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Celebrating African Fabric Textile Contributions !



As Americans celebrate the inventions and legacies of Africans / African-Americans throughout history this month, reflections of their art, history and cultural traditions can be found in almost every aspect of our society. In recognition of their traditional African fabric textile contributions,  the J&O Family would like to take a moment to highlight some of the beautiful waxed prints and metallics available for your crafting and quilting pleasure.

Celebrate Love, The Heart, And National Go Red Day!

jandofabricsThis Friday (February 7 2014) is National Go Red Day, a day dedicated to the education and prevention of heart disease. And with heart disease still continuing to be the number one killer of Americans overall and women in particular, the need for us to take better care of our beating organ is the order of the day, year, and rest of our life. From proper diet and excersize, to sufficient rest and room for play, it is often the little things when applied overall that can make  the biggest difference and bring about the most profound change.

African Inspired Prints

Namib DesertAfrica is such a beautiful and diverse country teeming with amazing wildlife, rivers, mountains and deserts. The cultural history of the continent and its people dates back to the cradle of civilization. Fabric in Africa has a millennial story behind it. It truly is sacred to the culture. Philosophy, ethics, morals and history are all conveyed through each thread. Not only are the patterns valued as a means to communicate a message but also the colors that are chosen are significant.

The Gang is All Here! Charlie Brown and Friends

Charlie Brown image by akuchlingimage by akuchling

As a child I loved Charlie Brown. I remember it wasn’t officially fall or the holidays until I had watched a Peanuts special on television. I recall visiting my cousin who had his whole room decked out in Charlie Brown decor right down to the pillowcase. I suppose the reason why Charlie Brown and the whole Peanuts crew is so lovable is the fact that as kids and adults we can all relate to the characters which were the brainchild of Charles Schulz. There is a little Charlie Brown and I suppose a bit of Lucy in all of us and that’s what we see in those simplistic characters… ourselves!

Top Three Fabric Ornament How-Tos

 J&O Christmas Tree Decorations

The holidays are a time of tradition. Every year, my family and I come together to make Christmas ornaments. The week before December 25th we order Christmas novelty fabric, pop in the Nutcracker Suite, and make our own ornaments that we put on the tree to represent us that year. In that spirit, I compiled the top three fabric ornament how-tos for our J&O customers to check out. While my family and I celebrate Christmas, these ornaments would be perfect to personalize for any holiday that you and yours enjoy.

#1: Martha Stewart Fabric Balls

Tips, Tricks, And Resources For Everything Sewing

J&O Fabrics questions

Between the holiday season and Black Friday and Cyber Monday, a lot of people are going and shopping for fabric on our online fabric store. Apart from a spike in fabric sales, we also experience an increased number of customer questions. We get calls and e-mails from every level of sewer from brand new seamstresses and tailors who are trying to get a handle on the sewing community’s vernacular, to people who have been sewing for years who want to ask our opinion about a certain fabric that we carry. We absolutely love hearing from our customers; if it wasn’t for them we wouldn’t be able to do what we love the most! So for their convenience we compiled a few online resources that will help them out with all of those pesky questions that we might not be able to answer at midnight during a late night sewing project or a spur of the moment online shopping spree.

Remembering 9/11


Everyone morns and reflects in different ways. Many choose to do both of those things in artwork. That is precisely what the Peninsula Piecemakers Quilt Guild did to commemorate the ten year anniversary of September 11th, 2001. Those in the guild were asked to express their feelings about the events of that day thorough their work. The result was thirty beautiful, touching quilts. While it was not easy for members to try to accurately describe their feelings through quilting, the results are still poignant.


Quell Quilting Quandaries

Figuring out all of the ins and outs of quilting can seem overbearing. However, with the right resources, getting started is simple! We at J&O have taken the time to compile our top three books and blogs as well as provide some inspiration via novelty fabric!


Our Favorite Books:

1. Quilting For Dummies

Cyber Crafting Craze

As craft and fabric fanatics, we at J&O know just hard it can be to find really good how- to video tutorials. It always seems as though what would be a good tutorial is always ruined by bad lighting or fuzzy audio. For those of you who are fed up with such shenanigans, we have some excellent news. A new site called has hit the crafting scene.


Belt Bliss

The newest summer trend that has come into vogue is white jeans matched with a flowy top. However, the vital part of this ensable is setting it off with the right belt. Bright patterned fabric belts (a la Lilly Pulitzer) are the perfect thing to match or compliment your outfit.


Whether you want to be brave and rock the huge belt buckle look as well is completely up to you, but this fresh new accessory is a great way to add a splash of color to your outfit. If you are feeling particularly daring, you can even check out J&O’s quilted fabric or novelty fabric section and make your own belt from your favorite pattern.