Loyal Heights No-Batting Quilt (free pattern)

Hey again everyone! I’m on a roll with blogging these last few days πŸ˜‰ Thank you all for being here and following my quilting/fabric designing endeavors with me. As another show of my thanks, Lecien Fabrics and I are gifting another free pattern for you all – woohoo!

This quilt is unique because it’s made using a heavier cotton-linen fabric from my latest fabric collection called Loyal Heights, available in stores now (Spring 2019). Because the material is thicker, I decided not to use batting and instead tied the quilt with yarn for a quick finish. It makes a wonderful quilt/blanket that’s a bit lighter, perfect for Summer or warmer climates. It’s a super easy quilt to make too – great for beginner quilters! Bonus: no traditional binding for this pattern!

Usually linen is a bit scratchier material, however this cotton-linen is super soft because I believe it’s 80% cotton, 20% linen. It makes a wonderful home decor fabric as well, but with me, my brain goes straight to quilts! :-p

This is my Loyal Heights collection, printed on a larger scale for cotton-linen only. Not shown is the gold metallic hearts in the polka dot print because Lecien wasn’t able to add the metallic stamping in time for quilt market, which is when I made this quilt.

Unfortunately I am not sure who carries the cotton-linen fabric at this time. I will eventually have some in my shop and will be selling these quilt kits but I have not received the bolts yet.

I was inspired to make this quilt from this no-batting quilt that I made many moons ago. Check it out for more inspiration. πŸ™‚

As promised, you can find the free pattern by clicking the link below.

Hope you enjoyed this post and the free pattern!

Happy Quilting πŸ™‚

-jera brandvig

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Catching Up!

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. πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ˜€ 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. πŸ˜‰

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. πŸ™‚

You can’t go wrong with a big ‘ol basket ‘o quilts! πŸ™‚ 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? πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ˜‰

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? πŸ™‚ 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!


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Loyal Heights Quilt – free pattern :)

Thank you all for being here and following my journey as an author and fabric designer. πŸ™‚

As a small show of my thanks, I always love to gift you free patterns. I’ve made a beautiful, printer-friendly PDF pattern for you all. You can find the link to the pattern at the end of this post. My hope is that by the end of this lengthyΒ  post you will have fallen in love with this quilt. πŸ˜‰

Bonus! I’ve also included a coupon code from Lauren at Bold Notion Quilting so you can have your quilt finished just like this one. Lauren offers quilting services and quilting classes.

The fabrics used in this quilt are from my 4th collection for Lecien Fabrics called Loyal Heights. This collection was inspired by an older Seattle neighborhood abundant with cute cottages, fruit trees and flowers. I’ll share more up-close details on the fabric and inspiration behind it on another post. You can find this collection in shops now (Spring 2019)!

I found this older picture of the quilt top and Paige and had to share it. This was the last quilt that Paige and I made together. It’s comforting to think that every single quilt before this was made with my faithful quilting buddy. <3

The free pattern has two quilt sizes. The larger quilt size works wonderful for a Full or Queen size bed. The picture below I have it folded at the foot of a queen size bed.

Though i’ve written two books about quilt-as-you-go, I decided to get this one finished traditionally via long-arm quilting. (However, you could totally finish this one via QAYG and use joining strips to join the blocks in lieu of the sashing strips that the pattern calls for. My 2nd book Quilt As-You- Go Made Vintage shows you how.)

Bold Notion Quilting – Long Arm Services plus coupon code!

I had the honor of getting this quilt finished by the talented long arm quilter Lauren Jackson of Bold Notion Quilting. I’ve shared a bunch of up-close photos of her free-hand work…it’s absolutely AH-MAZING. The time she put into quilting each block left me speechless.

Be sure to check out Lauren’s website because she has online quilting classes and you can have your quilt top finished by Lauren herself. And as a thanks for being here and reading this, Lauren has generously offered $5 off a purchase of $50 or more, plus free shipping on any order $100 and up – simply use this code at checkout: jera5off50

So after you make the Loyal Heights Quilt using my free pattern, ship it to Lauren for a beautiful finish!

Here’s some detail shots. I love how Lauren quilted the white space.

It adds so much texture and really makes the stars pop!

See what I mean…her quilting has left me speechless!

I may have gone a bit overboard with the photos, but there’s too much prettiness to share. I hope it inspires you!

You can’t really tell from these photos, but the white background fabric I used in this quilt – the little hearts have gold metallic sparkle. I love adding subtle details like that to my fabric.


All of the detailed quilting adds so much texture…

I wish you could reach out and feel this quilt for yourself. Better yet, snuggle in it. πŸ˜‰

Anyhoodles, I 100% recommend Lauren’s quilting services if you’re interested. Be sure to use the code that I provided above to get the discount.

Before the free pattern, here’s a few more pictures of my fabric. ;-p Thanks for your patience!

These two below are probably my favorite prints in the whole collection.

It’s hard to tell, but some of the prints have metallic gold sparkle if you look closely!…


Thanks for making it to the end of this post!

As promised, here is the free pattern. Either click the link below, or click the pattern image below for your free download.

If you love the fabrics, you can shop for them online using the list below. I know that Fat Quarter Shop carries the whole collection here! (thanks for supporting my fabric!)

Happy Quilting!

Jera Brandvig πŸ™‚

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Spring Break – Tiny Tulips using Loyal Heights Fabric

Hello All! It’s the middle of Spring break which means no school for my kiddos. Yesterday we all decided to head North to La Conner, Washington in Skagit County to see the tulip fields. If you recall, my 2nd collection was named La Conner, inspired by this charming little town.

