Wednesday, February 29, 2012

my first project for Riley Blake's Design Team and a giveaway!

I am so excited about being a member of this amazing team of designers, and for my first project, I made a Modern Log Cabin pillow cover with an envelope closure using some of Carina Gardner's beautiful Dainty Blossom fabrics. The front is a modern spin on the traditional log cabin quilting block, and with it's clean lines and simple construction, this pillow cover is easy enough for a beginner and a quick project for an experienced sewist. The envelope closure makes it easy to change out the pillow cover whenever you want, plus it's machine washable, which is a must if you have small children and pets like I do! Make a few of these out of your favorite fabrics for a fast and simple way to bring color to any space in your home! 

The tutorial with step-by-step instructions is posted on Riley Blake's blog, so please go check it out. I've also made a downloadable PDF of the pattern, which is available here as a google doc.

And speaking of pets and small children, they always make photo shoots...shall we say... interesting. Or challenging? But certainly more fun, nonetheless. 

Aren't my little helpers cute???

And now, on to the giveaway! Riley Blake is generously offering one lucky ready of my blog a fat quarter set of Dainty Blossoms!

Are you ready to enter today's giveaway? You have up to two chances and here's how:

**Leave a comment telling me telling me what you'd like to make with Dainty Blossoms if you are the winner.

** Followers of my blog will receive an additional entry. If you're a follower of my blog, please leave a second comment telling me that you are. New followers are welcome, as well!

That's it! The giveaway runs until March 7th, 2012 at 10 pm, EST. I'll use the Random Number Generator to pick one winner, and please be sure that your email address is either in your comment or a part of your blogger profile. I'll announce the winner here and then notify you by email. International entries are welcome. Good luck!

Monday, February 27, 2012

we have a winner!

Thank you to all who entered my giveaway as part of Pat Sloan's Girls in the Garden Blog Hop! And thank you again to Pat for inviting me to be a part of such a fun project. I absolutely loved seeing everyone's version of Pat's beautiful patterns!

The winner of my giveaway was lucky number 173!

Congratulations, Marilyn! Pat will be in touch with you about how to claim your prize!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

a little sneak peek of my quilt patterns

I just couldn't wait any longer to show you all some photos of the patterns that I'm finishing up. This has been a long time coming, and I'm so excited that they are finally almost ready! I'll be releasing them as PDFs first, and then I'll release them with a printed version as well in the not too distant future. So, without further adieu, here is the first line of Heather Jones modern quilt patterns!

The quilt above is my favorite to date, I think. It's my take on the traditional Ohio Star block. It's made entirely of solid fabrics and features the most amazing quilting by my dear friend Angela Walters. I made this quilt for an exhibition of works by members of the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild which will be on display in Cincinnati this spring at International Quilt Festival. This pattern makes quite a punch with the large scale of the block. The construction is really simple, and it's the perfect way to experiment with a few solid colors to make a big statement.

Next up is the quilt I recently finished for another friend of mine, Jennifer Paganelli. She sent me some of her gorgeous new line of fabric called Crazy Love, and this is what I came up with. This pattern will be great for any of those fabrics that you have that are just too beautiful to cut up. The large scale of the pinwheels in this pattern is the perfect way to showcase some of your favorite fabrics.

This is a fun lap sized quilt that comes together very quickly, and it's reversible! I used Pear Tree fabrics by my friend Thomas Knauer for this quilt. The front is a spin on the traditional strip quilt and the back features an oversized log cabin block in the center, surrounded by a lot of negative space. It's one of those quilts where I just don't know if I like the front or  back better!

And here's another quilt that I don't think you've even seen a peek of yet! This is a great pattern for beginners and it really comes together quickly, too. I used Amy Butler's fabulous Lark fabrics for this and I think it's just so bright and cheerful. I really love the pops of yellow! This pattern will be available in four sizes: baby/crib, twin, queen, and king. 

And lastly,  I've revamped the pattern for my Yield quilt, which was chosen as a winner in the first round of Project Modern by Valori Wells. I really love how it looks on the bed in this photo.

So, as you can see, I've been a busy little bee! I've also got a few other patterns coming that will be released this spring in a few publications, and I can't wait to show you those as well. It's such an exciting time to be finally releasing patterns, and I cannot tell you how fun it is for me to see something that started out as a drawing in my sketchbook come to life. And I'm even more excited to see how you all interpret my patterns with your own style and creativity!

Friday, February 24, 2012

busy, busy

I'm sorry it's been kind of quiet around here this week. I feel like I'm working on so many projects that I could use a few extra pairs of arms, and quite a few more hours in the day, too. Some of the things I've been working on I can't share with you just quite yet, but I wanted to tell you about a couple of things that I'll be doing over the next few weeks.

See that fabric up there? Those are for a project that I'll be doing on a segment of Quilting Arts TV, the national PBS program hosted by Pokey Bolton. I'll be driving up to Cleveland with a good friend of mine and I'm set to tape two segments on March 5. Soo very exciting, and just a bit scary. Ok, maybe more than a bit scary. But, I'm practicing my projects and I'm working on bringing lots of peripherals with me, so I think I'll be ok. It's such an honor to be asked to do two segments on such a great quality program. I'm not sure when my episodes will air, but the next series of Quilting Arts starts in July.

I'll keep you posted as soon as I learn more. Wish me luck, please!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Pat Sloan's Girls in the Garden Blog Hop

Welcome to my day of Pat Sloan's Girls in the Garden Blog Hop! I'm so excited to be taking part in such a fun project! My dear friend Pat asked five designers to put their own spin on one of her new Girls in the Garden patterns for Bigfork Bay Cotton Company. I loved all of them, but I was immediately drawn to Ava's Winter Flurries, since it's winter here in Ohio and cardinals are some of my favorite birds. Here is Pat's original pattern.

