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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  • 2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW – Block 38
    Greetings!  It is Wednesday, our favorite day of the week, and this week it happens to be the day before Thanksgiving, I know you may not check out our blocks this morning while getting ready for Thursday with family and/or friends. The block will be waiting when you have time... Read more »
  • 2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW – Block 37
    Our favorite day of the week – Wednesday! Let me say that I think weeks are less than 7 days now, as Wednesday rolls around fast! Our question this week – Do you remember your first Quilt Market as an Exhibitor?  When was it?  Was it exciting? Terrifying?  Both? My first Quilt Market... Read more »
  • 2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW – Block 36
    Greetings!  It is that special day of the week that we can’t wait for – Wednesday! I need to catch up a wee bit – last weeks question – ‘do you make quilts quilt to give as gifts for Christmas’?  Short answer – no.  We were not blessed with children .... Read more »
  • 2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW – block 35
    It is our favorite day of the week – – – Wednesday!!!!! I’m in Houston for Quilt Market (top secret stuff you know), seems I forgot to pack the list that included this weeks question, so sorry. I brought my laptop, because I ran out of time to post this weeks block... Read more »
  • 2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW – block 34
    Our favorite day of the week – Wednesday! However, I’m writing this on Monday, as we back out of the driveway after lunch today and head to Houston. Our questions for this week – what is the best part about going to Market?  What is the worst part or is there a... Read more »
  • 2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW – block 33
    It is our special day of the week, and it is ‘my’ block this week! First the question of the week – it is Fall, Halloween is less than 2 weeks away and Christmas is in 2 months . . . do you make seasonal quilts?  When do you start making... Read more »
  • 2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW – Block 32
    Our favorite day of the week, Wednesday! Fall is in the air?  It was 82 Sunday, yesterday we had a high of 41, with a chance of frost overnight, Russ picked tomatoes just in case.  Fall really is my most favorite season, but will miss the fresh vegetables of summer. Question this... Read more »
  • 2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW – Block 31
    It is that wonderful day of the week, Wednesday – a new BlockHeads block, besides being ‘hump day’, aka week is half over, weekend on the horizon.  Some weeks I think ‘yikes’, I have so much to do, needs to be Monday, not Wednesday! This weeks question:  Is there something quilt-related... Read more »
  • 2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW – Block 30
    Another special Wednesday!  We are feeling a bit Fall-ish here today, high of 64, kind of nice after last week in the mid 90’s (just not right in September is it). This weeks topic – name a ‘famous’ quilter that inspired-taught you in the past 20 years, that you hope quilters... Read more »
  • 2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW – block 29
    Greetings! This weeks question is about – Machine Quilting – do you ever machine-quilt your own quilts?  Basically the answer is NO,  not shouting, but emphatic, they are always sent out for beautiful machine quilting! That said, I have MQ a handful of small/doll quilts over the years, straight lines only.  I... Read more »
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