Quick Halloween Quilt

It’s been too long since I made a quilt! And when I finally make one, I do it in a weekend! I guess that’s how I roll.

I am excited that Summer is coming to an end as Autumn is my absolute favorite season, hands down. Over Labor Day weekend we stayed in a cabin in Mazama, WA (North Cascades) and I packed my sewing machine and supplies to make this quick quilt!

Early morning quilting πŸ™‚

I specifically chose a simple 9-patch block pattern so I could easily stop and go and set aside my stuff when needed. After cutting all my squares, I chain pieced them all together and before I knew it, I had all my blocks ready to assemble!

All my blocks laid out!
Bruno was testing out the quilt early. I think he approves? πŸ™‚

The fabrics are a scrappy mix of various fat quarters that i’ve bought over the years. I can’t tell you the exact names of them all since they don’t all have their selveges, but a lot are by Kim Diehl’s Welcome Wagon collection, Ladie’s Album by Barbara Brackman and I believe the border is by Blackbird Designs. Most are from a little quilt shop in Poulsbo, WA which sadly is no longer around. And all the orange and black colors are from one of my favorite quilt shops called 3 Bears Quilt Shop in Winthrop, WA.

like my Halloween scissors by Fiskars? Found them last year at Joanne fabrics.
I don’t usually get a pic of me quilting, so thought i’d share this. Hi! πŸ™‚

I made the pattern for you all. πŸ™‚ Here’s a link to the printable PDF pattern as well. It should auto download once you click it: https://www.quiltingintherain.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/halloween-quilt.pdf

(click to enlarge)

Here’s a few more pictures I took. I was planning to quilt it myself (nope – didn’t use QAYG for this one!) but I’m tempted to take it to a long arm for them to quilt little ghosts or pumpkins on it. I’ll have to share the finished quilt.

on the swing out front – these color are gorgeous!
close up πŸ™‚ Thanks to my husband for being my quilt holder.
I picked up this new spooky book from the local Winthrop bookstore to really put me in the Fall mood. It’s a historical fiction novel about the American witch hunt trials. It’s dark, horrifying and sets the mood! I recommend it if you’re into that kind of read. πŸ™‚
I couldn’t have asked for a more relaxing weekend.
voila! all done!

Anyway, that’s it for now. Just wanted to share what i’ve been up to. Also, me being in the “spooky” mood just might be a hint of what’s to come next from Quilting in the Rain! πŸ˜‰

Thanks for reading!

p.s. anyone get a copy of my new book Quilt As-You-Go Made Clever, yet? πŸ™‚

-jera

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My New Book! Quilt As-You-Go Made Clever

I am so excited to introduce to you all my new book called Quit As-You-go Made Clever! I have been quietly working on this for the past 2 years, so it’s so refreshing to finally be able to share it with you all!

This book is extra special because I styled and photographed the majority of the projects – I even photographed the book cover on myΒ  dining room table, lol! I still recall the weekend one summer when my husband took our kids camping so that I could have the house to myself. I spent that entire weekend photographing this book, from morning until the sun went down!

If you’ve followed me, you may be aware of my two other books called Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern and Quilt As-You-Go Made Vintage. This is a follow up to both and completes the trilogy as I am not one to drag things out. I try to jam pack my books with new techniques/tips and inspiration for you all so that my readers get fulfilling and novel content. I truly feel this third book completes everything you need to know about the quilt as-you-go (QAYG) technique and helps you take it a step further with creative ideas that you may have not realized are a form of QAYG.

The projects in this book are smaller with the option to go bigger once you’re comfortable. I’ve always been a fan of smaller quilts, so i’ve also included an entire chapter on how to display your minis in your home.

And a wonderful thing about this book (along with my other two books) is it’s beginner friendly with lots of how-to images to help walk you through each project. I always make it a point to be crystal clear, because I know how daunting a project can seem as soon as something doesn’t click or make sense right away. I try to avoid that in all my books, with crystal clear instructions and tips along the way. While a beginner could do these projects, it’s also great for a seasoned quilter with creative and new techniques!

