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four october giveaways!

four october giveaways!


By Patricia Belyea

A young mother of two, quilt designer and teacher Heather Jones finds inspiration in the world around her—driving her kids to school, grocery shopping or working around the house. I love that the Mason quilt, found in her new book Quilt Local, was prompted by the grid in a parking lot at a big box store!

Heather, who earned a master’s degree (ABT) in art history, starts her book with lots of solid basics: finding inspiration, daily habits, color theory, quilt design and quilt production. You won’t find a better book tutorial for preparing and sewing on your binding—with over four pages of photos and instructions—than in Heather’s Quilt Construction section.
Process photos from Heather Jones book: Quilt Local
For Quilt Local, Heather developed 18 quilt designs plus two pillows and nine quilt blocks. Her aesthetic—minimal with a strong visual component—shows us how to make appealing graphic quilts.

For each project, Heather shares her inspiration—a metal grate, the tiles in the bathroom at a fast-food restaurant, the inlay in the wall of an old church, a metal storage building—and her quilt sketch. Then she takes us step-by-step through the construction of the quilt top.Quilt Projects from Heather Jones book: Quilt Local

More remarkably, Heather produces all her quilt designs in two colorways—so you can see how a different color palette completely changes the impact of a quilt. This makes for a total of 40 projects in the book!

Quilt Local, by Heather JonesFour copies of Heather’s gorgeous hardcover book will be be given away this month. To participate in these giveaways, just answer this question in the Comment box below: What local building or place in your own life might inspire a quilt design?

The drawing will be held at midnight PST on October 31, 2015. Four winners will be chosen with a random number drawing. The prizes will then be shipped anywhere in the world. (International winners are responsible for customs.)

Want to order the book from Amazon +click here

Want to visit Heather’s website? +click here

This is an unsponsored giveaway. Thank you Stewart, Tabori & Chang for your generous donation of these books.

All images from Quilt Local are copyrighted (c) 2015 Jenny Hallengreen unless otherwise noted, and all text (c) 2015 Heather Jones, and can not be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means without written permission from the publisher Stewart, Tabori, & Chang.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. The winners are being notified and names will be posted shortly.

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117 comments to “four october giveaways!”

  1. Pat says:

    I’m most inspired by the colors around me. Green pine trees, yellow aspen leaves, bushes turning bright orange and red.

  2. Sunny Chandonais says:

    I am inspired by a rustic, large old red barn on a farm I pass whenever I drive into town. It has such character and lines on it that I would love to create something in its form.

  3. debby says:

    My own cabin in the woods has been a big inspiration in the quilts I design! Heather’s book looks fantastic!

  4. Nadine Nakano says:

    We will be going up to Redding CA to see the sunbridge, so I would say at the moment, that piece of construction inspires me!

  5. Kae Eagling says:

    Railroad tracks from any roadway or bridge, so you get the perspective of multiple track fading into the distance. I love the long vertical lines and all the short horizontal lines.

  6. Margaret Horton says:

    It would have to be Milton Park, the park where I take my dog for a walk. Not too many plants, but wonderful old beech and fir trees and a small dingle, and all the dogs we’ve met there are very friendly!

  7. sharon davison says:

    This would inspire my heart to inspire the next generation of quilt designing so the art of quilting isn’t lost!!! I have own quilt business in my home which now involves teaching the art.

  8. Claudette says:

    It is mostly about color for me. Winter is long and dreary where I live and so I like to surround myself with many different colors. I gravitate towards bright colors. Our condo has walls that are raspberry and grey, Caribbean blue with silver accents, etc. This is reflected in the quilts I make, they are bright and happy! Thank you for the chance to win.

  9. Carol says:

    My studio is housed in a two story brick Union Bank building, built in 1912. The simple prairie architecture has always intrigued me but I have yet to create a quilt based on this daily inspiration. Perhaps Heather’s book will be just the nudge I need to get started.

  10. Janet Bahr says:

    I have dozens of photos of Madrona trees taken while on vacation in the San Juan Islands, WA. The red mahogany bark and green foliage with the ocean as a backdrop. That is the art quilt I want to make.

  11. Tarnia says:

    The older part of our city contains many original buildings, the facades of which I often stare at. One day I aim to take the geometric designs from the facades and make quilt blocks or quilts from them. I just need more quilting time!

