NO HATS IN THE HOUSE + Paper Obsessed Blog Tour + GIVEAWAY

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This kid is totally creative to the extreme.  I’m so fortunate to hang and live near NO HATS IN THE HOUSE QUILTS.  She’s outrageously good at most things.  I’m in awe of her most days. Head over to her blog for a little late night reading.  Here’s where she lives:

http://www.nohatsinthehouse.com/

 

And then follow along with this awesome gang:

July 12 Windham Fabrics :: http://windhamfabrics.wordpress.com 

July 13 Heather Givans of Crimson Tate :: https://blog.crimsontate.com/ 

July 14 Sarah Sharp of {no} hats quilts ::  http://www.nohatsinthehouse.com/ {Go there!}

July 15 Janine Vangool of UPPERCASE Magazine ::  http://uppercasemagazine.com/blog/

July 16 Karen LePage of Gentle Clothing :: http://onegirlcircus.com/

July 17 Jenny Leisure / David Barnhouse of Crimson Tate :: https://blog.crimsontate.com/

July 18 Heather Jones of Heather Jones Studio :: http://www.heatherjonesstudio.com/blog

July 19 Eric Lubrick of Eric Lubrick Photography :: http://oartooar.com/

July 20 Annie Unrein of By Annie’s :: http://byanniecom.blogspot.com/

July 21 Amanda Castor of Material Girl Quilts :: https://materialgirlquilts.com/

July 22 Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness :: http://sewsweetness.com/blog

July 23 Giuseppe Ribaudo of Giucy Giuce :: http://www.instagram.com/giucy_giuce

July 24 Karen McTavish of Karen McTavish Quilting Studio :: https://blog.crimsontate.com/

July 25 Kristen Wright of Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine :: https://twoblondesandasewingmachine.wordpress.com

July 26 Heather Givans of Crimson Tate ::  https://blog.crimsontate.com/

Inspiration + {Process} in Creating Paper Obsessed

IMG_1014I really still can’t believe that the opportunity to be a Windham designer came to me.  Like WHAT?!?! I’m blown away in gratitude and awe everyday. ERRRRRYDAY.  To dream something in your head and then to be able to translate that into something that becomes a physical reality is a pretty incredible opportunity.  I don’t take my responsibility lightly or without total appreciation.

So how did I land on this topic of Paper Obsessed?  It really began with the notebook paper.  As you know, my first collection for Windham was called Succulents which has been a love of mine for a very long time.  With the second collection, I continued the trend expressing something I’m obviously enamoured with and took this opportunity to make a collection surrounding my love of paper, mail, notebooks, and stamps.  And of course, my design process always begins with pencil on paper, preferably wooden pencils on large sheets of sketchbook paper.

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On my drawing table you’ll find rubber stamps, markers, wooden pencils, gel pens, and sharpie markers in every size.

Photo by Eric Lubrick

When I was a kid, I’d spend my entire allowance on stationery, journals, and paper goods. My philatelist dad still likes to remind me of the times of when I was in high school and I’d spend my entire allowance the day he gave it to me at the Hallmark store. When I needed gas, I’d have to ask him for more money.  Eeeeeee. But I had some pretty boss stationery though!

What you might not know is that I’m a printmaker.  From my perspective, historically printmakers are gaga about paper (am I right?!?)  I took all the classes in printmaking Purdue University has to offer and spent time going to workshops and printmaking camps, my favorite being Frogman’s Press where I learned to do things like waterless etching, recycled lithography, and how to make sheets of handmade paper 6 x 8′ in one pull.  Talk about heaven on earth.

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Peek into my studio space at my house including linocuts.

Photo by Eric Lubrick

It was the first time in my life that I showed up to something and thought “I’ve found my people!!!” (I had a similar experience when I traveled to the first QuiltCon in Austin, TX – total tears of familiarity even though I only knew but a few people.)

In Paper Obsessed you’ll find beauty in everyday things like security envelope textures,

notebook papers where you can write messages to friends, quilt labels, or use as awesome background textures.  Those loose leaf pages were the muse for the entire collection.

