Friday, October 25, 2013

Park Bench - Block of the Month

I'm very excited to announce today... Park Bench!!

Park Bench is a 9 month block of the month that will be available starting January 1st. If you are interested make sure to tell your local quilt shop now so they can order it!

This quilt features both the Hex N More and Sidekick Rulers!

Quilt Details 
Fabric is Botanics by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman
Pattern - Park Bench, JBQ 139
Designed by me
Quilted by Angela Walters
Started on 10/10/13
Finished on 10/22/13
Quilt measures - 65" x 88"

Here is the Back Cover
This block of the month also has its own hashtag! #ParkBenchQuilt

Take a walk in the Park! This Block of the Month features 8 unique blocks all created with the Sidekick & Hex N More Rulers. There are no pesky Y seams! Each month you'll create two blocks from the same design. Creative fabric placement will make your quilt appear to have 15 different blocks. (Month 8 = 1 Block) (Month 9 = Pieced Background)

This pattern will be printed in a larger format than my Quilt Patterns. It will be a full color 8 1/2" x 11" Book, just like Toes in the Sand. The Book will include directions on how to make all 8 blocks and assemble the Park Bench twin size quilt.



It was a marathon to get this quilt bound & photographed this week.

I got it done in record time for a twin... just over 3 hours!

Then it was off to shoot the cover. I am so thankful & blessed to have an amazing Fiancé. Lawrence gave up his lunch break to come help me photograph the cover. I couldn't have done it without him.

Here are some photos from our cover shoot.

Our first stop. The background was a bit dark, but you can really see Angela's quilting.

Location #2

Still wasn't what I was looking for...

...but did provide a nice setting for some detail photos. 

I love how Angela used feathers in the background sections and more graphic designs in the actual blocks.

Finally we found the right spot!! Here I am arranging up the quilt.

Sometimes you need a stunt double.

...and then we got the right shot!! This is my "I'm so happy we got the shot, but so tired from all the binding" face!!

Park Bench will be available January 2014.

I'm currently at Quilt Market & excited to show off this quilt and all of my other quilts! Follow along with me on Instagram or Facebook. Once I'm home I will blog about the show!

© Blog post written by Julie Herman
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Christina said...

Can't wait! Gorgeous photo!

Auntie Pami said...

Very nice!

Rina Mason said...

This is going on my Christmas list. Love it!

Brendon said...

Is this something that will be available to purchase without having to go through my local quilt shop? I would love to do it. It is a beautiful quilt!!!

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

Julie your quilt is beautiful...I really like the idea of a block of the month too...what fun!

Have fun at market!


Lisas Mom said...

Cool quilt pattern, in block-of-the-month format. Julie you're a Genius!

Carli The Quilter said...

Very lovely design!

Teresa Silva said...

This is an amazing new block of the month. Congrats. I'll be asking my favorite quilt store to get this in for me! Love it!

Georgi said...

Absolutely gorgeous! (I really need to pick up those rulers)

Nancy M. said...

another very interesting and beautiful quilt from you. love it lots

Jayne said...

So beautiful! It's so very inspiring to me!

Snoodles said...

Stunning quilt, and great photo shoot!

leanne said...

looking forward to this - hopefully some of the online shops will be involved as well !

kate said...

How are there NO "Y" seams? Is it sewn on the machine?

Unknown said...

Hi Julie,

This quilt has been fun so far! I've pieced the first four blocks, and I love the way it looks. Can't tell yet if I'll like Park Bench as much as Toes in the Sand. They're both great, each wonderful in its own play with geometric shapes and color. I especially love the way you place the blocks on light backgrounds, so they really stand out. Thanks for yet another great quilt,

opal garden said...

Hi Julie,

I am formulating a plan for this quilt. Is there a method to where the fat eights and the fat quarters go? Or are they all mixed up? I'm going to wait to buy the pattern until my dream fabric comes out (march).