Spring Break – Tiny Tulips using Loyal Heights Fabric

Hello All! It’s the middle of Spring break which means no school for my kiddos. Yesterday we all decided to head North to La Conner, Washington in Skagit County to see the tulip fields. If you recall, my 2nd collection was named La Conner, inspired by this charming little town.

It was a very wet, Spring day but we went anyway. The rain won’t stop us Seattlites from seeing the tulip fieldsย  ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  plus the rain meant no crowds of people. Win-win!

Anyway, I managed to make my Tiny Tulips quilt with a few late night quilt sessions before heading there. I wanted to share some photos with you all. Also, my son Ethan was such a rock star holding my quilt for me in the pouring rain (see first photo)! He’s the best.

If you love this Tiny Tulips pattern, you can download it HERE. It comes together quickly!

The fabrics I used are from my latest collection for Lecien Fabrics called Loyal Heights, available in stores now! If you can’t find it at your local quilt shop, try Googling it. I know some small businesses online have ordered it, and Fat Quarter Shop has it as well.

Find my latest collection, Loyal Heights, HERE. Similar to my previous collections, Loyal Heights sparkles with gold metallic flecks in the prints!

Anyway, rain or shine it’s always beautiful out here in La Conner. I wanted to share some pics with you all…

Here we are! ๐Ÿ™‚

Without the rain, there would be no flowers! The flowers were very happy!

I’m sharing a few more “Spring” photos from my instagram.

If you follow me @QuiltingintheRain on IG, sorry for the repeat. If you don’t yet follow me there, I suggest you do as I post photos daily there.

This is my plate rack in my dining room all decorated for Spring. I love switching out the plates depending on the season.

Also, this towel rack is perfect to display my smaller quilts. These quilts measure about 50″ x 50″ for the biggest. I found this towel rack at my local Hobby Lobby.

Also, I’ve been doing english paper piecing (EPP) one car ride at a time. I managed to make this one yesterday during our ride up to La Conner (notice the tulip fields in the background). ๐Ÿ™‚

The fabrics used in this EPP star are from my 3rd collection for Lecien Fabrics called Woodland Rose which came out last Spring. You can purchase some at Shabby Fabrics , as well as HERE, HERE and HERE (I just googled it) ๐Ÿ™‚ Hurry and grab some before its all gone, as it did come out last Spring.

Oh, and for some business updates:

1. My 5th collection for Lecien Fabrics is almost wrapped up and i’ll be sharing it this Fall. My 5th collection was inspired by my recent visit to Victoria, BC. And yes, I will be at Fall quilt market 2019.

2. You can expect a Christmas collection from me next year. ๐Ÿ™‚

3. I’m working on some new notions (my last notion were my Woodland Rose scissors which you can find HERE).

4. I have a blog tour coming up in mid-May using fabrics from my 4th collection, Loyal Heights.

…i think that’s everything, though i’m sure I missed something.

To keep current with what i’m up to, please follow me on instagram @QuiltingintheRain =)

Thank you everyone – until next time, I’ll leave you with a couple more tulip photos.

Hugs,

Jera

 

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Happy Valentines!

Thank you all for your kind words on my last post regarding Paige. <3 It truly meant a lot and I read all of your comments.

I thought this would be a nice follow up post with lots of hearts and happy pictures. I thought of Paige when I made this mini quilt, missing her quiet company. But my heart felt full of love for the companionship and wonderful memories she’s given me.

If you love this mini quilt, you’ll be happy to know that it’s a free pattern on my blog ๐Ÿ™‚ This is my Sweethearts Mini Quilt which you can find HERE. And it comes together super quick if you want to try to finish it before Valentines Day. I got it done in a weekends time.

The mini quilt and hearts, and actually pretty much everything in this post was made using my 3rd fabric collection called Woodland Rose, available in stores now! If you can’t find it at your LQS, be sure to search online. I know that Shabby Fabrics and Fat Quarter Shop has some.

These little heart ornaments were addicting to make. I made them all one night right after finishing my mini. They would be perfect as lavender sachets but I didn’t have any on hand.

Per the usual we’ve been keeping busy. My eldest son celebrated his 7th birthday! We let him invite 5 of his friends over for a sleepover party. A total of SEVEN boys including Ethan and Simon. Yes, we survived and it was a hit (and I’m still recovering, lol)! x-)

Below is Simon putting the decorations back up after storing them away for safekeeping during the sleepover party ;-p

Ethan made his very first quilt which we finished just in time for his birthday! I will share it on my next post – I think you’ll be as impressed as I am!

Anyhoodles, here’s out little Valentines vignette…ta dahhh ๐Ÿ™‚ Simple and sweet.

What else have we been up to…oh yes! I submitted my 5th fabric collection to Lecien Fabrics including my first ever Christmas collection!

For the V-day mini quilt and hearts, I used the champagne pinks and reds from my Woodland Rose collection to make the mini quilt.

