Friday, September 28, 2018

Ribbon Candy

Introducing my latest pattern, Ribbon Candy!

I had planned on this pattern being announced before my son was born, but he arrived 2 weeks early and only one of the 2 quilts was done! I was inspired to design this quilt during my pregnancy and the three-color quilt matches the nursery. It had been hanging out in there for a week before Nathan was born and inspired the idea for the cover shoot.

3 Color Quilt Details 
Pattern - Ribbon Candy, JBQ 176
Designed by me
Quilted by Teresa Silva
Started on 6/11/18
Finished on 7/30/18
Quilt measures -  48" x 60"  Youth Size

Scrappy Quilt Details
Pattern - Ribbon Candy, JBQ 176
Designed by me
Quilted by Teresa Silva
Started on 7/15/18
Finished on 9/2/18
Quilt measures - 56" x 72" Lap Size


I had planned on binding the solid quilt in August, but that day ended up becoming the day that my son was born! Best laid plans they say... It took a few extra weeks since free time with a newborn is basically impossible. After getting it bound I needed to photograph the cover & I recruited some help. My mom took care of Nathan downstairs while my husband and I quickly transformed his nursery into a photo studio!!

It was a tight squeeze to get the photo and we had to move the rocking chair so I could get far enough away from the quilts.

Here I am asking Lawrence to move the quilt a bit.

Doing a photo shoot 3 weeks after my son was born wasn't in my plans, but in the end it worked out! I'm so glad my family is supportive of my quilting endeavors. 


3 Color

Nate wasn't sure what he thought about this quilt at first...

But he has decided it is a keeper!



Teresa's ribbon candy quilting in both versions of the quilt was the inspiration for the name.

Ribbon Candy is made using the Super Sidekick ruler and there's no Y seams. It's made with 2 1/2" strips cut from yardage (to make the 3 Color quilt) or from precuts (to make the Scrappy quilt). The pattern has six quilt sizes: baby, youth, lap, twin, queen, king. The pattern is printed in full color and templates are included.

It's ready to ship to shops now and will be available in local and online quilt shops soon.  Share your photos with us using the hashtag #RibbonCandyQuilt so that we can share in the fun with you. 

© Blog post written by Julie Herman
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Monday, September 10, 2018

Introducing Nathan & The Nursery Tour

We had a baby boy in August! Introducing Nathan Alexander Kaplan!
Photo by Honey Photographs

Here is Nathan just 3 days old. I'm going to take monthly photos of him on this Chopsticks quilt & I look forward to seeing him grow in comparison to the blocks.

Nathan has grown SO much over the last month. I've been taking weekly photos of him on his Snack Time quilt and it is crazy to see how much he has grown.

It's amazing how much of a difference one month makes!

We've had a few photo shoots of Nathan & our family this past month.  I’m so happy that we were able to capture these early moments at home. 
Photo by Kinda Arzon

We wanted to find out the sex of the baby at the delivery so I made Alphabet Soup letter tiles for both names that we had picked out. We hung these tiles in the hospital to celebrate Nathan’s arrival & now they are on display in his nursery.
Photo by Kinda Arzon

Photo by Kinda Arzon
When I was pregnant with Nathan we referred to him as Blue because he was as active as the raptor in Jurassic World. I love seeing him here with the plush toy of his nick-namesake!
Photo by Kinda Arzon

Photo by Kinda Arzon

Photo by Kinda Arzon

We collected all of these things over the last year or so. Some were gifts and others were fun finds. Most items came from Target, Michaels and Ikea.

Nathan has a large collection of books. We requested books instead of cards for the baby shower & look forward to reading them to him.

This Alphabet Soup date banner is going to go in the empty spot on the wall in the photo below. I had all of the number combinations made in advance so that all I needed to do was the sashing after he was born & I knew his birth date.

I made some simple table toppers for the nursery with Ann Kelle fabrics and Soft & Stable. The panto quilting is by Teresa Silva. It's a simple cut of one fabric for each side of the topper to protect the top of the bookcase and changing table from spills, scratches, etc.

I've been loving these Ann Kelle fabrics so much that I made a few garlands that were used as decor for my baby shower. They are so cute that I refuse to take them down!!

This sweet gift in Tula Pink Neptune fabrics is from my friend Mary Ann. The pattern is the Happy Stacker Ring Toy by Heather Bailey.

This Ackfeld Wire hanger is the sweetest touch for hanging the number tiles in the nursery.

And now we have a one month old baby! Thanks for helping us to welcome him here!

© Blog post written by Julie Herman
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Friday, September 7, 2018

My 2018 Quilt Auction to Benefit Alex's Lemonade Stand is Live!

It's that time of year again, quilt auction time! I've been hosting a quilt auction on eBay every other September since 2014 to raise awareness and funds to fight childhood cancer. I've got 12 quilts up for auction this year & 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.

The kind folks at Soak Wash have donated travel size bottles of Soak that will be included with each quilt. 

This is Nathan's first appearance on my blog! Our son was born on Thursday, August 9, 2018. He's supervising this year's auction and running the snuggle security operation for the quilts. :-)

They're being kept very warm and snuggled before they head off to their new homes!

Here's the quilts that we have up for auction this year: August Stars, lap-size, in Sugar Bloom by Verna Mosquera for Free Spirit Fabrics.

Comet in youth-size featuring Coney Island by Fig Tree & Co. for Moda Fabrics. The quilting by Teresa Silva is so eye catching on this one.

Disco quilt baby-size in Confetti Dots by Dear Stella.

This is Giggles baby quilt in Happy Go Lucky by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics.

This is the Glazed Donuts quilt featured on the cover of the pattern in Jasmine by Valori Wells for Robert Kaufman Fabrics.

This lap-size Lotus quilt was made with our wedding colors for the celebration of 30 years of Kona Cotton for Robert Kaufman Fabrics.

This is the pattern cover quilt for the Sprinkles baby quilt in Sew & Sew by Chloe's Closet for Moda Fabrics.

This lap-size Night Sky quilt has feature fabric in Tigerfish by McKenna Ryan for Robert Kaufman Fabrics & background + binding fabric is Artisan Batiks: Prisma Dyes by Lunn Studios for Robert Kaufman Fabrics.

This Science Fair quilt is one of the lap-size cover quilts featured on the pattern cover. The fabric is Honey Honey by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics. The quilting by Angela Walters is stunning on this one.

This lap-size Snack Time quilt features Artisan Batiks: Color Source 2 by Lunn Studios for Robert Kaufman Fabrics.

This lap-size Spectrum quilt is featured in the book Rock Solid, Complied by Karen M. Burns.

This Stereo quilt, as seen on the pattern cover, is lap-size and features Color Theory by Vanessa Christenson of V and Co. for Moda Fabrics.

If you've ever wanted to own a quilt pieced by me, this is the only way to get one! I don't sell my quilts, but when I do it's in a charity auction for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. This is also a great opportunity to own a quilt quilted by Angela Walters or Teresa Silva, two incredibly talented quilters.

Additional details about each quilt are included in the auction listings. We'll do our best to answer any quilt or auction questions this weekend before the auctions end Sunday evening, between 5pm & 5:22pm Pacific time.

Please feel free to share this post and the links to the auctions on social media. I appreciate your help to spread the word, raise some funds for Alex's Lemonade & some awareness about childhood cancer!

Happy bidding! Thank you for helping to fight childhood cancer!

© Blog post written by Julie Herman
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