Moda Blockheads – week 3, block 3

Once again the week has flown by!


My new fabric line ‘Timeless’ arrived at my door.  It ships to your local or fav quilt shop in August! Since time flies these days, you will have it before you know it.

I know you want to see it, I’m adding it to my bin of fabrics for this BOW.

I’ve enjoyed seeing so many beautiful blocks this past week, keep up the great work, and please keep posting to our FB Moda Blockhead page.

The block this week is mine, and called ‘Four X’, enjoy making your version, can’t wait to see yours!

‘Four X’ block


You can see what the other designers did on their Blogs:

Lynne Hagmeier

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Jan Patek

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Betsy Chutchian

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Lisa Bongean

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Here is the link to this weeks block:

Block 3 – Four X – Jo Morton



Blockheads – Block 1

Here is the redo, I should have had coffee first!

Off we go on our 48 week adventure!

I made my first block, hot off the sewing machine at 6pm last night, this is going to be a fun journey, hope you are sewing along with us!

I used a mix of fabrics from the designers lines, can’t wait to see the other’s blocks.

Have a fun day sewing your block!
Block 1 – Whirligig – Kansas Troubles Quilters


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

2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW

Of course the conversation continues . . .

Some of us are ‘out of’ fabrics to be able to offer the great little bundles.  Some have purchased the layer cakes – perfect solution!

But hey, there is always good news!

We designers keep designing new lines, don’t we, so we will be offering new bundles through the year as new lines appear on the horizon from us BlockHeads. We will be including these new lines in our BOW blocks.

Join in the fun!

Keep following us for updates, be sure you are following all our blog posts for the latest info.

Thank You for sewing with us in our BOW!



Lynne Hagmeier

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Jan Patek

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Betsy Chutchian

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Lisa Bongean

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And if you have received this, you are already following my Blog – thank much!

Update February 15th on 2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW

First you ladies make me smile, some address notes to ‘staff’ at Jo Morton Quilts. Please let me introduce you to Chloe:


Most of the time Chloe can be found here resting, or curled up in one of the chairs around the house, she isn’t worth a darn in my office, she shuffles paperwork, that move is not appreciated, but other than that, she is kind of cute, a sweet kitty and has a great motor!

Back to ‘business’, many have asked or begged for more of the Reflections bundles.  Last Saturday I hired three friends, we cut from all 34 pieces of Reflections, then assorted them into piles of 24 pieces for the bundles.  I don’t have enough fabric to cut more for you, I had no idea of the response would be as great as it was, it sold out in about 4 1/2 hours, sorry the planning on my end was lacking, but then in my defense, this is my ‘first’ BOW or a sew along.

My suggestion, if you missed out on a bundle, how about checking with your local or fav quilt shop, buy a layer cake of Reflections!  Then you will have pieces of ‘all’ of the 34 fabrics in the line, plus some duplicates as all layer cakes have 42 pieces.

So, you will be able to join in the fun, just another step.  You have time we don’t officially begin until March 8th.

The other frequently asked question, where do we get the blocks?

‘Follow’ one or all of the Blogs or websites from the participating designers mentioned below, each week we will show that weeks block in our fabric choices accompanied by the free PDF pattern download.  You click on the link and print it out.

Lynne Hagmeier
Jo Morton
Jan Patek
Lisa Bongean
Carrie Nelson
Thanks for reading this far, Chloe sends her best!
Happy Sewing!

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!



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:

or you can listen here:

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!


Sneak Peek – JLW Club 15 for 2016

Ta-da – the quilts and/or quilt tops are made, a few need MQ and bound.

I’m leaving Monday for a trip that was planned a year ago, I will finish things up when I return home in December.

Thought you may enjoy a ‘sneak peek’ to tide you over for now.

Due to Russ’s recent back surgery he is unable to travel with me, sad about that, but happy that he is finally on the mend after a couple of hiccups.  Also happy to say he can be ‘home alone’ in charge of the two fur-kids.

The tease is that the pictures are not accurate as to size of the blocks.




Blessings for a Happy Thanksgiving!




magnificent fussy cutting!

We will be headed to Australia mid November, during which time we will attend ‘Quilts in the Barn’, an annual exhibit of quilts, a vendor will be selling new fabrics, kits, etc, another will have antique quilts for sale.

Quilts In The Barn Raffle 2015

Quilts In The Barn Raffle 2015

If you would like a sneak peek at the raffle quilt, made with Jo fabrics, go to this link:

In Linda’s Blog post, she is showing pieces and parts of the raffle quilt, there will be a big reveal later on her Blog ‘Quilts in the Barn’.

I’m honored the gorgeous quilt was made with my fabrics, and in awe of their fussy cutting details to make beautiful quilts!

We are looking forward to another great time with our friends in Australia.

I think one of the reasons I quilt, there is ‘always, always, always’ something to learn.

Happy Stitching, and maybe some fussy cutting will be involved?