9.08.2014

Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern, book Giveaways!

Before I begin, I have to get this off my chest... :-) ...A heartfelt thank you to all that support my blog and facebook. I don't have many quilty-friends (this is honestly my alter-ego!), so this blog really has been a creative 'quilting' outlet for me. Without your comments and support, I most likely would not have kept up my blog. I love sharing my quilty-endeavors with you all - thank you for your support and enthusiasm! Much love for that.

Okay! Now on to some fun stuff! To celebrate the launch of my new book, I'm giving away three free signed (by me ;) copies to you lovely peeps! To enter to win:

1. Leave a comment to this blog post.
2. Include a way for me to email you. 

This giveaway will end on Tuesday (September 16), after I draw the names of 3 winners. I will then contact the winners directly for shipping information. :)

The rest of this blog post is to share some beautiful Quilt As-You-Go (QAYG) projects that will be in the book. Let me start by telling you how I got started on this adventure that became this book...
It began with my blog, www.QuiltingInTheRain.com, which I started four years ago as a creative outlet from my 9-5 job, and as a way to share with the world that quilting doesn't have to be as daunting as it appears! It was actually my husband who encouraged me to start a blog.  I'm a self-taught quilter - the first quilter in my family! My motto has always been to "let your creativity Rain!" That being said, when it comes to quilting I like to bend the rules. I find quilting more enjoyable and creative when doing so. :)
After having my son (who is now 2.5 years old!), I found myself quilting in the wee hours of the night when handling a rotary cutter and trying to cut precise measurements from a pattern just wasn't happening. Not to mention that my crafting room became my son's nursery so I was 'downgraded' to a little sewing nook in my dining room. That's when I started quilting as-you-go.

I started with making QAYG pillows and table runners and then decided to try making a whole quilt. I was enthralled with this technique because I was able to complete a full size quilt on my smaller sewing machine, from start to finish! It feels good when you can say that. Also, it’s a truly creative way to quilt that doesn’t always require a precise pattern.
You can easily accomplish intricate quilting on a basic sewing machine because you're quilting onto smaller, and therefore more manageable batting blocks. Once all your blocks have been quilted, all you need to do is assemble them, add backing and bind it, then you're done!

People always ask how I crank out so many quilts so fast having a part-time job and a kid, and it's all thanks to this technique. I set totally doable goals and try to quilt at least 2-3 blocks/day. You don’t need a lot of space to lay out your fabrics/blocks because you’re quilting directly onto the batting, so it’s easy to start and stop. By the end of the week I typically have enough blocks for a whole quilt and since I'm literally quilting-as-I-go, I have a nearly finished quilt!  

I started teaching QAYG classes and it was a hit because it's such of a practical technique. If you don't have along-arm sewing machine, gone is the frustration and physical strain of trying to quilt and pull a big quilt sandwich through your sewing machine. And no more unfinished quilt tops lying around!
I am truly thrilled to be sharing this technique with you. It's a great technique for a new and seasoned quilter. In my book I discuss how you can follow a traditional pattern and still apply this QAYG technique, or you can make a quilt without a pattern using an improvisational style of QAYG, as shown above and below. It's a really creative and way to quilt, and it’s simpler than it sounds!

 
Below is a preview of some of the quilts that will be in my book (if the exact quilt is not in there, the pattern will be!) Once you learn the technique discussed in the first chapter, you'll be able to look at any pattern and figure out to finish it using QAYG.

Also, a fun little tid bit: I'm from Seattle so I've named all my quilts Seattle-themed. The strip quilt above is called Solstice Parade (named after a parade that takes place every summer in Fremont, a neighborhood in Seattle) and the one below is Portage Bay (a bay located near the University of Washington).

(Above: Paige modeling 'Ballard Blocks' from Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern)

Oh! And for all of you fans of my furry-child and quilting buddy Paige (pictured above), you'll be happy to hear that she has a whole page (no pun intended!) in my book dedicated to her, because she's a diva like that. ;)
(Above: Salmon Run, Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern)

(Above: Triple Shot, Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern)

(Above: Emerald City, Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern)

(Above: Rainy Days, Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern)




Thank you for stopping by! Don't forget that you can also find me on Facebook and Instagram as well.

I hope this book brings you lots of creativity and many finished quilts! I am so happy to be sharing this simple and fun technique with you all!

