Two Things...

A short and sweet post to share two things. =)

Thing One: I finished binding my first finished quilt of the new year! See above, my lovely quilt model Paige modeling it.  I started working on this quilt late last year after a long quilting slump. We had just finished moving houses and I hadn't sewn anything in months...so to get out of my slump I started making these houses one by one.

The pattern is called Dwell which can be found in the book, Simply Retro, by the talented Camille Roskelley. The beautiful fabrics are Tilda from Pretty Fabrics and Trims.

Thing Two: Please see below. ;) I have been working so hard on this secret project and am so excited/nervous to finally share it with you. Please stay tuned for more hints coming your way! The big reveal will happen in a few weeks.

A few more pics because the sun came out in Seattle today, which means a good photo op...

New year, new house, new quilt! I found the perfect spot for it on the wall in my living room. =)

The little brown house with the heart and no chimney  represents our new house (we recently moved to Ballard, Seattle).  Home is where the heart is. =) And the green house with a red door to the left of it was our old house.
The long arm quilting was done by my amazing friend Monica at It's Just Sewing

Thanks for reading me! It's a little past 1:00 in the morning here, hence the "short and sweet post." ;) Hope you all have a wonderful week ahead!


75 Fun Fat-Quarter Quilts Blog Tour!

Hey all! The book that I contributed to, 75 Fun Fat-Quarter Quilts,  is now available! I am so excited! Below is my Farmhouse quilt that you can find in the book.

Some cool things to note about my quilt:
  • Nearly every bit of your fat quarter is used in this no-waste quilt!
  • It comes together fast with a 'stack & whack' method
  • I assembled this via my Quilt As-You-Go technique which I cover in the book
  • You can assemble via QAYG or traditional non-QAYG methods as well
In addition to the above, my chapter has SEVEN variations of the above pattern so there's lots of creative options when making this quilt. This book is available in stores and on Amazon now!

To win a free copy of this book, please leave a comment to this blog post - it can be anything! How excited you are for the book ;) what fat quarters you'd like to use with it, or even a simple hello :0) Just please be sure to leave a way for me to contact you by email. I will select the winner via random number generator this Friday, the 18th. A copy of the book will be mailed to you directly from my publisher, C&T Publishing! If you're international, you will receive an eBook version.
To help launch the book we are doing a blog tour! I am the second stop - thank you so much for stopping by!!!

To learn more about the other gorgeous quilts in this book, please hop over to these blogs on these dates. Each blog will be hosting another book giveaway, so there's lots of chances for you to win a free copy of the book!
 The next stop is Melissa Corry's blog on Wednesday, the 16th. She made a stunning quilt that is one of my favorites in the entire book, so do yourself a favor and head on over! You don't want to miss it. :)

As always, thank you for stopping by and for supporting our work!

Happy quilting!

Update (12/20): My giveaway has closed. Congrats to Mara! I have emailed you. Thank you all for participating!! 


No Binding Coasters

Just a short and sweet post to share these coasters I made for a dear friend this holiday season. They're charm pack friendly, and no binding required. If you use a layer cake instead of charm packs, they can be hot pads.

My friend Monica from It's Just Sewing has this fun YouTube video of the tutorial - please check it out, her videos are seriously fantastic! Monica also does long arm quilting (i've had a couple quilts done by her!) and has other fantastic videos if you're looking for a gift ideas. Thanks for sharing the tutorial Monica!!
It's a fun no-binding coaster where you flip it inside out. It makes a super cute and cushion-y coaster.
 The fabrics I used are Petit Fleur 2015 by Lecien Fabrics.
My favorite are the red color colorway. So beautiful!
It's a great way to use charm packs, and makes a lovely gift. Stack them and then tie with some twine, and voila! So pretty.
Hope you're all having a happy holiday!


Playful Irish Chain Quilt (plus quilt kits)

Sorry I've disappeared (yet again) for a long period of time. I've been diagnosed with this thing called "children" if you know what I  mean ;) In fact, I am typing this with a 4-month butterball on my lap, real time! So sorry in advance for any errors....
Playful Irish Chain quilt by Jera Brandvig - photo by McCall Quilting Magazine
Quilt Kits available!
I've been quiet lately being that we just moved houses and I had a baby 4 months ago...However, I have been a busy bee! I made the above Playful Irish Chain quilt over the Summer and finished it just weeks after giving birth...it was a crazy Summer!

I am excited to say that the pattern (with quilt kits available!) is finally published in the January/February 2016 issue of McCall's Quilting Magazine! This issue is available for purchase now online HERE, and will be on shelves at your local newsstands and craft stores by November 24th.
I'm so excited about this so I'm going to type-yell it: QUILT KITS! This is a charm pack friendly pattern, and what's loads of fun is you can purchase the quilt kit HERE. You will get a stack of adorable charm packs and background fabric with tiny blue dots, plus binding. Pre-order yours now or put it on your Christmas list ;)
Playful Irish Chain quilt by Jera Brandvig
Photo by McCall Quilting Magazine

Also, I want to mention that the amazing long arm quilting was done by my friend Monica at The West Seattle fabric company - she does long arm services and accepts online shipments too! She did a wonderful job on my quilt.

