The Fussy Cut Sampler Quilt Along

I’m so excited to be a contributor for The Fussy Cut Sampler Quilt Along on Instagram.  The Fussy Cut Sampler (TFCS) by Elisabeth Hardy (Woo) and Nichole Ramirez is full of lessons that even this skilled and professional quilter has found value in.  I’m not usually the quilter who reads quilt books word for word, but in order for this book to actually work I am reading each chapter, and block lesson.  It’s causing me to look at my fabric more strategically than ever and to make intentional decisions about each block.  Now, I felt that in the past I was making intentional decisions about every project I was making, but now that I’m working with TFCS I am looking at everything with new focus.

The Fussy Cut Sampler Book

Over the next twelve weeks I look forward to sewing along with Elisabeth, Nichole, and twenty-three very talented and fun IG’ers who are also contributors like me.

 

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Aurifil Artisans 2017

I’m excited and so proud to announce that I am an Aurifil Artisan!  Aurifil is the only thread I have used for the last 5 years in everything I make.  It is  100% Egyptian Mako Cotton Thread and I primarily use their 50 weight thread.  My sewing machines love it, my piecing comes together beautifully because of it, and hand stitching bindings is a breeze because of the fine 2 ply strands.  There are 270 beautiful colors of Aurifil to choose from so matching thread to your favorite fabrics is easy as pie.

My twelve favorite colors that I constantly find myself using are the following:

2012 – Natural White  2012 Natural White.png

6722 – Sea Biscuit         6722 Sea Biscuit.png

2312 – Ermine                   2312 Ermine

2325 – Linen                     2325 Linen

5004 – Grey Smoke            5004 Grey Smoke

2692 – Black                          2692 Black

2800 – Mint Ice                2800 Mint Ice

2835 – Medium Mint     2835 Medium Mint

5007 – Lt Grey Blue        5007 Light Grey Blue

5015 – Gold Yellow          5015 Gold Yellow

6729 – Tangerine Dream6729 Tangerine Dream

2245 – Red Orange        2245 Red Orange

 

I’ll be sharing the pieces I make with Aurifil here on my blog, as well as on my Instagram feed, @LadyKQuilts on Instagram.  If you’re on IG yourself, I hope that you’ll follow me there too!

Happy Sewing! – K

 

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Photo by Karen O’Connor 

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Circa 15 Fabric Studio

I’ve been living in the Seattle area for twenty months now.  Hubby and I are lucky to be living near my cousins and aunts for the time being, and he has really made strides in his career here.  I struck gold myself when I started working for Kristen Suzuki in her quilt shop, Circa 15 Fabric Studioover a year ago.  I am passionate about the shop, the products we provide customers in our brick ‘n mortar and online shop, and the projects I have the pleasure of stitching up to be displayed in the store in Downtown Kirkland.  Next month is Circa 15’s 2 year anniversary, and in a way this touching TV interview is kicking off an exciting time for us.

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Last month a local TV personality and reporter wandered into the store and introduced herself to Kristen.  Malia Karlinsky can be seen on KOMO 4’s local show, Seattle Refined. She wanted to see if there was a story behind our beautiful shop.  After talking with Kristen, she decided there was, and scheduled an interview to be taped in our Kirkland shop for a few weeks later.  It was a thrilling day for Kristen, me, and my co-workers Kristi, Sharon, and Carolyn, a customer of ours.  We cheered Kristen on as she answered in detail, questions about the quilting industry, modern fabrics, quilts that she and I have made that hang on the walls, and most importantly, her own back story and the road that led her to owning Circa 15 Fabric Studio.

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Follow this LINK to watch the segment yourself, and remember that sometimes online shops are actually local quilt shops, and we pride ourselves in providing the best materials to our customers near and far.

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Some more discoveries at Spring Quilt Market 2016

Quilt Market was a prism of color.  Quilts, where ever you looked, shined with their own unique combination of fabrics.  Some quilts and projects stood out to me more than others, and it was those that I photographed and continue to look at with awe on my iPhone.  First off, and yes I’m completely biased because the maker is a friend of mine, was Jennifer Rossotti’s “Up With A Twist” quilt she made specifically for Hoffman Fabrics “Me + You” collection.  Their Indah Solids & Batiks are simply beautiful.  The creative genius behind this new line of “Modern Batiks” is Aaron Hoffman.  Yup, he’s fourth generation Hoffman, and his vision of making Batiks approachable by todays “Modern Quilter” has been executed to great success.  Currently the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild is working on a Me + You mini quilt/pillow challenge.  I’ll share about that next month when we have to turn them in for an upcoming show at a local store.  But I digress.  Jennifer Rossotti of “Ginger Peach Studio” was inspired to create something amazing with these beautiful fabrics and certainly did just that.  There is no pattern for this quilt people.  There may never be a pattern.  This one of a kind quilt is one of the most popular quilts to be photographed at both QuiltCon West 2016 and Spring Quilt Market last weekend.  Enjoy!


Up next were Tula Pink and Amy Butler’s upcoming fabric releases.  Tula Pink’s new collection is called “Slow and Steady”.  It features beautiful artwork of rabbits, snails, flowers, bears, raccoons and other forest animals in a brilliant array of colors. 


