Tuesday, December 6, 2016

My Hand Maker Fabric Firecracker Quilt + A Giveaway!!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
I'm sharing more details today about the Hand Maker Firecracker quilt I made as part of the Hand Maker Fabric blog tour. I posted about this quilt on social media earlier this year & today is its first time on my blog.

Hand Maker is by Natalie Barnes of Beyond the Reef for Windham Fabrics and it's available in shops now.
Image via Windham Fabrics


This is a 30" x 30" version of my Firecracker quilt that I made using the Lazy Angle Ruler. It was quilted by Teresa Silva of Quilting is My Bliss.

This is the quilt in Natalie's booth at Spring Quilt Market in Salt Lake City.




Here are the 9 small quilts that were part of Natalie's display & this blog tour:
Images via Windham Fabrics

Check out these blogs to see more of the quilts, projects made with Hand Maker Fabric & for more giveaways this week:

Saturday 03 December 
Natalie Barnes + beyondthereefpatterns.com 

Saturday 03 December 
Ann Shaw + annshawquilting.com 

Sunday 04 December 
Angela Walters - quiltingismytherapy.com 

Monday 05 December 
Amy Ellis + amyscreativeside.com 

Tuesday 06 December 
Julie Herman + jaybirdquilts.com 

Wednesday 07 December 
John Q. Adams + quiltdad.com 

Thursday 08 December 
Latifah Saafir + latifahsaafirstudios.com 

Friday 09 December 
Rose Hughes + rosehughes.com 

Saturday 10 December 
Jenny Pedigo + sewkindofwonderful.com

Sunday 11 December 
Cheri Leffler + cherilefflerdesigns.com 

Sunday 11 December 
Scott Hansen + bluenickelstudios.com


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Ready for a giveaway today? I'm giving away a fat quarter bundle of Hand Maker fabrics today as part of the blog tour.


The Rules


1. Leave ONE comment to enter. Make sure your contact info is in your profile or that you leave it in the comment.

2. In your comment tell us what your favorite fat quarter quilt or project is.

3. Comment entries must be left on this blog, www.jaybirdquilts.com, to be valid. Comments sent via E-mail, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other social media will not be counted.

4. Simple as that!!



You have till 5PM PST on Sunday, December 11th to enter. 

Winner will be selected by 

Good luck + thanks for stopping by today!

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

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Introducing Comet!

Friday, October 28, 2016
Introducing my latest pattern, Comet!

Quilt Details 
Fabric is Coney Island by Fig Tree & Co. for Moda
Pattern - Comet, JBQ 167
Designed by me
Quilted by Angela Walters
Started on 10/2/16
Finished on 10/7/16
Quilt measures - 46" x 64"


Comet is made using my Hex N More ruler (click the link to the ruler to see the video tutorial on how to use it).

Comet is a fat quarter friendly quilt & the cover fabric is Coney Island by Fig Tree & Co for Moda.

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Ready for some pattern cover photo shoot outtakes?

First we tried this tree, but the lighting was a mess.


And then we tried the other side of the tree... But still not great.

Next, we found this gate & I loved the photo, but again the lighting was off...

So Lawrence ran back to our car to grab Cinnamon Bun and we realized he could block out most of the crazy shadows with that quilt.

We couldn't block all the light at once... so the front cover is actually a few photos combined!


Here's a look at my pieced back & quilt label on the cover quilt.

This quilt comes together so fast that once I made one I wanted to make a few more! I loved all of the different looks that came with slightly different fabric choices for my fat quarters.

For the 4th Comet Quilt that I made I went with a navy background to mix it up. I love how different it looks! The fabrics are Tabby Road by Tula Pink.


Mixing up the fabric choices with my pieced backs is one way to make quilts a little more unique when I make more than one of the same quilt pattern in the same fabric collection.

I love how this pieced back shows off some of my favorite prints from Tula's new line, my quilt label & Teresa's quilting.

Wonder Clips on binding means that it's time for one of my favorite parts of quilting!

Binding is one of my favorite parts of the process because it means I'm about to have a finished quilt very soon!


This Comet quilt is also made with Tula Pink's upcoming collection, Tabby Road.

Quilt Details 
Fabric is Tabby Road by Tula Pink for Freespirit
Pattern - Comet, JBQ 167
Designed by me
Quilted by Teresa Silva
Started on 10/3/16
Finished on 10/22/16
Quilt measures - 46" x 64"



Quilt Details 
Fabric is Coney Island by Fig Tree & Co. for Moda
Pattern - Comet, JBQ 167
Designed by me
Quilted by Teresa Silva
Started on 10/3/16
Finished on 10/20/16
Quilt measures - 46" x 64"


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Here's some close ups of Angela's quilting.





And here's some close ups of Teresa's quilting.


Fat quarters of solids, blenders, batiks, and prints of all sizes, with a high contrast background fabric, work great for Comet. This is also great pattern to fussy cut large, medium or small scale prints.

