Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Past Perfect: Jo Morton

Rachel's Reel by Jo Morton

Few quiltmakers have had the influence that Jo Morton
has over the past twenty or thirty years.

Her take on traditional quilts...

Whether it's applique or piecework
has created a style.

She's published over 20 books
Jo's look: traditional primitive, to mix descriptions.

Two pieces from her repro fabric  line Gratitude

Jo's Shirtings in shops now

I think 2017's may be the last Jo's Little Women
as she has retired to some degree. The club was
quite a popular feature in many shops---and it still goes on.

On her blog she says she likes to create "small quilts with the charm of the antique, 'new quilts with vintage charm'.”
Prairie Flowers

James River Crossing

"Why I make small quilts---almost instant gratification."

Jo lives in Nebraska. She began quilting in 1979 and I met her soon after that. I remember her showing me a handful of small log cabin blocks and I was amazed at how she'd captured the look of antique patchwork. She's still at it.


  1. She makes great quilts and is such a nice lady too!!

  2. Jo is a super-classy and sweet person, besides being such a wonderful designer, teacher and quilter. If you ever get a chance to take a class or hear her speak, don't miss her!

  3. I love Jo's shirting's! I make big quilts not small ones but I use her ideas for small ones and sometimes make them big - or a table topper

  4. Lovely look at a notable quilter for sure, but your link doesn't connect.

  5. Jo Morton was a favorite at my quilt shop, Lone Star House of Quilts. I love her fabrics and design. Great choice for your featured quilter.