Quilts From the Pen of Bisa Butler

Wangari Maathai quilt by Bisa Butler


A native of Orange, NJ, Bisa Butler is an American fiber artist known for her quilted portraits and designs celebrating the lives and culture of African Americans.  As a child, she spent her free time first watching her mother and grandmother sew, then being taught by them. She majored in Fine Art at Howard University, where she studied the work of Romare Bearden and attended lectures by prominent black artists such as Lois Mailou Jones. While pursuing a master’s degree, she took a Fiber Art class that inspired her choice of quilting as an artistic medium. After that class, she made her first quilt, a portrait created in homage to her grandmother upon her deathbed.  From that point on she turned to quilting full time, and the rest is HERstory.

Sewing Superstitions From Around the World



superstition {noun}

su·​per·​sti·​tion | \ ˌsü-pər-ˈsti-shən \

Definition of superstition:
1: a belief or practice resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown, trust in magic or chance, or a false conception of causation
2: a notion maintained despite evidence to the contrary


Save A Life, Adopt-A-Fabric Today!

With her cotton/polyester blend of fibers and water-repellent finish, Aruba Getaway II Stripes Outdoor is a versatile and colorful fabric that loves the great outdoors, being the center of attention, and showing off her many talents. Looking to add some spice to your life?

The perfect parent for this vibrant fabric has creative vision and plenty of patio cushions to cover. When you adopt-a-fabric like Aruba Getaway II Stripes Outdoor,  it’s a win-win situation for both, for a little bit of love and a home of her own is all this happy fabric needs.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade…A Countdown to Project Completion.


This November 22nd will mark the 94th anniversary of the Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. A tradition started back in 1924, this highly publicized ensemble of larger than life balloons featuring popular movie characters, magnificent floats, and entertaining performers from around the nation draws over 22 million television viewers and a sea of brave onlookers straddling the often cold parade route thru the streets of Manhattan with child-like anticipation of the final hallmarked Snoopy balloon at the processions end. An unofficial segue into the Christmas holiday season, not only is it a festive occasion and a parade of fabulous fabrics, but a reminder to quilters, artisans and craftsmen that the countdown to completion (or maybe the start) of their projects has now begun.

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.