Oh, and here’s a lovely Valentines day site for you all. ๐Ÿ™‚ These are 100+ year old Victorian era Valentines day cards, some with handwritten notes still in them. Can’t get more romantic than that ๐Ÿ˜‰

Also sharing these picture-perfect pin cushions that my instagram friend Lisa (@lschweitzer on IG) made for me. Is it just me or do they remind you of beignets and you just wanna sink your teeth into one? x-)

Lisa is the cathedral windows queen!

Anyway, happy Valentines Day from my family to yours! We’ve had several snow days here in Seattle with school canceled. Made for some excellent quilt snuggle time with my little peanuts. ๐Ÿ™‚ This quilt below was made using my very first fabric collection called High Tea. The free pattern can be found HERE.

Also, have you picked up any Woodland Rose fabrics yet? ๐Ÿ™‚

xoxo,

Jera

p.s. i’m sew thankful for you all! Happy love day!

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RIP Paige

So I haven’t posted for months. That seems to be my norm these days because life gets busy. But this time my excuse is different. I’ve been skirting around having to post about how Paige left this world in November of 2018,ย  just before Thanksgiving. If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you’ve probably already heard the news. But for some silly reason i’ve had a tough time posting it here.

So today’s post is dedicated to my quilting buddy, Paige.

I randomly remembered that I wrote this post THREE years ago when Paige was only 11 years old. It was my first blog post ever that I drafted on WordPress after I had switched over from the Blogger platform.ย  I decided not to publish it at the time because I was afraid people might think that Paige passed if they saw an entire post dedicated to her, haha! But i’ve just always loved photographing her. Anyway, the irony is that now the timing is right to share this with the world.

So here’s that post I wrote about Paige 3 years ago…

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This post is dedicated all to Paige, because she’s such a diva. And she truly is my faithful quilting buddy. We’ve shared many late nights quilting together.

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She may look like a puppy, but she’s already 11…

I found her from PetFinder when she was 2.5 years old.

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Her favorite leisurely activity is resting on quilts, belly up.ย  Nowadays this is preferred more than a walk outside.

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Whenever I lay a quilt down, she’s the first to test it out. She never passes up the opportunity to shed her furrs on a fresh quilt.

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At the site of food at the dinner table, she becomes a different dog. Her eyes turn into dark little orbs and head slightly tilts to the right with a slightly crazed look. Her eyes lock on to our every bite during dinner as to not miss one drop of food (which happens often with the kids).

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…Oh hey, beautiful..

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Some nicknames for Paige, other than my quilting buddy, are “nugg” (short for nugget) and “gyoza” (a Japanese dumpling).

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Paige is the sweetest to my youngest son, Simon, who is almost 8 months. [he’s now 3.5!]ย  She is very gentle with him and always lays with him during tummy time. She treats him like her little pup and loves to groom Simon too! It just might be the sweetest thing.

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Thank you, Paige for being an awesome quilting buddy and family member, and making people smile. You’ve all probably seen photos of her on my instagram and facebook. Now you know a little more about the little gyoza on my quilts ๐Ÿ˜‰

[End post from 3 years ago.]

Three months have gone by since Paige passed. I was heartbroken at the time, but please don’t worry about me. I’m good and just want to cherish the memories i’ve had with her, which i’m SO SO thankful for. I will continue to cherish memories of Paige every Thursday on my Instagram and Facebook as a Throwback Thursday ode to Paige.

Also for the record, she passed away peacefully wrapped warmly in a quilt and in our arms.

For some business news, you can expect a subtle ode to Paige in my 5th fabric collection that will debut this Fall 2019.ย  <3

Big, warm hugs!

-jera

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Woodland Rose Quilt

I have a gift for you all! With every collection I love to gift a free quilt pattern. ๐Ÿ™‚ Today I’m excited to finally share my Woodland Rose quilt, and you can download the pattern for free! This quilt was made using fabrics from my 3rd collection for Lecien Fabrics called Woodland Rose. Woodland Rose is starting to ship to quilt shops now! (Nov-Dec 2018 arrival), so be sure to check your local quilt shop or your favorite online shop to get some.

A couple FUN things you should know about before the free pattern:

1. Long-Arm Discount! This quilt was quilted via free hand long-arm by Charlene Trieloff of www.TheCottonFarm.com. If you make this quilt (or ANY quilt) and would like her to finish it for you (I highly, without a doubt recommend her!) she is generously offering a 15% off discount if you mention me. Just say that Jera of Quilting in the Rain recommended you. So stop your dilly-dallying and get that quilt top finished! ;-p

2. Quilt kits!!! If you love this fabric and this quilt pattern and want to make one for yourself, Fat Quarter Shop is selling quilt kits. Hurry and grab a quilt kit HERE before they’re gone!

You can find a link to the free pattern at the very bottom of this post because that’s how I roll. ;-p I’m hoping the pretty pictures will help inspire. Plus I didn’t want you to miss photos of Paige working that badonka donk of hers and doing a fab job modeling this quilt for you all.

And now for some pretty quilt photos. Notice the lovely quilting by Charlene. Can you imagine the time and effort and love put into quilting all these little squares?!

