Spring Quilt Market

Whew! Last week I returned from quilt market 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. I was working on projects non-stop leading up to it, and then it was of course a whirlwind of a time when I got there. I realized that last Spring I never got a chance to share my quilt market experience, so I made it a point to make this blog post. 🙂 For those that aren’t sure what quilt market is – it’s basically a big trade show for everything quilt/fabric/sewing related. Quilt market is held twice a year, in Spring and Fall.

Though I was only at market for 2 nights/3 days, I had a wonderful time! The first evening I helped the Lecien team finish setting up our booth, the next day I was there for a school house presentation and sample spree, and the last day I was there for day 1 of quilt market exhibits, but only until 3 pm as I had to catch a flight home. Like I said – it went by too quick!

Unfortunately, since I was only there for a partial day on the official opening day of market, I didn’t have time to roam around and visit other booths like I normally do. That being said, the majority of these photos are to share the beautiful projects in our booth and what photos I did manage to capture. 🙂

As you may know from my last post, I was at market debuting my second collection for Lecien Fabrics called La Conner. Please visit that post for a closer look at the fabrics, as there’s a bit of sparkle to them! I really had fun designing with metallic gold and silver.

On my way to St. Louis I found this little surprise hidden in my suitcase from my 5 yr old son. <3

Day 1: I left my home in Seattle at 3 am, and finally arrived at the convention center in St. Louis by 4 pm. It was a long day of traveling!

As soon as I arrived, it was booth set up time! The wonderful Lecien team, most of whom traveled all the way from Japan,  had been setting up since the day before.

Here’s a glimpse of a before photo…

And here’s an After photo.  I apologize on behalf of all indoor convention center’s terrible lighting. 🙁

This was the calm before the storm.   I tried to capture as many pictures as I could before things got busy.

La Conner collection comes with coordinating lace and thread – so many fun notions!

I finished this Christmas-themed pillow literally one day before leaving for market. The evergreen and cranberry colorways combined are perfect for the holidays. I made this via quilt as-you-go.

Another pillow I finished last minute. This one has more of a Summer feel to it. I was very thoughtful when choosing the colors for La Conner collection as I wanted it to be a collection that can work for shops year round.

You’ll notice the two pillows above had lace incorporated. I used La Conner lace, made to match my collection. Two beautiful sets, one in the cranberry/blueberry/vanilla color way, and the other in the peony/sage/vanilla color way.

Here’s another angle of our booth. 🙂

Aren’t these dresses darling?! These photos don’t do them justice, so i’ll have to make a dedicated post later. They are made by Natasha of Ellie’s Handmade – she is seriously one talented seamstress! She makes this tired mama of 2 boys (that being me 😉 want to have a baby girl, for the sole purpose of wearing one of these darling dresses! :-p haha!

Our pillow game was strong at market. The patchwork pillow on the bottom left was made by Allison Jensen of Woodberry Way. My only regret is that I didn’t capture a photo of the other side of her pillow, which was a beautiful aqua star with hand stitching all around it. I admit to  being OCD and rotating the pillow throughout the day during market, as I couldn’t decide which side I liked best.

Below is the Spring Lecien catalog, which you can actually view online here. My La Conner collection made cover girl 😉

This really isn’t a great photo, but inside the catalog you can read about my inspiration for the collection.

By the way, the quilt below is called La Conner Stars. I will be providing a free pattern for it in a few weeks! I’m just waiting to get the quilt back from market so I can photograph it in better lighting for you all.

Again, lighting isn’t great so bear with me…

I am so thankful to have gotten so much help from talented friends I’ve met through Instagram. It truly takes a village to gather enough projects to fill a booth. With my first collection, I didn’t reach out for help as much as I should have and learned the hard way. This year I made an effort to step outside of my comfort zone and ask for help, and well, just see for yourself…!

The Cozy Cabins quilt below was made by my friend Faith Essenburg of Sarana Ave. Faith is a rock star mom of three beautiful kids and does such beautiful work. Faith also made a quilt for my 2nd book which will be released this Fall. This Cozy Cabins quilt is a pattern I made that will be available for free very shortly (yippee!), so please stay tuned.  I also included a free mini version of this quilt in the pattern.

