Sweethearts Mini Quilt Tutorial

 I'm sort of obsessed with hearts (see some of my other 'heart-themed' tutorials here, here and here), and what better excuse to share another heart-themed tutorial with Valentine's day just a few weeks away! I really love this one because it's adorable, but it's also doable! It's small enough that you can complete it within a couple of days, and warning...assembling the mini hearts are addicting!
This Sweethearts Mini Quilt makes a cute wall hanging (mine is hanging next to my front door), or as the cutest table topper ever! Though it's a mini, I'd love to see someone make a full size quilt out of these mini hearts some day.

Before I share the tutorial, here are some cute photos I snapped along the way... :) Or you can skip and scroll down to get straight to business! ;)
 Below: my handsome quilt model
The fabric collection I used for this mini quilt is called Ambleside by Brenda Riddle for Moda fabrics, to be released March 2015.
My pattern is simple and you can use fabrics you have laying around in your stash or scraps. Thank you for being here, and I hope you enjoy this fun tutorial I've put together for you all!

Materials for a 16.5"x17.5" Sweethearts Mini Quilt:
  • Mini hearts: scrap fabrics or a charm pack/mini charm pack would work. 
  • White fabric: 1/4 yard or a fat quarter
  • Inner border: Fat eighth, or scraps at least 1"x11.5" long 
  • Outer border: one fat quarter
  • Binding: 1/8 yard
  • Backing: one fat quarter  
Note: When sewing, always use a 1/4" seam allowance
Step 1: Assembling Mini Hearts

To make one mini heart, you will need: two 2" squares and two 1.5" squares from coordinating print fabrics, plus six 1" squares and two 2" squares from white fabric.

Take one 2" square from your print fabric. Then take three 1" squares and mark a diagonal line from corner to corner.

With right sides facing together, align one 1" square along the corner of the 2" print square. Sew exactly where you marked the diagonal line, and then trim 1/4" away from where you sewed. Press the corner to open.
 Repeat, but with the other two 1" squares on two more corners. Make two of these.

Next, take one 2" square from your white fabric.Then, take two 1.5" squares from your print fabric and mark a diagonal from corner to corner.

With right sides facing together, align one 1.5" square along the corner of the white square. Sew exactly where you marked the diagonal line, and then trim 1/4" away from where you sewed. Press the corner to open. Make two of these.
Arrange the four pieces you assembled as show below to form a heart, then sew together.
Repeat the above to make a total of 9 mini hearts.

Step 2: Add Background Fabric
From white fabric, cut three 2"x3.5" rectangles (A), one 1"x9.5" strip (B), and two 1"x11.5" strips (C) for the sides. Assemble as shown below.
Note: Although it's not illustrated in my images, as you start assembling your hearts into rows and adding background fabric, the 1/4" seam allowances will naturally round out the points in the hearts, to make the cutest little mini hearts!

Step 3: Add Borders
From your inner border fabric, cut four 1"x11.5" strips (D) and (E). Attach in that order.
From your outer border fabric, cut two 3"x12.5" rectangles (F), and two 3"x16.5" rectangles (G). Attach in that order.

Step 4: Finish it! 
This mini quilt measures 16.5"x17.5", so a fat quarter would work well for the backing fabric. Baste and then quilt. I did simple quilting and outlined the hearts with a 1/4" seam allowance. To bind, cut two 2.5" strip along the length of fabric. You can find an easy to follow binding tutorial here.

I gotta say, this quilt was an awesome excuse to buy Sweethearts and my favorite jelly sugar hearts...!! I'm such a sucker for seasonal candies.
Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you make something beautiful!


Make Modern Magazine - QAYG tutorial & Interview

Make Modern Magazine, Issue 3 (photo credit: Lidia Flanigan)
Hello everyone! It's ironic because ever since the holidays, I haven't touched my sewing machine (it's been over a month...so sad!). Yet it seems like I've been non-stop crafting with these two recent magazine publications that just came in.  But the truth is, I worked on these last year and now they're making me- who's in a current crafting slump-  look goooood. ;)
Make Modern Magazine, Issue 3 (photo credit: Lidia Flanigan)
I'm excited to share this fun Quilt As-You-Go coaster tutorial called Coasting Along that's featured in Make Modern Magazine, Issue 3 (Feb-March 2015). You can order a copy or preview the magazine HERE.

