Loyal Heights Quilt – free pattern :)

Thank you all for being here and following my journey as an author and fabric designer. πŸ™‚

As a small show of my thanks, I always love to gift you free patterns. I’ve made a beautiful, printer-friendly PDF pattern for you all. You can find the link to the pattern at the end of this post. My hope is that by the end of this lengthyΒ  post you will have fallen in love with this quilt. πŸ˜‰

Bonus! I’ve also included a coupon code from Lauren at Bold Notion Quilting so you can have your quilt finished just like this one. Lauren offers quilting services and quilting classes.

The fabrics used in this quilt are from my 4th collection for Lecien Fabrics called Loyal Heights. This collection was inspired by an older Seattle neighborhood abundant with cute cottages, fruit trees and flowers. I’ll share more up-close details on the fabric and inspiration behind it on another post. You can find this collection in shops now (Spring 2019)!

I found this older picture of the quilt top and Paige and had to share it. This was the last quilt that Paige and I made together. It’s comforting to think that every single quilt before this was made with my faithful quilting buddy. <3

The free pattern has two quilt sizes. The larger quilt size works wonderful for a Full or Queen size bed. The picture below I have it folded at the foot of a queen size bed.

Though i’ve written two books about quilt-as-you-go, I decided to get this one finished traditionally via long-arm quilting. (However, you could totally finish this one via QAYG and use joining strips to join the blocks in lieu of the sashing strips that the pattern calls for. My 2nd book Quilt As-You- Go Made Vintage shows you how.)

Bold Notion Quilting – Long Arm Services plus coupon code!

I had the honor of getting this quilt finished by the talented long arm quilter Lauren Jackson of Bold Notion Quilting. I’ve shared a bunch of up-close photos of her free-hand work…it’s absolutely AH-MAZING. The time she put into quilting each block left me speechless.

Be sure to check out Lauren’s website because she has online quilting classes and you can have your quilt top finished by Lauren herself. And as a thanks for being here and reading this, Lauren has generously offered $5 off a purchase of $50 or more, plus free shipping on any order $100 and up – simply use this code at checkout: jera5off50

So after you make the Loyal Heights Quilt using my free pattern, ship it to Lauren for a beautiful finish!

Here’s some detail shots. I love how Lauren quilted the white space.

It adds so much texture and really makes the stars pop!

See what I mean…her quilting has left me speechless!

I may have gone a bit overboard with the photos, but there’s too much prettiness to share. I hope it inspires you!

You can’t really tell from these photos, but the white background fabric I used in this quilt – the little hearts have gold metallic sparkle. I love adding subtle details like that to my fabric.

 

All of the detailed quilting adds so much texture…

I wish you could reach out and feel this quilt for yourself. Better yet, snuggle in it. πŸ˜‰

Anyhoodles, I 100% recommend Lauren’s quilting services if you’re interested. Be sure to use the code that I provided above to get the discount.

Before the free pattern, here’s a few more pictures of my fabric. ;-p Thanks for your patience!

These two below are probably my favorite prints in the whole collection.

It’s hard to tell, but some of the prints have metallic gold sparkle if you look closely!…

 

Thanks for making it to the end of this post!

As promised, here is the free pattern. Either click the link below, or click the pattern image below for your free download.

If you love the fabrics, you can shop for them online using the list below. I know that Fat Quarter Shop carries the whole collection here! (thanks for supporting my fabric!)

Happy Quilting!

Jera Brandvig πŸ™‚

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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 fieldsΒ  πŸ˜‰Β  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! πŸ™‚

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). πŸ™‚

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) πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚ These are 100+ year old Victorian era Valentines day cards, some with handwritten notes still in them. Can’t get more romantic than that πŸ˜‰

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. πŸ™‚ 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? πŸ™‚

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,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…

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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.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.

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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!]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.

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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 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!

-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. 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 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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