Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Interview With Faith Jones of Modern Quilts By Fresh Lemons and a Give-a-Way

Before I began my blog, I read a lot of quilt blogs, and several stood out. http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/ introduced me to modern quilting, (which I now love), provides lots of useful quilting information, and is fun to read.




Faith Jones is a talented quilter, designer, blogger, and one of the three authors of a book to be released in December, Vintage Quilt Revival, which I can't wait to see.



Below is my favorite Quilt by Faith, called This Way, That Way. It is featured on the front page of the Modern Quilt Guild, http://www.themodernquiltguild.com/ How cool is that?




And here is our interview;


Tell us how you began quilting?  Were there other quilters/sewers in your family? 
I have been around sewing and sewing myself as long as I can remember.  My mom made a lot of our clothes when I was younger and she has been a quilter my entire life.  However, I wasn’t interested in quilting myself until after I had my kids.  When I was pregnant with my son, I ended up going on bedrest for the last 8 weeks of my pregnancy.  My mom came to stay with us for a bit of time, to help out with my daughter.  She brought her sewing machine and taught me to make a simple, quilted bib.  A few months after my son was born, I used that knowledge to make my first quilt.
 How did you come up with the name “Fresh Lemons” for your blog/business?  
I started blogging without a super clear plan as to what my blog would become.  I knew I wanted to document my sewing journey.  I knew I wanted to my blog to be a light, fresh, happy and positive presence.  “Fresh Lemons” just popped into my head and luckily, Fresh Lemons Quilts was an available blog name. :)
I know you have a strong background in Computer Programming/Web Design. How did you get into quilt design?  
I think designing quilts really just came naturally to me from my graphics and math background.  I enjoy math (gasp!) and breaking down problems (or quilt tops and blocks) into smaller pieces to figure them out.  I also have experience in technical writing which helps when explaining tutorials and patterns.
What you would recommend to those who want to learn how to design fabrics and quilts?
Start sketching.  This can be done in a regular sketchbook.  It can be done online, using tools like Threadbias, GIMP, EQ7, Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator.  But take the time to sit down and be creative.  I often don’t have a plan or vision when I sit down.  I start sketching, drawing lines this way and that.  Combining components (half square triangles, rectangles, flying geese, etc).  And a plan eventually forms.
How would you describe the difference between Modern Quilts and Vintage Modern Quilts?
If you ask 100 quilters this question you will probably get 100 different answers.  When I think of “Modern Quilting” with a capital M, I think of something maybe improvisational, minimalistic design, bold color choices.  This isn’t always the case, but it’s what first pops into my mind.  
When I think of Vintage Modern Quilts, or Modern Traditionalism as I refer to it, I think of taking a historic or traditional block/design and using it in an unexpected way.  It could be a sampler, a medallion layout, a traditional block such as a Sawtooth Star, a color scheme like Red and White quilts.  Take those components and apply modern ideals by changing colors, making it wonky, or perhaps using negative space creatively.  The possibilities are really endless.
Tell us what inspires you in general, as well as, for those quilters/designers who have been quilting for several years, and want to take their quilting/designing to the next level?
I am inspired by all sorts of things.  I see patterns everywhere as I’m going about my day - catalogs, buildings, brick pavers, fashion, home design photos, even landscaping.  I also love reference books and have a shelf full of books with historic block listings.  There are also super talented bloggers out there on Flickr and Instagram.
What inspired you to come up with the designs for your new book, Vintage Quilt Revival, that will be released in December, 2013?
In November 2011, my coauthors Katie Blakesley, Lee Heinrich and I decided to write a book proposal based on the concept of Modern Traditionalism.  We took 20 historic blocks and designed a set of patterns to use these blocks in new and interesting ways - through changes in size, color, and layout.  While working on the projects, we were inspired to research and share information about various historical aspects of quilting.  From medallion quilts to mail order pattern catalogs, we included what we learned in sidebars in each chapter.  Our goal is to share modern designs while honoring the past.
What is your favorite part, and least favorite part of the quilting process?
Favorite - Pulling fabric!  I could pull fabrics for quilts all day long.
Least Favorite - Making and sewing on binding.  By that point, I just want to be done.
You have a family of 4, including 2 children, and have a thriving business. How do you juggle it all?
I am a mom and wife first and everything else second.  My kids are still relatively young (1st grade and preschool), so I’m trying to enjoy time with them while they still think I’m cool. ;)  I tend to do my sewing in the mornings when they are at school.  The afternoons are generally reserved for snacks, homework, Girl Scouts, soccer, t-ball, playdates, making dinner...well I’m sure a lot of you can relate!  
If I don’t get a chance to sew for a week, that’s ok.  I’ve learned to say “no” to things this year and not feel guilty.  There are a lot of great opportunities out there, and although it’s hard, I’m finding that balance.  I’m actually quite horrible at answering my emails in a timely fashion though.  I try to sit down once every couple of weeks because I don’t have a dedicated time each day to go through them all, research the questions and type up the answers.
When I was working on the book, my husband was great at managing the kids and giving me quiet time to work.  He’s a wonderful dad!
Quilters love fabric.  What are some of your favorites and why?
I have a special place in my heart for solids.  I love them!  My favorites are Moda’s Bella Solids, Art Gallery Pure Elements, and FreeSpirit Fabrics Designer Solids.  I like to keep my color cards handy so I can pick and match my solids.
As far as designers go, I love almost everything put out by Anna Maria Horner, Denyse Schmidt and Heather Ross.  Embarrassingly, I even have fabric tubs dedicated to them!  
I love text prints, especially if they have a cream background with black text.  I also lean toward buying prints that are monochromatic / tone-on-tone fabrics.
Lastly, tell us more about your community giving effort, and how quilters can participate?
The Community Giving page on my blog is relatively new.  There are a lot of quilt and block drives out there and I often get emails about spreading the word.  Whether it be a natural disaster, an accident or something more malicious, or an ongoing need, I’ve found that quilters are generous people and always want to help.  I decided to set up a special page where people can go if they want to help out in anyway.  If you have a quilt drive you would like me to include, just email me and I can add it to my page!
Thank you so much, Faith, for your time. This was a fun and informative interview with lots of inspiration. 
Additionally, Faith has generously offered a give-a-way, which are three free patterns from her shop.


