Quilt Local: Finding Inspiration in the Everyday by Heather Jones, is a great addition to your quilting library!
I really like to collect quilting books. I’m drawn to the beautiful images, the texture of the quilts, and love supporting friends as they publish. I also love seeing how others create, where they draw inspiration, and the method to their madness. If you saw my studio space right now, you would definitely call it madness! To quote my husband, “I have persevered the last three weeks getting ready for Market, which is code for: utter exhaustion”.
In Quilt Local, Heather shares her entire design process. Inspiration images, sketchpads, and her favorite mechanical pencil. All this to encourage you to find local inspiration that speaks to you and design a very personal quilt. Her tone is encouraging and friendly, just like Heather, and the content is all good and useful information.
Included in the book are 20 patterns, Heather made each of them twice, and explains how she came to the second color story, all the while encouraging you to explore your favorite combinations. Shellshock caught my eye as I first scanned the book, it’s simple yet draws you in, I love the photography in the book too!
I’m always taking pictures for my eventual fabric or quilt design inspiration.
Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I am always drawn to the lush green forest, with moss and bits of sunlight filtering through. This picture was taken on our family vacation this summer in Glacier National Park.
Where my family now lives in the high desert mountains, there’s a different scene but some of the same aspects. I love the colors of fall, and the way the sunlight is shining so brightly in the fields. I looked back a few moments after taking this picture the other day, and the clouds had shifted, the sunlight was gone.
I’m looking forward to taking Heather’s ideas to heart and incorporating them into my own quilts. There’s a lot of great information and inspiration in Quilt Local! Congratulations Heather!