I'm pleased to announce that I now offer the following classes and workshops. Each course can be modified to fit your need based on allotted time and other specifics. Please contact me at HeatherJonesStudio@gmail.com with any questions you may have.

To find out if I'm scheduled to teach in a location near you, please visit my Teaching Schedule.

 

Full Day Workshops

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Large Scale Minimal Design

In this workshop Heather will teach you how to create improvisationally pieced large scale minimal blocks that are a study in linework and the formation of secondary patterns. Using solid fabrics in a range of values and colors, you will create a modern take on traditional string blocks using an intuitive creative process. An added benefit of this technique is that it 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.

 

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Color Choice: Palm House

Palm House is one of Heather’s newest designs and is a great project to showcase your favorite colors and fabrics. The striking composition is a great opportunity to show the effect of fabric placement on the final composition, and this project allows you to experiment with placement which will be done in class. In the workshop, students will bring up to seven fabrics and arrange them in a variety of layouts before beginning to construct the blocks. We will discuss the effect of fabric placement on the design and the secondary patterns that can emerge as a result, as well as the importance of negative space on the design. Students will finish the class with a number of blocks and can finish the project at home.

Each student must purchase a copy of the Palm House pattern for this workshop at a cost of $12.

 

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Good Craft: Creating Precision in Large Scale Construction

In large-scale quilting, good construction is incredibly important, particularly with simplified designs. Mismatched points or inaccurate and sloppy construction methods become much more obvious when displayed at a larger scale, as they are not easily hidden throughout the composition. In this workshop, Heather will teach you ways to improve your construction methods throughout all areas of the process, from accurately cutting fabric to precise piecing, and tips to ensure a good finish. Using her Solarium pattern and your favorite fabrics to make large-scale blocks, we will cover many techniques that yield big results and will improve the quality of the finished quilt.

Each student must purchase a copy of the Solarium pattern for this workshop at a cost of $12.

 

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Minimal Design, Maximum Impact: Migratory

Minimal design can lead to maximum impact. Working with a controlled color palette of only three colors, in this workshop you will create a quilt with a very strong graphic design. Heather will show you how the forced design constraint of a minimal palette is a good exercise in color selection and the impact it has on the final design of the quilt. Using Heather’s Migratory pattern, students will complete a number of blocks in class and be able to finish the quilt later at home.

 

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Improv Half Log Cabins: Halfway Home

Want to try improvisation, but are a bit intimidated? This is the workshop for you. In this class Heather will teach the technique of making improvisationally pieced half log cabin blocks. Using both scissors and rotary cutters for fabric cutting, this class is perfect for beginners as well as those with more experience with improvisation. 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.

 

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Embrace the Imperfect: Improv Churn Dash

There is beauty in imperfection and that theme will be explored in this workshop. Instead of worrying about precise measuring and perfect points, this class encourages you to relax and embrace imperfections while exploring improvisational churn dash blocks. Using intuitive design and a limited color palette, Heather will encourage students to create variations in the background of the blocks so that the negative space becomes an integral part of the design. An added benefit of this technique is that it produces completely unique, one of a kind blocks with a strong graphic quality. 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.

 

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Horticultural: Large-Scale Needle-turn Applique

The four large-scale designs that are included in my Horticultural pattern are the basis of this needle-turn applique workshop. In the class you will learn the traditional method of hand applique, from transferring a design onto fabric, cutting, basting, working with both positive and negative space in a design, and finishing with needle and thread by hand. The large scale botanical prints are a great exercise to experiment with fabric selection and to conquer curves and points in a design. The appliqued pieces can be finished as either a20” mini quilt or a cover for a 20” insert.

Each student must purchase a copy of the Horticultural pattern for this workshop at a cost of $12.

 

Improvisational Linework and Design

In this workshop Heather will teach you how to create improvisationally pieced blocks that are a study in linework and the formation of secondary patterns. Using solid fabrics in a range of values and colors, you will create a modern take on traditional string blocks using an intuitive creative process. An added benefit of this technique is that it 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.

 

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Marrakech: Large Scale Piecing

Looking for a project to showcase your favorite prints? This is it. In this workshop, we’ll use Heather’s Marrakech quilt to learn the technique of creating “stitch and flip” components to build large sections of the pattern that are the perfect place to focus on large prints. You will also learn how to successfully manage large cuts of fabric and pattern pieces, in addition to tips and tricks on fabric selection, cutting, and construction methods for working in this manner. A discussion of the roots of large scale piecing, the effect of reducing design elements, and the simplification of the overall design of a quilt will also be included. Note: this project works beautifully with solid fabrics as well as prints.

Each student must purchase a copy of the Marrakech pattern for this workshop at a cost of $12.

