Thursday, October 23, 2014

Meet Super Sidekick & My New Patterns!

There's a new addition to welcome to the Jaybird Quilts family of rulers! Meet Super Sidekick!

Super Sidekick plays well with all of three other Jaybird Quilts rulers, Hex N More, Mini Hex N More, and especially Sidekick!

Super Sidekick cuts 3 shapes, diamonds, 60-degree triangles and half triangles, in 8 sizes, from 1 1/2" up to 8 1/2"! Share your Super Sidekick action shots and creations using #SuperSidekickRuler on social media. The ruler is available now from local and online quilts shops. Ask for it at your favorite quilt shop!
So why did I come up with the Super Sidekick ruler? I was having a lot of fun coming up with patterns and designs using the Sidekick ruler shapes. And every time I wanted to make something bigger with the diamonds and triangles, I was wishing I had this bigger, bolder version of my Sidekick ruler. And then the Super Sidekick ruler was born!

The ruler comes with full color directions. I have also filmed a video on how to use the ruler.


Super Sidekick has a staring role in 2 new quilt patterns and my next Block of the Month Design. 
Speaking of, my next block of the month book is... Gravity Quilt!

Gravity books will begin shipping to shops in January 2015 and I'm so excited to see your Gravity quilts when you start working on them in the new year! You can start searching #GravityQuilt on social media now to see more process and inspiration pictures.

Gravity Quilt kits will be available for shops to order from Robert Kaufman. Be sure to share this info with your favorite shop if you would like to make the #GravityQuilt! I'll have more to post and share with you about Gravity soon.

The first Super Sidekick pattern I have for you is Stereo! It's no secret how much I love sewing triangle blocks, and this quilt uses some big Super Sidekick triangles! Stereo features fabric by Vanessa of V&Co.

Stereo patterns will begin shipping to shops in November and you can search #StereoQuilt on social media to see more snapshots. More info on her coming soon!


And the second Super Sidekick pattern I have for you is Glimmer! She features fabric by Tula Pink.

I'll have more to share with you about Glimmer soon and you can start searching #GlimmerQuilt on social media for other sneak peeks and outtakes.

I'll have lots of fun outtakes to share with you soon!

Which Super Sidekick quilt are most excited to learn more about and add to your holiday wish list? Got any ideas for fabric collections you're going to use to make your Super Sidekick quilts? Tell us about them in the comments. Thanks so much!

© Blog post written by Julie Herman
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

New Mini Patterns! Fall 2014

I'm excited to announce 3 new mini patterns! I'll be showing them off later this week in my booth at quilt market

Each of the new minis is made from a charm pack!

First up is a miniature Kona version of Delight!


Second is a mini version of Off the Rail


And third in line is a miniature Science Fair!


Mini Delight, Mini Off the Rail & Mini Science Fair are all available now! Ask for them at your local quilt shop. The patterns are printed in full color and include templates. Plus there's no Y seams!

The Mini Hex N More ruler is also available now (click the link to the ruler to see the video tutorial on how to use it). Check my 'Where to Buy' page for shops and be sure to ask for it if you don't find it.

Which of the #JaybirdMini quilts have you made so far? Which of the new ones will you add to your "need to make" list? Tell us about them in the comments. Thanks!

© Blog post written by Julie Herman
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Saturday, October 18, 2014

#ParkBenchQuilt Block 7 - First Date

Early this year, my latest Block of the Month (BOM) design, Park Bench, hit stores, and I started a series of posts showing off the blocks you have been making of each design. Each of the blocks is named for favorite memories and moments in parks. Block 7 is First Date. The playful arrangement of the diamonds reminds me of how a great first date has a really comfortable flow to it.

I've been collecting pictures of blocks as quilters share them on Instagram. I'm loving how your blocks are coming together and the fabrics you have chosen to make your quilt unique.

Do you like the high color contrasting blocks or the low color contrast Park Bench blocks?

Post pictures of your blocks, top and finished quilt using #ParkBenchQuilt and you might find your work featured in a future blog post. (Add those #ParkBenchQuilt tags soon, there's only 1 more block left!)

Do you have a favorite first date memory?
Share which color contrasts you prefer or a favorite first date moment in the comments!

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Cascade Fabric Collection + A Giveaway!

Today is my stop on the Cascade fabric collection blog tour and I'm so excited to share this collection with you! My friend Jessica Levitt, the fabric designer, is beyond creative. She can make Pinterest jealous with her crafty talents and parties. So when she asked me to be a part of her blog tour, I had to say 'Yes!'.

Cascade comes in two well-named colorways, Pond and Glacier.

