposed me to quilting, gave me a bunch of quilty goodies for Christmas and encouraged me to take a class. I dragged the Mama along with me and she pulled out her dusty sewing machine. Long story short - the Mama has a long arm quilting business and I'm here inspired as ever quilting away.
I am loving the challenge and excitement of this bee so far even if it's caused me to take a few deep breaths and forget about being nervous (hopefully I'm not the only one who feels this way!). Here's the block I made for Beki:This month's theme is Autumn. Being a November girl and a teacher living in New York I have a fantastic love of this season. I'm constantly inspired by the changing of the leaves, the cooler temperatures, and the rhytmn of the days.All of the fabric is signed and sealed and ready to be mailed. It should arrive to your doorstep soon- Happy quilting!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

for beki (and hello)

Hello. I'm Chris, a lonely marketing coordinator telecommuting from my Kansas City area basement. Instead of long coffee breaks and 3-martini lunches, I make stuff and blog about it at Pink Picket Fence.

I have two girls (2 and 12) and love to sew for them. And quilt. And embroider while watching Mad Men. I have a weakness for vintage linens, and a talent for finding really cool stuff I have trouble storing. Like the rest of you, I jumped at the idea of a virtual quilting bee, because it's kind of a fun little experiment and it justifies my fabric obsession nicely. Thanks to Beki for organizing Twelve Square and Tracy for setting up the technical stuff. (Tracy, can we borrow your uber-cool button?)

So, here we go... this is my October block:

I liked the challenge of the simplicity of a 'stripes' instruction. Good call, Beki. Also, I swear the brown and white stripe is brown, and not blackish like it is appearing here. Maybe I've been staring at this too long.

It's been fun watching all of the blocks emerge. A little intimidating as well. This is one crazy talented collection of ladies. I'm so flattered to be included. :)