Below is my Tiny Tulips quilt, made by my talented friend Kristin Esser, co-author of the popular book, Sew Illustrated. Kristin participated in my blog tour for my first collection, High Tea, and made such beautiful projects that I couldn’t resist asking if she’d be willing to make something for my booth. Lucky for me, she said yes. 🙂

This next project was made by the lovely Renee of Sewn With Grace. Be sure to check out her blog to see all the beautiful quilts she makes. I couldn’t resist and am going a bit off track here, but you just have to see the quilt she made using my first collection – you can sneak a peek here.

These cute, whimsical pillows were made by Lecien. About mid-way through market I realized the pattern was from my first book, Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern! I love the added La Conner lace.

This cute mini quilt, which showcases all 36 La Conner prints, was made by Ange of A Little Patchwork, all the way from Australia! Ange has such a sweet and warm personality, she is such a pleasure to work with. The pattern is from Jemima Flendt’s new book, Weekend Quilting.

In addition to the cute pillow sham aforementioned,  Allison of Woodberry Way also made this perfectly adorable mini quilt. This is the Sweet Marie Mini quilt pattern which you can purchase here. In addition to being a mama-boss of 3 boys, Alli is the boss at making beautiful and well-written patterns, so be sure to look at her pattern shop. I aspire to make patterns as beautiful as hers!

I seriously can’t thank these ladies enough for all of their help in making our booth beautiful with their quilts.

Below is my little quilt as-you-go corner. On the left is my 2nd book,  to be released this Fall. The lace strip quilt on the right was made via QAYG techniques.

Here’s a better photo of it. It’s so much fun incorporating lace in quilting! A video tutorial is coming soon for this one as well…can’t wait to share more, as I’ve been a busy bee preparing so much for you all!

And here I am, looking a bit tired, holding my La Conner swatches 🙂

And last but definitely not least, is team Lecien! This photo  doesn’t include all the amazing in-house designers from Japan that have created the well known Lecien collections such as Flower Sugar, Rococo and Sweet…the original collections that made fall in love with Lecien to begin with.

Jet-lagged from the Japan time difference, and tired from traveling and booth setup, here we are cheers-ing to quilt market! Truly a good bunch of people, and I am proud to work alongside our tight knit group.

It was a lovely and warm evening in St. Louis!

Okay…so that was a recap of Day 1.

Whew!

Onward to Day 2!

On Day 2 I had the opportunity to do a school house presentation to all of these lovely people.  Here I am trying not to forget to say anything important, as our time was limited and rushed.

That evening was sample spree…! Sample spree is basically a mad rush for people to buy fabrics early for their shops, as all of these fabrics are not available until 2 or 3 months out.

Here’s some eye candy for all you fabric lovers 😉

And here I am holding my (fabric) babies for the first time. I am happy to say that La Conner sold out at sample spree!

…yummy…

Sample spree ended at 9:30 pm, followed by a late dinner with team Lecien.

I Skyped with my family that night (ignore the post-shower towel on my head) x-p

They were missing me…

…especially my Ethan… 🙁

This photo breaks my heart, but I decided to share it as a way to look back at this time of my life. It’s my reality. <3

Day 3 of my trip to market was the official opening day of Quilt Market’s exhibits, in other words, all the booths were now open…including Lecien’s! I had to leave by 3pm to catch my flight home, so the short time I was there it went by like a whirlwind as you can imagine! It was a wonderful whirlwind, though! A sincere thank you from me and the Lecien team to all that stopped by to say hello! And sorry for anyone that I missed!

On a different note, I wanted to quickly share that I donated the following gifts to the town of La Conner. This is the town of La Conner that inspired my whole collection! These donations go towards an auction to help keep their flower baskets alongside their sidewalks looking beautiful.

I also donated a signed copy of my first book, and my Tiny Tulips mini quilt.

Also, after sharing that super sad Skype photo, I had to end this post with some happy, bright-smiling faces. This was the day after my return from quilt market. 🙂

No more frowns for my sweet, big-hearted Ethan <3

Thank you so much for stopping by so I could share La Conner with you, as well as my fast and furious quilt market experience.

I had a great time at market and I am so thankful for the wonderful Lecien team I work with, all the talented makers that played a huge role in making our booth beautiful, and for this opportunity to meet some of you in person and share La Conner Collection with you all.

Earlier I was having one of those days where I felt like I couldn’t get anything done. It’s past 1 am here already, but am happy to have posted this! There’s always SO much I want to share, but at this point of my life it’s a challenge finding time. That being said, thanks again for reading me! I hope you have a wonderful memorial day weekend ahead! 🙂

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Meet La Conner, my 2nd collection!