Jenn Nevitt of knit 'n lit made this soothing Chopsticks quilt in Cascade. 

Chopsticks is always great for featuring full and charming prints.

Jenn also made a Seaside table runner featuring Cascade.

And she made a Rock Candy table topper in Cascade.
Jessica also has a great sewing and quilting book available, too:

Here are the other stops on the Cascade blog tour that you can check out this week:

Monday October 13th - Jessica Levitt - Juicy Bits / Windham Fabrics
Tuesday October 14th - Julie Herman - Jaybird Quilts / Jenn Nevitt -knit ’n lit
Wednesday October 15th - Amanda Kattner - What the Bobbin / Andy Knowlton - a bright corner
Thursday October 16th - Marci Debataz - Marci Girl Designs / Jennifer Auh Chon - Sunny in Cal
Friday October 17th - Angela Walters - Quilting is my Therapy / Rachel Gander - Imagine Gnats
Saturday October 18th - Elizabeth Timmons - and pins / Andrea Taddicken - knitty bitties
Sunday October 19th - Erin Erickson - Dog Under my Desk / Jessica Skultety - Quilty Habitt
Monday October 20th  - Caroline Press - Trillium Design / Karin Jordan - Leigh Laurel Studios

And you can see more of Cascade here, too.

Ready for the giveaway?
Windham Fabrics offering a fat quarter bundle of Cascade to one lucky Jaybird Quilts reader!

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 us about a project you're inspired to make with Cascade fabric.

3. Comment entries must be left on this blog,, to be valid. Comments sent via E-mail, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other social media will not be counted.

4. Simple as that!!

You have till 9PM PST on Tuesday, October 21st to enter. 

Winner will be selected by 
Good luck!
The giveaway is now closed. A winner will be announced soon. Thanks so much to everyone who entered!

© Blog post written by Julie Herman
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Where you can find me at Fall 2014 Quilt Market - Booth 1357

The fall International Quilt Market is coming up in Houston, TX, and once again I'll be hosting a Jaybird Quilts booth! You can find me in Booth 1357 with all things Jaybird Quilts rulers + patterns.

Shop owners and buyers are welcome to stop by to personally experience my latest designs and product releases. There will be demos of the Jaybird Quilts family of rulers. You can check out samples of brand new and best selling patterns. We'll also share with you how you can add a block of month or mini of the month program to your shop.

October 25-27, 2014
George R. Brown Convention Center
Houston, Texas 
*Trade show only. Not open to the general public.      
Show Dates & Hours:
Saturday, October 25 — 9:30AM to 6:00PM
Sunday, October 26 — 9:30AM to 6:00PM
Monday, October 27 — 9:30AM to 4:00PM
Classes begin on Friday, October 24

Gravity - New Block of the Month pattern coming soon.

 Join me at Sample Spree for great deals on select Jaybird Quilts pattern + ruler collections!

Jaybird Quilts
Table 136

October 24, 2014
George R. Brown Convention Center
Houston, Texas 
8:00PM to 10:00PM


I'll also be presenting at Schoolhouses + A Take & Teach Class!
Hex N More, Sidekick, Mini Hex N More, & the new Super Sidekick Ruler!

The Martingale Fun-Size Quilts Schoolhouse will be held Friday, October 24th, from 3:10-3:40pm in room 371F.
Come on down! See projects that are sure to start a fat-quarter frenzy in your shop. The price is right from start to finish on these fun projects from 17 popular designers. You’ll meet a few. Chocolate and fat quarters for all!

Shapes for your Shop with Jaybird Quilts Rulers, Friday, October 24th from 4:20-4:50pm in room 362C

Let Jaybird Quilts rulers shape up your shop. Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts shares how to use the Hex N' More, Mini Hex N' More AND Sidekick Rulers together to create a dynamic sewing sensation for your customers. Giveaways, including a Jaybird Quilts ruler, for all!

Join me for a Take & Teach class on Saturday, October 25, 8:00AM to 9:30AM.
318. Rock the Rulers: Precuts, Projects & Programs for Rewarding Returns

Play with Jaybird Quilts rulers and create a perfect in-store sample! Keep your customers engaged with precuts, patterns, programs and more! Giveaways, including a Jaybird Quilts ruler, for all! Click here to register.

And I'll be at the Fun-Size Quilt book signing at the Martingale booth, #2113, on Saturday, October 25, from 3:30PM to 4:30PM.


Would you like to carry Jaybird Quilts patterns + rulers in your shop OR do you have them on offer already?
Create your wholesale account, request to have your shop listed on my 'Where to Buy' page or request a Jaybird Quilts trunk show by contacting

See you soon in Houston!

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