Isn't it cute?? I chose some fabrics from my stash, including some of my prized Katie Jump Rope by Denyse Schmidt and a few solid cottons. 

The pattern is well written with clear, easy to follow instructions. Pat walks you through everything from applique to assembling and finishing the quilt. And (this is so smart!) all of the applique patterns are reversed, so all you have to do is trace the design on your choice of fusible web. I found it helpful to tape the pattern to a window and then place my Heat N' Bond Lite over it, tracing the designs with a fine-tip Sharpie marker. 

Then just cut out the traced pattern pieces and adhere them to your fabrics of choice. Cut all of the them out, then lay out the design and fuse the pattern pieces to your foundation fabric. 

Pat's pattern is for a wall-sized quilt, but I wanted to show you how you could use a quilt pattern and make something different with it. So, instead of a quilt, I decided to make an oversized pillow.

As you can see, I went for a more minimal layout and only used some of the pieces from the pattern. I really wanted to focus on those two adorable cardinals and the graceful curving branches.

I stitched over each applique piece with a zig zag stitch in coordinating thread. 

I made a border out of dark grey solid cotton and used it again for the back of the pillow. I stuffed it with lots and lots of polyfil, and as you can see, it's still a bit lumpy, but I think with a few more days of squishing and squashing by my two little kids, it will be just perfect and a great addition to our home.

Here are the rest of Pat's Girls in the Garden patterns. Adorable, right? And guess what? The great folks at Bigfork Bay Cotton Company are giving away one pattern of your choice to one of my readers!! To enter, please leave a comment at the end of this post. I'll use the random number generator to choose the winner, and the giveaway will close at midnight EST on Sunday, February 26, 2012.

And if that weren't enough, all of the designers in the Girls in the Garden Blog Hop are giving away a pattern as well. Be sure to check out Michelle of the Quilting Gallery's project that she shared yesterday, and then join the rest of the girls this week and enter their giveaways, too.

Thursday, February 23 :: Dawn of Spring Water Designs
Friday, February 24 :: Amy of Amy's Creative Side
Saturday, February 25 :: Heather of {House} of A La Mode

But it doesn't stop there! Kimberly and the crew at the Fat Quarter Shop are giving away FIVE full sets of Pat's Girls in the Garden patterns! Visit their blog at The Jolly Jabber to enter.

And lastly, be sure to visit Pat Sloan's blog daily this week to learn more about how she designed the Girls in the Garden series. Pat is also giving away a full set of her patterns! So there are are lots of ways to win, and I wish you all good luck!

Thanks so much, Pat, for asking me to be a part of the Girls in the Garden Blog Hop!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

QuiltCon 2013

Do you know where you'll be February 21-24 of 2013? I do! In Austin, Texas for QuiltCon, the inaugural conference and show of the Modern Quilt Guild. The keynote speaker is none other than my quilting idol, Denyse Schmidt, and the other instructors that have been announced so far as just as amazing: Malka Dubrawsky, Elizabeth Hartman, Anna Maria Horner, Weeks Ringle & Bill Kerr, And Ellen Rushman. Seriously, seriously amazing, right???

It was announced yesterday, but I've known about QuiltCon for a couple of weeks because I was asked to send one of my quilts to Austin for a photography shoot. That is my Cross Ties quilt hanging out downtown. Eek!!!

Be sure to check out the QuiltCon site for more information.  And while you're there sign up for their newsletter, like them on Facebook, and follow them on twitter for all the latest on what is sure to be the most exciting event in the world of modern quilting.

Monday, February 20, 2012

vintage quilt monday :: aunt ollie's churn dash quilt

Welcome back to another edition of Vintage Quilt Mondays. I am so excited to share this quit with you because it was made by my great-great aunt Ollie. My mom bought it at a garage sale in the 80s where Aunt Ollie's children were selling some of her quilts. Can you believe that they would sell their mother's quilts? 

The quilt is a traditional churn dash pattern and there are all sorts of fun, vintage fabrics used in the blocks, surrounded by white cotton negative space. It really has quite a modern feeling to it, doesn't it?

I love this yellow print with fruits and flowers!

And this is my favorite block in the quilt. If you look closely, you can see that Aunt Ollie flipped one HST section of the square in the upper left hand side of the block, so the pattern didn't turn out quite right there. I love this little section of imperfection!

The quilt is hand pieced and tied with white yarn. If you look closely at the photo below, you can see some of her stitches. 

The quilt is backed and the binding is created from this really fun blue floral print. I think it was probably an old sheet because it is one complete piece of fabric, instead of something that was pieced together.


And this yummy print is my favorite in the quilt. I love the coral background color! I've been told that Aunt Ollie would repurpose anything she could get her hands on and she often used cut-up old clothing for fabric in her quilts, so this very likely could have been a lovely dress or suit from the 60s.

And here is a photo of me and Aunt Ollie, when I was just a few weeks old. Isn't she cute?? She was a great woman. I'm so glad that my mom was able to save this quilt and keep it in the family. It is truly one of my favorites.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Mark Cesarik happy mail

Last week my friend Mark Cesarik emailed me to ask if I'd like to have some Cosmic Burst, his brand new line of fabric for Free Spirit, to play with. And of course I said yes! So this awesome little bundle of charm squares arrived at my house yesterday. The colors of this line are so gorgeous, with fun pops of orange, green, blue, and purple. Here are some of my favorites.

Aren't they fun?! Their linear designs remind me a little of the art I did as a child on my Spirograph. Do you remember those things? I loved mine and I think I need to get one for my kids when they get a little older! Cosmic Burst hits the stores in April, so keep your eyes open for it! And I'll be sharing what I make with mine as soon as it's finished.

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