And now for something entirely different . . .

Sounds a bit like Monty Python don’t you think?

First – do you follow me on Instagram?   I’m registered as:  joquilts
Look to the right sidebar here on my blog with the most recent photos from me.

Instagram (easy to post from my smart phone) pushes the pictures with captions to:  Jo Morton Facebook page, as you have to have a Facebook personal page before you can create a Facebook business page.

My Blog pushes to my Facebook business page:  Jo Morton Quilts

Also on Facebook is a new:  Jo Morton Stitchers group

I’m on Pinterest as:  Jo Morton

My Blog can be reached through my website, or you can sign up for my Blog posts to arrive in your mail box.  (that would be my choice – sign up box on the right side bar on my blog)

We also have our JoMortonStitchers Yahoo Group since September 2005, you have to sign up to be a member of yahoo then request to join JoMortonStitchers to see what we are doing there.  An exciting 2015 WIP Challenge is happening there, fun to see the progress as they post pictures.

If you can follow all of that, I’ll be seeing you there, and there, and there!    :-)


NEW JLW Club 14 for 2015

First – a picture showing the projects in my new JLW Club 14 for 2015.  the Medallion quilt will cover 2 months, so we have 8 months of projects for 2015.  Due to life circumstances we are starting a month later than normal. A lot of Clubs take a month or two off in the summer, then there are the Holidays when it is harder to gather, so it all works out just fine.

A note due to a picture I posted on Instagram last Fall, I put my Burgoyne Surrounded quilt on the bed in the Hilton – it looked awesome.  So, I made a Burgoyne Surrounded block, added borders for a table topper, now if ‘you’ want to make more blocks and make a bed size quilt, you can!  You will have to figure out your sashing and borders for the size you need.


JLW Club 14 for 2015

JLW Club 14 for 2015


New for 2015 – I receive so many requests about buying the pattern sets for my JLW Club because the local Quilt Shop doesn’t offer it, or it is too far away to drive to meetings.

My club as always included a fabric purchase, not just the pattern set.

With that thought in mind, and like other designers do . . . I’m going to offer a package consisting of the complete pattern set for Club 14, plus the 26 Fat Quarters purchase required when you join a Club.  The Fat Quarters will be an assortment of colors and lights from newer lines and older lines.  Bundles will not all be the exact same due to quantities on hand.

My price will be less, as you are not getting the ‘human attention with a Club Leader’, just the basics, no fun with friends, no demos, no tutorials.

You can order JLWC 14 in my webstore here. I will begin shipping in February.

Jo’s Club 14

  • pattern set and fabric bundle is $95.00
  • plus applicable Sales Tax in Nebraska
  • plus Priority Mail Flat Rate Shipping, medium box – $11.30 in USA
  • Priority Mail Flat Rate Shipping, medium box – $40.15 to Canada
  • Priority Mail Flat Rate Shipping, medium box – $58.65 to All Other Countries


Wishes for a really great New Year!


Happy New Year!

Dear friends,

Reality check for me – one day crossing into the New Year isn’t really going to make a difference in my life, it is actually just another day, but it is also the first day of the rest of my life.

What I’m doing is making changes for a happier, healthier and more fun life.

I’m looking forward to 2015 with renewed energy, looking forward to ‘focus and change’.

Best wishes for ‘your’ choices in the New Year, I wish you many hours of happy stitching or whatever makes you happy.  That is what counts, what makes ‘us’ happy.

Cheers and wishes for a very Happy New Year!

Jo, Russ and of course the fur-kids





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:


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:


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!