Emilie Rose is here!

If you need a yummy fabric fix amid all the Holiday Shopping, our favorite brown truck arrived with boxes of beautiful Emilie Rose.

Sheri is busy (cute as an Elf) cutting and folding Fat Quarters, Half Yard and One Yard pieces to make bundles.

You an order it here: http://jomortonquilts.com/shop/shop-fabric/


Thank you for adding Emilie Rose to your ‘Fabric Collection’, warm wishes for a wonderful Holiday Season – Merry Christmas!!

Emilie Rose bundles

Emilie Rose bundles


More Christmas to share

Today, I’m feeling the need to share some Christmas decor with you.  Has been fun collecting for years, and it is so enjoyable to spend time with the collection once a year.  Memories for a lifetime.

Love this quilt for the Holidays, need to pattern it

Love this quilt for the Holidays, need to pattern it someday, was a Jo’s Club project, the green Santa is an import, the small Santa is hand carved.  The small cupboard was purchased at a Folk Art Show.



Made this over 10 years ago, still a favorite

Made this Mini Nine Patch quilt over 10 years ago, still a favorite (shhh, hand quilted)



antique carrier with redware pottery and greens for the Holidays

antique carrier with redware pottery and greens for the Holidays, on a cupboard in the dining room



Over the cupboard door

Over the cupboard door in the dining room, a favorite display area.  Hope you have a favorite display area too!



doll quilt in a basket on top of the cupboard

doll quilt in a basket on top of the cupboard, just a peek of cheddar joy.



quilt stack in a bucket bench

quilt stack in a bucket bench in the dining room, 3 are Antique quilts, 3 are new and made by Jo and her Sewing Friends.  Quick stack is a wonderful way to enjoy quilts all year round.



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


Christmas decor

First I want to say I really don’t understand Facebook.

I can’t ‘see’ shares, so I don’t know if they really shared.

With that thought in mind and since we are close to Christmas . . .


I want to share some family room decor.  Are you ready for Christmas?  Me neither but I will be!

Family Room Christmas decor - well some of it.

Family Room Christmas decor – well some of it.


Russ and I began collecting hand carved folk art Santa’s in the later 1980’s, these (and more) are from a Nebraska carver, we would save up to purchase one a year in an antique shop, in Lincoln, Nebraska (the shop closed at least a decade ago).  Couldn’t wait for her Christmas open house.  The open house was the kick off and inspiration for decorating at home.  Notice the Santa Crow on the left?  The carver had a great sense of humor.  Makes me smile every year.

I’m sure you have your own special Christmas memories when you unpack to decorate. Enjoy!




Time to share

Friday evening, October 17th, mother passed peacefully in her home, she was 92.   With the help of hospice and my sister and her two adult children, we were able to do this for our mother/grandmother.  Hospice was so wonderful in helping us through this journey with mom.

She is free of her worn out body, young and beautiful again, with family and friends in the hereafter.

No service at this time as her body was donated to the Anatomical Board.  After they have learned from her body, she will be cremated, then there will be a memorial service.  This could be six months to one year or more.

Ever since her heart attack with many complications over 5 years ago, if I asked her what she needed, she would always reply ‘a new body’, we would laugh together and work toward keeping her old body going with many meds and doctor appointments.   She was quite a trooper though everything.  This summer after falling and breaking the smaller bone in her right leg near her ankle, her health deteriorated.  Hospice explained that sometimes something like a broken bone is just too much with all the other ailments and the body begins its last journey.  Certainly has been interesting and feel blessed to be part of it.

I’m so grateful for the peaceful passing for both mom and our family.

Yes, I still drove to Houston to do the Schoolhouse for Andover Fabrics, stayed and visited with friends and that was uplifting for my soul.

My new JLW Club for 2015 will be slightly delayed.  I’ll have info to email to Quilt Shops in December, shops can pre-order Shop Kits for shipping mid January, and order or pre-order the member pattern sets that will be available in February.

Appreciate your patience and understanding.


Caswell County bundles


Fall is in the air, my favorite time of the year, love the changing of colors.  Russ and I’ve been walking in Arbor Lodge State Park, because we know that walking and eating better is good for us.  Will see how long we keep it up.   :-)

Think of it as getting in shape for all the walking I’ll be doing in Houston.

Pretty/beautiful fabric is also good for us, that means it is good for the soul, it is good for my soul, so I’m sure it is for your soul too.

‘Caswell County’ has arrived, will be cutting and folding Fat Quarters, Half Yards and One Yard pieces to make bundles this weekend.  Orders will begin to ship on Monday.

You can order it here: http://jomortonquilts.com/shop/shop-fabric/


Thank You for adding ‘Caswell County’ to your ‘fabric collection’, best wishes for a Happy Autumn Season!