  12. babs ratner says:

    I am inspired by my own 100 year old Sycamore tree that hovers over my house and shares the colors of the seasons and the motley puzzles in it’s bark.

  13. jodi says:

    I simply adore diamonds…the shape, not the stone…so the library downtown is a constant source of inspiration for me.

  14. vera schmidt says:

    driving in the country there are some neat barns that could inspire a quilt design

  15. Shari K. says:

    Tile floors in old churches are the best!

  16. Valerie Gleeson says:

    The farm buildings of Skagit County would be an inspiration for my quilt

  17. Jackie says:

    I’d love to incorporate the long curved base and the rounded sections of the Space Needle into a quilt.

  18. Kelley says:

    I live on an island in the Chesapeake Bay and find inspiration in the nature and wildlife here.

  19. Laurie Wilkey says:

    Very nice!

  20. Karen A says:

    I attend church in a gorgeous gothic building. I love the stone work and the beautiful stained glass windows. The shapes and colors are inspiring to me.

  21. Barbara Hanaburgh says:

    Believe it or not, the flooring in my gynecologist’s office would make a great border.

  22. Shirley Whitcomb says:

    The ironwork and tile in Barcelona, Spain were a treasure trove of design ideas for me. I am anxious to see your inspirations.

  23. Susan Francis says:

    I work in a building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright which I think is beautiful in its placement between the hills of Marin County. I can hardly wait to have time to make quilts such as those in Heather’s book.

  24. Denise says:

    My inspriation is the view of the two college campuses on the hill that I see from our lakeside picnic table.

  25. elise Farthing says:

    I get very inspired by fractals. This repetition in nature especially in flowers and sea life amazes me. Objects and art with radiating forms are very interesting. Snowflakes astound me.

  26. Sandi says:

    We have four bridges in my town of Chattanooga, TN and each one of them has drawn my attention to the many design details. I want to do a modern piece from one of these bridges.

  27. Dot says:

    I’m inspired by the dogwood blossoms which grow near our house in California’s Sierra Nevada.

  28. Mrs. Plum says:

    I can’t say that any local buildings inspire me, but I have been inspired by architectural details on buildings in Europe. Thanks for the giveaway chance!

  29. Veronica says:

    Definitely inspiration comes from nature. Number one is the shapes of leaves, playing with variations in size and color.

  30. Carolyn says:

    The shapes made by the Washington Monument, reflecting pool and the Capitol. They are lined up with the Mall between, already connected.

  31. Laura Marston says:

    I am inspired by the color combination on Victorian Painted Ladies. I currently have my eye on one being painted lime green and yellow. I am waiting for the third color to appear maybe this week,

  32. Trudi Rammelkamp says:

    The old gates on my garden.

  33. Brenda says:

    A new scupture in LIncoln by Jun Kuneko, a tower of light, placed in a public square in downtown Lincoln. Other public art around Lincoln, including fifty-some 6 foot high lightbulbs decorated by local artists as a benefit for the Lighthouse, a local after school program. All of these trigger ideas for me to work with.

  34. Karen M. says:

    I love the Pantheon in Rome and have been wanting to make a quilt with the representation of the walls and ceiling. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  35. Nicole says:

    The Russell/Quest building at the corner of Clarke and Venables in Vancouver. That *will* be a quilt one day.

  36. Jamie S says:

    The ocean and sands inspire me to simplify design, and I’m increasingly drawn to modern quilts with their use of lines and solids. Heather’s quilts are not only beautiful but calming.

  37. Peg Swartzman says:

    This looks so fun! How nice to spot light a local designer, author. Hope I win!

  38. Linda Webster says:

    I’m inspired by floor tiles when I’m looking for quilting patterns.

  39. Robin Shilman says:

    Down the road there is an old farm with a great barn and several crooked out buildings.

  40. Allison CB says:

    Awesome book – love your notebook! I am inspired by nature – but I do like abstract designs from geometrics!

  41. Laura says:

    I live in Victoria and we have a lovely old Chinatown. Many of the old buildings have architectural features small and large which can be included in quilt designs. I have drawn a few for my reference.

