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Karin Jordan
Exeter, New Hampshire
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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 2 days ago at Leigh Laurel Studios
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 Leigh Laurel Studios
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 Leigh Laurel Studios
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 Leigh Laurel Studios
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 Leigh Laurel Studios
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 Leigh Laurel Studios
2015 has been a great year for me both personally and in quilty world. I want to say thank you to all my family and friends both near and far for helping make it a success. THANK YOU. I appreciate all support and advice as well as every comment, question,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
Hi and welcome to my stop on the Riley Blake Stitch 'n Kitchen Blog Tour! For my project I'm using the new Stashing Sash fabric line by Eleanor Dugan. As I was working on the game board, I learned that the next Modern Quilt Guild (MQG) challenge will be using... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
Just back from its trip to the UK is one of my latest quilts, called Pebble & Spark. It's featured in issue 29 of Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine. Coyote Fabric was provided by Hawthorne Threads, and I've just heard that Hawthorne will be putting quilt kits together with the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
Can you believe Thanksgiving is over and we're now heading into December?! Today is Colton's fourth birthday. After that, all the Christmas decor comes out and the Elf on the Shelf may or may not arrive—he's pretty pesky and forgetful! The first holiday item to be put into use is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
This project arrived as a surprise in a box. Each member of the Sizzix design team received a package with identical contents — an owl die, a half square triangle die, a circle die and a small bundle of fabric. The only rules were that we had to use at... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
The kids took over this quilt last winter before I could even bind it (click the link for the block tutorial). Then it sat in my WIP pile until recently when I decided to dedicate a good portion of November to finishing a few old projects. This is the first... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
A few months ago I swapped my studio with the playroom. The kids tend to play everywhere, and I realized that more often than not we were all cramped together in my small studio. This is my favorite corner of the new space — the walls are all freshly painted... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
It's been a while since I've made something not associated with a deadline — just a project that I want to do in between everything else. From time to time Lu Summers sells packs of hand printed scraps in her Etsy shop and I've had two packs sitting untouched for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
Today I am thrilled to be helping my friend Melanie Tuazon (melintheattic on Instagram) launch her new quilt pattern, called Peek. When she first posted photos of her work in progress I *may* have gushed about it just a little. Okay, a lot. Hopefully I didn't embarrass myself. . One... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
Another scrap happy project is complete! I've recently sorted my fabric scraps into two groups — prints and solids. The prints now take up a huge basket near the desk in my studio; the pile seems to grow overnight while I'm sleeping. These two blocks only made a minor dent.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
This week in my studio Chillingsworth was introduced to Spellbound and some Shimmer scraps left over from my nine patch pillow tutorial the other day. By looking at the Sizzix dies in my collection I realized that the trapezoid shape would fit with the two traditional flying geese triangles to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
It's hard for me to say no to a large, comfy pillow. When I was at Keepsake Quilting in Center Harbor, New Hampshire with a bunch of quilty friends this summer I came across these two prints called Shimmer Stripe from the Shimmer line by Jennifer Sampou for Robert Kaufman.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
I'd seen a few examples of this block on Instagram—made by fellow Harmony Circle members of do. Good Stitches—and everyone agreed it was a fairly time-consuming block. Knowing that, I took my time choosing fabric in blues and greens with a pop of red (as requested) and had a great... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
Each Sizzix quilting team member is making a 16.5" boot block that will be assembled into a quilt in California and sent to Quilt Market in Houston. They sent us each a boot die and we were asked to do whatever we wanted (always fun!) as long as we signed... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
I wanted to make a baby quilt that wasn't too girly, so I pulled Sunprint Mercury in coral, Robert Kaufman Chambray in black, and ash and limestone Cirrus Solids by Cloud 9. To soften it a little bit I added Abalone in Quilting Cotton by A Creative Mint and Beaded... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
I finished this quilt top back in January for a blog hop and then set it aside as I moved on to other projects. It was finally sent out to Melissa for quilting and I finished it this past weekend while away visiting family in Pennsylvania. Her quilting is fabulous... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
Well, it happened. I've been doing monthly bee blocks for do. Good Stitches since December of 2013 and I've never been more than a few days late. Somehow it is August and these are my May blocks. Okay so it's not 'somehow'; I accidentally crossed them off my to-do list... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2015 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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 Jul 30, 2015 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!