Friday, June 29, 2012

found inspiration




Last night Jeff and I met with a local curator about an upcoming exhibition that the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild is going to participate in. As we were leaving the parking lot, Jeff and I saw this sign and both of us immediately pulled out our iphone cameras to take a photo of it. I think it must be some sort of advertisement sign, since this parking lot backs up to Interstate 75, but I didn't see the front of it. But just look at it...the colors, the lines, the size....

I don't know about you, but I see a quilt in there, waiting to be made. And Jeff sees a painting. I think we should both make something inspired by this sign and then compare our creations. It could be a fun little project, don't you think?

And speaking of inspiration, I'm headed up to the quaint little village of Granville, Ohio tomorrow to take part in the Design Your Life Retreat. I'm really excited about it and am so looking forward to a little bit of recharging, and lots and lots of inspiration. My sister Kate is joining me and I'm sure it will be a weekend that we both will never forget. I can't wait to see how we're inspired by our trip.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

my stop on the Generation Q blog tour + a giveaway




If you've been reading my blog for a while, you probably already know that I'm a huge fan of the folks at Generation Q. I've watched them grow from their first blog posts and tweets to their first print issue, which I'm honored to both be in and to review for you here, on my stop of the Generation Q blog tour. And I couldn't be more proud of all of the work they've done to bring such a great publication to life.

Generation Q is the brainchild of Jake Finch and Melissa Thompson Maher, who worked together previously as editors at Quilter's Home magazine. Jake is now the publisher of GenQ and Melissa is the Editor-In-Chief; with help from Creative Director Megan Dougherty and Community Editor Scott Hansen, Generation Q is a much needed resource for the newer generation of quilters.



The first thing you'll notice about Generation Q Magazine is it's size. It's a bit more compact than standard magazines, but I really like the format. And even though it's smaller in size, it definitely doesn't skimp on content. In fact, the first issue of GenQ is jammed full of great projects from lots of your favorite designers including Julie Herman, Melissa Peda, Scott Hansen (who designed the gorgeous quilt on the cover with Amy and David Butler), Pat Bravo, and Rashida Coleman-Hale. And yours truly as well. 





I designed my You + Me quilt for GenQ and the complete pattern is included in the inaugural issue. I took some new photos of it yesterday in front of my neighbor's barn, since I really didn't have a chance to before I sent it off to Jake in California--it was a bit of a whirlwind to meet the GenQ deadline for publication!


The magazine also features a great interview on power duo Amy and David Butler, a test dive of five different brands of irons, and articles on The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative, working with linen, a sneak peek into Rose Hughes' colorful condo, and more. I'm telling you, Gen Q  magazine is full of so many great things!

Generation Q magazine is now available for sale on their website and it's also making it's way to some independent retailers across the country. And the generous folks at Gen Q are also giving away a copy of the inaugural issue to one of my readers! 

To enter, please leave a comment letting me know what kind of features or projects you'd like to see in future issues of Generation Q. The giveaway will be open until  Thursday, July 5, 2012 at midnight EST. I'll use the random number generator to choose one winner. Please make sure that your email address is either in your blogger profile or in your comment so that I can notify you if you are the winner. International entries are welcome. Good luck!

For all the latest on Generation Q, be sure to follow their blog as well as their Facebook page.  And be sure to visit the other stops on the GenQ blog hop for other chances to win a copy, too!

June 25 Kaye Prince 


June 26 Carrie Bloomston 



June 27 Cara Wilson 


June 28 Heather Jones ---that's me!


June 29 Melissa Peda 


June 30 Rose Hughes 


July 1  Bari J 


July 2  Fat Quarter Shop 


July 3 Emily Cier  


July 4 Blue Nickel Studios 


July 5 Jackie Kunkel 


July 6 Cheryl Arkinson 


July 7 Amy at Amy's Creative Side 


July 8 Julie Herman 


July 9 Megan Dougherty


July 10  FabTalk blog



Once again, good luck!!







Tuesday, June 26, 2012

working away



Sorry it's been so quiet around here lately! It's been a busy few days, with Jeff out of town and some fun behind the scenes happenings that I can't wait to tell you about. Until then, here are some photos of my latest work-in-progress, a new pattern that I'm working on. I think I sketched it out over a year ago and it feels good to finally be getting started on it. I'm using five printed fabrics, all designed by Denyse Schmidt, and one solid. I really love these fabrics together.




The pattern I'm working on requires lots of half-square triangles...



...which mean lots of tiny little dog ears.




I'm still playing with fabric placement, but I'm really excited to get this one finished! 


Thursday, June 21, 2012

quite a big day


Jeffrey Cortland Jones
Davis' Cross Roads, 2011 
Enamel on acrylic panel
24 X 24 inches


Today is a big day for my husband, Jeff. You might know that he is a painter, and today he is in NYC for the opening of his first exhibition there! His work is being shown at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts as part of her summer invitational. He has been represented by Kathryn for over a year, but this is the first time his paintings have been included in an exhibition at her gallery. And I'm so incredibly proud of him.


I really wish I could be there for the opening, but I'm at home with the kids. But I have to tell you that we're having big days of our own around here. Aidan lost his first tooth in the middle of the night. Today is quite a big day for both of my favorite boys, for sure...