Also, a shout out to my bestie, Lidia Flanigan, for taking these amazing photos of the coasters. Thanks again girl!!
Make Modern Magazine, Issue 3 (photo credit: Lidia Flanigan)
 There's 4 coasters where I share two different QAYG quilting techniques. One that uses no quilting, ans the other that uses quilting. These are quick and creative projects that are fast to complete!
Bonus! There's also a really nice interview in the magazine right before my coaster tutorial. Here's a small snippet Make Modern Magazine let me share...
 I'm flattered and really happy with how the interview turned out - thank you Make Modern Mag!
Make Modern Magazine, Issue 3 (photo credit: Lidia Flanigan)
I hope you check out the tutorial. :) The cool thing is you can apply these coaster blocks to a full size quilt, or even a pillow sham. The QAYG technique truly is fun and creative. For details on how to apply the QAYG technique to a full size quilt plus lots of QAYG tips, check out my book Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern, details HERE and HERE.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

p.s. if you haven't yet, don't forget to check out my last post for some giveaways (including my book!), going  until this Sunday, January 11th. :)

Happy quilting as-you-go!


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, www.McCallsQuilting.com. 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!


Winged Blog Tour + Giveaway!

I'm excited to be a part of Bonnie Christine's Winged Blog Tour! I had the pleasure of meeting Bonnie at Quilt Market this year. Amongst the craziness of quilt market it was a brief visit, but she is as lovely as her fabrics.

This is a fun blog hop where 30 various bloggers make something out of Bonnie Christine's new fabric collection, Winged. You can see it all here. Sarah over at Crinkle Love was the blogger before me. I follow Sarah on Instagram and her work is beautiful, so be sure to see what she made!

Then, hop on over to Gwen's blog Tillalili on Wednesday, December 17th, to see what she made using the collection!

I decided to make a fun and simple Quilt As-You-Go pillow using 4 fat quarters from the collection. Aren't the colors just fabulous!
And here's some fun! With the holidays just around the corner, I am in the gift giving mood. That being said, I am giving away this beautiful 16" square pillow sham!

To enter to win: This giveaway had ended. Thanks to all that participated! Please leave a comment to this blog post. You can comment with anything - why you love this collection, your plans for the holiday, it's up to you! I will choose a winner Next Tuesday, December 23rd.
It's been dark and grey here in Seattle, but this pillow makes it feel like Spring. :) This collection feels like a breath of fresh air.
Thanks for stopping by my blog! To make your own Quilt As-You-Go pillow (or expand on the technique and make a full size quilt!), check out my book Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern. You can find it on Amazon, Connecting Threads or get a signed copy here.:)

Also, for daily pictures on what I'm quilting, please join me on facebook and/or Instagram. I'd love to share more with you. :)
Don't forget to leave a comment to enter to win this pillow (including a way for me to contact you). And then stop over at Gwen's blog on Wednesday, December 17th to see what she made using Winged!


December happenings!

It's hard to believe it's almost mid-December already! That being said, I am honored to say that on December 15th,  I will be a guest on American Patchwork and Quilting Podcast with talk show host, Pat Sloan. I had so much fun meeting Pat in October at Quilt Market. We had scheduled this podcast for mid-December, and now that's already next week! In a blink of an eye.
We'll be talking about everything from my love of fabric, how I got started quilting, and how that became my new book, Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern. I will be discussing the technique as well. Tune in on Monday, December 15th, at 1:00 P.M. Pacific (4pm Eastern, 3pm central, 2pm mountain). Click HERE to listen! If you can't tune in live, there will be a recording of it as well!

I hope you all can listen...I'm feeling a bit nervous!  ;)

On a different note, I wanted to share some things I've been working on this month, including the outcome of my Holiday Quilt Auction. I wanted to thank Maryanne again for being my highest bidder! A total of $200 was bid (she got the quilt pictured below plus a signed copy of my book), and I donated all of that to Northwest Harvest, Washington's statewide hunger relief agency. Northwest Harvest has the ability to feed a family of three a nutritious meal for only 67 cents, so that $200 went a long ways! You can donate directly here.
  Despite my whole family catching a nasty bug this winter, I managed to make this advent calendar for my son, pictured below.  I was planning to do a tutorial for everyone, but the bug got the best of me...and now it's already mid-December!
I got little chalkboard tags and wrote the numbers with a white paint pen, then used mini cloths pins to pin them on the pockets. Aint' nobody got time to applique 25 numbers!
He loves it! :) I filled it with chocolates and miniature toys.
Also, here's a glimpse of a "secret" quilt as you go project I made. You will hear more about it...eventually, but for now, here's a teaser. ;)
 Thank you for stopping by my blog! I hope you all are having a wonderful holiday season. I can really feel the hustle and bustle of Christmas coming! 
Also, I should mention that my book Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern is still temporarily out of stock on Amazon. I've said this before and I'll say it again: I am so grateful for the wonderful response my book has gotten so far from all of you - a sincere thank you! If you'd like a signed copy, I have a few copies left at my etsy shop. I believe Amazon will be back in stock in a week or so.

Happy quilting! And happy holidays!


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