Amy Butler’s color and design choices are lush and vibrant in her upcoming collection called “Eternal Sunshine”.  These fabrics are so beautiful, I can’t stand it!  Amy’s booth was one of my favorites, and of course getting big hugs from her and her partner in crime/husband, David Butler, always makes my day.  They are two of the sweetest and most interesting people in the industry.  



I’ll share more from Quilt Market soon!

XO-K

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2016 Spring Quilt Market Brought It

I like to be impressed.  I like to be inspired.  Who doesn’t?  Spring Quilt Market didn’t disappoint last weekend.  The 2016 version of Spring QM was held at the Salt Palace Convention Center in the heart of Salt Lake City, UT.  It was my first time leaving the airport in SLC and I liked what I saw.  I especially liked what I saw within the convention center.  Quilt Market is the international quilt industry’s roll out show for the upcoming fall and winter seasons.  Fabric manufacturers, their designers, notion and sewing machine companies, and pattern designers debut the things that shop owners will be buying and filling their shops with around the world.  It’s an exciting time in the industry, that is repeated every spring and fall.  

I attended with my friend and boss, Kristen Suzuki, the owner of Circa 15 Fabric Studio in Kirkland, WA.  We saw many beautiful things, interesting products and patterns, and I’m going to share a bunch of them all with you in a series of posts, starting with this one.  

Moda didn’t disappoint with their adorable “Camp Moda” booth and coordinating Representatives in their camping gear and clothing.  The Moda Designers’ booths with their upcoming collections debuting in quilts, bags, and other pretty things, made for plenty of eye candy.  


One of my favorite collections that debuted was Bonnie & Camille’s upcoming “HANDMADE”, with a welcome, yet surprising new color, BLACK!  Oh my goodness, I just LOVE “HANDMADE” and was super excited when Kristen responded to the collection and some of the Thimble Blossom and Cotton Way patterns just as positively as I did and placed her order for the fabrics.  That means all of Circa 15 Fabric Studio’s customers of the shop and online store will be able to get their hands on it too!


Another designer’s booth we visited multiple times through the weekend was Jen Kingwell’s. We didn’t have an opportunity to engage with Jen herself, she was super busy talking with so many people, bu we sure enjoyed our time with her charming hubby, Richard.  He showed Kristen and me little hidden treasures in Jen’s fabrics and how she utilized all the details of her fabrics in her quilts, like her “Lawn Star Quilt” and including the dotted lines in her “Lollies” collection that divides the prints as part of the prints themselves.  Use it all people!  Cutting lines aren’t just cutting lines anymore.  

I think the most popular quilt in all of the Moda booth’s collectively was this kitten quilt by Erin Michael, from her upcoming “Meow or Never” collection.  She is a kit, like last season’s popular “WILBER” the horse quilt.  Erin’s clever use of paint-by-number art makes for very interesting fabric.  This kitten is a solid panel, not individual pieces, that is cut out of a larger piece of fabric, and using fusible webbing, is appliquéd onto the background fabrics that you have sewn together, then top stitched on in whatever way you prefer.  


I guess I’ll leave this post here, making it my Moda review.  Check back later for more sneak peeks, my thoughts, and even more inspiration.  

XO-K

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Spring 2015  Blogger’s Quilt Festival ~ “A Maker Lives Here”

I decided to enter two quilts into the Spring 2015 Blogger’s Quilt Festival over on Amy’s Creative Side website.  If you are visiting my blog from the festival link, thank you so much for your time!  The second piece I am submitting to be voted in the Original Design category is a quilt I designed for Fat Quarterly‘s Curved Piecing issue this spring.  I named it “A Maker Lives Here” because of how I use the quilt and the fabrics I made it out of.  In our family room our large couch has it’s back exposed so I like to cover it with decorative quilts.  They aren’t traditional shaped quilts, they’re more like oversized table runners.  I love large quilt blocks, and was inspired to design something that would showcase the remarkably beautiful “Maker” collection from Art Gallery Fabrics..  Thanks to Jessica of Sew Many Creations’ “Pathways Ruler” I recently fell in love with curved piecing.  The ruler makes cutting the “pie” and “crust” shapes out so much easier, and not to mention much more safely than other templates on the market.  .   

   

Selecting fabrics is one of my favorite parts of making projects, and this time around was no exception.  I chose to use the low-volume fabrics in the “Maker” collection, and pair them against the pink and peach fabrics in also in the collection as well as white and coral fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics’ Prisma Elements line.  I went for a “controlled scrappy” look in my design and I’m pleased with the result.  Using an assembly line process to piece the units needed to build the 20″ blocks, made for fairly swift assembly, considering all the pinning I do when making curved pieced units.   
     Using a 50 weight Aurifil thread, I quilted this on my Janome Skyline s5 using a medium meander design.  Because of Art Gallery Fabrics’ luxuriously smooth and soft hand, this quilt feels amazing with the quilting.  This quilt measures out to 69.5″ x 29.5″, with three 20″ blocks and perfectly covers the back of our oversized couch perfectly by hanging it over the edge.  (The pattern will be available in the “Curved Piecing” issue of Fat Quarterly e-Zine.) 

 Thank you again for checking out my quilt.  I hope you will take a moment to check out my other submission to the festival HERE.     

 

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