Tuesday – oh my, two days in a row!

I want to share this, as an FYI.

If you watched the You Tube video from Schoolhouse presentation at Quilt Market in Houston last Fall, you saw my version of a quilt in the collection at the Folk Art Museum in NYC, it has a John Hewson panel in the center.  It was my inspiration to make the quilt.  I don’t know that I’ll be publishing my quilt, will have to get permission to use form the Folk Art Museum and I have lots on my plate right now.

Fabric lines are birthed (like that word?), months in advance of arriving in stores, sometimes almost one year.  I knew about the John Hewson group with Winterthur Museum, so when working on my ‘Alexandria’ line last summer, I wanted to have some pieces that could be used with the Hewson panel.

‘Alexandria’ ships (I believe) late April or May, I received my 5 yard pieces so I can now show what I had in mind.  I hope you have been able to find the John Hewson fabrics either at your favorite local quilt shop or on-line to make your own little piece of history.

Monday!

We spent Sunday afternoon gathering items for Jo’s Store for my Retreat next weekend, there are piles at the studio waiting to be hauled Thursday afternoon to the Kimmel Center.  Can hardly wait!

In the meantime, on a recent Sewing Saturday, we cut and sewed some of these:

Inspired by this block in an antique quilt top I own.  You may recognize the large squares as one of the pieces in ‘Toasty’ but colored slightly different.

So, now I have five of these blocks below, and don’t know how to set them!  I’ve tried a few things and none of them talk to me.  Set them straight tried several alternate block fabrics, didn’t like or love any of them.  Set them on-point with a narrow sashing, was better, but didn’t like any of the setting triangle fabrics I auditioned.  Big sigh.

So these blocks will rest in a project bag for a while until I get inspired to try something else, or make more of them?  Any ideas to help me???

Have a great Monday – hope you find some sewing or stitching time.  I get office time today.

store is open!

Quick note, just want to let you all know that the ‘shop’ is open on my website.

What can you get there?

Starting out with items that have been popular at my Retreats.

Jo’s books that are ‘in print’.

The Presencia thread packs in Jo colors in 50wt 3 ply, and also offering 60wt 3 ply large spools in a couple of neutral colors for machine sewing.

I’m pleased to offer  soon – hand letterpress notecards (box of 6, 2 each of the three colors) with the bird toile design (with permission from Andover Fabrics of course.

The Scrap Lab Variety fabric Kit featured in Quilts and More.

As we (remember I have some part time evening help) get used to filling orders from the website, then will think about other offerings.  Be sure and check back.

Today’s sewing . . . . two bindings stitched to smaller quilts, two to go!

Have a Happy Stitching Day!

OK, time to get back into Blogging!

Office help, Chloe and Tigger today

I’m having a heck of a time getting caught up, office help isn’t much help.  Should I fire them?  Dock them?  After all they get board, room, cleaned litter box, petting time, all the naps they can take.  Pretty good digs for rescue kitties.

Tigger (yellow kitty), has his butt on the keyboard and a couple of new screens appeared atop my email program, he even opened the home page to my website.   Hummm.   He’s good isn’t he, new screens like magic.

For some reason Chloe has been hanging around my desk, taking naps on paperwork that needs done, she frowns at me when I move her and she talks back.

Went to NY the first week of February, so have been busy with a couple new fabric lines for Fall, I think you will find my Blogging absence worth while for ‘our’ future quilts.

Last week one day, I was headed to the studio, the neighbor across the street from the studio was cleaning out his joe boat with the duck blind, there was duck decoys in a row in front of his garage door.  As I was working, I got to thinking how cute it would be to walk over and take a picture, then tell you all that I’ve been busy “getting my ducks in a row”!

I went and looked out the window and the ducks were gone, a lost opportunity for my Blog.  Not sure the words are as good as the picture would have been.

Since I’ve broken the Blogging ice, let’s see how I do going forward.  Wish me luck!

Happy Stitching!

 

Jo’s on You Tube !!

Houston 2011
There is a 12 minute or so video on You Tube of my Schoolhouse presentation at Fall Quilt Market in Houston.  You may want to take a peek to see what else is coming for 2012.

http://www.youtube.com/andoverfabrics

There is mentioned of my email Newsletter, it is for Quilt Shops only.

However, if you follow my Blog (aka Jo’s Journal) and website you will be informed to what’s going on with Jo and her books, fabric lines, travels, kitties, quilts, tips and trivia of course.

The presentation includes free to use designs by Candy Hargrove, Jo’s Little Women’s Club 11 projects and a few new quilts to be published in a book late Spring to early Summer 2012.

Enjoy!