Tuesday, October 20, 2015

My Newest Block of the Month is Sweet Tooth!

Today is a very special day for me! Today marks 5 years since I launched my first printed patterns. Thank you SO much for all of your support over the last 5 years!
I'm also super excited to introduce Sweet Tooth to you today!! Sweet Tooth is my new Block of the Month book! It will be available in January 2016.
Sweet Tooth features the Hex N More and Super Sidekick Rulers.

Quilt Details 
Pattern - Sweet Tooth, JBQ 159
Designed by me
Quilted by Angela Walters
Started on 9/4/15
Finished on 10/2/15
Quilt measures - 66" x 88"

I partnered with Robert Kaufman Fabrics to offer a quilt kit that has the exact Kona colors I used. It will be available early next year online and at 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 Twin size quilt top and binding.

Believe it or not... this entire quilt is machine pieced and has no Y seams!!


Here are my latest posts on each block in Sweet Tooth:
Block 1 - features an image of the Queen size option to make Sweet Tooth!

One last bit of exciting news... I have included a bonus in the Sweet Tooth book for you!! Directions on how to make the quilt in Queen size! 


The book is printed in full color, and it includes templates. Check out my video ruler tutorials to help you out along the way.


Here are some process photos from when I made Sweet Tooth.

This was when I made all of the blocks. Lots of chain piecing to get the blocks finished before Quilt Market!

Binding! Can you tell I love Wonder Clips??


We took over 250 photos of Sweet Tooth to get the right shot for the pattern cover. Here are a bunch of the outtakes.

We found this fence and I knew it could be a great way to get a flat shot of the quilt.

The wind, however, had other ideas & we never got the shot we wanted. 

Then we found this wall with greenery, but we had no way to secure the quilt & it kept falling down.

 Next we went to a local park.

I wanted to try to get a higher angle so I climbed up the ladder and sat at the top of the slide.

Then I was too high, so I started to slide down to try to get a better angle. If it wasn't for the shadows on the bottom left of the quilt I might have used this photo!!

 Lawrence took this photo of me at the same time that I was taking the one above!

Eventually I slid down & took this photo of the pieced back. I love how the light makes it look like stained glass!

We tried to turn the quilt around to avoid the harsh shadows, but now you can't really see any of the quilting.

Lawrence always likes to stay close when it is windy so he can catch the quilt if it starts to fall or fly away!

This photo of the back really shows off Angela's quilting. I enjoy picking a fabric for the back that contrasts with most of the front so that the quilting will really pop. I kept my label strip and pieced quilt back pretty simple for this quilt

Our last location of the day was a friend's front steps. I had a feeling that the big deep steps would be a great place to lay the quilt.

It worked out perfectly! I took a bunch of photos to make sure we had lots to pick from.

I know I shouldn't pick favorites, but this block is the one that started it all!


Sweet Tooth will debut in shops January 2016. Be sure to share your Sweet Tooth blocks on social media using #SweetToothQuilt. I can't wait to see what you make!

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


Laura Chaney said...

Such a beautiful quilt! I love the way you can create with Kona solids!

mama dub said...

This is a beautiful quilt! I will definitely be making this one! Your designs are awesome and I really like using your rulers.

Dresden Quilter said...

It is a gorgeous quilt. I love all of your patterns.

Rike Busch said...

A wonderful quilt! Your patters are always so vibrant and living.
Greetings from Germany,

Brita said...

I'd love to peek in your brain to see how you keep coming up with new pattern ideas! They are all easily identified as a Jaybird design.

Susan L. said...

Love it! Can't wait for this to come out!

Emily Breclaw said...

Gorgeous! Love all the photography shoot pics! I usually have my 3 year old instead of my husband helping-- you're lucky to have someone who thinks to grab the quilt when it's windy!!!

Zanymouse said...

Gorgeous quilt! Why is it that whenever it's time to photograph a quilt, the wind kicks up? I have so many quilts and table runners shown "in action". Grrr, lol.

Rapunzellen's quilt blog said...

Such a great new design. I absolutely love it, and I can't wait until the pattern will arrive in the shops. I definitely have to make a Sweet Tooth since I love both - the quilt and sweets, lol.

KimB said...

Happy Anniversary!! I remember when my LQS first got your patterns and I bought several of them and more, as well as templates over the years. Can't wait to sign up for or purchase this one and the other two you just released. Thanks for all your amazing creations

mascanlon said...

Missed this post!! Great photoshoot photos! And these colors are so yummy up close.

Lara B. said...

So Gorgeous Julie! Sweet Tooth looks complicated, but as soon as you said that it is machine stitched with no Y seams, I knew I would buy the book!
Photographing quilts outdoors is always an adventure - my family thinks I'm crazy sometimes. Congratulations on your partnership, kit and BOM!!!

Solid Notions said...

Expecting my first BOM installment this week! Is there going to be a list of the colors and yardage available outside of the kit. There are a few that would be perfect for a project I'm planning with the RK color of the year "Highlight"

Lisas Mom said...

Stunning quilt! Julie you never disapoint. Cheers to 5 years!