My friend & one of my favorite quilting collaborators, Teresa Silva of Quilting is My Bliss, has written a new book that's available now, Longarm Quilting Workbook.
Images courtesy of F+W Media.
I was so excited for Teresa to write her new book that I wrote the foreward for it!
This book features some excellent quilt photography that shows off how the quilting works with the fabric & the block designs to bring the finished quilt together. It is also spiral bound with a lay-flat design, which I love for quilt-related workbooks!
The book features an excellent quilt gallery. Teresa included a lot of my designs. She quilted all of them and they were pieced by either me, Teresa or Leslie Meltzer of 50 Sq Ft Studio.
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: 5001 1231 4182 2520 5003 2530
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...
Alphabet Soup uses the Hex N More & Super 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.
I'm so excited to share my latest pattern with you. Meet Cookie Cutter!
Quilt Details Fabric is Kona by Robert KaufmanPattern - Cookie Cutter, JBQ 170Designed by me Quilted by Angela WaltersStarted on 1/26/17Finished on 3/10/17Quilt measures - 56" x 72"
Here are the Kona cotton colors I used.
You'll be able to get a FQ bundle soon. Robert Kaufman will be shipping them to shops this July.
Cookie Cutter can be made in 5 sizes: Baby, Lap, Twin, Queen or King.
The fabric requirements on the back of the pattern are listed in precuts for Baby, Lap & Twin, yardage for Queen or King. Here is a quick cheat sheet for how many bundles you can use to make the quilt size you want:
You can see some great detail here of Angela's quilting.
I tried baking sugar cookies this past holiday season & I'm hooked. My new collection of cookie cutters in the kitchen inspired this design.
Cookie Cutter is made using the Super Sidekick ruler & I've got a video tutorial to help you learn how to use the ruler. Full size templates are included in the pattern.
I've got a few outtakes for you from the cover photo shoot. Here I am testing out our location.
My dad came along with me & then we switched spots because he thought it was best for me to be behind the camera.
You can still see dad's hand on the left. He didn't trust me that the quilt wouldn't fall in to the water feature below. Eventually he trusted me and we got the photo you see on the cover.
The Cookie Cutter pattern is printed in full color, will be shipping to shops in mid-April & there's no Y seams!! Be sure to share your Cookie Cutter quilts with us on social media using #CookieCutterQuilt. I can't wait to see what you come up with!