We are so very excited to announce our very first lecture workshop program for 2015– Heather Jones. The lecture on May 1st will be open to the public (free to NJMQG members). Online registration for the May 2nd workshop will begin for NJMQG members on March 2 and will open to non-members on March 9 if any of the 20 spots remain open.
Heather Jones is a designer and self-taught quilter who lives outside of Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband and two young children. She is the founder and former president of the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild. Three of her original quilts were chosen as winners of the Modern Quilt Guild’s Project Modern Challenges, a year-long national quilting competition, and she is a two-time finalist for the Martha Stewart American Made Awards. Heather is often inspired by everyday places and things, and is excited by the challenge to translate that inspiration into her work. Heather has a great love and respect for the traditional art of quilting, is an avid collector of vintage quilts, and loves to bring a modern twist to traditional patterns. Her modern quilting patterns are available at a number of online locations and she will soon be bringing the Heather Jones Studio patterns to print as well. Heather’s first solo book, “Quilt Local” published by STC Craft | Melanie Falick Books, an imprint of Abrams, will be released in the fall of 2015.
Friday, May 1, 2015 – Free to NJMQG members, $10 for visitors
In this lecture, Heather will teach the basics of color theory and color interaction, and how to apply those ideas to quilting projects. She will discuss the major fundamentals of color theory, how different colors relate to each other, and how a color can be influenced by other colors that surround it. Heather will also discuss the importance of listening to your own creative intuition when working with color and how to create a unique color library as well.
Full-Day Workshop: Improvisational Pineapple Block – Limited to 20 students
Saturday, May 2, 2015, $65 for members (registration starts March 2), $75 for non-members (registration starts March 9)
In this workshop Heather will teach you how to create improvisationally pieced pineapple blocks. While the traditional version of this block can be somewhat intimidating to create, it becomes more relaxed and approachable when combined with improvisational piecing as there is no need for precise measuring or cutting. This technique produces completely unique, one of a kind blocks with a strong graphic quality, and Heather will discuss how fabric placement and color choices affect the design of the block. Students will finish the class with a number of completed blocks that can be used in small patchwork projects or as the beginning of a larger quilt.
Keep an eye out for Heather and her quilts in Quiltcon coverage this week and check out her blog, oliveandollie.com . We’ll have details including locations and times, by the next meeting on February 26.