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 to learn more about Jo and see what else Jo has to offer.

  • 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 »
  • Moda Blockheads – week 3, block 3
    Once again the week has flown by!   My new fabric line ‘Timeless’ arrived at my door.  It ships to your local or fav quilt shop in August! Since time flies these days, you will have it before you know it. I know you want to see it, I’m adding it to my... Read more »
  • Blockheads – week 2, block 2
    Gosh, where did the week go, it is time for Block 2 already! I used a background from Reflections, the brown print is from Gratitude. I’ve seen so many great, pretty, and beautiful blocks this past week, thank you for sharing your blocks and creativity with us! The block this week is Aunt Dinah... Read more »
  • Blockheads – Block 1
    Here is the redo, I should have had coffee first! Off we go on our 48 week adventure! I made my first block, hot off the sewing machine at 6pm last night, this is going to be a fun journey, hope you are sewing along with us! I used a mix of fabrics... Read more »
  • fabric – time to confess or fess up?
    Ladies, just like you, I do shop for fabric in quilt shops. Yes I’m a fabric designer, but I like other designers lines and pieces too! That means I do buy fabrics produced by ‘other’ Fabric Companies. See I really am just like you. I love my fabric lines, and have made lots... Read more »
  • 2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW
    Of course the conversation continues . . . Some of us are ‘out of’ fabrics to be able to offer the great little bundles.  Some have purchased the layer cakes – perfect solution! But hey, there is always good news! We designers keep designing new lines, don’t we, so we will be offering new... Read more »
  • Update February 15th on 2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW
    First you ladies make me smile, some address notes to ‘staff’ at Jo Morton Quilts. Please let me introduce you to Chloe: Staff Most of the time Chloe can be found here resting, or curled up in one of the chairs around the house, she isn’t worth a darn in my office,... Read more »
  • Update on Reflections bundles for our Moda 2017 BlockHeads BOW
    Sorry to report, no more bundles will be available from Jo. I hired 3 friends, we cut 1632 sweet 16’s, sorted into stacks of 24, inserted in plastic bags all day Saturday so I can ship the orders tomorrow (Monday).  We cut up what I had available for this project. I... Read more »
  • 2017 Moda Blockheads BOW Reflections Starter pack
    Moda BOW Designers, Lynne, Jan, Betsy, Lisa, Jo and our 6th partner is the famous Carrie Nelson!2017 Moda Blockheads BOW Reflections by Jo Morton Starter pack is now available on my homepage at! Limited quantities are available. Bundles will begin shipping next week. 2017 Moda BlockHeads Logo ... Read more »
  • 2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW
    2017 Moda BlockHeads Logo   Moda BOW Designers, Lynne, Jan, Betsy, Lisa, Jo and our 6th partner is the famous Carrie Nelson!   This fun Block of the Week officially starts Wednesday March 8, Lynne of Kansas Troubles is the kick off designer. I know you want to sew along with us! I’ll have my bundles, like the... Read more »
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