Hello, and happy Saturday! We have some breathtaking projects to share with you today, courtesy of Jera Brandvig, aka Quilting in the Rain. She was our gracious filming guest back in June, and now we are thrilled to have all her videos featuring her gorgeous new line called La Conner done so we can share them with you all! Over those few days, we just fell more and more in love with Jera. She is brilliant, and you’ll have to agree with us after this post!
All her projects were made with her brand new fabric line for Lecien called La Conner, and it is the most beautiful, elegant fabric we have seen this year. Inspired by summer trips to this idyllic town in Washington, she has packed it with little berries and flowers on classic geometrics, like checks and ginghams. She formed the color palette so you can use it every season and holiday, plus the touch of gold metallic adds a beautiful finishing sheen to anything you make with it. There is even LACE and thread to go with it! Check out our La Conner video to see it all, before we move on to her projects!
The Quilt-As-You-Go Strip Quilt Block… with LACE!
Jera’s fabrics are just the start of our love affair with her creativity. She is also the author of two Quilt-As-You-Go books, Quilt-As-You-Go Made Modern and Quilt-As-You-Go Made Vintage (releasing this September!). As a busy mom of two kiddos, she fell in love with quilting and developed her own methods of quilt-as-you-go out of sheer necessity, to be able to do a little bit of sewing each day. That led to her publishing her first book Quilt-As-You-Go Made Modern, and in this next video she shares a strip quilt block from that book, with an added twist of charm with her new LACE! (Yes, I’m capitalizing all the LACE in this post, but it’s unique and deserves all the special recognition, so sorry not sorry!)
The La Conner Patchwork Tote Bag
Jera also designed for us a charming patchwork tote bag with a cute pieced pocket. Bags are far from our specialty, but after watching her make this one, we all were inspired to go home and make our own! She taught us how to use new notions like strapping for the handles, and you can make it with a pieced or single fabric rectangle for the body of the bag (options, options!). And of course, if you feel the need, you can always embellish it with her wonderful LACE! It’s a great first bag project for anyone to try. (We were very tempted to keep the bag, but alas it is now home with Jera!)
The La Conner Pocketed Placemat
Continuing onto more pretty projects to adorn our homes, she designed a pocketed placemat using a quilt block from her upcoming Quilt-As-You-Go Made Vintage book and sweet, easy LACE edging (indulge me… I’m almost done!) If you’re like me, adding pockets to any project just takes it up a notch. How cute is that silverware tucked inside? Imagine customizing a placemat for each member of the family, it’s like an invitation to the table every time you use them!
How to Bind with LACE!
Finally, she showed us the most amazing way to finish a quilt… and the answer is, of course, LACE!!! The La Conner lace has a special feature that makes this a super easy way to enhance the ‘ooh aah’ element of your quilt. Watch the video to find out what it is, and try not to drool all over that pretty LACE, which is available in single color 11-yard spools and multicolor 1-yard packs. Plus, not having to prepare binding strips? Yes, please! And of course, having matching thread colors is another level of La Conner perfection! So brilliant, that Jera.
We are so grateful and happy that Jera spent these few days with us, blowing our minds with all of her creative methods, hacks, tips and ideas! Be sure to save all of these videos for your future projects (#quiltgoals) and let us know what you think (especially about that luxurious LACE). Have a wonderful weekend!
Happy Friday, quilters! A while back, we got a request from one of our YouTube subscribers for an easy gingham quilt. Yes, gingham quilts are made up of rows of straight squares, but could we make it even easier? We took on the challenge and did it! Today, we are presenting the 3-Hour Baby Gingham Quilt. Three hours is long enough for you to make this quilt from first cut to finished quilt top. Intrigued? Grab the free 3-Hour Baby Gingham Quilt pattern and press play below to see how we did it!
We used the Essentially Yours basics line from Moda Fabrics to create our 3-Hour Baby Gingham Quilt. This collection of mini dots, checks and strips has an awesome array of light and dark values that mix so well. The most important part of this quilt is choosing the right tones to make it monochromatic, like a true gingham fabric, so in the free pattern, we have listed six color combos from Essentially Yours to make red, blue, yellow, lime, aqua and gray versions.
This quilt is so quick to whip up as a baby shower gift, but I have a hankering to use it for picnics this season! We hope you enjoy this sweet, simple beauty (and especially how fast it comes together). And of course, share them with us on social media! Comment and let us know what you think, and if you have any other ideas for our next video project!
Hey Quilters! We hope your day is going well, but we’re about to make it even better with a little bit of Jelly Roll love. Our next Shortcut Quilt is the Jelly Roll Railway, and you will totally want to hop on board! The Railroad Crossing quilt block is a total classic that most quilters will recognize, and this is our strippy tribute to that beloved block. In this video, Kimberly will show you how to make the blocks from a Jelly Roll and how to get the most perfect matching points!
We love Jelly Rolls, and we are so excited for today’s quilt, Jelly Roll Check which is part of our Shortcut Quilt Series! This quilt is a fun and fresh design, and you are going to love making it! All you need is two Jelly Rolls, a background fabric and an accent fabric! Don’t forget to purchase one of our favorite rulers – Creative Grids 6.5″ Quilting Square, to make this quilt with ease!
It’s time for another Shortcut Quilt! Today we have a fun quilt along featuring a new, free pattern – Layer Cake Pop! This quilt pattern is a delight to make and we just love those cheery pops of color throughout!
It’s time to get to quilting! Follow along as Kimberly walks you through this pattern step by step!
Wasn’t that fun?! Leave a comment on this blog post of your favorite notion used in the video, and be entered to win a $25 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop! Contest will end January 28, 2017!
We have one more surprise for you, as if a free pattern, tutorial, and chance to win a gift certificate weren’t enough! Purchase a layer cake in a new collection, a timeless favorite, or something you’ve had your eye on and get 15% off with the code Cake15!*
We have some fun quilty friends along for the journey! Check out their blogs to see the free Layer Cake Pop pattern in a variety of fabric collections!
It’s time for our first Button Lovers’ Club of 2017! If you’re not already a member, you’re missing out! The club features a monthly present of 86 hand-dyed buttons in a variety of shapes and styles! No matter what project you have, you’ll always have the perfect button embellishment to finish your piece!
January’s Button Lovers’ Club color is a stunning plum!
We’ve whipped up a charming project to showcase these gems, and Pat Sloan has stitched along with us! We’ll walk you through it step-by-step, and you’ll come out with the cutest Butterfly Mini Quilt!
Butterfly Mini Quilt Finished size: 12 1/2″ by 12 1/2″
The Starburst Ruler by Creative Grids, designed by It’s Sew Emma, is designed to create unique blocks with zero paper piecing or fancy sewing skills needed. With this ruler, you’ll be able to create beautiful blocks every time!
Today, we’re going to show you just how great the Starburst Ruler is to use for the Flurry Pillow pattern! This pattern may look intimidating, but the Starburst Ruler makes it such a breeze!
We hope that you’ve had a wonderful Christmas shared with your loved ones! Even though Christmas is over, we have another little gift for you! Today, we’re back with another Classic & Vintage quilt block! If you’re unfamiliar with our Classic & Vintage Series, we take traditional blocks that you know and love and update them with a modern twist.