Thursday, June 15, 2017

Rock Solid + A Giveaway!

Thursday, June 15, 2017
Calling all fans of solids & Kona cotton! There's a new book available now that is dedicated to the love of Kona quilts & I'm a contributor in it! Introducing Rock Solid from Martingale. 

Quilt Details 
Fabric is Kona Solids by Robert Kaufman
Pattern - Spectrum
Designed by me
Quilted by Angela Walters
Started on 4/28/16
Finished on 7/8/16
Quilt measures - 60" x 72"

Here are a couple of the quilts from the book.

Tribal Beat by Angela Walters

Zoomer by Elizabeth Dackson


I took some process photos to share with you when I made the quilt last summer.
Picking the Kona colors for the quilt.

Then it was time to select thread. My general rule of thumb is to always sew with a medium gray thread. That being said, if I am sewing large areas with similar colors, I will change my thread when piecing to reflect those colors.
For this quilt I pieced the blocks with 6 different threads to best match to the six color families. I used the same thread to sew the color family rows together. Then I sewed the sections together with a medium gray thread.
First 3 rows are complete. I also made a mini 1/4 scale quilt at the same time.

4th row added...
5th row added...

These are the 6 Aurifil 50wt threads that I used for piecing, from top to bottom:
Binding cut & ready to go!
My finished quilt, Spectrum. I love the quilting that Angela did.
And now for the giveaway!

30 Fat Quarters + Binding + a copy of Rock Solid! Everything you need to make your very own Spectrum quilt!

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: What is your favorite color of Kona cotton?

3. Comment entries must be left on this blog,, 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 Sunday, June 18th to enter. 

Winner will be selected by 

Good luck + thanks for stopping by today!

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Alphabet Soup Bonus Blocks!

Thursday, June 1, 2017
I hope that you’re enjoying Alphabet Soup! Here’s some great ideas for how to include Bonus Blocks in your Alphabet Soup projects. 

Click here to download directions for Bonus Blocks.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Alphabet Soup

Monday, April 24, 2017
I'm so excited to share my latest book with you! I'm pleased to introduce Alphabet Soup!!

Here is the back cover of the book!

If you're wondering what the text at the top of the back cover says, it reads: 
Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts introduces Alphabet Soup. Build your own personalized projects with letters and numbers cut with Hex N More & Super Sidekick rulers, all with no Y seams! This book includes full color directions for all letters of the alphabet, numbers 0 to 9, coloring pages, full size templates, and eight projects that you can make with the personalized blocks of your choice. Projects include:Letter & Number Tiles for Banners + Frames,  Monogram Pillow, Table Runner, Signs, Baby Quilt, & Tote Bag. The possibilities of what you can make with Alphabet Soup are endless!

Here are 3 table runners. You can make personalized Table Runners with any words, even names.

Behind the scenes of getting that photo as captured by my husband.

Numbers are also included in Alphabet Soup! Here's a wall sign hanging on Ackfeld Wire that features our wedding date.

The book includes 20+ word options to make your own personalized baby quilt. This was quilted by Teresa Silva of Quilting is My Bliss.

A tote bag! I recommend making this using Lazy Girl Designs Dreamy Fusible Fleece & Face It Soft fusible interfacing.

Photographing babies was a new adventure for me.

Most of the time he just wanted to show me the back of the number 8.

Dane spent more time looking at his mom than he did looking at the camera, as babies tend to do.

Here is Dane with all the pillows and the banner above him. He really is always a happy baby whenever I see him!

My brother Brad snapped these "first day of school" photos of Aliyah and Elijah.

I love these kids SO much and can't believe how grown up they are!

I love how these letter tiles look on Ackfeld Wire stands & frames.

Make a set of Monogram Pillows to spell words or names.

Angela Walters got really creative with the quilting on this JOY table runner.

I even made a set of QUILT pillows for my couch!

I used ByAnnie's Soft & Stable®  in place of batting on the tiles, & I love how it well it works to support the tiles when I make banners with them.

Behind the scenes of shooting some images for inside the book & social media:

The quilting on this table runner by Angela is amazing!!

There's so much that you can make with Alphabet Soup. There's everything from A... Z!

Alphabet Soup uses the Hex N MoreSuper Sidekick rulers, and there's no Y seams!!! The book is printed in full color + full size templates are included in the book if you don't have the rulers.

Books are expected to ship to local & online quilt shops in late May.

I can't wait to see what you make with Alphabet Soup! Be sure to share photos on social media using the hashtag #JaybirdAlphabet.

© Blog post written by Julie Herman
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