Monday, January 26, 2015

Jaybird Quilts Super Sidekick Ruler Tutorial by Julie Herman

Monday, January 26, 2015
Today is my 4th and final video in my series of video ruler tutorials! It's for my newest (and largest!) ruler, the Super Sidekick

In this video tutorial, I show you how to cut shapes from fabric strips with the Super Sidekick ruler. Learn how to cut Diamonds, Triangles and Half Triangles. You can cut each shape in eight different sizes using the Super Sidekick ruler. The Super Sidekick ruler is a companion to the Hex N More ruler, also from Jaybird Quilts. I'll show you how to cut shapes for right and left-handed sewists and quilters.




(If you receive my blog posts in your email, you may find that the video doesn't appear or load in some email programs or formats. If you want to view this tutorial, I recommend clicking this link to watch it in an internet browser or from the YouTube app.)

GENERAL RULER INFORMATION:
All shapes are rotary cut from fabric strips.
Cut a strip and then cut the desired shape or shapes from the strip.
A 1/4" seam allowance is included on each shape of all of the rulers.
The Super Sidekick ruler cuts 3 shapes in 8 sizes. The Super Sidekick ruler can be used in place of the Sidekick ruler.


The Jaybird Quilts family of rulers include the Hex N More, Sidekick, Mini Hex N More and Super Sidekick rulers. All Hex N More and Sidekick rulers can work together or alone. The shapes and sizes cut from each ruler can work together to make unique and interesting designs. The Hex N More, Sidekick & Super Sidekick rulers are packaged with full color directions, including cutting and piecing diagrams. 

Jaybird Quilts patterns that use the Super Sidekick ruler include Gravity, Glimmer and Stereo. Most Jaybird Quilts quilt patterns include size options that range from baby, lap, twin, full, up to queen and king size quilts. Patterns for throw pillows and table runners or table toppers are also available. All patterns are full color and include detailed cutting diagrams and templates, directions for assembling blocks and finishing directions.

Quilts featured in this video include Glimmer made with Elizabeth by Tula Pink for Free Spirit and Stereo made with Color Theory by Vanessa Christenson of V and Co for Moda. Both quilts are pieced by Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts and are quilted by Angela Walters of Quilting is My Therapy




And if you've ever gotten stuck when trying to align diamond shapes when piecing, here's a link to my tips on how to get unstuck.

If you want to save these videos for a rainy day, be sure to bookmark them in your browser or pin them to your sewing or quilting Pinterest boards.

What do you think of these ruler video tutorials? Did you find them helpful? Tell us all about your favorite ruler or video tutorial in the comments.


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

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Local Quilt Shop Day is tomorrow, Saturday, January 24

Friday, January 23, 2015
Tomorrow, Saturday January 24, is National Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day. Yes, it's a real day with a real website!

Here are some photos of Jaybird Quilts shop samples spotted in Local Quilt Shops this past year:
A Jawbreaker pillow, made using the Hex N More ruler, at Orange Quilt Bee in California. 

Me with a Three in the Box quilt, also at Orange Quilt Bee.

A Candy Dish pillow set at Orange Quilt Bee.

Snack Time in Kona Cotton, Delight in color:FULL by Jennifer Sampou for Robert Kaufman Fabrics, Disco in Botanics by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman and Hugs and Kisses at The Stitchin Post in Oregon.

There's a lot going on in this one: Giggles is hanging, Chopsticks and Science Fair are on the bench. Then Mini Radio Way, Mini Northern Lights & Mini Disco are all hanging out together, clothes pinned to the display.

And a Candy Dish pillow set with some patterns at Cozy Creative Center in California.

If you're new to Jaybird Quilts or the blog and you're looking for shops that carry my rulers and patterns, check out my Where to Buy page for the most current listing. 

If you're shop looking to be added to my Where to Buy page, email your contact info and shop website (if applicable) to rachael at jaybirdquilt dot com.

