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Karin Jordan
Exeter, New Hampshire
Stitch | Sew | Design | Create | Share | Enjoy
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Hi! I'm over on the Sizzix blog today with an EPP tutorial using the new Rose Star die with some Alison Glass prints. There are 49 little pieces in this 9" block, but I discovered a shortcut that enabled me to sew part of it together with the sewing machine.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Leigh Laurel Studios
Hi! Thank you for commenting. You are absolutely right; I used 54 charm squares to make this pillow and not 36 as I originally wrote, which means that two charm packs are needed instead of one. I have made the changes in the tutorial - thanks!
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Whenever I can include my kids in a creative project, we all look forward to it. Mine are too young for the actual sewing of these dolls, but they took the lead in choosing all the felt and fabric. I never would have thought to add a bright pink pocket... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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This is my most over-Instgrammed quilt, and also the one that's taken me the longest to complete. It was worked on with not one but two friends, making this one of my most treasured projects to date even though it is not my design (it's a free pattern by Lee... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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The magnetic Kona Color Chips that hang on the wall in my studio are in issue 12 of Quilt Now magazine. I was about to turn my Robert Kaufman Color Card into a velcro contraption until I saw the empty metal bulletin board sitting unused in a closet. It's now... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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I've made seven of these bags, which is amazing as I tend to have a hard time making a second of anything. The pattern is by Michelle Patterns and is easy to follow, even for beginners. The grocery bags are lined, reversible, have reinforced seams and are washable. Way better... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
Hi Liz, A queen size would be great! I mapped out the original pattern on graph paper and added rows and columns until it was twin size. I had a huge piece of graph paper, so I could allow one square to equal one inch, but you could always have one square equal two inches and do it smaller. I suppose graph paper could be taped together, too! I never cut the sashing until I can measure the piece it's being added to, just to be sure I don't cut it too short. Does this make any sense? I'm happy to help further if I can! Best, Karin PS - I tried to email you back directly but the email address provided with the comment bounced. :( Hope you see this note!
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Sometimes when I'm making bee blocks or other scrappy projects I'm too lazy to use my scraps. I open the scrap drawer and then get frustrated when the fabric I pull is too small for the project. This is my way to quickly go through my drawer and pull out... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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Hi! I'm over on the Sizzix blog today with a tutorial on how to turn a plain, ready-made dress or beach coverup into something much more fun with a simple appliqué. I chose red, white and blue as the Fourth of July is just around the corner (how is that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
Hi Alice, I am so sorry that link didn't work for you; thank you so much for contacting me. Apparently there is a conflict with two discount codes that are going on and I have changed the link on my site that will direct you to the correct place where the SUMMER2015 code will now work without a credit card - I tried it myself with a different email address. Please try again with the new link in the text in my blog post, and please let me know if it works for you. Best, Karin
Toggle Commented Jun 28, 2015 on My 90-Minute One Hour Top at Leigh Laurel Studios
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Earlier this month I blogged about how I love jersey knit. I've been waiting to get through a few quilty project deadlines so I could make a few pieces of clothing, starting with this One Hour Top. The pattern is by Fancy Tiger Crafts and there is an excellent Creativebug... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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I'd like to introduce Fort Worth Fabric Studio as a new sponsor! I was psyched when owner Jodie Heinold approached me about a collaboration; she has a great eye for color and has a background in designing and selling children's boutique clothing, and I'd been seeing her shop pop up... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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Hi and welcome to my stop on the Panda-Monium blog hop with Fat Quarter Shop! I was tempted to make a pillow out with this crazy cute new free pattern, but at the last minute I realized that it would be the perfect thing to hang in my son's room.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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This project was started at Quiltcon in the appliqué workshop by Alison Glass. I've always loved the possibilities and flexibility of appliqué but had never done reverse appliqué and hadn't used jersey knit in this way. I brought Finca Perle cotton, one of Alison's prints from her Handcrafted line, some... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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Okay so Pat Bravo sent me a fat quarter bundle of Rapture. . . er. . . a while ago. I stared at it on my shelf through the holidays. After a long, hard winter in New Hampshire I needed spring and flowers and by February it was time to... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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It would seem that I am addicted to using Sizzix dies with my scrap fabric. Jess sent me beautiful Utopia pieces along with one of her Supernova blocks; I've divided up the goodwill she sent into 12 key fobs / wristlets to pass on as gifts. I used this tutorial... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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Due to a schedule conflict with my husband's graduate school program, I am not at Quilt Market. Instead, I'm home catching up on some deadlines and projects in between kids' soccer and spring gardening. A friend kindly stalked the Cotton + Steel table at Sample Spree for me, however, so... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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For Harmony Circle's do. Good Stitches blocks in March we made these improv log cabins with neutral solids and pops of bright color that were based on this quilt. My silver, mushroom, off-white, bone and other similar solids don't get to play together much in my studio so this was... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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Alyssa at Pile O' Fabric comes up with some amazing stash bundles, and this week I've guest curated this summery collection. She is kindly giving away a Fat Quarter bundle of both prints and solids to my readers! In addition to the Kona Cotton solids listed above, the print fabrics... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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This was made from scraps that were resurrected from the trash. After I made my Melon Wedding Ring quilt, I looked at the irregular pieces that were leftover and couldn't bear to toss them for good. This was the messy pile. It sat under my Sew Steady table for a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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I whipped up this 20" coral and white pillow to replace a Christmas pillow that was still out. Turning basic HSTs on their side achieves a slightly different look, and these triangles pop on point. I'm over on the Sizzix blog today with the full tutorial. Whenever I make a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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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 Apr 24, 2015 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 Apr 20, 2015 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