High Tea Blog Hop – Week 2 recap

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Hello! I am back with a recap of my week 2 High Tea blog hop guests! This is a great way for you to see all the projects that were revealed last week (week 2), and for me to document all of these beautiful creations on my blog. You can review Week 1 here, which was absolutely breathtaking.

Thanks for following along, and thank you so much for your kind comments on my last post. It’s great to hear that this blog hop has given some of you fresh ideas and opened your eyes to other creative bloggers.

My week 2 High Tea guests are as follows. I sent each of them fabric from my new collection called High Tea for Lecien Fabrics, and they all made some lovely projects out of them!

8/15 – Faith Essenburg of Sarana Ave

8/16 – Monica Skov of It’s Just Sewing

8/17 – Susan Ache of @yardgrl60

8/18 – Ange Hamilton of A Little Patchwork

8/19 – Peta Peace of She Quilts A Lot

8/20 – Katy Yates of Sweet Littles Handmade

I’m writing on a time crunch trying to get this done before my kiddos get home, so I’ll get right to it! Get ready for yet another heavy dose of quilting and sewing inspiration!

On 8/15 Faith Essenburg of Sarana Ave shared this super sweet reversible apron and oven mitten.


Faith used the cottage blue colorway for this apron. Please check her blog for a fee tutorial!

by Faith Essenburg


This oven mitten is so darling and if it were mine, I would never use it. I would oogle it instead.Β  Too cute to use!



On 8/16 my dear friend Monica Skov of It’s Just Sewing made this incredible quilted teepee that can also be used as a quilted duvet cover. How creative is THAT?!


Find a thorough tutorial for you all on how to make this teepee over at her blog, here.


Monica and I became good friends back in 2012 when I worked part time at her sewing studio in West Seattle. Although the studio is no longer around, I have some wonderful memories there. Her studio really stirred up my creativity, and is where the birth of my first book, Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern, began. Monica and my husband encouraged me to write a book, and so I did!

My next guest on 8/17 was Susan Ache of @yardgrl60 on instagram. I’m always oogling over the intricate and timeless quilts that she cranks out on instagram, so it was an honor that she said “yes!” to be a part of my high tea party. πŸ™‚


Susan made the stunning quilt above, with embroidered floral blocks. I’m honored she chose my fabrics to pair with these gorgeous embroidered blocks!

On 8/18 I had Ange Hamilton of A Little Patchwork as my High Tea guest.


Ange made this adorable patchwork tea cozy with a dresden plate on the back. Please see her blog for pattern details.

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On 8/19 the very talented Peta Peace of She Quilts A Lot shared this incredible quilt. Lucky me had the pleasure of meeting Peta at Spring Quilt Market, and I regret not having more time to chat with Peta amongst the hustle and bustle of it all.

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Peta took the time to write a free tutorial for this quilt which you can find HERE. It’s a beautiful, well-written tutorial so please check it out.

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I love how different everyone’s creations have turned out so far. Earlier I described this quilt looking very “sophisticated and proper”, just like High Tea! ;-p Peta used my doile print which is more of a solid, from my High Tea Collection.

Love the stippling…!


On 8/20 I had Katy Yates of Sweet Littles Handmade! Katy lives in Washington (just like me!), and we met for the first time years ago when she took one of my quilt-as-you-go classes in Ballard. She makes the sweetest dolls you ever will see…

…see for yourself!!!


…eeep! Ahhh-dorable!!!!


You can purchase these sweet littles at her shop, Sweet Littles Handmade.

Whew! Wasn’t that a load of inspiration! πŸ™‚ I hope you’re enjoying the blog hop as much as I am. Seeing people make things out of my fabric is truly an honor.

Still to come on my High Tea Blog Hop is as follows. Click here for links to all the maker’s blogs. Please stay tuned for my final week 3 recap. πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by!