The fabrics I used are Flower Sugar by Lecien Fabrics. As noted above, it is a charm pack friendly pattern so the quilt kit comes with a bunch of pre-cut 5" squares so you can start quilting right away.
Here are more photos of the Flower Sugar line from Lecien's quilt market catalog. 

Anyway, that's my big news for this post. =)  Some other things that have been happening: I have a book that I co-authored that comes out next month! The quilt featured in it is pictured below. More on that really soon...

Also, I am starting on my second Quilt As-You-Go book! It's hard to believe that this month marks one year of my first book being out! I wouldn't be doing book number 2 if it wasn't for all of your support on my first so a sincere thank you, from the bottom of my heart. I listened to all your reviews and the best is yet to come with my next book!

Lastly, I will leave you with a cliff hanger...I have a BIG announcement that I hope to reveal within the next few weeks...so please stay tuned for that as well. That's all I can say for now...(other than I'm so excited about it I'm practically shaking, lol!)
So...I started this post around 1PM...it's now 11PM...haha! Like I said, I am diagnosed with a thing called "children" ;) and I'm loving every single moment of it, even if it means baggy eyes and late night quilting sessions.

Thank you for being here and reading me, despite my lack of posts recently. I hope you have an awesome weekend!


News from my Neglected Blog!

Between having a baby, taking care of my two boys, moving houses, meeting publication deadlines and working on some projects that I hope to share with you (really soon!!!), my poor blog has been neglected big time.  I apologize for that! I'm long overdue for a post, so i'll try (while my baby sleeps and my toddler is distracted!) to update you on what I can.

As a side note: for daily updates and pictures please follow me on Instagram and Facebook (search Quilting in the Rain), as I post there on a regular basis. I'd love to have you! 

First, I'd like to share some fun and exciting news! I co-authored the following book, 75 Fun Fat-Quarter Quilts, along with 13 other popular designers. This book comes out this December, 2015. The strippy quilt, shown above and below, is featured in the book. It is quick to assemble and uses almost the entire fat quarter bundle with little to no waste. I assembled it via the Quilt As-You-Go method, detailed in my other book Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern, but I also go over the technique briefly in this new book.
I believe in my last forever-ago post I mentioned that I was preggo. Well, baby Simon has arrived! He arrived like a freight train on July 3rd at 12:47 AM, and shares a birthday with my husband. Here he is at one month, and is getting chubbier by the day. He's almost 2 months now and my mom calls him "butterball."
Below are some pictures of a more recent project I finished. These are just some sneak peak pictures as this quilt will be published in the McCall Quilting Magazine early next year. If you love the design and the fabrics, you will be happy to hear that McCall quilting will be teaming up with Lecien fabrics to make custom quilt kits that you can order through their magazine. Fun stuff!
I seem to be most efficient at night time quilting, but even that can be a challenge when I'm nursing every 2 hours. I'm honestly surprised to be quilting as much as I am having just had a baby. With my first born, I didn't quilt for 6 months after his birth! But then I came back feeling super creative and shortly after wrote my first book. Funny how that works.
 Above: my faithful quilting buddy, Paige. She stayed up with me all night  assembling this one.
 Above: saying good night to my Pfaff.
As mentioned, these beautiful fabrics were provided by Lecien Fabrics. I just love their vintage vibe and soft floral designs, and the quality of their fabric (made in Japan) is excellent. This is their new Flower Sugar line that will be in stores Fall, 2015.
These next two photos I had to share. I think Paige has adopted Simon as her little pup. She responds to his every squeak and loves to cuddle him. It's one of the sweetest things ever.
 Above: Paige and Simon doing tummy time together.
More recently i've had the privilege of working with Lecien's latest Princess Rose collection which comes out this Fall. Isn't it beautiful? If you haven't been able to tell yet, I'm kind of a sucker for whimsy florals. xoxo
I have ambitious plans for this quilt and will show more previews later...here's a peak of what I'm scheming...
Thanks so much for reading this, as much as it's been neglected! These days with my busy schedule I seem to be on Facebook and Instagram more, so please join me there if you can. =)  

Even now, I'm racing to finish this post before my 3.5 year old asks to type on my laptop and my baby threatens to be done with tummy time, lol ;) 

Life has been busier than ever and it's been a super eventful Summer...but I wouldn't change a thing. I love being a mama to two beautiful boys, and I am thankful for the time (though few these days) I get for my hobby.  I have to really try to make time for it with the help of my husband (and grandparents!). Through the hustle and bustle of life, it's important we make time for the things we love. Obviously family always being number one, but for our hobbies as well (our hobbies keep us from going crazy)!
Above: Nurse. Shush. Sew. Repeat. ;)
Thanks for stopping by! I hope to make another post sooner rather than later...but that's me being ambitious ;)  

Enjoy the rest of the Summer and take care! 


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