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Karin Jordan
Exeter, New Hampshire
Stitch | Sew | Design | Create | Share | Enjoy
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The course catalog for QuiltCon 2018 in Pasadena was just released and I'm happy to share that I'll be teaching Improv Appliqué! We will be covering basic design principles and techniques to create a modern, improvisational mini quilt. We will learn needle-turn appliqué and raw-edge appliqué, hand quilting techniques and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at Karin Jordan Studio
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I've been thinking about this series of signed, limited edition prints for a while and am finally making them happen. Part of the reason I fell in love with designing quilts is that the process of creating the design is a huge part of the fun. This is my first... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2017 at Karin Jordan Studio
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Just a quick post to share this amazing version of Pebble & Spark which is at Quilt Market in St. Louis right now! It was made by Kristin Rauch for Annabel Wrigley with her new fabric line "Daisy Chain" that debuts this week. I love how the pattern pops against... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2017 at Karin Jordan Studio
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Rope bowls. I'd heard from numerous people that making them can be addictive. They were right! This is the second bowl I've made and it lives on our kitchen island filled with clementines and/or apples. I always have to add my own touch to these projects and I've included handles... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at Karin Jordan Studio
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Hi and welcome to my updated web site! I'm excited to share that I'm now using Karin Jordan Studio for the blog, shop and Instagram although everything Leigh Laurel Studios will remain live. I've also updated the design of the newsletter, streamlining it and hopefully making it easier to read!... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at Karin Jordan Studio
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Having spent the early part of my career in publishing it's no surprise that I am addicted to awesome books. To be more specific, I hoard collect well-designed, well-written, informative, enjoyable books with compelling photography. Modern Triangle Quilts, the latest book by my lovely friend Becca Bryan hits all those... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at Karin Jordan Studio
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My XOXO quilt is in issue 43 of Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine. It will also be hanging in Savannah at QuiltCon! I had so much fun planning this quilt and then choosing the rich, saturated colors for the alternate grid design. It's loosely based upon jacks scattered a wood... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at Karin Jordan Studio
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This is probably my favorite make to date. I drew this more than a year ago and when I was at QuiltCon I sat down with the Editor of Love Patchwork & Quilting and let her go through my sketchbook. She flagged a handful of things that she wanted to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2016 at Karin Jordan Studio
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Hi and happy post-Thanksgiving weekend! It's an exciting time for me as I'm adding my patterns, handmade items and favorite sewing, quilting and appliqué supplies to my new online store, shop.leighlaurelstudios.com. I've made a few sets of these red and white patchwork tea towels and will be continuing to make... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2016 at Karin Jordan Studio
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I've been working on turning my favorite patterns into PDFs, and today I launched the Leigh Laurel Studios store! There will be an opening sale – 20% off patterns through Cyber Monday (November 28). Please use the code OPENINGSALE20 at checkout. I will be continuing to add patterns to the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at Karin Jordan Studio
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I've been experimenting. There is a sofa table in our living room that needed something on top of it and I didn't want my typical bright colors. I selected a piece of linen and hit up a local thrift shop for a variety of pants and shirts in black, white,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2016 at Karin Jordan Studio
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I'm about to ship this quilt off to my father-in-law, and I made a throw pillow to go with it. It's a reverse appliqué design with white jersey knit over one of the Indigo prints by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics. I pulled the triple geese design out of one... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2016 at Karin Jordan Studio
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I completely forgot to blog about this quilt. I designed it in EQ7 the night I got home from QuiltCon 2015 and started working on it right away. It's a drunkard's path design with giant blocks and vibrant Kona solids. I based the design on a quote attributed to Andy... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2016 at Karin Jordan Studio
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This morning I finished the edges on the scarf I started in Maine at the Slow Stitching Retreat in the appliqué class with Alison Glass. It was a nice, bite-size project to start at 'quilt camp' as we affectionally started calling it. It's also been a fun and easy thing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2016 at Karin Jordan Studio
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Included in Love Patchwork & Quilting issue 38 is my Indigo Stripe quilt, originally called Starlight as both the patchwork design and the quilting are based on a night sky. The moment I first saw images of Handcrafted Indigo by Alison Glass I decided to use it for a quilt... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at Karin Jordan Studio
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Whew! Where to begin? I spent Monday through Friday last week in Washington, Maine at the Slow Stitching Retreat hosted by Samantha at A Gathering of Stitches. I packed way too many WIPs, my sewing and quilting stuff, a swimsuit and several bottles of wine to share. This block too... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at Karin Jordan Studio
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Welcome to the last day of the Quilt-It Modern Blog Tour hosted by Riley Blake Fabrics! They have two new lines of solids: Confetti Cottons (132 colors) and Crayola Colors (11 basics - you can even buy a crayon-style box of fat quarters!). When Riley Blake asked me if I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2016 at Karin Jordan Studio
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Two layers of Embrace Double Gauze from Shannon Fabrics with Pellon Wool Batting in the middle makes for a super soft and cuddly quilt. The wool is lighter and fluffier than cotton batting — the only difference in care is that it can't go in the dryer. It's just returned... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at Karin Jordan Studio
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My father does both the New York Times and Wall Street Journal crossword puzzles on a daily basis. When Lynne offered me a spot on the Oakshott Lipari Blog Hop and I saw the brilliant, rich colors of the shot cottons I thought it'd be fun to use it to... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2016 at Karin Jordan Studio
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This is the first quilt I've made for our bed. I'd been thinking about it for some time and last summer I realized my stalling wasn't because it's giant in size but because my husband is color blind. The majority of colorful fabrics I hoard collect are shades of brown... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2016 at Karin Jordan Studio
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Hi! A few months ago Fat Quarter Shop asked me if I'd be interested in curating a fabric bundle for the month of May. . . and it's finally May! Trees are still leafing out here in New Hampshire and the best of spring is yet to come. Meanwhile, while... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2016 at Karin Jordan Studio
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The quilting community is a kind and generous one. In this instance, there is a quilter and fabric shop owner in the Netherlands—Merel van Looi—who recently suffered a spinal cord injury and has limited mobility. While she is in recovery, Hillary over at Entropy Always Wins is organizing this quilting... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2016 at Karin Jordan Studio
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It's a funny thing when you realize you flew across the country to be inspired to think small. Perhaps inspired isn't the correct word. Encouraged? Enabled? Allowed? Freed? I have a sketchbook full of ideas. I drew this Chicken or Egg series roughly eight months ago. Apparently I have a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2016 at Karin Jordan Studio
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Hi! After taking the past few weeks off to be full-time, around-the-clock mom without distractions, I thought I'd start February with this fun Mini Barn Quilt. A few months ago my friend Terri Ann launched this product — the Mini Barn Quilt Kit. Brilliant! In an industry that often feels... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2016 at Karin Jordan Studio
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Hi and Happy New Year! I'm pleased to share that my Pebble & Spark quilt can now be purchased in kit form from Hawthorne Threads. Originally published in issue 29 of Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine, the kit includes the pattern and all the fabric for the 56 x 72"... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2016 at Karin Jordan Studio