It is my privilege to introduce you to my friends, Jo and Kelli’s, first book, “Country Girl Modern”. I met Jo as a customer many years ago when her children were small – that’s another story and a pretty funny one at that – but I digress. Jo writes a popular blog called “Jo’s Country Junction” and I keep up with her life everyday. Her past year has been spent remodeling a house in a small town in Northeast Iowa and I have loved traveling this road with her because I can sympathize with nearly every set-back and enjoy every success. Kelli is her oldest daughter and the co-author of this book published by Kansas City Star.
The book is a smaller format measuring 8″ x 9″ which I love and the pictures were taken at a farm in the fall during pumpkin season. They are beautiful! When first looking through the book, I was taken with Bohemian Rhapsody and was sure that would be my pick to start working on since I like to use lots of different fabrics. The quilt is photographed against a red farm building which also appealed to me. But then I came to Puddle Duck, photographed on a white picket fence and I changed my mind.
This block measures 20″ x 20″ and I didn’t want to make the entire quilt, so just one block was perfect. The cutting recipe for just one block was also included which also made points with me. I did not have to decipher the entire cutting recipe because I only wanted to cut one block.
Here are my pieces for one block. I followed Jo’s color palette somewhat but changed the white to gray.
The “quick reference chart” is invaluable – it tells me how many units I need of each section to make one block. Here are my units.
And here are the units pieced together into the sections shown in the chart. Everything was 100% correct and the instructions were flawless. Coming from another pattern designer, that is high praise indeed. You may or may not find this interesting – our very first book “On Behalf of Chickens” was the only book we ever wrote that had absolutley no mistakes – at least none that anyone ever pointed out to us and we never found one either. That, folks, is called “beginner’s luck”.
And here is my finished block. Check the blog next week because I am going to quilt this one block to use on my table. I love it and the book, with 11 quilts, is a bargain for $24.95 (I think). You can order it here jo’s country junction or ask at your local quilt shop.
Every day this week Jo will be inviting other bloggers to review the book and if you leave a comment on anyone’s blog, this one included, you will be eligible to win a copy of the book. Each of the blogs will be giving away one copy and you could be the lucky winner! Winners from each blog will be chosen at the end of the blog hop so watch for future posts – I might be asking for YOUR mailing address!
It is a beautiful day in North Iowa – 40 degrees making it wet and very muddy but that’s March! March Madness will be starting very soon – what teams are you pulling for?