Quilt As-You-Go Made Vintage (my latest book!)

Hi everyone! I did a post about my new book back in March, but now that my book has finally released this month (!!) I thought i’d do another post with some videos and pretty project photos that my publisher sent me from the book.

Below you can find two videos: A quick 2-minute overview of my book, and the second video where I elaborate more and show some actual quilts in hand. When it comes to quilting I can get talking quite a lot, so I thought it’d be good to share both videos to give you the option, and to not talk your ear off.

Take a look below! 🙂

For a quick ~2 min explanation of my 2nd book, you can watch this video that I filmed for The Fat Quarter Shop back in May. Gotta love where YouTube decided to freeze-frame me. I’m surprised my eyes aren’t closed too x-p

However, for a video where I elaborate on my book and talk more about the 3 different QAYG joining methods, you can check out this homemade video of me in my sewing room, that my husband helped put together for me. 🙂

>>Again I want to reiterate that my 2nd book would not be possible if not for all of you that showed a tremendous amount of support and love for my 1st book. So I wanted to reach out again (i’ll never tire of doing so), to say thank you. This book is for you! <<

And now for some pretty quilt as you go  project photos that I promised!

The above quilt was made by Deborah Russell. I am truly thankful to have had help by some very talented gals for my 2nd book! I couldn’t have have done it without their help

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The quilt below was made by Faith Essenburg of Sarana Ave.

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This  next quilt I believe I may have mentioned before in a prior post. This is a true vintage quilt. I scored these 1930’s hand-sewn blocks from eBay. They were very delicate and not perfect due to their antique nature, but the quilt-as-you-go technique enabled me to very carefully quilt one block at a time, therefore stabilizing each block. Followed by assembling the blocks together after each delicate block had already been quilted and stabilized. These once delicate blocks are now stabilized enough to put this quilt through the delicate cycle of the washing machine! QAYG is a great way to carefully assemble true, vintage quilt blocks!

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I have a whole chapter dedicated to fabric selection, and how to find inspiration from your surroundings. I love fabric, so it was easy and unique to include that.

This next quilt is the High Tea Sampler quilt (also the first quilt on this blog post). I talk about this quilt in my videos, and how my book includes 51 quilt blocks to choose from, plus 9+ projects to help get your creative juiced flowing, plus THREE quilt as-you-go joining techniques. Furthermore, I have a chapter called “Quilts for Thought” which have even more QAYG ideas. I want my books to be more than just quilt patterns. I want them to inspire! I want it to let your inner artist come out! 🙂

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Here’s a big ol’ pile of quilted blocks ready to be assembled. I took this photo when I was working on the high tea sampler quilt. It sure is a satisfying feeling having a stack of quilted and squared-up blocks. I carefully walk you through this process in my book, with lots of tips and tid bits to help you along the way.

Here’s a photo I took that shows the back of the quilt. It’s a whole other quilt on the other side!

Here’s another lovely project photo taken by the talented C&T Publishing team. they did an excellent job making this book organized and beautiful.

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This next quilt, called Simon’s Quilt,  was a special one that I made for my littlest who is now 2 years old.  It’s a very simple block, but I explain how to use textured fabrics, like this minky cuddle fabric, in your projects. The QAYG technique makes using these types of materials a bit more manageable.  It’s adds so much to a project, and it’s baby approved!!!

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And now for some pretty close ups. 🙂  If you’d like to read more about this High Tea Sampler quilt (shown below), check out this post.

 

I hope you get a chance to watch a video. There’s so much to say that it seemed easier to just film me talking about it, rather than writing a long article. I hope you enjoy the photos, and again, thank you for your support!

You can find my book here. If you get the book and love it, I appreciate any honest reviews. They truly help me as an author, and my husband and I read all of them! Thank you SO much!

buh-bye for now 🙂

xo

jera

p.s. happy quilt-as-you-go!

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La Conner Quilty Box!

This month I had the honor of curating September’s Quilty Box! Quilty Box is an online subscription to boxes filled with quilty fun! Each month is curated by a different designer (you can see a previous post I did exactly one year ago to date…wait, how weird is that?!…by clicking right HERE). It’s so much fun receiving one of these beautiful boxes in the mail each month!

