What will you do?

I think a Blog post is kind of over due, so here we go!

I think we all purchased the great ‘Make It Mini’ magazine this spring by Better Homes and Gardens. Was on the newsstands, available in Barnes & Noble and in many Quilt Shops, hope you have your copy!   There are so many great small projects to enjoy in your home or to make for gifts for special friends. I actually have 3 of my quilts from prior American Patchwork & Quilting Magazines in this issue, am sharing what I did with one of them.

Make It Mini

Make It Mini

 

This picture is of the original quilt I made and submitted for publication, a while back.  You remember it don’t you!

before it was a mini

 

Tiny Triangles

Tiny Triangles

 

Laura Boehnke, who works for the magazine, creates many of the projects ‘in other colors’ for inspiration, she came up with this mini version for us to enjoy.

 

Laura made hers in Blues . . . so very pretty!

blue chosen for magazine

Don’t you love it!

 

Well, I have a new fabric line coming out in August with Moda Fabrics, pretty pumped about it, so for Quilt Market I remade the smaller version in red using the reds from my new fabric line named ‘Gratitude’.

Make it reds using 'Gratitude' line with Moda Fabrics!

Make it reds using ‘Gratitude’ line with Moda Fabrics!

Now you really ‘need’ to make it come August, hope you already have the magazine!

Happy Stitching!

 

 

‘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.

 

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.

 

 

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

 

 

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!

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Magazine cover August 1999, Issue #39

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American Churn Dash small quilt

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Set Shot to enjoy . . .

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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

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Framed Log Cabin Mini Runner

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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.

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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!

Jo

 

 

 

 

quilt storage – short version

This comments was on my 4th of July post:

I love every one of these beauties. My question is, how do you store everything: keeping the fold lines out, what containers or storage do you suggest, stop the pieces from fading? Thank you for sharing. . . .

 

This is my reply – a short version of course

I have 3 cupboards full of quilts, no containers or bins for storage.  Quilts folded across the foot of the bed get changed out to avoid fading, also keep blinds drawn in bedroom.

Re: fold lines

1. I do use 100% cotton batting in all my quilts, the hard to find Mountain Mist Blue Ribbon batting.

2. I fold 2 to 3 ‘like size’ quilts together to buffer the folds, refold a couple times of year, the inside quilt moves to another position.

3. Never fold a quilt on the center, I fold off center, and on mid size quilts fold into thirds (again 2 or three quilts layered).

4. Always fold with the quilt top on the outside, the hard creases are on the inside folds.

5. These are all things I figured out on my own, mostly due to traveling with quilts and want them to look as good as possible when taken out of the suitcase or in rare occasions shipped, also applies to quilts in cupboards. Be sure to have barrier fabric between quilt and wood.

6. For these reasons I fold up my quilts after a lecture and thank people for offering to help, but I’d rather do it myself, rather than go back to room and re-fold for return trip.

Hope this info is helpful in some small way to your care of your quilts.

Here is a picture of one of my cupboards full of quilts, the top two shelves are Jo Quilts.  The bottom two shelves are antique quilts or antique tops.

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Have a great day that hopefully includes some sewing time!

 

Happy 4th of July!

American Flag Lady - vintage

American Flag Lady – vintage

 

I want to share some of my Americana/Patriotic quilts and how I’m using them this year.  Hope this is inspiring to you!

studio set

This setting is at the studio, the runner is in my Banner Day book.  I’ve had the stool for a long time, my uncle built it for me and a friend painted it in stars and stripes.  I’ve always loved Americana in our home.  Some years I’ve had a summer tree decorated with Americana.  The pincushion was made by Candy Hargrove, love it!  The doll was made by a lady I met at Road to CA a few years ago, she has since moved to another state, she sold some handmade items though Fat Quarter Quilt Shop in Vista, CA and I was lucky enough to buy this one.

Chloe with Americana pillows

Chloe resting against Patriotic pillows, will have to get the hand vac out I’m sure.

Patriotic Snowball quilt from Banner Day book

Petit Snowball quilt in Patriotic colors for summer, pattern in my Banner Day book.  I keep thinking I should make one of these in Christmas colors or Fall colors too.

repro doll quilt atop a document box on bucket bench

Repro doll quilt from several years ago, this year it is resting atop a document box on a tall bucket bench with a rye straw basket on it.  Americana happiness peeking out.  🙂

Liberty Star Sampler from Banner Day

Liberty Star Sampler quilt from my Banner Day book. This year over the cupboard door, last year over a wing chair.  Mine is cotton on cotton, but it could certainly be wool appliqué on cotton!

Eagle Medallion from 2001, over the loveseat in the den

Eagle Medallion from 2001, still love this quilt, this summer it is over the loveseat in the den where I stitch.  The book that the pattern was in, is out of print of course, 2001 is a long time ago in quilt years.

Courthouse Steps from Remembrances book

Decided to change out the quilt over the cupboard door with this Courthouse Steps from my Remembrances book.  I don’t have enough places to display quilts, what to do?  Change them out so I can enjoy them all!

flagpincushion in Banner Day book

And last, but not least . . . must sew with flag pincushion this time of year.

