oliso pro Iron Review

Hi All! So I recently shared a photo of my pretty pink iron on instagram and got lots of questions on it. Not only is she pretty, but she’s smart too! πŸ˜‰ All of the questions spurred me to do an oliso iron review on my instagram stories. It’s an honest review with pros and cons.Β  I thought i’d share the review on my blog as well because i’m an advocate for quilting tools that’ll make the hobby more efficient. The iTouch technology allows for the iron to retract up and down making it a “smart iron.” It’s pretty neat – see for yourself in my video review below πŸ™‚

I asked oliso if they can give my viewers a discount code because the iron ‘aint cheep! =) They generously made a special Quilting in the Rain code: “Rain15” for 15% off any oliso iron from their website: https://www.oliso.com/smartiron/ This code expires on Halloween (October 31st, 2018) so treat yourself!

I also had lots of questions on the ironing pad seen is the video. I talk about it at the very end but in case you missed that it’s a 17″ x 24″ 100% wool ironing pad by Precision Quilting Tools. You can find this at your local quilt shop or Amazon. The wool absorbs the heat from the iron, essentially pressing your fabric on the front and back for a quicker press. I’m really happy with mine as it saves some pressing time. Plus I like how portable it is. As you can see in the picture above, I keep it to the left of my sewing machine.

Also, I’ll quickly note that I don’tΒ  keep the ironing pad over my cutting mat (contrary to the pic above). I only moved it there for good lighting in my video and photo. The bottom of the ironing pad doesn’t get hot, but it does get slightly, just barely warm. So while it probably won’t warp the cutting mat, to play it safe in the long run I just keep it on my table.

Let me know if you have any questions, but be sure to watch the video as I answer some questions at the end there too.

Anyhoodles, just a quick post to share some quilting tools that make my life sweeter. I love having good tools on hand!

On a completely different note…

Holy crap it’s mid-October already! Fall quilt market is in t-minus 2 weeks. I have so many projects to share….!

For now i’ll share some pictures of my mornings lately. Foggy Fall walks to school. Colorful leaves.

smiling corgis πŸ™‚

I love the saying, “Autumn in my favorite color.” So true for me.

Thanks for stopping by! Aaand back to panic quilting… πŸ˜‰

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A peek at my 4th fabric collection, Loyal Heights!

It’s not news that when I go quiet here, it’s because i’ve been busy! BusyΒ  keeping up with my growing boys and squeezing in work when I can. And boy is it satisfying to see my hard work come full circle! πŸ™‚ That being said, I’d love for you to meet my 4th fabric collection called Loyal Heights. She might be my favorite one yet, but shhhh, don’t tell the others πŸ˜‰

I will be in Houston, TX this November for Fall Quilt Market at the Lecien booth debuting this collection. It will be available for shops to order this Fall, with shipment to stores in Spring 2019. I think it’s quite the perfect collection to come out during Spring time with all these fresh colors.

Below is a tid bit behind the inspiration for Loyal Heights. It’s the best feeling finding inspiration from my everyday surroundings!

Nestled in the northern corner of Seattle is an older neighborhood called Loyal Heights, sprinkled with early 1900’s craftsman homes, cottages and urban gardens galore. Home is where the heart is, abundant with love. And where you find love, you will find beauty. Summer strolls admiring blooms and fruit trees, and walks to school in the golden foliage with my children inspired this collection. Look closely at my fabrics and you’ll see the cozy cottages nestled among the flowers. I hope Loyal Heights brings forth a sense of Home, wherever it may be, as it’s a comforting feeling that lives within all of us.

Anyway, this is a more of a sneak peek to show glimpses of the collection. I started working on this diamond English Paper Piecing project (don’t look too closely, i’m a newbie!) using what little samples i’ve received so far. When I get more fabric in, you can expect more detail shots. And there are A LOT of details in this collection. As mentioned, you’ll find little homes nestled among the flowers. One of those homes is my own! πŸ™‚ I literally walked around my neighborhood and took pictures of the cute cottages, drew them in illustrator and made them into this lovely fabric! I truly can’t wait to share more with you.