Update: If you’d like a La Conner Quilty Box, you can purchase the September box HERE. They have a few extras for a limited time only 🙂

I wanted to take this time to share what was inside!

Surprise, surprise! 😉 A bundle of my La Conner fabric!

I hope you guys aren’t getting sick of seeing my fabric by now :-p

Here are the 8 fat quarters I chose for the box. It was tougher than it sounds having to narrow it down from 36 to 8!

There are hints of gold sparkles in La Conner fabric, but it’s very hard to photograph. You’ll have to see it in person to see the bling.

I chose these prints specifically to go with this exclusive pattern I made just for Quilty Box. This pattern requires exactly 8 fat quarters. However, you can easily customize the size of your quilt my adding or subtracting blocks, as you can make 2 block from one fat quarter.

 

Quilty Box printed the pattern into a beautiful little booklet.

This was something new for me! I had custom La Conner stainless steel embroidery scissors made to include in the box! How fun are these?!

My husband and I, with the help of my mom, packaged each and every one of these scissors right on our dining table, I kid you not. And there were thousands upon thousands of them – fun times! I like to think of it as (forced) bonding time. 😉

These La Conner scissors come in three different colors to match my fabrics! Each box had one of three colors. My only regret is not being able to incorporate the gold metallic shimmer in the scissors, which you can find on my fabric in this print.

Which color is your favorite? 🙂

Also included is one spool of Cosmo Tsu Mu Gi 100% Egyptian cotton thread. Each box had one of the 4 colors shown below, which are custom picked La Conner collection threads by Lecien Fabrics. Any of these colors will blend flawlessly with your La Conner project.

I love pretty notions. These marble-glass-head pins by Clover are super dainty and the colors happen to match La Conner collection. 🙂

I love an organized sewing room (which is rare for me these days). But this mini ruler pal by Pleasant Home will help keep you organized.

A unique thing about Quilty Box is their little catalog which has fun articles and interviews to read about. This month’s catalog has an article on the town of La Conner Washington, which inspired my fabric collection.

There’s also an interview where they ask how I got started in all this quilty fun  and what I did before it.

And a very lovely tid bit about my two books, including my new book Quilt As-You-Go Made Vintage which is available now! Thank you Quilty Box for the beautiful write-up.

For those that ordered a box, I hope you are happy with it! <3

Be on the lookout for my next post which will be about my 2nd book, Quilt As-You-Go Made Vintage. I filmed myself *covers eyes* talking about it, and my husband has been working hard to create a nice little You Tube video to share with you all.

As always, thank you for reading me! Enjoy the rest of your week.

Hugs,

Jera

p.s. Reminder that the La Conner blog tour is happening from Sept18-Oct30, 2017. So be sure to check my facebook and Instagram to follow along and see all the lovely La Conner projects.

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Healing Hearts Quilt and La Conner Blog Tour kick-off

I wanted to take a moment to blog about a couple things I thought you should know about…

First, have you heard of this Healing Hearts Quilt? 100% of the pattern proceeds will be donated to the Justin J. Watt Foundation to help those in need that were effected by Hurricane Harvey. You can find the pattern HERE and it will only be available until October 31st 2017. Thanks to Fat Quarter Shop, which is located in Texas where Hurricane Harvey hit,  for donating this pattern towards such a great cause.

Above is an example of how it would look using La Conner fabrics from my 2nd collection.

Healing Hearts pattern is a beautiful 6 page pattern that is easy to follow. I have added it to my pattern collection and can’t wait to work on it. The block pattern would make a beautiful table runner for Valentine’s Day as well.

So if you’re looking for a new project, or want to be extra prepared for Valentine’s Day, I would highly recommend this pattern which goes towards such a wonderful cause. <3

Next, (and this came up too fast!) my La Conner blog/instagram tour kicks off tomorrow, Monday Sept 18th!

In a nutshell, I will be sharing photos of some beautiful La Conner projects made by some super talented people, twice a week (Monday and Thursdays) until Oct 30th. I will be sharing these projects on my instagram as well as facebook, so be sure to follow along! When I get a chance, I will blog about it as well.

