I was invited to review a copy of Heather Jones’ new book Quilt Local; Finding Inspiration in the Everyday. I have always enjoyed Heather’s clean, modern aesthetic and was excited to see a collection of her style and designs together in one book.
The premise of Quilt Local is finding inspiration in the places and things around you in your travels or everyday life and expressing that inspiration in your quilting. This concept rings SO TRUE for me because I do find inspiration constantly – whether it’s looking at tile, or brick or woodwork, flags, patterns in nature or construction, even in colors in the seasons or decor that make me think, “I want to make that into a quilt.”
Even on our most recent trip to Arizona and Southern Utah, there was so much inspiration in our surroundings. I was feeling lots of inspiration in the Native American motifs and colors.
There’s so much inspiration in the unique landscape of that area – clearly that was the inspiration to the Native Americans themselves. It’s so interesting to see how all artists are affected by and draw inspiration from their surroundings.
I love that Heather explores this concept so thoroughly in her book. Seeing Heather’s quilts always inspires me to experiment more with simple, clean lines and colors.
One of my favorite quilts in the book is this one called Central Parkway. It’s now on my official “to-do” list. If you love a clean, modern style and aesthetic, I think you will really enjoy Quilt Local. Not only are there 40 projects to make for yourself, but Heather’s writing and photographs will inspire you to create your own interpretations from the inspiration around you. The book is a beautiful, hard-bound 150+ page book with stunning photography and lots of inspiration.
If you’d like to read more about Quilt Local, visit these other sites. I love reading about what inspires other quilters.
10/6: STC Craft Blog
10/8: Robert Kaufman
10/9: Melanie Falick
10/11: Creative Bug
10/12: Plaid Portico
10/14: Modern Sewciety
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
11/13: A Gathering of Stitches
And STC Publishing is giving away a copy of the book to one of you. If you’d like to enter, leave me a comment telling me about a place that inspires you! Giveaway open until Tuesday, October 28.