Heather Jones is a "modern" quilter who teaches on CreativeBug, Quilting Arts TV, and throughout the USA. Her first book was published by STC Craft in October and I am just getting to review it here today. The book is called Quilt Local and it is beautiful. Denyse Schmidt wrote the introduction to the book.
Here is a short video about Heather via CreativeBug.
Quilt Local is a gorgeous book. You probably all have realized that I am not a big quilter although at times in my life, I spent hours quilting. Now I tend to prefer quilts that are graphic and are more about color. I also love Amish quilts and their incredible colors and giant motifs.
So..... when I began reading Quilt Local, I found a quilting friend in Heather. Through her introduction, she tells her story. She has a degree in Art History and is married to a Fine Art Painter and his work influences hers. She also finds design ideas in things she sees around her. She shares her methods and tells the reader how to do the same.
The book gives Heather's method of working with color. There is also a long section about how to make a quilt.
The large part of the book is made up of 22 different quilt designs. Each design is beautifully photographed in front of its actual inspiration. AND each quilt is shown in two different colorways! That is awesome for quilters who aren't real adept at choosing their own colors.
One of my favorite quilts in the book is this one called Central Parkway. It is one of the more traditional quilts but she uses solid colors making a more graphic quilt design.
Heather shows it two ways, reversing the placement of the two colors she used. Isn't it amazing how different each looks?
Here is an even better photo of this quilt from her website. Sorry about the photos I took of this book - they just aren't great and the sun hasn't been shining and it is the best I could do!
How about this quilt which has the words MAKE in patchwork. Love it.
|This photo is also from Heather's website|
Here are more of my favorite Heather Jones Quilts from Quilt Local.
If you are a quilter, I highly suggest you check out Quilt Local. Twenty-two designs for $27.50 - although it seems to be on sale at Amazon right now for $19.99. Or maybe you will take a class on CreativeBug with Heather.
One of my lucky readers will win their very own copy of Quilt Local. Here's how you enter:
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Contest ends Friday February 12th at 11:59 p.m.
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