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Karin Jordan
Exeter, New Hampshire
Stitch | Sew | Design | Create | Share | Enjoy
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I finally made a mini. There are a few low-light areas in the upstairs hallway that need cheering up and this flower petal-style Dresden will do the trick. I used the Sizzix BigZ L Die - Dresden Plate, Large with my Fabi to quickly die cut the 24 petal shapes... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Leigh Laurel Studios
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It's almost October (?!) and I realized I never posted my bee blocks from August. I had so much fun with these improv inset stripe blocks for do. Good Stitches. The blue and yellow feels nautical — one with red stripes would complete the trio. My guess is that someone... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Leigh Laurel Studios
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I've been rather impatiently waiting to share these projects. I posted on Instagram that I was looking for pattern testers for Fruit Ninja (available for free here), and these talented ladies were kind enough to say yes. The diversity of projects is amazing. Thank you so much Cheryl, Elizabeth, Drea,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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I did it. I finally cut into my Wee Wander. What held me back? I'm not entirely sure, but my idea came together when I let go of my notion that I needed to cut it up into small pieces. This is part of my 'keep it simple, stupid' plan... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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As a thank you to all my supportive readers, I am offering Fruit Ninja as a free pattern. There are two pages — the paper piecing template and the cutting instructions. Based on what I've seen from my terrific testers, many variations can be derived from this simple pattern. I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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It's National Sewing Month, and today I'm sharing a tutorial over at Seams & Scissors for a quilted jewelry drawer liner. I used three fabrics from the Cotton + Steel Basics line to make a liner with sections for different types of jewelry. It helps keep my bracelets and necklaces... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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1. Sea Glass Table Runner 2. Neon Ninja Star 3. Patchwork Sketchbook Cover 4. Tree Ornament 5. Scrappy Tumbler Baby Quilt 6. Laptop Sleeve 7. Sunny Throw Quilt 8. Bird Ornament 9. Sun & Sand Quilt I was tagged in the Around the World Blog Hop last week by Jennifer... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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I made this quilt for a friend who had a baby recently and by 'recently' I mean about nine months ago. I pulled this fabric last March to make my daughter a quilt; all the paper piecing is done on that, I just need to put it together. There was... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2014 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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It's nearing the end of summer here in New England, but I'm not ready to let it go just yet. This sea glass-inspired table runner brings beachy vibes indoors for when the days start getting shorter. Please visit the Sizzix blog here for the full tutorial. I used the new... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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Just a quick post today to send you over to the new Seams and Scissors blog where I was interviewed as part of the FaveQuilts Talks series. I'm a designer on FaveQuilts. If you've never checked out their web site, I encourage you to do so — there are tons... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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Mormor. I've been wanting to make something with it. When Fat Quarter Shop asked me if I'd like to participate in the Jelly Roll Jam II blog event, I chose this wonderful Lotta Jansdotter line to work with. Jelly Roll Jam II is the latest in Fat Quarter Shop's Shortcut... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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Congratulations to #166, Joanna, the winner of Fat Quarter Style! She wrote, "Summer was ages ago for me! I love buying Christmas fabrics at 50-75% off. At the begninng of this year I bought enough cuts for backings for only about $4 :D". The Random Number Generator at Random.org chose... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2014 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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Pretty new fabric can either be a great motivator or a terrible distraction. Cotton + Steel has managed to be both for me. It arrived and I immediately designed a quilt for it. Dishes? WIPs? Deadlines? Stinky children? Hungry husband? Garden weeds? As a weekend guilty pleasure I allowed myself... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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Today is my stop on the Fat Quarter Style Book Tour - welcome! Fat Quarter Style is the second It's Sew Emma book to be released by Fat Quarter Shop. There are 12 fun quilt patterns in four sizes included in this new publication, complete with diagrammed cutting instructions. You... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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I'm thrilled to be able to finally share this Ebb and Flow quilt pattern. When Kate Spain's Sunnyside came out I immediately bought a lovely stack of fat eighth precuts from A Vintage Fairytale. Then I put it on a shelf and stared at it. It took me a while... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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Not to go all Zen on you, but it has been said that a hand-drawn circle (Enso, in Japanese) is one of the most difficult things to draw. Traditionally, it is a symbol that comes out of a meditative state and results in the character of the creator being exposed.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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For July's do. Good Stitches blocks for Harmony Circle, Jemellia chose to do black and white strip pieced blocks based on this tutorial. Sewing to a blank piece of paper didn't feel quite right to me, so I added lines. I trimmed a piece of Carol Doak's 8.5 x 11"... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2014 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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Meet Melon Slice! I love tangerine and lime together, and this 20" quilted pillow has a subtle plus pattern in the Half Square Triangles. The design can be repeated to make a 40", 60" or 80" square quilt. Or, you could use smaller HSTs and customize it as you like.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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Hi and welcome to my stop on the Christmas in July Blog Hop hosted by Deby at So Sew Easy! It felt a bit funny to be making a Christmas ornament while wearing shorts here in New Hampshire, but once I started, I got into it and plan on doing... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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Hi and welcome to my stop on the Sizzix Marisa Pawelko Modern Surrealist Blog Hop! We were sent these funky little purse-shaped die-cutting machines called the SophistiCut, and I used the Fashion Cuff die to make leather and Czech crystal bracelets with ribbon closures. There are a lot of photos... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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I don't always get it right on the first try. This is the second version of my July Supernova Swap block. I was so excited to get to the second round that I chose the fabric, cut enough for both blocks and happily sewed the first one together. I liked... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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Hi, and welcome to my stop on the Riley Blake Designs Quilted Cotton Blog Tour! I have a tutorial for an easy-sew gadget cover with French seams. I made a sleeve for an iPad, however, this tutorial can easily be adapted to fit a Kindle, Nook or even laptop. The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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When the editor of FaveQuilts asked me if I'd like to participate in their 2014 Project Linus Charity Quilt Drive, I knew right away that I wanted to make a version of my recent quilt Sun & Sand. I had fabric left over, and I hope it will make a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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Here's what I made to accompany my Supernova quilt block that I sent to Jess. We were to share 25 random things about ourselves and I used a Sizzix Matchbook Notebook die to create this set of 25 cards. Now the cat's out of the bag as to why my... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2014 at Leigh Laurel Studios
Hi Kelly - Thank you, and I know what you mean! I almost didnt say yes to the Supernova Swap because Im already in do. Good Stitches and Modern Instabee. 5-6 blocks a month is a lot, especially with all the other things on my to do list. :) Thanks for visiting, Karin