Tuesday, July 31, 2012


Wonton is my second quilt featuring the Hex N More Ruler.

Quilt Details 
Fabric is The Birds & The Bees by Tula Pink
Pattern - Wonton JBQ 124
Designed by me
Quilted by Angela Walters
Started on 6/18/12
Finished on 7/16/12
Quilt measures - 31" x 36"

Here is the back of the pattern. Wonton comes in three sizes.

In case you are wondering here are the exact fabrics that I used on the cover.

2 Jewel Fabrics
 - Mist Little Bits SKU# PWTP027-MISTX 
 - Honey Little Bits SKU# PWTP027-HONEY 

2 Half Hex Fabrics
 - Sunset Lazy Stripe SKU# PWTP022-SUNSE 
 - Lapis Lazy Stripe SKU# PWTP022-LAPIS 

4 Triangle Fabrics
 - Apple Swallow Skies SKU# PWTP021-APPLE 
 - Sunset Swallow Skies SKU# PWTP021-SUNSE 
 - Gypsy Swallow Skies SKU# PWTP021-GYPSY 
 - Lapis Bees Knees SKU# PWTP026-LAPIS 


This quilt features three of the four shapes that the Hex N More Ruler can cut. The Jewel, the Half Hex & the Triangle.


This is the quilt I was working on a few weeks ago when I showed some sneak peeks of The Birds & The Bees over on Instagram.

If you look closely in this sneak peek you can actually see the Wonton quilt top coming together in the fourth photo.

I used my iPhone to capture my process while working on Wonton. This collage shows fabric selection to completed quilt top... and they are all from the same day! I love when I can get a quilt top done in a day.


I don't have too many outtakes from the cover photo shoot. I knew I wanted a simple background for the cover so that the quilt would pop. I took about 40+ photos of the quilt on different grassy areas... they all look pretty similar!!
I tried adding flowers... but they weren't adding anything to the look of the cover.
I snapped a few detail shots and I was done!
Wonton and the other new patterns will be available next week.
The Hex N More Ruler will also be shipping out to shops at the end of this week.

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

Friday, July 27, 2012

Northern Lights

Northern Lights is the first of my new quilts that uses the Hex N More Ruler!

Quilt Details 
Fabric is Kona Solids by Robert Kaufman
Pattern - Northern Lights JBQ 123
Designed by me
Quilted by Angela Walters
Started on 5/26/12
Finished on 7/6/12
Quilt measures - 51" x 64"

Back Cover
Northern Lights comes with five size options.


I used Kona Solids by Robert Kaufman for the pattern cover.

Here are the exact colors I used!

Quilt Top
Chartreuse 1072 
Leprechaun 411 
Bahama Blue 1011 
Water 171 
Surf 32 
Regal 415 
Tulip 327 
Wisteria 1392 

Binding - Iron 408 


Hex N More!

As usual here are some outtakes!

I loved this tree but the wind wasn't cooperating with us.

Then we headed to a local playground. Here I am getting ready to toss the quilt up on a tree.

Law working on adjusting the quilt.

A good shot, but not great. I didn't like how the quilt kept getting bunched in the center & you couldn't see the entire design.

Lets try another toss. (It didn't get much better.)

Tree branch #3

More quilt tossing... I think it should be an Olympic sport.

...and more tossing.

Then we tried the grass. The lighting was weird & I wasn't feeling it.

After we tried all the trees we found this bench. The quilt was the exact width of the bench!

It started slipping...

...and the wind started blowing.

Eventually we adjusted the quilt and got the perfect shot!!

Close up shots of Angela's AMAZING work.

More about the other new quilts & projects soon!

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

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Hex N More Ruler & New Patterns!!

It is time to FINALLY spill the beans!!

For the past year I have been working on developing a ruler!

Hex N More!

What makes this ruler special is that it can cut 4 shapes in 4 sizes!!

The first few samples just arrived at my house!!

The ruler comes with FULL COLOR instructions just like my patterns.
All of the pieces can be cut from strips.

I also have four brand new patterns that use the ruler. 
I'll post more about each one over the next few days!

When is it all available?

The ruler and patterns will start shipping to shops around 8/8.

I will also have a limited amount of the rulers and the patterns with me at the Long Beach Quilt Festival this weekend! I'll be doing demos of the ruler so stop by to check it out!!

Where is it made?