 

Anyhoodles, thanks for stopping by. With back to school comes the influx of sickness. Such a nice welcome-back-to-school gift for all πŸ˜‰ I’ll be taking care of this sick little monster today… πŸ™

Until next time…!

Love,

Jera

 

 

 

 

 

 

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High Tea Fabrics at my Shop

Hello lovely people! As mentioned in previous blog posts, i’ve been working away to cut and sell the remainder of my High Tea Fabric to make room for my newer collections in my sewing room. πŸ™‚ Alas, I have finally updated My Little Shop with High Tea Fabrics!

High Tea was my very first collection for Lecien Fabrics. That being said, it’s nearly impossible to find in stores now as it is no longer being reprinted. I admit it’s bittersweet selling every last yard, but i’ve moved my space to the attic and with two growing boys and a cozy Seattle house, I just don’t have that much room to spare. I’ve of course kept for myself a couple fat quarter bundles and precuts as mementos and inspiration. πŸ˜‰

Though bittersweet, it always makes me happiest to see my fabric being used and made into lovely quilts and projects by all of you!

So please treat yourself for some High Tea by visiting My Little Shop.

Also, for a limited time I am gifting a free pair of La Conner embroidery scissors with any fabric and/or book purchase. πŸ™‚

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!

This post is short and sweet to keep you all updated. The next set of fabrics that I will be prepping to sell at My Little Shop are La Conner fabrics! I will be sure to give you all an update when they are available…I am not sure when that will be yet as it takes so much time to cut and fold fabric bundles.

Until then, thanks for popping in!

p.s. I hope by now you’ve made yourself a yummy Summer Pie! πŸ˜‰

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Summertime means Pie time!

Summer is in full swing here at the Brandvig household. That being said, my sewing room has been quiet. πŸ™‚ I’ve been spending my Summer days with my boys. Any free time I get in the evening has been spent designing fabric (my 4th fabric collection is underway!). This Summer has been particularly wonderful for berries! One activity i’ve been doing is making freshly picked berry pies! A simple activity I can do with my kids.

Pictured above: my quiet sewing room.

Pictured above: my son using my sewing room to escape his little brother.

Anyway, though this isn’t a quilt-related blog post, baking is another hobby I truly enjoy especially when we pick the fruit ourselves. In fact, before I got the quilt bug, I had dreams of opening my own bakery.Β  There’s just something so satisfying about making food that you picked straight from the earth, and then turning it into something delicious for everyone to enjoy.

Today I am sharing my three favorite pie recipes with you. These are no fail recipes that I always come back to time and time again. And the best part is they’re all very simple to make. You probably have most of the ingredients in your kitchen already. All you need is the fresh fruit!

The 3 recipes I’m sharing are blueberry pie, blackberry cobbler and apple pie, in that order. These recipes ALWAYS turn out good, and people always want the recipe afterwards.

Anyhoodles, let’s get to the pies!!!

Blueberry Pie

Bam! So yummy.

I started making this pie when our blueberries last Summer grew like crazy! We were able to make 4 pies from our 3 blueberry bushes. For whatever reason, we didn’t yield that many berries this Summer so we went to a U-Pick farm (Canter-berry Farms in Auburn, WA).

Anyway, here’s the recipe below. I printed it years ago from Taste of Home. It’s called “Contest Winning Fresh Blueberry Pie” by Linda Kernan of Mason, Michigan. Thanks Linda for the amazing recipe! (Update: found the link to the recipe, click HERE. Except I used pre-made graham cracker pie crust).

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 5 cups fresh blueberries, divided
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 pastry shell – (I use the pre-made graham cracker crust shell! Sooo good!)

1. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, corn starch. salt and water until smooth. Add 3 cups blueberries. Bring to a boil; cook and stire for 2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly.

2. Remove from heat. Add butter, lemon juice and remaining berries; stir until butter is melted. Cool. Pour into pastry shell. Refrigerate. Serve cold. Yields 8 servings.

