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.

Photo courtesy of McCall’s Quilting
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, 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!


107 Responses to Modern Quilt As You Go Technique + new year Giveaways!

  1. Maryanne January 6, 2015 at 4:01 pm #

    Love the pillow Jera! I am enjoying my "auction" quilt and am just ready to start won myself! Happy New Year.

  2. Patricia Ritchie January 6, 2015 at 4:04 pm #

    Beautiful pillow! As always you're a great inspiration.

  3. Fridaypeach January 6, 2015 at 4:05 pm #

    Beautiful and very sweet. Reminds me of summertime. Also reminds me of Strawberry Shortcake from when I was a kid.

  4. Diana Booth January 6, 2015 at 4:05 pm #

    Happy New Year and keep up the great QAYG, love your book.

  5. Becca Bradley January 6, 2015 at 4:26 pm #

    Pick me!! Love your work!! IG @ketchapic

  6. Cherise Towrr January 6, 2015 at 4:27 pm #

    I love your tutorials and your book. I'm currently doing your Solstice Parade quilt! cherisetoweratgmaildotcom

  7. Linda January 6, 2015 at 4:46 pm #

    Would love to try this technique! Thanks for the chance to win! Linda M. Jlmismas(at)gmail(dot)com

  8. AnnieMouse January 6, 2015 at 4:51 pm #

    Thank you for the opportunity to win. I also would love to try this technique.

  9. Kati Tobler January 6, 2015 at 5:11 pm #

    That strawberry in the middle!!!

  10. Lynn January 6, 2015 at 5:15 pm #

    I have grown to love softer, girly, retro colors following you on IG! Would love to have a copy!!!

  11. Jaon January 6, 2015 at 5:22 pm #

    Beautiful bright and fresh.

  12. Linda G. January 6, 2015 at 5:27 pm #

    Love the fabrics you used in your pillow! And, quilt as you go is a technique I would like to try. Thanx!

  13. Julierose January 6, 2015 at 5:45 pm #

    Love that little pillow–so nice and low key…would love those mags…hugs, Julierose thanks for the chance to win…

  14. Pamela Neal January 6, 2015 at 5:49 pm #

    I'm a newbie so this book would really come in handy. Thanks so much for your giveaway'

  15. Diana @ Red Delicious Life January 6, 2015 at 5:53 pm #

    I'm really enjoying your book although I've not had a chance to start a QAYG project yet. Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. Frania Queen January 6, 2015 at 6:01 pm #

    I am new to your website and am really enjoying it! I can't wait to start some of the projects!!

  17. Krista Foley January 6, 2015 at 6:03 pm #

    That's exciting! Beautiful pillow. I am enjoying your book but would love to get a hand on the magazine.

  18. Gram999 January 6, 2015 at 6:42 pm #

    Love the pillow and QAYG. Would love to win the magazine. Thanks.

  19. Andrea January 6, 2015 at 6:51 pm #

    Was just listening to you on Pat Sloan's podcast. I am looking forward to checking out our book!

  20. Quilting in the South January 6, 2015 at 7:07 pm #

    I would love to win a copy of the magazine and learn how to QAYG.

  21. jody ross January 6, 2015 at 8:10 pm #

    I just found this blog and totally love it!! I would love to win a copy!!

  22. Jodi January 6, 2015 at 8:24 pm #

    Such a beautiful little quilt! Makes me think of Spring!

  23. Little Penpen January 6, 2015 at 8:41 pm #

    Sweet!! Now I'm hopping on over to McCall's to try to win your book! πŸ˜‰

  24. Anonymous January 6, 2015 at 10:33 pm #

    Can't wait to try this technique
    demkl at yahoo dot com

  25. Anonymous January 6, 2015 at 10:49 pm #

    This pillow is perfect for my first QAYG project! I've made a few quilts (rag quilt & simply charming stripes) from your blog and your instructions are so complete and easy to follow! randyandkim6 at hotmail dot com

  26. Rachel January 6, 2015 at 10:50 pm #

    Just got your book for Christmas and am loving it!!

  27. Jerry Beavers January 6, 2015 at 11:21 pm #

    Love the pillow & your book. Thank you for the chance to win.

  28. OhioLori January 6, 2015 at 11:31 pm #

    Love the Pillow too! Awesome!! Your book has been on my Wish List since it came out!! Looove the projects…definitely want to try QAYG!! Thanks for chance to win the magazine too!

