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Jo Morton’s Covey Toile Fabric Has Arrived!

Jo Morton’s Covey Toile has arrived!

For all of us that have been waiting – ever so patiently – for this fabric to be reprinted – it has now arrived!

This is the setting fabric used in the Vintage Holiday quilt from Jo’s Little Women Club #10!!!

You can view a larger image of this fabric here on our website (just click on the image on our website to enlarge it!:

Covey Toile Fabric

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My Heart Is All A Flutter today!

My heart is pounding ever so fast today…. I just received confirmation that our book is shipping out today!  If you have not been to our website to view all 20 projects that are in this book, feel free to visit the following link and scroll down where you will see a picture of each quilt!
It should be hitting your local quilt shops shelves any day now!  We should have our order this week also and I’ll be shipping these out as soon as they arrive! (And just a little FYI for my local friends and fellow quilters – Roberts Sewing Center here in Joliet, Illinois, will for have their copies of our book by Monday January 31st – if not sooner!  We’ll be dropping all 20 models off at the quilt shop also, if you would like to stop in and take a look at each of them!  Also – don’t forget out book signing at Roberts Sewing Center on February 26th, from 10 am to Noon!)
And as always, we will ship all pre-orders in the order they were received.  It will probably take me a few days to get all the orders for these caught up, so just be patient with me!  I have enough ordered to cover all pre-orders plus some extras.  Feel free to place your order for your copy today!
Also – a little birdie told me that this has arrived also:
Oh and I cannot wait to get started on these quilts!  They are all breathtaking and I’m having a hard time deciding which one to start on first.  Plus, we’ve ordered more fabric to make up kits for a few of these too!
And another little birdie told me that this is arriving today:
We will begin shipping the Club kits for Jo’s Little Women Club #10 out tomorrow as long as my faithful UPS man delivers these as scheduled today!  Only a few of the pre-orders will ship at this time because we have not received all of Jo’s fabric yet, but we will ship them as soon as all the pre-ordered fabrics have arrived also.  We started receiving some of the fabrics from Jo’s various lines last week and I’m assuming more will be appearing this week also!
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Redware & Harvest Quilt & Prairie Women’s Sewing Circle Updates!

Here is a little of what I tinkered around with last night and this morning.  This is Redware & Harvest and is one of the projects in the Jo’s Little Women Club #10 that we are doing as an online group.  Today after I pack orders, answer a few emails and check on fabric orders, I’ll be quilting this one.  I wish I had time to hand quilt it, but I do not believe that is going to happen this time!
If you are thinking about joining the Jo’s Little Women Club – it’s still not to late.  I’m going to be ordering the pattern sets today and I’ll be sure to order a few extras.  Send me an email if you are thinking about joining in the future so we can get a good idea of how many participants we may have. You can join at any time and just jump right in on the fun!
The above quilt will be offered as a kit.  I’m still figuring out the yardage and double checking everything and we will put the kit on the website as soon as possible.

In other exciting news – Prairie Women’s Sewing Circle: Journey #2 is now available on our website!  I’ll be receiving these pattern packets this weekend and will begin to ship those the first part of next week. This little club is sure to be a fun one also!  I’ll begin working on kits as soon as I have our shop packet in hand! I need more time – I want to make everything in this club!
In other news, we are sold out of Spool Block Templates (again!) for the Spoolin’ Around Club.  I placed another order yesterday, so hopefully we will see those very soon also! Also – I’ve ordered more stamp pads and re-inkers.  The stamp pad’s that come with the spool templates generally last throughout the making of a good large sized quilt, but I know several people have joined in on the fun and are sharing the template stamps and have been using other stamp templates by Cindy Blackberg, so we will now also have the Chocolate, White and the Black stamp pads and the re-inkers if you choose just to re-ink your current stamp pads!  Those should be in next week and I’ll list them to the site soon!
Plus – for all you Road To California show go’ers – have fun!  I wish I could visit this show someday – take lots of pictures and post to your blogs!  We love seeing how much fun everyone has at the shows! And good luck to all my “show roadies” friends – I’ll miss not seeing you at this show and vending with you and wish you the best of luck!  (Lucky people – they are enjoying 80 degree weather right now and I’m sitting here in 18 degrees and ice on the roads!  I’m jealous, pure and simple!)
OK, enough jibber, jabber, I must get on with the day!  Have a great day everyone! 
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Lonestar Log Cabin Finished!

