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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  • 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 Oregon.... Read more »
  • Martingale does it again, with the help of Moda
    You know all those mini charms you have, and you save them in a jar so you can see them . . . well, now here is a book for you! Please note the second quilt from the left, is by yours truly. 17 projects to inspire you to use some of... Read more »
  • Moda BlockHeads BOW
    Wednesday – – – is still our favorite day of the week! For now the fun news is that there is a BlockHeads 2 in the works. The original 6 BlockHeads will be participating, and hoping an additional BlockHead or two will join us. Just want you to know to stay tuned, takes... Read more »
  • 2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW – Block 48
    Once again it is our most favorite day of the week . . . Wednesday! The question this week is . . . do you have a setting figured out for your blocks?  I’ve seen some people have a plan from the beginning, and have been sewing the setting at the... Read more »
  • 2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW – Block 47
    Greetings, it is our most favorite day of the week – Wednesday!  I can hear you all chanting along with me – cheers back to you! Question this week, as we near the end . .  if I could start my blocks and quilt over again, is there anything I would... Read more »
  • 2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW – Block 46
    It is our most favorite day of the week – Wednesday!  Hump Day, new block day, what else do you do on Wednesday?  Maybe meet up with a friend for lunch day? We are enjoying a cold snap and snow this winter, some may call it frigid hovering around zero, but... Read more »
  • 2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW – Block 45
    It is our most favorite day of the week – Wednesday – we finished putting away Christmas this morning, the house looks bare, but we will get used to it again.  You probably did this a week ago, but I enjoy the season and it is sad to put it... Read more »
  • 2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW – Block 44
    It is our most favorite day of the week . . .  Wednesday! The Question for this week . .  Do you make New Year’s Resolutions.  Simple answer ‘no’, gave up on that eons ago.  Every day I try to be my better self, all year long.  I still need help... Read more »
  • 2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW – Block 43
    It is our favorite day of the week . . . Wednesday . . . and we are rolling toward the end of this great journey with you.  I think we have all learned along the way, we are a diverse group with many methods to achieve the same end... Read more »
  • 2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW – Block 42
    Our favorite day of the week – Wednesday!  Hard to believe that next week when we post it will be after Christmas and looking forward to a New Year. Our BOW has been quite a journey, for me anyway, sharing blocks with you weekly, and learning to make some blocks I’ve... Read more »

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