Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Gravity Quilt Block Colors - Block 3 Orbit

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Now that Gravity block of the month programs are kicking off,  I thought it might be a good idea to have a some blog posts for those of you who are interested in making a spot on Gravity quilt.

This is the entire Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton kit that matches the cover quilt. The kit includes the book, 6 background fabrics and 3 packs of 10" squares - 36 squares are in each pack:


You can find the colors for Block 1 here, and Block 2 here.

To make Block 3, you will still be working from the 1st fabric pack, as you did for Blocks 1 & 2. The fabrics are in order in the pack. The next 6 in the pack are fabrics A through F of Block 3, as noted in the book:

And so on for the final set of 6 fabrics in the pack to make the second Block 3:

Follow these images clockwise to see the names of the colors with a swatch, the letters correspond to the letter label of the fabrics to cut in the Gravity book:









As I mentioned in the Introduction of Gravity, the intention is that you will have fun making your Gravity quilt and have fun with the subtle color variations within the quilt blocks. There is no need to stress about precisely matching fabric or color placement from block to block.

The beauty of this design, and the variety of fabrics and colors used to create it, is that each quilt will take on a subtle and distinct look and feel of its own. With that in mind, for those of you who REALLY want to know which colors I used where, I hope you will find these posts to be helpful.

If you're looking to order a Gravity Quilt kit, they are available now from Fat Quarter Shop and Hawthorne Threads, as well as other local and online quilt shops.

Tell us in the comments below: How are you enjoying making your Gravity blocks? Have you viewed the Hex N More video tutorial yet?

Remember to share your photos on social media with the #GravityQuilt tag & have fun!


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

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Gravity Quilt Block Colors - Block 2 Constellation

Monday, March 23, 2015
Now that Gravity block of the month programs are kicking off,  I thought it might be a good idea to have a some blog posts for those of you who are interested in making a spot on Gravity quilt.

This is the entire Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton kit that matches the cover quilt. The kit includes the book, 6 background fabrics and 3 packs of 10" squares - 36 squares are in each pack:


You can find the colors for Block 1 here.

To make Block 2, you will still be working from the 1st fabric pack, as you did for Block 1. The fabrics are in order in the pack. The next 6 in the pack are fabrics A through F of Block 2, as noted in the book:


And so on for the next set of 6 fabrics to make the second Block 2:


Follow these images clockwise to see the names of the colors with a swatch, the letters correspond to the letter label of the fabrics to cut in the Gravity book:









Now, as I mentioned in the Introduction of the book, the intention is that you will have fun making your Gravity quilt and have fun with the subtle color variations within the Gravity quilt blocks. There is no need to stress about precisely matching fabric or color placement from block to block.
The beauty of this design, and the variety of fabrics and colors used to create it, is that each quilt will take on a subtle and distinct look and feel of its own. With that in mind, for those of you who REALLY want to know which colors I used where, I hope you will find these posts to be helpful.
If you're looking to order a Gravity Quilt kit, they are available now from Fat Quarter Shop and Hawthorne Threads, as well as other local and online quilt shops.
Tell us in the comments below: How are you enjoying working with the new Super Sidekick ruler to make your Gravity blocks? Have you viewed the Super Sidekick video tutorial yet?
Remember to share your photos on social media with the #GravityQuilt tag & have fun!




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

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

My wedding preview

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
It's here! It's here! Our wedding week is here!
I haven't posted much about it other than our engagement photos and the call out to make blocks for our wedding quilt, so I thought now might be a good time to give you a sneak peak at our celebration this Sunday, March 22.
Here are a few of the items I've been working on with Law, friends and family to prepare for the big event:
Our wedding quilt before it was quilted:



Putting the binding on the wedding quilt:

Sending the invitations out:

Fabric garlands to decorate our house for brunch the day after the wedding:

Ironing boards that quilters bought for us off of our registry. One for work, one for life!:

A preview of our candy bar:




Out of town gift bags:

Favors all ready to go:

Custom cocktail napkins with our wedding hashtag, #LawLovesJulie:

We're very excited that the big day is near! We're looking forward to celebrating with family and friends.
We'll have post-event photos on the blog for you as soon as I can get to editing them!



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

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A Modern Twist - Natalie Barnes book tour + giveaway!!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
My quilty friend, Natalie Barnes, of beyond the reef, has a new book out with Angela Walters of quiltingismytherapy.com called A Modern Twist. It's a great collaboration by 2 people who have made their mark in my approached to quilting and sewing, and it has some extra elements of content to it about design and a variety of projects that you don't find in just any quilting book.

The book cover:
Photo by Brent Kane
One of the aspects of this book that I came to love quickly, is that it includes some fun, approachable projects and not just quilts.
The Picnic Casual:
Photo by Brent Kane


Hexagon Scramble, designed and pieced by Natalie Barnes, quilted by Angela Walters.
Photo by Brent Kane
Throughout the book, Natalie offers some great pointers on the elements that lend toward good quilt composition, like colors in the fabric selection, scale of the prints and use of solids.

For me, when it comes to composition, I follow a few quick + easy rules of thumb: 1) using a complete fabric collection is a safe bet for a balance of focal prints, blenders and background fabric OR 2) using a mix of fabrics from the same designer is a safe bet for a balance of focal prints, blenders and background fabric.


The Picnic Tote:
Photo by Brent Kane
If you want to break out of the same "composition comfort zones" that I have, then this book is a great one to consider adding to the quilting library. She also gives you some great pointers on stash busting when it comes to your sewing + quilting projects.