That’s it! Simple and so tasty. A light and refreshing Summer dessert.

Paige approved!

Next recipe…

Blackberry Cobbler

I made this recipe when I found the holy grail for picking blackberries in the back of an elementary school nestled in our neighborhood. Blackberries are typically ready to pick in early August. Make sure you pick the black ones. That might be a no-brainer to some, but trust me, that might be news to someone else.

This recipe is SO easy and scrumptious. And PLEASE, pretty please follow Jer’s words of wisdom>> you have to eat it a la mode for the full experience. Breyer’s Natural Vanilla ice cream is where it’s at!

You can find and print the recipe right HERE. Again…we love eating it warm with Breyers Natural Vanilla ice cream on the side >> PERFECTION.

Last but not least, good old fashioned apple pie recipe…

 

Piper’s Apple Pie

I shared photos of this pie on my instagram and I got a handful of people messaging me for the recipe. You can find the background story on the apples in the photos beneath the recipe. πŸ™‚

  • 4 or 5 medium sized apples (I used green varieties for a tarter taste). Peel and slice thinly.
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Mix all of the above together, and then pour into the pie crust.

Below is the simple Pie Crust recipe I use.

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 5-7 tablespoons cold water

Mix the above ingredients together. Knead it, and then split the dough in half into two balls. Use a rolling pin to roll it out. Use one half for the bottom of the pastry shell and the other for the top. Makes the perfect amount.

Cover with foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Uncover the foil. Bake for an additional 20 minutes. Then, stuff your face.

Kidding! But you must eat it a la mode! It’s just not the same without the ice cream. Again, Breyer’s Natural Vanilla is where it’s at.

That’s it!

If you’re a history nerd, you’ll like this slice of Seattle history. πŸ˜‰ These apples we picked are from a century old orchard planted by Andrew and Minna Piper in the late 1800s. They were confectioners who had a candy store in Seattle before it burned down in The Great Seattle Fire of 1889.

Being confectioners, they planted apple trees with lots of tart varieties good for baking (primarily Heirloom), including other nut trees. Anyway, fast forward to about 100 years later in the early 1980s, the City of Seattle volunteers found the overgrown orchard while surveying the land. First they spotted an apple tree, and when they kept uncovering the vines they realized it was a full orchard on a hillside covering about 1.5 acres. 29 nut and apple trees had survived over the years, and now there are about 50 after some have been added.

This orchard is such a treasure in the City of Seattle, and not too many people know about it. It’s alongside an urban trail, called Pipers Creek, that leads down to Carkeek Park in Seattle, Washington. When we pass through, we pick 4-5 apples, just enough to make a pie.

Thank you to the Piper’s for planting these wonderful apple trees, and to the city of Seattle volunteers and Seattle Parks and Rec for taking care of it.

Anyway, I hope this post inspires you to make a pie, lol! Seriously though, it’s currently August 1st as i’m writing this which is prime blackberry picking season. Stop what you’re doing right now and go pick blackberries (assuming you’re not on the loo staring at your phone πŸ˜‰

As mentioned earlier, my sewing room has been quiet this Summer as i’ve been spending my days primarily outdoors with my boys. Though I did manage to sneak in some english paper piecing (EPP) projects during our road trip andΒ  stay at a cabin in Mazama, WA. I’m hooked on EPP now.

I used my 3rd collection called Woodland Rose (available this Fall!) to make these EPP stars.

Enjoy your Summer everyone! You can expect me to be writing about my 4th collection soon-ish. πŸ˜‰

 

 

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Meet Woodland Rose! :)

Hey everyone! Yes: I am still alive =) !!! I know it’s been months (almost 3 to be exact *blushing*). A lot has happened between my last post and now, including my 3rd collection called Woodland Rose. I’ve been a busy bee sewing in preparation for Spring quilt market. In this post I’ll show you two quilt tops that i’ve made so far. Be prepared for a photo overload! That’s what happens when I haven’t posted in months.

