Sweet Beginnings Fabric – My New Collection For Maywood Studio!

Hello All! I am sorry it’s been so very long since my last post (9-ish months, eep!). Life did its thing and got busy. A lot of big changes happened since I last wrote. My youngest son went to kindergarten and Lecien Fabrics (the studio I designed my first 5 collections for) abruptly closed! With that I decided to go back to work doing clinical research full time – it was a scary thing to do after having been a stay-at-home mom for the past 7 years designing fabric and writing books on the side. But at the time it was the best choice moving forward my family and I.

Of course when I did that, the pandemic lock down went into effect so my husband and I plus our two kids (kindergarten and 3rd grade) have all been working from home and schooling from home. And somewhere in between the mix, I finished up my 3rd book and came out with this new fabric collection (which I cannot wait to share with you all!). I am now proudly designing for Maywood Studio which has been a wonderful fit for me and has allowed me to continue designing fabric on the side.

We’ve had to adapt to a lot of changes last year.  Hopefully in this new year we can start settling in and getting the swing of things! Or at least take a breather! 🙂

With that quick update, I am so excited to introduce to you all my first collection for Maywood Studio called Sweet Beginnings.You can see all the swatches and precuts and quilt kits that will be available from Maywood Studio’s website!

Aptly named after the crazy year we’ve all had, I hope this new collection will bring forth Sweet Beginnings for all. This will be available in shops Spring 2021, so be sure to mention it to your favorite quilt shop so they can order it!

I happily made this mini quilt using sample fabrics that Maywood shipped to me last week. Since the sample materials were small I decided to make this mini quilt. The pattern is called “Walk – Don’t Run” from the book 101 Fabulous Small Quilts. It was a breath of fresh air getting to sew with this cheery and bright collection in the middle on Winter!

Shades of the past in pink and green give a vintage and romantic feel. Painted florals balance the dainty geometric dots and classic gingham checks, while the ribbon and rose border stripe ties it all together.

The floral/lace in the center (below) will make a perfect border for a quilt.

This is a quilt kit that will be available through Maywood Studio for shops to order – isn’t it dreamy?

And now for the plethora of fabric photos I always share with my every collection… 🙂 Enjoy!


Two free patterns will be available with this collection and I am excited to share those with you when available!


I hope you love this collection as much as I do, and I cannot wait to see what you all make!

I’ve missed you all and I hope you’ve been well!

I hope to share more about my 3rd book soon-ish! lol. 😉

With Love,


34 Responses to Sweet Beginnings Fabric – My New Collection For Maywood Studio!

  1. Lisa Garber February 16, 2021 at 1:14 am #

    Everything looks so beautiful Jera! It is so great to see your beautiful ideas on fabric again! You already know i can’t wait to see it…and your book haha!

  2. Fran Sakelarides February 16, 2021 at 11:37 am #

    Your new line is lovely, Congrats!

  3. Michelle H February 16, 2021 at 12:23 pm #

    Yay your back!! Sorry you have had such a tough year, going back to work, then not…that must have been such a roller coaster of stress.
    I hope all goes well for you and your family. Your new line is beautiful and I am looking forward to quilt with it soon.

  4. Vibhuti Pandey February 16, 2021 at 9:41 pm #

    Jear we missed you!

  5. Delfina Gayle February 17, 2021 at 12:13 am #

    Beautiful fabric! Glad you had time to put your creative gifts to work. Can’t wait for the book and fabric.

  6. Susan Ellis February 17, 2021 at 9:08 pm #

    So so beautiful!!!

  7. bobbitba February 18, 2021 at 2:00 pm #

    It is a beautiful collection!

  8. Cindy Smith February 18, 2021 at 2:09 pm #

    Beautiful collection!

  9. Sue Hoover February 19, 2021 at 3:53 pm #

    Welcome back to Blogland, Jera! This Covid has sure thrown a wrench into things. Glad you were able to get adjusted so well to it all. Your baby is in kindergarten? What the heck! Time sure does fly. Do you still have your bunny?

  10. Rachel K BARKER February 23, 2021 at 3:22 pm #

    Hey Jera! Goodness, we’ve missed you! So glad that you and yours are well. This new collection is beautiful – maybe the best one yet! I can’t wait to see it in person.

  11. duniwp March 1, 2021 at 5:44 pm #

    Hi Jera,
    that is unfortunate about Lecien, but happy you found a good match for your newest collection – which is simply gorgeous! The very best on your future endeavours and stay safe and healthy ♥

  12. Lynell Harlow March 1, 2021 at 9:15 pm #

    Hello Jera, I just purchased QAYG-vintage. Love it and have done method 1 . Now want to try method 3 and wondering how it works with blocks about 18” and can a person use strips between that are two inches? Do any of your books cover this? Thank you!

  13. Stephanie March 3, 2021 at 5:26 am #

    Congratulations on your new collection, Jera! It’s lovely!? So glad you’re back and hope you can settle into some more time for designing and sewing!? ??

  14. anchorfine March 8, 2021 at 1:05 pm #

    Thanks for this info

  15. mimisdarlins March 10, 2021 at 6:38 pm #

    Hi Jera! Sorry to be so late in reading your post, glad I finally had the chance. These fabrics are truly delightful, looking forward to seeing them in person. Beautiful fusion of colors! I am envisioning a vintage summer quilt draped over an old porch swing.
    Happy to see a preview of your new book too, can hardly wait to get it in my hands! The cover quilt is lovely. I wondered what the theme would be for book number three…good title 🙂

  16. Carol March 17, 2021 at 12:05 am #

    Great to see a new post! What pretty fabrics and I can’t wait for your new book to come out. I have your first 2 :). Looking forward to hearing more about both of them!

  17. diane willard April 14, 2021 at 12:50 am #

    Congratulations on your first line with Maywood Studios. I love the quality of their fabric. We all have seen the changes with the pandemic. Glad you and yours are doing well.

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    I really love the way you hang the quilts on the wall where they are rolled. Where can I find the rolled wall hanging thing for quilts?

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    Hello Jera,
    I love your quilting and the ideas!
    I have one question,
    When you use needle punch batting,
    Is it with or without scrim?
    Thank you,?
    Rose ?

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