Color Dash, Heather Jones‘ debut collection for Robert Kaufman, is a stunning collection of prints in an array of bolds, brights and black & whites. It is available in three primary color ways: Sorbet, Harvest and Shadow. The collection is a terrific stash builder, featuring prints that are not only strong on their own, but partner incredibly well with other fabrics. Heather’s Aurifil Thread Collection, The Heather Jones Collection, features our 50wt thread in a gorgeous lineup of colors that coordinate best with the Sorbet & Harvest color ways.
THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
The Heather Jones Collection
100% Aurifil 50wt Cotton, 12 Large Spools
2115 – 2230 – 4020 – 2566 – 2220 – 2372 – 5015 – 1147 – 2835 – 5006 – 2784 – 2600
100% Aurifil 50wt Cotton, 10 Small Spools
2230 – 4020 – 2566 – 2220 – 2372 – 5015 – 1147 – 2835 – 5006 – 2784
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What first drew you to this amazing world of quilting?
I have always loved quilts, but didn’t grow up in a family of quilters. My great-great-Aunt Ollie was born in rural eastern Kentucky in 1895, and she is the only person that I know of in my family that quilted. I’m sure she learned out of necessity, as many people from her era and community did, but she seemed to have made it a hobby because she continued to quilt throughout her life. She made me a quilt when I was a baby (when she was almost 80 years old) and it’s one of my most prized possessions to this day. My mom has a few other quilts that she made, and because of Aunt Ollie’s work, I learned the importance of quilts from a very early age. I also began to buy vintage and antique quilts when I was a teenager, from another great-aunt’s antique shop. I’d look for them every time that I visited her, and still buy them when I can to this day. However, it wasn’t until many years later that I began to make quilts myself, after seeing the work of the quilters of Gee’s Bend and Denyse Schmidt, and after the growth of the Modern Quilt Guild.
Do you remember the process of creating your first quilt and how you felt once it was finished?
As I mentioned above, I have always loved quilts, but I was intimidated to make one for a long time. I was afraid of all of the little pieces and nervous that I would mess it up if I tried to make one, plus they can be kind of sizable projects, so for a long time I just admired them from afar. I made my first quilt while I was in college as a gift for my mom, and even though it was far from perfect, I remember feeling a great sense of accomplishment once it was finished. There is something really satisfying to me about making something with my hands, which is one reason why I love quilting so much.
Who or what has been your greatest creative inspiration?
My children, Aidan and Olivia are my greatest creative inspirations. They have given me the confidence to follow my dreams and to try things I had never done before. It really is because of them that I do what I do, because I started my handmade business almost ten years ago because I began to make accessories and clothing for babies and children, after making things for them. My husband Jeff is also a great source of inspiration, as well as my biggest cheerleader, and I definitely couldn’t do what I do without him. He’s always challenging me to try new things he supports all of my endeavors along the way.
What do you love most about the process of creating, whether it be for a new fabric collection, a new pattern, or a new work of art?
My favorite part of the creative process is figuring out the challenge of translating my inspiration, whatever it may be, into whatever project that I’m working on. I also love to find inspiration in non-traditional places and incorporate that into both my quilting designs as well as my surface designs.
How did you first connect with Robert Kaufman fabrics?
I first connected with the folks at Robert Kaufman when I was working on a publication for Generation Q, I believe, for their inaugural issue. They provided me with fabrics for the project that I designed for the magazine, and they were really great to work with. Since then, I have worked with Robert Kaufman multiple times, for publications, for projects for my book “Quilt Local: Finding Inspiration in the Everyday,” and on some free patterns for their website using some of their different substrates. They approached me last year about working on a fabric collection, which I was really excited about, as drawing and painting were some of my first creative outlets. They are incredible to work with and I’m so proud to be a part of the Robert Kaufman team.
What was the inspiration behind your upcoming collection, Color Dash?
Color Dash, my first line of fabric with Robert Kaufman, was inspired by my sketchbook drawings and making marks with a variety of drawing tools. I start all of my quilt designs in a graph paper sketchbook, and I also doodle in them as well, often times with thick markers and drawing pens, and those sketches became the basis of my fabric designs in this collection. I knew that I wanted my first fabric collection to include these drawings so I came up with some of my favorite designs that I thought would translate well onto fabric. I’m really happy with how the collection came out! I think it works really well on its own, but I also love the fact that my designs can be easily used with so many other fabrics as well, and I can’t wait to see what people do with it.
How is this collection representative of your overall artistic vision?
I always strive to make work that is completely original and true to myself, and I think that is the case with Color Dash, as well. My quilt designs tend to be bold and graphic, and the designs in Color Dash are too. I’m also excited this has allowed me to focus on surface designs again, as drawing and painting were some of my first creative endeavors.
Do you have a favorite project that was created using this collection?
My favorite project that I’ve made so far is probably my Marrakech quilt in the black, white, and gray prints from Color Dash. I think it’s really striking!
When did you first discover Aurifil threads and what do you love most about them?
I had heard of them for a long time, but it wasn’t until I was working on some of the projects for my book that I used them. My friend Kim Niedzwiecki, of My Go Go Life, learned that I had never used them, so she offered to send me some to try. I have to say, as soon as I tried them, I was sold. They are the best threads that I’ve ever used. I had been having some problems with the tension of my mid arm quilting machine, and that stopped when I switched to Aurifil.
Do you have a favorite weight/color?
I like both 40 and 50 the best, and I tend to use color 2000 often because it’s a great neutral that goes well with so many colors.
How did you go about selecting colors for this collection?
It was really hard to narrow down a collection of only 10 and 12 colors of thread, when Aurifil has so many gorgeous colors to choose from! I tried to build a collection of my favorite colors that would be useful to people to use on many different projects.
To enter-to-win 1 Heather Jones Aurifil Thread Collection and one Fat Quarter Bundle of Color Dash by Heather Jones for Robert Kaufman, click here to head to the Rafflecopter entry page, or simply click on the image above. You do not have to complete all the options to be entered but the more options you choose, the more entries you have! Entries will be accepted from now through 11:59pm Eastern Time on Monday, August 8! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Tuesday, August 9. Good luck!
Update (8.9): This Giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Katy M!!
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Heather Jones is an author, designer and self-taught quilter who lives outside of Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband and two young children. Her first solo book, Quilt Local: Finding Inspiration in the Everydaywas released in October 2015. She is the founder and former president of the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild; three of her original quilts were chosen as winners of “Project Modern,” a year-long national quilting design competition sponsored by the national Modern Quilt Guild; and she is also 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. She 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. Heather’s 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. Her work has also been featured in numerous publications, most recently in “Lucky Spool’s Essential Guide to Modern Quilting” (2014), “Quilting the New Classics” by Michele Muska (2014), and magazines including Quilty, Quiltmaker, Modern Patchwork, Generation Q, and Love Patchwork and Quilting.
Heather has taught quilting and design workshops nationally at venues such as the Makerie in Boulder, Colorado; QuiltCon in Austin, Texas and Pasadena, California; International Quilt Festival in Long Beach, California; and A Gathering of Stitches in Portland, Maine, and at many shops and guild across the country. She offers online workshops through Creativebug.com, and has also has appeared on Quilting Arts TV. Her work has been exhibited at venues including the New England Quilt Museum, QuiltCon, International Quilt Festival, and the University of Dayton, among others.
**All images and biographical text courtesy of Heather Jones.