It's September, and that means it's National Sewing and Quilting Month! We're celebrating by sharing some exciting features from some of our best-selling authors, free patterns, and big giveaways!
To kick off our celebration of National Sewing Month, please welcome
Jera Brandvig as our first guest poster this month! Take it away, Jera!
Hello, and thank you for stopping by! My name is
Jera Brandvig and I'm thrilled to be sharing my first book, Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern which
comes out September 2014!
I share lovely pictures of some Quilt As-you-Go (QAYG) projects, let me begin
my telling you how I got started on this adventure that became
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! 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
. 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 became obsessed and
passionate about 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.
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!
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. 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 long-arm 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 laying
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. It's a really creative way to quilt!
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 below (top left) is called Solstice
Parade (named after a parade that takes place every summer in Fremont, a
neighborhood in Seattle) and diagonally below is Portage Bay (a bay located near
the University of Washington).
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. ;)
Again, thank you for stopping by! Please visit
me to see what I'm quilting on
Facebook, Instagram, or at my blog: www.QuiltingInTheRain.com.
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!
Follow us on Instagram @ctpublishing and share a photo on Instagram of a sewing project you're working on this month with the #QAYGGiveaway for a chance to win a copy of Quilt As You Go Made Modern, plus a Kona fabric bundle!
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