Jo’s Little Favorites II

Russ and I are on vacation in Europe, I’ve had to set up posts to publish while we are away.  If you follow me on Instagram @joquilts you may see a few pictures of our adventures!

Today I want to share a few more of the projects in JLF2, May 2017 release.  You know these are selected from my Jo’s Little Women Clubs.  You had to be a Club member in a Quilt Shop to get the patterns, then I retired each Club at the end of the year.

This is an opportunity to enjoy making some of the quilts you may have missed out on.

Working with Martingale on these projects has been so wonderful, and their photography is yummy and so beautiful.

Gratitude quilt

Have you ever thought of lining a wire basket to show off a quit?


I think by now most of us have wooden ladders to display one or more of our quilts.  The great thing about this is the cat isn’t sleeping on it!  Arlington quilt made with brown Pinwheels, this quilt part of the HST Challenge mentioned below.

HST Challenge:  this small Triangle quilt was part of a Retreat I taught at in Texas a few years ago.  The concept was make a bunch of HST units, either color controlled or scrappy, then play on the design wall and come up with different settings.  I did bring a binder of antique quilt inspirations.  Not sure they loved the idea at the beginning, we are used to getting ‘a project’, but it was great fun to see the many ideas materialize, and see the beautiful variety of quilts. This is one of my small quilts and I hand quilted it, I think it has more vintage charm when I see the dimples of hand quilting.  Probably just me.  lol

Redware and Harvest

This quilt is another of the HST Challenge results.  Brown HST, set with cheddar triangles, a rust print for the large triangles.  It looks pretty nice with my redware dishes, and is perfect for Fall decor.

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I make quilts for ‘me’, then I share them with you.

When I make a quilt, I think about how am I going to use it in our home. I’m a traditional quiltmaker, and will always make traditional or reproduction style quilts. I like to make small quilts because they are easy to change out, and . . . I can get them done!  There are lots of quilts I want to make and making a small version makes me very happy!

Hope you have enjoyed a little more of the book preview!

Happy Sewing!

May release – Jo’s Little Favorites II

Coming soon to your local or favorite Quilt Shop . . .

Jo’s Little Favorites II


One of my very favorite small quilts was made with ‘leftover’ HST (half square triangles), this sweet quilt measures 11″ x 12 3/4″, I hand quilted it in the middle of the night, you know one of those nights you can’t sleep, so you may as well get up. I go stitch, at least I feel I accomplish something besides tossing and turning.



Below is Courthouse Steps, another favorite.  I know I use ‘favorite’ a lot, but I do have lots of favorites, I know you do too.  It rests comfortably in my dry sink, I can change out other collectables. I also have one in reds and greens. And, yes this one is hand quilted too. No marking needed, as I quilt about 1/8″ from the ditch, easy to carry around and add a few stitches.

Courthouse Steps

Prairie Basket – from my first JLW Club, it certainly has the timeless quality, I still love it all these years later.

I had it hanging on the wall at the studio, until I needed to share it with Martingale for a while. It will be rehung on the wall in June, after our vacation and of course it will go to Quilt Market with me.

If you are a Shop owner reading this, be sure and come to my Schoolhouse sessions with Martingale, one on ‘Simple Friendships’ book with Kim Diehl, and the other on ‘Little Favorites II’.

Prairie Basket

Fun Sewing ahead!