All About Vanessa of V&Co.

Do you know Vanessa? She's a super crafty mom of four and I want to be her when I grow up. She probably thinks I'm crazy for saying that but in all honesty V rocks and her blog is always inspiring. Read on to learn a bit more about her and have the chance to win one of her patterns.


1. V, I just love this banner pattern! How in the world did you get this idea?

you know, i kept seeing banners everywhere, and i kept thinking to myself, wouldn't that be a cute quilt pattern? and well it took me 7 months after i thought that thought, to actually get it done in real life, but i think it was worth making it no matter how long it took me to make it a reality!


2. You often mix simple appliqué with a pieced quilt for a flawless design. Did you always mix the two?... or how did you get started on combining them?  

i love that you can create anything you want with applique, so yes in the future you will continue to see me do the two together. i personally love simple designs,so you will see in my quilts either one very pronounced applique (like my just dandy quilt) or you will see it in repetition like my banner quilt and in a couple more quilts soon to debut in a magazine. new applique quilts pop up in my brain on a daily basis, so keep a look out for more of that in the future...if only i could make my hands work as quickly as my head...i'd have a whole mess of quilts happening daily!


3. You use a lot of texture in your projects. Do you have a lot of trial and error to get things to look how you want or do you just go for it?

absolutely on trial and error!!! BUT, sometimes the mistake is even better than the original thought. love that.


4. All of your projects show your great sense of color. What color or colors do you think are going to be big in 2011?

 ha! well last year i was lucky and was right when i told you about gray becoming the new it color, so this year, if i'm right again, i would say more neutrals like biege and creams and whites and some stone colors. but don't rule out gray i think it's just started to make the scene,  so watch for more designers making that as part of their palate. but then again...what do i know? :)


5. If you ruled the world for 24 hours and everyone had to do what you wanted... what would that day look like?

holy hannah, what kind of fabric quilting question is that? okay well i'll answer it two ways. my miss universe answer would be: i would make everyone work to help each other out, weather it be call the elder neighbor and tell him you are bringing dinner, or make a blanket for the flood relief...for 24 hours you would have no choice but to do good and help others without wanting recognition, a reward, or some kind of payback. 

and my completely selfish no judgment given answer would be: that everyone would give me whatever the heck i wanted.  back massages? granted!  a bazillion dollars in my acct? done! not having to wipe little kids butts? absolutely! kids not give me lip about having to do homework? YES PLEASE!  i think after a while that would get old real quick...but for 24 hours? yeah i think i could deal with that.


I fell in love with Vanessa's Banner Quilt as soon as she posted it! I decided to go bright and girly with my fabric choices. It's Remix mixed with Quilter's Linen. I've been working on this quilt for a while. I did the applique on the flights to and from LA and it was a great project to do on the go. Vanessa's PDF pattern has 14 pages and goes into every step with photos.


It's snowed here again last night and it's super cold and crazy windy. Getting a good photo of the quilt this morning wasn't easy... but I guess the flags just want to be flying in the wind!

I decided not to do a pieced border since my prints were so bright and bold. Instead I opted to do a flange and a brighter pink border. The flange is put on between the 2 borders using the same method as my binding flange tutorial.


All about Pillowcases


I used to think that for some reason pillowcases were complicated. Basic Pillowcases are actually quite simple and you can make a few in no time. I made the above two pillowcases in under an hour.

A few reasons why pillocases are a great project

1. You can make them without an iron. {I did}

2. You don't need much fabric

3. No batting or matching thread on hand?.. no problem since you don't need either!

4. They are fast & easy


Have you heard about the Million Pillowcase Challenge? I first heard about it at

Fall 2009 Quilt Market

. The goal is simple... between all of us... make 1 Million Pillowcases for local charities. You can download

13 Pillowcase patterns for free

. My guild did a sewing night recently and made a few pillowcases to be donated.

I decided to make a few new pillowcases for Elijah to brighten up his hospital room. In addition to making Elijah some new pillowcases I also made one for his neighbor in the hospital. I thought she could use a bit more color in her room as well & made her a bright one with purple and pink. My goal is to make a few more and hand deliver them to some of the other children at the hospital.

American Patchwork & Quilting 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge. I donated pillowcases to the challenge. Click here to learn more!


For Elijah's new Super Easy Pillowcases I started with the Basic Pillowcase Pattern. I wanted to add a green flange to the pillowcases similar to the green flange on Elijah's Stash Stack Quilt. Below are directions on how to add a flange to the Basic Pillowcase Pattern.

Supplies for 2 Pillowcases

- 1/8 yard Kiwi Green

- 1 1/8 yards Canary Dot Mingle by Monaluna

- 1 1/8 yards Urban Zoologie Owls by Ann Kelle 

1. Follow the Basic Pillowcase Pattern to cut the main four pieces. In addition cut two pieces 1.5" x 41" of the fabric you want to use for the flange. Fold the flange fabric in half along the long side and pin along one long side of the 10×41" pillowcase strip. Repeat for the second pillowcase.


2. Baste the flange in place with a large stitch and a scant 1/8" seam.


3. Follow steps #1 & #2 on pillowcase direction to join the ends and create band. At this point you can follow the rest of the directions to make the pillowcase. I chose to baste the two layers together as shown below before adding the cuff to the main part of the pillowcase.


4. Here are my finished pillowcase cuffs ready to be added to the main body of the pillowcase.


Initially Elijah was too busy reading one of his giant cards to notice the new pillowcases.


But he did discover that they made for a good foot rest.


After a little while he cuddled up with them and went back to watching a movie.



I'll be back on January 7th with A Little Birdie Told Me!

Volume 1 post 10

{ Julie Herman blogs at

Jaybird Quilts


--  I'll be back on January 7th with A Little Birdie Told Me!Volume 1 post 10{ Julie Herman blogs at Jaybird Quilts }

Stash Stack Quilt Tutorial


This is a

Stash Stack

. Stash Stacks are bundles of 12 coordinated Fat Quarters. They are great to work with because the coordination of colors has been done for you!


Have you ever needed to make a quilt on short notice? If so this is the tutorial for you! Grab a Stash Stack and a solid and you'll have a quilt in no time! 


In order to make the quilt super soft I chose to use cuddle by

Shannon Fabrics

as the backing for this quilt.  It really makes you want to grab the quilt and cuddle with someone underneath it.


I also added a flange for a small pop of color before the binding.


Download the

full tutorial here



I'll be back on December 24th with A Little Birdie Told Me!

Volume 1 post 9

{ Julie Herman blogs at

Jaybird Quilts



on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 8:45AM by

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Julie Herman



I got a few questions from people asking how to do the Binding Flange & decided it was best to take photos for a tutorial and share the info with everyone. The full Binding Flange Tutorial can be found on my blog.

--  I'll be back on December 24th with A Little Birdie Told Me!Volume 1 post 9{ Julie Herman blogs at Jaybird Quilts }