What will you do?

I think a Blog post is kind of over due, so here we go!

I think we all purchased the great ‘Make It Mini’ magazine this spring by Better Homes and Gardens. Was on the newsstands, available in Barnes & Noble and in many Quilt Shops, hope you have your copy!   There are so many great small projects to enjoy in your home or to make for gifts for special friends. I actually have 3 of my quilts from prior American Patchwork & Quilting Magazines in this issue, am sharing what I did with one of them.

Make It Mini

Make It Mini


This picture is of the original quilt I made and submitted for publication, a while back.  You remember it don’t you!

before it was a mini


Tiny Triangles

Tiny Triangles


Laura Boehnke, who works for the magazine, creates many of the projects ‘in other colors’ for inspiration, she came up with this mini version for us to enjoy.


Laura made hers in Blues . . . so very pretty!

blue chosen for magazine

Don’t you love it!


Well, I have a new fabric line coming out in August with Moda Fabrics, pretty pumped about it, so for Quilt Market I remade the smaller version in red using the reds from my new fabric line named ‘Gratitude’.

Make it reds using 'Gratitude' line with Moda Fabrics!

Make it reds using ‘Gratitude’ line with Moda Fabrics!

Now you really ‘need’ to make it come August, hope you already have the magazine!

Happy Stitching!



Podcast – don’t miss it!

Quilting Radio, hosted by Pat Sloan

Quilting Radio, hosted by Pat Sloan



This afternoon I was fortunate to visit with Pat Sloan, you can listen here: http://www.creativetalknetwork.com/

or you can listen here:   http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/magazines-more/quilting-podcast

Pat interviewed 3 people, mine is the last one at 3:40, lasts 20 minutes.

We visited about my new book with Martingale – ‘Jo’s Little Favorites’, love this book as it shows so many ways to use small quilts in your home.  The photography is gorgeous! Of course I purchased a couple of the ‘props’, from the wonderful shop in Iowa where the quilts were photographed, am enjoying them in our home and in my studio.

There are many places you can buy my new book, check with your local or favorite quilt shop.

We also visited about my new fabric line named ‘Gratitude’ with Moda.  Watch for comments during and after Spring Quilt Market where shops will be ordering my new line that will ship this August.  I’ve loved sewing my my line and you will too!

When selecting fabric line names, I have several pages on my computer collected in a document.

Last year I added the word ‘Gratitude’ to my growing list, seemed fitting after the loss of my mom in late 2014 (she was an awesome, loving, kind, helpful lady), then Russ had a lower spine fuse October 6, 2015, I’m grateful for my ‘team’ that helps me get so much done, the word was/is very important to me, I’m happy that Moda agreed to use it for my first line with them.

We didn’t have time to mention all the quilts that APQ has published in their magazine over the years. I remade one of mine that is in the new ‘Make It Mini’ magazine this Spring, it will be revealed at Spring Market, and my remake was made using my new line ‘Gratitude’.

Everything is connected and Jo is a very happy girl.  Of course Russ and I just returned from a 2 week vacation in France meeting up with friends.

Happy Stitching and enjoy the Podcast!


Coming soon to a quilt shop near you! JLWC 15 for 2016

First, I’m sorry I’ve been awol for a while, that is what two book deadlines do to good intentions.

One deadline down, the other is coming soon, I’m now in good shape to make it before Russ and I leave on vacation in 3 weeks minus a day.

Spring Quilt Market is also around the corner in mid May, secret sewing is important for Market.

The ladies on the JoMortonStitchers Yahoo Group are making tracks on their WIP/UFO lists, we enjoy seeing their finishes or the fact they moved a larger project forward.

If you don’t have enough to do, check with your local or favorite quilt shop to join my JLW Club 15 for 2016 this year!

If they aren’t offering it, you can go to my website, use the ‘Shop’ tab, then the pull down menu, click on JLWC 15 for 2016 and you can still join in the fun!

Happy Sewing!



JLWC 15 for 2016

JLWC 15 for 2016

Memory Lane

Christmas time does this to me, does it do it to you?  Memories come flooding in.

I took my first quilting class in 1980, in 1985 I made my first ‘new quilt made to look olde’, and it is this quilt ‘Hattie’s Baskets’.  I named it for a friend of my moms.

