Quilt Local: Finding Inspiration in the Everyday from designer and quilter Heather Jones presents twenty new quilts inspired by the landscape around us all– country roads, city signs, buildings and more.

Heather Jones from Olive and Ollie is a quilt designer and teacher, and is the founder and former president of the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild. She teaches online classes for CreativeBug.com, on Quilting Arts TV and around the country with workshops. In addition to the many patterns in Quilt Local, Heather also gives some excellent thoughts on color theory, helping you rework the modern, graphic designs for multiple new looks.

STC Craft has given us an excerpt for the Homage pattern from Heather’s book, a versatile design inspired by the work of Josef Albers. Enjoy!

Homage excerpt from Quilt Local

Posted with permission by STC Craft | An Imprint of Abrams, with photography by Jenny Hallengren.

This design is inspired by the work of Josef Albers, in particular his Homage to the Square series of paintings that explored how colors work with each other and react against each other. Rather than duplicate Albers’s work in which the squares are nestled within each other, I have changed my version so that the three squares are on the same plane, that is, they all rest on the same ground line. This pillow cover is easy to construct and has a strong visual impact. An envelope closure on the back of the cover makes it easy to insert your pillow form and remove it when you need to clean the cover.

For my first version of the design, I created an analogous color palette using three shades of yellow, surrounded by white sashing around the block. I placed the lightest fabric in the center and ringed it with two darker yellows: a mid-tone butter yellow and a darker saffron yellow.

Homage blocks in nine different color combinations.

You’ll find nine other versions of the Homage design above. They illustrate different types of color palettes: monochromatic, complementary, cool, warm, neutral, analogous, secondary, muted and saturated. Making this cover in your own color scheme is a great way to experiment with colors and patterns.

Finished Cover Size: 19½” x 19½” (49 cm x 49 cm)
Skill Level: Beginner

Fabrics:
The fabric amounts are based on using 44–45″ (112–115 cm) wide fabrics.

  • Fabric 1: ¼ yard (25 cm), OR a 9″ (23 cm) square, of a solid light yellow, such as Clothworks
    American Made Brand Cotton Solids in Light Yellow (08)
  • Fabric 2: ¼ yard (25 cm) of a solid bright medium yellow, such as Clothworks American Made Brand Cotton Solids in Dark Yellow (10)
  • Fabric 3: ¼ yard (25 cm) of a solid dark gold, such as Clothworks American Made Brand Cotton Solids in Dark Gold (69)
  • Fabric 4: ¼ yard (25 cm) of a solid white, such as Clothworks American Made Brand Cotton Solids in White (01)
  • Backing Fabric for Pillow Cover Front: 26″ (65 cm) square of white cotton fabric
  • Fabric for Pillow Cover Back: ½ yard (50 cm) more of Fabric 4

Other Materials:

  • 24″ x 24″ (60 cm x 60 cm) of batting
  • All-purpose thread for piecing and sewing cover together
  • White quilting thread
  • 20″ x 20″ (50 cm x 50 cm)
  • Premade pillow form

Cut the Pillow-Cover Top Pieces:
1. Using a rotary cutter, straight edge, and a cutting mat, cut one 6½” x 6½” (16.2 cm x 16.2 cm) square from Fabric 1 for one A piece. Label your pieces as you cut them.

2. Using a rotary cutter, straight edge, and a cutting mat, cut one 2½” (6.2 cm) x width of fabric (WOF) strip and one 4½” (11.2 cm) x WOF strip, from Fabric 2, cutting from selvage to selvage. Subcut the 2½” (6.2 cm) x WOF strip into two 2½” x 6½” (6.2 cm x 16.2 cm) strips for two B pieces. Trim the 4½” (11.2 cm) WOF strip to 4½” x 10½” (11.2 cm x 26.2 cm) for one C piece.

3. From Fabric 3, cut one 2½” (6.2 cm) x WOF and one 4½” (11.2 cm) x WOF strip. Subcut the 2½” (6.2 cm) x WOF strip into two 2½” x 10½” (6.2 cm x 26.2 cm) strips for two D pieces. Trim the 4½” (11.2 cm) WOF strip to 4½” x 14½” (11.2 cm x 36.2 cm) for one E piece.

4. From Fabric 4, cut two 3½” (8.7 cm) x WOF strips. Subcut the first strip into two 3½” x 14½” (8.7 cm x 36.2 cm) for two F pieces, and subcut the other strip into two 3½” x 20½” (8.7 cm x 51.2 cm) pieces for two G pieces.

Construct the Pillow-Cover Front Top:
5. Following the diagram, sew one B piece to the right side of the A piece, with right sides together and using a ¼” (6 mm) seam allowance for all seams.

Sewing together the A, B, and C pieces.

Sew the other B piece to the left side of the A piece and press the seams to the side, toward the B pieces. Then sew the C piece to the top of the pieced section. Press the seam to the side, toward the C piece.

Sewing on the D and E pieces.

6. Following the diagram, sew one D piece to the right side of pieced section and the other D piece to the left side of the pieced section. Press the seams to the side, toward the D pieces. Then sew the E piece to the top of the pieced section. Press the seam to the side, toward the E piece.

Sewing on the F pieces.

7. Sew one F piece to the right side of the pieced section, and sew the other F piece to the left side of the pieced section, following the diagram. Press the seams to the side, toward the F pieces.

Sewing on the G pieces to complete the front top.

8. Following the diagram, sew one G piece to the top of the pieced section, and sew the other G piece to the bottom of the pieced section to complete the pillow-cover front top. Press the seams to the side, toward the G pieces.

Finish the Pillow-Cover Front:
9. Layer the batting between the pillow-cover front top and the 26″ (65 cm) square of backing fabric to make a quilt sandwich. Baste together with quilting pins. (More instructions in the book.)

10. Quilt as desired. After quilting, trim off the excess batting and backing fabric to align them with the edges of the pillow-cover front top, and square up all sides of the quilted piece if necessary.

Sew on the Pillow-Cover Back:
11. Make the pillow-cover back in two pieces to create an envelope opening. First, cut one 15½” ( 38.7 cm) x WOF strip from the pillow-cover back fabric. Subcut this strip into two 15½” x 20½” (38.7 cm x 51.2 cm) rectangles for the two back pieces.

12. Complete the pillow-cover back.


Quilt Local: Finding Inspiration in the Everyday by Heather Jones is published by STC Craft | An Imprint of Abrams with photography by Jenny Hallengren. Take a look at all of the Quilt Local book tour sites:

Heather Jones is also planning several book signings during the upcoming Quilt Market:
– October 23 @ 7:00 p.m.: Quilt Works, 9431 Jones Road, Houston, TX
– October 24 @ 1:00 p.m.: Signing in the Checker Distributors Booth #1122, George R Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas, Houston, TX
– October 24 @ 5:00 p.m.: Signing in the Brewer Sewing Booth #2842 & #2843, George R Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas, Houston, TX