Faith Jones is an author,  designer, quilter, maker of beautiful things, and a long time friend and business partner of mine.  She designs and sells quilt patterns here, and has a really robust tutorial section here, including techniques, block patterns, free quilt patterns, and quilt alongs!  Make sure to check it out!

I first met Faith online, when she posted a photo of Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Quilt Patterns.  It was 2011, and I had just been to the Year of the Quilt  exhibit at the American Folk Art Museum in New York City. The historic and vintage quilts I had seen had blown my mind, and they were unlike anything I had seen on the then burgeoning modern quilting blog scene.  Like Faith, I thought that perhaps mixing the vintage and the modern could be really, really cool.

I sent Faith an email (so I thought) in the middle of the night that basically said, “I saw that you posted Barbara Brackman’s book on your blog, and I have this great idea to combine the two with a summer learn to quilt sampler quilt series, and I wondered if you would be interested.” Sometimes I act before I think. Okay. A lot of the time I do that.  [This is Faith’s actual post, and the photo below is from that post!]

 

I sent the email I mean to send to Faith @ Fresh Lemons Quilt to Lee @ Freshly Pieced. Lee responded with, “I totally didn’t post the picture, I’m not sure who this is meant for, but I love your idea and if you need a third person, I’m in.”

That was the best email I ever sent that I didn’t mean to send. That summer, Faith, Lee and I launched the original Summer Sampler Series, which led to our best selling book Vintage Quilt Revival, which cemented a friendship where we communicate almost every day. We continue to work together each summer hosting a new Summer Sampler Quilt Along, and hope you join us this summer!

What is your favorite quilt you have ever made? 

My favorite quilt is always changing.  Each time I design something new, I am so excited about it.  Designing is probably my favorite part of quilt making.  My current favorite would be the Summer Star Medallion.  This quilt has blocks from several awesome modern designers, and was part of a quilt along hosted by Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced, Katie Blakesley of Swim, Bike, Quilt, and myself.  I was not only crazy excited about the layout, but also using V&Co’s ombre fabric for my quilt.  It’s amazing how many shades of color can come out of a single half yard of ombre fabric!  I love the bold punch of the blocks mixed with the calm shades of tan for the borders–finished quilt pictures here!

 Faith recently posted a photo on her Instagram with a new project–she is designing a new series of quilt block patterns–aren’t they beautiful?

What is your favorite part of the creative process?

My favorite part of the creative process is definitely design.  I do all my work at a computer using Adobe Illustrator.  (In my “previous life” (before kids), I was a computer programmer and did a small amount of graphic design.)

Faith posted this graphic on Instagram last year, with the caption, “I was wondering what *all* the Summer Sampler Series blocks (2011, 2016, 2017) would look like together in a quilt….turns out they look awesome! And result in a huge King Sized quilt! 49 blocks, mocked up using colors from @cottonandsteel Basics fabric collections.”  Lee is quilting along, and actually making this fantastic #megaquiltalong quilt!  More in her blog post here.

I am self taught in Illustrator, but once I had it figured out I discovered I could work quickly and efficiently.  I love creating blocks, throwing them up on a sample quilt, moving things around, recoloring, and so on, all with the click of a mouse.  It’s so fun!  I am a visual learner, and I really enjoy making lots of graphics for my quilt patterns.

Do you have an all-time favorite fabric or print?

I’m not sure I can pick one particular print, but I definitely can pick a collection!  I fell in love with quilting, in part, because of Anna Maria Horner’s Good Folk’s collection.  I loved the (mostly) monochromatic prints.

Faith made this quilt in 2009! You can read more about it here and here.

The colors were unlike anything I had seen from traditional quilts – which were most of the quilts I had been exposed to at the time.  And my kids loved the quilt.  They always requested to cuddle under it and bring it on picnics.  It was magical and was a foundation for my enthusiasm to create quilts.

Faith has made two versions of an Arkansas Traveler quilt, using one of the original Summer Sampler blocks. Love how changing up the fabric makes such a difference!  The first quilt was made in 2013, the other in 2014. I love how the quilting and her decision to use a single piece of fabric for each diamond in the second quilt changes the look, too! 

When did you learn to sew? 

Sewing is a constant memory from childhood.  Growing up, my mom sewed us clothing, quilts, and outfits for our Barbies.  My mom taught me to quilt though, when I was pregnant with my second child.  I was on bed rest, and she came to stay with my family to help take care of my 2 year old daughter.  She brought her sewing machine and supplies, and helped me make a tiny, quilted bib.  I thought “This takes forever!  Why would anyone do this?!”  I have to laugh now!  Little did I know, several months later I would take what I learned on that bib and make my first quilt.  I couldn’t believe I had made something that looked like it came from a store – better even!  And it was customized – my favorite fabrics, my favorite colors, no one else had this exact quilt except me.  I was hooked.

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