Leave a comment in the www.hudsonvalleyquilts.com comments box telling us either, what your favorite pattern is in Faith's online shop, or a new quilting technique you want to learn in the next few months.
We'll pick and announce the winner on the morning of Monday, October 23. Please don't forget to leave an e-mail address or a way to get in touch.
Happy Quilting !!

100 comments:

  1. Thanks for the lovely interview!! I always admire Faith's blocks and quilts on Pinterest, what a fun opportunity to learn more about her. My favorite pattern of hers is Whimsical Windmills.

    emily@thecaffeinatedquilter.com

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  2. Hi I like her pick up sticks quilt. I would like to learn more on paper piecing and how to create paper piecing patterns. Thanks Sharon

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  3. I would like to learn more about paper piecing and the quilting process in general by hand and machine. I'm just starting to learn quilting and everything is very new, but I'm having tons of fun!! Faith's website is one of the first ones I came across, and she is right, the name is light and airy and attracted me instantly and then her blog did!

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  4. Thanks for the great interview, I love Faith's blog & her tutorials were really helpful to me when I started quilting a couple of years ago. I really like her pattern This Way, That Way - it's such a fantastic modern interpretation of a flying geese pattern. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    1. Thanks. I agree with you on This Way, That Way. Good luck with the give-a-way.

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    2. Hi Fran, Congratulations. You are one of the lucky winners of the Faith Jones Pattern, give-a-way. Please send me your address, and the pattern you would like, and I will forward it to Faith. Enjoy!!.
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  5. I like the Poinsettia mini quilt, as I love the juxtaposition of the traditional block and the lovely, clear, modern colors.

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    1. That positioning does give it a special quality. Thanks for sharing. Good luck with the give-a-way.

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  6. I love Faith's blog, her upbeat postings, her love of color, her quilt designs, just all of it all together! I too really like her windmills, as the windmill pattern in general is one of my favorites.