As always, I want my books to show how fun quilting is! It doesn’t have to be a daunting hobby all about precision and following things to a T. There’s so much creativity to be had – and you’ll really see that shine through in my first book, Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern, with improvisational quilting as you go. πŸ™‚

Fun fact: I named each quilt in this book after places near and dear to me in Washington state. At the beginning of each chapter I have a little blurb about the quilt name. So if you’re from around the Pacific Northwest you may recognize some of the places!

You can find my book in stores including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Target an so forth. But of course please be sure to check you local quilt shop first.

My heart goes out to all my QAYG readers that have supported my books since my very first. I say this every time but it’s so true – my books would not have been possible without your readership! So with that, I want to thank you all…a true, heartfelt thank you!

I’ve been posting less frequently because i’ve returned to work full time, but I do post often(ish) on Instagram (@QuiltingintheRain) so be sure to follow me there for the latest. Also, I am still designing fabric and i’ve actually just wrapped up my latest collection for Maywood Studio which will debut at quilt market this October! That’s next month – eep! That came up quick. πŸ™‚ I cannot wait to share it with you all!

For now, happy quilting! I hope you enjoy my new book. So much love to you all!

-Jera

 

 

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Sweet Beginnings Fabric – My New Collection For Maywood Studio!

Hello All! I am sorry it’s been so very long since my last post (9-ish months, eep!). Life did its thing and got busy. A lot of big changes happened since I last wrote. My youngest son went to kindergarten and Lecien Fabrics (the studio I designed my first 5 collections for) abruptly closed! With that I decided to go back to work doing clinical research full time – it was a scary thing to do after having been a stay-at-home mom for the past 7 years designing fabric and writing books on the side. But at the time it was the best choice moving forward my family and I.

Of course when I did that, the pandemic lock down went into effect so my husband and I plus our two kids (kindergarten and 3rd grade) have all been working from home and schooling from home. And somewhere in between the mix, I finished up my 3rd book and came out with this new fabric collection (which I cannot wait to share with you all!). I am now proudly designing for Maywood Studio which has been a wonderful fit for me and has allowed me to continue designing fabric on the side.

We’ve had to adapt to a lot of changes last year.Β  Hopefully in this new year we can start settling in and getting the swing of things! Or at least take a breather! πŸ™‚

With that quick update, I am so excited to introduce to you all my first collection for Maywood Studio called Sweet Beginnings.You can see all the swatches and precuts and quilt kits that will be available from Maywood Studio’s website!

Aptly named after the crazy year we’ve all had, I hope this new collection will bring forth Sweet Beginnings for all. This will be available in shops Spring 2021, so be sure to mention it to your favorite quilt shop so they can order it!

I happily made this mini quilt using sample fabrics that Maywood shipped to me last week. Since the sample materials were small I decided to make this mini quilt. The pattern is called “Walk – Don’t Run” from the book 101 Fabulous Small Quilts. It was a breath of fresh air getting to sew with this cheery and bright collection in the middle on Winter!

Shades of the past in pink and green give a vintage and romantic feel. Painted florals balance the dainty geometric dots and classic gingham checks, while the ribbon and rose border stripe ties it all together.

The floral/lace in the center (below) will make a perfect border for a quilt.

This is a quilt kit that will be available through Maywood Studio for shops to order – isn’t it dreamy?

And now for the plethora of fabric photos I always share with my every collection… πŸ™‚ Enjoy!

 

Two free patterns will be available with this collection and I am excited to share those with you when available!

 

I hope you love this collection as much as I do, and I cannot wait to see what you all make!

I’ve missed you all and I hope you’ve been well!

I hope to share more about my 3rd book soon-ish! lol. πŸ˜‰

With Love,

Jera

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Madame Fleur – Bloomfield Quilt Pattern

Hi Quilty Friends! Thank you for your patience on this pattern.Β  I am excited to finally be sharing this with you all!

