It’s been nearly two years since Heather Jones first contacted us about getting some batting for a new book she was working on. It’s always amazing to witness a book in progress — to see all of the pieces involved, the inspiration, the craftsmanship, the art. In Heather’s case, we knew we’d be wowed, but upon seeing the final publication, the wow-factor was even greater than anticipated.
Quilt Local: Finding Inspiration in the Everyday is filled with Heather’s genius, guiding us through her process, how to turn everyday scenes into works of art, how to pair colors for maximum impact, and her thoughts behind quilt design. The artwork is stunning, the insight inspiring and all that before even getting to the 40 (!) projects she includes.
I personally adore the stories that Heather shares about each quilt. She describes what inspired the design, the history behind the location and truly makes you feel as though you’ve become a part of the story. She empowers readers to take the designs and make them their own, as well as to find inspiration in their own surroundings. It’s not just a book about quilting, it’s a book about finding your voice and your art. We love it! Heather used Pellon Batting throughout and we couldn’t be more honored to be even a small part of such a beautiful collection.
While it’s tough to pick a favorite amongst so many works of art, my eye was immediately drawn to Indian Hill (pg. 146).
Heather describes a wooden dock at a family friend’s pond which made my think of my own childhood, growing up on a lake in a small country town. I’m more than familiar with the interlocking boards that make up a dock, weathered and full of stories of their own.
The story then led me to think about another favorite childhood spot — Two Lights State Park in Cape Elizabeth, ME. I spent many an adventurous Saturday there when I was little, jumping from rock to rock with my dad, exploring the pools, examining barnacles and other small sea life. The rocky coast partnered with the classic lighthouse embodies the spirit of coastal Maine, something that will forever be a part of who I am. I’m hopeful that Heather’s book will help me to someday create a small piece of quilted art using this stunning spot as inspiration!
I would strongly encourage you to take a closer look at Quilt Local: Finding Inspiration in the Everyday. Whether and experienced quilter, or a beginner, I guarantee you’ll be inspired!
And just because we can’t help ourselves, a little batting giveaway to perk up your weekend a bit. We’ll be giving away a throw-sized package each of our Pellon Nature’s Touch Bamboo Blend Batting and Pellon Nature’s Touch 100% Natural Cotton Batting w/scrim. To enter-to-win, leave a comment telling us about a location near you that you find inspiring. Giveaway is open until 11:59pm on Thursday, October 22. We’ll draw a random winner (thank you random.org) on Friday, October 23. We’ll announce here and on Facebook! Due to shipping restrictions, this giveaway is open to US/Canada residents only. Good Luck!
QUILT MARKET BOOK SIGNINGS:
October 23; 7:00 PM: Quilt Works, 9431 Jones Road, Houston
October 24; 1:00 PM: Signing in the Checker Distributors Booth #1122, George R Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas, Houston, TX
October 24; 5:00 PM: Signing in the Brewer Sewing Booth #2842 & #2843, George R Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas, Houston, TX
THE BLOG TOUR
Don’t forget to take a peek at all of the other stops along the tour! Read about other inspiring locations, check out reader versions of the projects and more!
10/5: Creative Bug
10/6: STC Craft Blog
10/8: Robert Kaufman
10/9: Melanie Falick
10/10: Sew Mama Sew
10/12: Plaid Portico
10/14: Modern Sewciety
10/19: The Tattooed Quilter
10/21: Amy’s Creative Side
10/23: Diary of a Quilter
10/26: Film in the Fridge
10/28: Tall Grass Prairie Studio
10/29: Okan Arts
10/30: Kara Sews
11/2: Crimson Tate
11/4: Dainty Time
11/6: Nap Time Quilter
11/13: A Gathering of Stitches
ABOUT HEATHER JONES
Heather Jones is a quilt designer and teacher and is the founder and former president of the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild. She has a BA and MA in Art History from the University of Cincinnati. Her quilts have appeared in numerous books from Martingale and Stash and in magazines such as Martha Stewart Living and Modern Patchwork. She teaches online classes for CreativeBug.com, on Quilting Arts TV, and around the country with workshops. You can see her work at HeatherJonesStudio.com.