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.

Visit www.JoMortonQuilts.com to learn more about Jo and see what else Jo has to offer.

  • Block 12, 2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW
      This weeks question: What is my favorite quilt that I didn’t design.  Oh my this is really hard. For years I’ve created quilts to self publish as patterns, books then in my JLW Club. However over the years I’ve also loved some quilts that other designers created and published, BUT, I didn’t... Read more »
  • Block 11, 2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW
      Questions this week, favorite quilt pattern ever? Oh my, so many blocks I love to use in quilts . . . Log Cabin/Courthouse Steps is up there with LeMoyne Stars, mostly hand piece the LeMoyne Stars (my other favorite piecing method), then have to add Sawtooth Star, Ohio Star and variations, Square in... Read more »
  • Week 10, Block 10 – Moda BlockHeads BOW
    Cannot believe it is week 10! This week we are talking about favorite color for fabric. Well I think you all know I’m basically a brown girl. My eyes are brown, not sure that is an accurate connection. Must confess that the past year or so, I’m quite smitten with blue. I... Read more »
  • Oops, my bad, and yes I make mistakes
    It seems when I was hurrying to get everything caught up before leaving on vacation with my DH, we were meeting up with friends for fun days in Europe, my brain mis-fired (actually more than once). But today I’m talking about my Blog post for Block 9. Russ and I were gone April... Read more »
  • Block 9, 2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW Link is now fixed!
      This week’s topic – cleaning sewing machines. How frequently?  I do clean out around the bobbin case with each full bobbin installed. How thoroughly?  I take my machine in for an annual cleaning, let them check everything out.  I feel it is a good investment. Did I name my sewing machine. . .... Read more »
  • block 9, 2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW
      This week’s topic – cleaning sewing machines. How frequently?  I do clean out around the bobbin case with each full bobbin installed. How thoroughly?  I take my machine in for an annual cleaning, let them check everything out.  I feel it is a good investment. Did I name my sewing machine. . .... Read more »
  • 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 »
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