The exhibition runs through August 10, which just happens to be Aidan's birthday. Don't you just love these little moments of synchronicity? 





Wednesday, June 20, 2012

handmade conversation with me on CraftFoxes



Yesterday, my friends at CraftFoxes posted a little interview of me for their Handmade Conversations series. Head on over there to learn a little more about me, including my first craft projects and my favorite birthday cake ever (believe me, you don't want to miss that photo!), and see a peek at my studio.

Are you familiar with CraftFoxes? It's a really cool site with tons of information on all sorts of crafts, tips and free-patterns, craft fair and market listings, and much, much more. You can also share your work and how-to tips with other members of the CraftFoxes community. If you haven't checked it out yet, you definitely should.

Thank you so much to David and all of the people at Craft Foxes for featuring me and my work. What an honor!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

new batting



My friends at Pellon sent me a few different types of their Legacy battings to try just before I left for spring market, and I'm hoping to finally have the chance to use one this week. I'm going to start with their Bamboo Blend, which is 50% bamboo and 50% cotton, and I'll use it in the improv princess quilt that I'm making for Olivia. I still haven't exactly decided how I want to quilt it, but I'm thinking of something along the lines of straight line quilting (surprise, surprise!). I may vary the lines a bit and make them not so straight, but I always seem to lead back to that type of quilting when I do it myself.

I'm really excited to try the batting and I'll keep you all posted on my experience with it. I'm also going to be working with the folks at Pellon as one of their project designers, so keep your eyes open for more collaborations between us soon!

Monday, June 18, 2012

my digital quilt patterns




My digital quilt patterns are now available for you in a variety of places, and I wanted to share that information with you here so you can find them easily!


I have my patterns for sale in my etsy shop, on patternspot.com, on craftsy.com, and fatquartershop.com. They are all in pdf format and are either available as an instant download or will be emailed to you shortly after your purchase.

I'm also working on finalizing some of my patterns for print and wider distribution. And I'll have at least two new patterns to share with you soon as well. I'm really excited for these two and I cannot wait to show them to you! 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

And the winner of Modern Quilts Illustrated is...




Thank you to all of you who entered my giveaway for a copy of Modern Quilts Illustrated, Vol. 1, by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr. I used the random number generator and the winner is...







lucky number 32, who said







Congratulations, Kris! I'm off to email you now for your  mailing address!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

my thoughts on vintage quilt mending and use, on GenQ





Last week Melissa Maher from GenerationQ Magazine interviewed me about my collection of vintage quilts, and more specifically whether or not I think they should be used, mended, or kept in storage for safe keeping. Please head on over to the GenerationQ blog for my thoughts, and some images of a few of the vintage quilts in my collection.


And I'll be gearing back up for my Vintage Quilt Mondays soon. I have a few new-to-me quilts that I can't wait to share with you!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

my tutorial on GenQ and CraftGossip!


I love what the folks at Coats & Clark did with my photo of Olivia for their Sew for Summer Fun header. And Olivia thinks it's pretty fun, too! 



Thursday, June 7, 2012

Summer Picnic Blanket Tutorial for Coats & Clark




My next project for Coats & Clark is up on their blog today. My Summer Picnic Blanket Tutorial is a super easy project that will come in really handy this summer. The front is laminated cotton and the back is a home decor weight canvas, so the blanket has some weight to it and won't easily blow away in the summer breeze! I hope you enjoy it!

And the winner of GenQ Magazine is...



Thank you to all who entered my giveaway of a copy of GenerationQ Magazine!  



The winner is lucky number 33...



Congratulations, Lisa!! I'm off to email you now for your address! I loved reading all of your comments on how you would make my "you + me" quilt, and I can't wait to see all of the versions!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Modern Quilts Illustrated :: review and giveaway



A few weeks ago I volunteered to review Modern Quilts Illustrated, the new publication by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr  of Modern Quilt Studio, and share it with you. 




I saw a copy of it about a month or so before, at the Modern Meet Up at the Cincinnati International Quilt Festival. And I think it's great. In the first issue, there are three patterns, two of which are for full sized quilts and one for a wall hanging. 





I love that Bill and Weeks show how each pattern would look in different color ways. I think people sometimes have difficulty envisioning what a pattern will look like in other colors and this will help immensely.

The instructions are clearly written and easy to follow, and the format of Modern Quilts Illustrated is just lovely. Just as the name states, there are lots of clear illustrations for all the projects, and lots of step-by-step illustrations, too.




There are also sections full of tips on quilt making basics, as well as an entire section devoted to encouraging readers to explore and discover inspiring color combinations, called "Palette Chasing." As someone who loves to play with color, I think this is so great!


I think Modern Quilts Illustrated would be a great addition to any library. To purchase a copy for yourself, please visit Bill and Weeks' site to order.  And I'd love to share a copy with you, so let's have a giveaway!


To enter, leave a comment on this post and tell me a little about your creative plans for the summer. Please be sure that your email address is either in the comment or connected to your blogger profile so I can contact you if you are the winner. I'll use the random number generator to choose one winner and the giveaway will be open until Tuesday June 13 at midnight ET. International entries are welcome! Good luck!! 

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