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. πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ˜‰ 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),Β  wicker (brown) and rain (aqua). Can you tell I was going with a garden theme? πŸ˜‰

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*.Β  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.Β  Followed by quiet (and tired), ice cream celebration with the kids. πŸ™‚

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!Β  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.Β  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! πŸ™‚ Ta-dah! πŸ˜‰

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!)Β  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. πŸ˜‰

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! πŸ™‚ 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,Β  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! πŸ˜‰

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! πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ˜‰ 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? πŸ˜‰

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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 πŸ™‚ Look at me blogging twice within a week.

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Superhero quilt with fuzzy backing

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My eldest son Ethan turned FIVE last week. I wanted to share his superhero quilt that I made, as well as the tutorial I used. It was time he got a big boy quilt because he’s outgrown all his baby ones. He’d been asking for a superhero quilt with Wonder Woman since last Summer, and I promised him one as soon as I finished writing my 2nd book. It was worth the wait! πŸ™‚

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Soo…I’m gonna vent a little here. My son has a blue, store-bought blanky that is his absolute favorite since he was a baby. Sigh. I don’t blame him….it’s super soft and plush. None of the many quilts I’ve made him could compare to his “blue” (that’s what he still calls it today). *jealous quilter over here*

I knew without question I had to make his new superhero quilt super soft…softer than “blue.” Otherwise it would just get tossed aside, forgotten in his quilt pile. Do I sound bitter I’m not bitter.Β  😐

So I bought the most snuggly fabric I could find for the backing. This is rose marble cuddle fabric by Shannon Fabrics. I found it at my local fabric shop, Pacific Fabrics. It’s great because it’s 60″ wide, so I didn’t even need to assemble the backing.

And here’s my quilting secret: My friend Monica Skov has long arm services, and YES! she quilts fuzzy backing!!!! Monica is located in Seattle, but you can ship quilts to her as well. Details at her website over at It’s Just Sewing. I’ve had 4 or 5 quilts finished by her already, and totally recommend her long arm services! She has a quick turnaround time too!

So here’s how the whole quilt looks πŸ™‚

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I used my Rainy Days quilt tutorial, which can be foundΒ  HERE. I chose this pattern because it showcases all the details of the superhero fabric so well. And it also comes together very quickly!

For the name block, I replaced two 10″ blocks with one 19.5″x10″ rectangle. For his name, I chose a font I liked in Word and typed out his name, enlarged it, and then printed it. Then I used Steam-a-Seam fusible webbing (by Warm Company) with navy blue fabric, and traced his name onto it and cut it out. It’s very easy…just follow the directions on the back of the Steam-a-Seam package. Lastly, I simply ironed his name onto the rectangle. I did a top stitch around the edges of the name, though it probably wasn’t necessary as Steam-a-Seam sticks forever.

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This green fabric is very special because if you look closely, it has Ethan’s drawings of our family on it.

He designed this fabric and then I had it printed on textile via Spoonflower. He was so proud to see his own designs on fabric, and it was a fun project we did together.

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I realized I forgot Spidey (one of Ethan’s fave!) so I added him on last minute.Β  This quilt was seriously So. Much. Fun to make! I really enjoyed choosing all the fabrics for it too as they’re all things that my son loves. Even the background fabrics are little ghosts because he loves Halloween. πŸ™‚

I bought all fabrics for the quilt top from Jean Marie’s Fabrics etsy shop. She shipped everything very quickly!

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I don’t usually do quilt labels, but I did for this one. I just used a 5″ square and wrote on it using a Sharpie permanent marker. Then did a blind stitch to attach.

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I also made him a matching superhero pillow case using my friend Monica’s Perfect Pillowcase video tutorial. It was very easy and quick.

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I couldn’t help but go down memory lane and was looking through all his old baby photos. Forever my baby boy he will be. <3

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Not to say I have baby fever, because I still have his 18 month tasmanian devil of a brother, lol. He loves the superhero quilt too!

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Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this post! Hope you’re all staying warm this winter!

 

xo

Jera

 

 

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