  29. Louise January 7, 2015 at 12:46 am #

    Congratulations on the feature. You are deserving of the recognition because you make quilting projects fun and easy! Thanks for the chance to get a copy.

  30. Anonymous January 7, 2015 at 1:09 am #

    Have your book and love your blog! Barbara W. btrap at att dot net

  31. Kim R January 7, 2015 at 1:27 am #

    Congratulations on being published! Would love to win a copy of the magazine. I've enjoyed following your blog!

  32. Andrea January 7, 2015 at 2:29 am #

    I just got Quilt as you go made modern in the mail and I love it. I am getting one for my mom too! Nice book. Easy and clear instructions and love the patterns and fabrics you chose!

  33. Kristen Jones January 7, 2015 at 3:05 am #

    I just started quilting and have your book. I've made 2 quilts using this technique. I love it!! I'd really like the magazine so I can get more ideas and tips. I only have your book and a few free tutorials I printed for guidance. Lol. I wasn't sure if I'd like this whole quilting experience but I am hooked!! I love it of course. I do have plenty to learn though. Lol

  34. TexasMomof4 January 7, 2015 at 3:32 am #

    Thanks for the chance to win. I'm a new quilter and look forward to trying QAYG! Love the pillow, just darling.

  35. Annelies January 7, 2015 at 5:18 am #

    I am SEW inspired by you and your book. Thanks for all of the great ideas.

  36. Lynne Tilley January 7, 2015 at 5:32 am #

    I love that pillow, and think it would be a great introduction to QAYG! Thanks!

  37. Miggsie January 7, 2015 at 6:41 am #

    Such a cute pillow! Thanks for the giveaway, and Happy New Year!

  38. GabiP January 7, 2015 at 10:06 am #

    Love your book! Love the pillow!

  39. Sharon Eshlaman January 7, 2015 at 11:33 am #

    Pillow is so cute! Thanks for a chance to win.

  40. legray January 7, 2015 at 11:44 am #

    The colors in the pillow are so stinkin' cute. I'm going to make one for Granddaughter in college!

  41. legray January 7, 2015 at 11:47 am #

    Congrats on being featured in MC CALLS! Starts the year out right.

  42. annemarie January 7, 2015 at 12:20 pm #

    This is beautiful – sure want to try this technique. Congrats to you.

  43. Jessica January 7, 2015 at 12:38 pm #

    I can't wait to try your technique. Been following you and I am very excited for your family.

  44. Sigi G January 7, 2015 at 12:48 pm #

    Your pillow has given me an idea on how to use up my 'prints on white background' fabrics. Your pillow just looks so enticing and I look forward to quilting it with your Quilt-as-you-go technique.

  45. Melanie January 7, 2015 at 1:39 pm #

    Love your pillow and can't wait to make a similar one!

  46. Sylvia Anderson January 7, 2015 at 1:42 pm #

    First of all, I'd like to wish you a very Happy and Healthy New Year, and then to thank you for this giveaway opportunity. I love these magazines and usually get them from our library, when possible.

  47. Susan January 7, 2015 at 1:50 pm #

    I would sooo love to win your book. I was just talking to my sister this weekend about us both trying out quilt as you go. She did a queen sized quilt (Stitch in ditch) on her little brother. I would never even try something so crazy. LOL. She wants to make another queen quilt. QAYG would be perfect (I think)

  48. Anonymous January 7, 2015 at 2:03 pm #

    My goal this year is to learn the QAYG method. I love how it looks and seriously can it be that hard. HELP! I am anxious to learn.

  49. Lindsey F. January 7, 2015 at 2:08 pm #

    I haven't tried the QAYG technique yet but it is one of my goals for this year.

  50. Maureen January 7, 2015 at 2:20 pm #

    I have your book, and started one of the quilts. Would love to have the magazine too!

  51. Cathy L January 7, 2015 at 2:24 pm #

    I haven't ever tried QAYG and would love to learn how. Thanks for the chance of a giveaway!

  52. Linda January 7, 2015 at 2:32 pm #

    Love your Quilt as You Go book. I need this magazine to compliment it!

  53. Jennifer January 7, 2015 at 2:36 pm #

    Oh, your pillow is delightful!