I’ve never looked back on this journey of ‘making new quilts to look olde’.

I loved the antique quilts I would see at quilt shows, loved the quirks in them, and loved the fabrics.  Some things don’t change. I wanted to make my quilts to feel like that. I still love small size quilts, traditional patterns and vintage look to fabrics.  Perhaps I should add, certain colors appeal to me more than others, and every quilt I make does have a spot that it would look good in our home.  Made for me, and shared with you.

Hattie's Baskets, 1985, 24x24

Hattie’s Baskets, 1985, 24×24

Now remember, this is ‘back in the day’, I made templates, cut out the pieces including seam allowance, arranged all four blocks to look scrappy and olde, I even turned a couple of pieces over and used the back side up.  This was arranged on a card table in the living room (no design wall yet, no dedicated sewing room either).  I hand pieced this quilt top, eye-balled a stitching line, it is hand quilted with black HQ thread (again eyeballed the lines), and I even added the binding by hand, then sewing it down.  Notice how wide the binding is?   🙂

We gain skills with practice.

HQ on 6inch block, black HQ thread

HQ on 6inch block, black HQ thread

I wanted to make one quilt entirely by hand, check.  Quilts come in all sizes.

I added my signature to the back with a small running stitch, careful not to go through the batting into the front.

signed this quilt by stitching my name and date

signed this quilt by stitching my name and date

Please note, I documented that it took from April to December in 1985 to complete this small quilt of 24″ x 24″.  I only stitched information to the back of a quilt once.

The dark red print, the black inner framing border and binding and the backing are all from early Jinny Beyer fabric lines. The other pieces are from my beginning ‘fabric collection’.

I prefer to sign my quilts on the back with a Pigma Pen these days: name, year, city, state, no stories.

I enjoyed the quiltmaking process then, still do when I have time.

Thought you may be amused at a little Jo history.

‘Jo’s Little Favorites’ – new book with Martingale – shipping in January 2016

So many of you have asked for patterns from earlier Jo Clubs, lucky for you and me, this book is what you are looking for!

I’m so pleased to be working with Martingale to provide you with your wish.

Since I’m trying to cut back, so Russ and I can travel, he has been retired for 6 1/2 years, if we don’t travel now, when will we?  This is a win-win for us.  Martingale presents beautiful books that are coffee table worthy, I know you will love to add this book to your collection.

You will love the tips on using small quilts in your home, enhanced by gorgeous inspirational pictures.

I like to think the vintage appeal in the quilts I make, have that timeless quality and they never go out of style.

You can pre-order signed copies of this book here!
(Expected January shipping)

Below is a little eye candy to tide you over.

Happy dreaming!


Jo's Little Favorites

Jo’s Little Favorites



Or these stacks of quilts! The quilts were carefully folded to fit these child size chairs - sweet!

Would you love to make these stacks of quilts! The quilts were carefully folded to fit these child size chairs – so sweet!


One more today . . look for your initials or name to put with your quilt display.

One more today . . look for your initials or name to put with your quilt display.


Sneak Peek – JLW Club 15 for 2016

Ta-da – the quilts and/or quilt tops are made, a few need MQ and bound.

I’m leaving Monday for a trip that was planned a year ago, I will finish things up when I return home in December.

Thought you may enjoy a ‘sneak peek’ to tide you over for now.

Due to Russ’s recent back surgery he is unable to travel with me, sad about that, but happy that he is finally on the mend after a couple of hiccups.  Also happy to say he can be ‘home alone’ in charge of the two fur-kids.

The tease is that the pictures are not accurate as to size of the blocks.




Blessings for a Happy Thanksgiving!




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?



‘Isabella’ is now arriving in your favorite or local quilt shop.

We have fat quarter and half yard bundles ready for shipping here if you can’t find it locally.  Has been a busy couple of days at the studio cutting and folding, Sheri was there making it happen.  There are 22 pieces in this group.

beautiful Isabella!

beautiful Isabella!

Gorgeous Fall color way complemented with Pretty in Pink color way!  I’m having fun using pieces in existing projects right now.

Looking forward to see what you are making with it, show your pictures on Instagram or Facebook on our Jo Morton Stitchers Private Group Page.

Happy Stitching!