From Concept to Quilt with Heather Jones, Fresh Quilting 112

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In this episode of Fresh Quilting, author and quilter Heather Jones shows how to break a photograph into components and translate it into a quilt design. Then, Kara Sanders and Elizabeth Dackson talk about the benefits and challenges of building a modern quilt community online. Finally, Shannon Brinkley shares best practices for cutting, fusing, and stitching appliqué.

Fresh Quilting segments: Season 1, Episode 12


Heather Jones is an author, designer, and quilter who lives outside of Cincinnati, OH with her husband and children. Her first book, Quilt Local: Finding Inspiration in the Everyday, was released in 2015. Her work has been featured in books including Lucky Spool’s Essential Guide to Modern Quilting (2014) and Quilting the New Classics by Michele Muska (2014), along with magazines including Quilty, Quiltmaker, Modern Patchwork, Gen Q, and Love Patchwork & Quilting. Heather has taught workshops all across the country, offers online workshops at, and 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.

Kara Sanders lives outside of Cincinnati, Ohio with her lovely wife and their two cats, Michael and Jackson. She enjoys all manner of crafty goodness, collecting more Pyrex than anyone needs and taking long walks on the beach.

Shannon Brinkley is a quilt/fabric designer, author, and national speaker and teacher based in Austin, TX. Shannon has always been drawn to any craft involving textiles. As a young girl, she explored weaving, embroidery, knitting, garment sewing, among others, and began quilting in college, where she fell completely in love with the craft. Inspired by her love of fabric and the texture, Shannon wrote the book Scrappy Bits Applique. A former elementary teacher, Shannon speaks about and teaches her modern quilting techniques all across the US.