jo the fat quarter gypsy interview and pattern reveal
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Guest Designer – Jo of Fat Quarter Gypsy

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This month we are getting to know Jo of the Fat Quarter Gypsy!

I met her this last year at fall quilt market– she is a delight and so talented! I’ve always admired her pop-up bags….and this month we get to give one of her patterns a try!  In addition to her pop-ups she has wonderful ‘lace’ table runners, which feature a layered look.  You’ll have to for sure check those out!

Here’s a bit more about her:

 I have been sewing for years and years. As a very small girl growing up in Duluth, Minnesota, my sister and I were always making something.
Fabric is just one medium I love to play with. As a teen, clothes were #1.
When I married and later a baby was on the way, I switched to baby blankets, clothes and home decor. Once it was determined I wasn’t going to be blessed with a baby girl (which is not a sad thing at all), I had to find a way to express my creative side.  
I made fancy bags with a thousand pockets for little cars and a play mat with a road on it to drive them around, tried to solve the Lego storage issues, sleeping bags for stuffed animals, etc.  
Then one day my Mom-in-law, Nancy, told me about the quilts she was making. Bam! Shazam! Zippity Doo Dah… I was hooked!
Leap ahead 12 years… “hear me roar”!  
The whole “40+, I can do anything as a woman of today” war chant hits and I decide to follow my dreams.  
The experience has been fantastic and is only getting better!  

About the project for the quilt group: 

I decided to put together a happy table runner. The blocks use half rectangles and half square triangles… so nothing too terribly difficult. I look forward to seeing the fabric and color combinations people use.


Yellow: 1/3 yard
Teal: 1/3 yard
White: 1/4 yard
Dark Teal: 1/3 yard
Border: 3/8 yard
Binding: 1/3 yard
Backing: 1-1/8 yard (seamed) or 20″ x 54″ single piece.

Special Rulers that are helpful: Perfect Rectangle Ruler and a 4-1/2″ or larger square
Notions: Ruler and Marking Pencil

Download the Pattern:  members only (login here for access)


Scavenger Hunt BOM

(you can find all previous blocks here– members only)

 Tell us about your quilt block for the Scavenger Hunt:

Pinwheels are a favorite of mine, so I’m sharing a Double Pinwheel tutorial with you! This is a little bit different than last month’s double pinwheel tutorial, and both of them will look great in the scevenger quilt!

Grab the quilt block here – members only (login here)

~ Enjoy her interview ~

How did you get your start in sewing?

My mom taught me to sew when I was 5. My first project was a red and white striped pillow for my doll. I was instantly hooked.

What inspires you?

Many things… color, pattern, home decor, art, nature, science

Do you have a favorite notion?

My latest and greatest find are the Frixion Heat Erasable Pens. They are terrific!

What’s coming up for you that we can check out~

I am filming 2 segments for the It’s Sew Easy television show on PBS. They should air in November or December.

Quirky or fun fact about yourself?

I love chickens and I think everyone should have some.

Where can you find her?




jo the fat quarter gypsy interview and pattern reveal

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