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.


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.




FYI today!

First the quilt top shown above has been quilted, bound and sent to the pattern writers, it is the FTU (free to use) project that uses Crimson Bouquet, this gorgeous quilt was designed by my friend Candy Hargrove, it will be showing up soon on the Andover Fabrics website. really love how Candy used the stripe to frame four blocks and then use the stripe again on the outer border.

Another and important FYI . . . .
I now have a new website that went up late last week.
Same address: www.jomortonquilts.com

And a new Blog that can be accessed through the new website by clicking on the ‘Jo’s Journal’ tab, or use this link:

We are working to see if the Old Blog can be moved to the New Blog area.

If it can’t it will go away June 2012.

If we figure out how to move it, well, you will find it on the new website in the future.

Watch this ‘New Blog’ for what’s happening with Jo.
Thanks for reading this Blog and look forward to see you on the web!

Happy Stitching everyday.


Happy New Year!

I thought you may like to see the quilt that was in APQ (American Patchwork & Quilting) October 2010, used in our home this past Christmas. It is still on the wall in our living room, the little feather tree is put away until next year. It adds to the warm feeling, with Jo colors and small piecing, what more can you ask for?
(need a smily face here)

Have you seen the ‘Dave’ commercial for Staples? I laughed out loud when I first saw the commercial and enjoy seeing it every time, that’s me!
I’m currently packing bags, the first one with the quilts and class supplies is pretty much ready to go, not zipped up yet, just in case I need to add something.
Next select the clothing that will work in southern California, but will take a jacket as it looks cool there, I’m flying to Ontario Airport tomorrow as I’m teaching 5 classes at Road2CA.
Lucky me, I nap/sleep very well on airplanes if there isn’t much turbulence.

So much to get covered here at home, my dear niece Steph is helping out with mother, so I feel comfortable leaving for a week. Russ is staying home and will keep the home fires burning and pet the kitties for me.

Better get finished up, almost dinner time – I wish you all a VERY ‘Happy and Healthy New Year’!!!!!

Until next time, Happy Stitching!

Sewing at the Orchard – September 23-25

One short week to try to get over jet lag and these lovely ladies arrived in Nebraska City for the Fall ‘Sewing at the Orchard’ Retreat. The theme is handwork. Actually I think 3 or 4 of the smiling faces are my friends that help me to make this work!

This picture was taken at the end of Retreat, they are still smiling!

We had ladies from California, to Oregon, Florida, to New Jersey, Wisconsin, Michigan and many places in between.

The ladies brought Show and Tell – so much fun and inspiration, many ooohs and aaaahs.
Betty from Iowa made this, all hand pieced (with custom cut fabrics) and hand quilted – look at the edge! Amy is helping to hold the quilt. Betty’s work is gorgeous. Betty’s friend Sandy posted another picture of this quilt on the Stitchers Group.
Amy helping Jane show off Jane’s Texas Star’s – hand piecing project. Donna is smiling at them.

We stitched on these sweet smaller ‘Reel’ blocks, using the back-basting prep method for needleturn appliqué.
Loved the color combinations the ladies put together!

We also hand-pieced some of these adorable Spool blocks, so sweet aren’t they! This was a variety of blocks made by the ladies.
And of course we had to play with these hexi’s on the right too! Maybe they look a little familiar?

Kathy Hall did a presentation on ‘inspiration’ and then showed what she made – it was very wonderful. (no pictures sorry) We try to have different interesting offerings at each Retreat.

We also had a little break for wine and cheese before evening dinner on either Friday or Saturday. Thank goodness the weather cooperated as we have to do this outside. No alcohol allowed inside the building.

Stephanie Whitson, a Nebraska Author from Lincoln (who I’ve known for a long time) came down to do a little talk on Sunday morning, she recently co-authored a book on Sod House Quilts, published by The Kansas City Star. This is a first for Stephanie – to work on a quilting book.

She brought some of her other books with her and did a book signing for us. She writes historical fiction and loves researching.
Russ has read every one of her books, I’ve read some of them, that darn ‘time’ thing again. Stephanie did mention that some of her titles are available to download to a reader.

Hope you enjoyed a little peek into this Fall’s ‘Sewing at the Orchard’ Retreat!