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  7. I would love "This Way, That Way", I follow her blog and admire her work greatly.
    grecomara at gmail dot com

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    1. That is my favorite pattern too. Thanks for sharing your comments and stopping by my blog.
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  8. She is a genius! I love her patterns! Especially Off-centered squares and Pick up sticks! amycav at hotmail dot com

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  9. Faith is such an inspiration, I follow her blog regularly. My favorite pattern is the Garden Trellis Quilt.

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  10. I enjoy reading Fresh Lemons blog so was interested to read the interview with Faith. The pattern I like best is the Poinsettia one as it is a new block idea to me. Linda on travjonuk@yahoo.com

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  11. My favorite pattern is Pick Up Sticks followed closely by Off-Centered Squares. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

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  12. Thanks for a great interview - I've been following Faith's blog for a while.
    My favourite pattern is her Whimsical Windmills

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  13. I'd really like to learn quilt-as-you-go method. Its on the shirt list anyhow!

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  14. I love Faith's "Prism" pattern. Very Nice!

    Thank you for the opportunity!

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  15. I love the Off-Centered Squares! It's whimsical and unexpected and fun!

    pattimcgverizonnet

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  16. They are all lovely, I'm thinking the Summer Sampler Series Anthology would be fun to make.

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  17. Great interview Annie. Thanks for sharing. I've been a Fresh Lemons follower for a while. The Prism quilt pattern is my favorite of hers.

    And Hi from the Albany area. I originally hail from Port Jervis, have family in Kingston and hubby hails from Woodstock. I'm glad to "meet" another local quilter.

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  18. Great Interview. Garden Tellis would be my favorite pattern of Faith's.

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    1. Thanks. Garden Tellis is very pretty. Good luck with the give-a-way.

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  19. I love Faith's blog- always excited to see an email telling me she's posted. Her designs are so clean and fresh! I'd love to do her summer sampler some day and work with solids.

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  20. I want to try paper piecing. Awesome interview.

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  21. Thanks for the great interview. I love Faith's quilts. I am making hexies and want to learn how to piece them onto some sort of quilt design.
    golfingbev@gmail.com

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    1. I'd love to see your finished quilt. Please share on my Instagram or Flickr pages. Good luck with the give-a-way.

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  22. Prism is one my favorite patterns.

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  23. I wondered where "Fresh Lemons" came from. Now it makes perfect sense! Thanks for doing this interview. I love all of Faith's quilts. Today I would pick the Up a Notch pattern.

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    1. i was curious about the name to - which I love. Good luck with the give-a-way.

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  24. I really enjoyed the interview - thanks for sharing. I would like to learn how to paper piece in the near future. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  25. I really enoyed this interview. I have followed faith for a while and enjoy her work. Tahnks for sharing and I also enjoyed your site as well!

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    1. Thanks for your comments. I enjoy Faith's work too. Can't wait to see the new book.

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  26. Great interview. I love the pick up sticks pattern. Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  27. I am determined to learn how to make zip bags by Christmas.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and good luck with the zip bags. Please post a photo on my Instagram or Flickr page after you've finished. Would love to see it.

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  28. Thank you for this giveaway! It's so interesting to read about another quilter's story. My favorite Fresh Lemon's pattern is Up Notch.

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  29. LOVE Faith's blog and patterns ~ I think my favorite is Prism. Thanks for the chance ~ fingers crossed!!

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  30. I have been reading Faith's blog for a while now and love her designs. I've never paper pieced, and am looking forward to trying her new lighthouse quiltalong.

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    1. The lighthouse pattern is so pretty and colorful.

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  31. i love the lemon squares, but can i say my new favorite will also be the book, which i've been anxiously awaiting for months??? LOL!!
    groseL20@hotmail.com

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    1. I can't wait to see the book too!!

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    2. Congratulations, Laurel. Your are one of the lucky winners of a Faith Jones Pattern. I will contact you at your e-mail address and will your mailing address and pattern choice.
      Enjoy it!!
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  32. I really like her Off-Centered Squares pattern. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  33. I'd love to start learning how to free motion quilt! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  34. The Prism quilt looks great!
    Denny1600 at gmail dot com

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  35. I follow Faith's blog, she is an awesome quilter. My favorite pattern of hers is the Poinsettia Mini Quilt Pattern. I love bright colors on white and it would look great on my sewing room wall. Thanks for the give away!

