Block of the Month
True Colors, Homemade and Solids by Tula Pink, Free Spirit
♥ Challenging myself with new rulers and bright colours
After watching a video about Nebula block of the month quilt from Tula Pink, I knew I wanted to make the quilt designed by Jaybird Quilts . Tula explained that the bold, vibrant coloured quilt was made using 78 different fat eights from her fabric line. Having never made a Jaybird quilt or use her rulers, I thought it would be fun to learn. Who doesn’t love triangles and hexagons?
I joined the Nebula Block of the Month program and bought my rulers from Quilting From the Heart, in Camrose, Alberta Canada. To help build everyone’s ruler skills and confidence, Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts came out with a free, fabulous “Journey to Nebula” program. She guided people through small projects such as table runners, pillows and table toppers so that they would feel prepared for the Nebula Block of the Month quilt. I really appreciated the program even though I only had time to watch the tutorial videos.
At Christmas, I received my first set of Nebula blocks, rulers and patterns! Each block came as a well packaged bundle of Tula Pink fat eights. This pattern is the most visual, intuitive and easy to follow pattern I’ve ever used.
After trying the first couple of blocks, I can say that this is not an quick quilt, nor is it a beginner quilt. Prior experience with the Sidekick and Hex N More rulers is an asset, but not required. This quilt requires precision cutting and consistent, scant 1/4 inch seams. If you know your tools and your machine, you are good to go.
Because I had no prior experience with the rulers, I made some “tester” blocks with scrap fabric before I used the actual quilt fabric. So far, I’m loving everything. The sturdy rulers, beautiful fabrics, easy to follow, visual pattern… Love it ALL! ♥
This article below documents my work and helpful videos, where available, from the designer for each block.
By Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts, 55 minutes
By Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts, 20 minutes
Hex N More Ruler
By Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts, 8 minutes
By Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts, 7 minutes
Block 1 - Tester
Tester blocks made with batik scraps. Accidentally, reversed the columns. Still pretty.
Block 1 - Nebula
Happy with these beautiful blocks. Not perfect, but good enough! Lining things up for the first time was tricky.
Nebula Block 1 Tutorial
Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts, 5 minutes
Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts, 6 minutes. Training for Block 1
Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts, 22 minutes.
Training for Block 1
(See 12:20 for Hang pin technique)
Block 2 - Tester
Tester blocks made with batik scraps.
Block 2 - Nebula
First attempt was crooked and didn't lay flat. 1/4" seams were too scant. Ripped it apart, tried again and pressed to one side. Came out great the second time.
Nebula Block 2 Tutorial
Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts, 3 minutes
Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts, 8 minutes. Training for Block 2
Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts, 21 minutes. Training for Block 2
Block 3 - Nebula
Loving the cheerful colours. Feeling more confident with the Hex N More ruler now than the Block 1.
Extra and Tester
The Free Spirit kits have been very generous. I've been making an extra set of each block and using scraps from other projects
Block 4 - Tester
I'm getting confident with the Hex N More Ruler now. Because each block is slightly different, I'm learning so much with this quilt.
I can't decide if I like the batik version or the Tula Pink version more.
Block 4 - Nebula
These print fabrics are outside my regular comfort zone which makes them fun to work with.
I keep imagining how I'll remake my favourite blocks with scraps and stash fabric. I'm thinking of a cheery hexagon Christmas Quilt!
Block 5 - Nebula
Coming in April.