Make beautiful things with La Conner by Jera Brandvig

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!

La Conner by Jera Brandvig for Lecien Fabrics
La Conner by Jera Brandvig for Lecien Fabrics

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!

la conner lace
Lovely LACE adds elegance to your La Conner 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!)

quilt as you go strip block
Quilt as you go, one LACY strip block at a time!

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!)

La Conner tote bag
Pieced or not pieced, this tote bag is sew charming!

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!

pocketed placemat
Cute and functional, this placemat will make you want to eat pinky up!

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.

lace binding
Look at that lovely LACE binding

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!

Starburst Jewel Series: Project 4

We have another fun, free, and easy project for you featuring the Creative Grids Starburst Ruler! This table runner is so unique, and we love the detail of the starburst points! Download your free pattern, purchase your First Light Quilt Kit, let’s get to creating!
This table runner finishes at 24.5″ x 48.5″, and features the stunning Aubade – A Song to the Dawn collection! We love the cool mix of small and medium prints! They add so much dimension to this project!
 If you need some guidance on the Starburst Ruler, we’ve put together a little video to help you get the hang of things! You’ll be a pro in no time!
Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to be entered to win a Flurry Pillow Kit from Starburst Jewel Series Project #3! If you’re already subscribed, you’re already entered! Winner will be announced January 26, 2017!

Starburst Jewel Series: Project 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.  We love this custom, unique ruler and we have the second project in our Starburst Jewel series to show you how to create perfect blocks every time for this fun project!
This adorable butterfly pillow featuring Desert Bloom by Sherri & Chelsi for Moda Fabrics is so sweet and whimsical, it looks like it could just fly away! The Starburst Ruler makes it so easy to cut out this free pattern, which you can download here!
We can’t wait to see more sweet little butterflies! Will you use Desert Bloom, or branch out and try a different fabric collection? Be sure to share your project photos with the hashtag #showusyourstarburst, and let us know which fabric you’re using! We love to see all of the different colors and prints work together!

If you need a helping hand with your Starburst Ruler, check out this helpful tutorial!

Did you miss the first project in our Starburst Jewel Series? Catch up here, and be on the lookout for next month’s project!

Free Quilt Pattern: Mini Charm Mocha!

It’s time for another gorgeous quilt tutorial and our favorite – a free pattern! Today, we’re going to show you the Mini Charm Mocha free quilt pattern and a quick look at how to create this neutral, metallic piece! As the weather begins to turn, it’s the perfect time to make this quilt, and have a taste of mocha! (But beware, everyone might want this one for their own!)
We selected the Modern Background Luster Metallic collection by Zen Chic for Moda Fabrics. This line is so versatile and gender neutral! The flecks of metallic give such a playful and unique look to the line!
How fun is the stitching on this modern quilt? We love the square charms from the Mini Charm Pack off-set by the squares quilted on the diagonal! 
Ready to get started? Pick up a Mini Charm Mocha Quilt Kit and Backing Set for everything you need to get this quilt ready for cuddling! 
Here we show you how to easily put this quilt together, using the quilt kit, the Aurifil 50wt Grey Smoke thread and the Creative Grids ruler!

Let’s get to quilting! We can’t wait to see your Mini Charm Mocha quilts! If you’re using a different collection for the free pattern, please share with #minicharmmocha! We love seeing your unique interpretations of our fun, free quilts! Happy quilting!

AGF Stitched with Kimberly: Timber Quilt with FREE Pattern!

Today we’ve got an earthy new addition to the AGF Stitched with Kimberly series, and it’s called Timber!  We like to call it the “plus-plus quilt,” and you’ll have to watch the video to see why.  Timber is designed by the uber-talented AGF team and uses a combination of Heartland by Pat Bravo and Pure Elements Solids to ground it.

It may look tricky, but Kimberly’s got plenty of tips to help speed it up!  Watch our tutorial to see her in action.

Pick up our Timber Quilt Kit to make our bright, modern version, or check out the free Timber pattern to plan your own original quilt.
MORE Timber Fun!
Hurray! These wonderful quilting bloggers have stitched up the Timber Quilt, too!  Check out the list below to see a variety of interpretations of this design!

Tina from Emily Ann’s Kloset
Melissa from Happy Quilting
Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Melanie from Mostly Crafty

Natalia from Piece N’ Quilt

Megan from Quilt Story
Heather from Quilt Story
Afton from Quilting Mod

Erin from Why Not Sew