What's your favorite local quilt shop to visit for fabric and notions? Tell us all about it in the comments.


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

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Jaybird Quilts Mini Hex N More Ruler Tutorial by Julie Herman

Monday, January 19, 2015
I've got another ruler tutorial video for you today. This time it's for my Mini Hex N More ruler.

In this video tutorial, I show you how to cut shapes from fabric strips with the Mini Hex N More ruler. You will learn how to cut Hexagons, Half Hexagons, Triangles and Jewels with the Mini Hex N More ruler.




(If you receive my blog posts in your email, you may find that the video doesn't appear or load in some email programs or formats. If you want to view this tutorial, I recommend clicking this link to watch it in an internet browser or from the YouTube app.)

GENERAL RULER INFORMATION:
All shapes are rotary cut from fabric strips.
Cut a strip and then cut the desired shape or shapes from the strip.
A 1/4" seam allowance is included on each shape of all of the rulers.
The Mini Hex N More ruler cuts 4 shapes in one size each. The Hex N More ruler can be used in place of the Mini Hex N More ruler.

The Jaybird Quilts family of rulers include the Hex N More, Sidekick, Mini Hex N More and Super Sidekick rulers. All Hex N More and Sidekick rulers can work together or alone. The shapes and sizes cut from each ruler can work together to make unique and interesting designs. The Hex N More, Sidekick & Super Sidekick rulers are packaged with full color directions, including cutting and piecing diagrams. 

Jaybird Quilts patterns that use the Mini Hex N More ruler include Mini DelightMini Science FairMini Tiny DancerMini LotusMini Disco and Mini Northern Lights. All patterns are full color and include detailed cutting diagrams and templates, directions for assembling blocks and finishing directions.

Quilts featured in this video include 
Mini Delight, Mini Tiny Dancer, Mini Disco and Mini Northern Lights, each in Kona Cotton by Robert Kaufman Fabrics. Mini Lotus in Artisan Batiks for Robert Kaufman Fabrics and Mini Science Fair in Pearl Bracelets by Lizzy House for Andover fabrics are also featured. All quilts are pieced by Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts and are quilted by Angela Walters of Quilting is My Therapy or by Julie Herman

If you want to save these videos for a rainy day, be sure to bookmark them in your browser or pin them to your sewing or quilting Pinterest boards.

Next week I will have my final video for you in my video ruler tutorial series, Super Sidekick!


Have you made a mini quilt using the Mini Hex N More ruler? If so, which ones have you made or which ones are on your list to make in 2015? Tell us all about it in the comments below. Thanks!


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

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Jaybird Quilts Sidekick Ruler Video Tutorial by Julie Herman

Monday, January 12, 2015
I'm back with a new video tutorial for you, this time it's for my Sidekick ruler! The Sidekick is the companion ruler to the Hex N More and they work great together, or just fine on their own.

In this video tutorial, I demonstrate how to cut shapes from fabric strips with the Sidekick ruler. Learn how to cut Diamonds, Triangles and Half Triangles. You can cut each shape in four different sizes using the Sidekick ruler.  I review how to cut shapes for right and left-handed sewists and quilters.



(If you receive my blog posts in your email, you may find that the video doesn't appear or load in some email programs or formats. If you want to view this tutorial, I recommend clicking this link to watch it in an internet browser or from the YouTube app.)

GENERAL RULER INFORMATION:
All shapes are rotary cut from fabric strips.
Cut a strip and then cut the desired shape or shapes from the strip.
A 1/4" seam allowance is included on each shape of all of the rulers.
The Sidekick ruler cuts 3 shapes in 4 sizes. The Super Sidekick ruler can be used in place of the Sidekick ruler.

The Jaybird Quilts family of rulers include the Hex N More, Sidekick, Mini Hex N More and Super Sidekick rulers. All Hex N More and Sidekick rulers can work together or alone. The shapes and sizes cut from each ruler can work together to make unique and interesting designs. The Hex N More, Sidekick & Super Sidekick rulers are packaged with full color directions, including cutting and piecing diagrams.

