Thursday, March 27, 2014

Make a block for our wedding quilt!

You are invited to make a block for our wedding quilt.

Lawrence & I made the first two blocks.

About our wedding quilt:
A huppah is the canopy a Jewish couple stands under during the wedding ceremony. It can be a sheet, a family heirloom tapestry, or a quilt! It is held up by four poles and it symbolizes the home that we will build together.
I am going to make a quilt for our huppah, naturally. It is going to be large and I need 222 small triangle blocks to make it. That's where you come in.

1. Make a triangular block that finishes at 6" tall. (See Template for more info.) You can also use the Creative Grids 60° triangle ruler that is used in my Chopsticks, Varsity & Ballerina quilt patterns to cut a 6 1/2" tall triangle.
I took fabrics with me to Sew Down in Portland and came home with some blocks. These are the first 15 blocks:

2. Piece your block using any technique. Please avoid adding embellishments or appliqué.

You can use my HexNMore, Sidekick or Mini HexNMore to create a triangle as shown in these blocks.

You can make a square or rectangle using straight piecing and trim it to the shape of a triangle as shown in these blocks. (Or you can send me the larger piece and I can trim it down.)

You can create a block with improv techniques using straight lines or curves.

The possibilities are endless!!

3. Use any mix of the 20+ Kona Solids shown in the image below.
Please do not add any print fabrics or other solids to your block. We want the quilt to have a uniform look.

Our friends over at Pink Chalk Fabrics have graciously agreed to help out all of the sewists who want to participate and don't have the colors on hand to whip up a block. You can find a small, coordinating fabric bundle from the Kona palate we're using in their shop.

4. Sign the back of the block in the seam allowance with your first + last name + the date you made it.
Here are our signatures on the back of the first blocks.

Our social media hashtag for the wedding is #lawlovesjulie. We would love it if you shared your finished block on Instagam using #lawlovesjulie in your comment.
5. Mail the block to me by April 30th. 
Julie Herman
Jaybird Quilts LLC
Po Box 131201
Carlsbad, CA 92013 

This is the "plan" for the quilt. In the center I'm going to make a medallion. It will be surrounded by a ring of 54 blocks. The final ring then contains 168 blocks. 

1. Make a triangular block that finishes at 6" tall. (template link here)
2. Piece using any technique. (Please avoid adding embellishments or appliqué.)
3. Use any mix of the 20+ Kona Solids listed above.
4. Sign the back of the block in the seam allowance (first name + last name + date made) & share a photo of it online with #lawlovesjulie.
5. Mail the block to me by April 30th.

Please mail your finished block by 4/30/14 to:  (UPDATE: Thank you so much to everyone who sent a block in for the quilt! We have more than enough needed to finish the quilt. Quilters are the best! Thank you so much for all of the love and support!)

Julie Herman 
Jaybird Quilts LLC 
Po Box 131201 
Carlsbad, CA 92013 

We can't wait to see what you will make! Thank you so much for being a part of our celebration!

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

365 to go - #lawlovesjulie wedding countdown!

Our wedding is exactly 365 days from today!

We're so excited!
I promise to keep the wedding buzz on the blog to a minimum, and I promise not to leave you completely in the dark and wondering "what's up with them?"

A couple of weeks ago my amazing brother came down to San Diego to take our Engagement Photos. Here are some of our favorite photos and outtakes.

We started out at La Jolla Shores right before sunset.

My brother had a GoPro attached to his hat. He had it set to take a photo every 5 seconds and caught some fun moments with it.

We love this pier. We actually shot the cover of Park Bench from the top of it!!

We had to take a Toes in the Sand photo too!

My brother kept telling us to move our feet a bit this way... a bit that way... little did we know he was just snapping photos of us and not our feet at that point!

My brother has a way to capture me like nobody else. 

Right before sunset we practiced a few dance moves.

It got chilly so out came my tula pink neptune bee quilt.

This photo was from my brother's GoPro and it is one of my absolute favorites!!

We then headed out to dinner.

We love frequenting places that get to know us and make us surprise deserts like this one!

Sometimes I'm just a goofball!! (but hey Law is too!)

The next morning we headed to Torrey Pines just after sunrise.

This one is a favorite too!

Love the sunburst!

Lastly we rocked our Stately Type shirts at Legoland.


I am making a quilt for our wedding and would LOVE for you to be a part of it. Below are the first few blocks for the quilt. I'll do a post in a couple of days with all the details of how you can make a block.

The yummy Kona solids colors for the quilt!

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

More fun with my #NightSkyQuilt = More color options + Prints!

Night Sky is so much fun to make. I loved working with the crew at Robert Kaufman to select the solids featured on the cover and for larger quilt tops. I'm also really loving the Night Sky quilts everyone is making with great prints and other colorways, too!


Tula made my Night Sky quilt for her booth at the Fall 2013 quilt market. I checked with Tula and she said that she used "Manatee"  from Free Spirit Fabrics as the grey background.

Detail of Night Sky. This quilt was quilted by Angela Walters. Angela did an entire blog post about the quilting that she did on this quilt.

As soon as Tula Pink's new Fox Field collection made it's way to me, I had to start a Fox Field Night Sky for myself after I saw Tula's at market last October.

Chain piecing my Fox Field blocks:

Want to make it just like Tula did?
You'll need 16 fat quarters + background fabric from her Fox Field collection. Here is the breakdown of which fabrics go together.


I also really love the "White Night Sky" version I made using the ombre fabrics from Vanessa Christenson's Color Me Happy fabrics. There was some discussion in the Jaybird household around calling it "White Knight Sky" or "White Night Sky."

This quilt was quilted by Angela Walters.

Want to make it from Vanessa's Color Me Happy Fabric?

Instead of 16 Fat Quarters, you will need 1 1/8yards of 4 of her ombre fabrics. Each one has 4 sections of color printed along the length of the bolt.

We have a limited number of KITS available in our shop!! (We sold out of kits. Thank you!)

Photo by Vanessa Christenson

The pattern tells you to cut strips along the 21" WOF of a fat quarter. 
Instead you will need to cut strips along the LOF in each color section.

What do you think? Are there any new fabric lines out you might try using in a Night Sky quilt? Tell us about them in the comments below. Thanks!

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