Hey friends! I was going through my photos and thought i’d share some random prettiness with you all. Since I haven’t been blogging much, I thought this would be a good way to slow things down and play catch up.
By the way, that mini quilt in the photo above was made by my friend Alli of Woodberry Way using fabrics from my 2nd collection called La Conner. She has lots of amazing patterns that you can download instantly here. The mini quilt is called “Sweet Marie” and you can make one yourself by downloading it here.
You may have noticed from my last post that i’ve been experimenting with english paper piecing (EPP) more lately. When I first started quilting it was very fast and furious, for lack of better words LOL. From that came my excitement for quilt as-you-go, which ultimately led to my two books Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern and Quilt As-You-Go Made Vintage.
Anyhoodles, where i’m getting at is in a way, i think i’ve slowed down. 🙂 I’m taking my time and enjoying these slower moving projects like hand quilting. I’m finding it very therapeutic! And if you’re like me and like keeping busy, these are perfect for taking along during a long car ride. It’s a slower way of quilt-as-you-go with completely different results!
I’m still very new to EPP and haven’t made anything big yet. I’m also too afraid to take out the papers 🙂 Maybe i’ll just leave them in forever ;-p
It’s hard to believe my kids will be out of school very soon with Summer just around the corner. Winter came and went!
I’m sharing these photos of the little free library we have in front of our home. If you’re not familiar with these, they’re little community libraries where anyone can take and give a book. We have them scattered all over our neighborhood in Seattle. My stepdad and husband built this for me last Mother’s Day.
What else…oh yes! So i’m supposed to be working on a 3rd book 😀 But boy is it hard finding the time! After my last book, Quilt As-You-Go Made Vintage, I vowed to myself that I am SO OVER writing books! Welp, i was wrong! haha! I feel like I have one more in me…if only I can find the time. I have all the projects in my head ready to go…!!!
So the photo above is a quilt i’ve been working on. I actually finished this the other night and will be sharing it soon along with a free pattern because I heart you guys. 😉
I used fabric from my 3rd fabric collection for Lecien called Woodland Rose. (available here)
These next photos are some fun ways I like to display all the quilts you see me making. 🙂
You can’t go wrong with a big ‘ol basket ‘o quilts! 🙂 I snagged this basked from Target and it lives in my living room next to our couch.
Below is a towel rack I found from Hobby Lobby. I thought it was adorable and went with it even though i’m not quite sure where to put it. It’s perfect for displaying smaller wall-size/lap-size quilts. Right now it’s in my sewing room until I find a better place.
Oh and here’s some fun news! As of yesterday I received the strike-off samples for my 5th collection for Lecien Fabrics! I will share it with you this coming Fall. Also, did I mention that you can expect a Christmas collection from me next year? 🙂 Think vintage Christmas, and you can bet there will be some gold metallic in it!
I snapped a photo of the fabric bolts below because my husband and I have been painstakingly cutting them all up into fat quarter bundles. Good lawd it takes forever! I will eventually be selling the bundles on my blog. We’re just trying to make room for my new collections that will be coming in.
This is fabric from my 2nd collection called La Conner which came out a couple years ago. Anyway, fat quarter bundles are on their way…slow and steady wins the race 😉
Recognize this quilt? It’s in my 2nd book Quilt As-You-Go Made Vintage and was made by my friend Faith Essenburg. It’s a traditional block assembled using the QAYG technique. The fabrics are from my 1st collection called High Tea. Doesn’t it look so pretty next to my red and white dishes? 🙂 That plate rack was made by my husband as a Christmas gift.
Anyway, I think that’s it for now. I have so much more to share with you all, including some more new quilts and free patterns in my next post.
Thanks for reading me and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend ahead!
Hugs from Seattle!
Beautiful quilts! Have a great weekend!
So pretty, love the softness of all your fabric.
Your quilts & decor are lovely! Looking forward to you next book.
I have the same metal rack in my sewing room. I use it to hold my rolls if freezer paper, fusibles, or interfacing.
PS: your husband is a very talented woodworker!
Thank you so much for sharing. You have such a lot of good ideas and taste.
It’s always a pleasure to see how talented and gifted you and your whole family are. Best wishes ? Marie
You have such a lovely collection of photos here-thanks for sharing! I’ll be watching for your fat quarter bundles:) you and your husband are very talented ?
I have the kit of the La Conner stars but haven’t started it yet, it’s just beautiful and the fabrics are wonderful. I like all your fabrics and enjoy your blog, looking forward to your new fabric also.
Jera, I just love your style. I can’t wait to see your Christmas fabric collection!!!
Thanks for the pretty pics….always so much eye candy in your posts! I so often tell you how much I love one of your latest projects, you’d be surprised if you knew how many of your patterns become a new WIP for me. I don’t just admire them, I start making them! In addition I have both your books and look forward to the next. Just so you know I find inspiration in the beautiful things you create 🙂
Love all your quilting. But was very happy to see your lending library. I suggested we get one in our neighborhood and everyone was for it. But our president had no idea what I was talking about and he went and got a used file cabinet, painted it and installed in our club house which is only open during pool season. Now I can show him some pictures so we can have a little house to share books. Hopefully someone in the neighborhood does some woodworking and we will have this before the summer is over.
I am thrilled to have found you! I am a beginner quilter after having worked as an RN for over 30 years. My mother and grandmother were both hand quilters, piecing and quilting. Both had quilting frames suspended from the ceilings, which were raised when company came. I have been viewing You Tube for beginners, and accidentally stumbled upon you. Instantly impressed with your teaching, which I find calming, and your beautiful fabrics, I can’t wait to get started. I have so much to learn and look forward to following you and utilizing your materials and knowledge!