 

Paige werkin’ the camera…

As mentioned above, Woodland Rose is starting to ship to stores this Nov and Dec 2018. You can already find some HERE as well.

 

Aaaand here ya go! As promised, you can find a link to the free Woodland Rose Quilt pattern HERE, or by clicking the pattern cover image below. I hope you love it!

If you make a quilt using this pattern, i’d love to see it! You can hashtag #WoodlandRoseQuilt on instagram, or tag me @QuiltingintheRain on instagram.

On a totally different note, I just returned from Houston Quilt Market 2018 last weekend. Here’s a pic of me at my booth sharing my 4th collection called Loyal Heights (available Spring 2019). I’ll share more pics and thoughts on my next blog post. I’ll see ya then…!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Three Quilts in One Month

With the end of Summer and the start of school for my boys, Iย  jumped right back to work! I couldn’t ask for better timing.ย  This month of October i’ve made a total of 3 quilts and it’s only mid-October! This is me panic-quilting to prepare for Fall quilt market which will take place in Houston Texas a couple weeks from today. I will be there at the Lecien Fabrics booth debuting my 4th collection called Loyal Heights, as shown in all of these quilts (if you’re not sure what quilt market is all about, here’s me at Spring market a year ago when my 2nd collection La Conner came out). Loyal Heights will be available in stores Spring 2019. Since that sounds like forever away, i’ll mention that my 3rd collection called Woodland Rose will be in stores next month! Hopefully that collection will tie you over ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’ve been sharing a lot of these photos on my @Qultingintherain instagram and I wanted to share them here too plus extras. If you follow me on instagram, sorry for the repeats!

I’m a total sucker for red and white quilts (& china dishes), so I absolutely had to make one this time around. Usually I try to design quilts that incorporate all the colors from my collection which can be challenging (I did make one though, shown further down in this post). But I love the red in Loyal Heights so much I had to do this one.

And YES! There will be a FREE pattern for this quilt through Lecien Fabrics. You know me, I love to gift a free pattern alongside every new fabric collection I create. Also, it’s my hope that quilt shops might kit up these quilts for you all! ๐Ÿ˜‰ You will need to be patient for the pattern though as it probably won’t come out for a few months. I’ll be sure to share it on my blog.

This print above was inspired by my red and white vintage china dish collection.

The red, blue and peach look lovely together as well, so I whipped up this quilt (above) on a whim one night. No pattern as of yet as I literally sketched it up one night.

Here’s some detail photos of my fabric. Do you see my signature gold sparkles? ๐Ÿ™‚ I think I will forever add a little bling to my fabrics.

This collection is named after the neighborhood I live in. In the picture below, that’s actually my house in the bottom left corner! I thought I might as well throw my house in there too because why not?! ๐Ÿ˜‰ To read more about the inspiration behind this fabric collection, check this post out.

You’ll see lots of apples in this fabric because there’s apple trees and crab apple trees scattered all over the Loyal Heights neighborhood.

Crazy to think I cut over 1,400 two inch squares to make 2 of 3 of these quilts. And that’s only the two inch squares – doesn’t include all the rectangles, etc. I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts and audio books. I love a good paranormal sci-fi romance (anything Kresley Cole!). More recently i’ve been listening to the Lore podcast which are non-fiction stories based on historical places and peoples that focus on the darker side of human nature. Perfect for this time of the year and I admit to spooking myself during a late night quilt sesh when listening to this. I may have yelped out loud when I saw a flicker of something in my window…of course it was only my movement reflecting in the window, lol.

Here’s the big quilt top which incorporates all the colors. I should receive the border fabric in 2-days so i’ll add that as soon as I get it.

I’m having Lauren of Bold Notion Quilting and Charlene of The Cotton Farm help quilt these tops via long arm, so you can expect a blog post for each finished quilt in the near future. ๐Ÿ™‚ These ladies do AMAZING quilt finishing work, so I can’t wait to see how they’ve chosen to finish them when I get them back!

Here’s some pictures when the quilt tops were in progress…

It’s always satisfying having a growing stack of assembled blocks… ๐Ÿ™‚

I have a small sewing space in my attic and no room for a design wall, so I have a design floor ๐Ÿ˜‰

And a few more up close photos of the fabric. It amazes me every time seeing my name printed on the selvage.

This print below with the peach mini fruits may be my favorite two prints/colors from this collection.

I sure love me some red and white!

Anyhoodles, thanks for letting me share Loyal Heights and my market progress with you!

Completely random, but Halloween is in full swing at the Brandvig household. ๐Ÿ™‚ My boys are obsessed. I’d share a picture of the outside of our house with our Halloween decor, but our house is currently painted an ombre of green. We’re waiting for the painters to come finish it with our chosen shade of green.

Happy October and if you happen to be at quilt market this Fall, please stop by Lecien’s booth and come say hello to me! I’d love to meet you.

Whew…that was a long post! Thanks for reading me and i’ll see ya after quilt market ๐Ÿ˜‰

xo

jera

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