Quilt Local :: Review & Giveaway!

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”.

Quilt Local by Heather Jones - AmysCreativeside.com

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.

Quilt Local, Shellshock by Heather Jones - AmysCreativeside.com

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.

Glacier - AmysCreativeSide.com

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!

*To enter to win a copy of Quilt Local, leave me a comment about your favorite place to find inspiration. I’ll select a winner on November 15, 2015. Good Luck!

To purchase your copy of Quilt Local you can visit Heather’s shop, Amazon or your favorite quilting shop.

Visit the other stops on the tour to learn more about Quilt Local, and see more favorite quilts:

10/6: STC Craft Blog

10/8: Robert Kaufman

10/9: Melanie Falick

10/10: Sew Mama Sew

10/11: Creative Bug

10/12: Plaid Portico

10/14: Modern Sewciety

10/16: Pellon

10/19: The Tattooed Quilter

10/21: Amy’s Creative Side

10/23: Diary of a Quilter

10/26: Film in the Fridge

10/28: Tall Grass Prairie Studio

10/29: Okan Arts

10/30: Kara Sews

11/2: Crimson Tate

11/4: Dainty Time

11/6: Nap Time Quilter

11/9: Spoonflower

11/11: Aurifil

11/13: A Gathering of Stitches

By |2017-02-06T09:17:46-06:00October 21st, 2015|books, give away, review|61 Comments


  1. Teje October 21, 2015 at 4:12 am - Reply

    Hi Amy and thank you for a chance to win this lovely book! I love quilt books and they are surely good for inspiration! But I think mostly I find inspiration from magazines, any kind. Illustrations, colours, shapes…everything can be ‘the one’ that has to became a quilt. At the moment I’m making blocks inpired by cover page in one Finnish katalog. x Teje

  2. Margaret October 21, 2015 at 4:24 am - Reply

    I think living with winter for six months every year inspires me to use bright colours, but looking at blogs also fires up my creativity.

  3. Sandra October 21, 2015 at 6:12 am - Reply

    Funny, but I am always looking at Nature around me, what colours are with what and how I like their effect, and then trying to translate them into quilts. I wish I could make all the quilts to go with the photos I’ve taken… A surprise for me is finding how much I, too, love Fall, though it might be because I’ve moved to a place where it is slow, gentle and glorious. :-)

  4. Anita October 21, 2015 at 6:27 am - Reply

    For me, also, Nature is my best inspiration. A crisp and colorful fall day like we had yesterday, is perfect with all its glowing colors, but any season is inspiring. I love the cold winter days with the snow covered ground, nature coming to life in spring, and last but not least the short and light summer nights here in the northern hemisphere. There is inspiration everywhere and anywhere!

  5. kris October 21, 2015 at 7:24 am - Reply

    I have to say anything out of doors is inspirational. I love nature but also architecture.

  6. Betsy October 21, 2015 at 7:30 am - Reply

    I look to nature for color schemes.

  7. Ben October 21, 2015 at 7:30 am - Reply

    Sounds like a great book. I’ve found inspiration in brickwork and graphic arts.

  8. Heather October 21, 2015 at 8:18 am - Reply

    My biggest source of inspiration is the person or people I’m quilting for. Most of my quilts are made for a specific person, and I try and draw my inspiration from what is meaningful to that person. For my youngest son, that means video game inspired quilts; for my oldest son, it means nature/ocean inspired quilts, for a new baby with roots in Texas but living elsewhere, it meant a Lone Star quilt. Whatever is going to mean something to the quilt recipient, that’s what I try to be inspired by.

  9. HeatherK October 21, 2015 at 8:28 am - Reply

    I get inspiration from many places, The main one is probably who I’m quilting for … I try to choose a pattern and colorway that will make them love the quilt as much as I enjoy making it for them. I also love seeing others’ finished projects in my bee and on blogs I follow.

  10. Donna W October 21, 2015 at 8:32 am - Reply

    My inspiration comes from the area where I live. In the country with a nature reserve around us, there is always something that inspires me.

  11. Debra October 21, 2015 at 8:43 am - Reply

    Hi all: thanks for the giveaway and good luck at market. In Alberta, the terrain varies from prairie in one breath to mountain meadows in another. As with you, I love Glacier National Park and north of the border, Waterton National Park, it’s shared twin. Love to go there in all seasons.

  12. Karen in Breezy Point October 21, 2015 at 8:46 am - Reply

    I live on a lake in a vacation area in Northern Minnesota, so I find inspiration in my own backyard!

