The course catalog for QuiltCon 2018 in Pasadena was just released and I'm happy to share that I'll be teaching Improv Appliqué! We will be covering basic design principles and techniques to create a modern, improvisational mini quilt. We will learn ...

Teaching at QuiltCon in Pasadena

Teaching at quiltcon 2018 - karin jordan

The course catalog for QuiltCon 2018 in Pasadena was just released and I'm happy to share that I'll be teaching Improv Appliqué! We will be covering basic design principles and techniques to create a modern, improvisational mini quilt. We will learn needle-turn appliqué and raw-edge appliqué, hand quilting techniques and effects and discuss finishing options. Class is scheduled on the morning of Thursday, February 22nd. The class number is APP205; you can find the catalog online here. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Xo karin

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New in my shop: signed, limited edition prints

Float - a modern art print by karin jordan

I've been thinking about this series of signed, limited edition prints for a while and am finally making them happen. Part of the reason I fell in love with designing quilts is that the process of creating the design is a huge part of the fun. This is my first print, called 'Float'. It's 17 x 22" and digitally printed on high quality fine art paper with archival ink. 

There is a second print in my shop—be sure to catch the title. ;) I'm offering free domestic shipping and there is no sales tax as I'm shipping from New Hampshire. Please visit

Xo karin

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Pebble & Spark Quilt in Daisy Chain Fabric

Pebble & Spark quilt by Karin Jordan in Daisy Chain by Annabel Wrigley for Windham Fabrics

Just a quick post to share this amazing version of Pebble & Spark which is at Quilt Market in St. Louis right now! It was made by Kristin Rauch for Annabel Wrigley with her new fabric line "Daisy Chain" that debuts this week. I love how the pattern pops against the bright background. A PDF pattern of Pebble & Spark can be purchased and downloaded from my my shop. The photo, above, is from the Daisy Chain lookbook by Windham Fabrics.

Happy weekend!!

Xo karin

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Two Rope Bowls & a Large Carryall Basket

Rope bowl with handles for fruit

Rope bowls. I'd heard from numerous people that making them can be addictive. They were right! This is the second bowl I've made and it lives on our kitchen island filled with clementines and/or apples. I always have to add my own touch to these projects and I've included handles and a piece of leather to secure and cover the end of the rope — my signature, if you will. 

Large rope basket with handles - great for beach farmer's market

This large basket is a great beach bag or trug to harvest vegetables from the garden. I could also see it filled with goodies from the local farmer's market. 

Interior of large rope bowl basket with handles

Adding strips of color as I zigzag stitch the clothesline around in a giant spiral is fun. 

Large rope bowl basket with handles and indigo dyed scarf

For a piece this size I decided to use three strands of rope for the handles; it's easy to hold and sturdier than a single strand. 

Leather detail of rope bowl basket

 This was a commissioned piece for a Mother's Day gift; I reinforced the leather with hand stitches. 

Rope bowl with handles

The first basket I made was during winter. I was hoping for the spring greenery (I had to wait a while..).

Rope bowl with handles and seed packets

It was gifted to a friend; last time I visited she'd filled it with colorful Easter eggs. It's a great size for seed packets—my favorite ones are from Botanical Interests. Their illustrated envelopes are wonderful and they offer many different varieties of organic and heirloom seeds. It's about time to plant my seedlings out in the garden here in New Hampshire. I'm not sure what size or colors my next rope bowl or basket will be, but I'm pretty sure there will be a fourth. ;) I hope you have a lovely Mother's Day weekend!

Xo karin

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First Week of the 100 Day Project (and a few updates!)

Perle 8 scraps

Hi and welcome to my updated web site! I'm excited to share that I'm now using Karin Jordan Studio for the blog, shop and Instagram although everything Leigh Laurel Studios will remain live. I've also updated the design of the newsletter, streamlining it and hopefully making it easier to read!

A few weeks ago I started the 100 Day Project, hosted by Elle Luna & The Great Discontent. Basically that means I committed to 100 days of making. As I've been wanting to allow myself time in the studio to play, this project fit the bill. I save scraps, such as the ribbon and perle no.8 cotton bits, above, and am incorporating these reused/upcycled pieces into my work. 

100 day project image

Isn't this a great, cheery graphic to kick off the project?

Ribbon scraps

White ribbon pieces that fell off living room pillows (thanks, kids!), black velvet ribbon that had been stuffed in a drawer, and a piece of an old quilt that was too disintegrated to be salvaged as a whole will are all being put into play.

1 of 100

 1/100 | Old jeans, a retired shirt, perle no. 8 cotton scraps. 4.5" square-ish.

2 0f 100

2/100 | Corduroy from pants, ribbon scraps, velvet ribbon, threads from denim and Aurifil 80wt thread. 5" square.

3 of 100

3/100 | Demin, recycled sari yarn, perle no. 8 cotton scraps. 

4 of 100

4/100 | Cotton shirt, ribbon scraps, 12wt thread.

5 of 100

5/100 | Old jeans, shirt scrap, perle no. 8 cotton scraps. Colton (now five) came home the day before with the torn knee in his too-short-anyway jeans. 

6 of 100

6/100 | Recycled silk sari yarn, perle no. 8 cotton scraps.

7 of 100

7/100 | Denim from old jeans, well-loved vintage quilt fragment, corduroy pants, leather and perle no. 8 cotton scraps, cotton splotched with rose petal dye.

I've got additional projects in the works, so stay tuned. :)

Xo karin 

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