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.

Did you miss me?

Time certainly has a way moving along without me Blogging.

After Houston I had a teaching trip to Waterloo, IA, followed by a get away with friends to McKinney, TX.  I know, I was close to McKinney as I drove home from Houston.

I’ve told friends ‘no’ for so long (can you say years) about joining in a little trip of sewing and shopping, I knew I had to say yes or they wouldn’t ask me again.  I’m so happy I said yes, so very happy.  Now I know how much ‘you’ girls enjoy retreats and an overnight sewing/shopping trip with your girl friends.  I know I will do this again.

When I got home I had to write the directions for the new JLW Club 13 for 2014.  This year, because I was home more, I made better notes as the quilts were made, much better notes that allowed the writing to go smoother than it has ever gone before.  Lucky Club 13 for me!

Monday I contacted the two printers, uploaded the files for the Member Pattern sets for printing (due to their Holiday schedule), my job will be ready in January.

I ordered new wholesale invoices with the new Club 13 listed and removed Club 12.

I uploaded large jpeg files so the poster could be printed, will see a proof next week.

Now that I have the big deadline met, I can get some other things caught up around here and then decorate for the Holidays.  The other thing I’ve promised myself is to decorate soon to be enjoyed by all.

And I do plan to get back into the Blogging mode soon.  Just wanted to pop in and say Hi and wish you the sentiment on the antique postcard below.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Houston!

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!

Harvest time

I went to Omaha October 1st for errands and an hair appointment.  Harvest was getting under way, the fields of beans and corn were golden in color, combines were in some fields clearing row after row of crops, followed by big wagons to hold the results.  Beautiful Fall day with gorgeous blue skies!

I want to share this quilt with you – you have time to get it made to enjoy this Fall!  If that doesn’t work into your schedule, work on it now to be ready for Fall 2014.  I bet you already have some fabric on your shelf that will work for this quilt.

If you are not a blue person, make the star blocks in your favorite color to go with a gorgeous cheddar zig zag setting.  Just a thought.

Really how long is your list of quilts you want to make?  Mine is really, really long, but I’m not sharing how many are on my list, because my list changes of course – we are women and can change our minds.   :-)

I named this quilt ‘Pickin’s Lane’ it is in my ‘Timeless’ book, the small size book on your shelf – look hard, you will find it and can begin cutting.

Pickin's Lane quilt

Pickin’s Lane quilt – beautifully quilted by Maggi Honeyman, Plano, Texas

 

 

Courthouse Steps

I love quilts in the Log Cabin category, this one is a Courthouse Steps.  Most of mine are small, then I decided a needed a larger one.  It did take a while to get all the blocks pieced due to other quilt interruptions, in the long run – so worth the time and effort.

Shown here – hung over the cupboard door for the Holidays, love the colors for the season.  I really enjoy featuring a quilt ‘over the cupboard door’ – that should be a decor category!    :-)

This quilt was featured in American Patchwork & Quilting, Issue 107, December 2010, page 110 – bonus for me it is the cover girl quilt, named ‘Small Steps’.

It is also beautiful across the foot of our bed or over a wing chair in the living room.  Multi-purpose is a winner in my book.  However I have made small quilts for a specific place due to the odd size.

I love living with quilts, add so much warmth to a home.

'Small Steps' quilt

‘Small Steps’ quilt