Note: If you are a shop owner, you are more than welcome to use any of these photos on your website or social media to help promote La Conner. 🙂 Thank you in advance!

I am so excited to finally be sharing with you all my second collection for Lecien Fabrics, called La Conner! As you can imagine, it was super busy last year working on this and my 2nd book. It feels wonderful finally getting to enjoy the benefits of all those late nights and hard work! I’ve dedicated this post to sharing photos of the fabric. So warning: this is a fabric-photo-heavy post! 😉

But first, a little bit about my collection:

Ever since I was a little girl it’s been an annual tradition to escape the city of Seattle and drive one hour north to La Conner, Washington. While La Conner is known for their breathtakingly endless fields of flowers, my fond memories are drawn from the charming town that is also home to a historic quilt museum and the local u-pick strawberry farms in the valley. I long for the peaceful serenity one gets from exploring the fields of flowers on a rainy and quiet, off-season day. I hope my collection will bring forth some of the charm and serenity that I’ve found and hold dear in La Conner, Washington.

This is a photo of La Conner’s Quilt and textile museum, with my quilts (from my 2nd book) draped on the fence.

I took the above photo a few weeks ago, on a rainy and quiet day in La Conner, WA.

As promised, here are more photos of the fabric which I must say was a complete challenge! trying to photograph since we’ve pretty much had non-stop rain and gray skies here in Seattle. So I apologize if the photos look a little dark. I pretty much was huddled in the brightest spot of my dining room, photographing my fabric next to our window.

I may be a bit biased 😉 but the fabric is much more stunning in person. That being because the fabric shimmers! Can you see it? It’s a bit hard to tell from a photo, but some of the prints (like the leaves on the mini florals) have a hint of metallic gold or metallic silver, creating a lovely shimmer.

The colorways I went with and had fun naming are: cranberry (reds), peony (pinks), sage (light green), evergreen (darker green), blueberry (dark blue),  wicker (brown) and rain (aqua). Can you tell I was going with a garden theme? 😉

Here’s the whole collection, all 36 prints. La Conner is debuting at Spring Quilt Market this May at Lecien Fabrics booth. I will be there as well, so please stop by and say hello! I believe I will also be doing a school house presentation to show off some of the projects and talk La Conner.

Oh! And before anyone from Washington asks me…no, there are no tulip prints in the collection, despite the name. LOL, *sigh*.  Yes, I regret not putting a tulip print. but at the time when I was designing the fabric (months ago during the Winter), I was more inspired by the charming little town of La Conner and my childhood memories visiting there, rather than their fields of tulips.

La Conner collection is great for both Winter and Summer. The deeper green, blues, wicker (brown) and cranberry could totally work for a Christmas project. While the aqua, sage and pinks are lovely for Summer. The red and blue are classic colors that work for summertime as well.

 

 

You can see some of the gold and silver metallic shimmer in the photos below.

The strawberry patches print above was inspired from the U-pick strawberry patches in the valley by La Conner.

Here’s a fun market project I have planned for La Conner. Pattern coming soon! I have some mini quilts coming as well.

 

If I had to choose my fave colorway in the collection, I’d have to say these greens (evergreen and sage)…

…With these blues not too far behind! (blueberry and rain).

As always, thank you so much for reading me and following my quilty endeavors! Time to get sewing!

Love,

Jera

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Meet my 2nd book, Quilt-As-You-Go Made Vintage

Two big boxes of quilts from my second book arrived on my doorstep last week. It felt like it was just yesterday when my husband and I ceremonially shipped them off, checking off that milestone with happy hearts.  Followed by quiet (and tired), ice cream celebration with the kids. 🙂

I am so happy to be sharing my second quilt as-you-go book with you all! Quilt As-You-Go Made Vintage is a follow up to my first book, Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern.

By now I’m sure I sound like a broken record, but this book would not have been possible if not for all of YOU! So a big, warm thank you from my family to yours for all of your support. Also, a loving thank you to my husband, Ben. Thank you for keeping me sane, helping me make time for this book (you can read more on how we did that here), and being there for me through the late nights and rough patches.

Without further ado, I am beyond pleased to introduce you to my second book!  In this post I will share what Quilt As-You-Go Made Vintage all about and how it’s different from the first. I will also share lots of photos of 1 of 9 project quilts in this book. I will continue to share more quilts from my book as the official release date (September 2017) approaches.