Let your creativity rain, and happy quilting-as-you-go!

xo Jera

9.07.2014

Stairway to Heaven Quilt Tutorial

Hi All! In case you missed it, my Stairway to Heaven quilt was featured over on Moda Bakeshop last week. You can find a printable version of it HERE, or simply scroll down. Also, major props to @auntiePami over on Instagram for coming up with the awesome quilt name - thanks again! ;)

This is a super simple quilt that's great for a beginner or anyone that wants a fast and fun project, as this pattern uses a quick cutting shortcut shown below. Your quilt will be done in no time!

Unfortunately I wasn't able to actually quilt and bind this in time for my MBS blog post so check back if you want to see the finished quilt.

Before I begin, here are some pretty pictures of the quilt top with my child and furry children. :) Thanks so much for stopping by and enjoy the tutorial!
  My quilting buddy Paige (below) does her signature roll and says "hello!"
And Bodie (a bit unsure of himself, and still terrified of my sewing machine) is wondering if he's posing correctly like Paige always does. ;-p He's a sweetheart!

This makes a ~72"x60" quilt.

Materials
  • 1 Layer Cake (you will need 25 of the 42 squares)
  • *1 Jelly Roll (you will only need 15 of the 42 strips)
  •  1 1/8 yard of solid
  • 1/2 yard binding
  •  3 1/2 yards backing
*Alternatively, you can cut your own strips from five different 1/4 yard cuts (cut three 2.5" strips along the WOF from each quarter yard for a total of 15 strips)

Instructions: 

Before you begin, please note that "assemble" refers to sewing your pieces together (with right sides facing together, sew a 1/4" SA and then press open with an iron.

Step 1: Cut the 1 1/8 yard solid fabric into sixteen 2.5" strips along the WOF.

Step 2: Divide your layer cake into 4 piles of similar colors: color 1, color 2, color 3 and color 4. From color 1, choose 7 squares.
From color 2, choose 7 squares.
From color 3, choose 4 squares.
From color 4, choose 7 squares.

Step 3: Using fabric scissors, trim a jelly roll strip to the same length as the layer cake (I simply aligned the strip to the layer cake and then trimmed). Assemble two strips to the left and right sides as shown below. Note: these strips can be any color/design you want.


Then, assemble a solid strip to the top and bottom. Simply trim the strip to size using fabric scissors as described above. 


Repeat the above for all 25 of your layer cake squares, for a total of 25 blocks:


Step 4: Next, use a rotary cutter to quarter all of your blocks. This will give you a total of 100 7"x7" blocks.

Step 5: Arrange your blocks as shown below. It helps to start by laying out the top row first, then the first block in each row, and then fill the rest in from there.

Start by assembling the blocks within each row together. Then, assemble the rows together. 
Tip: Press the seams in each row in alternating directions so that when you assemble the rows, the seams will nest at the intersections.

Step 6: To prepare the backing fabric, cut the 3 1/2 yards in half to yield two 63"xWOF rectangles. Assemble the rectangles along the 63" side to create the backing fabric. Baste, and then quilt. From your 1/2 yard of binding fabric, cut seven 2.5" strips then follow my simple Binding Tutorial.

Aaaaand that's all there is to it!

Thank you for checking out my tutorial and happy quilting! :) 
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xoxo jera

8.23.2014

Quilts, Fabric and Pie :)

Hello! It's been too long since my last post so I wanted to share what i've been up to.

