Grow Your Blog

Hi, I’m Jo Young-  thanks for visiting my quilting blog!

DadandJoI’m a wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. I live a Walton Family lifestyle; my son, his wife and three children, all live with my husband and me in an 1890′s farmhouse in the country. Another son lives close by. We round things out with our dog Angel (a mini Pomeranian) and Lily the (queen) cat.

While many times it’s a challenge for all of us to share one house, I feel very blessed to have our family close.

I made my first quilt in 1996; machine pieced and hand quilted, I fell in love with the quilting process and never looked back. I enjoy making all kinds of quilts, but antique reproduction quilts are probably my favorite.

Someone once asked me my why I quilt… my answer?

Quilts talk to me (don’t tell my therapist); the tattered antique quilts tell me stories about love and weddings, babies and hard times and letting go. The quilts I create today capture my stories and leave recipients to weave their voices with my own, ready to be shared with another generation.

I blog to give all quilts a voice, a part of the story. Join me in the journey!

28 thoughts on “Grow Your Blog

  1. Hello, Jo! I’m Angie – one of Vicki’s GYB volunteers. Welcome to the party! Your answer to why you quilt was wonderful! Realy touched me – a keeper. Love the quilt you shared. Thank you for participating in Grow Your Blog 2014.

  2. Hi Jo,

    I’m visiting from the Grow Your Blog party. Your quilts are beautiful – you are very talented! I never learned how to quilt or knit. I’m more into papercrafts. I plan to look around a bit more and then be on my way to visit the others. I do hope you will stop by for a visit and enter my giveaway. Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs – Donna

    • Donna,

      Thanks so much for the kind words. I’ve learned so much from other online quilters and crafters who give of their time and knowledge; it’s wonderful to finally be a part of the blogging community. I’m looking forward to stopping by your blog later today- I’d love to see what you’re doing with papercrafts. I can always be corrupted into a new craft, lol.

      Thanks again,

      Jo :)

    • Heather, thanks so much for stopping by. It’s so fun to share my love of quilting with all of you. In our crazy household, most everyone just looks at me and smiles tolerantly (the dog just leaves the room) when I go into raptures over some hand-quilting on an antique quilt, or jump up and down when my son found a Featherweight at the local auction (I wasn’t allowed to actually participate in the bidding for family embarrassment reasons).

      The quilt blogging community has really become my home away from home- thanks again for being part of it :)

  3. Hi Jo… so nice to meet you! I too fell in love with vintage style quilts. That’s all I made for years. I especially loved Redwork quilts…. collected quite a few, stitched even more, and still sell some patterns on Etsy. These days I’m playing with lace books and doll making. So glad to have met you!
    Sweet Blessings, Chris

    • Chris, lace books? I’m going to have to look that up- it sounds wonderful! That’s the beauty of blogging- I learn so much about other handcrafts. Redwork quilts are one of my new favorites; I have a bluework project in progress, but would like to reproduce one of the older redwork quilts I’ve seen. I’ll check out your Etsy store- thanks for stopping by!

    • Sarah,

      In my world, ALL the quilts talk to me (is that wrong?). Sometimes I feel like one of those TV psychics; I walk into a room, and sudddenly I feel a Mariner’s Compass coming through with a message about cotton seeds in his batting. Or someone’s 9-patch wants a cat hair issue acknowledged.

      I hate to think what my quilts are going to say to the next generation of quilt talkers (kinda like Wind Talkers but without the cool movie). My quilts will whine on about teenagers, pets, road trips, bad sewing machines and sunburn; I just hope the one hanging in the bathroom is too far gone to speak!

      Thanks for stopping by- if my therapist quits, I’ll give you a call :)

  4. I’m still sluggishly making my way through the long list of blogs! I hope you will repay the favor & check out my redwork/ embroidery blog. (I’m in the 1st group of links on the GYB post.)

    I love the way you explain why you quilt. I am an historian & diarist so I completely get it!

    aprilsongstress

    • Patricia, I’d love to take a look at your blog. I enjoy all aspects of history; can’t wait to see your posts!

      Thanks for stopping by…

      Jo :)

  5. Hi Jo, I’m stopping by via GYBP. It is nice to meet you. Old quilts do have wonderful stories and giving the new ones an opportunity to speakout is grand. I have a stack of guild community service quilt tops that I wait to longarm machine quilt until the speak to me and say how they want to be quilt ;) Have a splendid day & happy quilting!

    • Toni, so nice to meet you- thanks for stopping by! I’m glad quilts talk to you, too. With a longarm machine, I bet your quilts talk to you about feathers, micro-stippling and glorious pantographs. Unfortunately I have a DSM that becomes surly when asked to free-motion quilt; my quilts talk to me (in a long-suffering whisper) about ditch quilting, simple figure eights and how to do fundraisers so they can go to the longarm quilter like other quilt tops.

      Will stop by your blog- hope to see some of those wonderful care quilts you’re working on!

      Jo :)

  6. Hi Jo
    I stopped by via the GYB party. You have a great blog. I too love antique quilts. I am a new follower and hope you will stop by and have a peek at my blog. Enjoy the party!

    • Chantal,

      Thanks so much for the sweet comment. I’m doing my best to visit the participating blogs- it’s so much fun!

      Will be stopping yours shortly-

      Thanks again,

      Jo :)

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