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.

  • Simple Friendships II – part 1
    Today is the day, as I told you I would Blog about my projects for our ‘Kim and Jo’ book, Simple Friendships II. I’ve said before, I don’t design on the computer, I use my design wall and play with blocks, audition fabrics, then determine which choice, and proceed.  I… Read more »
  • Stars and more Stars
    Greetings in the New Year! I have great hopes of finishing projects this year, making a dent in WIP’s, and of course start new ones, we always have to do that. Below I want to share a little story of 4″ sawtooth star quilts.  ‘Hickory Road’ arrived here toward Fall… Read more »
  • Wagon Wheels journey in 2018 – a wee bit long
    Once again we were fortunate to be able to travel to France in Spring 2017 to travel with our Aussie friends Linda and Paul Collins.  We attended the most wonderful show in Nantes, hosted by the famous Quiltmania Magazine and book publisher.  Was fortunate for a beautiful side trip to… Read more »
  • BlockHeads 2 – Block 36http://www.modafabrics.com/bh2_jm_rolling-stone.pdf
    Greetings – it’s that time again, time for the next BlockHeads block, #36. I’m an old fashioned quilter, maybe just ‘old’, LOL.  I have problems with ‘flippy corners’ coming out the way I would like.  So in Jo manner I refigured the cutting and sewing.  I also used 3 fabrics… Read more »
  • October 3, 2018, Moda BlockHeads2, Block23
    Our most favorite day of the week – Wednesday! I know many think of Wednesday as hump day, looking forward to the weekend. However, we quilters know that Wednesday is the best day of the week. I made a decision earlier this year to not go to Houston for Quilt… Read more »
  • Long Term Project – Triangle Quilt
    I was inspired by the cover quilt of Ladies Circle Patchwork Quilt in March 1986. LCPQ cover, March 1986, inspiration quilt Fast Forward 24 years (yes I know, sad isn’t it) to circa 2010, began sewing gobs of HST units, 8 identical units at a time, to make my version… Read more »
  • Trivia, stuff, and . . . the road less traveled
    I’ve decided to share some ‘stuff’ with you all, of course feel free to delete. My first quilting class began in January 1980, it was a 14 week class (50 miles drive to Lincoln, Nebraska), once a week on Wednesday, making a Sampler Quilt.  14″ blocks, hand pieced, hand appliquéd,… Read more »
  • BH2 – link correction for Block 10
    So sorry – seems I was missing a letter in the link, darn gremlins. Missing an ‘s’, I had duck and ducklings, needs to be ducks and ducklings. Please use this correct link:   http://www.modafabrics.com/bh2_jm_ducks-and-ducklings.pdf Happy Sewing and have a great day!   Jo Read more »
  • August 8, my turn for BlockHeads 2, Block 10
    Greetings this fine Wednesday morning!  Today is National Friendships Day. Quilters seem to form a special bond of sisterhood, we have more in common than quilting, but that is what brings us together. I’m happy I was not at the top of the BH2 list.  ‘Hickory Road’ has arrived at… Read more »
  • BlockHeads 2 and Russ and Jo’s vacation
    We took a driving vacation after Spring Quilt Market in Portland, OR. To accomplish this, we needed to drive to Portland, OR.  We allowed 4 days instead of 3 for the drive, so we could enjoy our beautiful country through Wyoming, the NE corner of Utah, across lower Idaho into… Read more »

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