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.ย  Hopefully in this new year we can start settling in and getting the swing of things! Or at least take a breather! ๐Ÿ™‚

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… ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

With Love,


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Madame Fleur – Bloomfield Quilt Pattern

Hi Quilty Friends! Thank you for your patience on this pattern.ย  I am excited to finally be sharing this with you all!

This is my Bloomfield Quiltย  pattern made using my latest collection called Madame Fleur. The fabric requirements are below. Here are some shops that carry Madame Fleur:

And as promised, below is a link to a PDF printer-friendly pattern. A gift from me to you! As always, thank you for supporting all my creative endeavors! Kits are available from Regal Fabrics and Gifts.

Here are someย  close-ups of the quilt. Madame Fleur fabrics is my 5th fabric collection which features a rich and warm color pallet. The perfect colors to make a quilt that you can cozy up to!

This is a simple pattern that comes together fairly quick. It was quilted by my friend Charlene over at The Cotton Farm.

Notice the gold metallic highlights in some of the prints. One of my favorite details! If you make this quilt, please be sure to share it with me on instagram @QuiltingintheRain as i’d love to see it!

Hope you’re all doing well! And in case you missed it, I shared another quilt on my last post. Be sure to check it out!

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Madame Fleur Quilt Pattern and Fabrics!

Hi All! I hope you’ve all been safe and well during this crazy Covid-19 epidemic. I’ve been quite busy (my last post was in December last year!) and haven’t had a chance to post. But this morning I made time because my latest fabric collection called Madame Fleur is now available in shops/online!

Also, for those of you interested, I have a big update at the end of this post. ๐Ÿ™‚

Madame Fleur Fabrics

I did a quick search online and here’s where you can find some, as of now (April 2020)!

As a lot of you may already know, with every fabric collection I come out with I also gift all of you a FREE PATTERN! For this collection, I have two quilt patterns for you! Today, I’ll be sharing 1 of 2. Look out for the 2nd pattern next week. ๐Ÿ™‚

This pattern is called Madame Fleur Quilt and uses 9 prints from my Madame Fleur collection. 6 of these prints have subtle, gold metallic shimmer in them for a beautiful finish. You can purchase yardage HERE, or at a local online shop in Washington HERE.

Madame Fleur Quilt Pattern

You can can download a printer-friendly PDF of the Madame Fleur pattern by clicking the link below. A gift from me to you! Yardage for this quilt can be ordered, HERE. Thank you SEW much!

Here’s some inspiration for you! If you end up making it, be sure to tag me (@QuiltingintheRain) on social media to share as I would LOVE to see it!

This collection was inspired for my love of the Victorian-era. You can read more about my inspiration and see more photos at this post.



Thank you all for stopping by my blog! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve been posting my latest on instagram, so pleaseย  follow me there to stay up to date.

If you made it this far, I have some quick news:

Madame Fleur is my last collection for Lecien Fabrics. I’ve done a total of 5 collections for them these past 5 years. However, I will be designing for a new company…I already have a lovely collection in the works. This information will be announced soon-ish! I have to wait for them to give me the thumbs up first!

And yes, my 3rd QAYG book is well on it’s way ๐Ÿ™‚

In addition, i’ve gone back to work full-time! You’re probably thinking i’m crazy, but I felt ready and it was a good decision for me and my family.

My boys are big now and my littlest will be in kindergarten this Fall. Like I said, I felt ready whereas a year ago I was not! Things change and i’m constantly evaluating what works and what needs to change, what’s best for my family, etc.ย  I’ve always been inspired to have a job that serves an important purpose – if I’m going to be working 40 hours a week, it needs to be meaningful to me. The field i’m in is for clinical research to help find ways to eliminate suffering in cancer patients (specifically, brain and breast cancer).

