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?



Before we left on vacation Oct 3rd, I had time to set up some posts to share every three days.

I’m leaving for Houston today and there will be a bit of a break as I don’t have time to set up posts for while I’m away.

Good News – I will be using Instagram and those pictures with comments will be pushed to my Jo Morton Facebook page if you are on Facebook or Instagram.

In the meantime – will get caught up in November – Happy Stitching!

New York trip

For those on Facebook, you saw some pictures we posted during our trip.

Update – Retreat was over Nov 11th, Russ and I flew to NYC on Nov 13th, the plan was to work 3 days, then play 3 days.  Best laid plans. . . .

Russ got the ‘bug’ on Sunday morning Nov 11th and was still weak when we left early Tuesday.  I figured he would have a couple/three days to totally recover before our free time.

Well . . . I got the ‘bug’ Tuesday night about midnight, was up most of the night in and out of the bathroom.  Called in sick, slept 24 hours or all day and night Wednesday.  Was up and down on Thursday, ate a little chicken noodle soup, there is a diner a few doors down from the hotel.

Friday, Russ began feeling like normal, I was better and went in to work about 11am, of course I slept in first.

I think the ‘bug’ has also set back the inner ear virus progress and I’m more lightheaded than I was, but it will also eventually go away (in week 7 of the 4 to 10 week recovery prognosis), in the meantime, I’m not driving and need a driver, getting to be a pain you know where.

Saturday it was lovely outside, so after sleeping in, walked a short walk to Times Square, then to Rock Plaza to watch the skating and see the tree surrounded by scaffolding to decorate it.

skating at Rock Plaza – we just watched of course!

scaffolding around the big tree – let the decorating begin!

So so nice to be out among happy people and feel the energy and vibes of NYC!  Of course I had the arm of my honey to guide me.

Some of Madison Avenue was closed off for a Street Fair – look at all the people, keep looking it goes for blocks!

look at all the people enjoying the Street Fair!

Back to hotel to rest Saturday afternoon.

Walked to a favorite restaurant for dinner, then walked over to Lord & Taylor to see beautiful windows, here are a couple of them . . .

Santa’s making a list . . .

I feel like the little girl looking in the window, in awe of the magical season.

Sunday we slept in again, then ate a late lunch and went to see the play ‘Chicago’, was really good, an easy walk and got to sit for 2 1/2 hours of entertainment!

Need a ride? Was funny to walk out and see all of the ‘rides’ waiting and hoping for passengers. We walked back to our hotel, it wasn’t far.

Monday was a work day, we flew home on Tuesday.

Wednesday Russ drove us to Omaha to my printer . . .  press check day . . .  approved!       Let the presses roll !!!!!

Happy news – we will be able to begin shipping the new books the week of December 3rd.

Thanksgiving is over, back to writing directions and think about decorating the house, does that mean I have to put away Halloween now?   🙂




The Old Country Store

We, meaning Russ and I, had a wonderful day at The Old Country Store and Museum in Intercourse, Pennsylvania on August 30th.

Jan Mast (Quilt Museum curator), Jo and Russ standing in front of ‘Hickory Hill’ quilt.

The store ordered ‘a lot’ more fabric from Andover so they could offer the ‘fabric frenzy’ shopping on August 30th.  An entire island of fabric from top to bottom was Jo fabric and covered in black, no early purchases, until Barb and I uncovered it at 3pm.  FYI, Leesburg was in the store but not included in the special pricing of course.

The room was full of shoppers and a few husbands, perhaps the DH were the carriers of packages?  The store girls were kept busy cutting for a quite a while.  Me, I was back upstairs for the next museum tour, followed by book signing, a little break, then another museum tour, etc.  We did this from 2pm until 8pm, winding up around 9pm, yes I did get supper, we took a break at 5pm.   I have many wonderful memories of this day.

Barb and Jo unveiling the fabric!

There were special moments during the day as some friends came from afar (Oklahoma and Michigan) to share the day, some girls came from Jo Clubs in CT, NJ and NY, lots of ladies from PA and Penny from DE, a few brought along show and tell.  What a GREAT day, hope I didn’t miss any states as several of the ladies told me who their Club leader was or the quilt shop they participated in the Jo Club.

This sweet lady came up to me during one of the book signings, open her purse to show me something she had purchased, it is an early Jo quilt dated 1989 – back when I would sell my small quilts, she asked me to re-sign the quilt and date it and of course I did.

Vintage Jo quilt, 1989 and the proud owner. It hasn’t faded one bit, she know how to care for a quilt!

