Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Northern Lights made out of Voile by Tula Pink

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
We've all had one (or a few!) of those UFO, aka unfinished object, quilts hanging around the house or studio. I seem to be on track to finish up a couple UFOs in my studio as the year winds down. I wanted to share the story of my Northern Lights voile quilt to inspire anyone who might have their own UFO they want to finish soon.

Quilt Details 
Designed by me
Quilted by Angela Walters
Started on 9/14/12
Finished on 11/2/15
Quilt measures - 106" x 104"


Anna Maria Horner wrote a great blog post a few years ago on sewing with voile. It is full of info & a great read if you want to learn more or are ready to tackle sewing with voile.

The process as documented on Instagram over the last 3 years:

Binding! I decided to use this cotton print from Tula Pink's Eden collection for the binding.

Lately I haven't had the chance to do much binding. Typically I'm on a deadline so my amazing mom will do the hand sewing.

It was nice to work on this over a few days & not feel rushed.

Note: The prints that I used in my quilt were all released 3+ years ago and might be hard to find at this point.

What UFO quilts to have hiding that you want to break out & finish? Tell me all about them in the comments.

© Blog post written by Julie Herman
For more information visit http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

My Newest Block of the Month is Sweet Tooth!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Today is a very special day for me! Today marks 5 years since I launched my first printed patterns. Thank you SO much for all of your support over the last 5 years!
I'm also super excited to introduce Sweet Tooth to you today!! Sweet Tooth is my new Block of the Month book! It will be available in January 2016.
Sweet Tooth features the Hex N More and Super Sidekick Rulers.

Quilt Details 
Pattern - Sweet Tooth, JBQ 159
Designed by me
Quilted by Angela Walters
Started on 9/4/15
Finished on 10/2/15
Quilt measures - 66" x 88"

I partnered with Robert Kaufman Fabrics to offer a quilt kit that has the exact Kona colors I used. It will be available early next year online and at local quilt shops as a quilt kit OR as a block of the month club. The kit includes all of the fabric to make the Twin size quilt top and binding.

Believe it or not... this entire quilt is machine pieced and has no Y seams!!


Here are some process photos from when I made Sweet Tooth.

This was when I made all of the blocks. Lots of chain piecing to get the blocks finished before Quilt Market!

Binding! Can you tell I love Wonder Clips??


We took over 250 photos of Sweet Tooth to get the right shot for the pattern cover. Here are a bunch of the outtakes.

We found this fence and I knew it could be a great way to get a flat shot of the quilt.

The wind, however, had other ideas & we never got the shot we wanted. 

Then we found this wall with greenery, but we had no way to secure the quilt & it kept falling down.

 Next we went to a local park.

I wanted to try to get a higher angle so I climbed up the ladder and sat at the top of the slide.

Then I was too high, so I started to slide down to try to get a better angle. If it wasn't for the shadows on the bottom left of the quilt I might have used this photo!!

 Lawrence took this photo of me at the same time that I was taking the one above!

Eventually I slid down & took this photo of the pieced back. I love how the light makes it look like stained glass!

We tried to turn the quilt around to avoid the harsh shadows, but now you can't really see any of the quilting.

Lawrence always likes to stay close when it is windy so he can catch the quilt if it starts to fall or fly away!

This photo of the back really shows off Angela's quilting. I enjoy picking a fabric for the back that contrasts with most of the front so that the quilting will really pop. I kept my label strip and pieced quilt back pretty simple for this quilt

Our last location of the day was a friend's front steps. I had a feeling that the big deep steps would be a great place to lay the quilt.

It worked out perfectly! I took a bunch of photos to make sure we had lots to pick from.

I know I shouldn't pick favorites, but this block is the one that started it all!


Sweet Tooth will debut in shops January 2016. Be sure to share your Sweet Tooth blocks on social media using #SweetToothQuilt. I can't wait to see what you make!