This is my Bloomfield QuiltΒ  pattern made using my latest collection called Madame Fleur. The fabric requirements are below. Here are some shops that carry Madame Fleur:

And as promised, below is a link to a PDF printer-friendly pattern. A gift from me to you! As always, thank you for supporting all my creative endeavors! Kits are available from Regal Fabrics and Gifts.

Here are someΒ  close-ups of the quilt. Madame Fleur fabrics is my 5th fabric collection which features a rich and warm color pallet. The perfect colors to make a quilt that you can cozy up to!

This is a simple pattern that comes together fairly quick. It was quilted by my friend Charlene over at The Cotton Farm.

Notice the gold metallic highlights in some of the prints. One of my favorite details! If you make this quilt, please be sure to share it with me on instagram @QuiltingintheRain as i’d love to see it!

Hope you’re all doing well! And in case you missed it, I shared another quilt on my last post. Be sure to check it out!

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Madame Fleur Quilt Pattern and Fabrics!

Hi All! I hope you’ve all been safe and well during this crazy Covid-19 epidemic. I’ve been quite busy (my last post was in December last year!) and haven’t had a chance to post. But this morning I made time because my latest fabric collection called Madame Fleur is now available in shops/online!

Also, for those of you interested, I have a big update at the end of this post. πŸ™‚

Madame Fleur Fabrics

I did a quick search online and here’s where you can find some, as of now (April 2020)!

As a lot of you may already know, with every fabric collection I come out with I also gift all of you a FREE PATTERN! For this collection, I have two quilt patterns for you! Today, I’ll be sharing 1 of 2. Look out for the 2nd pattern next week. πŸ™‚

This pattern is called Madame Fleur Quilt and uses 9 prints from my Madame Fleur collection. 6 of these prints have subtle, gold metallic shimmer in them for a beautiful finish. You can purchase yardage HERE, or at a local online shop in Washington HERE.

Madame Fleur Quilt Pattern

You can can download a printer-friendly PDF of the Madame Fleur pattern by clicking the link below. A gift from me to you! Yardage for this quilt can be ordered, HERE. Thank you SEW much!

Here’s some inspiration for you! If you end up making it, be sure to tag me (@QuiltingintheRain) on social media to share as I would LOVE to see it!

This collection was inspired for my love of the Victorian-era. You can read more about my inspiration and see more photos at this post.

 

 

Thank you all for stopping by my blog! πŸ™‚ I’ve been posting my latest on instagram, so pleaseΒ  follow me there to stay up to date.

If you made it this far, I have some quick news:

Madame Fleur is my last collection for Lecien Fabrics. I’ve done a total of 5 collections for them these past 5 years. However, I will be designing for a new company…I already have a lovely collection in the works. This information will be announced soon-ish! I have to wait for them to give me the thumbs up first!

And yes, my 3rd QAYG book is well on it’s way πŸ™‚

In addition, i’ve gone back to work full-time! You’re probably thinking i’m crazy, but I felt ready and it was a good decision for me and my family.

My boys are big now and my littlest will be in kindergarten this Fall. Like I said, I felt ready whereas a year ago I was not! Things change and i’m constantly evaluating what works and what needs to change, what’s best for my family, etc.Β  I’ve always been inspired to have a job that serves an important purpose – if I’m going to be working 40 hours a week, it needs to be meaningful to me. The field i’m in is for clinical research to help find ways to eliminate suffering in cancer patients (specifically, brain and breast cancer).

I’m honored to be able to play a role in this, even if it’s a small role (i’m the person that helps makes sure all the regulatory documentation is in place for a clinical study to happen safely for the patients, among other things). πŸ™‚ I of course went back to work amidst this whole pandemic so i’ve been working with both of my boys at home…timing is everything, right?Β  haha!

Anyway, thanks for reading me and i hope you enjoy the pattern. Check back soon for the 2nd free pattern. Virtual hugs to you all and stay safe!

Love,

Jera

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