Safe travels over the long weekend.  Enjoy time with friends and family and maybe time for a stitch or two.

 

 

 

Good Morning

I always have good intentions to Blog, other things seem to occupy my time.  My machine sewing Retreat was last week, now I’m mid packing to leave today for Tennessee.  I’m teaching at ‘A Mountain Quilt Fest’ in Pigeon Forge next week.  I have 5 days of teaching that includes 6 classes and 1 lecture.  Russ gets to enjoy the Smokies while I work, is something wrong with this picture?  🙂

Russ and I are adding a couple of days before the event to spend the weekend with a cousin that lives north of Knoxville.  Will be fun and wonderful to spend time with family.  After teaching we plan to drive on to Asheville and see Biltmore Estate, I think since watching Downton Abbey it will be interesting!

In the meantime I have a couple of things to share with you.

I have a quilt in this issue:  and my name is on the cover at the top along with my friend Nancy Mahoney!

magazine cover

magazine cover – on newsstands now

 

Dutch Delight or Dutch Baskets

Dutch Delight or Dutch Baskets

 

Perfect for the Holidays!

Perfect for the Holidays!

I bought an antique quilt block years ago in Houston, maybe 10 years?  I finally got around to re-creating it and making a quilt. I like that there is piecing and appliqué in each block. The blocks finish at 12″, so this project moves along nicely.  Enjoy making yours!

 

 

 

 

 

 

More pictures

These pictures are from Christmas – thought that you may enjoy seeing them as they are not all red/green like you may have thought I would use.   🙂

When you read this I’ll be in NYC working on future fabric lines for us.  Since that work is ‘top secret’, this will amuse you for now I hope.

Bought this 'Q' when I was in McKinney, TX last Fall, it is on the wall at the studio, thinking of moving it to another place on the wall with some other stuff.

Bought this ‘Q’ when I was in McKinney, TX last Fall, it is on the wall at the studio, thinking of moving it to another location on the wall with some other stuff, stay tuned.

 

Manassas quilt for JLW Club 13 for this year - I really love this quit, will use it at home soon.

‘Manassas’ quilt from JLW Club 13 for this year – I really love this quit, will use it at home soon.

 

Basket Parade from the new JLW Club 13 - this is what I see from my comfy chair when stitching, I really love this quilt!

‘Basket Parade’ from the new JLW Club 13 – this is what I see from my comfy chair when stitching, I really love this quilt!

 

This is 'Watson' in the dry sink in the living room before Christmas - also from JLW Club 13.

This is ‘Watson’ quilt in the dry sink in the living room before Christmas – also from JLW Club 13.

 

bucket bench I bought in PA last Fall, love how deep it is and perfect for quilt display, antique dough box on top.

Bucket bench bought in PA last Fall, love how deep it is and perfect for quilt display, antique dough box on top.

 

Reproduction bucket bench with Christmas decor - fun to move things around and make room for Christmas!

Reproduction tall bucket bench with Christmas decor – fun to move things around and make room for Christmas!

 

Winterberries quilt (Coming Home book) - one of my most favorite quilts.

‘Winterberries’ quilt (Coming Home book) – one of my most favorite quilts.

 

top of the cupboard that houses some of our pottery collection - changed it up this year with pottery, a doll quilt and repro red basket.

top of the cupboard that houses some of our pottery collection in the dining room – changed the top setting  this year with pottery, a doll quilt, repro red basket and beautiful artificial greens.

 

new to me antique Log Cabin quilt (Houston Fall 2013), 'over the cupboard door' - love to display quilts here.

New to me antique Log Cabin quilt (Houston Fall 2013), ‘over the cupboard door’ – love to display quilts here.

 

Repeat - I did this same display in 2012 - really loved it, so why not repeat!

I did this same display in 2012 – really enjoyed the simplicity, so why not repeat!   (quilt from JLW Club 10)

 

Pottery Shards quilt on the wall (JLW club 11), using the red/cream hexi tree skirt again.

‘Pottery Shards’ quilt on the wall (JLW club 11), using the red/cream hexi tree skirt again.  ‘Leftovers’ quilt under the carved rocking horse (JLW Club 7).

 

This display inspired by Pinterest - I have a neat carrier and selected redware plates, added nice artificial greens.  The little runner is used every year for maybe 15 or more years now.

This display inspired by Pinterest – I have a neat carrier and selected redware plates, added nice artificial greens. The little runner is used every year for maybe 15 or more years now.

Shhhh, the carrier is still on the cupboard in the dining room – want to enjoy it for a while longer.

Last but not least - Watson quilt looks good with Rolly Poly Santa on wheels and feather tree in antique redware pot.

Last but not least – ‘Watson’ quilt looks good with Rolly Poly Santa on wheels and feather tree in antique redware jar.

Have fun looking and see what you can get done for Christmas 2014!

Happy Stitching!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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