11.30.2011

Making Progress!

Remember this quilt I was working on? Well, the other day I made progress! For one, I finally pieced together all the blocks. For the longest time I had the blocks laid out in the middle of my sewing room - it was annoying having to walk around them so I pieced them together (only took me 30 minutes!).
Then I thought, might as well baste it now. That took me a little longer, mainly because of my baby bump.
Basting a quilt is a workout having to squat and reach, repeatedly. It was my first time trying it with my 15 lb belly/baby weight! I'm at 29 weeks already...time is flying by! (photo above: I like to use curved pins when basting. It makes life easier).
I happened to find the perfect thread to go along with the color scheme. I chose gold for the quilt top, and purple for the backing. Purple and gold...(gooo Huskies!) ;)
Inspired by the fabric, the thread and the fact that basting (in my opinion, the least fun part of quilting!) was over, I threw the quilt on my sewing machine and started quilting.
Thanks to my amazing Pfaff Grand Quilter (it's super fast), I finished quilting in about 30 minutes. You might have to click to enlarge the picture above to see the actual quilting. I just did straight lines and made diamonds. I like it simple!

I told you I made progress ;)

If you like the fabric collection I used, I have it on sale at my new shop. Click HERE. The quilt top requires 8 fat quarters. I'll have the tutorial up shortly.

Happy quilting!

11.28.2011

party favors

Tonight I'm actually doing a non-fabric craft! I'm not the best at it, but I thought I'd do a quick post to show you what I'm up to. :) My friend's son, Finn, is turning 2 on Sunday and I promised I'd take care of the party favors. Well...here they are! I'm happy with the end result.
I spent quite some time perusing the web for some party favor ideas and decided to keep it simple. I'm a big fan of keeping it simple...simple is always good!

Inside each gift bag is a hot cocoa packet (by Starbucks; either double chocolate or chocolate salted caramel flavor), a white chocolate dipped pretzel with peppermint crunch or chocolate dipped pretzel with toffee crunch, and a couple candy canes. I got all the goodies from Target!

I bought all of the packaging supplies from Impress, which consisted of cute little paper bags, bakers twine, printed tape (or what i like to call 'fancy tape') and some blank tags. I used stamps that I already had to stamp the thank you and birthday wishes with snow flakes.

not bad, huh? ;) Anyway, that's it for now. Just a quick post as I deviate from my world of fabric.

Hope you're all having a great week! Happy Quilting!

-jera

11.26.2011

A Stellar Block


I hope you all had a wonderful holiday! Thank you to all that participated in my November fabric giveaway - the winner has been drawn and I've emailed them directly.

On a different note, here's a block tutorial that will be featured on Sew We Quilt on the 30th - just wanted to share it with you all first! This block is a different take on the cathedral window design and uses only charm squares (pre-cut 5" squares). There are so many crafting possibilities with this quick and easy block! Check out our shop for an assortment of charm squares and make some yourself - enjoy! :)

Materials for 1 block (measures 9.5" x 9.5" finished):
  • four pre-cut 5 inch squares
  • four pre-cut 5 inch squares in solid white
Step 1 - Start with one printed and one solid white 5 inch square.

Step 2 - Take the solid white 5 inch square and fold all four corners inward as shown below. Press flat with an iron. This will give you a smaller square, where one side has folds and the other side does not.

Step 3 - Place the smaller, folded square on top of the printed square as shown below. The non-folded side should be facing you. Then, secure the smaller square to the printed square by sewing two straight lines from corner to corner of the smaller square. Do not sew the sides down. (I used white thread so you may need to enlarge the image to see).

Step 4 - Since you sewed from corner to corner in the previous step, the sides of the smaller square should be open, almost like little pockets. Fold the sides toward the center of the square and stitch them down, as shown below.
Do this for all four sides:

Step 5 - Repeat the above until you have a total of four.
Step 6 - With right sides facing together, sew the first two blocks in the first row together, then press open with an iron. Repeat for the second row. Then, with right sides facing together, sew rows 1 and 2 together, then press open with an iron.
And there you have it! One stellar block!

Happy quilting!

11.23.2011

Happy Thanksgiving! and some random updates...

Hi all - just a quick post to say Happy Thanksgiving! During this busy holiday, I hope you find time to get some crafting in. :)

Here's a few random updates:

1. My Home Sweet Home quilt tutorial posted on Moda Bakeshop on Tuesday. You can find a printer-friendly version, here:
2. QuiltingInTheRain.com is having our first fabric giveaway. Enter to win a charm pack and two crumbs! Update on 11/26: This giveaway has ended. Thank you all for participating!