And my dream of creating a quilt that looked like paper airplanes flying (which I’ll go in depth on Karen McTavish’s day later in the blog tour) inspired a print that contained the same feeling.  Check out that white on white print!  Yesssssss.

The handholding between creating quilt projects and fabric designs this go-round was a cool experience.  I created three new quilt patterns, Letters from Home,  Air Traffic Control, and Correspondence Mini Quilt.

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Letters from Home Quilt

Photo by Eric Lubrick

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Air Traffic Control Quilt

Photo by Eric Lubrick

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Correspondence Mini Quilt

and of course I couldn’t wait to interpret my premier pattern Succulent Garden using Paper Obsessed.

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Succulent Garden Quilt

Photo by Eric Lubrick

All of the colors of this collection are inspired by the tones found in ink pens.  Included in the line-up is a text print that reads “Now is the time for all good people to write letters to their neighbors and friends.”  As a former camp counselor, writing letters was an important ritual in the summer making mail call the best 1/2 hour of lunch.

The collection rounds out with a an airmail stripe and decorative envelopes.

I have so much more to say, so much more to show that I had to give myself another slot on the blog tour.  I’ll be back later in the tour to delve deeper into a few of these topics and give more behind the scene looks. Thanks for letting me indulge in a few memories and motivations in my creations.  Be sure to hit up your local quilt shop for Paper Obsessed and Crimson Tate patterns.

Now, on to the terms of WINNING SOME STUFFFFFFFS.  In order to win Paper Obsessed fabric, a Correspondence Mini-Quilt Pattern, and some sweet Crimson Tate swag, I’d love for you to tell me a little story about something you’re obsessed with.  Don’t forget to leave a comment here and an obvious way to contact you if you win (is your email available in your profile?)  Leave your email in the comment along with the story or check back at the end of the tour July 26 to see if you’re the winner.  International readers are encouraged to play along.  I can’t wait to randomly choose one winner from your tales, which will be at the end of the tour on July 26.

Here’s where we’re headed on the tour:

July 12 Windham Fabrics :: http://windhamfabrics.wordpress.com 

July 13 Heather Givans of Crimson Tate :: https://blog.crimsontate.com/ {You’re HERE!}

July 14 Sarah Sharp of {no} hats quilts ::  http://www.nohatsinthehouse.com/

July 15 Janine Vangool of UPPERCASE Magazine ::  http://uppercasemagazine.com/blog/

July 16 Karen LePage of Gentle Clothing :: http://onegirlcircus.com/

July 17 Jenny Leisure / David Barnhouse of Crimson Tate :: https://blog.crimsontate.com/

July 18 Heather Jones of Heather Jones Studio :: http://www.heatherjonesstudio.com/blog

July 19 Eric Lubrick of Eric Lubrick Photography :: http://oartooar.com/

July 20 Annie Unrein of By Annie’s :: http://byanniecom.blogspot.com/

July 21 Amanda Castor of Material Girl Quilts :: https://materialgirlquilts.com/

July 22 Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness :: http://sewsweetness.com/blog

July 23 Giuseppe Ribaudo of Giucy Giuce :: http://www.instagram.com/giucy_giuce

July 24 Karen McTavish of Karen McTavish Quilting Studio :: https://blog.crimsontate.com/

July 25 Kristen Wright of Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine :: https://twoblondesandasewingmachine.wordpress.com

July 26 Heather Givans of Crimson Tate ::  https://blog.crimsontate.com/

Thanks!!

xoxo

Heather

 

Paper Obsessed Blog Tour begins today!!! Yipppeeeeeee!!!

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Paper Obsessed by Heather Givans for Windham Fabrics 

Photo cred: Eric Lubrick

Today begins a two week meander around the interwebs looking at allllllllll of the amazing things my friends and community are building with Paper Obsessed fabric!  I’m excited to see the loveliness that is created and share in their personal stories.  Each stop along the tour will have a chance to win Paper Obsessed fabric and other swag.  I’m giving away a Correspondence Mini Quilt pattern at every stop, along with some other cute Crimson Tate tchotchkes.  Fourteen times you’ll have a chance to win!  All you have to do is follow the instruction of each blogger for your chance to win. Thanks for playing along.  Today’s blogger is Windham Fabrics.  See you back here tomorrow where I’m going to discuss my design process and discuss a few quilts I designed with the collection.

