Quilt Local: Finding Inspiration in the Everyday

Heather Jones’ new book, Quilt Local: Finding Inspiration in the Everyday has delicious photography, modern quilts, and a unique look at the quilt design process.

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The book is divided into PROCESS and QUILTS. PROCESS is about finding inspiration around you, and shows how to go from inspiration to finished project. It covers working from inspiration, color theory, quilt design, and basic quilt construction. QUILTS has 40 original quilts with their variations and instructions.  Many of the quilts are characterized by the use of negative space, minimalism and organic structure.

One of my favorite quilts is Red Lion (I also love the name). Though I’m usually an asymmetrical gal, I love the simplicity and versatility of this quilt design, and it can certainly be made asymmetrically with color placement.

Red Lion by Heather Jone

Red Lion by Heather Jone

Red Lion by Heather Jones

Red Lion by Heather Jones

Speaking of everyday inspiration, here at the Plaid Portico our motto is, “Don’t forgot to look for keep looking for things that inspire you!” And in that spirit, and in the spirit of Quilt Local, I will share some everyday inspiration from ’round this neck of the woods.

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Find out more and follow along on the QUILT LOCAL BLOG TOUR!

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

Coming up on The Plaid Portico, we will cover the Eli Leon Exhibition at the Oakland Museum of Art, my picks from Freddy Moran’s latest solo exhibition, the Found/Made exhibition at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and textiles, and my picks from The Pacific International Quilt Festival.  We also have more books to highlight and some wonderful quilter profiles.

Stay tuned – after a long summer vacation, we’re back!

Meditation on Peonies

A little break here from fabric, sewing, quilting and the cool creative businesses and people behind them.  Time for…peonies!  Random? Not sure.  All I know is that there are peonies in the stores these days and the light was just hitting the ones we bought in an amazing way yesterday evening, so I took an instagram shot and exclaimed to the Jack-man that he should get his camera.  He’s a sucker for the right lighting and he was all over it, photography being one of his passions.   After he edited them and showed them to me I was just beside myself and I simply have to share. I’m not even going to select a few–you can see them all.

So good morning, good day, good evening, be inspired!

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What am I inspired by today?

You know with the whole web at hand, design newsletters, blogs, trend reports, museums full of art, lately its something else that is inspiring me.  We recently moved from an urban neighborhood to one in the hills (only 7 mins from civilization though). Its just so darn beautiful up here.

This is what inspires me today.

 

 

 

This Week’s Blog I Dig: Geninne’s Art Blog

This Week’s Blog I Dig is Geninne’s Art Blog.  Would all of us be so good at showing our work, inspiration, and process–and with such beautiful photography.  Of course at the source of this is Geninne Zlatkis’ fantastic hand and her original paintings and drawings. So good. Oh so good.

Check it out!  Geninne’s Art Blog

AND…she has a new book…you can find it here

Quilt Market #11: More Quilts

And continuing our Quilt Market Houston 2012 coverage, more of my selections from the quilt exhibitions:

Alexandra’s Quilt by Tara Faughnan

Alexandra’s Quilt by Tara Faughnan

Diamond Quilt by Tara Faughnan

Diamond Quilt by Tara Faughnan

Dream Fields by Janet Steadman

Jet Trails #10 by Marcia DeCamp

Crazy for Plaid by Allison Aller

Crazy for Plaid by Allison Aller

My Flower Plates by Candyce Grisham

My Flower Plates by Candyce Grisham

La Torre de Babel by Celilia Koppmann

La Torre de Babel by Celilia Koppmann

Pane Reflections by Timna Tarr

Pane Reflections by Timna Tarr

Broken by Janet Steadman

A World by Many Colors by Georgeta Grama

A World by Many Colors by Georgeta Grama