 

Franklin: a Modern Churn Dash Quilt

Good craftsmanship is essential to modern quilting. Brush up on your patchwork skills with the Franklin quilt. We’ll discuss the history of this design that is included in Heather’s book, “Quilt Local: Finding Inspiration in the Everyday.” She will guide you through fabric cutting, and students will learn how to construct perfect half square triangles, maintain consistent seam allowances to ensure accurate piecing, and precise pressing skills. This is a fat-quarter friendly project, although yardage can be used as well.

 

Modern Strip Piecing: Central Parkway

In this workshop, you will learn the technique of strip piecing to create a graphically striking modern quilt. Using Heather's Central Parkway quilt pattern from her book “Quilt Local: Finding Inspiration in the Everyday”, students will learn how to maintain a consistent seam allowance throughout long lengths of fabric to create precisely pieced strips, how to perfectly align blocks to maintain the visual flow of the design, and how to work with negative space as a design element. We will also discuss working on a large scale, and tips on fabric selection, cutting, and construction methods for working in this manner.

 

Speak Easy: Building Patchwork Letters

In this workshop, lean how to create patchwork letters to spell out anything you’d like. Using Heather’s West Chester pattern from her book, Quilt Local: Finding Inspiration in the Everyday, and the supplemental letters and numbers only available in this class, you will learn how to work with small pieces of fabric without the need for foundation piecing to create an entire alphabet and set of numerals. We will also discuss how to incorporate negative space in your design to create a finished quilt top.

 

Improvisational Pineapple Block

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. An added benefit of this technique is that it 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. 

 

Improvisational Half Log Cabin workshop

Take your improvisational quilting up a notch with my Improvisational Half Log Cabin workshop. In this class students will learn the technique of creating large-scale improvisational half log cabins. While the traditional log cabin block has been fundamental to quilt making for hundreds of years, it becomes energized and fresh when constructed improvisationally as half log cabin blocks and on a larger than normal scale. It also becomes an opportunity to design intuitively and explore a technique that does not require precise measuring or cutting. An added benefit of this type of patchwork is that it 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 other patchwork projects or as the beginning of a larger quilt. 

 

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Fly Away: Large Scale Piecing

In this workshop, you will learn the benefits of large-scale piecing and constructing oversized blocks. We’ll discuss the roots of large scale piecing, the effect of reducing design elements and the simplification of the overall design of a quilt. Using Heather's Fly Away quilt pattern, students will learn how to increase the scale of both traditional and modern block designs, how to successfully manage large cuts of fabric and large pattern pieces, how to work with large areas of negative space, and tips and tricks on fabric selection, cutting, and construction methods for working in this manner. 

 

From Inspiration to Design

Bring your inspiration to life as you create a one of a kind unique quilt pattern. Work with Heather to create a quilt pattern that is inspired by something you have seen: an old building, a water tower, the sunset, etc. In this class, we’ll be using a photograph of your inspiration as a starting point and will create a quilt design based on that inspiration. Heather will guide you through the process of sketching, designing pattern pieces, calculating yardage and construction methods, creating a color palette, and fabric selection. You’ll leave the class with a complete pattern that is ready to be constructed in your home studio.

 

Lectures

60 minute lectures include slide show, trunk show, audience discussion and Q&A session.

Lecture and Trunk Show: Discussion of Quilt Local: Finding Inspiration in the Everyday
STC Craft| A Melanie Falick Book

For hundreds of years quilt makers have been inspired by places and objects in their everyday lives. Think of Churn Dash, Rail Fence, Flying Geese, Log Cabin, and hundreds of other quilt patterns developed in the past. The (mostly) women who made these quilts had a desire to create beautiful, functional objects, and drew upon what they saw in their daily lives as inspiration for their work. Heather Jones is honored to carry on the tradition in her debut book, Quilt Local, featuring 40 stunning projects inspired by country roads, cityscapes, and street signs (the landscape of her modern existence), plus invaluable lessons on color theory and sparking creativity.

 

 

Color Theory and Interaction for the Modern Quilter

Many of today’s modern quilters prefer to use mostly solid colored fabrics in their quilts. 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 and design, how different colors relate to each other, and how a color can be influenced by other colors that surround it. She will also discuss the importance of color theory in the use of printed fabrics as well.

 

 

Integrating Tradition with Modern Design

Many modern quilters integrate traditional components in their quilts through the use of traditional patterns, blocks, or techniques. Join Heather for an in-depth look at the process of merging tradition with modernity in quilting. She will discuss how she often adds her own spin to traditional quilting components to make them more fresh and modern, and will share tips and techniques on how you can do so as well.