 Surprisingly – these mitered corners on my quilt went together easily and quickly last night.  Usually mitered corners on small quilts are a breeze for me and then when I do them on larger quilts – I run into a snag or two.  But this time the “quilting Gods” were with me!
And here is the finished quilt top!  I’m loving it!  Please excuse the props you see in the background – photography genius I am not – and my living room is only so big!  This quilt was way to large for me to put up on the design wall and try to take a picture!  I attempted that this morning and could not stand back far enough to get a good picture!  So the living room floor it is and me standing way up on the stair case looking down acting like a monkey hanging over the ledge to get a good picture!  (picture that without laughing!)
I’m getting the backing fabric ready today and then I’ll be shipping this pretty quilt off to the long arm quilter along with 3 other quilt tops that have been sitting here needing a little attention!
Then I think I might just work on a little Jo Morton quilt today if all goes well!  Have a great day!
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Today’s adventure

Well, today finds me having a little more fun on this quilt.  I achieved my personal mini goal yesterday and was able to complete all the log cabin blocks!  Yeah me!
Last night I arranged the upper left corner of the quilt.  I fussy cut a particular stripe fabric I had in my stash to go around the medallion lonestar center and I’m really loving that.  Now, here’s the funny part.  I did not like how that outer border was looking at all to my naked eye. I started thinking, OK Tara – that’s just not going to cut it.  Darn – guess I’ll use it as a backing!
Well, live and learn – how many times have I heard of people taking photos of their quilts and then changing their minds about certain things once they see the digital image??  Tons – now that I’ve taken this photo and looked at it all from a different angle – I’m liking the border fabric again.  Live and learn I guess!
Today, my goal is to complete this section of the quilt.  Then I hope to pull some fabrics to get started on making a sample of one of the Jo’s Little Women Club #10 quilts.  Also, I want to pull some fabrics for one of the quilts from the Prairie Women’s Sewing Circle Journey #1 club quilts!  Sounds like a pretty busy day to me!  Oh yeah, some hand piecing on those spool blocks again this evening sounds quite enticing with a nice hot cup of tea!
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Jo’s Little Women Club #10


We can help you out!  Our club is online only!
Jo Morton’s new Jo’s Little Women Club #10 will be available soon – oh so soon – but you can pre-order your Club #10 pattern set now!!!  This club pattern set has 8 new patterns!  All gorgeous!

By signing up for this online club, you will receive the club pattern set, and a coupon good for 15% off your purchases on our website (online orders only – no phone orders please!) that is good from February 15th through November 15, 2011!


We have to play by the “club rules” just like everyone else and there is a fabric purchase requirement!
To be eligible for the purchase of Jo’s Little Women Club #10 – you must also purchase a minimum total of 6 yards of Jo Morton fabric from our website (any combination as long as the total fabric purchase is for at least 6 yards total and we have to follow the “rules” to be able to play in this club, so they have to be Jo Fabrics!!)  This purchase must be made at the same time that you are ordering Jo’s Little Women Club #10.  (With one exception to this – If you have placed an order or pre-order for any Jo Morton fabric during the month of January 2011 while we were waiting for the club information – that fabric purchase will go toward your six yard minimum purchase!  – Don’t worry about looking for your receipts – we keep good records! If you cannot remember if you ordered any Jo fabric during January 2011 – just email us with your first and last name and we will look it up for you!)
If you are pre-ordering your 6 yard minimum fabric purchase – the Jo’s Little Women Club #10 pattern set will ship to you when the fabric arrives and is shipped to you also!

Today we finished uploading a lot of Jo Morton fabric that was recently ordered to replace our dwindling supply of Jo Fabric. Andover is finally done with their yearly inventory and they can now ship fabric again!!!  Our orders will be shipping to us this week and over the next several weeks as they get more out of stock prints in!  All of that fabric can be found here:

Fabric Available for Pre-Order from Jo Morton

 

We do still have Jo Fabrics in stock now – but our inventory is low!  Enjoy browsing our website to see what lovely fabrics we have now and what is coming soon!
 