I think I could make a similar one using a Toast group and shirtings, don’t you, hummmm.


new word for me

As you know we are headed to Pennsylvania Monday morning Aug 27th, need to be at The Old Country Store in Intercourse, PA on Thursday, Aug 30th, to guide Museum Tours of my quilts on exhibit this year, do book signings, and they have added a couple of fun things.

I’ve been advised that this trip (work and mini vacation) is a ‘workcation’.  I think this word aptly describes our trip!  Feel free to use this new word.

It is a jugging act to get everything covered here at home besides getting packed.  Dear friend Sheri is house sitting, kitty sitting and taking care of incoming mail and packages, it is a big job.  She has been in training for several years, so it all is in good hands.

In the ongoing endeavor to organize and keep track of things, last week I found a cupboard that would work for quilt storage.  There are cupboard criteria for quilts, deep enough, this one is 17″ deep, wide enough, this one is 32″, tall enough, this one surpasses that criteria.

new cupboard to keep antique quilts and large Jo quilts in view

I no longer have a big stack of quilts in the bottom of the closet (shame on me), I can ‘see’ what I have, no more ‘big digs’ to locate a quilt.  Yea!

This cupboard is old windows used for the cupboard doors, what I call new old furniture.  I think you could think of it as recycling in a really good way.

I think you have noticed there is an empty top shelf, think of that as shopping opportunity space!

So you know, I’m writing a few blog posts and will ‘publish’ them while I’m away.  This should help in not having a big Blog absence.

Happy stitching!


Texas trip was wonderful mini vacation with lots of sewing

Lucky me, I drove to Texas for a sewing Retreat with friends.  I know you will find this hard to believe, but it really was a first for me.  Go to a Retreat and just sew, no teaching.  Can you say ‘wonderful’!!!!  Now I know how you feel.   🙂

Waiting – stopped for at least four construction delays on the trip down, waiting for the pilot car to return for our turn.

I really didn’t mind the delays, it was restful.

Road Trip Cuisine.

This got a workout for four days, fun!

Sewed a bunch of these type strips the first day, getting re-acquainted with my sewing machine.

Actually these strips will be part of some blocks for a block exchange I’m involved in, and not all Jo fabric for this one.  Even after all these years, I still don’t have enough fabric!

I needed to get used to the new foot on my Pfaff and find my scant 1/4″ seam again, luckily I found it the first day.

Now I’m home and back to work, getting reacquainted with my keyboard.




Summer time in the City – New York City that is . . .

As you know I went to New York to work last week.

I tried to Blog from my iPad, but I couldn’t figure out how to add a picture to my Blog Post.       I’ll figure it out one of these days, I know there must be a way or there ‘is’ a way, and I just don’t know it yet.  So had to wait until I returned home to show and tell.

A while back, Broadway (the street) was changed to this . . .

38th and Broadway – people space in the street, the green lane is for bikes, the red area is pedestrian seating with tables, chairs, umbrellas and hugh pots of greenery – beautiful!  Nice spot for a cuppa and a book or newspaper.

This means that the traffic is pretty much on the streets either side of Broadway.  Interesting to me.  As you can see people are taking advantage of a nice day.

In the office I found quilts hanging, among them these two.

‘Fairfax County Fair’ quilt, a FTU (free to use pattern) that can be found on the Andover Fabrics website.

‘Hurrah’, another FTU quilt pattern.

When I checked into the Hotel, I found this . . .

Welcome! Temperature and Conditions forecast for the next day and chocolate, very welcoming indeed.

There was also bed turn down service.  It is nice to be pampered a little.

This was Saturday June 23rd, leaving the office about 5:45pm, walking to the restaurant for dinner.

There were a couple of parades in NY this past weekend.  This intersection, 6th Avenue and 38th was blocked off for the Immigrant Parade and vendors.  I was most surprised by the vendors in the street and people everywhere instead a sea of yellow cabs.  Food and craft vendors.  NY trips never cease to surprise me with something, somewhere.


June 30th – old Blog will be gone

My old Blog will disappear into  space June 30th, never to be seen again.

If you have tons of free time and want to check it out, you have 20 days left to do so.  The link on my Blog home page will also magically disappear!

I’m getting ready to fly to NY on June 18th to work on more fabric for ‘us’, will be gone a week, no posts that week, unless I can figure out how to post from my iPhone?? !!!

