Thursday, October 17, 2013

Night Sky Quilt

This week I'm going to tell you a bit more about each of the new patterns I recently announced. Next up is Night Sky!

Night Sky is the first large quilt pattern that uses Sidekick!

Quilt Details 
Fabric is Kona Solids by Robert Kaufman
Pattern - Night Sky, JBQ 137
Designed by me
Quilted by Angela Walters
Started on 6/24/13
Finished on 9/5/13
Quilt measures - 56" x 65"

The awesome team over at Robert Kaufman has put the 16 colors I used together into a Jaybird Night Sky Fat Quarter bundle!! I'm SO excited about them!!

FYI, they will have a limited number of them during Sample Spree at Quilt Market next week. I'm planning to pick one up and have a giveaway here once I'm back from Quilt Market.

Here is the back of the pattern cover.
Each of my patterns now has its own hashtag! #NightSkyQuilt


Fabric selection is key with Night Sky.

Create beautiful monochromatic stars with depth and detail using four shades from the same color family for each block. Four fat quarters will make six blocks.

Here are the colors that I used to create the cover quilt.

The baby quilt will have blocks in one color family only. The lap features four as shown on the cover. The twin has blocks in six color families, and the queen & king both have seven.

We checked in with the team at Robert Kaufman to identify specific Kona Cotton solids that complement the existing Jaybird Night Sky bundle if you want to make a larger sized Night Sky quilt. Here's what we came up with:
Grey color family: Silver, Shadow, Iron, Pewter
Pink color family: Pomegranate, Bright Pink, Candy Pink, Carnation
Yellow color family: Canary, Lemon, Sunny, Papaya

Here are some of the outtakes from our cover shoots. Lawrence & I also took night sky with us to Santa Barbara.

We tried to shoot the cover there... but never got the right shot.

This could have worked if the lighting wasn't so strong from behind the quilt.

I was actually holding the quilt this time! Check out my tutorial on how to bind quilts with 120-degree angles to finish this quilt.

I did get a nice photo that shows the detail of Angela's quilting. In the background of Night Sky, Angela quilted straight lines that crossed each other. Inside the quilt blocks, she quilted geometric quilting designs using the points of the block as a reference.

Since I didn't get the cover I wanted in Santa Barbara... I decided to bring the quilt to Hawaii!!

As soon as we discovered this bridge I knew the photo I wanted for the cover. Lawrence patiently held the quilt while I got the camera settings just right.

Got it!!

I think it is going to be hard find a more beautiful place to photograph my quilts!

Night Sky will be available on 10/30.

© Blog post written by Julie Herman
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Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Beautiful quilt!

Melissa said...

This is a beautiful pattern :)

Queenie Believe said...

This one is definitely on my to-do list! Outstanding!
You definitely could not have found a better location for the cover.
Have a great day.
Always, Queenie

Tammy said...

Absolutely beautiful. Love those brights.

Heidi said...

UR a dynamo! Congrats on another stunner that's sure to be a hit!

kitty said...

I LOVE this quilt!! It's so beautiful!! said...

OMG, just gorgeous!!!

Anonymous said...

Love the quilt, and the colors are just so appealing. The FQ bundle made me covetous!

capecodder33 said...

WOW!!! Absolutely beautiful!!!

Catherine said...

Gorgeous!!! Super excited to see it next week in reals...which booth are you in???

Catherine said...

Gorgeous!!! Super excited to see it next week in reals...which booth are you in???

Catherine said...

Gorgeous!!! Super excited to see it next week in reals...which booth are you in???

crazy lady said...

I want this material soooo badly!!!!!

LizA. said...

Beautiful--this one is definitely going on my "to do" list......

El Patchwork de Dolors said...

Es precioso, me encanta!

StasaLynn said...

Beautiful! I agree..... that was a gorgeous spot to photograph your quilt.... it will be tough but I bet you will find another awesome spot!

Kay said...

Simply stunning.

Kathleen said...

Beautiful quilt, and I'm drooling over that fat quarter bundle!

Dresden Quilter said...

I love this quilt!

VickiT said...

This I think might be my favorite of all your newest patterns Julie. It is just stunning. said...

You are so right! This quilt is gorgeous in any setting.