Sunday, April 1, 2012

my first line of patterns is now available!

Finally! My first line of modern quilt patterns are finally finished and available for purchase in my etsy shop! This has been a long time coming, and to say that I owe my husband big time would be an understatement. He has been working so hard as my pro bono assistant and graphic designer, and cheering me on the whole time as well.

I've released four patterns, the covers of which you can see here. Above, is my Coin Toss pattern, which is a great quilt pattern for a beginner and a perfect way to show off some of your favorite prints. It’s also a fast project for an advanced quilter. Coin Toss is my modern spin on the traditional Chinese and Roman Coin quilt patterns, and it includes a lot of negative space to make those prints pop! The directions are written for baby, twin, queen, and king sizes. Here are the fabric requirements:

Baby: 44” x 44”Blocks: 1/8 yard each of 9 fabrics Sashing and Borders: 2 2/3 yardsBinding: 3/8 yardBacking: 3 yardsBatting: 46” x 46” piece

Twin: 64” x 84”Blocks: ¼ yard each of 9 fabrics Sashing and Borders: 5 yardsBinding: 5/8 yardBacking: 5 ½ yardsBatting: 66” x 86” piece or twin sized package

Queen: 84” x 94”Blocks: 1/3 yard each of 9 fabrics Sashing and Borders: 8 ¼ yardsBinding: ¾ yardBacking: 8 ½ yardsBatting: 86” x 96” piece or queen sized package

King: 104” x 94”Blocks: 3/8 yard each of 9 fabrics Sashing and Borders: 10 yardsBinding: ¾ yardBacking: 8 ½ yardsBatting: 106” x 96” piece or king sized package

In my version of Coin Toss, I've used fabrics from the Lark collection by Amy Butler for Rowan Fabric and Kona Cotton by Robert Kaufman Fabric. 

Next up is my Squared Strips pattern. Squared Stripes is a reversible lap sized, or generous baby sized, quilt. The front is my spin on a traditional strip quilt and the back features an oversized log cabin block in the center, giving you two completely different looks in one. This quilt comes together quickly and is a great pattern for beginner quilters and a fast project for more experienced ones. It measures 50" x 50", and here are the fabric requirements:

Fabric A: ¼ yard
Fabric B: ¼ yard
Fabric C: ½ yard
Fabric D: ½ yard
Fabric E: ¼ yard
Fabric F: ½ yard
Fabric G: ¼ yard
Fabric H: 3 yards

Batting: 50” x 50” (twin size prepackaged batting)

In my version of Squared Strips, I've used fabrics from the Pear Tree collection by Thomas Knauer for Andover Fabrics and Kona Cotton by Robert Kaufman Fabric. 

You know how much I love this quilt! Ohio Supernova is my modern spin on the traditional Ohio Star pattern. In my version, the scale of the block has been dramatically increased so that it makes up the vast majority of the finished work. Using solid colored cottons and simple construction, the Ohio Supernova packs quite a visual punch and is suitable for both beginner and advanced quilters alike. It measures 72" x 72" and here are the fabric requirements:

Fabric 1: 2 ¾ yards (I used Kona Snow by Robert Kaufman)
Fabric 2: 2 yards (includes fabric for binding) (I used Kona Ice Frappe by Robert Kaufman)
Fabric 3: 1 ½ yards (I used Kona Coral by Robert Kaufman)
Backing Fabric: 4 ½ yards
Batting: 74” x 74” piece, or a Full-Size package

And last, but certainly not least, is Pinwheel Spinning Around. This is my modern twist on the traditional pinwheel quilt pattern. The large scale of the pinwheels in this pattern is the perfect way to showcase some of your favorite fabrics. The combination of beautiful prints with lots of negative space creates an elegant, modern design that is suitable for both beginner and advanced quilters alike. It measures 70" x 70" and here are the fabric requirements:

White Fabric: 4 ½ yards
1/3 yard each of 10 fabrics
-or, you can use fat quarters if you’d prefer
Binding fabric: ¾ yard
Backing fabric: 4 3/8 yards
Batting: 72” x 72” piece, or a Twin-size package 

In my version of Pinwheel Spinning Around I used fabric from the Crazy Love collection by Jennifer Paganelli for Free Spirit Fabric and Designer Soild from Free Spirit Fabric. 

Whew! Pattern writing is hard work, but I'm so thrilled that they are finally finished so I can share them with you. You may have noticed my new logo along the bottom of each pattern cover, too. It still needs a bit of tweaking, but you'll start seeing me change on over to Heather Jones Studio soon, at least for the patterns. I'm not sure if I'll change my blog name as well, but I'll keep you posted!

on the radio!

I'm so excited to share with you that I'm going to be a guest on American Patchwork and Quilting Radio with Pat Sloan tomorrow! I was so honored when Pat asked me to be on her show a couple of weeks ago and we'll be chatting all about Modern Quilting, how I got started, my Olive & Ollie business, and my new line of quilt patterns.

The program streams live on the internet on All People Quilt's website, so you can listen there starting at 4:00 pm ET tomorrow, April 2, 2012. I'll be on around 4:25 for the last half of the show, and two other great quilt designers, Amy Walsh of Blue Underground Studios and Lisa O'Neill from A Thread from the Edge will also be guests, so please tune in to hear us all!  If you can't catch it live, you can always check out the podcast of the program anytime as well. Thanks again, Pat! I'm looking forward to speaking with you!

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