3. If you haven't seen it already, we launched Quilting In The Rain's first newsletter today. Check it out for a holiday discount code and a little holiday treat! :)

11.19.2011

Frayed Fabric Basket Tutorial

With the holidays just around the corner (yay!), I was trying to think of a quick crafting project that would make a fun little gift. I love this idea because the fabric basket can be reused throughout the year. This tutorial uses charm squares (pre-cut 5" squares) - I used Autumn themed prints since Thanksgiving is this week (can you believe it?!). Check out all the other charm square options at the new store! Enjoy the tutorial!

Materials for 1 basket:
  • 10 charm squares (pre-cut 5" squares)
  • Plastic mesh, at least an 8" x 16" sheet (you can find this at most crafting stores)
  • Coordinating embroidery floss and needle
  • Coordinating thread
  • Glue stick

Step 1 - Cut the plastic mesh to create a total of four trapezoids that are 4.5" long, where the narrow end measures 3" and the wide end measures 4.5". To do this, cut your mesh so it measures a 15.75" x 4.5" rectangle. Using a pen and ruler, make the following markings along the length of the plastic mesh as illustrated in red, below. (click image to enlarge)
(Note: this image is not a cutting template - it is not to scale)

Then, make diagonal cuts (black lines shown above). This will give you a total of 4 trapezoids:
From the remaining mesh, cut a 3" x 3" square. This will be the base of your basket.

After you're done cutting the mesh, you should have a total of four trapezoids, and one 3" square.

Step 2 - From your 10 charm squares, choose eight and trim them into trapezoids. These trapezoids will be 1/4" bigger around the perimeter than the mesh trapezoids you previously cut. To do this, take one charm square and at the bottom, measure 3/4" inward on both the left and right sides. From that mark, make a straight cut all the way to the corner for both sides as shown below. This will give you a trapezoid that is 5" long, where the narrow end (bottom) measures 3.5" and the wide end (top) measures 5". Repeat for seven more charm squares.

From the remaining two charm squares, cut two 3.5" x 3.5" squares. When you're done cutting all the charm squares, you should have eight trapezoids, and two 3.5" squares:


Step 3 - Create the side panels of the basket by making a fabric/mesh sandwich: Take two fabric trapezoids and one mesh trapezoid. Place the mesh trapezoid in the center of the fabric trapezoid (the fabric trapezoid will be 1/4" bigger around the perimeter); secure with glue. The wrong sides of the fabric should be facing the mesh. Repeat to create a total of four panels.

Repeat to create another mesh/fabric sandwich, but for the base of the basket. Use the two fabric squares and one mesh square.


Step 4 - Sew a 1/4" seam around the perimeter of all four side panels and the base, as shown below. Since the mesh was cut 1/4" smaller around the perimeter, the stitch will be against the edge of the mesh.


Step 5 - First, arrange the four trapezoids and the base as shown below. The surfaces that are facing up will become the inside of the basket.
Illustrated by the red arrow above, starting with one trapezoid, flip it so that the inside surface is facing the top of the base. Make sure to align the edge of the base with the narrow edge of the trapezoid.

Now attach the trapezoid to the base by sewing a 1/4" seam, making sure that you are sewing right up against the mesh. Start and end your stitch 1/4" from the sides of the trapezoid panel as shown below (make sure that you don't sew past the edges of the mesh). Start and end your stitch with a back-stitch.

Repeat the above for the remaining three side panels. The inside should look like this after all four panels are sewn on:

Step 6 - Lastly, fold all four panels upward. The 1/4" seams will be exposed on the outside.
Use embroidery floss to tie-up the corners. I did 3 knots along all four side edges. You could also sew the sides closed using a 1/4" seam.Optional: Fray the exposed seams by snipping little frays (~ 1/4" apart). I personally like the look of the frays; it gives it a rag-quilt look.

That's it!

Let me know if you have any questions. :)

A cool tutorial using Layer Cakes!

I've spent my Saturday afternoon perusing quilting forums and blogs and came across this awesome tutorial by Amy Gibson of StitcheryDickoryDock.com...check out her blog, it's super cute!

Anyway, I just love how unique and simple this project is, so I wanted to share it with you all in case you haven't seen it yet.

You can find her tutorial by clicking the photo below, or HERE.
Amy's tutorial is really easy to follow with great photos. The fabric collection she used is Ruby by Moda. You can make this project using 1 Layer Cake, which you can find at my pre-cut shop. Or choose your own Layer Cake collection!

(photo from Stitchery Dickory Dock by Amy Gibson)

I love coming across original ideas like this - they're so inspiring!

Hope you're all having a great weekend!

-Jera

11.17.2011

New International Shipping options at QuiltingInTheRain.com!