See you back here TOMORROW!

July 12 Windham Fabrics :: http://windhamfabrics.wordpress.com {START HERE}

July 13 Heather Givans of Crimson Tate :: https://blog.crimsontate.com/

July 14 Sarah Sharp of {no} hats quilts ::  http://www.nohatsinthehouse.com/

July 15 Janine Vangool of UPPERCASE Magazine ::  http://uppercasemagazine.com/blog/

July 16 Karen LePage of Gentle Clothing :: http://onegirlcircus.com/

July 17 Jenny Leisure / David Barnhouse of Crimson Tate :: https://blog.crimsontate.com/

July 18 Heather Jones of Heather Jones Studio :: http://www.heatherjonesstudio.com/blog

July 19 Eric Lubrick of Eric Lubrick Photography :: http://oartooar.com/

July 20 Annie Unrein of By Annie’s :: http://byanniecom.blogspot.com/

July 21 Amanda Castor of Material Girl Quilts :: https://materialgirlquilts.com/

July 22 Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness :: http://sewsweetness.com/blog

July 23 Giuseppe Ribaudo of Giucy Giuce :: http://www.instagram.com/giucy_giuce

July 24 Karen McTavish of Karen McTavish Quilting Studio :: https://blog.crimsontate.com/

July 25 Kristen Wright of Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine :: https://twoblondesandasewingmachine.wordpress.com

July 26 Heather Givans of Crimson Tate ::  https://blog.crimsontate.com/

xoxo

Heather

Sewing for a Cause :: Kangaroo Cuddlers for Riley Children’s Hospital NICU

We’re revisiting a project we did last year again to spread the good-giving. We know you’ll love this one. We’ve partnered with one of our lovely customers and friend who is involved in Kangaroo Cuddlers which is a program that encourages skin to skin contact of mother and baby. Read what the project coordinator has to say:

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Kangaroo Care is hard to accomplish when your little one is in constant care in the NICU. A team of doctors devised a great program that provides opportunity for moms to wear a little kangaroo inside their clothing and when they aren’t able to be with their baby, the little kangaroo stays with the child. It reminds the mothers that this skin to skin contact is very important in early childhood as well as provides comfort and security for the baby as the swatch contains the mother’s calming smell.

How sweet is this? You want to help us sew these dudes? Let’s talk deets.

Who: You, silly! Our wonderful sewy community.

What: The Riley NICU Kangaroo-a-thon! The initial goal is to collect 60 Kangaroo Cuddlers.

When: Please complete and deliver your finished cuddlers by Friday, May 6, 2016

Where: Drop them off or mail to Crimson Tate – 845 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204

How: Download this simple Kangaroo Cuddler  pattern and make as many ‘Roos as you please, and please don’t forget to closely follow the guidelines because a mom has to wear this under her clothes and a baby has to snuggle with it. Keep it as simple as possible!

Making it Even More Fun: Crimson Tate would like to extend an offering of thanks by giving you a coupon to use.  You’ll receive 1% coupon* off for every cuddler you make up to 30!  A 30% off coupon for your entire purchase awaits!! Use it on Liberty of London, a TJ Lane Thimble, Oliso Iron, an entire bolt of fabric!  It’s up to you how you use it.  We’ll gift you 30% off your entire purchase as a big ol’ thanks.  25 ‘roos will elicit a 25% off coupon.  Just like that.

Making it EVEN MORE MORE FUN: The person who donates the most Kangaroo Cuddlers will receive a $25 gift certificate* to the store.  Let’s say you make 50 cuddlers and that is the most any ONE person makes.  You’ll receive a $25 gift card and a 30% off coupon.  Giving never felt so good!!! So don’t stop at 30 – make as many as your heart can hold.  If you’re not local, you can always send us these lil’ dudes in the mail and we’ll send you a coupon code to use on our website.  You’ll also be eligible for the gift card!!!

