Designer Tidbits: Jo Morton - The Jolly Jabber Quilting Blog

Designer Tidbits: Jo Morton

The Fat Quarter Shop is excited to welcome JoMorton to the Jolly Jabber. Jo Morton’s latest fabric collection is Carolina from Andover Fabrics.

Q: What was the first seed that grew into the Carolina collection?
A: The ‘mother’ fabric is the first step, then come up with suitable companions. Seems I can always find assorted companions, it is finding the ‘mother’ print to pull it together that is the constant challenge. I work from antique (19th Century) pieces of fabric, blocks or quilt tops, sometimes quilts too. It is harder to get a good image from a quilted quilt for fabric purposes.

Q: What single print/SKU in the collection is your favorite (can only pick one!)?
A: I’m not a one favorite piece of fabric person, I love it all. I love scrappy quilts and am happy to add these pieces to my ‘fabric collection’. I don’t like the word stash, my fabric isn’t hidden.

Q: What is your dream project using this collection?
A: I think I would like to make a ‘Fall’ quilt using the rust/black colorway of ‘Carolina’, maybe throw in some greens from ‘Evergreens‘ and perhaps who knows until the day I begin. I don’t design quilts on the computer. We make blocks then then I decide what to do with them. It is on my ‘idea’ list to consider making for after Spring Quilt Market in Salt Lake City (for the trade only, not the general public).

Jo Morton’s Silly Secrets:

1. What music are you listening to right now?
No music, I find it distracting

2. Work and life essentials aside, what is the activity you spend the most time doing?
I seem to work all the time, every day, seven days a week. I’m trying to fix that and find some time for me.

3. Where did you grow up and where do you call home?
Grew up in Kansas, moved to Nebraska forever ago, Nebraska City has been ‘home’ for a long time now.

4. Do you have any pets and what are their name(s)?
3 kitties – Socks, Tigger and precious Chloe

5. What is the most important part of a sandwich?
Not the bread


  1. Great interview with Jo. I just love the rich colors in the Cherry Hill fabrics. Just gorgeous and they would make some beautiful table runners.

  2. Love that Jo does all the work and research and I get to enjoy all the fabrics and patterns that make my heart sing. Makes me feel proud of our heritage. Fun interview, thanks!!

  3. I love Jo's fabrics. I've just recently started collecting them and can't wait to create a project with them. It's so hard to say "no" to buying them. My nickname is Jo and the fabric has my last name on it too! Of course, I do not have the real Jo Morton's talent though!

  4. I was born in NC and live in SC so naturally your Carolina collecton is a hit with me! The paisley and the cream magnolias on crimson are great. All of this collection would be at home here!