Loving this beautiful group!

Loving this beautiful group!

Melodies bundles

I ordered ‘Melodies’ for the ladies that attended my August Retreat, they were able to take their pre-orders home with them.  After Retreat I was busy getting ready for a teaching trip to Norway (first trip to Europe), followed by some touring time.

I was honored to teach at the first ‘Norwegian Quilt Festival’ held in Oslo in September.   All my efforts were directed to the 4 classes I was teaching, Russ went with me, then we toured for 5 days before flying back home.

Obviously Melodies waited for my return, after a couple bumps in my schedule, Melodies has been cut and am ready to offer limited quantities of one yard bundles, half yard bundles, and Fat Quarter bundles to those who need some of this beautiful line for their fabric collection.

You can order it here:  http://jomortonquilts.com/shop/shop-fabric/

Thank You and wishes for many hours of Happy Stitching!


Beautiful Melodies!

Beautiful Melodies!




Old Log Cabin blocks – finally assembled

I’ve been doing some cleaning out at the studio, also re-organizing, did some purging, the purge went to other homes and donated to charity quilts.  I’m very happy that it is now easier to work at the studio.

However, I kind of unearthed some things that I hadn’t seen for a while.  I kept them, now to figure out what to do with the keepers.  This is about one plastic bin of Log Cabin blocks.

I used to sell small quilts at Folk Art Shows in the 1990’s.  I would sew blocks and also hired a friend to sew ‘sets’ of Log Cabin blocks.  I would use them in assorted quilts.  In my cleaning mode I found a treasure trove of over 60 Log Cabin blocks.

I’ve played with them on the design wall, re-arranged the blocks several times, tried several settings, tried to arrange to make a few smaller quilts, nothing spoke to me.  I put them back in the plastic bin and on a shelf in the closet.

Recently I was looking at Pinterest and a Log Cabin setting jumped out at me. . . .

Log Cabin - setting

I have some Log Cabin blocks, I think I can have my version of this quilt soon!

Below is what my version looks like, and it was sewn together last Saturday, because it was a Sewing Saturday!

And . . . I still have some blocks left over, will play with them another day.

I think I’ve selected a border fabric (brown print of course), will have to piece the border strips because I only bought one yard, it is OK with me, what is a seam here or there, it is called ‘make do’.

I ‘always’ cut lengthwise strips for borders, I don’t cut from selvage to selvage, it is too stretchy for me.  Now, here is the exception . . . if the border fabric is a stripe, and I like how it looks cut cross wise.  I will stay-stitch the outer edge of the border before sending the quilt out for machine quilting.  There are ways to work around ‘rules’, because ‘there are no rules’, there are ‘many options’.

Jo's Log Cabin

What do you think?  I’m happy that I’m using up some of the blocks, mostly because the blocks are really nice, the result looks antique to me.

I’ll send this out to be machine quilted one of these days, right now am busy getting ready for my Retreat here in Nebraska City next week.

Happy Sewing!

Blast from the Past – 1999

A friend in Iowa emailed me that she had bought a bundle of magazines recently and was going through them, she found these two issues of American Patchwork & Quilting  . . .  would I like her to send them to me.  Yes please!


What fun to see these articles again, so I decided to share my fun with you.

First the envelope please . . . . beautiful calligraphy!



Magazine cover August 1999, Issue #39



American Churn Dash small quilt


Set Shot to enjoy . . .


Sweet yes?  15 years later I still use this small quilt during the summer.  Machine pieced Hand quilted.


Next up . . . .

Magazine cover, October 1999, Issue 40



Framed Log Cabin Mini Runner



I used to sell my small hand quilted quilts, sell my Custom Framed small quilts, then quilters wanted patterns to make their own, I stopped selling the originals in 2003.  I have a few hanging in our home, still love them!

This framed Log Cabin runner hangs in our living room, I never get tired of seeing it or the others I have, brings back many memories of the Folk Art Show days ‘back east’.

Machine pieced, hand quilted.



Sure has been an interesting journey, from selling my small quilts for about 15 years, custom framing small quilts to sell, followed by publishing patterns for quilters, vending at Quilt Market since 1995, moved on to book publishing, my first book was ‘Small Quilts for Framing’ in 2000 (long out of print), followed by more quilts in magazines, a few TV show tapings, self published more books, designing fabric, and offering JLW Club for quilt shops.

If you read my Blog you will see some of these framed quilts still in use, if you are new to my Blog, sit back, get a cuppa and enjoy.

I’ve given myself the gift of time this year, calling it a Sabbatical, sewing on some other projects, enjoying a couple get aways with girls friends, travels with Russ, patio time, not living a deadline driven year, is kinda nice and deserved.

It is TGIF – have a wonderful weekend, hope you get some sewing time, I’m going to!