Gifts for Jo

17 Jan

Last week a good friend of mine Jo celebrated a milestone birthday, she’s someone you might know and blogs over here.  I knew her before she really started sewing so she might blame me for her addiction but I can live with that.

On Saturday night Emily, Susy, Jo and I went out for dinner to celebrate Jo’s birthday, we had done some secret sewing and presented her with this:


Call it what you like; a table runner, mini quilt or wall hanging.  We each made a block reflecting some of Jo’s interests.  If you didn’t guess, Emily made the bike book, I stitched the sewing one and Susy the cake (pattern from Patchwork Please).

Photo’s nicked from Jo’s IG

Susy very kindly took delivery of the blocks and put them together, quilted and bound – thanks.

For a while I’ve wanted to make a lone star, I was again reminded of this during the Cushions for Christmas blog hop.  I thought that I could make one up and turn it into a gift for Jo’s birthday from our family.  So the week before Jo’s birthday I printed off the pattern (free here).  Bethan helped choose fabrics from my scrap boxes that we thought were ‘Jo’ and I got stitching.  Like me Jo has 3 children and I know how grubby things can get so rather than use a white background fabric I used a grey which also felt like a Jo colour!

Lone Star cushion

There are scraps in there too from Catrin from a swap I joined.

Lone Star cushion

I machine quilted around the star using Aurifil 2530.

After thinking that I didn’t have an invisible zip I was trying to get my head into gear to put in a concealed zip (across the back with a flap over rather than invisible in the seam) when I searched again and the invisible zip became visible – phew!

Lone Star cushion - back

On Sunday morning our family went to Jo’s for breakfast along with another family, something we try to do fairly regularly and the girls were very keen to give the present.

Lone Star cushion

And here she is ‘modelling’ it (also nicked from her IG):


A really satisfying paper piecing project, I see more of these in my future!

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16 Replies to “Gifts for Jo

  1. Yey! Still stroking and loving them. I have them upstairs away from the little grubby people!

    • I counted – only four of those were from me! I think Mary’s scraps are the real stars of the cushion 🙂

  2. That cushion is so lovely! Those are totally my colours, so I’m off to look at Jo’s blog to see what else she has that I’ll fall in love with! Ps do you have a tutorial you could recommend for an invisible zip in the seam? I have four to make this weekend! Thanks x

  3. What a brilliant cushion! best colours and my favourite quilt blocks fabric! I think it really should have been for me!!
    I’ve been looking for a lone star pattern after seeing a Cherry Christmas one on the Cushions for Christmas hop, thanks for the link!

  4. That cushion is gorgeous! I love the runner too. You have some handy helpers there 🙂

  5. Lovely presents. I have that exact star pattern in mind for something too! I love the photo of you all with your legs curled up on the sofa 🙂

  6. Such beautiful pressies! You girls are so lucky to have sewing friends living so close – nearly all my friends think that I’m either mad or very sad ;0)

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