On a different (and exciting!) note, I just found out a couple days ago that you can pre-order Quilt As-You-Go Made Vintage on Amazon already!

The quilt that I’m sharing today is called the High Tea Sampler quilt.  It was made using 48 of the 51 block patterns, all found in my book. Fabrics used are from my first fabric collection, called High Tea for Lecien Fabrics. This quilt was assembled using an all new quilt as-you-go joining technique that was not previously shown in my first book. This joining technique essentially creates a reversible quilt. In a nutshell, you quilt the blocks (which measure 12″ squares finished), and then assemble them using joining strips on the front and back of the quilt.

This photo shows a glimpse of the front and back of the quilt.

This quilt measures 75″ x 100″ – it’s big! But since you’re quilting 12″ blocks individually, it makes it more manageable to finish a big quilt on your own as you’re not having to run an entire quilt through your machine. Instead, you’re working with 12″ blocks.

My husband and I read each and every one of the 300+ reviews on Amazon for my first book, and we listened! (By the way, thank you to all who took the time to leave a helpful and thoughtful review!). I think this all new joining method is what people were looking for, and so here you have it! 🙂 Ta-dah! 😉

In the years since Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern released, I’ve become more and more obsessed with classic quilt blocks and vintage quilt patterns. The elegant simplicity of the patterns and delicate details give the quilts a timeless, romantic quality. Since this obsession began, I’ve been working to apply my love of the quilt as-you-go technique to classic quilt designs. The blocks in my book are all pretty simple, but timeless quilt blocks. Hence, the follow up name of my second book, Quilt As-You-Go Made Vintage. So while my first book had more modern style quilts, this book has a more traditional feel to it.

However, with 9 projects and 51 sampler block patterns to choose from, there is still lots of room for creativity!

My goals were to keep the technique simple, keep the creative flexibility intact, but open the door to making any block using the quilt as-you-go method. I also wanted to provide a technique to complete a project without putting the assembled quilt through your sewing machine.

This book is the culmination of that work. With this book I will show that quilt as-you-go can be used to achieve a traditional and classic style of quilt while still allowing your creativity to show through. In fact, the methods in this book could apply to any block pattern – even those not specifically designed for quilt as-you-go. And as mentioned above, this book introduces a new Quilt-As-you-Go joining technique that doesn’t require the assembled quilt to be put through a machine – not even to attach the backing. And as an added bonus, the new technique results in a beautiful, reversible quilt!

This book has 50 different quilt block patterns that measure 12” x 12” finished, as well as 3 different quilt as-you-go finishing techniques to choose from. To give you even more options, you can choose to use the quilt as-you-go finishing techniques or not, as the block patterns can be used to make traditionally finished quilts too. The choice of how to finish your quilt is all yours!

In this book I also have a chapter called ‘Quilts for Thought’ to help get your creative juices flowing. My intention for that chapter was to inspire you to create a quilt.

I also have a chapter dedicated to choosing fabrics for your quilt. I touch a bit on FMQ as well. Though the patterns in this book are more traditional as compared to my first book, I really strived to make this book a creative (and fun!)  experience.

Anyway, I hate to end this post as I could go on and on talking about this book. But, I have a 5 year old that I need to pick-up from preschool. 😉

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I plan to keep sharing more project quilts from my book with you all! Also, stay tuned for my second fabric collection debut. Fun stuff ahead!

Warm hugs! And happy Spring!

xoxo

Jera

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Spring is upon us!

The other day the sun made an appearance in Seattle which inspired me to write this post. Boy am I ready for Spring! I love how the sun brightens my whole house! It proves to be such of a challenge trying to take quilt photos, or photos of my upcoming fabric collection (which I had to do last week in the dark, gray weather), when the rain clouds are constantly looming. So, when the sun popped out I went on a photo frenzy snapping away.

Here’s a few projects I’ve been up to. With the new season comes new babies! 🙂 A handful of my friends are due this Spring! This quilt below I made and gifted to my dear friend Stephanie of 15+ years who has a baby girl on the way. I used quilt as-you-go to make this. My QAYG technique and pattern for this particular quilt can be found in my first book, Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern.

Here’s a couple more up-close photos of the quilting, which is easy to do when you’re using the QAYG technique!

The pattern is Solstice Parade from my first book, Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern. I replaced the middle strip with solid white to make the diamond/lattice effect.

Another dear friend of ours named Katie is due this April. My husband and her majored in Astronomy and Physics at the University of Washington. She also happens to be a cat lover.