Jaybird Quilts patterns that use the Sidekick ruler include Park Bench, Day Break, Night Sky, Giggles, Rock Candy and Seaside. Most Jaybird Quilts quilt patterns include size options that range from baby, lap, twin, full, up to queen and king size quilts. Patterns for throw pillows and table runners or table toppers are also available. All patterns are full color and include detailed cutting diagrams and templates, directions for assembling blocks and finishing directions.

Quilts featured in this video include Night Sky, Giggles and Rock Candy table toppers. All featured quilts are made with Kona Cotton by Robert Kaufman Fabrics, pieced by me and quilted by Angela Walters of Quilting is My Therapy.

And if you've ever gotten stuck when trying to align diamond shapes when piecing, here's a link to my tips on how to get unstuck:
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Sidekick Diamond Tips

If you want to save these videos for a rainy day, be sure to bookmark them in your browser or pin them to your sewing or quilting Pinterest boards.

What do you think of these ruler video tutorials so far? Do you find them helpful?



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

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show 2014 Recap - Save it for Sunday, Walking Tours with Angela Walters

Thursday, January 8, 2015
I've been saving this post for a while now, just shy of about 6 months. Once I sat on it for as long as I did, I figured I would wait it out until the 2015 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show + Quilter's Affair announcements were made.


One of the best kept secrets about week of quilting and quilts in Sisters is the "Save it for Sunday" walking tour at the FivePine Lodge & Conference Center. When the weather permits, quilts from the featured presenter are hung up outside among the pine trees for the event. I was lucky enough to attend in July 2014 for Angela Walter's presentation.

Angela's portrait quilt of Grandpa that she made and hangs in her studio. He's the one who got her started on her quilting journey.

Valori Wells hanging quilts to get them ready for the tour.

Some of the quilters who took Angela's tour.




Angela did a great job sharing her quilting stories that day. You can find out more about that day and her experience on her blog.




Some of my quilts that Angela has quilted, from left to right: Science Fair, 2 Night Sky quilts and Day Break.





My quilts from behind. I love seeing the pieced backs and labels.






Angela presenting in the packed lecture hall after the walking tour.

This is my Radio Way quilt made with Cocoon by Valori Wells and quilted by Angela. I donated this quilt to the "Men Behind the Quilts" calendar and quilt auction. Angela and I are pictured here with the quilt auction winner.

'Save it for Sunday' was a pretty cool experience I'll never forget. And I'm REALLY looking forward to the 2015 Save it for Sunday event with one of my all time favorite fabric designers, Tula Pink!

Do you have a favorite quilting event that holds a special place in your heart? Are planning to head to Sisters this year for the 40th anniversary outdoor quilt show? Tell us all about it in the comments below.



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

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Jaybird Quilts Hex N More Ruler Video Tutorial by Julie Herman

Monday, January 5, 2015
I'm so excited to share my new video ruler tutorials with you this month! Today I have the Hex N More video tutorial for you. Over the next few weeks I'll have a new tutorial on each ruler for you each week.

In this video tutorial I demonstrate how to cut shapes from fabric strips with the Hex N More ruler. Learn how to cut Hexagons, Half Hexagons, Triangles and Jewels. You can cut each shape in four different sizes using the Hex N More ruler. I review how to cut shapes for right and left-handed sewists and quilters in the video.


GENERAL RULER INFORMATION:
All shapes are rotary cut from fabric strips.
Cut a strip and then cut the desired shape or shapes from the strip.
A 1/4" seam allowance is included on each shape of all of the rulers.
The Hex N More ruler cuts 4 shapes in 4 sizes. The Hex N More ruler can be used in place of the Mini Hex N More ruler.