We are trying to get a good idea of just how many people are interested in this club.  We will be placing our intitial order for pattern sets within the next 2 weeks and will place additional orders as need be!  We will do our best to have the pattern Club packets in stock by February 1st – which would work out great for everyone because that should be about the time we are going to receive several and I do mean several gorgeous boxes of Andover Fabrics! (Would you not love to come play with us the day the “UPS Man” delivers all these goodies!  We should have a fabric party!)

You may pre-order your Jo’s Little Women Club #10 pattern packet now and Jo Fabrics by visiting our website here:

Jo’s Little Women Club #10

As always, we will not charge your credit card until all the items you wish to purchase are in stock and ready to ship.  Please note: if you are using PayPal and paying be credit card – your card will be charged at the time you place the order!  This is not our policy, it is normal PayPal policy.

****And to answer a question that might pop up – if you order a couple or a few fabrics or bundles that may not come into stock at the same time and you are going to order the Club #10 pattern set.  We will ship you the patterns for the club at the same time that we ship all of the fabrics once they are in stock.  For example: the Hurrah collection is due to arrive this month and let’s say you would like to order a bundle of the Ravenwood fabric also – well, some of those fabrics will not be here until Mid February – so everything on that order will ship once all fabrics are here.

**** We would love to be able to start an online photo album of all the “in-progress” or completed Jo Projects!  So – as you are working on things – send us pictures!  We love to see what others are working on!  Plus, we will share this photo album with Jo herself!  She loves seeing everyone’s completed projects!

Have a great day everyone and keep on quilting! I’ll be back later on today to share some progress pictures with you on my Lonestar Log Cabin quilt that I’m still plugging away at!

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A Little Bit of Handpiecing……

Today I was able to do a little hand piecing!  I actually had a few moments to sit and stitch.  These template stamps for our “Spoolin’ Around Club” arrived today!
Above is a photo that shows the stamps, the ink pads and the cute little pattern that comes with the stamps!
I was able to stamp out 20 blocks while sitting and helping my children with their homework after school.  Cutting them out was a breeze.  With these stamps, you automatically have the cutting line and the sewing line all there in one step for you!  I hand cut some of mine with scissors and then also cut some using a small ruler and rotary cutter – easy!
Here’s the back side of one of the blocks where you can see the stamp/sewing lines.  These stamps are awesome, I’m seriously considering ordering other shapes (if you are interested in other shapes – let me know and I’ll order them!)!  We have a few sets left, and I just placed an order for more of the spool stamps because they were received a little better than I anticipated!
And here are the fabrics we have chosen for this months fabric packs for the Spoolin’ Around Club! This is going to be one gorgeous scrappy style quilt when we are finished!
I had a lot of fun this afternoon also!  We placed a nice order with Andover to replenish our Jo Morton inventory (we have to be prepared for our Jo’s Little Women Club!!!!  Yeah!).  We ordered complete collections (which we pray we get very soon!) of the following:
Ember Reds & Evergreens
Spice Chest
Indigo Berries
Ravenwood
Attic Shirtings
and
Cocoa Express
Plus we ordered several bolts from every other line that is currently showing on the Andover website. Now, whether we get it all or not is anyone’s guess!  Andover is currently doing inventory, so I hope to hear something in the next week or so about what will be shipped to us and just what fabrics have already been retired.  Boo Hoo….
Plus – we have Hurrah to look forward to this month by Jo and in March we have Toasty (I cannot wait to get my quiltie little hands on this fabric!) and Luminarias.  Then in May we have Carolina coming and July we have Sweet Emilie coming!  It’s going to be a very good year!  Thanks Jo!
Also, in other news – I have to apologize for the little “blip” in ordering on our website today!  Our shopping cart was being updated because the United States Postal Service decided to surprise us with new shipping software for the new year – that didn’t work with our website software!  Lovely…. I know.  So, after a few emails and the kind help of a computer guru (trust me, this little blip went beyond my computer knowledge!)  our shopping cart is back in working order.
Gotta run…. I have the hand piecing “bug” this evening and I want to get back to it!  Have a great evening!