  13. Kath S October 21, 2015 at 8:54 am - Reply

    As a beginning quilter my inspiration comes from seeing what other quilters have made – whose colors speak to me in some way. With some experience and a lot of experimentation I have confidence I’ll find my own true inspiration.

  14. Dee October 21, 2015 at 8:55 am - Reply

    Inspiration is everywhere . .,you just have to train your eye to see it!

  15. Beth October 21, 2015 at 9:19 am - Reply

    I live near the blue ridge mountains, and I think I find most my inspiration from the lovely landscape.

  16. Wendy October 21, 2015 at 9:36 am - Reply

    I love browsing the blogs for inspiration (and Pinterest)…but I also find wonderful inspiration in nature. I live in the mountains of Northern California and am surrounded by mountain peaks, incredible trees and wildlife.

  17. Lynda H October 21, 2015 at 9:38 am - Reply

    I guess i have never thought about it, but right now I believe I get my inspiration from fabrics. I have worked with oils and watercolor paints in the past and color has always inspired me.

  18. Diane October 21, 2015 at 9:51 am - Reply

    I love the clouds and big sky in New Mexico and it inspires me to appreciate nature around me.

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  20. Yvonne October 21, 2015 at 10:26 am - Reply

    Living in a large metropolitan area the architecture is always inspirational. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  21. Barbara October 21, 2015 at 10:47 am - Reply

    I wish I could say Nature! I love nature, but my inspiratoon comes mostly scouring blogs, etc, I usually , then, put my twist on it, or , hit their pattern pretty much just like theirs! Everyone out there is showing such talent , it’s so lovely to see!

  22. Carol October 21, 2015 at 10:54 am - Reply

    I am inspired by the mountains, the fields, the sky…particularly if my surroundings are quiet too. :)

  23. Sarah J. October 21, 2015 at 11:30 am - Reply

    I love finding inspiration in fall- the colors in the river valley across the street from me are stunning right now!

  24. Cyndy Knapp October 21, 2015 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    I find a lot of inspiration on the internet. Other quilters’ work gives me lots of ideas. Thanks for sharing with us.

  25. amy October 21, 2015 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    Lots of inspiration from all the great bloggers on the internet. Also nature’s vast beauty can be the starting point of a great quilt!

  26. Joy October 21, 2015 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    I get inspiration everywhere – at the library, walking through cute knick knack stores, in nature.

  27. Krista - Poppyprint October 21, 2015 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    I love the concept of Heather’s book and can’t wait to see a copy! My source for inspiration shifts from walks on the seawall, to the view of overlapping rooftops seen out a window, or photos of people’s travels that come up on IG. In fact, an IG photo posted by Heather (of a log cabin wall) inspired one of my recent makes.

  28. Elli Molstad October 21, 2015 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    My favorite place is outdoors–anywhere without mosquitos!

  29. Vicky October 21, 2015 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    What a great sounding book. I love to take drives in the fall to see the leaves. Seems to be my favorite colors. Thank you for the chance to win. Vicky timewilltell63 at yahoo dot com

  30. Rita scott October 21, 2015 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    I look at my own yard for inspiration as I live in the country surrounded by all aspects of nature. What a great book you have available for us quilters.

  31. Mary on Lake Pulaski October 21, 2015 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    I’m always inspired by the NORTH shore of Lake Superior – it’s magnificent!

  32. linda newman October 21, 2015 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    my favorite spot for inspiration is the Rocky Mountains.

  33. leanne October 21, 2015 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    The seaside always provides me with wonderful inspiration – all year round ! thanks so much for the giveaway :)

  34. Abby October 21, 2015 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    I like everyday items, nature and architecture. I have created a pinterest board to keep all my inspiration. I follow this Facebook page for Present & Correct. They have great photos that I always seem to feel like they are a quilt waiting to happen. Thanks for a chance to win Quilt Local it looks like a fabulous book.

  35. Tina Short October 21, 2015 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    I usually get my best ideas in bed, last thing at night, remembering things i have seen or done during the day. Vivid pictures do not make for a restful night!

  36. Alli October 21, 2015 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    I usually get inspiration zoning out while driving. :>

  37. Ali October 21, 2015 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    I get a lot of inspiration from visiting the Pacific Ocean in Washington or Oregon — blues ocean, gray/blue/white cloudy sky, golden sand, etc.

  38. Ashley October 21, 2015 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    Search for inspiration anytime I’m outside… you never know when it will hit, sometimes even right in your backyard!