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  36. Love Faith's blog and 'M'odern take on quilts & design. And Really like her This Way, That Way
    flying geese quilt design. Looking forward to her new book. Yea!

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  37. All of Faith's patterns are great but I am especially drawn to Prism and Garden Trellis. Can't wait for the book to be available!

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  38. I like Whimsical Windmills. Thanks for the interview and chance to win!

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  39. I'm a fan of Faith's Garden Trellis pattern. I love her ability to pull beautiful fabrics and colors together! yoyopattycakes@hotmail.com

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  40. Wow, great giveaway. i love all her quilts and my favourites keep changing. I can't decide today.....

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  41. I really like the Prism pattern. Also I need more practice with machine applique, mine is ok but with more practice I think it could be better and not so scary.

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  42. I love her Prism pattern and the Summer Sampler Series--there are some great blocks in there.
    Great interview!

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  43. Whimsical Windmills because you can never go wrong with pinwheels. Love to follow faith's blog. thank you for a chance to win. Janita

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  44. i like the off centered squares pattern. great interview!

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  45. Thanks for the giveaway! My favorite is Faith's Windmill pattern! lubna_2112@hotmail.com

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  46. I love Faith's Prism pattern! I would love to give paper piecing a try, and I think this would be a great project to start with.

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  47. One of the next things I would like to learn is curved piecing.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  48. Great interview! I Love whimsical windmills!

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    1. Congratulations, Robin. You are one of the lucky winners of a Faith Jones pattern. Please e-mail me at acbeier71@gmail.com with your mailing address, and the pattern you would like to receive.
      Congratulations and enjoy making it!!
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      www.hudsonvalleyquilts.com

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  49. I love the Off Centered Square pattern. Was hard to just choose one. There are several I love and want to make. Thank you for the opportunity to win some of these fabulous patterns.

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  50. Thank you for the interesting interview. I've followed her blog for quite a while now. I really like her windmills pattern.

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  51. I am a faithful reader of Fresh Lemon quilt blog......great interview...........my favorite 2 patterns are Prism and Up a Notch.................
    survivor972002@midco.net

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  52. Her Garden Trellis is my favorite, but I love her work all over. I follow her blog religiously. As far as learning new things, I'm determined to learn to FMQ - it's been straight lines around here for too long!

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  53. Her patterns are so wonderful! I love her blog and found yours through hers. I love her Whimsical Windmills pattern the best, then her Up a Notch pattern.

    Sandy A

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  54. I read fresh lemon daily, I love all of hers, the Prism being my favorite, and any others she wants to pick, i am not picky. I just admire an artist!

    aka kingcooper0001@aol.com

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  55. She has so many great patterns - I think my favorite is Prism

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  56. I'm a big fan of Faith's blog and really like her Prism quilt pattern.
    alibear167 at gmail

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  57. Great interview! I love Faith's Garden Trellis quilt pattern.

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  58. I am just learning to quilt, so any technique is a new technique for me

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  59. I really enjoyed reading the interview - thank you . I am a fan of Faiths and follow blog. I love her Garden Trellis pattern!

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  60. I love Fresh Lemons, and I already have Prism. After that one, I think my favorite is Whimsical Windmills. Thanks for the great interview and the chance to win.

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  61. Hello Annie, I have only been getting Faith's blog now for several months and my favourite pattern so has been the summer sampler series quilt. I love her colour choices and her quilt packs alot of punch. I loved reading your interview Annie, as it told me a little more about Faith and her love of quilt making. Thank you so much for sharing Faiths story.julie714@adam.com.au

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  62. Thanks, Julie. I really appreciate that Faith took the time to do this interview. I am a new blogger, but have been quilting for 19 years. I've done a lot of professional interviewing before, so it means a lot to me that you noticed we were trying to tell Faith's story, and took the time to comment on it :)

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  63. I love Faith's Prism quilt pattern. She has great free patterns also - Thanks Faith!

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