Tuesday, October 25, 2011


I'm excited to present my first little pattern!
Jawbreaker - JBQ 113

The "little patterns" are smaller {4.5" x 6"} and super cute!
{and still printed in FULL color... and fully illustrated!}

I'm in love with this pillow.  I made it months ago & it was hard to not show you right away... but I needed to work out the details for the pattern.  This pillow was inspired by one I did over a year ago for a flickr swap.  I knew as soon as I sent the pillow off I'd miss it!

Here is the back of the pattern.
You can use the Hex N More ruler or the template included.

Pillow Details
Fabric is Prince Charming by Tula Pink for Freespirit
Pattern - Jawbreaker
Designed & Quilted by me
Started on 5/20/11
Finished on 5/31/11
Pillow measures - 20" x 20"


I filmed a couple of videos on Jawbreaker as a part of the Journey 2 Nebula. You can sign up for the Journey self paced as well as watch the videos on YouTube.


Some pattern cover shoots take forever while others are simple.  Luckily this was one of the simple ones... but here are a few of the photos that didn't make the cut...

First shot... not bad but also not the cover shot.

I added in a few pillows for scale... but then decided it was distracting.

Then I started shooting inside in the kitchen... but the lighting was off.

I headed outside & the light was much better.  I moved around the house a bit till I found the right shot... which is the one you see on the cover.

Often I want to label pillows... but my quilt labels are too big
My solution is an iron on label that is aprx 1" x 2" placed on the back in the bottom corner.

I also made a 2nd Jawbreaker out of Hello Luscious by Basic Grey
{It'll be at market in the Basic Grey booth!}

 I hope you love this pillow as much as I do!

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


Angela Nash said...

Love the little pattern - I've seen similar sized patterns in the quilt shop and they look so inviting!

Had to laugh at the thought of you hauling that chair and pillow around the yard until you found just the right lighting :) Up side to California - more quilt-photoable days then PA I would expect!

Renegade Quilter said...

I LOVE this pattern. I have some left over 1/2 hexi's from the QA I did with you. I was going to figure a way to use them in the back but now I think I can use them for this pillow. I can't wait to get the pattern.


Joelle said...

Another project to add to my list- perhaps I will finish in another lifetime.

dolores said...

Great pillow kiddo. I'll have to tell my boss to look for it at Market!:)
Aren't you cute laying there with your lovely quilt...where did you pose for that photo?:)

mascanlon said...

I am sure there is room in my granddaughter's nursery for one more pillow! Very cute and I have piles of Central Park left too.

Amber H. said...

Hexagons always make me happy. As usual you did a FAB job!

VickiT said...

Great looking pillow Julie. Definitely one I want to try at some point.

bethanndodd said...

Very nice! Congrats!

Mareenchen said...

Oooh, love it. Very very tempting. :)

sonia said...

Beautiful! Congrats

rachel griffith said...

hexies kind of freak me out, but knowing your detailed patterns, even i should be able to construct my own jawbreaker pillow.

Carole B said...

In keeping with your usual, a fresh and unique design! This will be great on it's own, or I'm thinking it'll be a great way to make a companion to a quilt by using the leftover fabric. Can't wait for this to come out!

sewhappy said...

Very nice! Congratulations!!! Wow! Your design is fresh, and the pillow makes up beautifully.
I'll be looking for your pattern in my LQS. Who can resist a sweet, little pattern anyway? lol

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

I will be looking for your pillow at Market. I like it.


Mary said...

The pillow is awesome! It's great to have you back blogging.

annette said...

Elegant and modern with soo many fabric combo possibilities! Will definitely be on the look out for it.

Tammy said...

This is beautiful! Love the pinks and the flowers in your last pillow...fantastic!

Sandy said...

Great pillow....love the look...and the fabrics!

Loretta said...

I love the new patterns. Definitely will need to get them. Keep up the great work.

Dresden Quilter said...

You are always a jaw dropper for me! So multi-talented!