This is probably my favorite make to date. I drew this more than a year ago and when I was at QuiltCon I sat down with the Editor of Love Patchwork & Quilting and let her go through my sketchbook. She flagged a handful of things that she wanted to...


Crossways: A Hand-Quilted Mini and more...

Crossways: A Hand-Quilted Mini

Karin Jordan

This is probably my favorite make to date. I drew this more than a year ago and when I was at QuiltCon I sat down with the Editor of Love Patchwork & Quilting and let her go through my sketchbook. She flagged a handful of things that she wanted to publish and this was one of them. It's a mini that I will hang on my wall when it returns home. It's in issue 42 that was just released in the UK and for US download. Copies will start showing up in the US in a few weeks.

Me+You fabric

I knew I wanted to create this with a lot of saturated color and when I saw the Hoffman Me+You batiks I was sold. Hoffman was kind enough to provide the lovely stack of fabric, above, for the project. Needless to say I have some leftovers, so I look forward to using more of it in coming months! 

Choosing perle for crossways

I used 35 colors of Finca Perle cotton No. 8 to hand quilt the entire thing.

Crossways by karin jordan detail 1

Of course I found myself slow stitching on a deadline again, but it was worth it.

Crossways by karin jordan detail 2

I tried to find a balance where there were some spaces left open; it's not under quilted but it's not over quilted either. 

Crossways by karin jordan detail 3


Crossways by karin jordan detail 4


Crossways by karin jordan

These colors and prints together with the hand quilting make me so happy. I chose a faced binding for a clean look. 


It's such a nice surprise to wait a few months and finally see my work in print, especially when it makes the cover! I can't wait to get my hands on an actual copy of the magazine - a bunch of my friends also have projects included so it's extra special. :)

Xo karin 

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20% off Patterns, Supplies + Handmade in My Shop........ (and a Super Awesome New Sponsor!)


Hi and happy post-Thanksgiving weekend! It's an exciting time for me as I'm adding my patterns, handmade items and favorite sewing, quilting and appliqué supplies to my new online store, I've made a few sets of these red and white patchwork tea towels and will be continuing to make additional items for sale. Right now through the end of Cyber Monday everything in the shop is 20% off and there is no sales tax as you're shopping from New Hampshire! Use code: OPENINGSALE20 at checkout. 


These sets make great hostess gifts! While red and white is awesome for the holidays, it's a cheery year-round color combo. 

Broken diamonds pillow - shopify

All Downloadable PDF patterns are also 20% off through Monday. 

Thread cutter trio

Check out these new thread cutters from Bohin. They're fun little pendant necklaces on leather cords. I'm happy to not lose my little scissors in the couch while I'm working (I sat on them once!). 

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I'd also like to introduce a new sponsor, Bobbie Lou's Fabric Factory! Those little animals are embroidery kits and I can't decide which is the cutest, the fox? Raccoon? Panda? Hedgehog? Everything at Bobbie Lou's is 20% off and there's free shipping on all orders over $50 through Cyber Monday. Shop owner Chelsea has a great eye and there's a 'My Swatch' section where you can save your favorites and play with fabric combinations. You can also order in 1/4 yard increments (9 x 44") and Fat Quarters (18 x 22") which is so nice when you only need a little bit of something. also has a lot going on. I've recently started shopping there again and tend to find things that can't be located elsewhere. 

Happy shopping, and as always, please zip me an email if you have any questions!

Xo karin 

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Leigh Laurel Studios Now Has a Shop Online!

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I've been working on turning my favorite patterns into PDFs, and today I launched the Leigh Laurel Studios store! There will be an opening sale – 20% off patterns through Cyber Monday (November 28). Please use the code OPENINGSALE20 at checkout. I will be continuing to add patterns to the shop. 

In addition to the pattern section I'm offering some of my favorite quilting, hand stitching and appliqué supplies. I've written little review blurbs to accompany all the photos; please let me know if you have any questions. I'm concentrating on things that I've discovered after much trial and error with products. They're my go-to items and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Please bookmark and share with your friends! 

Xo karin 

P.S. I'm shipping from New Hampshire where there is no sales tax!!

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Cantilever: An Improv Appliqué Table Runner

Improv applique table runner by karin jordan

I've been experimenting. There is a sofa table in our living room that needed something on top of it and I didn't want my typical bright colors. I selected a piece of linen and hit up a local thrift shop for a variety of pants and shirts in black, white, stripes, navy and brown. 

Improv applique table runner detail 1 by karin jordan

Instead of traditional piecing, I opted for overlapping squares and rectangles made possible with needle-turn appliqué. 

Improv applique table runner with unimpressed helper

Lulu (somewhat patiently) sat by my side on the sun-filled kitchen window seat while I worked on it. She doesn't like scissors.

Improv applique table runner detail 3 by karin jordan

The hand stitching / quilting is also improvised. This was an amazing piece to work on from start to finish. To me it has a sort of Asian feel, and I called it Cantilever as it also reminds me a bit of the style of Frank Lloyd Wright. 

Improv applique table runner detail 6 by karin jordan

No deadline involved, new ideas came to fruition and it was awesome to share my progress on Instagram! I finished it up with a faced binding, which I seem to be utilizing frequently lately. :)

Xo karin 

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Flying Geese Pillow: Reverse Appliqué With Jersey

Indigo jersey pillow by karin jordan

I'm about to ship this quilt off to my father-in-law, and I made a throw pillow to go with it. It's a reverse appliqué design with white jersey knit over one of the Indigo prints by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics. 


I pulled the triple geese design out of one of the Indigo prints. Typically I tend to not be all matchy matchy, but in this case I couldn't help myself. 


The bright orange thread is Fince Perle cotton No. 8 in a bright orangey-red color that coordinates with the pop of orange of the quilt's binding. 


 It's so awesome that the raw edge of jersey won't fray!


I finished it with a simple envelope-style closure on the back. A zigzag stitch on the machine allows the seams to pull as the jersey stretches. 


 So simple it can be completed in a few short hours.

Indigo jersey pillow - karin jordan

I hope he likes it; I'll be sticking these in the mail along with a copy of Love Patchwork & Quilting that features the quilt

Xo karin 

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