First i’d like to introduce to you Woodland Rose! This debuts at Spring quilt market and will available in stores by Fall 2018. Be sure to tell your favorite quilt shop to order it! πŸ˜‰

I named this collection after a rose garden adjacent to the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington where I frequently visit and explore with my two boys. The evergreens/sage, deep reds and blues remind me of rainy and cold Fall days at the garden. Whereas the softer pinks and yellows and butterflies remind me of warmer, Summer days. I hope my collection can bring this special rose garden that I often frequent to your fingertips.

It’s hard to tell in photos, but similar to my last collection, there’s some gold metallic in the fabrics surrounding the butterflies.

IΒ  took over a hundred photos of my fabric to try to capture the metallic sparkle because i’m crazy like that.Β  Still it’s hard to see, lol! I’m tellin’ ya…you just need to touch the fabric first hand and see for yourself.

Okay, moving right along here before I get side tracked and never post this :-[)

Here’s a photo of an almost completed quilt top that I made using Woodland Rose.

I love sharing with you all free patterns, so you can expect this pattern for free on my blog shortly after May. πŸ™‚ I will of course do a post and let you all know when it’s available.

Here it is after I added the borders…

The best part of making a quilt is having my sons model it for me x-) How lucky am I to have such handsome quilt models!?

The little one still needs some practice though, haha! (To be fair, I guess I never told him to hold it up with his hands!)

Here’s the 2nd quilt I made using Woodland Rose fabrics (above and below). Since this collection won’t be available until Fall 2018, I decided to make a Christmasy-ish quilt using mainly reds and greens. But then I loved how this wall-hanging quilt turned out so much, that last minute I decided to add some champagne pink to the mix to make it something I can hang year round.

Woodland Rose is a versatile collection that works well for all the seasons! You’ll notice that’s on ongoing theme with all my collections.

You can find this pattern on page 113 of my 2nd book, Quilt As-You-Go Made Vintage.

I couldn’t post this without some photos of my furry child as well. Paige is always loyal when it comes to making quilts. She never leaves my side.

These past months we’ve been doing a lot of quilting in the rain, which is actually my fave time to quilt.

Paige finds a cozy spot amongst my fabric mess <3

And even when I lay a quilt out for her, she prefers to lay right on my unfinished quilt blocks.

This quilt will be named “Stop and Smell the Roses”…unless I can think of a better name. Anyone have any ideas?

My last post was January 30th…since then my eldest son turned 6, Easter came and went as well as Spring Break which ended for my boys yesterday. During break we visited the tulips in La Conner (the little town I named my 2nd collection after).

Squinty eyes above because we got one day of sun and us Seattleites aren’t used to that big glowing ball in the sky.

I got to enjoy the tulips, while my sons enjoyed the heavy equipment and mud. x-)

I know this isn’t really quilty-related, but I can’t NOT share these.

“Every flower blooms at it’s own pace.” – (thanks for that quote, Pinterest…you make me sound wise)

I of course brought home some tulips to admire all week long. <3

My Spring break ended with my husband and I moving my sewing room up to the attic. See the mess below! *whimper* I have a lot of organizing to do. I’m excited to make my my attic a magical quilting space. I will be sure to share photos with you when it’s all finished.

Also, note that my little online shop is temporarily closed. It will reopenΒ  after my space is organized and after I cut a bunch of new fabric bundles for you all! These are bolts from my 1st and 2nd collections, High Tea and La Conner. I need to sell it to make room for my 3rd and 4th collections coming in.

What was my sewing room is now my boys bedroom. πŸ™‚ After my hubs and I spent a whole day moving rooms, we built this bunk bed for them. These smiles make it totally worth it! Words cannot describe how excited they were to get a bunk bed.

Last but not least, it seems only fit to leave you with Paige’s fluffy ba-donka donk. Because who doesn’t need a reason to smile on a Monday?

Thanks so much for reading me! πŸ™‚

xoxo,

Jera

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