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Make Time for the Things you Love

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I realized it’s been months since I last made a post! I’ve had so much I wanted to share, but the end of the year got busy with the holidays, making deadlines and my family getting hit with the nasty cold bug. I hope all of you have been well and healthy, and keeping warm with all the ice storms happening in the states.

In this post I will share some sneak peak photos from my 2nd book, including how I made time for it. These days time seems few and far between! Making time isn’t easy…in all honesty I almost quit writing my book…but I kept at it and got it done with some help.

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Quilt As-You Go – book 2 sneak peak

Some news on the quilting front: My second quilt as-you-go book is well on it’s way! It will be released Fall of 2017. This book builds upon my first, Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern, with some fresh qayg ideas plus a 3rd joining method, which creates a reversible quilt. I am so excited to share it with you all! In addition, my second fabric collection for Lecien Fabrics will be released this Spring! My fabric will have a very cute notion to go along with it…can’t wait to share more!

Also, a quick thank you for 300 reviews on Amazon for my first book! My second book would not have been possible without all of your support and enthusiasm. A heartfelt thank you for that.

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‘Husband of the Year Award’ goes to my Ben. <3 Leading up to my 2nd book’s deadline(s), my husband and I shared a handful of late nights binding quilts together. I didn’t even need to ask him, he just did it. Ben and I will celebrate our 10 year anniversary this July.

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Our Summer basically consisted of Ben coming home from work, we would eat a quick dinner and then he would take over the kids and cleaning the dishes from that point on so that I could work on my book, as well as designing my 2nd fabric collection. He’d take the kids to the park, get them ready for bed and then tuck them in for the night. That typically gave me from 6:00pm until the rest of the night to work. This helped me not have to stay up until 2am every night since I got an earlier start. He also took the kids during Saturdays to give me a full day to work.  I like to think we make a good team.

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Quilt As-You-Go Blocks

Yes, my husband and I didn’t see much of each other over the Summer, but we knew it was only temporary. My complaints were that I didn’t have enough time, and so we made time. It’s funny how it’s a simple concept, but it doesn’t mean it would be easy to do. Love this quote.

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Doing this also allowed me to spend 100% of my time with my two boys during the Summer days. We picked blueberries in our yard, went on long summer walks, went to the zoo and played at local Seattle parks and made wonderful memories during this fleeting time where they grow up too fast.

Before our crazy schedule I was trying to squeeze in work here and there during nap times, putting on movies so I could try to get a bit done during the day. But if any of you have ever tried to work with a one-year-old and 4-year-old milling about, you’ll know it’s just not possible. LOL. It was also very stressful…I became a mean-mama-monster with every little interruption.  It wasn’t worth it.

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One emotional night  I wrote an email to my publisher telling them that I would have to quit the book. Even with our crazy, new schedule, I still felt that I couldn’t do it all.  I almost hit “send,” but felt that I had to have my husband’s blessing first. He told me to try asking for help before I make any big decisions, and that I should reach out to some quilting friends that I’ve met on instagram to see if they would be interested in making some quilts for the book.

I’m usually very independent when I work, and I try to do it all myself. For my first book, I did it all on my own – I made every single quilt. But my situation was different then. At the time I only had one child who took 4 hour naps during the day! Now I have two kids that were wide awake pretty much all day, lol. Let’s get real…I did need help. And it took my husband telling me so to realize it.

So that night I went out of my comfort zone and reached out to some friends from instagram to see if I could contract them for some help. I emailed them and waited for a response the following morning. Just like that, I had found some help. I felt like a weight had been lifted from my shoulders, and that the impossible might actually be possible now.

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Writing my second book and continuing designing fabrics is important to me. It’s a way for me to express my creativity and share it with the world. My kids are my world. I love them to “finity and beyond” as my eldest would say. The days can escape us, and some days they can drain us. We can find ourselves in a tired, stressful loop. I’m not claiming to know how to fix this for everyone, but I do know that it’s important to take time to do what makes your soul happy.

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Spending time with my kids and creating beautiful things makes my soul happy. If you feel like you don’t have time, then make time. With the help of my husband, we were able to make time. I admit that the crazy schedule was not sustainable, but as mentioned before we knew it was a temporary fix. Perhaps down the road we’ll be able to afford child care to help us out for the next round 😉

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Anyway, I hope my story might be helpful in some way. If not, I hope you at least enjoyed the photo sneak-peaks, lol.

Here’s a few more I pulled from my camera.

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My youngest son is Simon. He is now 1 1/2 years old. He is a Tasmanian devil…quite the handful!

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And my eldest, Ethan. He is the sweetest and has the biggest heart. He turns 5 this February.

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Some more sneak peaks of book 2. These are quilted blocks using my fabrics from my first fabric collection, High Tea for Lecien Fabrics.

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Isn’t this the daintiest binding…!?

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I hope you all enjoyed this post and that you have a wonderful new year ahead!

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In 2017, don’t forget to make time to do what makes your soul happy! 🙂

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Hugs,

Jera

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Make Modern Magazine – QAYG tutorial & Interview

Make Modern Magazine, Issue 3 (photo credit: Lidia Flanigan)

Hello everyone! It’s ironic because ever since the holidays, I haven’t touched my sewing machine (it’s been over a month…so sad!). Yet it seems like I’ve been non-stop crafting with these two recent magazine publications that just came in.  But the truth is, I worked on these last year and now they’re making me- who’s in a current crafting slump-  look goooood. 😉

Make Modern Magazine, Issue 3 (photo credit: Lidia Flanigan)

I’m excited to share this fun Quilt As-You-Go coaster tutorial called Coasting Along that’s featured in Make Modern Magazine, Issue 3 (Feb-March 2015). You can order a copy or preview the magazine HERE.