Russ and I went to the Farmers Market in Omaha Saturday morning, we bought organic mixed salad greens, spinach, beets, radishes, broccoli, asparagus and a catnip plant for the kitties (seems the plant we had didn’t revive this spring).  At the grocery store we bought leeks, red pepper, lemons and limes.  We went to the fish monger and bought dry scallops to sear and serve with risotto we made for dinner.

This evening we will have a mixed green salad, leftover risotto and pre-cooked shrimp from the fish monger.  It is that time of year, one could almost be a vegetarian.  ‘Almost’, as there is nothing quite as good as a grilled hamburger, or steak, or pork loin, or chicken breast, oh well never mind the vegetarian part.

The other reason for the trip to Omaha was to pickup the new to me 1/4″ foot for my Pfaff sewing machines.  This foot has a wide behind that sits on both of the feed dogs, the right edge jogs inward just in front of the right feed dog to have the illusion of the old quarter inch foot.  Does sew nicer with the new foot and the rear atop both feed dogs.  I have 4 Pfaff machines that needed the new foot.  Sometimes we have all 4 machines going on a Sewing Saturday so I needed one for each.

I’ve been checking out the pictures on the Stitchers Group of the Pincushion exchange – so many beautiful and creative pincushions and the accompanying gifts that are amazing and some yummy.

Have a very enjoyable Sunday!




Kansas City, MO – a few people I talked to

Will begin with this one, had to bring one of these tee shirts home, wouldn’t you?

Lots of great places to eat here! Trust me on that one!!! Yum.

Val from France, I met her when she lived in Illinois, she is a charming lady and now a long arm quilter!

Karen Styles from Australia, her shop is called Somerset Patchwork and Quilting, Melbourne, Victoria

Linda took me to Karen’s store when Russ and I were there.  Karen loves reproduction also, Karen has a beautiful BOM – called Mrs. Billings’ Coverlet.   I bought the pattern. You can see it here:

Linda, Jo and Betsy - friends and sisterhood

Above . . .  Linda is our friend from Australia, Betsy is our friend from Texas.

Karen Mowery's book with KC Star - A Bountiful Life

I’m so happy to see Karen’s reproduction quilt in the KC Star booth, of the famous ‘Bird of Paradise’ quilt that is in the collection of the American Museum of Folk Art in New York City.  Karen did a wonderful job recreating this quilt so you can make one.  There are full size layouts for the blocks, making this book easy to use.  True to the antique quilt, it is a summer spread, meaning not quilted, but backed and bound.  Gorgeous for the wall or bed.

Have a wonderful day and hopefully some stitching time.


After Market!

First a little booth tutorial.  First thing we do move the boxes and props into the convention center, find our booth and stack them up in the middle.  Second we hang the drapes (have to order another set of steel poles and top sliders to do this as we can’t pin to the drapes already there.  Then we determine traffic flow and where the feature quilt will be hung, that determines where to place the table, then drape the table.  I also use bed risers under the table legs so it is easier to write orders standing.  The booth stays like this until after Schoolhouse the next day, then the quilts can be hung and the space tweaked.  I don’t drag a lot of extra stuff to Market anymore, because it is ‘us’ moving it in and out of the convention center.  It can be hot in May and it can be hot in October, sweaty hot.  OK, I’m a wimp.

I jokingly call my booth a booth in a bag, even though there are props.  We are not hauling in major furniture, well I used to, been there done that, this works nicely.

birth of a booth

Looking good! Almost done. Phyllis on the left, Cindy in the middle and Sheri on the right.

I had another picture of them working, but it was of their backsides, so I was kind and asked them to ‘smile’ and snapped this pic.  Much nicer to see their smiling faces!

Friday morning before Market opens - this is it!

What's on the bench? Some of this will be new individual patterns, later this summer.


I do have a picture to share of my Schoolhouse – room was full.  It is always fun to talk when there is an audience.

Jo's Schoolhouse - room was full, some were standing along the wall, I think they can see better standing than sitting.

Here is a picture of my friends (Sewing Saturdays and more) – these are the ladies that help me make things happen.  Mary had a conflict and couldn’t come to Market, so Mary is missing.

My friend Mary Ann from California comes to Market, she is the official JLW person to talk to in my booth.  Mary Ann runs the JLW Club at In Between Stitches in Livermore, CA.

Left to right - Jo, Mary Ann, Cindy, Phyllis and Sheri.

One more thing . . . someone had a birthday during Quilt Market . . . .

Dinner at Lidia's in KC, this was the special dessert for the birthday boy.

Yes, birthday boy . . .

It's Russ !!!