It was a very wet, Spring day but we went anyway. The rain won’t stop us Seattlites from seeing the tulip fieldsΒ  πŸ˜‰Β  plus the rain meant no crowds of people. Win-win!

Anyway, I managed to make my Tiny Tulips quilt with a few late night quilt sessions before heading there. I wanted to share some photos with you all. Also, my son Ethan was such a rock star holding my quilt for me in the pouring rain (see first photo)! He’s the best.

If you love this Tiny Tulips pattern, you can download it HERE. It comes together quickly!

The fabrics I used are from my latest collection for Lecien Fabrics called Loyal Heights, available in stores now! If you can’t find it at your local quilt shop, try Googling it. I know some small businesses online have ordered it, and Fat Quarter Shop has it as well.

Find my latest collection, Loyal Heights, HERE. Similar to my previous collections, Loyal Heights sparkles with gold metallic flecks in the prints!

Anyway, rain or shine it’s always beautiful out here in La Conner. I wanted to share some pics with you all…

Here we are! πŸ™‚

Without the rain, there would be no flowers! The flowers were very happy!

I’m sharing a few more “Spring” photos from my instagram.

If you follow me @QuiltingintheRain on IG, sorry for the repeat. If you don’t yet follow me there, I suggest you do as I post photos daily there.

This is my plate rack in my dining room all decorated for Spring. I love switching out the plates depending on the season.

Also, this towel rack is perfect to display my smaller quilts. These quilts measure about 50″ x 50″ for the biggest. I found this towel rack at my local Hobby Lobby.

Also, I’ve been doing english paper piecing (EPP) one car ride at a time. I managed to make this one yesterday during our ride up to La Conner (notice the tulip fields in the background). πŸ™‚

The fabrics used in this EPP star are from my 3rd collection for Lecien Fabrics called Woodland Rose which came out last Spring. You can purchase some at Shabby Fabrics , as well as HERE, HERE and HERE (I just googled it) πŸ™‚ Hurry and grab some before its all gone, as it did come out last Spring.

Oh, and for some business updates:

1. My 5th collection for Lecien Fabrics is almost wrapped up and i’ll be sharing it this Fall. My 5th collection was inspired by my recent visit to Victoria, BC. And yes, I will be at Fall quilt market 2019.

2. You can expect a Christmas collection from me next year. πŸ™‚

3. I’m working on some new notions (my last notion were my Woodland Rose scissors which you can find HERE).

4. I have a blog tour coming up in mid-May using fabrics from my 4th collection, Loyal Heights.

…i think that’s everything, though i’m sure I missed something.

To keep current with what i’m up to, please follow me on instagram @QuiltingintheRain =)

Thank you everyone – until next time, I’ll leave you with a couple more tulip photos.




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Happy Valentines!

Thank you all for your kind words on my last post regarding Paige. <3 It truly meant a lot and I read all of your comments.

I thought this would be a nice follow up post with lots of hearts and happy pictures. I thought of Paige when I made this mini quilt, missing her quiet company. But my heart felt full of love for the companionship and wonderful memories she’s given me.

If you love this mini quilt, you’ll be happy to know that it’s a free pattern on my blog πŸ™‚ This is my Sweethearts Mini Quilt which you can find HERE. And it comes together super quick if you want to try to finish it before Valentines Day. I got it done in a weekends time.

The mini quilt and hearts, and actually pretty much everything in this post was made using my 3rd fabric collection called Woodland Rose, available in stores now! If you can’t find it at your LQS, be sure to search online. I know that Shabby Fabrics and Fat Quarter Shop has some.

These little heart ornaments were addicting to make. I made them all one night right after finishing my mini. They would be perfect as lavender sachets but I didn’t have any on hand.

Per the usual we’ve been keeping busy. My eldest son celebrated his 7th birthday! We let him invite 5 of his friends over for a sleepover party. A total of SEVEN boys including Ethan and Simon. Yes, we survived and it was a hit (and I’m still recovering, lol)! x-)

Below is Simon putting the decorations back up after storing them away for safekeeping during the sleepover party ;-p

Ethan made his very first quilt which we finished just in time for his birthday! I will share it on my next post – I think you’ll be as impressed as I am!

Anyhoodles, here’s out little Valentines vignette…ta dahhh πŸ™‚ Simple and sweet.

What else have we been up to…oh yes! I submitted my 5th fabric collection to Lecien Fabrics including my first ever Christmas collection!

For the V-day mini quilt and hearts, I used the champagne pinks and reds from my Woodland Rose collection to make the mini quilt.

Oh, and here’s a lovely Valentines day site for you all. πŸ™‚ These are 100+ year old Victorian era Valentines day cards, some with handwritten notes still in them. Can’t get more romantic than that πŸ˜‰

Also sharing these picture-perfect pin cushions that my instagram friend Lisa (@lschweitzer on IG) made for me. Is it just me or do they remind you of beignets and you just wanna sink your teeth into one? x-)

Lisa is the cathedral windows queen!

Anyway, happy Valentines Day from my family to yours! We’ve had several snow days here in Seattle with school canceled. Made for some excellent quilt snuggle time with my little peanuts. πŸ™‚ This quilt below was made using my very first fabric collection called High Tea. The free pattern can be found HERE.

Also, have you picked up any Woodland Rose fabrics yet? πŸ™‚



p.s. i’m sew thankful for you all! Happy love day!

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