Below is the creative line up that you can blog hop along with. A lot of very talented designers and sewers! I feel so thankful (and excited!) to have them participate in this tour. It will be a lot of creative inspiration and eye candy for us all.

A lot of fun stuff will be happening in the weeks to come!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! It’s been a busy/emotional last week for me as my eldest son started kindergarten. He had a great first week and I am so proud of him.

Usually it’s me leaving to drop him off, but this morning it was Ethan leaving mama and he did it like a champ with the widest grin. What a big kid. Thanks to my mom for letting me borrow her sunglasses to hide my proud tears.

…forever my baby boy, in a Mother’s heart…

And here is E running back to a very happy mama after a long, full day at school. He gave me the biggest hug, I literally fell on my butt. I sure love this kid.

I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead. 🙂

It’s raining in Seattle today…our first substantial post-Summer rain. It’s starting to feel like Fall and I love it! 🙂

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Tiny Tulips Revisited using La Conner Fabric

I was going through my computer and found these gorgeous project photos of my Tiny Tulips quilt pattern made by my friend, Kristin Esser. Kristin made this quilt for my Spring 2017 quilt market booth back in May. With the craziness of market, I never had the chance to take the time to share this one – so i’m doing it now!

Kristin is so talented and is the co-author of the book Sew Illustrated. You can see more of her beautiful work for a High Tea (my first fabric collection) blog tour she did last year for me, at this post (scroll down to the project made on 8/23/16).

You can find this Tiny Tulips pattern for instant download HERE.

Kristin had the wonderful idea of embellishing the inner border of this quilt using La Conner lace, which can be found here.

The fabrics used in this quilt are from my 2nd collection for Lecien Fabrics called La Conner. La Conner is a small town in Washington, and in the Spring time they are known for their fields of flowers and tulips! So this Tiny Tulips quilt was the perfect project.

Anyway, this was a short and sweet post to share this project… 🙂 Maybe I need to come up with a fall-themed mini quilt. All i need now is the time to do so, and we all know how that goes 😉

Happy quilting! Buh-bye for now! 🙂

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Quilt-As-You-Go Made Modern – Strip Quilt with Lace tutorial!


I know a lot of you have been waiting for this quilt-as-you-go tutorial, so here you go! You can find a video tutorial below which I had the privilege of filming at The Fat Quarter Shop with Kimberly and their wonderful team.

First, a little about my Quilt As-You-Go joining techniques as I’ve been getting lots of questions…

The quilt in this video tutorial is from the “Solstice Quilt” pattern from my first book, Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern. The main difference (other than the fabric) is in this video I show you how to add lace embellishments to the quilt. My first book has two quilt as-you-go joining techniques, and in this free video tutorial I explain how to use 1 of the 2 techniques.

My first book 🙂

My second book, Quilt As-You-Go Made Vintage,  which comes out later this month (September 2017) has a 3rd and all new joining technique which renders a reversible quilt! You can read more about that in THIS post.

My 2nd book, which comes out later this month!

I pack a ton of helpful tips and tid bits into my books that are in an easy-to-read format, so be sure to check them out 🙂

The lace I used in my video tutorial are from my La Conner lace collection for Lecien fabrics, which can be found at The Fat Quarter Shop, along with all my fabrics and thread. Click here to see it all!

La Conner lace comes in 5 different colors, including: vanilla, peony, sage, blueberry and cranberry.

For this tutorial I used vanilla lace. And of course the fabrics are from my 2nd fabric collection for Lecien, called La Conner.

All right, here is the free video tutorial! I was way too nervous during this filming as it was my first tutorial I did while I was on site.  However,  everything you need to know to make this quilt came across clearly, which is all that matters! x-) I was a lot less nervous by the time I filmed my La Conner tote bag tutorial .

I worked really hard on this one (literally, I worked up a sweat during the filming process, lol!), so I hope you get inspired to try QAYG, or that it sparks some creativity. 🙂

With that, i’ll leave you with a couple more photos of this beautiful quilt! 🙂 The lace really adds so much charm!

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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