*wining gift card and discount can be used on Crimson Tate’s entire inventory excluding classes, other gift cards, pre-orders, and 50% off clearance.

Hop to! What an awesome use of our skills that other people might not have, so think of what a difference this simple gesture can make. How many Kangaroos can we sew, gang?! Let’s find out!

Cuddlers need to be at Crimson Tate no later than Friday, May 6, 2016.  Please include your name, phone number, email, and address so that we may properly thank you and send you your coupon!!! If you’re rocking Instagram or Twitter, give us that, too!!!

If you’re on Instagram, please tag @crimsontate #kangaroocuddler #ctsewingforacause #crimsontate

We’re Hiring!!!

UPDATED March 9 :::: We’re accepting resumes through March 16 and then we’ll begin the selection process.  Yahooooo!!! ::::IMG_5730.jpgIs this job for you?! Are you positive at all costs?! JOIN OUR TEAM.

Career Opportunity: Assistant Manager/Education Coordinator

Crimson Tate is looking for an enthusiastic full-time candidate to join our small team. The assistant manager will keep abreast of the daily goings-on of our retail store, while coordinating instructors and scheduling classes, compiling supply lists, ordering class patterns and supplies, and teaching beginning sewing classes. The suitable candidate will be interested in gaining an inside knowledge and education of the fabric design process, pattern writing, and the quilting industry.

 

Crimson Tate staff members are:

  • Big picture thinkers
  • Enthusiastic quilters and sewers, coupled with a deep knowledge of what is happening in modern quilting and fabric design
  • Lovers of communicating and storytelling
  • Creative and artistic with a knack for organization
  • Logical and computery
  • Problem identifiers
  • Insanely detail-oriented while working in a fast-paced studio environment
  • Hard, tireless workers who get ‘er done
  • Invested in Crimson Tate
  • Crimson Tate employees are genuinely positive at all costs as we celebrate other people and their accomplishments.
  • Giggly, friendly, smart, attentive

Responsibilities

Provide superior customer service and build lasting relationships with customers

Organize a calendar of instructors and market classes and other experiences

Provide support to instructors in the form of mentoring and curricular advice

Cut fabric and build bundled products

Maintain computer database, data entry

Monitoring inventory, ordering, and building relationships with suppliers

Improving Crimson Tate’s social media presence and discovering trends

 

Requirements

Full-time weekday and weekend availability, with possible travel

Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and the Adobe Design Suite

Ability to stay on your feet for the duration of your shift and lift and move 50 pounds repeatedly

 

Crimson Tate is an equal opportunity employer.

Salaried position with vacation and retirement benefits.

 

Please email resume and professional references, along with anything else you think we need to know to iwannawork@crimsontate.com.

 

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Crimson Tate Career Opportunity

We’ve Set-Up Our Pop-Up QuiltCon Booth Inside of Crimson Tate + Paper Obsessed PRE-ORDER Starting NOW!

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Woooot!  We’ve set up our QuiltCon booth inside of Crimson Tate if you want to come down and pretend you’re at QuiltCon 2016 a week early!  I mean, we can take selfies, give hugs, hashtag the crap out of our photos with things like #QuiltConForever #PartyinBooth504 #Pasadenaisforlovers #IamgoingtoDisneyland.  You know, all the things.

 

In preparation for QuiltCon, we’re also offering Paper Obsessed as a PRE-ORDER!  Check out crimsontate.com to find exactly what you’ve been dreaming of.  We’re offering bundles and kits as pre-ordered items.  Fabric should arrive in June.  We can hardly wait. Holla!

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Bundles of Paper Obsessed

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Paper Obsessed Kits

Photos by Eric Lubrick.

Paper Obsessed and I’m working on those return letters!

