A Visit from Jaybird Quilts' Julie Herman

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Last Tuesday, Julie Herman decided to spend the morning and afternoon at Robert Kaufman prior to making her way down to the Quilt Festival in Long Beach. If you haven't heard of her yet, you will in the near future; Julie is starting to make some real noise in the quilting industry, producing anything from quilts and pillows to stylish purses and tote bags. We at Robert Kaufman see loads of potential in Julie (after all, she is only 27!) and can't imagine her moving anywhere but up. So, you can imagine how excited we were to show Julie how the company functions behind the scenes - how a line of fabric goes from the design stage to production, and everything in between. And we could tell she was just as excited to be here: When we allowed her to gather all the free selvedges she needed for a new quilt project, the look on her face was absolutely priceless - like a kid in a candy store!

If you spent only moments talking with Julie, you would be able to see just how much energy and passion for quilting she possesses. And we think that's exactly what the quilting business always needs - new, energetic quilter's that are motivated enough to maintain the industry for generations to come.

If you would like to learn more about Julie, just visit her blog at www.jaybirdquilts.com. We will be interviewing Julie in a couple of days, so make sure to take a look at that...it should be very interesting.