Wednesday, July 24, 2013

my classes at Long Beach Quilt Festival and a visit with the Orange County Modern Quilt Guild

It's hard to imagine that I'll be in sunny southern California next week, getting ready to teach at the International Quilt Festival in Long Beach. If you're in the area, I'd love to see you. I still have room in my classes, although they are filling up quickly!

On Thursday, August 1st I'll be teaching my Modern Strip Piecing Class where we'll make a version of my You + Me quilt.  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, with a two hour lunch break between noon and 2 pm, and the cost is $73. Online registration is now closed, but you can register in person at festival, and here's a link to the course catalogue. You can find information about my class here.  

That evening, during preview night of Festival, I will be participating in the Open Studios from 5:00-7:00 pm. I'll be creating some improvisational quilt blocks on the spot so that should be a lot of fun!

On Friday, August 2nd 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. Here's a link to the catalogue for my Binding and Finishing class. 

On Saturday, August 3rd 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. Here's a link to the catalogue with more information about this class. 

And finally, I'll be spending some time with the members of the Orange County Modern Quilt Guild and presenting a trunk show and lecture about my work on Sunday, August 4th from 1-4 pm. I'll be discussing my sewing and quilting techniques as well as my design philosophy, particularly how I often integrate tradition through modern quilt design and how I find inspiration in everyday life and translate that into my work. We'll be meeting at the Sewing Party in Laguna Hills and you can register for the event here. The event is open to the public as well and I'm really excited to spend some time with them.

I hope to see you in California!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

what's on my bookshelf

Wow!! I can't believe it's been over a month since I last posted here. That's pretty wild, and I apologize for the silence. I've been sharing more on Instagram, since it's so quick, so feel free to follow along with me there, if you'd like (I'm HeatherJonesStudio).  It's been a wild month for me for sure; I'm working on a lot of fun, exciting things that I'll tell you more about as I can, and we moved! My family purchased a house on an acre and a half, about 20 miles north of where we lived. It's much closer to my husband's work, and it's a larger house, with a much larger yard, so we all have more space, which is great.

We actually purchased the house in January, and it was a lender-owned property and needed a lot of TLC. Jeff and I have done most of the work ourselves and it's really exciting to see things finally coming together. The photo above is our front yard at sunset, which is pretty magical.

The kids are loving it. They have daily nature explorations and are really getting a kick out of all of the wildlife.

My favorite so far were these baby toads. They were so cute and tiny!!

And here are a few photos of my new studio. It has the best light and it's a lot larger than what I was working in before. Jeff built that quilt ladder and we're working on a tutorial, which will hopefully be ready later this week.

And I'm really excited to be working on this machine. It's an industrial Singer 281-1 from the 60s. It is a solid workhorse! I'm still getting the hang of working on it, but so far, I love it.

I've got some small cuts of fabric stored in cabinets that I picked up at Ikea, and larger cuts are stored on an industrial metal shelving unit.

Which leads me back to these shelves, and what is on them. Specifically, some of my fabric craft books, including Denyse Schmidt's Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration (STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book, 2012). I was asked by my friends at Generation Q a couple of months ago what is my favorite craft book, and hands down, that is my favorite. You can read more about that on Gen Q's blog

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