  54. Lynda January 7, 2015 at 2:49 pm #

    quilt as you go is on my bucket list – making pillows would be a great way to get started

  55. KatheG January 7, 2015 at 3:04 pm #

    Congratulation on being published in a fine magazine which hopefully I can win or buy if not.. Have enjoyed your blog – am a long time follower since before your boy was born.

  56. Happy Bug January 7, 2015 at 3:10 pm #

    Your pillow is sweet, I am inspired πŸ™‚ Quilt As You Go is a great gift for my youngest sister who just started to venture into sewing and creating something sweet for her baby πŸ™‚

  57. Kelli M. January 7, 2015 at 3:33 pm #

    What a great inspiration to sew up some scraps that keep creeping up on me in my sewing space! Here's to a New Year of sewing beautiful things!!

  58. Daytona Damsel January 7, 2015 at 3:33 pm #

    I love your book. I bought it two days before Christmas and am planning to make every quilt in it order from beginning to end. I started the first quilt in the book last week. Am finishing it up this week. This is the first quilt book I have bought that I like every quilt in it. Debbie

  59. Debbie January 7, 2015 at 3:39 pm #

    How exciting for you!!! I would love to win. I love making pillows and this one is just too cute!!!

  60. Casoppia January 7, 2015 at 3:40 pm #

    Love it and how Springy it looks for sure ! Thanks for the chance to win !

  61. Sarah January 7, 2015 at 4:00 pm #

    I have never tried the quilt as you go idea, and I'd like to. Thank you for the giveaway!

  62. Nancycim January 7, 2015 at 4:33 pm #

    I love your book and I'm anxious to try this pillow. Thanks for always coming up with something new for me to try.

  63. Jean Kuxmann January 7, 2015 at 4:39 pm #

    I LOVE the pillow & the fabrics you chose for it ? The QAYG is something I haven't tried yet, but really want to. Your blog is great πŸ™‚

  64. Vicki H January 7, 2015 at 4:39 pm #

    Love the quilt, would like to try the technique.

  65. Laurie Tuttle January 7, 2015 at 4:44 pm #

    Hi Jera ~ Your blog is delightful to read, and your tutorials are great! Thanks!

  66. Donna W January 7, 2015 at 4:44 pm #

    Love your pillow. It makes me think of spring. And, with a temperature of 3 below and windchill of 20 to 25 below today, spring is a welcome sight.

  67. Terry January 7, 2015 at 5:04 pm #

    I recently purchased your book and look forward to trying out some new techniques!

  68. Sharon J. Hughson January 7, 2015 at 5:49 pm #

    Like that pillow!

  69. juliehallfeldhaus January 7, 2015 at 6:42 pm #

    I have your book and love it. Thanks

  70. C Franklin January 7, 2015 at 7:56 pm #

    Your blog first introduced me to the QAYG method. I haven't tried it yet as I'm still a little intimidated by it. Thanks for this awesome giveaway!

  71. Cindy Dahlgren January 7, 2015 at 10:31 pm #

    I am really wanting to learn to quilt as you go method. I dread finishing a quilt top, because then I have to layer and baste and quilt. Thanks for a lovely book. cdahlgren at live dot com

  72. candyknits January 8, 2015 at 2:15 am #

    This technique. I must learn it. I think I need this book!

  73. Sonja Mclane January 8, 2015 at 3:16 am #

    This would be great to win!!!!!

  74. Teri Hermans January 8, 2015 at 3:20 am #

    I am loving learning Quilt As You Go. Thanks for all your efforts!

  75. Kathy E. January 8, 2015 at 3:36 am #

    One of my first sewing projects was a quilt-as-you-go and I love the technique! It's so creative and yet free-spirited without a lot of stress. My kind of sewing!

  76. Lori H January 8, 2015 at 4:40 am #

    Congrats on your publishing!

  77. Kylie Menagh-Johnson January 8, 2015 at 5:28 am #

    congratulations!! I really want to try QAYG.

  78. GranChris January 8, 2015 at 6:36 am #

    Congratulations, the pillow is wonderful.

  79. sisylyn2 January 8, 2015 at 9:02 am #

    like the idea of quilt as you go and would like to win a book

  80. Jackie Thompson January 8, 2015 at 2:34 pm #

    I would like to try the QAYG technique! I am trying my hand at quilting, and I think this would be a very good way for me to learn a new technique.


