quilt storage – short version

This comments was on my 4th of July post:

I love every one of these beauties. My question is, how do you store everything: keeping the fold lines out, what containers or storage do you suggest, stop the pieces from fading? Thank you for sharing. . . .

 

This is my reply – a short version of course

I have 3 cupboards full of quilts, no containers or bins for storage.  Quilts folded across the foot of the bed get changed out to avoid fading, also keep blinds drawn in bedroom.

Re: fold lines

1. I do use 100% cotton batting in all my quilts, the hard to find Mountain Mist Blue Ribbon batting.

2. I fold 2 to 3 ‘like size’ quilts together to buffer the folds, refold a couple times of year, the inside quilt moves to another position.

3. Never fold a quilt on the center, I fold off center, and on mid size quilts fold into thirds (again 2 or three quilts layered).

4. Always fold with the quilt top on the outside, the hard creases are on the inside folds.

5. These are all things I figured out on my own, mostly due to traveling with quilts and want them to look as good as possible when taken out of the suitcase or in rare occasions shipped, also applies to quilts in cupboards. Be sure to have barrier fabric between quilt and wood.

6. For these reasons I fold up my quilts after a lecture and thank people for offering to help, but I’d rather do it myself, rather than go back to room and re-fold for return trip.

Hope this info is helpful in some small way to your care of your quilts.

Here is a picture of one of my cupboards full of quilts, the top two shelves are Jo Quilts.  The bottom two shelves are antique quilts or antique tops.

cupboard

Have a great day that hopefully includes some sewing time!

 

New line shipping soon

‘Haberdashery’ a new small group arriving soon in your local/favorite Quilt Shop – 11 pieces, consisting of soft tans and soft grays for backgrounds and a sweet floral that combines the two color ways.

I know you will have fun playing and sewing with these!

4 of the patterns are Mill Engravings, the detail is lovely.

 

Haberdashery

 

Haberdashery bundle

I think you need at least a FQ Bundle, don’t you?

Happy Stitching!

 

 

 

Happy 4th of July!

American Flag Lady - vintage

American Flag Lady – vintage

 

I want to share some of my Americana/Patriotic quilts and how I’m using them this year.  Hope this is inspiring to you!

studio set

This setting is at the studio, the runner is in my Banner Day book.  I’ve had the stool for a long time, my uncle built it for me and a friend painted it in stars and stripes.  I’ve always loved Americana in our home.  Some years I’ve had a summer tree decorated with Americana.  The pincushion was made by Candy Hargrove, love it!  The doll was made by a lady I met at Road to CA a few years ago, she has since moved to another state, she sold some handmade items though Fat Quarter Quilt Shop in Vista, CA and I was lucky enough to buy this one.

Chloe with Americana pillows

Chloe resting against Patriotic pillows, will have to get the hand vac out I’m sure.

Patriotic Snowball quilt from Banner Day book

Petit Snowball quilt in Patriotic colors for summer, pattern in my Banner Day book.  I keep thinking I should make one of these in Christmas colors or Fall colors too.

repro doll quilt atop a document box on bucket bench

Repro doll quilt from several years ago, this year it is resting atop a document box on a tall bucket bench with a rye straw basket on it.  Americana happiness peeking out.  :-)

Liberty Star Sampler from Banner Day

Liberty Star Sampler quilt from my Banner Day book. This year over the cupboard door, last year over a wing chair.  Mine is cotton on cotton, but it could certainly be wool appliqué on cotton!

Eagle Medallion from 2001, over the loveseat in the den

Eagle Medallion from 2001, still love this quilt, this summer it is over the loveseat in the den where I stitch.  The book that the pattern was in, is out of print of course, 2001 is a long time ago in quilt years.

Courthouse Steps from Remembrances book

Decided to change out the quilt over the cupboard door with this Courthouse Steps from my Remembrances book.  I don’t have enough places to display quilts, what to do?  Change them out so I can enjoy them all!

flagpincushion in Banner Day book

And last, but not least . . . must sew with flag pincushion this time of year.

