I have been a fan of Julie Herman, of Jaybird Quilts, for as long as I have been interested in quilting. Admittedly, this isn’t actually that much time, but the point is, Julie’s designs have always appealed to me. Although this is the first Jaybird quilt I have made, it is just one on a long list of designs I have on my ‘To-Do’ list. Her designs are fresh, modern, utilize beautiful fabric collections and, if ‘Science Fair’ is any indication, are designed quite ingeniously. Although many look quite complicated, the use of Julie’s rulers, the “Hex N More” and the “Sidekick”, make cutting fabric and piecing a dream. From start to finish, I thoroughly enjoyed making this quilt. Plus, the design appeals to the 80s kid in me, and reminds me of Tetris a bit. Modern, beautiful, hexagonal Tetris, of course! ;)
As mentioned in my previous post, I wanted to quilt this project using Better Off Thread’s ‘Ultra-Wavy’ Woodgrain pattern. Although it was very easy to do on my practice cushions, I worried it would be much more difficult on a quilt. I was pleasantly surprised that it was very attainable, even using my small sewing machine. One thing that definitely helped with this was the use of basting spray instead of pins – I immediately noticed how much easier it was to pull the bulk my quilt through the machine when there were no pins to get caught. I might be hooked on basting spray!
This was my first quilt that called for bias binding. The angles of the protruding hexagons required the stretchiness of bias binding in order to work around the 120 degree angle at the top and bottom of the quilt. This seemed rather daunting, but Jaybird to the rescue! Julie’s Tutorial on how to bind 120 degree angles was SO helpful! I don’t usually find the need to use binding clips on regular quilts, but with the zig-zag edges of this quilt, I needed something to hold my binding down. Bobby pins work brilliantly for this job. I didn’t think it was possible, but bobby pins just became even MORE valuable to me!
Another thing I enjoy about this quilt is the fabric collection – ‘Botanics’ by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman Fabrics. Beautiful, rich colours combined with fine line drawings of flowers and textures, and shiny, yet subtle, gold accents also(!) Fabric design home run, or what?! I had original reserved my stack of Botanics prints for Jaybird’s ‘Park Bench’ quilt, so I will have to get myself some more of these wonderful prints.
I highly recommend both this “Science Fair” pattern, and the Jaybird Quilt’s Hex N More ruler… It definitely makes me want to rush out and get Julie’s other ruler, the Sidekick and try another one of her patterns VERY soon!
Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!