In the USA!
I could have sourced it out of the country and saved money, but it was important to me to produce it here. All of my patterns are also printed in the USA.

How does it work?

Full color instructions are included with each ruler. In addition I'm working on posting a video tutorial that will show how it is used.

The suggested retail price is $29.95

More Questions?
Leave a comment!


Thank YOU
To the many people who helped me test the ruler & the patterns. This was a team effort & I could not have done this without you.

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

Monday, July 23, 2012

Sponsored Giveaway: Featuring Marmalade Fabrics!

disclosure: this is a sponsored giveaway by Marmalade Fabrics

Marmalade Fabrics is here today with a giveaway for you. Marmalade Fabrics has a huge selection of fun modern fabrics including the entire Kona Modern Quilts collection. 
The Kona Modern Quilts collection by Cynthia Frenette includes an array of prints that give the feel of "cheater cloth" but for the modern quilter.

Kona Modern Quilts - Robert Kaufman's Booth Spring 2012 Quilt Market

Kona Modern Quilts - Robert Kaufman's Booth Spring 2012 Quilt Market


The Prize

1/2 yard bundle of Kona Modern Quilts in the Pacific Colorstory


1. Leave ONE comment to enter.

2. Check out the collection of Kona Modern Quilts fabrics over at Marmalade Fabrics. Let me know which fabric or bundle they have that is your favorite at the moment.

3. Simple as that!!

Example: My favorite fabric is the Pacific Patchwork Print.


You have until 10pm PST on Sunday the 29th to enter.
Giveaway Now Closed

Winners will be selected by True Random Number Generator.


And the winner is...


Thank you to everyone who entered.


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

Friday, July 20, 2012

Book Signings

I'll be headed out on the road to celebrate the release of my book to a few quilt shops!! 

West Coast

When: Sunday August 12th, 12pm-2pm
Where: Sew Modern
10921 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90064
What: Book Signing & Release Party!

When: Saturday August 18th, 9am-3pm
1955 Diamond Street, San Marcos, CA, 92078
What: Book Signing & Hugs & Kisses Class

When: Friday September 14th, Time TBD
Where: superbuzzy
1794 East Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001
What: Book Signing & Lecture
Contact: superbuzzy for more information

When: Saturday September 15th, Time TBD
Where: superbuzzy
1794 East Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001
What: Teaching a Class
Contact: superbuzzy for more information

East Coast

When: Wednesday October 3rd, Time TBD
1126-B Horsham Road, Ambler, PA 19002
What: Book Signing & Teaching a Class

When: Thursday October 4th, Time TBD
10 Charles Street, Mount Holly, NJ, 08060
What: Teaching a Class

When: Friday October 5th, 5pm
10 Charles Street, Mount Holly, NJ, 08060
What: Book Signing

When: Saturday October 6th, 10am
Ste 104, 7 Tree Farm Road, Pennington, NJ 08534
What: Book Signing

When: Sunday October 7th, 12pm
235 Haverford Avenue, Narberth, PA, United States 19072 
What: Book Signing

Is one of these events in your area? Will I be seeing you soon? Let me know!

I wish I could go all over the globe but that just isn't possible... instead I'll be sending my book quilts traveling all over the country for the next year!! There are 2 trunk shows for shops to choose from. Once that schedule is set I'll share it so you can see if your local shop signed up.  ( If any shops are still interested please contact me to reserve one of the few remaining slots. Shops/Guilds can also contact me about signing, speaking and teaching. )

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

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Come see me at the Long Beach Quilt Festival!

Next weekend I'll be having a booth at the Long Beach Quilt Festival!
I'll be in booth #1826

Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center 
Long Beach, California 
Hours: July 26: 5-9 p.m. (Preview Night) 
July 27 & 28: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 
July 29: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

I'll be selling...
My patterns, Bundles of fabric, Rulers, Magazines
My Book, Skip the Borders!! (I'll have a limited number of early copies since the show is a few days before the release.)

Just a week ago I received my first copy of my book, Skip the Borders!
The book is set to release on August 6th in less than 3 weeks!!

It felt pretty amazing to hold it in my hands.

If you wont be at the long beach show you still have time to pre-order my book from my shop. All pre-orders will be signed. (Pre-order special will end on 8/5)

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

Generation Q Giveaway Winner

It's time to announce the winner of the Generation Q Magazine Giveaway.

The winner is...

Michelle please contact me with your info so we can get your magazine out to you!

Thanks to everyone for entering.

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