© Blog post written by Julie Herman
For more information visit http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/


Monday, October 19, 2015

Where you can find me at Fall 2015 Quilt Market - Booth 2227

Monday, October 19, 2015
The fall International Quilt Market is coming up in Houston, TX, and once again I'll be hosting a Jaybird Quilts booth! You can find me in Booth 2227 with all things Jaybird Quilts rulers + patterns.

Shop owners and buyers are welcome to stop by to check out my latest designs and product releases. There will be demos of the Jaybird Quilts family of rulers. We'll have my brand new quilts on display and best selling patterns on hand. We'll also share with you how you can add a block of month or mini of the month program to your shop.

October 24-26, 2014
George R. Brown Convention Center
Houston, Texas 
*Trade show only. Not open to the general public.      
Show Dates & Hours:
Saturday, October 24 — 9:30AM to 6:00PM
Sunday, October 25 — 9:30AM to 6:00PM
Monday, October 26 — 9:30AM to 4:00PM


Join me at Sample Spree for great deals on select Jaybird Quilts pattern + ruler collections!

Jaybird Quilts
Table 70

October 23, 2014
George R. Brown Convention Center
Houston, Texas 
7:00PM to 9:00PM


I'll also be presenting at Schoolhouse!
Shape Up Your Shop with Jaybird Quilts - 3:30-4:00 in Room 371C
Hex N More, Sidekick, Mini Hex N More, & Super Sidekick Rulers!

Would you like to carry Jaybird Quilts patterns + rulers in your shop OR do you have them on offer already?
Create your wholesale account, request to have your shop listed on my 'Where to Buy' page or request a Jaybird Quilts trunk show by contacting rachael@jaybirdquilts.com.

See you soon in Houston!

© Blog post written by Julie Herman
For more information visit http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/


Friday, October 16, 2015


Friday, October 16, 2015
Hey! I've got another new quilt pattern to share with you today that I'm super excited about!!
Boomerang is made using the Super Sidekick Rulercan be made with Fat Quarters or 1/4 Yard Cuts.

Quilt Details 
Pattern - Boomerang, JBQ 154
Designed by me
Quilted by Angela Walters
Started on 5/28/15
Finished on 6/20/15
Quilt measures - 56" x 72"

 I used the fat quarter bundle of my designer palette that I put together for Robert Kaufman.

Here are the colors! I used Storm as my binding & setting fabric.


Ready for some outtakes from our cover photo shoots?

Fun Fact: My quilts generally lay around the house on railings or beds before their photo shoots so that they don't get any folds or wrinkles in them. Boomerang just happened to be hanging around on this day when I started painting my craft room. The combination of the ladder + partially painted room + finished quilt = cracks me up! (I promise the paint was far away from the quilt to avoid any possible nightmares.)

We decided to first take the quilt to our local park. It was pretty windy!

The wind calmed down a bit & we found this tree. I liked this photo, but it was just too gloomy in the background.

You probably can't tell from the first photo... but Lawrence is hiding behind the quilt! The wind kept knocking it down otherwise. He had to balance on that one rock in the bottom right & hold the quilt... all while ducking to not be seen! He is the best!!!

We were headed to Hawaii soon so we decided to take this quilt along and Arcade Game.

This is the spot! I just had to find the right angle + the right rock to stand on to get the cover!

Here is the back. I didn't have enough of the Pistachio green left so I used as much as I had & made it scrappy! Leftover strips in a gradient worked perfectly next to my label in my pieced quilt back

Here is a detail photo of Angela's quilting. Angela quilted straight lines to frame boomerang within most of the diamonds and the boomerangs of each block. Then she alternated among straight lines, feathers and Figure 8s within the boomerangs of the blocks. The diamonds of each block were embellished with a complimenting geometric design to the design quilted within the boomerang.

Boomerang will ship to shops in early November. Be sure to share your Boomerang quilts on social media using #BoomerangQuilt. I can't wait to see what you make!

© Blog post written by Julie Herman
For more information visit http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/