  42. Ellee says:

    Beautiful 100-year-old block, rock, and brick walls and buildings in the area have been a wonderful inspiration for several pieced quilts.

  43. One day I want to do a super long, narrow landscape quilt with my favorite Houston skyscrapers mixed with my favorite local public art and iconic places. I want it to wrap around the top of the wall in my studio… all local. All original interpretations.

  44. Diane Johnson says:

    Heather and I think alike. I get no rush from remaking patterns that someone else has conceived. The world is full of graphics waiting to be interpreted into unique art forms and quilting is my choice. I’d love to know more about her evolution.

  45. cynthia says:

    The birds and bees and flowers in my backyard!

  46. Laura Marston says:

    I read more about Heather Jones today on another site and this book and it sounds like an amazing design resource. I have recently been watching our sky intensely, mother nature gives us multiple gifts every day.

  47. Mary Ann says:

    Mt. Grammerer Lookout in Great Smokies National Park.

  48. Tamara says:

    There is a building in downtown Portland called the Solomon Building, and in the lobby there was a US post office, now sadly closed. That lobby is magnificent, full of glorious art deco details. I love to go there and just feast my eyes. I will go there with a sketchbook soon.

  49. ronnie holt says:

    Pittock mansion – I like the form and colors surrounding it

  50. Cyndy Knapp says:

    The Price Tower. It’s the most famous building in my small city. It is the only skyscraper ever built by Frank Lloyd Wright.

  51. Karen Sternberg says:

    Can’t quite tell where to click. / how to apply for this giveaway. I clicked where I thought I should to participate, but don’t see how to proceed please.

    This book looks appealing indeed, excellent, inspiring images; thanks for the opportunity.

  52. Liz Tius says:

    An old barn that I walk by. The wood is at such amazing angles and the negative space where the wood is missing. It would make an amazing quilt.

  53. barbara woods says:

    I am inspired by quilts on blogs I follow

  54. Barbaraben says:

    During my travels I’ve photographed some amazing patterned wood floors that could inspire some interesting quilts.

  55. Gill says:

    Gloucester cathedral in England

  56. Valerie Gleeson says:

    The barns of Skagit Valley

  57. martha thompson says:

    keep gazing at these grain elevators

  58. Michelle D says:

    I’m inspired by the amazing shapes, colors, layers, and fracture lines in the rocks I keep digging out of my garden – once I got past the initial irritation and drudgery!

  59. Aura Oriano says:

    The experience music project has long captivated me, with the curves and deep purple and pink, among other facets and colours.

  60. Jessie Gaskin says:

    An old weather church among moss covered trees is an inspiration to me. Would love to own the book, Quilt Local.

  61. Amy L says:

    The tile floors in the kitchen of Hillwood, the estate of Margery Merriweather Post and The Building Museum, both in Washington DC inspire me.

  62. Dionne Matthies-Buban says:

    There is an old barn falling apart near my home. It is in mid-air, as thought it is in the process of falling down, but through some seeming magic, is stuck in mid-fall. I love looking at it, and it’s potential energy. I think of it as quilt-worthy.

  63. Karen says:

    Sunsets…they have such amazing colors and follow me wherever I go.

  64. Barbara Dolan says:

    since my husband just retired from coaching swim teams for the past 50 yrs. I have been to hundreds of swim meets and the color of the water, the swim team suits, the splashes all give me inspiration to add color and detail to quilts. I have yet to design what I think would have lots of movement in it…this book would be a nice inspiration. Thanks for the chance to wiin it.

  65. Cheryl Little says:

    Our mission style train depot is an inspiration to me and could be the inspiration for a quilt.

  66. Rosie Crane says:

    Sydney Opera House has been the focal point of several small minimalist quilts. Great graphic image, and instantly recognizable.

  67. Shannon Fradette says:

    I would love to create a quilt inspired by the sunflowers in our garden. They inspire and uplift me every day!

  68. Natalie Robinson says:

    I have taken some photos of the woodwork and metal walkway and wall structures near Kensington…they used wood and metal in different areas…the finish on the metal looks like water lines or multiple intertwining vines ( very hard to describe lol) I should just make the quilt I thought of when I first went there! This was a good reminder 🙂 ….her book looks amazing ….thanks for the opportunity!