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High Tea Blog Hop – Week 1 Recap


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I hope you’re all ready for a heavy dose of some crafting inspiration! I’m a few weeks late posting this recap as we’re currently into the last week (week 3) of my High Tea Blog hop! But being late won’t stop me from sharing the beautiful creations from week 1. πŸ™‚

Below is a recap of my Week One Guests of the High Tea Party/Blog-Instagram tour. Please scroll down to see images of the beautiful projects they made using my new High Tea Collection, which debuted this August.

8/9 – Melissa LeRay of Oh How Sweet Co

8/10 – Jemima Flendt of Tied with A Ribbon

8/11 – Deborah Russell of @missluella

8/12 – Minki Kim of Minki’s Work Table

8/13 – Rennee Lange of Sewn With Grace

8/14 – Lisa Cox of A Spoonful of Sugar


8/9 – Melissa LeRay of Oh How Sweet Co kicked my tour off by posting the beautiful hexies above.

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8/10 was Jemima Flendt of Tied With a Ribbon. I had the pleasure of meeting Jemima briefly at quilt market and she is as lovely as her projects. πŸ™‚ Please check out her blog post for more photos and pattern details on this pillow. I’ve been scared to try paper piecing, but I’m seeing a lot of it in this blog tour and it’s quite inspiring. I want to keep this pillow for myself! : )

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Deborah Russell of @missluella1 took the gorgeous photo above, and made the strippy quilt (below) using a QAYG pattern from my book, Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern.


Next up is the talented Minki Kim of Minki’s Work Table. Okay, so this quilt below is seriously incredible and one of a kind. And I’ll tell you why…

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She took the drawings that her daughter made….


And then embroidered them! and then…


…made it into a quilt! Isn’t this the perfect heirloom quilt? I am honored that Minki chose my fabrics for her daughter’s quilt.


You can learn all about this technique from Minki’s new book, Sew Illustrated. I’m about to get myself a copy!


On 8/13, we had Rennee Lange of Sewn With Grace.

She cut out all these cute tea-cups with fusible backing ironed to the back…


And made this absolutely stunning quilt out of them! How fitting is this quilt for my High Tea collection?! Please check out her blog for more details, including the pattern.

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Last, but (most definitely) not least, is Lisa Cox of A spoonful of Sugar. Lisa and her daughter have the sweetest blog where they share theirΒ  crafting creations and baking recipes.Β  Lisa made this adorable, and pretty much ‘picture perfect’ table topper using High Tea. Yet another project I want to keep all to myself! :-p

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And the perfection doesn’t end there. Lisa also made this adorable sewing kit made out of hexies.

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*sigh* Want.

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I am incredibly gratefulΒ  and in awe to all the designers and crafters that made these lovely creations with my High Tea fabrics.

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I hope you enjoyed week 1’s recap. If you want to hop on board to the current tour, the schedule is below. If you click HERE, there are links to all the blogs – or just follow me on instagram @quiltingintherain for a live feed.


Thank you for joining me and all these lovely designers for High Tea! I plan to post week 2’s recap soon-ish, lol. That’s the best I can promise right now with it being the middle of Summer and trying to keep up with my kiddos. Until then!

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It’s Tea Time! High Tea Blog Tour Kickoff

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Yes, I am still alive! Sorry for the lack of posts lately.Β  I have been a busy bee making most of my updates on instagram and facebook these days.Β  It’s been a non-stop and fulfilling summer keeping up with my kiddos during the day, and working on my second book and my second fabric collection by night. I also have some exciting news that myself and a handful of very talented people have all been working on, and it officially kicks off tomorrow!

Tomorrow, Tuesday August 9th, is the start of my very first blog/instagram tour. High Tea Collection is my first fabric collection for Lecien Fabrics. It is starting to ship to fabric stores now, so please be on the lookout. πŸ™‚ Some shops that I’m aware of that carry my fabrics can be found here, but be sure to look online or at your local fabric shop as well.

High Tea Collection by Jera Brandvig for Lecien Fabrics

High Tea Collection by Jera Brandvig for Lecien Fabrics

What is a Blog/Instagram Tour?