Photo Tutorials for Cutting Hex N More Shapes
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The Jaybird Quilts family of rulers include the Hex N More, Sidekick, Mini Hex N More and Super Sidekick rulers. All Hex N More and Sidekick rulers can work together or alone. The shapes and sizes cut from each ruler can work together to make unique and interesting designs. The Hex N More, Sidekick & Super Sidekick rulers are packaged with full color directions, including cutting and piecing diagrams. 

Jaybird Quilts patterns that use the Hex N More ruler include Gravity, Park Bench, Toes in the Sand, Delight, Disco, Day Break, Science Fair, Tiny Dancer, Snack Time, Wonton, Lotus, Northern Lights, Tasty, Jawbreaker and Candy Dish. Most Jaybird Quilts quilt patterns include size options that range from baby, lap, twin, full, queen and king size quilts. Patterns for throw pillows and table runners or table toppers are also available. All patterns are full color and include detailed cutting diagrams and templates, directions for assembling blocks and finishing directions.

Quilts featured in this video include Delight in Moonshine by Tula Pink for Free Spirit and Snack Time in Kona Cotton by Robert Kaufman Fabrics. Both quilts are pieced by Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts and are quilted by Angela Walters of Quilting is My Therapy.

Bookmark this page to save this tutorial for future use.



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

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Friday, January 2, 2015

2014 Quilts in Review

Friday, January 2, 2015
I finished 39 quilts in 2014. Some were started in 2013, but some WIPs (works in progress) dated back as far as 2010.  
Here is a breakdown of the numbers of my quilt "finishes" for the last few years:
2014 - 39
2013 - 34
2012 - 76
2011 - 62
2010 - 54

While I technically finished more quilts in 2014 than 2013, I feel like I didn't create as many. That is probably because 22 out of the 39 of quilts are minis, pillows or small projects. Looking back, I know I probably didn't finish as many of them as I did in past years because we moved + have been planning our upcoming wedding. I have no regrets with what I created in 2014 & I'm excited to see what 2015 has to hold!

1. Mini Northern Lights - January
2. Mini Disco - January
3. Mini Radio Way - January
7. Tumbler Quilt for Aliyah - April
8. Mini Lotus - April
9. Mini Tiny Dancer - April



13. Rock Candy in Pearl Bracelets by Lizzy House- May
15. Mini Tiny Dancer in London Calling - May
16. Anchor's Aweigh pattern & fabrics by Tula Pink - June
17. Neptune mug rug - June



20. Northern Lights in Flirt by Dear Stella - August
21. Mini Lotus in Kona Solids - September
22. Mini Delight - September
23. Night Sky Placemats in Simply Color by V&Co. - September
24. Candy Dish Pillows in Bumble by Tula Pink - September
25. Jawbreaker Pillow in Bumble by Tula Pink - September
26. Giggles in Bumble by Tula Pink - September
27. Toes in the Sand in Remix by Ann Kelle - September



28. Gravity - September
29. Mini Off the Rail - September
30. Glimmer Lap in Elizabeth by Tula Pink - September
32. Stereo - October
35. Mini Science Fair - October
36. Stellar Gravity Pillow - October
37. Delight in Moonshine by Tula Pink - October
39. Dot Party in Honey Honey by Kate Spain - December


I'm excited to see what quilts I finish in 2015!




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

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Friday, December 19, 2014

A quilt for Aliyah

Friday, December 19, 2014
Before I moved to California, when I lived where it snowed in the winter, I sewed a quilt top for my niece, Aliyah, and blogged about it on my blog and over at Robert Kaufman's blog, the swatch and stitch.





And then I finally sent it off to Angela to work her magic on it and personalize it for Aliyah & gave it to her for her birthday this year!


If you look closely, you can see Aliyah's name in the bunting.

And I made a scrappy backing to finish it.

Quilt Details 
Fabric is Remix by Ann Kelle and Quilter's Linen, both from Robert Kaufman
Pattern - Banner Quilt by V and Co
Designed by Vanessa Christenson
Made by Me
Quilted by Angela Walters
Started on 12/15/10
Finished on 4/23/14
Quilt measures - 40" x 45"



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

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