Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fun-Size Quilts

Thursday, July 24, 2014
If you love mini quilts, and you loved my Skip the Borders book, today is your lucky day! Two of my Skip the Borders quilts are featured in a new book that's available now, Fun-Size Quilts.


Fun-Size Quilts includes 19 mini quilt patterns by 17 different designers. It's bursting with all kinds of mini quilt fun!

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Inside Fun-Size quilts, you'll find a mini version of my Skip the Borders cover quilt, "Four-Patch Shift".
This mini "Four-Patch Shift" finishes at 12 1/2" x 16 1/2" with 2" x 2" finished blocks. Yup, teeny tiny 2" blocks. Get out your Precision Stilettos for this one!



Quilt Details 
Fabric is Pick a Bunch by Nancy Mims for Robert Kaufman
Pattern - Mini Four Patch Shift
Designed by me
Quilted by Angela Walters
Started on 6/3/2012
Finished on 11/2/2012
Quilt measures - 12 1/4" x 16 1/4"


Here are some of the progress photos I shared on Instagram over two years ago!


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And you'll find a mini "White Stars" quilt!
This mini "White Stars" finishes at 12 1/2" x 16 1/2" with 4" x 4" finished blocks.


Quilt Details 
Fabric is assorted Tula Pink from my stash
Pattern - Mini White Stars
Designed by me
Quilted by Angela Walters
Started on 7/16/2013
Finished on 8/23/2013
Quilt measures - 12 1/4" x 16 1/4"


Here are some of the progress photos I shared on Instagram last year!



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I also posted this image & comment about 1/8" binding on Instagram last year. (Please note that the book includes directions for a 1/4" binding as 1/8" binding is really fuzzy and only crazy people like me decide to tackle it!!)



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This book is full of so many great quilts, I picked out a few from other designers to share with you.

This "To-Do List" quilt by Debbie Grifka of Esch House Quilts captures my idea of a perfect day!

"Tapa Cloth" by Natalie Barnes has a cool and calming feel to it.

Kim Jolly's cover quilt, "Sunshine," has a great modern-traditional spin to it.

"Starlight" by Elizabeth Dackson.

"Skyline" by Emily Herrick.

"Elongated Triangles" by Missy Shepler.

And "Stalagstripes" by Pippa Eccles Armbrester.

You can see more Fun-Size Quilts on Martingale's site.
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And you can win your own Fun-Sized Quilts eBook!

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 Fun-Size Quilt 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 Wednesday, July 30th to enter. 

Winner will be selected by 
Good luck!

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

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Seaside Placemats

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
I didn't even realize how busy June was, until it was over. I never meant to miss an entire month of blogging. I'm pretty sure it is the first time I've ever done that in 5+ years of blogging.

I did a good amount of sewing in June & posted much of it to Instagram. One of my favorite things that I made was placemats for our new table.


During my studio re-organization I pulled out my Tula Pink stash. These Prince Charming fabrics spoke to me and I decided to start cutting diamonds from my Sidekick Ruler.


Initially I didn't actually have a plan. By day #2 I had decided to make scrappy placemats based on my Seaside Table Runner pattern. 


I used a different background fabric for each of the placemats. 


Each one is quilted with 6 lines that echo the zig zag in the design.


Here they are pre-binding. If you are wondering the size, each one is half the length of a Seaside Table Runner. (So the fabric requirements will make 2 placemats.)


I decided to put Prince Charming Laminated Cotton fabrics on the back of each one for easy clean up.



I considered binding them all in the same fabric, and then decided to keep it scrappy and mix it up. I'm glad I did because I love the result!


Binding through Laminated Cotton isn't the most fun. It takes patience and I did consider binding these by machine more than once.


I finished them just in time to set the table and have some friends over for dinner.




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

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Delight Quilt!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
I'm so excited to introduce my latest full-sized quilt pattern, Delight!


Quilt Details 
Fabric is Oh Happy Day! by Dear Stella
Pattern - Delight, JBQ 146
Designed by me
Quilted by Angela Walters
Started on 4/11/14
Finished on 5/2/14
Quilt measures - 72" x 92"




If you have been saving or eyeing up some luscious large scale prints, you're going to love how those prints are featured on the large hexagons in this quilt! This is another fun quilt for all of my Hex N More ruler fans.

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As usual, here are some of the outtakes from our pattern cover photo shoot.


So, I made a twin sized quilt when I made the cover sample, which can be pretty tricky to photograph.

I don't usually photograph my quilts in bedrooms, but we gave it a shot. And it just wasn't quite right...



And then I channeled my inner Vanessa Christenson to style the room a bit, but we had lost the sunlight we had earlier and it still wasn't quite right.


So we took the shoot outside, like we usually do...

Lawrence assisting!

And the lighting was great! Gotta love a quilt in the garden!

Here's a peek at the flannel Oh Happy Day backing on this (heavy) twin sized quilt.


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And I couldn't stop at just one twin-sized sample, so I made a second one...

Quilt Details 
Fabric is color:FULL and Studio Stash Yarn Dyes both by Jennifer Sampou for Robert Kaufman
Pattern - Delight, JBQ 146
Designed by me
Quilted by Angela Walters
Started on 3/20/14
Finished on 5/13/14
Quilt measures - 72" x 92"

Angela's amazing quilting always adds these fabulous elements that give quilts a great shine!



I love using a stripe or a check on the bias as binding!


This pattern will be ready to ship to stores after June 1. Ask around at your favorite local quilt shops to find out if they will be ordering it.



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

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Quilt Market & Schoolhouse Sneak Peek

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

If you are heading to Quilt Market, I will be presenting a Schoolhouse featuring my new mini quilt patterns & Mini Hex N More. Please join us!

Room 318, 1:20-1:50

Julie Herman’s Hex N More ruler is now miniaturized with many popular patterns in quick finish sizes! With an optional 'Project of the Month' format, these precut friendly minis will encourage your customers to keep quilting.

Giveaway: Mini Radio Way Kit & Jaybird Quilts Mini of the Month Shop Guide


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I will also be doing demos at the Robert Kaufman booth, #1135, Friday & Saturday at 2pm, and the United Notions booth, #249, Saturday at 12:30pm

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My quilts & samples will be in a few different booths around the convention center.


Andover Fabrics will have Rock Candy samples on hand. 


My newest quilt pattern, Delight, will be on display in the Robert Kaufman, along with all of my mini quilts.


My mini quilts in Robert Kaufman batiks!


My mini quilts in Robert Kaufman precuts. These will also be available as kits at sample spree. Quantities are limited so head over to the Robert Kaufman tables as soon as the doors open!



The Dear Stella booth will have my modern traditional mini quilt from the #DSTTchallenge, Mini Come What May and the twin sized cover sample of Delight



We also made a baby sized Delight quilt for Sara Lawson's booth in her new Jungle Ave fabric line.


The Jaybird Quilts studio + offices will be closed while we're at Quilt Market, May 14 to May 20. We'll reopen on Wednesday, May 21, and we'll follow up on your phone calls + emails when we return.
Thanks so much!





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

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