Happy New Year!

Dear friends,

Reality check for me – one day crossing into the New Year isn’t really going to make a difference in my life, it is actually just another day, but it is also the first day of the rest of my life.

What I’m doing is making changes for a happier, healthier and more fun life.

I’m looking forward to 2015 with renewed energy, looking forward to ‘focus and change’.

Best wishes for ‘your’ choices in the New Year, I wish you many hours of happy stitching or whatever makes you happy.  That is what counts, what makes ‘us’ happy.

Cheers and wishes for a very Happy New Year!

Jo, Russ and of course the fur-kids

 

 

 

 

Emilie Rose is here!

If you need a yummy fabric fix amid all the Holiday Shopping, our favorite brown truck arrived with boxes of beautiful Emilie Rose.

Sheri is busy (cute as an Elf) cutting and folding Fat Quarters, Half Yard and One Yard pieces to make bundles.

You an order it here: http://jomortonquilts.com/shop/shop-fabric/

 

Thank you for adding Emilie Rose to your ‘Fabric Collection’, warm wishes for a wonderful Holiday Season – Merry Christmas!!

Emilie Rose bundles

Emilie Rose bundles

 

More Christmas to share

Today, I’m feeling the need to share some Christmas decor with you.  Has been fun collecting for years, and it is so enjoyable to spend time with the collection once a year.  Memories for a lifetime.

Love this quilt for the Holidays, need to pattern it

Love this quilt for the Holidays, need to pattern it someday, was a Jo’s Club project, the green Santa is an import, the small Santa is hand carved.  The small cupboard was purchased at a Folk Art Show.

 

 

Made this over 10 years ago, still a favorite

Made this Mini Nine Patch quilt over 10 years ago, still a favorite (shhh, hand quilted)

 

 

antique carrier with redware pottery and greens for the Holidays

antique carrier with redware pottery and greens for the Holidays, on a cupboard in the dining room

 

 

Over the cupboard door

Over the cupboard door in the dining room, a favorite display area.  Hope you have a favorite display area too!

 

 

doll quilt in a basket on top of the cupboard

doll quilt in a basket on top of the cupboard, just a peek of cheddar joy.

 

 

quilt stack in a bucket bench

quilt stack in a bucket bench in the dining room, 3 are Antique quilts, 3 are new and made by Jo and her Sewing Friends.  Quick stack is a wonderful way to enjoy quilts all year round.

 

 

New items in Jo’s store!

 

pretty picture to enjoy

pretty picture to enjoy before reading below

There is a total of 11 new items in Jo’s Store, I’ve been asked to carry some of these items that I love to use and that I sell at my retreats.

There are 5 favorites from DOVO Scissors that I use.  DOVO scissors are made in Germany, very high quality, but please do NOT cut paper with them. These are available in my Shop under Notions – Scissors.

Tulip Needles:  #10 big eye Appliqué Needles, #12 Hand Quilting Needles, and Patchwork Pins that are packaged in tubes with cork stopper, to contain them in your sewing basket or in your take along bag. These are available in my Shop under Notions – Needles and Pins.

Also from Clover:   Patchwork Pins  (these are very fine, have been using these for years), Double Needle Threader (I have them with every project, I can’t thread needles without them), and finally the Fine White Marking Pen. The pins are available in Needles and Pins and the threaders and marking pen are in my shop under Notions – Tools.

I’ve also reduced the price on the beautiful Bird Toile note cards, they are ‘letterpress’ and include envelopes.  A very nice gift. These are available in my shop under Odds and Ends

 

Letterpress Bird Toile Notecards, set of 6

Letterpress Bird Toile Notecards, set of 6

 

Christmas decor

First I want to say I really don’t understand Facebook.

I can’t ‘see’ shares, so I don’t know if they really shared.

With that thought in mind and since we are close to Christmas . . .

 

I want to share some family room decor.  Are you ready for Christmas?  Me neither but I will be!

Family Room Christmas decor - well some of it.

Family Room Christmas decor – well some of it.

 

Russ and I began collecting hand carved folk art Santa’s in the later 1980’s, these (and more) are from a Nebraska carver, we would save up to purchase one a year in an antique shop, in Lincoln, Nebraska (the shop closed at least a decade ago).  Couldn’t wait for her Christmas open house.  The open house was the kick off and inspiration for decorating at home.  Notice the Santa Crow on the left?  The carver had a great sense of humor.  Makes me smile every year.

I’m sure you have your own special Christmas memories when you unpack to decorate. Enjoy!

Jo