In a nutshell, 18 very talented designers/makers have been having fun making something using my High Tea Fabrics! Starting tomorrow, each person will reveal what they made on Instagram (and their blog, if they have one). It will be 18 days of sewing inspiration!

Below is a list of the tour schedule, so you can follow along and join us for our Tea Party! Or to simplify it, you can just follow me @QuiltingintheRain on instagram, and I will be sure to share each and every one of their lovely projects on my feed, with links/tags to their page. I will also plan to do weekly updates and share their projects here on my blog. πŸ™‚


I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I am truly thankful for everyone that has participated in my blog tour. These gals are seriously a very talented bunch. It was a lot of work leading up to it and now it officially starts tomorrow! I am forever grateful for the tremendous amount of support from my quilty instagram community.

With the days blurring by, my goal for today was to get this post out before the tour starts. And it’s only 12:07 am so I think I’m good to go (to sleep) πŸ˜‰

Thank you for stopping by, and I do hope you will join us for some High Tea these next few weeks! I assure you it will be full of eye candy, fabric loveliness and lots of sewing inspiration!

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High Tea Crochet Quilt Tutorial


Okay everyone! This long time anticipated crochet quilt tutorial is finally available! (happy jig!)

My friend Tiffany of Fanny Lu Designs took the time to put together the most thorough and detailed tutorial to make this quilt. You can find it on her blog,HERE.Β  As this is a fusion quilt of both crochet and quilting, you need to know both techniques. That being said, Tiffany took the time to post videos of how to do the crocheting, and photos of the quilting. It’s truly amazing – I can’t thank Tiffany enough for sharing this technique with the world, so be sure to leave a comment of thanks on her tutorial. πŸ™‚

I know I’ve posted pics of this beauty already, but this quilt deserves another post!


Tiffany used fabric from my new High Tea Collection for Lecien fabrics which comes out this August 2016.


When planning what quilts to make for market, Tiffany knew she wanted to incorporate some kind of lace or crochet look as inspired by my doile rose print. This project was the perfect choice!


I love how this quilt is a form of quilt-as-you-go, where instead of joining strips to connect the blocks together, crocheting is used.


I hope you all enjoy Tiffany’s tutorial and make something beautiful from it!



Thanks for stopping by, and happy crochet-quilting! πŸ˜‰


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A Heartfelt Thank You + Giveaway Winner(s)!


As I prepare for quilt market and pack up all of my projects, I can’t help but think of the enormous amount of support and kind comments I’ve gotten from you all regarding my new fabric collection. It’s a scary thing putting something out there up for critique, and I am beyond grateful for how wonderful you’ve all been.

All of your enthusiasm and excitement on my High Tea Quilt Kit giveaway makes me wish I could give a kit to everyone! Congrats to Alana Erickson and Kim Grabowski (IG winner!) for winning the kits!

Although I’m not capable of giving everyone a kit, as a gesture of my thanks to all of you and to hopefully make you all feel like winners (because I’m one of those people that never win prizes!), I am giving you a free download of my Tiny Tulips pattern. So if you don’t own a copy of my pattern already, here you go! This will be available for 48 hours for free as a token of my thanks πŸ™‚

To download the free pattern (free for 48 hours!), simply click the image below and it should come as a PDF that you can save on your computer or print. Again, a warm thank you for all of your support!

update: if you weren’t able to snag the pattern, you can find it HERE. Thank you!

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On a different note, here’s the progress on my latest quilt as you go which is nearly finished for market. All i need to do now is binding. This is actually the back of the quilt…my son’s favorite side πŸ™‚


And here is the front. It’s reversible! This technique of QAYG will be shared in my second book.


Wish me luck packing all of this stuff for my booth at market! And if you’re there, please stop by and say hello! As mentioned before, I will be doing a schoolhouse presentation on Thursday, May 19th, at 1:55 PM room 253A. Stop by for some goodies and inspiration! πŸ™‚


Happy quilting, and happy quilt market week!

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