  81. Rhonda Renfro January 8, 2015 at 4:40 pm #

    I'm so excited to try this technique! I may actually be able to accomplish this type of quilting.

  82. Karen C January 8, 2015 at 8:06 pm #

    A pillow is a great way to start with your QAYG method…also a good place to put together little bits and pieces of our favorite fabrics that we're "saving"! Thanks for the inspiration on your blog.

  83. Anita M January 8, 2015 at 8:59 pm #

    Your fabric choices are so wonderful for this pillow! Congratulations on being published over and over again! πŸ˜‰

  84. Anita January 8, 2015 at 9:32 pm #

    Congrats on getting your pattern in the McCalls mag!

  85. Melinda January 9, 2015 at 12:45 am #

    Love you successes, Jera! Great technique! I have your book, but if I win a copy, I have many quilty friends to share with! πŸ™‚

  86. A Joyful Cottage January 9, 2015 at 4:01 am #

    I'm a recent follower, Jera. I love your pillow and would love to make one for myself and one to give as a gift. Your QAYG technique is so interesting and something I've been wanting to try. Congratulations on the feature in McCall's magazine. ~ Nancy

  87. Sherry January 9, 2015 at 2:35 pm #

    The pillow is great and it would be the perfect way for me to give your quilt as you go method a try. I am going to be looking for that magazine.

  88. Jessica January 9, 2015 at 3:10 pm #

    Pick me!!!

  89. Anonymous January 9, 2015 at 6:36 pm #

    Quilt as you go is so intriguing to me- I can't wait to check out your book! I really want to practice my quilting skills this year and venture outside the ditch! Thanks for the chance to win! Sarah: crjandsbj(at)netzero(dot)com

  90. Susie Hoover January 10, 2015 at 1:45 am #

    I love the idea of quilting as I go. I did a strippy lap quilt that way a long time ago but it was limited to WOF. Since then I'm sure that you've probably come up with a "new" way of doing things!! Hope you pick me!!!

  91. Sharon h January 10, 2015 at 3:46 am #

    Would like to try the quilt as you go method.

  92. Anonymous January 10, 2015 at 4:12 am #

    I love the pillow you made for McCall's with QAYG. I would love to make a quilt and be able to quilt it myself.
    You do beautiful work.

  93. Lisa Davis January 10, 2015 at 4:45 am #

    Next on my list for 2015 qayg pillow. And I got to get the McCalls…maybe ill get lucky and win it here. I have your book but want to gift one to my sister in law. Lisway76atgmail

  94. Karin January 10, 2015 at 5:10 am #

    Gorgeous pillow!

    karin56381 (at)

  95. Athanasia January 10, 2015 at 6:53 am #

    Hi just read the post with the coasters and they are just what I need.

  96. Momma Mary Perez January 10, 2015 at 7:27 am #

    So exciting to see you in a magazine!

  97. Mary Helen in OR January 10, 2015 at 5:33 pm #

    What amazing work and thanks for your generosity.

  98. quiltermom January 10, 2015 at 6:23 pm #

    I love this concept but haven't tried it…yet it would be fun to win & try it!

  99. sewzallsquirrels January 10, 2015 at 10:02 pm #

    Would love to learn more. I have been sewing pieces and strips together to make a fabric of sorts, but this technique looks easy and fast.

  100. gina sears January 10, 2015 at 10:20 pm #

    I hope I win!

  101. Jeneta January 10, 2015 at 11:45 pm #

    Oh what beautiful books!

  102. Cara January 11, 2015 at 2:59 am #

    I popped over to your blog from a Pinterest image from your Quilt Along last fall, and then was pleasantly surprised to see this giveaway when I clicked over to your home page! Your projects are beautiful!

  103. Mindy January 11, 2015 at 8:15 pm #

    I would love to have a copy of your book. I love your projects and would like to learn a different way for making a large quilt using the QAYG method.

  104. Sarah Duehr January 11, 2015 at 8:42 pm #

    That book look super interesting!

  105. asansing January 12, 2015 at 2:14 am #

    I would love to win

  106. Little Penpen February 1, 2015 at 2:15 pm #

    I received my magazine and love it!!! thank you!!!!!!!!!!!

  107. Leslie Grabove April 14, 2015 at 7:21 pm #

    Love the pillow, so much fun and quick as can be. Now on to your tulip mini quilt. Keep the patterns coming Jera love them.
    How can I send you a picture of it ?

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