Having spent the early part of my career in publishing it's no surprise that I am addicted to awesome books. To be more specific, I hoard collect well-designed, well-written, informative, enjoyable books with compelling photography. Modern Triangle ...


Modern Triangle Quilts: Blog Tour & Giveaway and more...

Modern Triangle Quilts: Blog Tour & Giveaway

Having spent the early part of my career in publishing it's no surprise that I am addicted to awesome books. To be more specific, I hoard collect well-designed, well-written, informative, enjoyable books with compelling photography. Modern Triangle Quilts, the latest book by my lovely friend Becca Bryan hits all those sweet spots and then some. I am so proud of her; somehow while juggling four kids, a busy husband and BruceWaynetheWeinerDog she managed to write this book AND design her first fabric collection—Panache for Robert Kaufman! I KNOW. But I have a lot of information to include here so let me get to it. I'm giving away a copy of Modern Triangle Quilts and sharing the info for the charity quilt auction at the end of this post. Each of us on the blog tour made a few blocks for the quilt. 
One of the best things about this book is that she gives you 70 patterns for individual triangles but also guides you through making 11 different quilt patterns (such as Wake, above) or encourages you do your own thing and use the triangles to achieve endless possibilities. So cool. 
This is another of the patterns, called Upstart. I love how a few of the triangles are supersized.
Modern Triangle blocks (1)
Here are the two blocks I made, incorporating Robert Kaufman Kona solids with an Alison Glass print and a Hoffman Me+You batik. I left for QuiltCon without photographing them, so I stole borrowed the iron from Giuseppe at the Andover booth and took this photo on the cobbled streets of Savannah. 
This is the Well Wishes Quilt that combines all of our blocks. Isn't it fabulous? And her quilting!! So. This quilt could be yours! Becca had the great idea to add a charity aspect to the blog tour. From April 2-18 you can purchase a raffle ticket here for $5 for a chance to win the quilt AND you also get a PDF copy of the pattern for the quilt. You can enter more than once. 100% of the proceeds will go Living Water, an international charity that focuses on bringing water wells to communities without a safe place to get clean water. Please visit Bryan House Quilts for additional information
In addition to the awesomeness, above, Stash Books is giving away one copy of Modern Triangle Quilts to one of YOU (a US winner will receive a hard copy and if the winner is International a PDF will be emailed). To be entered to win, simply leave a comment on this post, and please be sure to include an email address if you're a no-reply commenter. The giveaway will close on April 18th and the winner will be contacted via email. Good luck!
Be sure to check out all the other stops on the blog tour: 
Sunday, April 2nd: Becca Bryan - Bryan House Quilts
Monday April 3rd: Jessee Maloney – Art School Dropout
Monday April 3rd: Stash Books – C&T Publishing
Tuesday April 4th: Heidi Staples – Fabric Mutt
Wednesday April 5th: Felice Regina – Sew Scatterbrained
Thursday April 6th: Giuseppe Ribaudo – @giucy_giuce
Friday April 7th: Christa Watson – Christa Quilts
Saturday April 8th: Christopher Thompson – The Tattooed Quilter
Monday April 10th: Karin Jordan – (you are here!)
Tuesday April 11th: Kitty Wilkin – nightquilter.com
Wednesday April 12th: Nicole Daksiewicz – modernhandcraft.com
Thursday April 13th: Sarah Thomas – sariditty.com
Friday April 14th: Amy Sinibaldi – nanaCompany.typepad.com
Saturday April 15th: Rebecca Bryan – bryanhousequilts.com
A huge congratulations to Becca, and a thank you to her for including me in this wonderful project.

Xo karin 

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Packing for QuiltCon. . . and this XOXO Quilt!

Karin Jordan

My XOXO quilt is in issue 43 of Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine. It will also be hanging in Savannah at QuiltCon! I had so much fun planning this quilt and then choosing the rich, saturated colors for the alternate grid design. It's loosely based upon jacks scattered a wood floor and was a timely project for February. 

Hills and Crosses flat shot

Hills and Crosses will also be at QuiltCon, after which it will return home to be hung on a wall in our house unless I submit it elsewhere. . Are you going to Savannah? I'm looking forward to five days without crazy amounts of snow. Now I just need to gather supplies for my classes and pack! 

Xo karin 

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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.

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

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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. 

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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, shop.leighlaurelstudios.com. 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. 

Fabric.com 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 shop.leighlaurelstudios.com 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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