Journey to Nebula: A skill builder series
I’m hosting a sew along! It's called Journey to Nebula. Sign ups for it are now closed, but you can follow along on Instagram at @journey2nebula, and use the #journey2nebula to share your posts with us and be featured in our @journey2nebula stories. Plus! ++ Exclusive bonus content for everyone who signed up.
As the anticipation grows for the arrival of the Nebula Block of the Month quilt, I want to help you use this time to get comfortable with the tools and techniques that you'll put to work making Nebula in 2021. We'll sew together through the end of 2020 with a series of tutorials and patterns to get you all set up for Nebula.
The goal is to help you familiarize yourself with using the Hex N More & Super Sidekick (or Sidekick) rulers, cutting, & piecing shapes from the rulers. We'll work through small, approachable patterns together so that when Nebula hits quilt shops in 2021 you are totally ready to get into it. We'll dedicate two weeks to each skill building pattern.
Other than the cost of the rulers, patterns, and materials, there is no additional cost to participate. Templates are included in all of the patterns and in the Nebula BOM. All of the patterns have full color directions.
The projects that we'll make and when we'll make them are:
Seaside, September 1 to September 14: We'll cut and piece diamonds from the Sidekick or Super Sidekick ruler.
Lucky Charm, September 15 to September 28: We'll cut and piece half hexagons from the Hex N More ruler.
Jawbreaker, September 29 to October 12: We'll work on strip piecing, then cut and piece triangles from the Hex N More, Sidekick, or Super Sidekick ruler.
Rock Candy, October 13 to October 26: We'll cut and piece diamonds and triangles from the Sidekick or Super Sidekick ruler. How the table topper is sewn together will demonstrate a similar approach used to sew together the Nebula quilt top.
Candy Dish, October 27 to November 9: We'll cut and piece hexagons and triangles from the Hex N More ruler.
Gazebo, November 10 to November 23: We'll cut and piece half hexagons and triangles from the Hex N More ruler. How the table topper is sewn together will demonstrate the same approaches used to sew together many of the blocks and the Nebula quilt top.
Exclusive Bonus Patterns
- November 24 to December 7: We'll cut and piece triangles and half triangles with the Sidekick or Super Sidekick ruler.
- December 8 to December 22: We'll cut and piece triangles and diamonds with the Sidekick or Super Sidekick ruler.
These patterns each offer dedicated focus with the rulers, shapes, and any sewing techniques mentioned. All patterns are rotary cut from fabric strips and machine pieced. They are precut friendly, using 5" squares or 2.5" strips, great for breaking into those precut bundles or stash busting.
If you want everything to coordinate with Tula's True Colors that will be featured in Nebula Block of the Month, you'll want to get two 5" charm packs and one design roll of 2.5" strips, that will be enough for the feature fabrics in all of the patterns. 2 yards muslin and 8 yards of a variety of fabrics will cover the background, binding, and backing fabrics for everything.
You'll be all set up with coordinating pillows, table toppers, and a table runner when you add the finished Nebula quilt to your home. Not to mention having the sewing skills and confidence to put the Nebula blocks and pattern together with ease.
Patterns and rulers are available from independent quilt shops. Ask the shop where you've signed up for the Nebula BOM if they'll be offering any Journey to Nebula patterns or packages.
Sign up now to stay up to date with our Journey to Nebula progress, tricks, tips, and exclusive content only available via email to everyone who signs up. Can't wait to sew with you soon!
Post one of the "I'm In" images below to your Instagram account to be in the running for our first giveaway. Giveaways during the course of this program will include fabric, patterns and gift certificates to quilt shops. More details to come.
We hope you'll join us!
© Blog post written by Julie Herman
For more information visit http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/
So excited, can’t wait! Thank you Julie and The Modern Sewist!
I have signed up
Hoping my LQS carries the journey patterns.
Awesome. Can’t wait
Exciting! Looking forward to the fun!
Wish my lqs would hurry up and open! I want to call to see if they're going to carry Nebula.
Oh, I'm so excited, can't wait
I'm nervous but excited
YAY! So excited that you are doing this!!!
I'm SEW in!!!!!
I'm so glad your offering this program, it will help me build the confidence I need. Thank you for all that you do in our quilting community..
Not sure how to post on it instagram but I can’t wait to learn these rulers. Thank you Julie.
Very excited to start these projects as a warm up!
Looking forward to learning new techniques, working with great rulers and awesome patterns!
Can’t wait for this to start. So excited to learn the rulers!!!
Looking forward to learn and do more !
Sew fun! Can't wait!
Excited to start the journey!!!
I have signed up, but not received any kind of confirmation- hope it worked- really looking forward!
Thank you for doing this. I am very excited to be participating in this event as well as Nebula. I love your patterns. I need some help though to join the instagram thing. I am on instagram but don't know how to post I'm in. Old lady dummy :)
I am so excited to learn this new (to me) method and I just want to say thank you for this journey.
Excited to get started! Have been looking at the patterns available and can't wait to learn how to use the rulers!
I’m excited to join in the fun.
I am so excited for this to start. I am always excited about learning new techniques. I just need to get the rulers and the patterns. I signed up but don’t know how to post I’m in. Hopefully this is all I have to do.
I am so excited to join in, love learning new things. I clicked on I’m in but not sure if it posted. Need to get rulers and patterns and I will be ready to start.
So excited to begin this! Could you add our LQS as we are doing this BOM too! Stitcher’s Quest in Florida. Here is the link: https://www.stitchersquest.com/
Excited and nervous at the same time as this is going to be the largest quilt that I will have made. Love the colors there are so cheerful, can’t wait!!
You are awesome to do this, Julie!
Thank you, Julie.
This is awesome! I just emailed the quilt shop where I pre-ordered nebula and the rulers. I asked if I could get the rulers early. Hopefully this will work out. I do not want to buy 2 sets of rulers.
The fun is starting early! Thanks for that!
Can’t wait to start🤗
Bring it on! Rulers ordered! Nebula pre ordered! Let's do this!
When it says 2 charm packs does that mean 10” or 5”? I saw both. Being a beginner I wasn’t sure
I love ant to know that too. 5” or 10”. Or how many fat quarters?
I have a question regarding the king size quilt. Do I need to buy all of that fabric that is listed on the webpage or just the difference between the queen and the king?
Excited to get started!
I have ordered the Hex N More but I am wondering if my large Creative Grids 60° ruler will work instead of the Sidekick.
How do I put things on Instagram?
How do I put things on Instagram?
Can't wait to get started
Thank you can't wait to start.
I can't wait to start!
Im way to excited to start on these!!!
Is there any store that still has all the patterns in stock? Or is there a possibility to buy them as a PDF?
Thank you so much for doing this - I am so excited
to be part of this journey.
I am in and excited
I am planning on using Christmas fabrics and getting a start on Christmas presents. Excited about the BOM in January.
Can you add Katie B’s Quilt ShoO in Texas to your list? We are doing the BOM and see along and carry the rulers.
The patterns are very difficult (impossible) to find. Is it possible to get these in PDF format? Thanks in advance!
Man I do not do Instagram so good luck you Instagramers! Cannot wait to start!
So looking forward to journey and Nebula amonst my favorites Jaybird rulers and Tula Pink
Always fun to start a new project, this one will be amazing!!
Have patterns. Have fabric. Have rulers. Joining this fun late and hope to catch up soon to be ready for Nebula ... :) Pat
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