Jo Morton

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Jo Morton is a quilt-maker, fabric designer, teacher, author, and lecturer.  Her use of color, design and fine stitchery give her quilts the feeling of being made in the 19th Century.  These quilt complement both the country and contemporary setting.  Her work is included in private and public collections across the country.

Jo took her first quilting class in 1980 and in 1985 made her first quilt ‘made to look olde’. She also determined early on that if she ever hoped to make all the quilts she wanted to make, they would have to be smaller scale, and this small scale works perfectly in their 1929 small bungalow.

Jo presents re-creations of 19th Century antique quilts, imitating colors and styles of period pieces, using an antique quilt as a source of inspiration, she creates an interpretation – a quilt that might have been made in the 19th Century.

Jo sold her quilts at juried Folk Art Shows in Pennsylvania, Virginia and New England from 1988 through 2003.

Jo began publishing her quilt designs in 1995, and has self-published 22 books and numerous patterns.  Jo also has offered a Jo’s Little Women Club available through participating Quilt Shops since 2003.

Jo’s quilts have been published in the following magazines:  American Patchwork & Quilting, Quiltmania, Quiltmaker, Love of Quilting, Quilters Newsletter, McCall’s Quilting and Early American Life.  She has appeared on HGTV’s Simply Quilts episode #603, and on Love of Quilting that airs on PBS episodes #1408 and #1805, she also taped The Quilt Show, episode #808, it airs on the internet via subscription.

Jo lives in Nebraska City with her husband Russ, and sweet kitty Chloe.

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  • week 8, block 8 Moda BlockHeads BOW
      This week – Pins To pin or not to pin? I think because I used to make clothes, before I found quiltmaking, I pin.  I have friends that don’t pin, or don’t pin much.  This past winter I made a little 16 patch doll quilt, my personal challenge was: don’t pin.  It turned... Read more »
  • Jo’s Little Favorites II
    Russ and I are on vacation in Europe, I’ve had to set up posts to publish while we are away.  If you follow me on Instagram @joquilts you may see a few pictures of our adventures! Today I want to share a few more of the projects in JLF2, May 2017 release.... Read more »
  • week 7, block 7 Moda BlockHeads BOW
      My goodness the weeks are flying by! This week we are talking a bit about Rulers.  I’ve been an Olfa ruler fan for a very long time.  A few years ago I found Bloc Loc rulers and added some of them to my ruler tray.  I’m not a tool collector, I... Read more »
  • May release – Jo’s Little Favorites II
    Coming soon to your local or favorite Quilt Shop . . . Jo’s Little Favorites II   One of my very favorite small quilts was made with ‘leftover’ HST (half square triangles), this sweet quilt measures 11″ x 12 3/4″, I hand quilted it in the middle of the night, you know one... Read more »
  • block 6, Moda Blockheads BOW
    Oops did it again, you will find the directions for block 6 on the Moda Blog this week: Moda Blog –   Be sure and check the other designers Blogs for their tips! Lynne Hagmeier Blog – Jan Patek Blog – Betsy Chutchian Blog – Lisa Bongean Blog –   Happy Sewing! Jo ... Read more »
  • week 6, block 6 by our friend Carrie Nelson – Sunflower
    This week, a wee bit about block pressing . . . many options, many opinions out there. I try to think about how would ‘I’ quilt this block? If you know me at all, you know I do not MQ, but I used to HQ every quilt I made, yes it... Read more »
  • week 5, block 5 . . . more
    Seems I take some things for granted, and I shouldn’t.  Blockhead seems really appropriate for me. Each week, you go to the Blog of the featured designer, to get the block directions. This week the block is designed by Lisa Bongean. Here are the links to the other designers Blogs.  Go to Lisa’s Blog first... Read more »
  • week 5, block 5
    Good Wednesday morning! I’m going to begin this morning by letting you know that I use Aurifil 50 wt thread on my sewing machine, (seems I forgot to tell you that last week), my machine loves it, very little lint when I change bobbins. I’m currently using #2900 a shade of tan that works well... Read more »
  • week 4, block 4 – Moda BlockHeads BOW
    Good morning on a rainy Wednesday morning, it ‘was’ going to be a great day to hang in the studio and sew, sew, sew! After paying bills and other office work, including a US Dept of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration, US Census Bureau, the 2017 Commodity Flow Survey.  Seriously folks,... Read more »
  • block 3 pressing
    A lady asked about step by step directions, the pattern page shows cutting, row assembly and which way to press. I’m posting a picture of the black of the block for my pressing, and using my ‘Clipping Trick’ that is described in my JLW Clubs (if you are a member), or... Read more »
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