Sunday, March 6, 2011

Hugs & Kisses

Sunday, March 6, 2011
Today it's all about Hugs & Kisses



I used Modern Workshop by Liesl Gibson for Moda for the cover quilt. Since fabric on the bolt isn't available yet I used City Weekend for the backing and the binding. The teal color was a perfect match.

Design
At first when I designed this quilt I saw X's and O's and that is where the name Hugs & Kisses came from. I auditioned many different fabrics for the cover quilt and when I looked at the colors of Modern Workshop I knew that I had the right fabric. As I was creating the quilt I began to focus less on the X's and O's and more on the strong diagonal lines and diamonds that the design creates. I was stuck on what words to use to describe the quilt when a good friend said it better than I could. The diamonds almost meet up but never quite do, which makes the X's and O's star crossed. So I present to you... Hugs & Kisses... "The star crossed lovers quilt."
 

Here is the back cover
It includes 4 size options and a close up shot of the quilt.


I don't have too many outtakes from this photo shoot as luckily I was pretty happy with the photos from heading out just one time! {very rare for me}


Almost the cover shot... but I decided to move back a bit and show more of the quilt. I get asked for quilt photo tips often and my #1 tip is take LOTS of photos. You never know how a simple change like taking one step back {or forward} will change things. For each quilt I usually take between 50 to 150 photos!

I didn't like this one as much.  While it shows more of the quilt I think the cover photo has a bit more life with a bit of the back peeking over.

The lighting was great so I took lots of close up shots.

I asked Angela to describe the quilting that she did.
"Using the strips as my guide, I quilted a Plume Feather that traveled up the quilt. In the white background, I quilted smaller Plume Feathers to add even more texture."
I continue to be amazed by her work & I'm starting to think I might never do my own quilting again!

I wanted to get a shot of the back to show you how I pieced it. I'm not sure when I started doing my quilt backs like this... but I do it almost all of the time now. Instead of using one fabric for the back I use a few and create a pieced backing with my label pieced into a strip. Soon I'll show you how I come up with all of the measurements so that you can do this too if you want.

It was getting cold & windy but I was able to get my fantastic dad to come take these photos of me.  He stared telling a joke and I couldn't keep a straight face!

If you are just joining us... you can see the covers of all of my new patterns here.
Tomorrow is all about Fast Forward!

note
The patterns are off at the printer now and will be available to ship on March 16th.


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

25 comments:

Stormy Days said...

I like them all so far, but this is my favorite. I think it's all of the color and motion. It's so cheerful and happy.

Jan said...

Julie, another fabulous quilt. Love the attempts at photographing the back, too. Are you going to be carrying these patterns is your shop? I know that sounds like a dumb question, but I'd like to purchase from you, if you are.

Carol T said...

This is a really pretty quilt and the quilting on it looks great. I take it your snow is gone? I was wondering how your quilt drapes with such tight quilting because I have read that dense quilting doesn't drape as nicely as loose quilting.

mascanlon said...

This is my real favorite (I think!)

Becky said...

Another beautiful quilt. It's interesting how it changes in the light. Sometimes the diamonds really pop and you don't see the "wavy" lines so much. very cool

Tiffany said...

Hrmm... I definitely really like this one too now that Im getting a better look at it. It might be fighting for my favorite of your new patterns now :) I love the fabric line you used and the quilting is fantastic. Thanks for letting us get to know your new patterns better :)

DianeY said...

Love them all, but I think this one is my favorite! And the quilting is beautiful-really shows up on the white diamonds

Cathy said...

The Modern Workshop fabrics look great in this quilt--such a great mix of colors!

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Sandy said...

Gorgeous quilting...kudos to Angela. Wondering if this ruler is hard to use?? I really like this quilt alot.

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

You have done it again, and again, and again. You must feel like those Grammy Winners....who keep making big hits. Congratulations!!

My favorite pix is the one of you with the quilt smiling.

Kelly

Quiltin' Sandy said...

Just love that quilt, Jukie, it is gorgeous, and the quilting is fabulous, and just right for the pattern! :)

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Such a fun pattern Julie! Love the photos your Dad took of you.

harleywife57 said...

oh yes ; this is the one I must have !! it has a hold on me ! and I love all your pictures ;NICE JOB JULIE !!!

Melody said...

This one and unwind are my absolute favorites. I can't wait for the patterns

Kristin said...
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Kristin said...

This is my favorite quilt of your new patterns.

Vickie said...

Julie, your quilts are really great and the colors you used to make them are so fun, especially now in the spring!! I think this one might be my favorite, so far! It was fun to see you having a good time with your dad via those last pics! Hugs!

Splendorfalls said...

This is my favorite and I think I'm going to have to buy this one!!

Ann said...

Yup - my favorite of the bunch too.

Carol T said...

Do you think your hugs and kisses quilt would look good with a border around the whole thing? The largest size you have for it is 96x96 and I need it to be 103 wide. I love your version and the one you just showed on facebook.

Kara said...

I have lost my pattern (luckily I am near the end). Could you tell me how many blocks there are total for the queen size?

Nancy Vaughn said...

Nancy ask what skill level the HUGS & KISSES pattern would be?

Nancy Vaughn said...

What skill level is HUGS & KISSES?

Juanita B said...

Hi; I would like to purchase this pattern, is that possible?? I saw it today on Pinterest and fell in LOVE instantly. Have a beautiful day.
Juanita in Ohio