For those of you that don't live in the U.S., I have good news! www.QuiltingInTheRain.com has new, more affordable international shipping options. Check out the new rates here. Shipping is as low as $8 for First Class, international!

For everyone else in the U.S., shipping is $4.95 flat with Priority 2-3 day delivery!

I'm thankful to say we've had a successful first week open! As you know, we're a new shop and still have some kinks to work out, but we're getting there :)

So far it seems like Paypal is working out okay...for clarification, you do not need to have a Paypal account in order to checkout. If you don't have one, simply click the 'Don't have a Paypal account' link as illustrated here. We've been updating our FAQ page as we figure out new things that might raise questions. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to ask!

Also, don't forget to check out out our Coming Soon link which lists all the pre-cut collections I've pre-ordered all the way out 'til April 2012. A lot of fun stuff to look forward to!


Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week already? I can really use a mini holiday/vacation right about now. To celebrate the upcoming holiday, Quilting in the Rain will have a Black Friday deal that will go from November 24th-27th, so be sure to sign up to our newsletter via www.QuiltingInTheRain.com 's homepage (if you haven't already) for details. I'm really looking forward to the holidays *<(:)

Have a great weekend all!

Happy quilting!

-jera

11.15.2011

Good idea...BAD idea...

Let's start with the good idea...
This is a sneak peak of a block tutorial I'll have posted on November 30th, to be featured on Sew I Quilt. I was trying to think outside of the box for this one (no pun intended), and i think i succeeded!
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...and now for the the BAD idea.

The photo speaks for itself.
I was having a late night crafting session here...
basket full of candies + hungry pregnant woman = bad idea
I think i need a shot of insulin now.

Happy Quilting all!

-jittery Jera




11.13.2011

Feeling inspired!

Being a fabri-holic, I can't not use at least some of my fabric stock... being a crafter, you have to live in the moment and choose the path of inspiration, right?! It just so happens that at the moment, the collection Heirloom by Joel Dewberry is doing the trick! you can find the same collection here at the new store. :)

Speaking of the store, I've spent a lot of time in the last few months preparing for it, leaving me little if no time to quilt. Inspired by Heirloom , I wanted to make a quick quilt to display this gorgeous collection. I thought up a quick project using 8 fat quarters - this is enough for the entire quilt top; no extra fabric needed.

I love using fat quarters because they're easier to work with - their smaller size makes cutting fast. Simply stack and whack to get more cuts in one! Anyway, I'll have the tutorial up shortly. This quilt will be a quicky. :)
Thanks for stopping by - hope you're all finding some crafting inspiration in your sewing world like i have :)

11.11.2011

We're LIVE! Let your creativity rain!

~ Now Open ~

The countdown is finally over...Quilting in the Rain the online store is now OPEN!!! Thanks to all that participated in my little store launch - hope you had some fun in the process. :) As a thank you and to celebrate the launch, below is a discount code that will get you 10% off your purchase, today only. :) Just a small token of my thanks, plus I love giving gifts that in some form involve fabric!
Speaking of gift giving, you'll notice on the homepage of the new website is a designated Fabric Giveaway link. I plan to host giveaways somewhat often, so be sure to check it out. My first giveaway will be in a couple of weeks. :)

Happy pre-cut Shopping! ;) Go crazy with pre-cuts, and let your creativity rain!

11.10.2011

1 day to go!

Hi all - thanks for checking back on the LAST day of the countdown! :) Quilting in the Rain, the online store, finally opens tomorrow! Yay for pre-cuts!

Today's giveaway are TWO $20 gift cards.

To enter to win, please answer the following question below via a comment to this blog post. Quilting In The Rain will have some fat quarter bundles in stock. Recently I've heard about fat eighths and half yard bundles becoming more popular. Have you heard of fat eighths and half yard bundles, and if yes, do you prefer one or the other over fat quarter bundles?

Thanks for participating! And don't forget to leave a way for me to email you.

Happy quilting! :)

11.09.2011

The count down continues: 2 more days!

This week is going by fast! We've been busy getting last minute store stuff figured out...trying to work out all the little quirks so that the launch goes smoothly. Thank you all for checking back on day 3!

Today's giveaway are TWO $15.00 gift cards!

They keep getting better! And for the grand opening this Friday, don't forget to check out my blog - I'll have a little gift for everyone :)

To enter to win a gift card, please respond to the following question by leaving a comment to this post. Have you ever used Paypal, and if not, have you heard of it? I know, kind of an odd-ball question. :) With the new store, I'm exploring different payment options and wanted to get a idea on what people are familiar with. Tomorrow night I will use a random number generator to draw the winner. Thanks for participating!

Hope you're all having a great week and are finding more time to quilt than I am ;)

Happy quilting!