  69. Marilyn says:

    We have a new natural waterway for birds and other animals in our area. It is affected by the tides. I think from the air it would make some interesting patterns.

  70. Kathie L says:

    The building I worked in for 33 years was built in 1930 . It has great art deco.

  71. Linda Storvik says:

    The Pike Place Market has always seemed it would be great to memorialize in a quilt design. It’s one of my favorite spots in Seattle, one my mom and I used to visit every Saturday, lots of memories! (I’d love to win this to donate it to my guild library, Block Party Quilters. We are sorely lacking in modern style quilting books!)

  72. Susan Zakanycz says:

    I am inspired by the Blue Ridge Mountains in NC.

  73. Karen Sternberg says:

    The building across from me recently had new paving stones installed. High contrast terra cotta & light tan; large & small blocks seemingly somewhat random, quite effective contrast. Very quilt-like in its large & small blocks, reminiscent of quilt design I’ve seen called Bento Box.

  74. Mary Keasler says:

    While visiting friends, I took some photos of an old log cabin. The way that the corners where joined along with the straight lines of the hewed logs, inspired a modern, minimal quilt design

  75. Joanne Garrett says:

    The Space Needle. I am always on the lookout for it and can gaze at it forever. I have photos, LEGOs, metal sculptures, a Jim Beam bottle, illustrations and metal work featuring the Space Needle, so clearly a quilt is the next thing!

  76. Pamela says:

    My inspiration comes from nature (mostly), modern paintings, maps, thoughts on the environment, and abstractions of old buildings that I’ve photo’d over the years in B&W. I’ve been planning to make a quilt for my husband based on the lines, details and colors of our house.
    Thank you for your giveaways and great blog – I enjoy reading about the featured artists and the links to anything Japanese.

  77. Jill Ellis says:

    I find inspiration looking at tile floors, tile walls, patterns in wood on buildings. Quilt designs are everywhere! I actually made quilt blocks from the design on the bathroom floor where I worked!

  78. Garen says:

    Grumman ave bridge in Norwalk, ct!

  79. Laura M says:

    The beauty in my local parks often inspires quilt designs. As for buildings, I like to look for interesting patterns (in tiles, stained glass work etc)

  80. NancyB from Many LA says:

    There’s a few – I live on 18 acres, with a 4 acre pond. It is an INCREDIBLE view, so I really should capture it in a quilt. Then there is the small town I live in – the downtown is 2 blocks long, and is a typical cute old small town. It actually was filmed in the movie “The Man in the Moon” (Reese Witherspoon’s first role). There is also a really cute old train station here which would make a great art quilt.

  81. Heidi says:

    The World Trade Center in Vegas!

  82. LaVerne Mullane says:

    I am inspired by the city sky line across Victoria’s harbour. It is especially inspiring when the setting sun turns the windows of the office buildings a beautiful copper.

  83. Nancy R says:

    I work on the 21st floor of a Hospital and the lunch room has an incredible view of the buildings in downtown Chicago. I am always inspired by their graphic attributes and reflective glass. One day I’ll copy it into a quilt!

  84. Linda Crowe says:

    I live in a valley in the southern California desert. The hills and mountains surrounding us turn exquisite, subtle shades of lavender and purple contrasted with the desert browns, tans, and grays, then stark black shadows near sunset. What a wonderful challenge it could be to capture these colors in a quilt!

  85. CarolW says:

    I’ve wanted to do the Space Needle and have many picts for a project; however now I want to do my own home, I’m a work in progress to make a move for the next phase of my life and this house has been a challenge to keep but a safe haven for over 40 years.
    Carol

  86. Kat says:

    I love the exterior of the downtown Seattle public library and I think it’d be fun to do something that evoked the fractured nature of its’ reflective exterior.

  87. Rosemary Newman says:

    Look around — inspiration is everywhere!

  88. B. Bailey says:

    Pete Welty’s sculpture garden – but I will have to get better at curves! He has made many wonderful abstract sculptures full of interesting shapes. I am constantly inspired by this place.
    Other places are natural places with stands of trees, the fields after haying and the patchwork of the fields in general.

  89. Linda says:

    The Great Smoky Mountain National Park. I’m a recently transferred new resident and find awe in every journey to the mountains.