I finally have all of my ducks in a row and am ready to start addressing envelopes to my friends who sent me #PaperObsessed mail about fourteen weeks ago.  Yikes.  I’ve got a long ride to Pasadena, CA.  Let’s cross our fingers my markers don’t run out.  Although, truthfully, I kinda love the marker that is on the edge of drying out.  Those scratchy marks are kinda fun.  See you at QuiltCon?! Look for me and Crimson Tate in booth 504.

 

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Paper Obsessed by Heather Givans for Windham Fabrics

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Paper Obsessed has seventeen different pieces, all paper inspired.

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Aerodynamics quilt designed and pieced by Heather Givans; quilted by Karen McTavish

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Succulent Garden quilt designed and pieced by Heather Givans; quilted by Benji Benjiman

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The cutest little Dash.  Air Traffic Control quilt designed and pieced by Heather Givans; quilted by Quilting by the Stitch

All photography by my super talented and cool friend Eric Lubrick.

 

See you in Cali in just a few weeks! Or is it less? HOLY HOLY.  😉

xo Heather

Lotta Jansdotter is my best friend* + GIVEAWAY

*not really.  I’m just kidding.

 

In another life I worked at a local boss gift shop Silver in the City where I discovered amazing stationery and soft good designers such as Angela Adams, Lotta Jansdotter, and Juila Rothman.  Fast forward ten years later and am in disbelief that I design fabric along side two of these women I’ve admired for so long.  Windham Fabrics, I love you and thank you.  My gratitude is endless.  I can remember all the times we all huddled around the Lotta Jansdotter goods and awed over the choice of fabric (mostly linen) and that quintessential Swedish design.  In my arsenal of items from that era still exists, I have more leather handled Lotta totebags then I’d care to admit.

 

I’m honored to present and let you peek in on Lotta Jansdotter’s new book for STC Craft, an imprint of Abrams publishing, Everyday Style.

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I took some time over the past few weeks to thumb through the book and I have to tell you, the images are inspiring.  Jenny Hallengren is the photographer who you might remember took the photographs in Heather Jones’s book Quilt Local.  Same photographer.  Lotta’s style combined with Jenny’s know-how is a powerful combination. Then add pattern designer Alexia Abegg to the mix, and it becomes spectacular.  I am particularly impressed with the hand drawn elements included.  Look at how sweet this is.

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The book is filled with simple skirts, dresses, bags, and more with a modern Scandinavian elegance.  I made a couple of projects from the book starting with the Wilma Bag.  It is ginormous.  Let’s play Who Wore It Better??  Here’s Lotta with her bag:

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Here I am with my Wilma Bag:

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Ok.  You don’t have to comment on who wore it better but I did wear every striped piece of clothing I could find that coordinated.  I used an organic canvas ticking fabric and am glad I did.  It has a great heft and the size of this bag can easily accommodate a sewing machine or more.

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I call this photograph “If Lotta Jansdotter, Amy Butler, Heather Ross, and Heather Givans went into a bar…”  Actually, that might have happened once.  I can’t be sure.  I stuffed this bag full of Indiana shaped pillows made from fabrics of some of these lovely ladies.  I also created a CUUUUTE hat with simple pompom instructions found in Lotta’s book.  It gave me an excuse to shop at Mass Ave Knits in Downtown Indianapolis.  It is a yarn lover’s oasis.  IMG_0853

I created this big ol’ pompom from a hand-dyed yarn.  I know.  I’ve probably offended yarn lovers with such a simple use of a beautiful yarn BUT I COULDN’T HELP IT.  I was a moth to flame.

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The pattern for this cute hat is by the crazy talented Crafty Gemini.  I used Echino jacquard knit instead of fleece and bam.  It worked beautifully. The pompom instructions are found in Lotta’s book.

Thanks for reading along.  I’m impressed with the visual inspiration found in Everyday Style.  I’m certain to create more projects from the book.  If you’d like to win a copy of your own, STC Craft, Tattly Tattoos, and Windham Fabrics are offering a prize package to include a copy of the book, a fat quarter bundle of Lotta’s fabric from Windham, Lotta temporary tattoos, and Lotta washi tape.  So make sure you follow along on all of the blogs in the series, leaving comments along the way to be entered to win and being inspired.  A winner will be chosen at each stop along the tour.

