Are you “IN” for the Jaybird Quilts Journey to Nebula?

Have you heard? Are you IN?

First things first. What is Nebula?

Nebula is a super GORGEOUS Block of the Month Quilt pattern/program from Jaybird Quilts that is due to be released in 2021.

Sew…what’s the Journey to Nebula?

I’m so glad you asked.

Journey to Nebula is a FREE sew along program* hosted by Jaybird Quilts pattern designer, Julie Herman. This sew along is designed specifically to prepare you for the upcoming Nebula Block of the Month pattern in 2021 (Nebula is pictured above/left).

*NOTE: Other than the cost of the rulers, patterns, and materials, there is no additional cost to sign up or participate in Jaybird’s Journey to Nebula sew along.

WHY should you do this? Because you don’t want to miss the opportunity to sew along and learn with Julie. PLUS!!!! Jaybird is also offering Plus! ++ Exclusive bonus content for everyone that signs up. But you’ve got to sign up (scroll to bottom of this post for the link to sign up information).

If you haven’t signed up already, you’ll need to sign up. The link to Jaybird’s blog post with sign up instructions can be found at the bottom of this past).

You’ll also want to follow along on Instagram at @journey2nebula, and use the #journey2nebula to share your posts with Jaybird Quilts and be featured in the @journey2nebula posts.

What’s this all about?

As the anticipation grows for the arrival of the Jaybird Quilts Nebula Block of the Month quilt Julie wants to help you use the time to get comfortable with the tools and techniques that you’ll put to work making Nebula in 2021.

Yes, SEW Along With Jaybird Julie…from your home!

That’s right you’ll sew together with Julie through the end of 2020 using a series of tutorials and patterns to get you prepared 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. On the Journey to Nebula, Julie will help you work through specially selected small, approachable patterns so that when Nebula hits quilt shops in 2021 you are totally ready to get into it.

BUILD YOUR SKILLS and have a blast during Julie’s Journey to Nebula sew along! Julie’s dedicating two weeks to each skill building pattern.

What’s even better? Other than the cost of the rulers, patterns, and materials, there is no additional cost to sign up or participate in Jaybird’s Journey to Nebula sew along.

If you don’t have the required Journey to Nebula patterns yet…

We are offering a special Pre-Launch Party Pack (image above) that includes all 6 of the patterns you’ll use on the Journey To Nebula sew along with Julie. You can grab all 6 patterns at a special PRE-ORDER price with just one click.

NOTE: Pre-Launch Party Pack Price is valid 8/9/2020 – 8/15/2020. Estimated shipping date is 8/24/2020.

If you need just one or two of the patterns and/or the rulers, click here to select the individual items you need.

Additional NOTE: IF you don’t have the rulers and/or you don’t want to buy the rulers, template images are included in all of the selected patterns (and in the upcoming Nebula BOM so you can make your own) BUT… the rulers will make it SO much easier and yes, they are totally worth it! Jaybird rulers are not one-hit wonders. There are MANY patterns that use Hex N More, Super Sidekick (or Sidekick).

SEW…are you “IN”?

Click here to read more of the specifics on Jaybird’s Journey to Nebula program as well as a detailed schedule.

Click the image below to go to the program sign up form — you can also find the link on the program details page linked above.

M’s Quilt – BEHIND SCHEDULE – But I’m OK With That

Let me get this out there in the open first thing. I’m behind schedule. I wanted to have M’s quilt quilted, bound and finished before today. Didn’t happen.

I could tell you a million different reasons why I let things get in the way and all the unforeseen interruptions that occurred. But I’m not going to waste your time or mine doing that. What I am going to say is that I own it and I’m OK with it. Things come up. Things happen. I’m tired of fighting the flow and taking it out on myself when I don’t meet my own expectations. Do you ever do that?

OK. So where am I in the process? I am a bit over 1/2 way finished with the quilting, which I decided to do wonky echo quilting (using King Tut #918 thread) instead of wavy horizontal or vertical line quilting. Once the quilting is finished, I will apply the binding which is a randomly pieced scrappy binding made from the colors/fabrics that were used to make the M and accent strip. The binding has already been pieced and prepared, so it is ready to go (a PLUS!). I really like the look of the variegated thread on the solid navy background. I can’t wait to get it finished and wash/dry to see it all crinkly.