Safe travels over the long weekend.  Enjoy time with friends and family and maybe time for a stitch or two.

 

 

 

More on Hexagons !!

This is what I’ve worked on the past two afternoons, thought I should share with you.  No it didn’t take me all of two afternoons, was worked on in between other stuff.  Multi-tasking!

I started this project around a year ago, it was a take-a-long project with no deadline.  No deadline and no pressure equals fun for me.

I had a trip to NYC in January to work on fabric lines, this project went with me, I stitched on it in the evenings, I was at the point of sewing flowers together to create diagonal rows.  Had an unexpected delay in Chicago O’Hare, a 7 hour delay, lucky for me I had this in my carry on (I always have sewing in my carry on along with a book).  I had an extended opportunity to sew!  I found a quiet gate – the amazing thing was the gate stayed quiet all the time I was there – lucky me.  I stitched, watched some snow removal, had a Starbucks, wasn’t bad at all.  When I got home I almost had a top.

The project rested, then I decided it was time to finish adding hexagons to the edges where needed, mission accomplished, then was interrupted with other stuff and once again this rested.

Finally it was time to complete the top, had to study it for a while to figure out how to proceed.  I’ve never finished a hexi project, so I was flying by you know what.  Logic is a good thing to use when faced with things like this.  I knew I would have to remove the edge papers, so I gave the top a good pressing with steam first.  Then I removed stitches and edge papers very carefully so as to not stretch anything.

Next, trim away excess of the hexagons to have a nice edge.

trimming side 1

You will have two opposite borders to trim like this.  Notice that I have the 1/4″ marks lined up, so that when I sew the border to the top, my sewing line will be in the correct position.  Yes it looks weird, but trust me.

trimming side 2

You will have 2 remaining sides like this, to trim away.  My hexagons are 5/8″, so I had to think about where I was cutting so that my seam allowance would be down the center of the hexagon.

portion of top, trimmed

This is a portion of my quito top, cropped to show you what the two sides looked like trimmed.

pressing

Next step, is to press the edges outwards so I can sew the border to the top.

sewed border to top

I measured across my top at both ends, then cut two borders to this one length (mine were the same because I didn’t pull or stretch the top), I pinned about every 1 1/2″ to 2″, pinned closely so nothing would stretch.  I carefully pressed the seam allowance toward the border.  I measured across my top including the first borders at both ends, then cut two borders to this one length, Again I pinned about every 1 1/2″ to 2″, sewed, then carefully pressed the seam allowance toward the border.

In this picture I’ve sewn the border to the quilt top, now I will trim away the little tips that protrude.  See how easy this is!

press toward the border

I’ve pressed the seam allowance toward the border – looks nice doesn’t it.

You can do this too!

Voila!  quilt top

Here is my finished quilt top – I really love how this turned out.  It measures 35″ x 40″.

I ‘think’ I’m just going to add a backing, no batting, I’m not sure yet.  Or I ‘may’ hand quilt this and finish with binding.  No deadline, will figure it out one of these days.  In the meantime it will be draped over the drying rack at the studio – a quilt top in waiting.

Hopefully this will encourage you to proceed with your hexagon project!  Happy Stitching!

 

 

 

 

Woodlands

My newest fabric line ‘Woodlands’ began shipping recently.

Picture this for inspiration . . .

Redwood forest in northern CA

Redwood forest in northern CA

 

creek in the woods for a touch of blue

creek in the woods for a touch of blue

Rye straw basket with quilt beginnings

Rye straw basket with lots of HST for a new quilt

Woodlands with Dovetails batiks – so beautiful together.

Lady of the Lake blocks for a new quilt

Lady of the Lake blocks for a new quilt

Love these blocks – it was so much fun combining the Jo Prints with Jo batiks.

coming together

coming together

My quilt is out for machine quilting while I’m gone to Tennessee, patience for the final reveal.

In the meantime, this will keep you busy, it is the FTU (free to use) pattern for ‘Woodlands’ designed and made by Candy Hargrove of Kansas City, machine quilted by Maggi Honeyman in Plano, TX.  Really gorgeous!  Love my ‘Woodlands’ line with ‘Toasted’ fabric line, don’t you?

Woodlands FTU available by clicking on this image

Woodlands by Candy Hargrove
Click on image to download the free pattern

I see many happy hours of sewing ahead!

 

Good Morning

I always have good intentions to Blog, other things seem to occupy my time.  My machine sewing Retreat was last week, now I’m mid packing to leave today for Tennessee.  I’m teaching at ‘A Mountain Quilt Fest’ in Pigeon Forge next week.  I have 5 days of teaching that includes 6 classes and 1 lecture.  Russ gets to enjoy the Smokies while I work, is something wrong with this picture?  :-)

Russ and I are adding a couple of days before the event to spend the weekend with a cousin that lives north of Knoxville.  Will be fun and wonderful to spend time with family.  After teaching we plan to drive on to Asheville and see Biltmore Estate, I think since watching Downton Abbey it will be interesting!

In the meantime I have a couple of things to share with you.

I have a quilt in this issue:  and my name is on the cover at the top along with my friend Nancy Mahoney!

magazine cover

magazine cover – on newsstands now

 

Dutch Delight or Dutch Baskets

Dutch Delight or Dutch Baskets

 

Perfect for the Holidays!

Perfect for the Holidays!

I bought an antique quilt block years ago in Houston, maybe 10 years?  I finally got around to re-creating it and making a quilt. I like that there is piecing and appliqué in each block. The blocks finish at 12″, so this project moves along nicely.  Enjoy making yours!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think you may be interested in this!

From our friends at Pink Sand Beach Designs . . . Nancy and crew are having a give away . . . . featuring my newest line Woodlands!

Pink Sand Beach Designs - Newport Bag and some Fat Quarters

Pink Sand Beach Designs – Newport Bag and some Fat Quarters

Go to their Facebook page and leave a comment to enter – best of luck!

https://www.facebook.com/pinksandbeachdesignsbags

More pictures

These pictures are from Christmas – thought that you may enjoy seeing them as they are not all red/green like you may have thought I would use.   :-)

When you read this I’ll be in NYC working on future fabric lines for us.  Since that work is ‘top secret’, this will amuse you for now I hope.

Bought this 'Q' when I was in McKinney, TX last Fall, it is on the wall at the studio, thinking of moving it to another place on the wall with some other stuff.

Bought this ‘Q’ when I was in McKinney, TX last Fall, it is on the wall at the studio, thinking of moving it to another location on the wall with some other stuff, stay tuned.

 

Manassas quilt for JLW Club 13 for this year - I really love this quit, will use it at home soon.

‘Manassas’ quilt from JLW Club 13 for this year – I really love this quit, will use it at home soon.

 

Basket Parade from the new JLW Club 13 - this is what I see from my comfy chair when stitching, I really love this quilt!

‘Basket Parade’ from the new JLW Club 13 – this is what I see from my comfy chair when stitching, I really love this quilt!

 

This is 'Watson' in the dry sink in the living room before Christmas - also from JLW Club 13.

This is ‘Watson’ quilt in the dry sink in the living room before Christmas – also from JLW Club 13.

 

bucket bench I bought in PA last Fall, love how deep it is and perfect for quilt display, antique dough box on top.

Bucket bench bought in PA last Fall, love how deep it is and perfect for quilt display, antique dough box on top.

 

Reproduction bucket bench with Christmas decor - fun to move things around and make room for Christmas!

Reproduction tall bucket bench with Christmas decor – fun to move things around and make room for Christmas!

 

Winterberries quilt (Coming Home book) - one of my most favorite quilts.

‘Winterberries’ quilt (Coming Home book) – one of my most favorite quilts.