So…when I saw this Space Cats fabric within seconds of walking into my local Pacific Fabrics and crafts store, I knew it was meant to be!

I have an older tutorial called Easy Baby Blankets which I used to make this blanky. I substituted minky cuddle fabric for the backing instead of using fleece. When using minky, my advice is to pin like crazy. I practically basted this blanket,  with pins inches apart all around the edges. Also, use a walking foot when sewing it together to keep the layers of fabric from bunching or puckering.

The Space Cats fabric is by Timeless treasures, and the minky cuddle backing is by Shannon Fabrics. Both I bought from my local Pacific Fabrics and Crafts store.

It’s a practical baby blanket that’s super cuddly and warm, and is easy easy to pack or throw in the diaper bag/car seat.

I tend to go a long time not posting when I get busy, especially when the dark, rainy weather doesn’t help make for a good photo op! So thanks to that ray of sunshine that came out the other day, else I most likely wouldn’t be sharing these fun projects! 😉

Thanks for stopping by! My next post I plan to share my second book and second fabric collection, respectively. Exciting stuff is a brewin’!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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Low Volume Baby Quilt

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I no longer have to keep this quilt a secret now that I’ve gifted it! 🙂 I made this sweet little baby quilt for my best friend Jackie who is due with a baby boy in a few weeks. Jackie and I have been friends since the 4th grade! I’m so blessed for all these wonderful memories and life events we have shared and continue to share with each other. I cannot wait to meet their baby boy!!!

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I chose low volume prints for this quilt as I wasn’t sure what color the nursery would be. Low volume prints are fabric that primarily have lots of white background and softer tones. So if you’re unsure what the nursery colors are, or if you’re making a quilt as a gift or for a friend who might be picky with colors, low volume quilts are a great option because they come out looking more neutral. Photo Feb 11, 3 23 15 PM

To wrap the quilt I simply rolled it up like an egg roll and then tied a pretty bow with leftover scrappy binding.

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My friend Jackie adores cats, hence all the cat fabric. Paige would not approve 😉 But I was sold when I saw the “hangry” cat. The fabric above is called Meow or Never – Catatude for Moda Fabrics. I purchased it HERE. The other fabrics were prints I’ve collected from my stash.

Also, Jackie’s cat’s name is George. And look! There’s George!

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My son and I did a quick photo shoot this morning before I gifted the baby quilt. Simon of course kept photo-bombing all the photos, haha that ‘lil stinker.

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I think he aspires to be an amazing quilt model like Ethan someday ;-p

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Or perhaps he just really loves his big brother.

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Ha! Mama has proof that they really do love each other. Years down the road when they’re fighting, I can whip out this photo.

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I’m the luckiest to have such handsome quilt models don’t you think? 😉

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Tutorial

The tutorial I used for this quilt is my Whimsy Quilt Tutorial from several years ago. However, I used 5″ squares instead of 8″.

That’s my eldest (below) modeling the Whimsy Quilt for his mama THREE years ago! I’ve had him trained since he could stand, haha!

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This is a super duper fun tutorial. It’s quick and it’s very forgiving.

All you do is sew a 9-patch (3 x 3 squares), fold the block in half and then in half again (into quadrants), press with an iron to help define the folded lines, and then cut the folded lines to give you 4 blocks.

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I just cut them as shown below, with no measuring or using a rotary cutter. I simply cut on the folded line.

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As mentioned above, my Whimsy Quilt tutorial says to use 8″ squares, but for this baby quilt I decided to use 5″ squares. After sewing nine 5″ squares into a 9-patch (3×3), this will give a 14″ block finished. And then after you cut it into quadrants, you will get four 7″ blocks.

For this quilt I made eight 9-patch blocks. After cutting each block into quadrants, that gave me 32 blocks. This quilt was assembled using 30 of the 32 blocks, in a 5 x 6 formation (5 blocks per row, 6 rows). It measured about 33″ x 39.5″ finished which is a good baby quilt size. It’s a great size for throwing in the stroller or for on-the-go as it’s not too big.

Materials:

For your reference, you can cut twelve 5″ squares from one fat quarter. So if you want to make this same size quilt, you will need at least 6 fat quarters for the quilt top.

For the backing you will need 1 yard.

For the binding you will need 1/4 yard. Though I made a scrappy binding using extra fabric that I had leftover.

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I hope you enjoyed this post! Thanks for stopping by 🙂 Look at me blogging twice within a week.

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