Blast from the Past – 1999

A friend in Iowa emailed me that she had bought a bundle of magazines recently and was going through them, she found these two issues of American Patchwork & Quilting  . . .  would I like her to send them to me.  Yes please!


What fun to see these articles again, so I decided to share my fun with you.

First the envelope please . . . . beautiful calligraphy!



Magazine cover August 1999, Issue #39



American Churn Dash small quilt


Set Shot to enjoy . . .


Sweet yes?  15 years later I still use this small quilt during the summer.  Machine pieced Hand quilted.


Next up . . . .

Magazine cover, October 1999, Issue 40



Framed Log Cabin Mini Runner



I used to sell my small hand quilted quilts, sell my Custom Framed small quilts, then quilters wanted patterns to make their own, I stopped selling the originals in 2003.  I have a few hanging in our home, still love them!

This framed Log Cabin runner hangs in our living room, I never get tired of seeing it or the others I have, brings back many memories of the Folk Art Show days ‘back east’.

Machine pieced, hand quilted.



Sure has been an interesting journey, from selling my small quilts for about 15 years, custom framing small quilts to sell, followed by publishing patterns for quilters, vending at Quilt Market since 1995, moved on to book publishing, my first book was ‘Small Quilts for Framing’ in 2000 (long out of print), followed by more quilts in magazines, a few TV show tapings, self published more books, designing fabric, and offering JLW Club for quilt shops.

If you read my Blog you will see some of these framed quilts still in use, if you are new to my Blog, sit back, get a cuppa and enjoy.

I’ve given myself the gift of time this year, calling it a Sabbatical, sewing on some other projects, enjoying a couple get aways with girls friends, travels with Russ, patio time, not living a deadline driven year, is kinda nice and deserved.

It is TGIF – have a wonderful weekend, hope you get some sewing time, I’m going to!







Blast from the Past – 1999 — 14 Comments

  1. I think I have both those quilt magazines too! I have followed you for a long time Jo and continue to love your fabrics and patterns. I was at my LQS yesterday and bought some Haberdashy! Love the line. And good for you taking a break for a year. Everyone needs a little R&R. Enjoy.

  2. I did your pumpkin quilt. It was fun to do and I still treasure it as does my family each year when it come out at Halloween. Thanks for the great pattern !

    • Marianne, I have no idea how you would get copies of magazines from 1999. It was serendipity that my friend in Iowa found these two and sent them to me. eBay? Sometimes quilt guilds have ‘garage sales’ and old magazines show up. Sorry!

  3. I have every issue too! Some of the best were those in the mid to late 90’s! Love looking back through them from time to time.

  4. Loved seeing these. I have all of the mags and surely do enjoy the older issues. Getting harder to find more traditional patterns in the newer magazines, so we turn back to the old.

  5. I still display my churn dash quilt too. One of the first ones I ever made – still love it.
    Making the log cabin and framing it is still on my list of things to do. Love your fabric and patterns.

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