Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Nancy Zieman's Hobo Tote Blog Tour

disclosure: this is a sponsored blog tour by Clover, Nancy Zieman & Sew Lazy

Welcome!  Today is my day to post about the new Hobo Tote I just made!  If this is your first time visiting you can learn about me, check out my patterns, my free tutorials and you can subscribe to my blog over in the right column to stay in touch! --->

Here is my finished Hobo Tote!

Print Fabrics = Mimosa by Dear Stella
Solid Grey = Kona Iron by Robert Kaufman

The Pattern comes packaged with plastic templates for cutting and marking.

Here is my bag in progress. I used a fat quarter stack of Mimosa by Dear Stella. The new Jumbo Wonder Clips by Clover came in handy for holding all of the layer together.

What you can't see in this photo is the interfacing. Sew Lazy provided us with Face-it Soft and Stiff Stuff to make our bags. This stuff is great. If you haven't worked with it yet I suggest you try it out. The Stiff Stuff is strong enough to give life to your bag without being so rigid that it is difficult to sew.

It is no secret that I'm a fan of Wonder Clips. Examples can be found here, here, here, and here. Like I said.. I'm a fan. Here is a photo of the original ones with the new Jumbo ones to give you some scale.

Back to my Hobo Tote. Here are my pieces once I added grey trim. I used Kona Iron to add some pop to the bag.

Since I was using fat quarters I didn't have pieces big enough to cut the lining. I solved this by using 3 fat quarters. I cut each into two pieces 9" x 21" and sewed three pieces together as shown. I then cut my lining from these larger pieces.

I decided to use more Kona Iron for the pockets.

The Jumbo Wonder Clips came in handy again for holding the bag together before I finished top-stitching.

Here is a detail shot of the binding added to the center of the bag. The instructions direct you to machine sew it, but I'm a sucker for hand sewing with binding. I used my original Wonder Clips to hold the bias binding in place while I worked around the curve.

Here is my finished Hobo Tote again!


Blog Tour
Take a minute to check out the other stops on the tour to see a variety of Hobo Totes!

February 19 Nancy Zieman  
February 20 Jenny Gabriel  
February 21 Fran Ortmeyer 
February 22 Tori Thompson  
 February 23 Carol Porter  
February 24 Jina Barney  
February 25 Joan Hawley 
February 26 Julie Herman <-- Me! Thanks for dropping by!
February 27 Eileen Roche  
February 28 Cindy Cloward  
March 2 Nancy Zieman 


Clover and Lazy Girl Designs have added Giveaways to the Hobo Tote Blog tour.

Clover Needlecraft will be sending three random winners a Clover Prize Package valued at $75. Names will be announced on Nancy's blog post on March 1, 2013.

Prize Package 1
Here is what’s included in each of the three prize packages:
Trace ‘n Create Bag Template—Hobo Tote Collection
Shape ‘n Create Bag Stabilizer
Pin ‘n Stow Magnetic Wrist Pincushion
Satin Bronze D-Rings
Double-Sided Basting Tape 1″
Create-a-Strap Wrap ‘n Fuse Piping
Magnetic Snap Closure

Prize Package 2
Lazy Girl Designs is giving away a Lazy Girl Interfacing Pack that includes 1-1/2 yard cuts of Stiff Stuff and Face-it Soft ($17 value) to three additional random winners.

How to enter the giveaway
For chances to win one of the six prizes, please post comments on Nancy's Blog Post. Share your thoughts about the Hobo Totes you see on the blog tour and/or about the Hobo Tote you’re planning to make. Six random winners will be selected and posted March 1 on Nancy's Blog.


Clover Needlecraft provided the template set, and most of the notions for this project.  The interfacing was provided my Sew Lazy.

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

Monday, February 25, 2013

Sweetheart Quilt Kit Giveaway Winner

It's time to announce the winner of the Sweetheart Quilt Kit Giveaway
{Sorry for the delay in announcing the winner... I've been sick twice this month! No fun at all.}

The winner is...

Erin N please contact me with your info so we can get your kit out to you! Please let us know if you want pastel or bright for your fabric bundle too.

 Thanks to everyone for entering. 

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

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Sweetheart Quilt {and giveaway}

Happy Valentine's Day!

It just so happens that I have a very sweet quilt to share with you today... my Sweetheart Quilt!