I think if I push myself and work really hard I might be able to get it finished today. But if I’m being honest, I need to admit that I already know that’s not going to happen. (See where I’m going with this self-honesty thing?) With all the uncertainty in the world right now, virtually EVERYONE is under incredible stress. That includes me. I was never a particularly fast quilter to begin with. Stress makes me even slower. You know what? That’s a perfectly normal response to stress.

SEW. What am I going do to help myself so I don’t revert to Perfection Paralysis and allow M’s quilt to join my UFO pile? I’ve decided I’m going to lower my expectations of myself–and of others. I’m going to stay true to my personal values but I’m also going to cut myself–and others–some slack. This is all new territory we are in and no one knows when it’s going to end. Sew. YES, I’m going to sew, quilt and work at a healthy pace, allow my process to just be. It will BE imperfect and I’m going to celebrate that because I AM IMPERFECT. I’m going to take breaks when I need to go for a walk. I’m going to spend time with and care for our chickens, goats, and seeds I’m starting for our garden. I will make frugal but tasty and nutritious meals for my family every day. I’m going to take care of myself so I can “be there” for Jeff (husband) and Jacob (son who is a college student finishing his semester online from home) and 3 adult children serving active duty in the military. I’m going to do my very best to be kind, extend love and encourage others. I’m going to look for the good and I believe I’m going to find a LOT of it everyday.

When I feel myself getting sucked into negative thinking and doom & gloom, I’m going to come back here and read this post to remind myself how to get back on/stay on track.

No matter what the situation, giving up is never a good answer. We can always choose to tweak, adjust or even change course entirely. But as long as we remain honest, stay responsible for our own choices and keep moving forward, we retain our own personal power and dignity. With that there is peace and satisfaction at the end of every day.

OK. Enough about me. How about you?

What are you going to do to take care of yourself and keep moving forward?

What do you think about M’s quilt so far?

As always, I absolutely value and appreciate constructive comments and sharing. Please remember that in order to protect the blog and my readers from hideous spam posts I must approve each comment that is submitted. I have numerous responsibilities, so sometimes it takes a bit for me to get to reading and approving posts. Thanks in advance for anything you care to share. It means a lot to me.

Chop…Chop…Chopsticks! quilt pattern from Jaybird Designs

This is my personal pick/favorite quilt pattern for 2011:

The Chopsticks quilt pattern by Julie Herman.  Large and small triangles weave a festive Asian flair with this crisscross of another kind.  This quilt project uses the new 12 1/2″Creative Grids #CGRT12560   60 degree Triangle ruler.

Click here for more Jaybird Quilt Designs patterns…

Houston International Quilt Market 2011

Last weekend I attended the Houston International Quilt Market.

It always wonderful to peruse the vendor booths to see what’s new and exciting.

But my favorite part is always the QUILTS!  I snapped so many pictures of quilts to share and I thought I’d done a good job of including pics of the documentation of each quilt so I could properly attribute it’s maker. Unfortunately, several of the documentation shots did not come out clearly enough to read.  I must have been trembling with excitement when I shot those.  Sigh…  So I won’t be posting those pics until I can do the research and discovery of the makers.

Here are a few of my favorites that I can share:

Good Onya Sonya Onya Bike by Helen C. Godden


Documentation - Good Onya Sonya Onya Bike
Documentation - Good Onya Sonya Onya Bike


Holy Cow by Jennifer Day

Holy Cow Documentation

The Word Gets Around by Louisa L. Smith
The Word Gets Around by Louisa L. Smith

The Word Gets Around back detail
The Word Gets Around back detail

Documentation - The Word Gets Around
Documentation - The Word Gets Around

Kiss by Jo Dixey
Kiss by Jo Dixey

Kiss Quilt Documentation
Kiss Quilt Documentation

Windblown by Maria Elkins
Windblown by Maria Elkins

The documentation on Windblown by Maria Elkins is too fuzzy to be worth posting…and the bottom of it got cut off.  Here is what I can read:

This quilt is inspired by a dear friend who has stood firm and remained joyful despite the various challenges she has had to face in her young life. As the quilt developed I decided to combine her beautiful image with a traditional quilt block — Windblown Star — and wind like feathers.  Techniques: Hand drawn, hand painted, embellished, machine quilted.

You might also enjoy this video of International Quilt Market & Show produced by Quilts Inc.: