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Karin Jordan
Exeter, New Hampshire
Stitch | Sew | Design | Create | Share | Enjoy
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These blocks are for Yvonne. A few weeks ago she put a call out for quilt blocks. She lost a friend back in October and he had two children, a boy and a girl. Yvonne went to visit them, and sat with each child to come up with a theme... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Leigh Laurel Studios
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These wonky log cabin / baseball curves blocks would have been 3-D if I hadn't used my Best Press. No joke. Generally curves don't give me grief, but the templates from the book didn't fit together and they were supposed to make a 13" block. The templates were smaller than... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Leigh Laurel Studios
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Spring is finally happening! I'm doing my best to ignore the piles of dirty snow, because they're melting. We took a trip to a local greenhouse this past weekend, and Annabel got to wear her new twirly flower skirt that I made for the Sizzix Spring Fling Blog Hop. We... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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The other day when I took photos of the new Charm Box quilt I felt as though the bed looked a little naked, or 'nay-nay' as we say in our house. As I was putting together the requirements for adapting the new free pattern from Fat Quarter Shop into a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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Yep, it's snowing out again here in New Hampshire. Indoors, however, I'm working with summery colors. I'm over on the Sizzix blog today with a tutorial for this table runner that relies on Kona in Breakers and Chartreuse to bring a splash of color indoors a few months before the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
Thank you! I had five charm packs because I wanted to use more of the bright prints, but there were definitely leftovers. Enough for a pillow, perhaps? :)
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There's a new finished quilt in the house and I have to say I'm in love. This is the latest free shortcut quilt pattern by Fat Quarter Shop. It's called the Charm Box Quilt, and I enlarged it to make a twin size for my three-year-old son's bed. I knew... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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Having a bite-size project to do in between larger creations is always a welcome break, and these rainbow blocks were a cheery distraction. Harmony Circle has a new quilter, and this was her first request. I limited myself to the scrap drawer and was surprised to see that I had... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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What do you call this fuzzy material? It's not fleece and it makes your life miserable when you cut it. However, once it's sewn up into a project, it's dreamy. Combined with a flowery Liberty print, it still keeps your neck warm on 30 degree days here in New England... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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Navy, grey, aqua, mustard, yellow and white. Who knew?! I love this color combination and was sad to see these Instabee blocks go out in the mail. These were probably the fastest Instabee blocks to date, and there is only one month to go. Next month: Baseball curves over wonky... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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If I could only own a handful of Sizzix dies, the Bigz XL 2" finished square die would be at the top of the list. It's incredible how often I use it, whether it's for quick projects like this 12 x 16" pillow or the numerous bee blocks that require... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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Annabel started to lose teeth at age four (they came in early, too), and I wanted to make her a tooth fairy pillow. When I saw the adorable Sizzix Monster die I knew I wanted to use it for this purpose. The one-eyed monster is holding up a pocket to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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This pillow was a present for my mother a few months ago. It's Annabel's five-year-old hands traced and cut out in Liberty, then appliquéd on a linen ground and framed and backed in red linen. The full tutorial is in issue 7 of Quilt Now which is available at here... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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This was the first year I participated in the Schnitzel & Boo mini swap. My partner said she was a fan of saturated color (yay!) and Tula Pink, so I thought it was a good time to crack out the Acacia. I tried every solid under the sun and wound... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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I used to spend a lot of time swearing at patterns that wouldn't stay flat. Okay, maybe not a lot of time, but more than I wanted to. It's frustrating! Wrapping paper, freezer paper, my giant roll of photo paper—also annoying. Enter pattern weights. These are filled with crushed walnut... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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I've always loved Valentine's Day, not for the chocolate and flowers and 'traditional' things but because it's a fantastic excuse for a jolt of color in an otherwise dreary month. It's also three days before my birthday that falls around a three-day weekend. Woohoo! I dove into my scrap drawer... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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Hi! Remember me? I've taken the past few weeks at a slow blog pace but have been hard at work on some fun projects, such as this Melon Double Wedding Ring Quilt using the new Sizzix dies by Victoria Findlay Wolfe and Handcrafted fabric by Alison Glass. Between this and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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I was completely busted while taking these photos. In my attempt to get this doll scarf made and put under the tree before Christmas, I decided to take a few quick photos before wrapping. . . Annabel got home early and caught me! So we didn't wrap it and her... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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Hi and Happy New Year! I almost didn't do a 2014 wrap-up post, but the more I thought about it I decided it would help my mental shift into 2015 and it felt odd to jump right into a new tutorial. It was fun to go through all my projects... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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A couple of days ago I decided we needed a few more Christmas pillows in the house. In between sewing and knitting gifts, I whipped this up. It's a 20" square, double-sided pillow with a zipper closure. I pulled 20 different red, green and white fabrics from my stash and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2014 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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When Hawthorne Threads asked if I'd like to make a quilt using their new Fair Isle fabric line. . . yes, please! Bears, narwhals, sleds, igloos, ice floes, snowflakes, icebergs, arctic trees, paw prints, you name it it's on this fun fabric. This is a tutorial for a 15" (finished)... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2014 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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Need a quick gift for the people who have everything? A set of these custom placemats can be made in a few hours. They're reversible and require no hand sewing! I made eight for my parents; they have a narrow, glass topped dining room table so I scaled this set... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2014 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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Did you jump on the Creative Pay-it-forward bandwagon earlier this year? A friend makes you something during 2014 and you agree to make gifts for the first five people who sign up on your Facebook post. I received a beautiful Dresden pillow from my friend Laura, made with Ellen Luckett... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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Finally! I get to share this table runner, inspired by the thought of a deconstructed candy cane. I used my red and white stash and the Dresden Plate die. For all the how-to details, please visit the Sizzix blog here. Using traditional shapes in unexpected ways is fun and often... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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HI Krista, Yes, they can be heated in the microwave for about ten seconds at a time. Since there's oil in flax seeds, it provides moist heat which is really nice. They can also be chilled. I also like the weight of the flax seeds on my tired eyes. :) - Karin