Quilt Details 
Pattern - Sweetheart - Found in the Spring 2013 Generation Q Magazine
Designed by me
Quilted by me
Started on 11/2/12
Finished on 11/6/12
Quilt measures - 40" x 46"

The Sweetheart Quilt pattern is in the Spring 2013 issue of Generation Q Magazine. It just started popping up in Quilt Shops a few days ago and will be on newsstands soon. The pattern uses my Hex N More Ruler & I also included templates in the magazine too.

I originally designed and made this quilt for Aliyah. It was supposed to be a present before her new baby brother arrived. You'll have to read the article in GenQ to find out how they ended up with the quilt!!

I couldn't resist photographing it with our Radio Flyer wagon. The wagon is forever a classic just like the book Oh, the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss!! I love that book and look forward to giving this quilt to Aliyah.

To make this quilt you need 9 fat quarters, background fabric & binding. I used the 9 fat quarters in this bundle and saved the panel for another project.


Giveaway time!!

One lucky reader will win a kit to make their very own Sweetheart Quilt!!
The kit includes...
2. A copy of the newest issue of Generation Q Magazine including the Sweetheart pattern.
3. A Fat Quarter Bundle of Oh, the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss provided by Robert Kaufman. You can choose the pastel bundle I used in my sample or the bright bundle.

That is over $65 of goodies!!

To enter leave a comment and tell me what your favorite Dr. Seuss book is and why!


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 me what your favorite Dr. Seuss book is and why!!

Example Comment:
My favorite is book is Oh, the Places You'll Go because it inspires me and reminds me that with hard work I can do anything!!

3. Simple as that!!

You have till 9PM PST on Sunday the 17th to enter.
Giveaway now closed. Winner announced soon.
Winners will be selected by True Random Number Generator.


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

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Toes in the Sand - Quilt Along!

Join us in the Toes in the Sand - Quilt Along! 

Make 2 blocks each month and you'll have all 24 that you need for a twin size quilt at the end of 12 months. Work at your own pace. I've created a Flickr group where we can all share photos of our blocks.

Karrie Lyne made this bright version using Treasures & Tidbits by Piece O' Cake Designs for Robert Kaufman. 

Add your photos the Flickr group. Also post them to Instagram & use the hash tag #toesinthesandQAL  
Sarah made this one using Salt Water by Tula Pink for Freespirit.

You can find a list of participating shops here. Sign up at a local shop, an online shop, or just join us in the quilt a long and make your very own Toes in the Sand!

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

Thursday, February 7, 2013

I'm doing a lot of teaching over the next few months!

A quick look at my calendar shows that I'm gonna be busy over the next few months! As I add new events to my calendar I am also adding them to the EVENTS page on my site. That way you can always check up on where I will be. The events page is easily found in the top list of links right under my header image.

Here are my Upcoming Events for the next few months.
I hope you can join me at one of them!


Trunk Show
When: Tuesday February 12
San Clemente, CA
What: Trunk Show, Lecture and Book Signing


When: Saturday February 23rd, 10:30am-5:30pm
Where: Sew Modern
10921 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90064
What: Teaching Chopsticks
Chopsticks - JBQ 111


When: March 20-23, 2013
Portland, OR
What: Teaching 3 Classes. 
Visit Quiltmaker's site for more information.

Friday - Three in a Box
Three in a Box - JBQ 121

Saturday - Boxed In


Teaching/Lecture/Book Signing
When: April 12-13, 2013
Where: Quiltique
Henderson, NV
What: Teaching 3 Classes. Giving a lecture & hosting a book signing. 
Quiltique's site for more information.
Friday - Chopsticks
Chopsticks - JBQ 111

Saturday - Candy Dish
Candy Dish - JBQ 125

Saturday - Ballerina 

Ballerina - JBQ 120


When: July 8-12, 2013
Where: Quilter's Affair at Stitchin Post
Sisters, OR
What: Teaching 5 Classes. 
Monday - Chopsticks
Tuesday - Hugs & Kisses
Wednesday - Raspberry Dessert
Thursday - Chopsticks
Friday - Hugs & Kisses
Chopsticks - JBQ 111

Hugs & Kisses - JBQ 106

Raspberry Dessert

For more information on any of the classes please contact the shop, guild, or event sponsor.

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