 

top of the cupboard that houses some of our pottery collection - changed it up this year with pottery, a doll quilt and repro red basket.

top of the cupboard that houses some of our pottery collection in the dining room – changed the top setting  this year with pottery, a doll quilt, repro red basket and beautiful artificial greens.

 

new to me antique Log Cabin quilt (Houston Fall 2013), 'over the cupboard door' - love to display quilts here.

New to me antique Log Cabin quilt (Houston Fall 2013), ‘over the cupboard door’ – love to display quilts here.

 

Repeat - I did this same display in 2012 - really loved it, so why not repeat!

I did this same display in 2012 – really enjoyed the simplicity, so why not repeat!   (quilt from JLW Club 10)

 

Pottery Shards quilt on the wall (JLW club 11), using the red/cream hexi tree skirt again.

‘Pottery Shards’ quilt on the wall (JLW club 11), using the red/cream hexi tree skirt again.  ‘Leftovers’ quilt under the carved rocking horse (JLW Club 7).

 

This display inspired by Pinterest - I have a neat carrier and selected redware plates, added nice artificial greens.  The little runner is used every year for maybe 15 or more years now.

This display inspired by Pinterest – I have a neat carrier and selected redware plates, added nice artificial greens. The little runner is used every year for maybe 15 or more years now.

Shhhh, the carrier is still on the cupboard in the dining room – want to enjoy it for a while longer.

Last but not least - Watson quilt looks good with Rolly Poly Santa on wheels and feather tree in antique redware pot.

Last but not least – ‘Watson’ quilt looks good with Rolly Poly Santa on wheels and feather tree in antique redware jar.

Have fun looking and see what you can get done for Christmas 2014!

Happy Stitching!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hexi update

I really haven’t fallen off the planet – seems there is always something else to do – actually there is this afternoon, but  . . .  here I am anyway.  Last night my accountant took my book files, checked things over, bank balances with books, sales tax report is next, then 1099′s  and W-2′s are done.  Has the info for my Corp tax return – and it is only Jan 14th – ahead this year!  I know TMI – but it is a business and there are necessary things we have to do.

Will share a quick hexi update . . .

5/8" project - arranging the units

5/8″ project – arranging the units

 

will need to cover more path hexies so can complete the left side eventually

will need to cover more path hexies so can complete the left side eventually

 

this much is sewn together

this much is sewn together

 

gathered up the rows and stacked them in a basket with paper towels pieces separating the rows - organized!

gathered up the rows and stacked them in a basket with paper towels pieces separating the rows – organized!

hexi row - ready to add to the unit

hexi row – ready to add to the unit

edge papers in pace for joining

edge papers in place for joining

 

remove papers after sewing the row to the unit

remove papers after sewing the row to the unit

How is your hexi project coming along?  Here are some of mine – in progress – hoping to add borders and finish them up this winter — I still have some time.

4th hexie project - 1/2" hexis, used Spice Market and Toasted fabric lines

4th hexie project – 1/2″ hexis, used Spice Market and Toasted fabric lines

 

1/2" hexies, jewels and 1" diamonds to make the units

1/2″ hexies, jewels and 1″ diamonds to make the units

1inch diamonds to make the stars

1 inch diamonds to make the stars

These last three projects I worked on a year ago when I was so sick with the inner ear stuff, then bronchitis, was dizzy and couldn’t do much, but I could do handwork.  Something to focus on other than how I was feeling – stitching really does help!  Love busy work, and it holds those memories.

I wish you all the stitching time you want in 2014!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year

As we have passed quietly, maybe not so quietly, into 2014 – I want to wish us all good health and all the sewing time we want/need.

Time for friends – lunches, chats.
Time for family – gatherings, phone calls.
Time for living – you fill in the blank that makes you happy.
Warm Wishes to each and every one of you for the New Year!
Jo

 

PS – I  posted this to the JoMortonStitchers Yahoo Group this morning,  seems appropriate to share with you too!

Yes, I have been quiet, I’m taking some me time.