Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Gravity Quilt

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
I've got a fun and special quilt for you to meet today. Introducing my next block of the month book that will be available January 2015, Gravity.



Quilt Details
 
Pattern - Gravity, JBQ 150
Designed by me
Quilted by Angela Walters
Started on 9/1/14
Finished on 9/24/14
Quilt measures - 97" x 96"



I partnered with Robert Kaufman Fabrics to offer a quilt kit that has the exact Kona colors I used. It will be available February 2015 in online and local quilt shops as a quilt kit OR as a block of the month club. The kit includes all of the fabric to make the quilt top and binding.

Want to know which 114 Kona colors I used??

You can see which colors to use in each block in these blog posts:
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Here I am showing off the kit at my schoolhouse during quilt market.

The book also contains the pattern for a bonus pillow. Clearly, I was really excited to reveal the pillow!!

Gravity is made with the Hex N More and Super Sidekick rulers. Both rulers are available now in shops. Click the links to the rulers to see the video tutorials on how to use them.

The book is printed in full color, and it includes templates. Plus there's no Y seams!
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Outtake Photos

The day Gravity was finished, we had just enough sunlight to snap a few photos at a local park before the sunset. The wind, however, was not cooperating.






But it did give me an opportunity to get a detailed shot of Angela's quilting:

Then we ventured to a less windy spot in the park...

Oops, feet still showing...

And then I was able to get this photo, which was the first photo I publicly shared of Gravity. You can find it on Instagram with the tag #GravityQuilt.

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A few days later, Lawrence and I took a vacation (and quilt pattern cover photo shoot trip) to Hawaii. As soon as we arrived, I snapped some photos on my phone of Gravity near a pretty waterfall.





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And then we ventured out to the beach with the quilt to see if we could get a good photo for the book cover. Again, the wind was not in our favor...

We spread the quilt out on the ground & needed to use weights in the corners to keep it from flying away and into the water.

Lawrence stayed with the quilt to protect it.


I really liked how this spot looked like a mix of earth & moon (which reminds me of actual gravity...), but we just couldn't get the right shot.

Luckily, Lawrence is patient, because it was not comfortable on those rocks, trust me.


I got a smile when I told him we were done at this spot.


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Finally, it was back to the waterfall where I had snapped the awesome photos on my phone a few days earlier. Which was promising, but the lighting wasn't right.

We waited a bit for the clouds to move & we moved the quilt a bit, too...

At last, we got the right shot. What you don't see in the cover photo is that Lawrence is holding onto the bottom corner of the quilt to get it in the perfect place!


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Once we returned home, I put Gravity on our bed & fell in love with it even more....


And then I shared the first image of the Gravity quilt bonus pillow on social media.

I did the straight line quilting on the bonus pillow all by myself.

 And I got another photo of Angela's amazing quilting on Gravity.

I love the colors in this detail shot of the bonus pillow.







I LOVE this quilt, and I hope you do, too!

I can't wait to see photos of your Gravity quilt creations, and the variations that will happen as quilters begin making them. I know that each quilt made with the Kona Cotton kit (available for pre-order now) will take on it's own look and feel given how many colors of fabrics are included in the kit.

And I'm really looking forward to seeing it in Batiks, blenders of all kinds, your rainbow inspirations will be endless!

Will you be making your own Gravity quilt next year? What fabrics will you use for your creation? Tell us about it in the comments below. Thanks so much!



© Blog post written by Julie Herman
For more information visit http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/

21 comments:

Jennifer Schifano Thomas said...

What a gorgeous quilt! I enjoyed seeing all the Hawaii shots, but I really like the pic of it on your bed the most! Congratulations. Have a super day!

BerryPatchCottage said...

LOVE this quilt!! I have a kit on pre-order with an online retailer already and can't wait for it to arrive.

Cheryl said...

I need to finish up Park Bench so I can get started on this one in January!

Eva Leisure said...

Looks great, both Quilt and pillow! And I really like your photo shooting ideas :-)

Anja said...

Great colours and great quilt.

Peaches1003 said...

Love it! This is definitely on my must make list

mascanlon said...

I love the outtakes!!! (and of course the quilt)

Zenia Rene said...

23 days to complete?! That is AMAZING!!! It's stunning! Congrats on quilt and book.

Solid Notions said...

I'll be waiting patiently for my bom to start. I love it done in solids. Gravity reminds me of a new box of crayons, So vibrant.

Olga Artmann said...

SUPER !!!

Gabi said...

Ein absoluter Traum!!!
♥♥♥
An absolute dream,
a wonderful blanket!

Love greetings from Gabi

http://stich-schlinge.de

Judy F said...

Absolutely love your quilt. Beautifully designed and the colors you used are perfect. It looks so great on the bed. Great Work!!!!

Myra said...

I love the picture on your bed the most, too. I have preordered my kit from The Fat Quarter shop and can't wait to receive it!!!!

Josie McRazie said...

HOLY FREAKIN BEAUTIFUL!!! (please pardon my almost naughty language!!) But W O W!!!! I just love this one! Another job well done Julie!

DiAnna said...

Love the lotus quilt but the gravity one is amazing. I will defintely be looking for your hex n more ruler (fingers crossed that amazon has it, as there are no quilting shops near me).

val said...

I would make a new quilt for my grandson who is turning 5 soon!

Valerie Larson
val@ptitle.com

Rochelle Marouski said...

I love the Kona fabrics, I've been collecting them awhile and looking forward to using them in a quilt this winter. Thinking about using them in an ONLINE mystery quilt and also have a couple Jaybird patterns that I've already started and trying to finish up!

Kimberly McConville said...

Beautifully stunning quilt!

Marylou said...

I have made Lotus, wonton, and am finishing Night Sky. Can't wait to try my next! Love Moda too!

betz2u said...

I love the Lotus and am inspired by it, but also want to make Park Bench. WOW Congratulations. I love Kona solids and use them a lot. Love Moda fabrics too. Got fingers crossed. Thanks for the opportunity to win the bundle. Love your work.

bettyharden@charter.net

SarahZ said...

This such a stunning and fascinating design! And so funny how it seemed always to defy the very thing it is named after!