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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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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,ย  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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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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.ย  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.ย  It wasn’t worth it.

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One emotional nightย  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.ย  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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Hugs,

Jera

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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.

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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….

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And then embroidered them! and then…

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…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.

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

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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…

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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 theirย  crafting creations and baking recipes.ย  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 gratefulย  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.

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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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High Tea Crochet Quilt Tutorial

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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.ย  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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

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

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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!

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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.

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

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Thanks for stopping by, and happy crochet-quilting! ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Happy quilting, and happy quilt market week!

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