fabric – time to confess or fess up?

Ladies, just like you, I do shop for fabric in quilt shops. Yes I’m a fabric designer, but I like other designers lines and pieces too!

That means I do buy fabrics produced by ‘other’ Fabric Companies.

See I really am just like you.

I love my fabric lines, and have made lots and lots of quilts with them, but I go shopping, just like you do.

I’ve received numerous requests for “what is that border fabric” on a couple of quilts in the “Simple Friendships” book that is co-authored with my friend Kim Diehl.

Shhh, I have a closet of non-Jo fabric, of course I’ve been quilting since 1980, the early fabrics were no where near the gorgeous quality we have today, so I’m guessing my closet is collecting from around 20 years ago to recent. My closet makes me happy, not saying how big my closet is, because we don’t compare our fabric collections do we.

Here is a picture of the 2 pieces most requested, and I also show you that I have one design also in red and brown, so you will probably see it in a red and brown quilt at some point.

One fabric is Blue Hill (no longer in business), the other is a Windham.  I have no idea how old either are, no years are printed on fabric line selvages.  But I’m guess 3 to 5 years old.

Substituting could probably be the key, pick a border fabric, then the accompanying pieces to sew the blocks.  Make your life easier!

Happy Sewing!

requested fabric info

‘Simple Friendships’

Seems Facebook isn’t taking my pushes from Instagram.  There are other ways to get the word out . . . here are my quilts in our book.

Kim has added appliqué to her projects, she is well know for doing that, this book has something for everyone!

I know you will want to make some, make that ‘all’, of these projects with your friends. Block Exchanges are so much fun, you will be making special memory quilts.  Nothing better than time with friends and making memories.

 

James River Crossing

 

Berry Baskets

Parkersburg

Apple Cider

Blueberry Buckle

 

Twilight

Ask for ‘Simple Friendships’ book by Martingale at your local or favorite quilt shop, or . . . you can order the book on my website, go to the home page.

Enjoy many happy sewing days ahead!

Jo

 

Simple Friendships

My new book, co-authored with Kim Diehl, will be available in February 2017. I can’t wait for you all to see it.

Martingale has once again presented our projects in such beautiful settings.

I’m offering a pre-order of this new book for $30, shipping included.
I’ll begin shipping your order as soon as I receive them from Martingale.
Order your copy here!

I look forward to seeing your projects inspired by Kim and my creations found in this new book. Please be sure to share your work on my Jo Morton Stitcher’s group page on Facebook!

Podcast – don’t miss it!

Quilting Radio, hosted by Pat Sloan

Quilting Radio, hosted by Pat Sloan

 

 

This afternoon I was fortunate to visit with Pat Sloan, you can listen here: http://www.creativetalknetwork.com/

or you can listen here:   http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/magazines-more/quilting-podcast

Pat interviewed 3 people, mine is the last one at 3:40, lasts 20 minutes.

We visited about my new book with Martingale – ‘Jo’s Little Favorites’, love this book as it shows so many ways to use small quilts in your home.  The photography is gorgeous! Of course I purchased a couple of the ‘props’, from the wonderful shop in Iowa where the quilts were photographed, am enjoying them in our home and in my studio.

There are many places you can buy my new book, check with your local or favorite quilt shop.

We also visited about my new fabric line named ‘Gratitude’ with Moda.  Watch for comments during and after Spring Quilt Market where shops will be ordering my new line that will ship this August.  I’ve loved sewing my my line and you will too!

When selecting fabric line names, I have several pages on my computer collected in a document.

Last year I added the word ‘Gratitude’ to my growing list, seemed fitting after the loss of my mom in late 2014 (she was an awesome, loving, kind, helpful lady), then Russ had a lower spine fuse October 6, 2015, I’m grateful for my ‘team’ that helps me get so much done, the word was/is very important to me, I’m happy that Moda agreed to use it for my first line with them.

We didn’t have time to mention all the quilts that APQ has published in their magazine over the years. I remade one of mine that is in the new ‘Make It Mini’ magazine this Spring, it will be revealed at Spring Market, and my remake was made using my new line ‘Gratitude’.

Everything is connected and Jo is a very happy girl.  Of course Russ and I just returned from a 2 week vacation in France meeting up with friends.

Happy Stitching and enjoy the Podcast!

 

‘Jo’s Little Favorites’ – new book with Martingale – shipping in January 2016

So many of you have asked for patterns from earlier Jo Clubs, lucky for you and me, this book is what you are looking for!

