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?

Arlington

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!

week 4, block 4 – Moda BlockHeads BOW

Good morning on a rainy Wednesday morning, it ‘was’ going to be a great day to hang in the studio and sew, sew, sew!

After paying bills and other office work, including a US Dept of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration, US Census Bureau, the 2017 Commodity Flow Survey.  Seriously folks, they want to know how much this very small business ships during a specified week in March.  It states it will take an average of 2.5 hours to complete . . . I’m thinking I may not get to sew today after all.  Cross your fingers it only takes me 2.5 hours to complete. And, there’s more – I get to do this every quarter this year!

The good news I have my block done for this week!  It was fun to appliqué Jan’s charming Bee Skep, it makes me think of Spring!

 

Go to Jan’s Blog to download this weeks pattern.

If you don’t see the pattern yet, check back, she may have slept in this rainy morning, don’t you love to do that, have patience sweet friends.

Here are my friends Blog links:

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

Lynne Hagmeier

Blog – http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/

Jan Patek

Blog – http://janpatek.blogspot.com/

Betsy Chutchian

Blog – http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/

Lisa Bongean

Blog – https://lisabongean.com/

Moda

Blog – http://blog.modafabrics.com/

block 3 pressing

A lady asked about step by step directions, the pattern page shows cutting, row assembly and which way to press.

I’m posting a picture of the black of the block for my pressing, and using my ‘Clipping Trick’ that is described in my JLW Clubs (if you are a member), or in my books.  Hope this is helpful.

block pressing, using my Clipping Trick at seam intersections.

Happy Sewing!

Jo

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

Blog – http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/

Jan Patek

Blog – http://janpatek.blogspot.com/

Betsy Chutchian

Blog – http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/

Lisa Bongean

Blog – https://lisabongean.com/

Moda

Blog – http://blog.modafabrics.com/

 

Here is the link to this weeks block:

Block 3 – Four X – Jo Morton
http://unitednotions.com/Block3JM_FourX.pdf

 

 

Blockheads – week 2, block 2

Gosh, where did the week go, it is time for Block 2 already!

I used a background from Reflections, the brown print is from Gratitude.

I’ve seen so many great, pretty, and beautiful blocks this past week, thank you for sharing your blocks and creativity with us!

The block this week is Aunt Dinah by Betsy Chutchian.

Here is my version.

Aunt Dinah block

 

Can’t wait to see your versions! Happy Sewing!

 

Block 2 – Aunt Dinah – Betsy Chutchian
http://unitednotions.com/Block2BC_AuntDinah.pdf

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
http://unitednotions.com/Block1LH_Whirligig.pdf

 

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!

Jo

 

Lynne Hagmeier

Blog – http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/

Jan Patek

Blog – http://janpatek.blogspot.com/

Betsy Chutchian

Blog – http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/

Lisa Bongean

Blog – https://lisabongean.com/

Moda

Blog – http://blog.modafabrics.com/

 

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:

Staff

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!
Jo

2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW

2017 Moda BlockHeads Logo

 

Moda BOW Designers, Lynne, Jan, Betsy, Lisa, Jo and our 6th partner is the famous Carrie Nelson!

 

This fun Block of the Week officially starts Wednesday March 8, Lynne of Kansas Troubles is the kick off designer.

I know you want to sew along with us!

I’ll have my bundles, like the other designers, 24 pieces of ‘Sweet 16’s” cuts, these are 9″ x 11″ pieces, from my new ‘Reflections’ line that shipped in late January, so it is brand new!  My line has a total of 34 pieces so the bundles will vary a bit.

Bundle price is $18.00, plus a flat $6.00 USPS shipping, this will be a buy now on my website.  If you live in Nebraska sales tax will be added to the $24.00 total.

My bundles will be available for purchase next week, check the front page for the ‘buy now’ button.

Watch for our logo, don’t want to miss anything!

Stay tuned for updates, looking forward to sewing with you!

Jo