Ranch String table runner, designed and pieced by Natalie Barnes, quilted by Angela Walters.
Photo by Brent Kane
Circle Shuffle, designed and pieced by Natalie Barnes, quilted by Angela Walters.
Photo by Brent Kane
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A quick note for you on me + Natalie & how we met. Before I moved to California, even before I started my pattern company, back when I was just a quilter + a huge fan of fabric, I met Natalie at the Long Beach Quilt Festival when I was visiting my brother in LA.
Natalie and her crew in the beyond the reef booth spotted me after I had spent all of my money had a budgeted for the day and I almost couldn't carry all that I had purchased. They took pity on me and let me store a bag or two in the booth, and then she took me back to her place for a bbq. You can learn more about my friendship with Natalie here.


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Take a spin through the tour to see what a few other quilt bloggers have to offer on the topics of Color + Contrast + Composition:

01 March - Natalie Barnes +WELCOME
beyond the reef


02 March - Victoria Findlay Wolfe + CONTRAST
Victoria Findlay Wolfe
03 March - Teri Lucas + COLOR
Generation Q Magazine
04 March - Julie Herman + COMPOSITION
Jaybird Quilts
05 March - Jenny Wilding Cardon + COLOR
Martingale
  
06 March - Rose Hughes + COLOR
Rose Hughes
07 March - Amy Smart  + CONTRAST
Amy Smart
08 March - Carolyn Friedlander + COLOR
Carolyn Friedlander
09 March - Latifah Saafir + COMPOSITION
Latifah Saafir Studios
10 March - Amy Ellis  + CONTRAST
Amy's Creative Side
11 March - Angela Walters + COMPOSITION
Quilting is my Therapy
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Ready for the giveaway? You can win your own copy of A Modern Twist! (International entries will be eligible to win a copy of the eBook, US entries will be eligible to win a copy of the book. 1 entry will win.)

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 which A Modern Twist project you're inspired to make from the book.

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 9PM PST on Sunday, March 15th to enter. 
Giveaway Now Closed

Winner will be selected by 
Good luck!

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And the winner is...





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

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Gravity Quilt Block Colors: Block 1 - Horizon

Monday, March 2, 2015
A few local & online quilt shops have started their Gravity block of the month programs, and the requests about fabric color placements within the blocks have started to come in. So I thought it might be a good idea to have a some blog posts for those of you who are interested in making a spot on Gravity quilt.
This is the entire Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton kit that matches the cover quilt. The kit includes the book, 6 background fabrics and 3 packs of 10" squares - 36 squares are in each pack:

This is the book + the pack that has months/blocks 1, 2 & 3:

The fabrics are in order in the pack. The first 6 in the pack are fabrics A through F of Block 1, as noted in the book:

These are the next 6 fabrics that are also for a Block 1:

I suggest taping a small scrap of each fabric next to the diagrams in the book as you go. Cut desired shapes first and then use a scrap vs. cutting a corner off of each 10" square.

Here are the 6 greens for month 1 all together:


Here are 6 red/oranges for month 1 all together:






Now, as I mentioned in the Introduction of the book, the intention is that you will have fun making your Gravity quilt and have fun with the subtle color variations within the Gravity quilt blocks. There is no need to stress about precisely matching fabric or color placement from block to block.
The beauty of this design, and the variety of fabrics and colors used to create it, is that each quilt will take on a subtle and distinct look and feel of its own. With that in mind, for those of you who REALLY want to know which colors I used where, I hope you will find these posts to be helpful.
If you're looking to order a Gravity Quilt kit, they are available now from Fat Quarter Shop and Hawthorne Threads, as well as other local and online quilt shops.
Tell us in the comments below: Will you be making a "spot on" Gravity quilt? Will you mix it up with your kit colors? OR are you making a Gravity quilt entirely of your own fabric selection, or something else?
Remember to share your photos on social media with the #GravityQuilt tag & have fun!


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

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Sweetheart Table Topper Tutorial

Friday, February 6, 2015
I have a fun, little project for you today that will sweeten up your decor, the Sweetheart Table Topper. This is an updated version of a similar pattern that was featured in Gen Q Magazine a few years ago. You can check out the original version of this project here.

My mini quilts inspired me to shrink this project to table topper size and I thought it would look so sweet in French Lessons by Jack and Lulu for Dear Stella. You can also find this project on the Dear Stella blog today.



Sweetheart Table Topper - 20" x 23”
1. Table Topper designed, pieced & quilted by Julie Herman 
2. Aurifil 50wt thread used for piecing & quilting. 
3. Batting is Warm Blend from The Warm Company. 

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Supplies 
9 Fat Eighths or scraps for hearts - I used French Lessons by Jack & Lulu for Dear Stella
1 Fat Eighth of Background Fabric 
1 Fat Quarter for Binding 
2/3 Yard for Backing
Batting - At least 24" x 26"

You can check out the video tutorial on how to use the Hex N More ruler here.




Pro Tip - If you want to fussy cut a striped fabric so that the stripes will match in the middle of the heart, it is best to cut one jewel and then lay it on the fabric strip, right sides together, as shown below. Align the stripes of the cut jewel to the stripes of the fabric strip so that you can cut a mirror image with the 2nd jewel.

















I did decide to piece my backing so that I could have my label sewn in.


This table topper works great to display a cake plate... now I just need the cake!!

It also works well to hold a bunch of candles.


When you make your Sweetheart quilt table topper, be sure to share it online with #SweetheartQuilt so we can all share in the fun!

 

© 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. 
For more information visit http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/

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