I’m honored to be able to play a role in this, even if it’s a small role (i’m the person that helps makes sure all the regulatory documentation is in place for a clinical study to happen safely for the patients, among other things). ๐Ÿ™‚ I of course went back to work amidst this whole pandemic so i’ve been working with both of my boys at home…timing is everything, right?ย  haha!

Anyway, thanks for reading me and i hope you enjoy the pattern. Check back soon for the 2nd free pattern. Virtual hugs to you all and stay safe!



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Happy Holidays! :)

Hello friends! I hope you’re all having a cozy and happy holiday season. I wanted to share some festive photos of my home. I got excited about decorating this year!

Shortly after taking the photo above, I made the most subtle update to my red and white plate rack. Do you notice the difference? :-p

I’m all about cozy corners in my house. ๐Ÿ™‚

Stocking have been hung with care. You can find a tutorial for these stocking made using an old vintage quilt HERE.

I got Paige up on my tree <3

And with the help of my two boys, we got the tree all decorated!

I’ve also started a new obsession for vintage Christmas ornaments so i started my own mini vintage tree.

Happy holidays friends! Don’t let the hustle and bustle of the holidays overrun you. Instead, focus on what’s important like snuggles! :-p

Happy holidays and have a wonderful 2020 ahead!

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Madame Fleur Lavender Sachet Tutorial (& quilt market)

Hi there! I wanted to share these cute lavender sachets I made using fabric from my 5th collection called Madame Fleur. As I was typing this post and upon mentioning that I gifted these sachets to my quilty friends who helped sew projects for my booth at quilt market,ย  I then realized I never shared photos from Fall Quilt Market 2019 – so I’m going to squeeze that in here too! In addition, I have the sachet pattern for you all! It will make the perfect homemade Christmas gift.

The little charms I beaded myself and are made using vintage glass beads (except for the cameo brooch – those I got from Michael’s craft stores!).

I only wish you could smell these! They smell heavenly!

Madame Fleur Sachet Tutorial

Here’s how to make them. You will need the following pieces of fabric cut, plus some lace trim (optional), ribbon for the loopy-loop handle (also optional) and lavender.

First, take some lace and align it along the 3″ x 3.5″ rectangle as shown in the first image below. Next, take the 4″ x 3.5″ piece and align it on top of the smaller piece (lace in between) with right sides facing together (RSFT). Sew a 1/4″ seam allowance as shown.


Press open. It will look similar to the first image below. If you decide you want your sachet to have a little beaded charm, this would be the time to tie it on. If you want a little loopy handle, then take a few inches of ribbon and fold it in half to create a loop. Place on the left side (with the curve of the loop facing inwards & raw edges of the ribbon sticking outside). Pin in place.

Lastly, align the backing fabric on top with RSFT. Sew a 1/4″ seam allowance around the perimeter as shown in the 2nd image below. Be sure to leave a 3-4″ opening. Remove pins as you go and start and end your stitch with a back-stitch. Turn right side out through the opening, press, then fill with lavender. Sew the opening closed (I hand-stitched it).


That’s it! These make wonderful Christmas gifts.

I gifted the sachets to my friends that helped make projects for my Madame Fleur booth at quilt market which took place in October 2019 in Houston, TX. With that prompt, I will jump right into market and share my booth!

Here’s a Before picture of my booth….

And the After!!! As you can see, it takes a village to fill up a booth!

The lighting inside the convention center is awful, but I managed to take a few more brighter photos here with my fancy camera ๐Ÿ˜‰

You can read more about Madame Fleur fabrics in THIS POST.

The two big quilts hanging on the back wall will be free patterns coming soon. If you follow me on instagram, you will have seen lots of WIP photos of these beauties. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, as mentioned these sachets were made specifically for the ladies who helped sew projects for my booth as a small gesture of my thanks. I couldn’t have done it without them!

Oh! And in case you didn’t know, Madame Fleur fabric will be available in stores April 2020!

What started out to be a short post to share my lavender sachets became a super lengthy post, LOL. Hope you found some inspiration =)

As always, thanks for reading me!



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