Friday, December 22, 2023

Lazy Angle Basics Sew Along

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Join us in JANUARY & FEBRUARY 2024

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The Jumbo Lazy Angle Ruler is available now at local quilt shops! It's the easy way to make hundreds of geometrically inspired quilt blocks in finished sizes from 1 inch to 8 inches, and we can't wait to use it to sew with you!
The Lazy Angle Basics Sew Along will help you get comfortable and familiar with the Jumbo Lazy Angle Ruler, and prepare you to make the 2024 Lazy Angle Sampler Quilt, Cuppa Tea. Join us to make:
Week of January 15: Beach Ball Quilt Blocks
Week of January 22: Apple Pie Table Runner
Week of January 29: Stargazer Pillow
Weeks of February 5 & 12: Rhapsody Quilt Blocks
Week of February 19: Hugs & Kisses Quilt Blocks

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- Skill level for all projects: Confident Beginner
- These projects are designed to be made using 100% quilting cottons
- Rotary cut projects
For this sew along you will need the following:
-The pattern(s) for the project(s) you want to make (PDF or printed)
-Materials to make the project(s) listed on the back of the pattern(s)
-Internet access to receive your sew along emails throughout the sew along and to view the tutorial videos on YouTube.
-Jumbo Lazy Angle Ruler OR template plastic
-Optional: Flying Geese X 4 Ruler
There is no additional cost or fee for the sew along. The emails and videos will be available ongoing.
If you don't already have the pattern(s), you can get the PDF version here:
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The Stargazer Pillow & Apple Pie Table Runner patterns are only available as PDF downloads in our shop. They are not available as paper printed patterns.
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We'll use the Jumbo Lazy Angle Ruler to make all of the projects in this sew along series. The Jumbo Lazy Angle Ruler is the easy way to make hundreds of geometrically inspired quilt blocks in finished sizes from 1" to 8". It's available now at local quilt shops. 
If you own a previous version of the Lazy Angle Ruler, you will be able to make all of the projects in the sew along series with it, except for Rhapsody & Stargazer. All patterns include templates that can be used in place of the ruler.
Watch Julie give you a demonstration on how to use the Jumbo Lazy Angle Ruler:
How to use the Jumbo Lazy Angle Ruler by Jaybird Quilts & Lazy Girl Designs
Optional: The Flying Geese X 4 Ruler by Lazy Girl Designs can be used to make blocks for the Rhapsody Quilt. Ask for it at your local quilt shop.
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© Blog post written by Julie Herman
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Thursday, December 21, 2023

Jaybird Quilts Recommended Quilt Care Instructions

These instructions are intended to serve as a guide to prolong the life and joy of your handcrafted pieces. Feel free to use these recommended practices at your discretion. These instructions are not a warranty or guarantee, they are simply offered in good faith to help you best care for a handcrafted quilt.

1. Avoid leaving quilts in direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time as this can cause fading.

2. Re-fold quilts at least two to four times a year to avoid causing permanent creases.

3. Avoid washing quilts too often as this can weaken the fabrics. I generally wash my quilts once a year, only more if absolutely necessary. Spot clean as needed to remove any stains.

4. When storing for a season or any extended period of time, fold the quilt and store in a white 100% cotton pillow case. Open a stored quilt every 4-6 months and re-fold in a different direction to avoid permanent creases. If quilts are stored folded, folds should be padded with acid-free tissue paper in the folds. An alternative to storing quilts folded is to store them rolled, like a poster.

5. Use Soak Wash to wash quilts. Quilts can be washed on gentle cycle by machine, but hand washing is best. Avoid over agitating to protect the threads, fibers and integrity of the seams.

6. Use a color catcher in the wash to catch any dyes from the fabrics.

7. If you choose to machine wash your quilt, it is recommended to use cold water, a gentle detergent and the shortest, delicate cycle on your machine.

8. It is recommended to avoid smoking, eating or drinking near quilts.

9. It is recommended to air dry quilts if possible. Please note that wet quilts must be handled gently. Do not wring or twist a wet quilt. Drain excess water by allowing it to drip in a tub, then place the quilt on a bed or floor on top of stacks of towels. You can use a fan to speed up the process and change the towels as needed. It is best to avoid hanging a wet quilt from a clothesline as this can cause stress and possibly tear seams. If necessary, you can dry your quilt in a dryer on a low heat cycle. Be sure to check it often to make sure it does not tangle or tear in the dryer.

© Blog post written by Julie Herman
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Monday, April 10, 2023


Joan Hawley of Lazy Girl Designs with Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts at International Quilt Market October 2015

Lazy Girl Designs is all about finding the easiest way to successful fabric crafting. Anchored in the quilt industry while flirting with the sewing junkies, Lazies make their own rules, and buck convention where possible.

As the ‘Original Lazy Girl’, Joan Hawley always found the easy and fun way to a successful project. A self-described geek and armchair engineer, Joan loved creating new twists and techniques for sewing and quilting.

Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts has a superpower for geometry & design. She’s energized by the beauty of math in modernizing traditional quilt designs.

For over 14 years, Jaybird Quilts has been recognized in the quilting community for bringing simplified design and clarity to geometrically inspired patterns. 

Julie and Joan bonded over the years through their mutual joy of sewing & crafting. In honor of Joan’s memory & their shared love of sewing crafts, Julie is humbled to announce the acquisition of the Lazy Girl Designs brand & product line. 

As the Jaybird Quilts team, we’re deeply grateful for all of the light and wisdom Joan graciously shared with us.  We were lucky to know her and call her a friend and mentor and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate Joan than to continue on with the same excitement she brought into our lives.  Our aim is to honor her brand and legacy by serving as stewards to the Lazy Girl Designs brand she lovingly crafted for over 25 years.

The Jaybird Quilts team will manage the availability of Lazy Girl Designs products beginning Monday, April 10, 2023. Lazy Girl Designs patterns and products will continue to remain available in local quilt shops and with your favorite independent online retailers.

All customer inquiries can be sent to 
Jaybird Quilts:
Lazy Girl Designs:
The Jaybird Quilts team will be monitoring and utilizing all of the Lazy Girl Designs online platforms.

To ensure that you never miss a future Lazy Girl Designs email or offering, we’re requesting you to opt in here, even if you currently receive LGD emails.

By opting in, you are letting us know that you’re still interested in learning what Lazy Girl is doing and what we have planned going forward.

If you’d like to receive Jaybird Quilts emails, you can opt-in here.

We had a Live Q&A on Tuesday, April 4 to answer all of your questions about what the future holds for Jaybird Quilts + Lazy Girl Designs. You will be able to watch the replay any time if you cannot join us for the live.

We’re looking forward to staying in touch with you and sharing what’s to come in the future for Lazy Girl Designs.

Thank you for your continued support of Jaybird Quilts & Lazy Girl Designs.

-Julie & Rachael

© Blog post written by Julie Herman
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