Dec 1 – Lotta

Dec 2 – STC Craft

Dec 3 – Windham 

Dec 4 –  Noodlehead

Dec 7 – Modern Handcraft

Dec 8 – Sew Scatterbrained

Dec 9 – Crimson Tate [you are here]

Dec 11 – Groovy Baby & Mama

Dec 14 – City Stitching with Christine Haynes

Dec 15 – Craft Sanity

Dec 16 – Aesthetic Nest

Dec 17 – Sew Mama Sew

Dec 18 – Lish Dorset

Dec 19 – Fancy Tiger Crafts

Dec 21 – Generation Q

Dec 22 – Carolyn Friedlander

Dec 23 – Crafty Planner

Winner on my blog will be chosen on December 26.  So you’ll have time until then to make comments about your everyday style,  Who Wore It Better, or just in general about your love of Lotta Jansdotter.  I’ll randomly choose.

Quilt Local :: Heather Jones Totally Inspires + {GIVEAWAY}

IMG_0021Have you met Heather Jones? I, as a fellow Heather, am so incredibly proud of my dear friend HBJ (Heather Braunlin Jones) as she created one of the most delightfully inspired collections of quilts in her new book titled Quilt Local : Finding Inspiration in the Everyday.  Her cohesive, minimal, recognizable style takes courage and design skill.  I, as a former high school art teacher, always admire art that is minimal and leaves breathing room for the viewer to fall into the work.  Heather Jones creates the most beautiful breathing room in her premiere book Quilt Local.

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We were fortunate enough to have HBJ at Crimson Tate recently for a book signing and a full day workshop instructed by Heather in our fabric store Downtown Indianapolis. IMG_0033 (1) We are never lack of conversation (as an aside riding together in the car for a weekend trip that lasted 9+ hours both directions and we were both hoarse by the time it was over), Heather and I, and that evening of nacho bar and buckets of beer was no exception.  I love that Heather is a delightful combination of studious and goofy, all at once.  I guess what I’m trying to say is that she’s real.  She’s a real girl doing exceptional work. Her approach to writing this book gives the viewer multiple ways to look at the projects. One quilt is rendered in solids and the next it’s peppered with printed fabrics.  How brilliant?! And to think that Heather created each of those patterns twice, taking on the monumental task of not only piecing, quilting, and finishing them on her own but also fully inspiring all of us to take a closer look at our surroundings in a more authentically inspired way.  We as quilters GET IT.  It’s a monumental task.  She gets it.  She’s good.

It was a pleasure and an honor to get periodical phone calls from my friend during her process of writing the book.  Finding inspiration in everyday is a creed I have adhered to as a life philosophy, myself.  But to step into Heather Jones’s inspiration leaves me with wonderment.  And the first time she saw the photos I happened to be with her at an event where we all stood around the laptop and cried because the photography of her creations truly captured the beauty of her.  And of her work.QL interior 2

When I knew that Heather Jones and I could be friends was when she started playing with color using Josef Albers theories on color.  She’s a girl after my own heart.  Eureka! This thing is brilliant.  And then here is her quilt in a repetitive fashion.

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Heather encourages us to take note of our surroundings. For instance, I am inspired by the beautiful architecture of this Coca-Cola plant that is found right across the street from Crimson Tate.

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I also suuuuuuuuper find inspiration when I am standing in front Lake Superior as I visit my family in northern Minnesota.  Parson Gray Inspiraiton

Wouldn’t this Parson Gray bundle be a great jumping point to compliment Gitchi-Gami?

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So tell me, where do you feel inspired? Leave a note, and one lucky person will receive an autographed copy of Heather Jones’s beautiful book.  I can’t wait to hear what inspires you.  And a big ol’ congratulations to HBJ on a job well done. xoxo.  Drawing will take place at end of blog tour November 13, 2015.  Each stop is offering a free book.

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