Double Dutch: A Visit with Jo Kramer

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Kelli (left) & Jo (right)

Welcome guest blogger, quilt designer, and blogger in her own right, Jo Kramer. Jo’s new quilt, Double Dutch, is a medallion-style, bed-size quilt. This quilt is the perfect example of very simple sewing creating a complex, interesting composition. The units are easy and quick to sew, and are then arranged into the impressive design you see below. You’ll find this quilt in the McCall’s Quilting May/June 2017 issue. We’re happy to have Jo here to talk about her quilt!

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Hello! We’re so honored to have a chance to be here at McCall’s Quilting for a guest blog feature. We’re thrilled that McCall’s picked our latest project, Double Dutch, to feature in their magazine.

If you don’t know us, we’re Jo (the mom/quilt designer/author of this blog) and Kelli-Jo (the oldest daughter/pattern writer/yardage calculator). We are quilters and bloggers — well, I’m the blogger. I blog about all things related to family, crafting, repurposing, antiquing, childcare, our beagles, recipes, and farm life; oh, it’s a little bit of everything, including quilting. Both of us sew and I do the machine quilting and binding. For us, it works.

I drew this design and handed it off to Kelli. I design all of our quilts using Word. I made a tutorial showing how to design in Word — I think it’s really helpful. Kelli’s job was to figure out the math and sew it, which she did, but she made me vow that we would NEVER publish it anywhere that involved her writing the directions. I laughed and said okay.

Here’s what I originally designed. I drew up these quilt blocks and then started playing with them. I LOVE the simplicity of the quilt blocks. It’s simple, straight line sewing.

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I put them together to create this:

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It’s a little dizzying with all the lines.
Here it is without the lines:

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The only problem was, to complete the pattern, Kelli had to come up with half blocks and corner blocks. Writing the pattern would be a nightmare. This explains why Kelli refused to write up the instructions!

Happily, McCalls Quilting took care of all of that and simplified it, so it’s easy peasy. We would have never thought to write the directions like they did, but it completely works and doesn’t involve tricky quilt blocks. We’re impressed.

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Curious minds might like to know that the original fabrics used for this quilt were Moda Fabrics. They were pulled from a line called Social Club. I’m sure they are unavailable now, but other fabrics could easily be put in to get the same look.

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Same look, different fabrics.

I’ve written more about Double Dutch, including how it got its name, and my insecurities about having my free motion quilting seen in a national magazine on our blog. Visit us if you’re interested in reading more!

We loved working with McCall’s Quilting and hope to do more with them in the future. For now, comment below for a chance to win our book, Country Girl Modern, all about modern-traditional quilts.


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Leave a comment below before midnight April 20, 2017 and you’ll be entered into our random drawing to win Country Girl Modern. The winner will be notified by email with subject line beginning YOU WON.

This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec. 

Thank you for participating — a winner has been picked! Keep an eye out for future guest blogs and your chance to win a giveaway!

If you’d like to make your own version of the Double Dutch quilt, and don’t yet have a copy of the McCall’s Quilting May/June 2017 issue, you can order print and digital versions in our online shop. The Double Dutch quilt pattern is also available separately as an instant digital download.  

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13 Responses to Double Dutch: A Visit with Jo Kramer

  1. Arlyn Parker says:

    Looks like a great book-I love all the quilts on the cover!

  2. Kathy E. says:

    Double Dutch makes a lovely quilt! I cannot imagine trying to write instructions for any quilt, so my hat is off to anyone who can do it! I’d love to have this book and be inspired by it.

  3. Sallee C says:

    Congrats on your new book! The quilts are beautiful. Thanks for this opportunity to win a copy.

  4. Anna brown says:

    Very very nice I love the country colors too…

  5. nancy lewis says:

    I love country quilts and am amazed at the beautiful Double Dutch quilt. Thanks for a great giveaway.

  6. Deb G. in VA says:

    Great quilt! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Country Girl Modern!

  7. Elizabeth says:

    I saw this quilt in the magazine and thought it would be too complex for the time I had available. Now I think I’ll give it a try!! Great design.

  8. Kathy says:

    This is just what I need, being a modern country girl!

  9. Kaye M. says:

    I went over to Jo’s blog and I can really relate to her, I’m a country girl too who loves to quilt and garden. Double Dutch looks complicated but when you explained it, it now looks very doable!

  10. Chris P. says:

    I really like the quilts shown on the cover of the book. The Double Durch pattern now looks doable to me! Thanks!

  11. Susanne Wintz says:

    I spent some time in the Iowa countryside in March 2017 and saw an entire field of large hay rolls. Now, I want to drape them with Country Girl Modern quilts! What a lovely way to display a quilt.

    I would be honored to win the “Country Girl Modern” book and make one or more of the quilts within.

  12. Hilda Underwood says:

    Love the Double Dutch pattern and especially the colors. Plan to try one!

  13. Madeline Wallace says:

    I love quilts that look more complicated than they are. and scrappy too. I am a country gal, and I think I neeed this book!!!!!!!!!

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