-jera

11.08.2011

3 days to go!!!

For those that participated in yesterday's giveaway, I will be emailing the two winners their gift card numbers tonight. :) Yay for free fabric!

Three more days to go until our online, pre-cut friendly shop opens!

To celebrate the countdown, today's giveaway
will be TWO $10 gift cards!


To enter to win, simply "Like" Quilting In the Rain's Facebook page. If you're already a liker, then you're good to go and are automatically in the drawing! tomorrow night I will draw the winner from Quilting In The Rain's Facebook page and then email/message the winners.

Also, just for fun here's a little (literally :p) sneak peak of the store!


Thank you all for participating in my little store launch!

Happy Quilting!
-jera



11.07.2011

Count down begins! T-minus 4 days!

Hi everyone! I have to admit that I'm getting a little nervous here now that the count down is official! T-minus 4 days until the grand opening! As promised, I will be giving out giveaways this entire week. :)

Today I wanted to kick off the countdown by giving away TWO $5.00 gift cards.

To enter to win a gift card, simply leave a comment and let me know your thoughts on pre-cuts. E.g. do you love them? Hate them? Never used them? Have no idea what they are? Be sure to leave a way for me to email you. At the end of the day I will draw two people using a random number generator, and will email you the gift card numbers before Friday if not sooner.

Don't forget to check back tomorrow for MORE gift card giveaways.

Thanks so much for being a part of this launch! Yay for free fabric!

Happy quilting!
-jera

11.05.2011

Home Sweet Home Quilt Tutorial

 I finally got this tutorial up! Thank you ALL so much for your fabulous quilt name suggestions. I love picking your crafty brains ;) It was a tough choice, but I decided to go with Home Sweet Home (thank you Anna from Switzerland for the idea!). If you're familiar with my tutorials, you'll know that I love simple and quick quilts that require little to none fussy measurements. Well, this is one of them! In fact, this quilt practically requires no measuring! That's the beauty of pre-cut fabrics - you can whip up a quilt top over a weekend. Check out my tutorial below :)

A printer-friendly version can be found HERE.

Materials for a 47" x 47" quilt:
  • 2 charm packs (or 81 pre-cut 5" squares)
  • Ten neutral colored Jelly Roll strips (or 3/4 yard neutral colored fabric; from this, cut ten 2.5" x 42/44").
  • 5/8 yards binding fabric
  • 3 yards backing fabric

Step 1 - Choose 9 charm squares (or pre-cut 5 inch squares) and make a 9 patch block by sewing 3 rows together with 3 blocks per row.


Step 2 - Using a rotary cutter and ruler, cut 2 diagonal lines from corner to corner as shown below.


Step 3 - Repeat steps 1 and 2 to make a total of 3 nine patch blocks. Cut diagonal lines from corner to corner for all 3 blocks. This will give you a total of 12 triangle pieces.


Step 4 - Here's the fun part! Rearrange all 12 pieces to your liking.


Step 5 - Then sew the rearranged pieces back together as shown below. This will give you a block that measures roughly 13.3" x 13.3". Repeat until you have a total of 9 finished blocks.


Step 6 - Take three jelly roll strips (or three 2.5" x 42/44" long strips), and then sub-cut each strip into three 2.5" x 13.5" strips. This will give you a total of six 2.5" x 13.5" strips. With right sides facing together, sew a strip to the side of a finished block, press flat with an iron and then trim the excess ends (since your finished block measures 13.3 inches, this is simpler then trying to measure 13.3 inch long strips).
Sew the remaining strips to create sashing between the blocks that looks like this:

Step 7
- Use two more jelly roll strips (or two 2.5" x 42/44" strips) for the middle sashing. with right sides facing together, sew the first row of blocks to the sashing, then press flat with an iron. Repeat until all three rows of blocks are connected by the two sashing strips. Trim the excess ends.

Step 8 - Use two more jelly roll strips (or two 2.5" x 42/44" strips) for the top and bottom borders. After sewing them on, trim the excess ends. Lastly, sew the left and right side borders on. Each side will measure roughly 47" long, so you will need to sew some jelly roll strips together to get two 2.5" x 47" long strips. I simply sewed three jelly roll strips together (or three 2.5" x 42/44" strips) from end to end and then cut that in half. After sewing them onto the sides of the quilt top, trim the excess fabric.
That's all there is to it! Like I said, it's a non-fussy cut quilt and fast to piece together. Here's a picture of my quilting buddy, Bodie, that I thought I'd sneak in. He was ready for a walk in this photo. :)
Happy Quilting! And if you make this quilt, don't forget to share it on Quilting In The Rain's Facebook page for all to see!
 

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