  39. Brenda October 21, 2015 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    I think that just getting in the habit of LOOKING, observing all of the time — not just when we are looking for inspiration — is what leads me to finding those interesting patterns of shadow, line, foliage, bricks, whatever. Many times it’s everyday things that most people don’t “see.”

  40. kara kudro October 21, 2015 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    I love this giveaway, thank you for offering it. A place that I find inspiration would be outside in my garden. We have our own urban farm and plant flowers, vegetables, herbs and more. I love their seasonal colors and their lines, their beauty inspires me to be creative with my sewing machine

  41. Chris October 21, 2015 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    I live in the country so I can just head to the woods behind my house. It is full of animals and trees but best of all are the birds.

  42. Susan Clarkson October 21, 2015 at 11:48 pm - Reply

    I take most of my inspiration from nature.

  43. Gloria October 22, 2015 at 7:49 am - Reply

    I am not a photographer so I find inspiration from the intenet and magazines. Typically, I have an idea in my head and start collecting images. Then I start the sketcihng process from there.

  44. pam October 22, 2015 at 8:17 am - Reply

    i am most inspired by social media….and books and my quilt friends xo thanks ~ fingers crossed

  45. Rebecca H October 22, 2015 at 10:31 am - Reply

    I’m also in the pacific northwest. Most of my ideas come from just laying in bed at night. Although a few things I’ve made have come from ideas outside on our property. Pine trees, cabins etc. Have a blast at quilt market!

  46. Summer October 22, 2015 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    I would love to live where there are mountains, large fir trees, and cool streams, but I do find inspiration in the wide Texas sky. From the clouds to the turkey vultures and red shouldered hawks, the stars and the airplanes blinking red in the night to the moon in its phases, the sky is nature’s canvas down here.

  47. Carol McNab October 22, 2015 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    My favourite spot for inspiration is on the web as there are so many possibilities.

  48. Amanda M October 22, 2015 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    What a lovely book! I get a lot of inspiration from my surroundings. I also get a lot of inspiration from my family and friends (quilty or otherwise). Sometimes the smallest comment can spark a great idea! Thanks for the chance :)

  49. Beth T. October 23, 2015 at 10:23 pm - Reply

    Architectural elements like tile floors, barn wood, brick work always make me think of quilt patterns. Nature and its interplay of colors reminds me to lighten up about color choice–look at how many greens “go together” in my garden. :)

  50. Becca October 24, 2015 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    For inspiration I may actually use, Instagram. But really, my travel photos. I’ve got one quilt I made based on a fresco I saw in Siena, and I’ve tried to work out some designs based on other travel photos I’ve taken. They’re tricky, though!

  51. Lyn October 25, 2015 at 6:40 am - Reply

    I am inspired by walks I take in local parks, especially Eisenhower Park. The Texas colors and skies still amaze me, being so different from the colors of the northeast where I grew up, and where the buildings obscured the skies.

  52. Alycia Quilts October 25, 2015 at 8:56 am - Reply

    I find inspiration in los of places, but the hiking in the mountains is probably the best

  53. Paula October 25, 2015 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    Well, for inspiration, the first place that comes to mind is the internet … kinda sad! But when I really think about it, I find a lot of inspiration in architecture – windows, doors, building shapes, ornamental details, tiles, woodwork … Thank you for the giveaway!

  54. Denny October 25, 2015 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    I get quilt inspiration in nature–Arizona and New Mexico landscapes.

  55. Tamie October 26, 2015 at 8:27 am - Reply

    I’m fortunate to live on the SC coast which is full of inspiration.

  56. Nancy A October 26, 2015 at 9:46 am - Reply

    The Denver city skyline–always changing, always inspirational.

  57. Christa Dunn October 26, 2015 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    This looks like an amazing book! I find inspiration from a variety of things- most often from books, creative blogs & Pinterest!

  58. Brenda F October 28, 2015 at 6:18 am - Reply

    I love Heather’s designs and look forward to seeing a copy of her book soon!

  59. JillB October 28, 2015 at 7:32 am - Reply

    My inspiration comes from varied things: the person I’m making a quilt for, an interesting pattern on a building or in nature, blogs I follow. But my inspiration comes in fits and starts, with long pauses in between, so this book would be a big help to me!

  60. Mary Jane October 29, 2015 at 7:06 am - Reply

    My inspiration comes from my granddaughters and their love of life. I delight in making them quilts, etc that reflect their joys in life.

  61. Andee Neff October 29, 2015 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    My inspiration comes from blogs!

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