I’m so pleased to be working with Martingale to provide you with your wish.

Since I’m trying to cut back, so Russ and I can travel, he has been retired for 6 1/2 years, if we don’t travel now, when will we?  This is a win-win for us.  Martingale presents beautiful books that are coffee table worthy, I know you will love to add this book to your collection.

You will love the tips on using small quilts in your home, enhanced by gorgeous inspirational pictures.

I like to think the vintage appeal in the quilts I make, have that timeless quality and they never go out of style.

You can pre-order signed copies of this book here!
(Expected January shipping)

Below is a little eye candy to tide you over.

Happy dreaming!

Jo

Jo's Little Favorites

Jo’s Little Favorites

 

 

Or these stacks of quilts! The quilts were carefully folded to fit these child size chairs - sweet!

Would you love to make these stacks of quilts! The quilts were carefully folded to fit these child size chairs – so sweet!

 

One more today . . look for your initials or name to put with your quilt display.

One more today . . look for your initials or name to put with your quilt display.

 

Book News!

First — I forgot to mention that the picture of the quilt in my Hollyhocks post earlier this month, is the FTU (free to use) quilt pattern, it is available at www.andoverfabrics.com.  Or you can find it on my website, by clicking on the picture of the quilt on my home page, the pdf file will pop up for you to print out.  Easy!

Second — After the long winter in most of our country, and it is St. Patrick’s Day – saving some green for you by offering a sale on the 4 most recent books I published —  ‘For All Seasons’, ‘Banner Day’, Prairie Flowers Encore’, and ‘Coming Home’.

For All Seasons

For All Seasons

Banner Day

Banner Day

Prairie Flowers Encore

Prairie Flowers Encore

Coming Home

Coming Home

Now is the time to make something fresh for spring!

Always remember that quilts can be made in other colors, consider Holiday themes, how about ‘your’ favorite colors!  You can also make them bigger, or make them smaller, make a square quilt oblong, make an oblong quilt square, or make a skinny quilt (aka a table runner), make them to suit your needs.

These books have been discounted 25%.

Find these deals here!  http://jomortonquilts.com/shop/books/

 

Yesterday March 16 in Nebraska we reached a high of 86 degrees, broke a record – way too warm and fast.  Today March 17 forecast a high of 55 (30 degrees cooler), it was 34 earlier this morning – hate these big temperature swings – hard to dress comfortably when spring/summer is still packed away.

Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day!  I’m thinking a green salad for lunch, how about you?

This evening my wine will be red, not green, just so you know!

 

 

 

 

Harvest time

I went to Omaha October 1st for errands and an hair appointment.  Harvest was getting under way, the fields of beans and corn were golden in color, combines were in some fields clearing row after row of crops, followed by big wagons to hold the results.  Beautiful Fall day with gorgeous blue skies!

I want to share this quilt with you – you have time to get it made to enjoy this Fall!  If that doesn’t work into your schedule, work on it now to be ready for Fall 2014.  I bet you already have some fabric on your shelf that will work for this quilt.

If you are not a blue person, make the star blocks in your favorite color to go with a gorgeous cheddar zig zag setting.  Just a thought.

Really how long is your list of quilts you want to make?  Mine is really, really long, but I’m not sharing how many are on my list, because my list changes of course – we are women and can change our minds.   🙂

I named this quilt ‘Pickin’s Lane’ it is in my ‘Timeless’ book, the small size book on your shelf – look hard, you will find it and can begin cutting.

Pickin's Lane quilt

Pickin’s Lane quilt – beautifully quilted by Maggi Honeyman, Plano, Texas

 

 

Handwork

As you know I really love handwork, these are pieces of hand-pieced basket blocks. They were used in my Emily’s Hand-Pieced Baskets quilt featured in my ‘Coming Home’ book.

It was so much fun selecting the fabrics for this quilt.  I really had planned to set my quilt with a medium brown print and it just wasn’t right.  Began auditioning other fabrics and the subdued blue/gray print won.  Vintage appeal anyone?

I really enjoy take-along projects, before you know it you have enough blocks to assemble a quilt.  Bonus project in my book.

Emily's Hand Pieced Baskets in progress

Emily’s Hand Pieced Baskets in progress

 

Emily's Hand-Pieced Baskets

Emily’s Hand-Pieced Baskets