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,Β  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.Β  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…


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.


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

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


Her favorite leisurely activity is resting on quilts, belly up.Β  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.


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).


…Oh hey, beautiful..


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


Paige is the sweetest to my youngest son, Simon, who is almost 8 months. [he’s now 3.5!]Β  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.


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 πŸ˜‰

[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.Β  <3

Big, warm hugs!


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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. πŸ™‚ 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 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, IΒ  jumped right back to work! I couldn’t ask for better timing.Β  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 πŸ˜‰

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! πŸ˜‰ 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? πŸ™‚ 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?! πŸ˜‰ 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. πŸ™‚ 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… πŸ™‚

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

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. πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ˜‰



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oliso pro Iron Review

Hi All! So I recently shared a photo of my pretty pink iron on instagram and got lots of questions on it. Not only is she pretty, but she’s smart too! πŸ˜‰ All of the questions spurred me to do an oliso iron review on my instagram stories. It’s an honest review with pros and cons.Β  I thought i’d share the review on my blog as well because i’m an advocate for quilting tools that’ll make the hobby more efficient. The iTouch technology allows for the iron to retract up and down making it a “smart iron.” It’s pretty neat – see for yourself in my video review below πŸ™‚

I asked oliso if they can give my viewers a discount code because the iron ‘aint cheep! =) They generously made a special Quilting in the Rain code: “Rain15” for 15% off any oliso iron from their website: This code expires on Halloween (October 31st, 2018) so treat yourself!

I also had lots of questions on the ironing pad seen is the video. I talk about it at the very end but in case you missed that it’s a 17″ x 24″ 100% wool ironing pad by Precision Quilting Tools. You can find this at your local quilt shop or Amazon. The wool absorbs the heat from the iron, essentially pressing your fabric on the front and back for a quicker press. I’m really happy with mine as it saves some pressing time. Plus I like how portable it is. As you can see in the picture above, I keep it to the left of my sewing machine.

Also, I’ll quickly note that I don’tΒ  keep the ironing pad over my cutting mat (contrary to the pic above). I only moved it there for good lighting in my video and photo. The bottom of the ironing pad doesn’t get hot, but it does get slightly, just barely warm. So while it probably won’t warp the cutting mat, to play it safe in the long run I just keep it on my table.

Let me know if you have any questions, but be sure to watch the video as I answer some questions at the end there too.

Anyhoodles, just a quick post to share some quilting tools that make my life sweeter. I love having good tools on hand!

On a completely different note…

Holy crap it’s mid-October already! Fall quilt market is in t-minus 2 weeks. I have so many projects to share….!

For now i’ll share some pictures of my mornings lately. Foggy Fall walks to school. Colorful leaves.

smiling corgis πŸ™‚

I love the saying, “Autumn in my favorite color.” So true for me.

Thanks for stopping by! Aaand back to panic quilting… πŸ˜‰

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A peek at my 4th fabric collection, Loyal Heights!

It’s not news that when I go quiet here, it’s because i’ve been busy! BusyΒ  keeping up with my growing boys and squeezing in work when I can. And boy is it satisfying to see my hard work come full circle! πŸ™‚ That being said, I’d love for you to meet my 4th fabric collection called Loyal Heights. She might be my favorite one yet, but shhhh, don’t tell the others πŸ˜‰

I will be in Houston, TX this November for Fall Quilt Market at the Lecien booth debuting this collection. It will be available for shops to order this Fall, with shipment to stores in Spring 2019. I think it’s quite the perfect collection to come out during Spring time with all these fresh colors.

Below is a tid bit behind the inspiration for Loyal Heights. It’s the best feeling finding inspiration from my everyday surroundings!

Nestled in the northern corner of Seattle is an older neighborhood called Loyal Heights, sprinkled with early 1900’s craftsman homes, cottages and urban gardens galore. Home is where the heart is, abundant with love. And where you find love, you will find beauty. Summer strolls admiring blooms and fruit trees, and walks to school in the golden foliage with my children inspired this collection. Look closely at my fabrics and you’ll see the cozy cottages nestled among the flowers. I hope Loyal Heights brings forth a sense of Home, wherever it may be, as it’s a comforting feeling that lives within all of us.

Anyway, this is a more of a sneak peek to show glimpses of the collection. I started working on this diamond English Paper Piecing project (don’t look too closely, i’m a newbie!) using what little samples i’ve received so far. When I get more fabric in, you can expect more detail shots. And there are A LOT of details in this collection. As mentioned, you’ll find little homes nestled among the flowers. One of those homes is my own! πŸ™‚ I literally walked around my neighborhood and took pictures of the cute cottages, drew them in illustrator and made them into this lovely fabric! I truly can’t wait to share more with you.


Anyhoodles, thanks for stopping by. With back to school comes the influx of sickness. Such a nice welcome-back-to-school gift for all πŸ˜‰ I’ll be taking care of this sick little monster today… πŸ™

Until next time…!









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