Also, a shout out to my bestie, Lidia Flanigan, for taking these amazing photos of the coasters. Thanks again girl!!

Make Modern Magazine, Issue 3 (photo credit: Lidia Flanigan)

There’s 4 coasters where I share two different QAYG quilting techniques. One that uses no quilting, ans the other that uses quilting. These are quick and creative projects that are fast to complete!

Bonus! There’s also a really nice interview in the magazine right before my coaster tutorial. Here’s a small snippet Make Modern Magazine let me share…

I’m flattered and really happy with how the interview turned out – thank you Make Modern Mag!

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I hope you check out the tutorial. 🙂 The cool thing is you can apply these coaster blocks to a full size quilt, or even a pillow sham. The QAYG technique truly is fun and creative. For details on how to apply the QAYG technique to a full size quilt plus lots of QAYG tips, check out my book Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern, details HERE and HERE.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

p.s. if you haven’t yet, don’t forget to check out my last post for some giveaways (including my book!), going  until this Sunday, January 11th. 🙂

Happy quilting as-you-go!

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Modern Quilt As You Go Technique + new year Giveaways!

Berries & Cream Pillow by Jera Brandvig, photo courtesy of McCall’s Quilting
First of all…Happy New Year! I have a fun blog post for you today. I’d like to ring in the new year with some fun giveaways for you all including some copies of this magazine which features my Quilt As-You-Go (QAYG) pillow tutorial, and a chance for you to win my book, Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern! Fun stuff!
I was so thrilled to receive my copy of the February/March issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts magazine last week! I worked on this submission a while back last year, so it was some much needed happy mail, especially after a long stretch of no quilting over the holidays. My family and I got hit with that nasty bug going around, so crafting just wasn’t in the picture.

This magazine has a beautiful step-by-step tutorial with detailed photos on how to use the QAYG technique and make this fun and fast 14″x14″ Berries & Cream pillow.

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You can find this magazine at your local quilt shop/bookstore. Or grab your copy of the February/March issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts online to try this technique and the pillow pattern. Not a subscriber? You can order an instant digital or print copy online here!
Berries & Cream Pillow by Jera Brandvig, photo courtesy of McCall’s Quilting

Now for some fun giveaways!

First, McCall’s Quilting is hosting a giveaway over at their blog, www.McCallsQuilting.com. They are giving away 3 copies of my book, Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern! To enter to win 1 of 3 copies, simply leave a comment to their blog post, and you will be entered in a random drawing to win a copy! Contest ends at midnight January 11, 2015, and is open to all US and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec).

Next, I have 3 copies of McCall’s Quick Quilts magazine to giveaway! To enter to win, please leave a comment (anything you want) to this blog post, and you will be entered in a random drawing as well. Contest also ends at midnight on January 11, 2015 and is open to U.S. only please. Thanks for participating and enjoy!

Thank you all for being here in 2015. I hope you are having a great start to the new year!

Happy quilting as-you-go!

 


Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern Holiday Auction

With the Holidays around the corner, I thought this was a good time to do give back to the community.  While we’re all feasting on our Thanksgiving dinners this week, let’s not forget those families that aren’t as fortunate this holiday season. That being said, I will be auctioning off this Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern Quilt (handmade with love by me!), plus a signed copy of my book! I will ship both the quilt and my book to the highest bidder, and 100% of proceeds will go towards Northwest Harvest, Washington’s statewide hunger relief program.
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How to Bid:
1. Please leave a comment to this blog post with your dollar amount, including a way for me to contact you (i.e. email)
This auction will end on Tuesday, December 2nd. At that time, I will contact the highest bidder and send a Paypal invoice to collect money. I will then ship the quilt and a signed copy of my book.

Thanks so much for participating in my quilt-for-a-cause! Hope you all have a wonderful holiday this week! Please spread the word to anyone you think may be interested.

This quilt measures 48.5″x60.5″. It makes a wonderful throw for your couch, or a wonderful Christmas gift!

Happy Bidding!

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QAYG Made Modern Quilt Along – Finish it! (plus announcement!)

First of all, my apologies for posting this so late!!! If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you will have seen my progressive photos of me finishing this quilt. With Seattle’s dark weather lately, I’ve had trouble getting final pictures of this quilt, so I will have to settle with these. Sorry if it’s a little dark looking!

I wanted to thank all of you that went along on this journey for my very first quilt along! Whether you made the quilt or were following along, thank you for being here! I’ve truly enjoyed seeing everyone’s progress!

I hope you enjoy these pictures, and hopefully these (and everyone’s photos this past week!) will inspire you to make a quilt. For details on this Quilt As-You-Go (QAYG) technique, you can find my book, Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern here and here, for signed copies, or here for a kindle version. Thank you for your support!

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My hope for this quilt along was to show you that quilting doesn’t have to be as daunting as it seems. You can finish a quilt from start to finish on your own, even without a ‘fancy’ sewing machine. 🙂 Also, I wanted to share with you a fun and creative technique. It’s a different way to quilt that doesn’t require a precise pattern; however, if you have a quilt pattern you can also finish it via the QAYG technique! There’s so many possibilities with this method. I hope it brings as much creativity and finished quilts to you, as it has for me.

Please share with me your finished QAYG projects! Please post them on my Facebook wall, tag me (and hashtag #quiltasyougomademodern) on instagram, or email me. I’m planning to do a blog post to share everyone’s completed quilts! Thank you!

Finally, I wanted to announce that with Thanksgiving around the corner, I have decided to auction of this quilt (plus a signed copy of my book!) on my blog. 100% of proceeds will go towards http://www.northwestharvest.org/, Washington’s statewide hunger relief agency. Please stay tuned for details!

I heartfelt thank you! And happy quilting as you go!

 

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