Thursday, March 27, 2014

Make a block for our wedding quilt!

Thursday, March 27, 2014
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!

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

Ahhh how cool! I need to make one asap! Xo

mindingmomma said...

ok. I'm not so great at triangles, but I would love to be a part of this. So I'll make one (or two) and send it along. You can use or toss at your discretion!

mindingmomma at aol dot com

mikigaelen said...

I did something similar at our wedding (a quilted chuppah) though I think getting a community of people that share your passions in a great way to get it done! You can see mine here:
We went with Swoons. Good luck, and I hope it comes together in time for your big day!

Cozy Capatiller said...

Such a great idea! I am happy to help out ~ expect some blocks in your box soon!

Marcia ~ Cozy Capatiller

angela said...

What a lovely idea!

Erin said...

This is such a great idea - I love your plan and the colours you chose. I am totally IN! Is it preferable for each person to just make one, or do you anticipate needing lots of blocks? Kind of hard to tell at this point, I imagine! Thanks for sharing - this quilt is going to be great!!

Queenie Believe said...

This is such a wonderful idea, I love it. I'm in, just ordered a fabric bundle.
Have a great day.
Always, Queenie

Kim said...

Gorgeous idea! Just ordered my bundle!

Denise in PA said...

I'd be thrilled to make a block and be part of your wedding quilt!!

Did Lawrence really make that block? Are you teaching that boy to quilt??? o:)

Becky (My Fabric Obsession) said...

OH what a great idea and I love the colors you've chosen. I'm in!! :)

Bennett and Graves said...

You are going to get Alot of blocks. Just sayin in case you don't realize this. Looking forward to hearing about it!

Lisa E said...

Wow, what a great idea. The finished quilt is going to be amazing. Much happiness to you and Lawrence.

dolores said...

You know I'm in kiddo!;)

Jennifer | Gable House and Co. said...

Although I am bummed over the no applique, I believe I could manage something. Best wishes!

Denise Kniss said...

I love this! And I'd love to be a part of it, too!

Debbie said...

This is a lovely idea. I even have some of those colors on hand.

Solid Notions said...

What a fun thing to do. Planning for an wedding is a lot of work. I'm glad to make a block to help out. I ordered my fabric today and it's already shipped (so cool). This is what makes quilting fun and adds so much meaning to a quilt. said...

I think this is a lovely idea! Are you worried that you'll end up with way more blocks than you need?

ChristaQuilts said...

What an amazing idea - it will be fun to see it all come together!

The Thimblemouse of Country Crossroads said...

How sweet of you to ask us to be a part of your special day...I'm in!

mindingmomma said...

I can't belive the difference in my printer and the colors at the store. I made a special trip to Jo's yesterday to find a couple of pieces of Kona, and I'm so glad the names were there. Nothing matched the swatch card I printed out by tone. But I've got the names rightly matched, now I have to decide on a pretty pattern. I can't wait to get started on this project at our next sewing day wednesday!

Ivete Tecedor said...

Is the final quilt going to be hexagon-shaped liked your diagram? If so, will you be holding it up with 6 poles instead of 4? I'm so intrigued!

Back when I got married, I wasn't a quilter yet, only a knitter, so I knit my chuppah:

dolores said...

Putting two blocks in the mail today!:) xo

Kira said...

I found you blog post here

I believe they have taken you work illegally.


Barbara Kanta said...

Done-skiees! Mailing later today. Where did you want photo of block? Barbie in NC

jeifner said...

How many do you have so far? How exciting!

jeifner said...

I'm not on IG yet, but I made and sent some :)

Bunnie Cleland said...

I see your deadline is past. Do you still need more triangles?

Kathy Grom said...

I just put mine in the mail today, so sorry it's coming to you late.

L. Jones said...

That will be so beautiful! Congratulations on your upcoming wedding