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 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!
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.
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!
I used 35 colors of Finca Perle cotton No. 8 to hand quilt the entire thing.
Of course I found myself slow stitching on a deadline again, but it was worth it.
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.
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. :)
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.
All Downloadable PDF patterns are also 20% off through Monday.
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!).
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!
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!
P.S. I'm shipping from New Hampshire where there is no sales tax!!
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.
Instead of traditional piecing, I opted for overlapping squares and rectangles made possible with needle-turn appliqué.
Lulu (somewhat patiently) sat by my side on the sun-filled kitchen window seat while I worked on it. She doesn't like scissors.
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.
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. :)
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.
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.
I completely forgot to blog about this quilt. I designed it in EQ7 the night I got home from QuiltCon 2015 and started working on it right away. It's a drunkard's path design with giant blocks and vibrant Kona solids. I based the design on a quote attributed to Andy Warhol from 1968: "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes."
The pattern—including identification of all the Kona solids—is in Quilt Now magazine issue 15.
Melissa Kelley of Sew Shabby Quilting knocked it out of the park with the quilting. I said, "Do your thing." And she did!
I mean. . . come on!
All the heart eyes.
The swirls. . the bubbles. . the lines. . the waves.
The magazine styling was lovely as always.
These three projects came home from the UK in the same box.
Is this one for me, Mom?
This morning I finished the edges on the scarf I started in Maine at the Slow Stitching Retreat in the appliqué class with Alison Glass. It was a nice, bite-size project to start at 'quilt camp' as we affectionally started calling it. It's also been a fun and easy thing to work on while giving my almost-seven-year-old daughter quilting lessons. She has taken an interest and has started her first patchwork quilt(!). More on that in another post. . .
Of course I grabbed the wrong fabric to take to the class, so my friend Michelle let me borrow some of of this beautiful jersey — Solid Knit in Indigo by Alison Glass for Andover. I replaced it when we took a trip to Fiddlehead Artisan Supply in Belfast. Then I realized I didn't have a perle cotton that worked with the Denise Schmidt Modern Solid (it's close to Kaufman Wasabi). . . so Alison whipped out perle in Curry from her collection for Weeks Dye Works. Whew! Quilters are a generous bunch. :)
This jersey is 66" wide, so I was able to leave the selvedge edges raw on each end of the scarf. Instead of finishing the sides with a double fold, I folded them only once, letting the jersey curl a bit both for fun and also to help avoid bulk. Now my only dilemma is whether to cut out the enso shapes on the back of the scarf which would make it reversible. I'm not quite ready to wear this just yet but cool temps are just around the corner.
Included in Love Patchwork & Quilting issue 38 is my Indigo Stripe quilt, originally called Starlight as both the patchwork design and the quilting are based on a night sky. The moment I first saw images of Handcrafted Indigo by Alison Glass I decided to use it for a quilt to gift my color-blind father-in-law who loves blue.
My basting helper. . . her job is to keep things flat and make sure I have a lint roller handy at all times.
I opted for simple in-the-ditch quilting, and then added a few straight lines that criss cross the white spaces. It's hard to see in the top photo so I will share additional images when I receive the quilt back!
I was happy to see it made the cover. It's always an odd, "hey I made that" feeling. Issue 38 just came out in the UK. Print copies will be available in the US in the next few weeks!