Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Vote for Creativebug!

My amazingly talented friends at Creativebug have been nominated for a Webby award, which is a huge accomplishment for any business, but especially exciting for one that has only been up and running for about a year. I'm so proud of them and the work that they are doing by providing the highest quality craft workshops online, which are beautifully filmed, featuring some of the top names in the industry. And to win a Webby would help them share what they are doing with even more people out there, so please take a second to vote. Just click here, register, and you've voted! The deadline is tomorrow, so please hurry!

I'll be back shortly to share some of my amazing experiences from the Makerie last weekend and Quilt Festival the week before!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Modern Patchwork Spring 2013

I'm so excited to share with you that I've got a new project for you in the next issue of Modern Patchwork, and it's on the cover, to boot! My Around in Circles pillow cover is an easy project that has a really clean and modern feeling. While it is very modern in style, it was actually inspired by the woodwork in my 100 year old house.

Around in Circles is an easy project that features machine applique and four different fabrics. As you can see, I choose a creamy white, a stoney taupe, lime green, and pale blue for my version, but I think it would look great in a lot of different color combinations. I love that it was placed next to my friend Debbie Grifka's quilt, Maynard Plaza. I think they look great together!

I'm currently in Boulder getting ready to teach at the Makerie Sewing Retreat, but I'll be hosting a giveaway of a copy of Modern Patchwork when I return home next week. But, if you'd like to pre-order your own copy, you can from the Interweave store here. This issue of Modern Patchwork hits the stores later this month.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

will I see you at the Makerie?

I hope so! I'm busy packing and trying to make sure I don't forget anything. I leave bright and early tomorrow morning for Denver and will be making my way to Boulder and my adorable little cabin at Chautauqua for the Makerie Sewing Retreat. I'm so looking forward to meeting new friends and spending time with some great old ones, too. And of course, I'm ready for loads of inspiration and creativity, of which, no doubt there will be plenty.

I'm teaching three workshops on Improvisational Patchwork Quilting, and this photo is of my class samples. I'll be sharing pictures of my adventure via Instagram (I'm HeatherJonesStudio there) so feel free to follow along if you'd like!

Monday, April 15, 2013

And the winner of my birthday giveaway is...

Wow, this week has flown by! Thank you to all of you who entered my birthday giveaway. I had a lot of fun with this and I think I may just make this an annual tradition. :) So, without further adieu, the winner of the Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe book is lucky number 38....

The lovely Sarah, who said....

Congratulations, Sarah! And I absolutely love the name of your blog. That joke is constantly being told around here with Aidan and Olivia. I'll email you for your shipping address.

I'll be back, hopefully tomorrow, to share with you about my time at the International Quilt Festival, although I'm gearing up to leave for Boulder on Wednesday. I can't believe it's almost time for the Makerie!!

Monday, April 8, 2013

It's my birthday...let's celebrate with a giveaway!

Today is my birthday and I thought it would be fun to celebrate with a little giveaway! How about a copy of Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe?  There are lots of great projects in this book from some really amazing designers, including my Silo quilt, which is one of my favorites of all time.

I'd love to share a copy of the book with one of you. Just leave a comment below and I'll randomly choose a winner. The giveaway ends Friday, April 12 at midnight ET and is open to both US and international residents.  Good luck!

P.S. Please be sure that your email address is either in your comment or your google account so I can contact you if you're the winner. Thank you!

And don't forget to tune in to American Patchwork and Quilting Radio with Pat Sloan today at 4:00 ET. I'm a guest along with Jeni Baker of In Color Order and Jackie Kunkel of Canton Village Quilt Works. Should be lots of fun!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

American Patchwork and Quilting Radio

I'm so excited to have the chance to speak again with my friend Pat Sloan on American Patchwork & Quilting Radio next Monday, April 8. That day happens to be my birthday too, so I wonder if we can get Miss Pat to sing to me. I won't hold her to it, but it would sure be fun. :)

We'll be chatting about all sort of things: some of my upcoming projects, workshops that I'm teaching, my love for vintage quilts, and more. You can listen to the live broadcast on Monday at 4:00 pm ET (3 pm Central), 2 pm Mountain,  and 1 pm Pacific)  on your computer here. If you can't listen live, you can also subscribe to the free podcasts on iTunes;  just search for American Patchwork & Quilting.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Rainbow Stripes for Quilty Magazine

It's been a crazy past few months with so much going on, that I haven't had a chance to share this project with you yet. This is my Rainbow Stripes quilt that I designed for Quilty Magazine. It's a really easy project for a beginner quilter and it's a super fast project for those with more experience.  

The project appeared in the January/February 2012 issue of Quilty which can be purchased on their website here. Or, if you'd prefer, you can purchase a digital copy of my quilt pattern here.

And here are some more photos of my quilt, in progress. I quilted it with my favorite straight lines, using white quilting thread,  on my domestic sewing machine. Each line is about 3/8" apart, and even though it is so much work, I really love the effect that it gives the finished project.

I didn't want anything to compete with the rainbow stripes on the front so I used a solid gray fabric for the backing and white fabric for the binding.

And here's the finished quilt in our back yard.

I really love the bright pops of color and I'm so glad that I finally have this quilt back with me. It's a keeper, for sure. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

come take classes with me at Quilt Festival in Cincinnati!

Are you headed to Cincinnati for International Quilt Festival that starts next week? If so, I'd love to have you join my in my classes there! I'm so excited to be teaching at Quilt Festival, and am incredibly honored that I am teaching four classes. 

If you'll be at Festival for preview night, I will be participating in the Open Studios on Wednesday, April 10 from 5:15-7:00, so please join me there. I'll be creating some improvisational quilt blocks on the spot, so that should be a lot of fun!

On Thursday, April 11, I'll be teaching an all-day workshop on Modern Strip Piecing. Students will be making their own version of my You + Me quilt and I can't wait to see all of the quilt tops that we'll create that day. The class runs from 9 am until 5 pm, there's a two hour lunch break between noon and 2 pm, and the cost is $73. Here's a link to the course catalogue where you can read more about my Modern Strip Piecing and find out how to enroll onsite next week. 

That night the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild is hosting a Modern Meet-Up at Nicholson's from 7-9. We will be celebrating our exhibition at Festival and we have lots of great prizes to give away, too! You can read more about the Meet-Up on the CMQG blog here

On Friday, April 12 I'll be teaching a workshop on binding and finishing your quilts. I bind everything using my machine, so I'll be teaching the methods that I use to achieve neat corners, crisp binding, and smooth seams through the edges of my projects. This is a half-day class that runs from 9 am until noon and the cost is $39.

On Friday afternoon I'll be teaching a workshop on Color Theory and Interaction for the Modern Quilter. We'll learn about the basics of color theory and interaction through both discussion and hands-on activities. The class runs from 2:00-5:00 pm and the cost is $39.

edited to add: this class is sold out!

And finally on Saturday, April 13 I'll be teaching an all-day workshop on Modern Improvisational Patchwork. I'll show a variety of different ways to construct completely unique and one-of-a kind quilt blocks. This class runs from 9 am until 5 pm, with a two hour lunch break between noon and 2:00 pm. The cost for this class is $73.

I hope you can join me for one or more of my classes! Pre-enrollment for Quilt Festival is over, so you'll have to register on site for the classes. Again, here's the link to the catalogue for more information.

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