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Karin Jordan
Exeter, New Hampshire
Stitch | Sew | Design | Create | Share | Enjoy
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I love a good Dresden, but it's fun to think of new ways to use traditional shapes, in this case a tree-filled landscape on a sunny, snowy day. I made this thinking it could be used as a mini quilt or the first in a series of placemats. Finished size... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Leigh Laurel Studios
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A few months ago I made a Dala Horse wall hanging for my daughter's room. This quilt actually happened at the same time and I've just now finished it. It uses a Fat Quarter bundle of Wee Wander by Sarah Jane (both Sunrise and Twilight colorways) and a bundle of... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Leigh Laurel Studios
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I'm happy to announce Southern Fabric as a new sponsor! As a welcome, Aubrey is offering my readers a chance to win a $25 gift certificate. Since 2004, Southern Fabric has been selling fabric online (that's ten years!). There is a terrific selection of precuts, bundles, patterns and notions in... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Leigh Laurel Studios
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My Supernova hiatus is over! For the past two months Jess and I have been busy with other things and we agreed that it was okay to push off our Supernova blocks. Then I felt guilty. Then I felt sad. That's when I realized I was stuck. I love the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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The Riley Blake Designs Flannel Blog Tour wraps up today! To check out all the fun projects, please visit their blog here. Ed the Cat is still snuggling on or around his new bed, depending on his mood. To conclude the tour, Riley Blake is giving away three fat quarter... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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For the Sizzix Halloween Challenge I took my kids' favorite Knock Knock joke and turned it into a banner to hang on the front door. I was recently sent some burlap to play with and it inspired me to use it as a backdrop for this Halloween fabric that I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at Leigh Laurel Studios
Hi Vicky - thank you. I'm not sure how the link was broken but it should be fixed now. Thanks so much for letting me know!
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Kate Spain fan that I am, I've been wanting to work with Horizon. Last weekend I made this 48.5 x 56.5" quilt using the latest free pattern from Fat Quarter Shop, called Fat Eighth Frenzy. I enjoy working with fat eighths — they're easy to iron, fit nicely on my... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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I timed the end of this giveaway with the close of Quilt Market. While I was not able to go this fall, it was so fun seeing everything on Instagram as it was happening. Jessica Levitt's Cascade booth was incredible, right down to an actual waterfall. My pillow got to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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Today is my stop on the Riley Blake Flannel tour. Our cat, Ed, is quite the character (aren't they all?) and I've been wanting to make him a personalized cat bed. Warning: I am not a professional pet photographer! :) This bed can be flipped over and used 'upside down';... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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Jessica Levitt's new Cascade line for Windham Fabrics is fabulous. I grew up in Oregon with the Cascade mountain range in my peripheral vision everywhere I went, so I was most excited to see what Jess was up to. With its roots in Art Nouveau, Cascade has an aesthetic that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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My Instagram bio says, "Mostly sewing and quilting but sometimes it involves glue." This is one of my no-sew projects that involves paper, a Sizzix die, ribbon and adhesive tape. Annabel recently turned five and she had a bounce house birthday party with her friends. I enjoy making containers for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at Leigh Laurel Studios
Your quilt is coming together so nicely, and I'm in love with the Kona Bluegrass!!
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To celebrate the first anniversary her book Quilty Fun: Lessons in Scrappy Patchwork (an It's Sew Emma publication) Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet designed this fun birthday cake quilt block. It's not paper pieced; it's all traditional piecing and goes together faster than you might think. For the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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The moment I saw this fabric I knew I wanted to make a Halloween quilt with it. It's Witch Hazel by October Afternoon, kindly provided for this tutorial by Riley Blake Designs. It was designed with Halloween in mind but could be easily adapted to any color scheme. For the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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I'm calling these blocks I made for do. Good Stitches my Murphy's Law blocks. You know, "If something can go wrong, it will." I love how they turned out; it was the process that threw me for a loop. First off, I misread the instructions. I overcomplicated things. If I'd... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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Today I'm part of the Christmas Keepsakes Blog Tour hosted by Shabby Fabrics. This tree is one of nine blocks in the ten month Block of the Month quilt. My first thought when I received this tree block kit was where was this when I started quilting?! I chose the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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I would like to introduce Shabby Fabrics as a new sponsor. This online shop has been in business for nine years, and these are the lovely people who make it all happen. Led by owner / designer / commercial airline pilot (wow!) Jennifer Bosworth, Shabby Fabrics is known not only... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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This week the new Legacy brand launched its products in Spotlight stores in Australia. Many months ago Pellon asked me to remake two of my popular designs for tear sheets that would be available in Spotlight stores and for their new Legacy web site, using fabrics from Spotlight. This blue... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at Leigh Laurel Studios
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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 Sep 30, 2014 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 Sep 26, 2014 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