Thursday, May 14, 2015


Thursday, May 14, 2015
I have a new quilt pattern to share with you today! Introducing Splash!

Quilt Details 
Pattern - Splash, JBQ 153
Designed by me
Quilted by Angela Walters
Started on 2/13/15
Finished on 3/6/15
Quilt measures - 49" x 68"

Splash is made using my Hex N More ruler.


Ready for some outtakes from our cover photo shoot? Sometimes we get lucky and only need to go to one location, but often we end up shooting in a few places!

Since this quilt was inspired by our wedding colors it was only fitting to bring it along on our honeymoon to photograph. (Don't worry I did check with Lawrence first and he was on board with the plan!)

When I found this tree I thought this was going to be the spot. 

We had to fight some wind...

The photos are good, but the lighting was harsh on the quilt top.

Did we get the shot yet?

The water was really pretty in person but it just didn't photograph as well as I hoped.

We wandered around the resort looking for options.

Again I had high hopes for the water, but the rocks just looked painful.

We went inside for a bit and I was able to take a few photos for Instagram. You can also see Stereo and Science fair in this photo.

We realized it was probably best to just head to the beach and that is where we had success!

If only my leg wasn't so awkward in this photo!

The lighting made the photos look a bit vintage.

You can see my pieced quilt back in this photo. The label is hiding behind me.

You can really see the entire quilt in this photo.

Fighting the wind!

We also took some time to snap some photos of all 3 quilts we brought to Hawaii.

Happiness = A successful photo shoot!

After we had the cover photo done we discovered this waterfall and had to take a few photos since the quilt is named Splash!

Lawrence was actually across the lagoon and pretty far from me. The water was really loud so we developed hand signals before he headed across the lagoon!

I just love these few photos!!

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

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Picnic Placemat Tutorial

Monday, May 11, 2015
I was inspired by the new Kiss the Cook fabric line for Dear Stella to make a BBQ themed project to use on my patio this summer.

Picnic Placemat - Finished size 12" x 21"
1. Placemat designed, pieced & quilted by Julie Herman 
2. Aurifil 50wt thread used for piecing & quilting. 
3. Batting is Warm Blend from The Warm Company. 


Supplies for TWO placemats:

6 assorted Fat Eighths
3/8 Yard of binding
2/3 Yard of backing
2/3 Yard of Slicker by Sew Lazy (Optional)
Spray Baste (optional)
Ruler - Hex N More, Sidekick or Super Sidekick

Directions to make ONE placemat

1. Cut a 3 1/2" x 21" strip of fabric from each Fat Eighth.

2. Sub-cut strips into 3 1/2" triangles. You can use the Hex N More, Sidekick or Super Sidekick. You need 40 triangles for each placemat.

You'll need 40 triangles for each placemat. You can choose to be scrappy or plan out your layout. If you want to follow the layout I used, cut the number of triangles from each fabric as shown below.

2. Arrange 40 triangles as shown.

3. Sew triangles into pairs. Align notched corners when possible. If you're having trouble aligning the triangles you can cut all the tips off, as seen here.

4. Sew pairs of triangles into complete rows.

5. Sew rows together to complete the top of the placemat.

6. Cut a rectangle of backing fabric - 15" x 24"

Add "Slicker" to create a laminated fabric backing for the placemat. I like to do this for placemats because when you have kids, or messy friends, around you can flip the placemat over and cleanup is super easy on the laminated side! (Follow manufacturers directions, this is just a sample below.)

7. Cut Slicker to the same size as the backing fabric for the placemat.

8. Peel slicker off paper and place sticky side down on fabric. Avoid getting any threads or dust between the slicker and fabric.

9. It will look something like this once the Slicker as been added to the backing fabric:

10. Place the paper shiny side down on top of the slicker. Use a dry iron on medium heat and press for about 8-10 seconds in each area. You don't need to use much pressure.

11. This is the result.

12. Layer the backing fabric, batting and placemat top. If you laminated your backing fabric it is best to spray baste them to avoid making holes in the slicker. If you didn't laminate your backing fabric you can pin the 3 layers together.

13. Quit as desired. I quilted straight lines 1/4" from each seam with a walking foot.

14. Add binding. I used 2 1/4" strips. You can find my binding tutorial here.

15. Wrap binding to the back and clip in place with Wonder Clips. Hand sew the binding in place to finish the placemat.


Share your placemats with us on social media using #PicnicPlacemats. We can't wait to see what you come up with for yours!

© 2015 Julie R. Herman. All rights reserved. 
No part of this tutorial or pattern may be reproduced without written consent of Jaybird Quilts. Items from this pattern may not be produced for commercial resale. 
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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day! Win a Super Sidekick Ruler!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Today is Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!
I'm giving away ONE sweet prize pack that includes my Gravity book, a Hex N More ruler & a Super Sidekick ruler!  That is over $80 of goodies!!
The Gravity quilt features 9 unique blocks and they are all made using the Hex N More and Super Sidekick rulers. And there are no pesky Y seams! You'll make each block twice and use an array of 108 assorted 10" squares to make 18 blocks. You can learn more about the Kona Cotton colors I used in each block here:

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 about your all time favorite quilting rulers to work with and why you love using them.

3. Comment entries must be left on this blog,, 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, May 10th to enter. 

Winner will be selected by 
Good luck + thanks for stopping by today!


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