Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Our Wedding Quilt

One year ago today, Lawrence and I were married under our wedding quilt, our huppah. Thank YOU to the 200+ quilters, family & friends that contributed blocks to help us create it.

This is the center of our huppah. You created the blocks that surrounded us, and Lawrence and I created the center with some help from my mom. 
Photo by Donna Von Bruening
Photo by Donna Von Bruening

Photo by Donna Von Bruening
The label for the quilt is a block I embroidered with our given American-English names and our Hebrew names with our wedding date.
Lawrence & I wanted to make sure that all of our guests knew the story behind our huppah. We had Taryn of Twinkle & Toast design this 2' x 4' sign that told the story and thanked each of you that created a block. (Scroll below to read the text on the sign.) 
Photo by Donna Von Bruening
The sign reads: The Story of our Huppah. In March 2014, the call was put out to quilters around the world for 222 unique triangle blocks to construct the Huppah Julie and Lawrence would be married under, and the response was impressive. Julie and Lawrence would like to thank all of the family, friends and quilters who lovingly contributed their support to make this a truly one of a kind quilt and family heirloom. 

The first names of everyone who contributed a block to the quilt are listed. One year, 222 blocks, 24 fabrics & 5 countries.

I knew all along that I wanted to give Angela Walters some big open space to work her magic and she did not disappoint!!

The center Jewish star has two triangles "woven" together. One to represent each of us. The outer Jewish star has 6 sections of blue and green to represent our immediate families: my mom, dad and brother + Lawrence's mom, dad and sister. They will surround & support us with their love now and forever. 

After we put the word out to quilters to ask for the 222 blocks, I received way more than 222! So any of the blocks that I could not include in the quilt, my bridesmaids used as bunting to decorate my bridal shower.

In January 2016, I took the quilt to the San Diego Modern Quilt Guild meeting. It was only the second time the finished quilt had ever left our house!

I could not have made this without you, my quilting community, so thank you from the bottom of my heart. 

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

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Sweet Tooth Block 4 - Butterscotch

My Sweet Tooth Block of the Month books are available now at local and online quilt shops! Since the book is out now and kits are arriving in shops, I wanted to share some inspiration for anyone looking to make a Sweet Tooth quilt. 

Sweet Tooth can be made in twin or queen sizes. This quilt is made using my Hex N More and Super Sidekick rulers. 

If you will be making your Sweet Tooth quilt from one of the Robert Kaufman Kona quilt kits (available now!), all of the strips in the roll up are in block order. Also, all of the Kona colors used in each block are noted in the Sweet Tooth book. This photo shows the fabrics that are in Roll 2. (The rolls are marked.)

To make Block 4, you'll use Kona PapayaKona PersimmonKona ValentineKona Sangria and Kona Sprout:

Sweet Tooth Quilt Block 4 - Butterscotch

You can sign up to participate in a Sweet Tooth block of the month program with a local quilt shop or guild (ask around if you're looking to join one!), order a Sweet Tooth quilt kit, or craft your own Sweet Tooth quilt with your favorite 2 1/2" strips!

I'm making a Sweet Tooth quilt using Tula Pink prints. Here are my Butterscotch blocks in Tula Pink:

You can see the other Sweet Tooth blocks I made here:

Kits featuring the Kona Cotton solids I used to make the twin size quilt are available now. Kits will include the Sweet Tooth book, 60 Kona Cotton 2 1/2" strips + all of the background and binding fabric to make the quilt.

If you're looking to order a Sweet Tooth quilt kit, they are available to order now from Hawthorne Threads and Fat Quarter Shop. You can also find the books now at Fat Quarter ShopHawthorne Threads, as well as other local and online quilt shops.

Tell us in the comments below: Are you taking any classes at a local quilt shop or going to a retreat with a guild to make your Sweet Tooth quilt?

Remember to share your photos on social media with the #SweetToothQuilt tag & have fun!

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

Monday, March 7, 2016

Tula Pink's Newest Fabric Collection: Chipper + a Giveaway!

Tula Pink has a new fabric collection shipping to local quilt shops now and I'm super excited to share it with you today! Her new collection is called Chipper and I've got a fat quarter bundle of it to giveaway, too.

Here is Tula Pink's booth for Chipper at Fall Quilt market featuring 3 of my Chopsticks quilts:

Tula designed 3 colorways for Chipper. Here's my Chopsticks quilt in the Raspberry colorway:

Tula's line of extra wide quilt backing fabric (108"), Free Fall, goes great with Chipper! I usually piece quilt labels into my quilt backs. With extra wide quilt backing fabric, there is no piecing needed. Sometimes I still like to add in a pieced label strip. 

Chopsticks in the Mint colorway:

If you end up with long pieces of Tula Pink Free Fall that aren't big enough for a quilt back, piece them together!

This one is my favorite. I generally try to avoid picking favorites, but I just LOVE how the oranges pop off of the grey!! This is the Sorbet colorway.

Here they are all together in Tula Pink's Booth.

I also decided to make a color blocked version of my Boomerang quilt using Chipper. I added in a bit of True Colors and Eden as well.

Did you know that Tula Pink named this fabric Free Fall because the birds fly in all directions? That way you don't need to worry about a top or a bottom when using it for a quilt back. For this one I didn't piece in my label, which is very rare for me!!

So how did I mark the details of the quilt? I wrote them in by hand on one dot near a corner.


Tula also created two new Aurifil thread sets to coordinate with Chipper. They coordinate very well with Chipper and previous Tula Pink fabric collections.

I also made a Lily Pocket Purse to hold all my essentials at market. I've made this bag 3 times now and love to use it when traveling.

Recently I made a Just In Case Folder.

Here is the inside of my Just In Case Folder. This was my first time using sew-in magnets & I'm very happy with the results!


Ready for a giveaway? One lucky winner will receive this Chipper Fat Quarter bundle + my Boomerang pattern.

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 which Chipper colorway is your favorite: Sorbet, Mint or Raspberry?

3. Comment entries must be left on this blog, www.jaybirdquilts.com, 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 5PM PST on Wednesday,  March 9th to enter. 
Giveaway now closed.

Winner will be selected by 
Good luck + thanks for stopping by today!

Congrats to Sonya!
Thanks to all who entered.


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