  90. Ellen says:

    Just got back from Cumberland Island with a camera full of pctures waiting to become quilt inspirations!

  91. Susan Boots says:

    One of my most favorite places to visit it the old mill buildings in downtown Nashua, NH. They are slowly being renovated and restored to their original style. It is nice to see this part of history being restored.

  92. Becca says:

    I live on the Wasatch Front, so the beautiful mountains inspire me. I’m still working out how to really show them off in a quilt design.

  93. Donna M says:

    My doctor has some tropical watercolor paintings in his waiting room that I always think would be a good quilt – especially the colors.

  94. Nancy A says:

    The Denver downtown skyline inspires me–with all the buildings of different heights and shapes, plus all the cranes and new buildings under construction.

  95. Allison CB says:

    I think I am most inspired by the technology around me – wheels, gears, pulleys, chains, – definitely some steam punk in the works! 🙂

  96. Laura Tawney says:

    When my husband was in Virginia Mason Seattle for a week during breaks I would go outside on walks and photograph buildings and the ones that had Art Deco influences were most interesting to me. I also love Frank Lloyd Wright architecture.
    The book looks really interesting and the quilt all in shades of grey would most likely appeal to my second son.
    LauraT

  97. Claudette says:

    Gardens! especially formal ones.

  98. Sabrina van Ginkel says:

    The new world trade tower.

  99. Linda Fleming says:

    My inspiration is not a building but some of my cactii and succulents growing in my yard. I especially like the distinct circular patterns formed by some of the spiky ones! Some exhibit mathematical progressions!

  100. Sarah says:

    I am most inspired by the stone arch bridge in Minneapolis,MN. I love the large buildings, old renovated mill area. Lots of brick and stone along with lights.

  101. Heather says:

    I am inspired by the old farm buildings surrounded by golden fields.

  102. Brooke Atherton says:

    The geology, the mountains against the sky.

  103. JillB says:

    I live in Paris, but would not choose the Eiffel Tower! Instead, the broad, graceful avenues that converge at the Etoile inspire me. I’d love to win Heather’s book to jumpstart other sources of inspiration though!

  104. Laura Marston says:

    A rather sad and sagging abandoned barn that has amazing details and nicely curved sags.

  105. Sarah says:

    I am inspired with the skyline of the San Francisco during sunset. The colors against the bridge is amazing.

  106. Trudi Rammelkamp says:

    Heather’s book looks so nice. It’s a good thing to be prompted into looking around.

  107. Fran says:

    I am always inspired by my brother-in-law’s gorgeous photos of nature around his farm.

  108. Kathie L says:

    We have great public sculptures in our local parks and I know there is a quilt hidden in there someplace.

  109. Mary Knight says:

    My inspiration is my neighbor’s fence.

  110. Lyn says:

    At the beginning of the month, I went to an awesome cursillo retreat, and took some pics of the surroundings (Mustang Island, TX)…I’d be tempted to use something from those pics to design some wall quilts.

  111. Diane says:

    I went to lunch at a local restaurant today. As I looked around inside there were several pieces of inspiration – faux stained glass windows that used to separate the dining area from the buffet area; a carved wooden art piece hanging on a wall; the bottles of wine along the wall behind the bar — all things I wouldn’t have noticed prior to following this blog hop. Looking forward to reading this book!

  112. Wanda Dotson says:

    I’m thinking. I’m in Texas today and I saw the bayou overflowing while sitting on a bridge.

  113. Arita says:

    There is a community center that has many possibilities of a design going into a quilt.

  114. Regina Thomsen says:

    The many broken, unused old wooden docks that surround Bainbridge Island are an inspiration of a linear quality— simple and beautiful lines of something that took on its’ own beauty. Love that this book will inspire others to ‘see’ in a new light!

  115. leanne says:

    there’s a fabulous art gallery in the next town that I’m going to take a second look at !!

  116. vera schmidt says:

    Really get in the creative mood in the fall driving in the country seeing old barns and old run down buildings and the colored leaves and bare tree trunks along the road especially when the sun shines on them.

  117. Karen M. says:

    I love trees and especially this time of year, with the beautiful fall colors. I would love to make some modern looking trees!

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