The pattern is printed in full color, and it includes templates. Plus there's no Y seams!
It has 5 sizes: youth, lap, twin, queen, king.

Comet will be available in local and online quilt shops in November. Be sure to share your Comet quilts on social media using #CometQuilt. I can't wait to see what you make!

Come see me at Quilt Market in Houston, TX. I'll be in booth #2442 and I'll have my latest patterns at Sample Spree table #92. See you there



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

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Lucky Charm Pillow

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
I've got a fun new pillow pattern to share with you today!!!


Pillow Details 
Pattern - Lucky Charm Pillow, JBQ 169
Designed by me
Quilted by me
Started on 10/13/16
Finished on 10/15/16
Pillow measures - 20" x 20"



Lucky Charm is made using my Hex N More ruler (click the link to the ruler to see the video tutorial on how to use it).

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I knew right away that this grey chair in my living room would be the perfect place to photograph the pillow. Unfortunately my kitchen didn't make for a great background so I dragged the chair into my dining room...

That is when I realized I'd need to move my halloween decorations and plastic bins out of the way...

Then I realized there was still some more stuff in the background...

Eventually I got everything out of the background. Then I just had to decide which pillow or pillows to use on the cover.

This pattern is so fast and so much fun that I can't stop making pillows!! There are 6 in this picture, and I have already finished 9 of them!

Here's the other 3 I just made. The one on the right is made with Spectrum by V and Co for Moda. I'll tell you more about the other 2 below.


Lucky Charm is charm pack friendly. You can transform your favorite charm packs into charmed lucky hexagon pillows. It's a great pattern for an assortment of 5" squares in solids, blenders, batiks or small scale prints.

Here's a close up of my quilting on one of the pillows I made with Coney Island by Fig Tree & Co for Moda. I quilted most of the pillows with straight lines in one direction, but decided to get creative with this pillow as you can see.

For this pillow I quilted lines in 3 different directions to create a star in each of the hexagon blocks. The fabric shown here is Jasmine by Valori Wells for Robert Kaufman.


I'm a big supporter of quilt labeling & I try to label many of my projects, too, not just my quilts. So do you ever wonder how I label my pillows? I have these small labels about 1" x 2" that I fuse onto a bottom corner of the backing. Then I zigzag it in place. It's not as permanent as my method for quilts, but it's better than having no identification at all.

This is the back of my Lucky Charm pillow made with Early Bird by Kate Spain for Moda. The back of Lucky Charm is a great place to feature a larger print that coordinates with the front.

Here is the front of the pillow featuring Early Bird by Kate Spain.


Don't ask me to pick a favorite... I can't!!
Here's a round up of the fabrics featured in this photo, clockwise, from the top: Coney Island by Fig Tree & Co for Moda, Uppercase by Janine Vangool for Windham, Friedlander by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman, Coney Island by Fig Tree & Co for Moda, True Blue by Zen Chic for Moda, Modern Backgrounds Luster by Zen Chic for Moda.

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The pattern is printed in full color, and it includes templates. Plus there's no Y seams!

Lucky Charm will be available in local and online quilt shops in November. Be sure to share your Lucky Charm pillows on social media using #LuckyCharmPillow. I can't wait to see what you make!

Come see me at Quilt Market in Houston, TX. I'll be in booth #2442 and I'll have my latest patterns at Sample Spree table #92. See you there!



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

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Introducing Cinnamon Bun!!

Thursday, October 20, 2016
I've got a new quilt pattern to share with you today, Cinnamon Bun!!

Quilt Details
 
Pattern - Cinnamon Bun, JBQ 166
Designed by me
Quilted by Angela Walters
Started on 8/25/16
Finished on 9/15/16
Quilt measures - 55" x 72"


Cinnamon Bun can be made using my Super Sidekick ruler (click the link to the ruler to see the video tutorial on how to use it).
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Behind the scenes of shooting the pattern cover!

One of the bridges we snapped photos at...

This pattern is so fast and fun that I was able to make three lap quilts in just a couple of days. Angela quilted two of them & Teresa quilted the other.

Here is a detail photo of Angela's quilting.


Here's the pieced back with my framed quilt label



Here is a detail photo of Teresa's quilting.

I love putting binding on a quilt! Quilting by Teresa.

Here is a close up of Angela's quilting on my scrappy Carolyn Friedlander version.

Looking forward to taking this trio of quilts to market. You'll be able to see one of the quilts in Windham's booth.


Here is a detail photo of Angela's quilting on my scrappy Carolyn Friedlander version.

And here is another detail photo of Teresa's quilting.

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The pattern is printed in full color, and it includes templates. Plus there's no Y seams!
It has 5 sizes: baby, lap, twin, queen, king.

Cinnamon Bun will be available in local and online quilt shops November 1. Be sure to share your Cinnamon Bun quilts on social media using #CinnamonBunQuilt. I can't wait to see what you make!

Come see me at Quilt Market in Houston, TX. I'll be in booth #2442 and I'll have my latest patterns at Sample Spree table #92. See you there!



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

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