New items in Jo’s store!

 

pretty picture to enjoy

pretty picture to enjoy before reading below

There is a total of 11 new items in Jo’s Store, I’ve been asked to carry some of these items that I love to use and that I sell at my retreats.

There are 5 favorites from DOVO Scissors that I use.  DOVO scissors are made in Germany, very high quality, but please do NOT cut paper with them. These are available in my Shop under Notions – Scissors.

Tulip Needles:  #10 big eye Appliqué Needles, #12 Hand Quilting Needles, and Patchwork Pins that are packaged in tubes with cork stopper, to contain them in your sewing basket or in your take along bag. These are available in my Shop under Notions – Needles and Pins.

Also from Clover:   Patchwork Pins  (these are very fine, have been using these for years), Double Needle Threader (I have them with every project, I can’t thread needles without them), and finally the Fine White Marking Pen. The pins are available in Needles and Pins and the threaders and marking pen are in my shop under Notions – Tools.

I’ve also reduced the price on the beautiful Bird Toile note cards, they are ‘letterpress’ and include envelopes.  A very nice gift. These are available in my shop under Odds and Ends

 

Letterpress Bird Toile Notecards, set of 6

Letterpress Bird Toile Notecards, set of 6

 

Great News – Haberdashery!

Great News!
Haberdashery bundle
I ordered the Haberdashery line for my August Retreat, the ladies have placed their orders, now you get an opportunity to purchase it from Jo’s webstore.
I’m offering Fat Quarter bundles, Half Yard cuts, and One Yard cuts.
This is a limited time offer.
I plan to offer Melodies in Jo’s webstore when it arrives next month.
Happy Stitching!
Jo
Haberdashery by Jo Morton July 2014

Haberdashery by Jo Morton July 2014

a little show and tell

This quilt was sewn late last Spring, it is now quilted and bound.  It was made with fabrics from Madison Manor and Dovetails 1 batiks.

I used the 1″ x 2″ Bloc_Loc ruler to square up the Flying Geese.  I do not plan to pattern this quilt, just showing how beautiful the Jo prints go with the Jo Dovetails 1 batiks.  Ok, it sort of surprised me too, but then I should know it would work, right?  I felt it would work, and was so happy when it did work out even better than I thought.  Are you laughing with me?

Wild Goose Chase quilt - Madison Manor and Dovetails 1 batiks

Wild Goose Chase quilt – Madison Manor and Dovetails 1 batiks

And a closer look:

Wild Goose Chase - Madison Manor and Dovetails 1 batiks - close up

Wild Goose Chase – Madison Manor and Dovetails 1 batiks – close up

I love what the stripe does for the quilt plus the beautiful paisley border.  The batiks add a softness that is beautiful and I find interesting to be sewing outside my normal box and liking what I see.

Don’t be thinking old dog, new tricks, OK?

We should all try something new from time to time.  Are you ready?   !!!!

FYI – I did pre-wash the batiks with the Shout color catchers – was advised to do it by my friend Candy in KC.  The batiks are soft before washing and divine after.

 

 

Hexagon tip

Another visual for you – I made a template from Templar (heat resistant template plastic).    No – the template does not need to be heat resistant, but it is a plastic I can see though for fussy cutting.

First, using a pencil, I draw around the hexagon paper on the frosted side of the Templar for the current project.  Then use a rotary cutter that I’ve designated for paper/plastic, use a ruler to add a 1/4″ on all six sides when cutting out the template for this project.  You can see my pencil line for the actual hexi size on the plastic, it is faint, but you can see it.

hexagon paper, my Templar template and fabric fussy cut for one flower

hexagon paper, my Templar template and fabric fussy cut for one flower

I’m working on this project mostly in the car when Russ is driving.

cut out hexis for flowers and the centers in stacks.  I get my papers from 'Paper Pieces' - friendly fast service!

Cut out stacks of hexis for flowers including the centers. I get my papers from ‘Paper Pieces’ – friendly fast service!

Below are path hexis in a pile and covered hexi stacks for flowers.  To keep the flower hexis pieces together, I use needle and thread, knot both the top and bottom until you are not bumping along on the highway and can stitch them together.

pile of path hexes, and small  stacks for each flower, so I don't have to sort everything when ready to assemble.

pile of path hexes, and small stacks for each flower, so I don’t have to sort everything when ready to assemble.

A little planning will go a long way on this project, no do-overs or re-sorting.

Maybe a little efficient!

Have a great time working on your hexi project!

Reminder – fabric covered boxes

In between working in my office I’ve spent a little time at the studio, organizing.  Little by little it is improving!

I have the beautiful Quilted Koala boxes, I have filled part of them (see my July 20th blog post), now it was time to do something with the others.

I had a plastic bin that held my collection of Cindy Blackberg stamps for hand piecing.  Here is what I did, I’ve almost filled a large box!  I’d better get stitching!

Quilted Koala fabric covered box how safely keeping my collection of stamps from my friend Cindy.

 

If you are in need of some of these beautiful boxes and bins covered in Jo fabric, you can enjoy a ‘Friends and Family’ 20% discount on in-stock items ordered by August 31, 2012.  Only 10 more days!

Go to:   www.QuiltedKoala.com

enter the code: ‘jomorton’

and click ‘apply coupon’ at checkout.

I can’t think of a more beautiful way for you to organize in your home.  Enjoy!

 

New quilt

We are working on a new quilt, I need 1″ x 2″ finished Flying Geese units in the blocks we are making.  You won’t recognize the fabrics in the picture as they are from the new lines  ‘Leesburg’ and ‘Toasted’.  I have fabric so we can get busy sewing.

‘Leesburg’ should be shipping shortly to your local or favorite quilt shop.  ‘Toasted’ ships later.  The difference is the time between flying in fabric so designers can get sewing done, and the slow boat with yours.

We are using the 1″ x 2″ Bloc Loc ruler to square up the Flying Geese.  Tip – we are using the 28mm or small Olfa rotary cutter, it feels safer to use when trimming these little sweeties.  Safety first.  I love how the Bloc Loc ruler nests into the seams and stays put when trimming. I have the 60 mm rotary cutters at the studio for most of our cutting and trimming.

Ruler laying on top of an untrimmed block, a trimmed block above it.

 

The blocks are going together nicely since the units are the correct size.

Stay tuned, quilt will be revealed around Market time in Houston.

Pfaff foot

This is what the Pfaff foot looks like that I bought yesterday, thought you would like to see it.  You know the picture is worth the words from the previous post.

Pfaff foot

Works Great!

Happy stitching!!