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Annual Quilt Retreat 2013

Event Details

November 8, 2013 — November 9, 2013
Location: Grout Museum of History & Science
503 South Street
Waterloo, Iowa, 50701
Contact Name: Annette Freeseman
Email: Annette.Freeseman@gmdistrict.org
Phone: 319-234-6357
Website: www.gmdistrict.org

Event Description

Friday, November 8, 2013

9:00am – 4:00pm Full Day Workshop & Lunch – Effies Baskets

    9:00am – 5:00pm Finish-It Workshop & Lunch

6:00pm – 8:30pm Dinner Lecture **

* Friday Workshop – Effie’s Basket – This is an all day workshop. Skill level – beginner, intermediate. This will involve Machine Piecing and a touch of Hand Appliqué. Students will love making these wonderful baskets, and have fun play with the fabric colors and prints. Learn Jo’s rotary cutting and piecing methods to make accurate blocks, pressing tips given. Jo will show three methods for the appliqué handle and tell you which she likes best and why.e

** ‘Making Something New that Looks Olde


Saturday, November 9, 2013

9:00am – 12:00pm ½ day Workshop ***

      12:00pm – 1:00 pm Lunch (included with workshops)
      1:00pm – 4:00 pm ½ day Workshop ****
    9:00am – 5:00pm Finish-It Workshop & Lunch

*** Rachel’s Reel – Half Day workshop. No Sewing Machine – handwork. Skill level – experienced beginner, intermediate. Students will learn the back-basting prep method for needleturn appliqué; using this very early design dating to 1818 (later a number of variations resulted from this wonderful block).

**** Emily’s Hand-Pieced Baskets – Half Day Workshop. No Sewing Machine – handwork. Skill level – beginner, intermediate. We will stitch a piece of history using this basket block which is half of a LeMoyne Star. Delight in the time honored tradition of handwork which includes making accurate templates and ‘no knot’ hand piecing. Pressing tips given. The basket blocks are hand pieced, machine sewing directions are given to complete the quilt.


Other information:

REGISTER BY: 10/25/13

  • Seating is limited to 20 participants in each class, so sign up early!!!
  • Admission to the Iowa Veterans Museum, the Grout Museum of History & Science and the The Small Patch: Quilts for Dolls and More exhibit is included to all retreat participants.
  • Additional activities include a Scavenger Hunt through this year’s quilt exhibit, Venders (Saturday Only), plus Games and Prizes.


About the featured Speaker/Teacher:

Jo Morton is a quilt artist, fabric designer, teacher, author, lecturer and student of our ancestral quilt making. Her use of color, design and fine stitchery give her quilts the feeling of being made in the 19th Century. These quilts complement both the country and contemporary setting. Her work is included in private and public collections across the country. Jo presents re-creations of 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’s quilts have been published in American Patchwork & Quilting, Quiltmania, Fabrications, Australian Homespun, Quilters Newsletter Magazine, McCall’s Quilting, Quiltmaker, Love of Quilting, and Early American Life.

She has appeared on HGTV’s, Simply Quilts program #603, on episode #808 for ‘The Quilt Show’, an online subscription quilt channel.

She has appeared on ‘ Love of Quilting’ that airs on PBS, program #1408 (Cinnamon Stars) and #1805 (Triangle Roundup). She publishes her quilt designs through Jo Morton Quilts and has published 22 books through 2012. Ask about Jo’s Little Women Club at your favorite Quilt Shop, an olde fashioned gathering making a small olde looking quilt of-the-month and needful things.  In 1998 she licensed some of her quilts to Heart of America, who published framed art prints of her quilts, which were available in country stores. They sold their business in 2008, so the license terminated. She lives in Nebraska City with husband Russ and kitties.

Visit this designer’s web page click on the following link: http://www.jomortonquilts.com/