A Heartfelt Thank You + Giveaway Winner(s)!

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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 :)

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 :)

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

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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! :)

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Happy quilting, and happy quilt market week!

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Quilt Market Prep & High Tea Giveaway!

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It’s been a while since my last post as I’ve been a busy bee preparing for Quilt Market 2016 in Salt Lake City, which happens to be NEXT WEEK!  Commence panic mode…Ahhhhhh….ahhhhhhh! Please find time to stop by my booth at Lecien Fabrics & introduce yourself! It would make me the happiest. Also, I’ll give you a gift for stopping by 😉 If you’re at market on Thursday, May 19th, I will have a school house presentation at 1:55 PM room 253A.

Before my giveaway (at the end of this post), i will bombard you with a bunch of pretty photos of some preparations leading up to quilt market. =)

First of all, that corset (above)! I will dedicate a whole blog post to that, but for now I had to share a picture. I just couldn’t keep it to myself! It was made locally by my talented friend Hilary who is the owner of Period Corsets. This is a custom, casual-style corset that can be worn with jeans. and believe it or not, it’s quite comfortable!  My inner Wonder Woman came out when I tried it on.

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Super-duper cute business cards!  I ordered these from www.moo.com. I had fun choosing various card backings using my prints.

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I’ve started another quilt as you go project, which I’m almost done with. I will share more once it’s finished. Also, I’m introducing a new QAYG technique which will be in book #2.

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The color schemes for this quilt started off as blues and yellows , but then I decided to warm it up with reds and dusty pinks.

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I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day! These cute 2.5″ square mini charm packs arrived in my mailbox last Sunday, along with a jelly roll (aka sushi roll), fat quarters and charm packs. I just might be handing these out at my booth at quilt market! 😉 It was a pleasant surprise on Mother’s day. Okay honestly, I was squealing out of excitement from the moment I saw the box on my doorstep. Paige was looking at me with her head cocked to one side wondering what was wrong with me.

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EEEEeeeeeEEEeee..!

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..eeeeeeeeeeeee!…

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This mini quilt will also have it’s own blog post dedicated to it (as a free pattern will be available – woohoo!), but again, had to share a glimpse. This one was made by my talented friend Tiffany Behmer.

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Here’s the back of the quilt, quilted by my friend Monica Skov of It’s Just Sewing.

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Sharing another glimpse…this time of a beautiful tea towel! This is one out of a set of four. Made once again by the amazing Tiffany! :) I am so thankful for her.

Thanks for hanging out until the end =) Now for my giveaway!

Update: This Giveaway has ended and winners contacted – thank you for your participation!

I’m long overdo for a giveaway, so I put together this cute Tiny Tulips mini quilt kit with fabrics from my High Tea Collection. This is special because the fabrics don’t come out until this August! This kit has everything you need to make the quilt top plus binding.  To enter to win this High Tea quilt kit, please do the following:

  1. Leave a comment to this blog post and tell me what you’d like to make using High Tea!
  2. Please be sure there is a way for me to contact you, should you win 😉

I will choose a winner this Saturday, May 14th!

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Good luck!

(pssst…i’m giving away another kit on instagram) 😉


Tea on the Terrace

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Hello All! I am so excited to share this tutorial for my Tea on the Terrace quilt pattern! I used fabric from my new High Tea Collection for Lecien Fabrics, in stores this August 2016. If you’re a store owner, it should be available for pre-order now from Lecien =)

This is a timeless and beautiful quilt that’s made up of two simple blocks. Definitely easy for a beginner!

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Below is the tutorial. I hope you enjoy it!

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Quilt Measures 69.5″ x 81.5″

Materials (in parentheses are the sku#’s for the  fabrics I used from my High Tea Collection):
– 15 fat eighths or 8 fat quarters/quarter yard cuts
(assortment of all colors from High Tea Collection)
– 1 yard of Red (variety of Red Fig: 31383 Mini Fans – 31, 31379 Doile Rose – 30, 31382 Doile – 30, 31381 Mini Florals – 30)
– 3 yards for background (31382 Doile – 10 Milk)
– 1.25 yard for border (31382 Doile – 11 Brown Sugar)
– 5/8 yards binding (31381 Mini florals – 30 Red Fig)
– 4 yards for backing (31380 Strawberries – 11 Brown Sugar)

Before starting, please note: When sewing/assembling/attaching, use a 1/4″ seam allowance and assemble with right sides of the fabric facing together, then press open with an iron.  Also, WOF = width of fabric (from selvedge to selvedge). Enjoy!

Step 1 – Cutting Preparation – (layer fabrics when possible for quicker cutting)

From your background fabric (white), cut the following:
– Sixty (60) 4.5″ x 2.5″ rectangles: Along the WOF cut four 4.5″ strips. Sub-cut each strip into 4.5″ x 2.5″ rectangles.
– Thirty (30) 4 7/8″ squares: Along the WOF cut four 4 7/8″ strips. Sub-cut each strip into  4 7/8″ squares.
– Sixty (60) 4.5″  squares: Along the WOF, cut seven 4.5″ strips. Sub-cut each strip into 4.5″ squares.
– Thirty (30) 2 7/8″ squares: Along the WOF cut three 2 7/8″ strips. sub-cut each strip into 2 7/8″ squares.
– One-hundred and twenty (120) 2.5″  squares: Along the WOF, cut four 5″ strips. Sub-cut each strip into thirty 5″ squares. Quarter each square to get four 2.5″ sqaures from each.