I've been working on this new quilt that will be featured on Moda Bakeshop. The (free!) tutorial will be coming your way any day now. I will be sure to do a post about it here and on Facebook when it's up. It's a fast and easy quilt with a quick cutting technique, previewed below.
 It's a great quilt pattern for a beginner or if you want a quick and fun project.
The collection I used is Somerset by Fig Tree and Co. for Moda. It's made up of Layer Cakes (pre-cut 10" squares). I also used a jelly roll (pre-cut 2.5" strips); however, you can cut your own strips from yardage to save some money as I only needed 15 strips.
I finished the quilt top a couple days ago and I may have bribed my son with skittles for a good picture. :) More pictures coming soon.
Check this out...look who decided to make an appearance on my quilt! My sweet little Bodie. He's terrified of my sewing machine and usually wants nothing to do with my quilts. Even here he looks unsure of himself.. ;) xoxo
What else have I been up to....
Oh yes, I've been baking lots of pies.  It started when this guy picked a bucket full of blueberries. I didn't know what to do with all of them and didn't want the berries to go bad so I did what any logical person would do and made a pie, obviously.
Then I made a sugar plum pie. In the last 2 weeks I've made 3 pies. And yes these pies are fat free! I keep telling myself that (as I eat my daily pie slice). At least there's fruit...which have antioxidants! I'm so healthy! :-|
On a different note (but just as sweet as my fat free pies ;) ... my latest stash additions are these lovelies from Simply Sweet Fabric. You can get the bundle here and here. The shop owner, Shay, is so sweet AND she makes the sweetest bundles. She has a lot of this vintage-floral look that I'm crazy about right now. I think my next quilt will use these fabrics.  
Also, I should mention that my next Quilt-as-you-Go class is on Tuesday (it's full) but the Quilting Loft just listed another class for September 23rd. If you're in the area, I'd love to quilt with you! Here's a recent quilt-as-you-go that one of my students, Sarah (@oscarandthesparrow on instagram) made using my technique. Isn't it gorgeous?! 
Speaking of Quilt-as-you-Go, I made this QAYGo ninja pillow for my brother who recently turned the big 3-0.
 Had to do matching coasters of course. 
And then there's this Quilt-as-you-Go pillow (and quilt behind it) - I got the pillow back from my publisher. This one will be in my upcoming book! :)
 Other than pies, fabric and my latest quilt project, I've been enjoying the Summer with my favorite little guy. That's a quilt-as-you-go quilt below (and yes, it will be in my book!) :)
 It's crazy that Fall is just around the corner. The other morning I felt a cool chill in the air and I LOVED it. I guess i'm not much of a Summer girl...I admit that I'm one of those Seattleites that complain about too much sun and feel like they're withering away in the heat :-p So of course I went out and bought some new, Fall boots in preparation for the new season!
(above, Ethan snuggling in my Winter Star quilt)

By the way, a lot of these photos are from my Instagram, so if you're not following my photo feed yet you should!:) Sorry for all the repeats for anyone that already follows!

My home is never this neat (the mess is behind the photographer ;) but I snapped this photo shortly after cleaning and reorganizing my quilt ladder. I love how quilts can bring pops of color and coziness all around a home.
(Summer Star mini quilt on the wall)

Whew! This post ended up being longer than I anticipated. I kept adding random photos. Congrats on making it all the way through me rambling ;) Because you're so awesome here's a coupon code to get 10% off my little Etsy shop. This expires September 1st. :)
Thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure to check back for my upcoming Moda Bakeshop tutorial.

Happy Quilting :)

8.03.2014

Winter Star Pattern and Limited Quilt Kits!

I'm excited to offer you all my 3rd pattern! This one is called Winter Star and is available for purchase at my little Etsy shop: www.QuiltingInTheRain.etsy.com Thanks in advance for supporting my little shop!

This is an easy and fun pattern that uses 11 fat quarters and 2.75 yards background fabric for the quilt top. It's a timeless design and you'll learn to easily assemble two types of star blocks.

(Pattern available at www.QuiltingInTheRain.etsy.com)

Here's my baby boy and furry baby modeling the new quilt. I'm a lucky mama to have such happy and cute quilt-munchkin-models! ;)
I'm kicking myself for not finishing this one using my quilt-as-you-go assembly method. If I had, I would have been able to easily accomplish more intricate quilting on the quilt top. Instead, I just quilted simple straight lines 1/4" along the seam. Oh well, maybe next time! It still tuned out super comfy. :)
And here's some fun news! Whimsy Quilt and Fabrics decided to extend her quilt kit pre-orders!

My good friend Cristi over at Whimsy Quilt and Fabrics is offering a quilt kit to make this exact quilt. It comes with 11 fat quarters for the top, 2.75 yards background fabric, 1/2 yard binding fabric, my pattern (you can choose a paper or PDF copy) AND 3.5 yards backing fabric. This offer ends on Wednesday, at which point she'll stop offering the kits. For more details and to order your kit, visit her shop HERE.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you're all having a good Sunday.  I'll be doing a post office run to mail out patterns tomorrow morning, so if you get your pattern order in by early tomorrow AM your pattern will ship right away. :) 

Lastly, I plan to do another post this week where I'll offer a fun giveaway so stay tuned. Happy quilting! :)
 

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