Monday, August 3, 2020

Journey to Nebula: A skill builder series

Monday, August 3, 2020
I’m hosting a sew along! It's called Journey to Nebula. You can sign up for it here, follow along on Instagram at @journey2nebula, and use the #journey2nebula to share your posts with us and be featured in our @journey2nebula posts. Plus! ++ Exclusive bonus content for everyone who signs 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 sign up or 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 do 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/

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Saturday, May 23, 2020

Nebula

Saturday, May 23, 2020
Nebula is a block of the month quilt made with the Hex N More & Super Sidekick rulers, templates are included in the pattern. It will be available in early 2021 but ask your local quilt shop about ordering it now. This is a collaboration with FreeSpirit Fabrics and it features Tula Pink True Colors fabric line. Shops, reach out to your FreeSpirit rep about ordering Nebula kits & e-mail us if you have any questions. 



Quilt Details 
Fabric is True Colors, Solids & HomeMade by Tula Pink
Pattern - Nebula, JBQ 178
Designed by me
Quilted by
Started on 2/16/20
Finished on 4/25/20
Quilt measures - 97" x 96"




The Nebula pattern will contain finishing directions for 3 sizes. Most shops will be offering the Queen size.




The 18 blocks in Nebula are created using 74 Fat Eighths. The background fabric varies based on which size you are making. Details are below in the next 3 images.


The Large Lap uses less background fabric than the Queen. If you sign up for the program you can use the additional fabric to create a scrappy quilt back or for another project.




The King size will require some additional fabric beyond the Queen size. Here are the details so you can plan ahead if this size interests you.

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Here are some more photos of my Nebula quilt hanging out here with me at home.





Nate took the quilt for a spin with his weekly photos.


He is back to earning his quilt inspector status.


This photo shows the Queen size quilt on a King bed.


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Here is a list of shops that are participating in Nebula. This list is not complete and will continue to be updated as we receive information from more participating shops.
Retailers, please email jaybirdquilts@gmail.com with the link to the program you're offering to be included on this list.

Cynthia's Ark - Australia
Dragonfly Fabrics - Australia
Fabric Garden - Australia
Fabric Patch - Australia
Fabric Pixie - Australia
My Fabricology - Australia
Fifis Fabricology- Australia
Just Country Crafts - Australia
Kaela's Patch - Australia
Kate Quilts - Australia
Kellie's Heavenly Patchwork - Australia
Kraft Daze Sewing World- Australia
Patchwork Plus - Australia
Quilty Desires - Australia
Red Heart Designs - Australia
Sew Fab - Australia
Sew Inn - Australia
Whatever Where-ever Craft - Australia
Widebacks - Australia

Along Came Quilting - Canada
 
Fabrications - Canada
Kayda's Quiltworks - Canada
Lori's Country Cottage - Canada
Maker Savvy - Canada
My Two Hands - Canada
Nuts for Bolts - Canada
Purple Katz Quilting - Canada
Quiltessential Co. - Canada
Quilting from the Heart - Canada
Rose Cottage Quilt Shoppe - Canada
Stitch & Bobbin Quilt Shop - Canada
The Fabric Curator - Canada
Tangled Blossoms - Canada
Watergirl Quilt Co. - Canada

Helene Juul Design - Denmark

Niemanns-Land - Germany
Quilt-Werkstatt an der Mühle (Quilt Workshop at the Mill) - Germany

Nanno Creative - Netherlands
Quiltboutique - Netherlands

Fox's Cottage Quilting & Wool - New Zealand
Kitz N Things - New Zealand
The Apple Basket - New Zealand

Lappemor - Norway


Lovely Jubbly Fabrics - United Kingdom
Sew Hot - United Kingdom


USA Brick & Mortar Shops (Some also have online shopping)

Alabama

Idaho
JK Quilts

Illinois
OSewpersonal
New Jersey
Coneflower Quilt Co.
Quilt Connection
The Pin Cushion

Tennessee
Mountain Creek Quilters
The Fiberology Lab

Texas
A Quilter's Folly
Katie B Quilt Shop
Lone Star Quiltworks


Retailers, please email jaybirdquilts@gmail.com with the link to the program you're offering to be included on this list.




© Blog post written by Julie Herman
For more information visit http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/This is a list of some stores that carry my patterns and rulers. Many stores are not listed. We advise calling stores first to see if they have what you want in stock.


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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Candy Corn Block Tutorial

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
I recently started making these fun candy corn blocks with the Super Sidekick Ruler and a variety of Tula Pink scraps. Some of you had requested a block tutorial, so here it is!


1. This block tutorial uses 2 1/2" strips of fabric and the Super Sidekick Ruler.


2. Start with cutting the white fabric. Align ruler to bottom edge of the strip. The top of the fabric strip will align with the solid horizontal 2 ½” line. Cut along right edge of ruler to trim strip. 


3. Flip the cut fabric strip to the wrong side. Align ruler to bottom edge of the strip & align the top edge of the fabric strip with the 2 ½” line. Align the left cut edge of the fabric strip with the solid diagonal line. Cut along right edge of ruler to complete the triangle.



4. Next is the orange fabric. Align the top of the fabric strip with 4 ½” line. The bottom of the fabric strip will NOT be aligned on a printed ruler line. Cut along right edge of ruler to trim strip. 



5. Flip the cut fabric strip to the wrong side. Align the top of the fabric strip with 4 ½” line. Align the left cut edge of the fabric strip with the solid diagonal line. Cut along right edge of ruler to complete the orange half hexagon.



6. Last to cut is the yellow fabric. Align the top of the fabric strip with 6 ½” line. The bottom of the fabric strip will NOT be aligned on a printed ruler line. Cut along right edge of ruler to trim strip. 

7. Flip the cut fabric strip to the wrong side. Align the top of the fabric strip with 6 ½” line. Align the left cut edge of the fabric strip with the solid diagonal line. Cut along right edge of ruler to complete the yellow shape.



8. Arrange cut shapes as shown below.
9. Flip the orange piece onto the yellow piece as shown. Make sure they are centered and the overhang is equal on both sides.
10. Sew with a 1/4" seam.
11. Press seam open and arrange with the remaining piece as shown below.
12. Flip the white triangle onto the orange piece as shown. Make sure they are centered and the overhang is equal on both sides.
13. Sew with a 1/4" seam.
14. Press seam open.
15. Enjoy your block!
Make as many blocks as you want and arrange as desired.
I'm currently planning on alternating my blocks with black triangles. Basics on how to piece together 60° triangles will help you to make your own scrappy candy corn project.



Enjoy!



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

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