From your red fabric, cut the following:
– Thirty (30) 2 7/8″ squares: Along the WOF cut three 2 7/8″ strips. sub-cut each strip into 2 7/8″ squares.
– One-hundred and twenty (120) 2.5″  squares: Along the WOF, cut four 5″ strips. Sub-cut each strip into thirty 5″ squares. Quarter each square to get four 2.5″ sqaures from each.

To make one churndash block (Block 2), from your quarter yard cuts choose up to 3 fabrics in the same colorway (example, three different blue fabrics). Then, cut four 4.5″ x 2.5″ rectangles from one, two 4 7/8″ sqaures from another and one 4.5″ sqaure from a third. I cut these on the go as I was assembling the blocks, so that I could choose which print combinations I wanted.

Okay…good job cutting. Now for the fun part…!

 

Step 2 – Block 1, Criss Cross Block
Make 4 half square triangles (HST): Take one white 2 7/8″ square and one red 2 7/8″ square and layer them with right sides facing together. Mark a diagonal line going from corner to corner as shown below. Sew along both sides of the diagonal line. Cut along the diagonal line orignally marked. Press open to yield two HST’s. Repeat to make a total of 4 HST’s.

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Assemble the 4 HST’s as shown below to create a windmill.

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Next, take two red 2.5″ squares and two white 2.5″ squares and assemble as shown below to create a 4-patch block. Repeat to make a total of four 4-patch blocks.

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Take one windmill, four 4-patch blocks and four 4.5″ white sqaures and assemble as shown below.

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Repeat to make a total of 15 Criss Cross Blocks for your quilt top.

Step 3 – Block 2, Churndash Block

Cutting prep for one block: From your assortment of quarter yard cuts, choose up to 3 fabrics in the same colorway (example, three different blue fabrics). Then, cut four (4) 4.5″ x 2.5″ rectangles from one, two (2) 4 7/8″ sqaures from another and one (1) 4.5″ sqaure from a third.

Make 4 half square triangles (HST): Take one white 4 7/8″ square and one color 4 7/8″ square and layer them with with right sides facing together. Mark a diagonal line going from corner to corner as shown below. Sew along both sides of the diagonal line. Cut along the diagonal line orignally marked. Press open to yield two HST’s. Repeat to make a total of 4 HST’s.

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Next, take one white 2.5″ x 4.5″ rectangle and one color 2.5″ x 4.5″ rectangle. With right sides facing together, sew along the length. Press open to yield one 4.5″ square. Repeat to make a total of four.

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Assemble as shown below.

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Repeat to make a total of 15 churndash blocks for your quilt top.

 

Step 4 – Assemble the Quilt top
Take all 15 of your criss cross and 15 churndash blocks and arrange them in a 5×6 formation as shown below. Start by assmebling each block within each row together, then assemble each row. together.

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Borders: Cut eight (8) 5″ strips along the WOF. Sew two strips together at their ends to create one long strip. Attach to the left side of the quilt, then trim off excess. Repeat but on the right side, followed by the top and bottom borders.

Backing: Cut your 4 yards in half to yield two  72″ x 44″ pieces. Trim off the selvedges, then sew along the length (72″ side) to create one big backing piece.

Binding: Cut eight 2.5″ strips from the WOF for your binding.

I was lucky enough to have my dear friend Monica from It’s Just Sewing finish my quilt with these perfect little Quilting in the Rain umbrellas! So in love!

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And that’s all there is to it! Two simple blocks for a beautiful and timeless quilt. I hope you enjoy my tutorial. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Above photo taken at the University of Washington. Thanks to my husband for holding up my quilts time and time again in public places. ;-p

-jera

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The Daintiest Aprons you Ever Did See!

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Taking a moment this morning before the munchkins wake up to share some gorgeous aprons that Lecien Fabrics made using my new High Tea Collection. It is such an honor to see people making beautiful projects with my fabrics!

I found this adorable Apron Pattern on Pinterest, designed by Cotton and Curls. It’s called The Easy Ruffles Apron Tutorial. I love the vintage look of this apron, and I especially love the little bow and ruffles! Thank you Cotton and Curls for the lovely, free pattern!

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High Tea is such a delicate collection, just like fine china which is where i drew my inspiration from! I love how that is reflected in my fabrics.

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This apron was made by Lecien using Butter Cream yellow and Dusty Pink colorways.

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Below is another apron made using the Brown Sugar colorway.

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I just love those ruffles!

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Again, you can find this lovely Apron tutorial by Cotton and Curls.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Easter weekend ahead!

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High Tea Crochet Quilt

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When quilting meets crocheting, beautiful things happen. I am so excited to be sharing these photos with you.

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My very talented and dear friend, Tiffany Behmer of www.FannyLuWho.blogpsot.com, made this quilt for me to display at my booth at Spring Quilt Market. I am so thankful to have such talented friends that are helping me for quilt market preparations!

The fabrics used in this quilt are from my upcoming High Tea Collection for Lecien Fabrics, available for shops to order this Spring 2016 and in shops this Summer! The lacey-crochet details compliments my fabrics perfectly.

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I love how timeless this quilt is. And the neat thing about this one is it’s a form of Quilt As-You-Go, where the joining method is crochet.

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This might be one of the prettiest quilts I ever did see. I can’t stop admiring this one.

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Had to share all these photos. It’s such a stunner. And thank you again, Tiffany, for the beautiful crochet quilt!

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How’s that for a dose of inspiration and beauty!?

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Also, a quick thank you all for your kind comments on my last post: Simple Cathedral Windows Tutorial. You all are so kind, and make the time spent on the tutorial all worth it – thank you so much!

Have a wonderful week!

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