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Fall Block Party: Fall Geese

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Welcome to the Fall Block Party y’all! Fall is my absolute favorite time of year and I’m so excited to kick off this sew-a-long with the Fall Geese blocks – a beginner friendly paper piece Half-Rectangle Triangle quilt block.  

Initial K studio Fall Geese Block

This quilt block is suitable for the beginner quilter with basic knowledge of paper piecing. For those of you new to paper piecing, rest easy as the pattern has step-by-step instructions on how to make your own HRT block.

FABRIC CHOICES
I decided to go with a yummy fall color palette that is inspired by the fall foliage found throughout the Southwest in October.
Kona Caramel
Kona Spice
Kona Cinnamon
Kona Cocoa
Kona Eggshell

Initial K Studio Fall Geese Block

I had the chance to test out my new Day Light Company lightbox and I have to say, it made a world of difference when aligning the fabric with the paper piece template and was small enough to fit on sewing table while piecing. Win win in my book! The size of the lightbox was ideal as well as it fit perfectly next to my sewing machine.

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PATTERN DOWNLOAD
There are a variety of ways to layout this quilt block to achieve different looks. I decided to turn my quilt block into a table runner and now I can’t wait to host my next dinner party. Come to think of it, this would make a great hostesses gift right?

Initial K Studio Fall Block Party

Regardless, the table runner came together in no time at all y'all. Head on over to fabric.com blog to download the pattern!

Initial K Studio Fall Geese Block
Initial K Studio Fall Geese Table Runner

Be sure to follow along with the rest of the designers below. Happy Fall Block Party Sew-a-long y'all!
Sept 19 Woodland Mushroom by Cristy Stuhlreher of I Love You Sew
Sept 26 Mod Tartan by Jenn Rossitti of Ginger Peach Studio
Oct 3 Time Lapse by Christopher Thompson of The Tattooed Quilter
Oct 10 Double Windmill by Hayley Anderson of Happiness in the Making
Oct 17 Antlers by Lisa Hofmann-Mauer of Sew What You Love
Oct 24 Gather by Elise Baek of Elise & Emelie
Oct 31 Forest Floor by Sarah Thomas of Sariditty
Nov 7 Flutter by Nicole Young of Lillyella

Introducing Rock Solid!

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I am so happy to announce the release of Rock Solid, published by Martingale and features 13 quilts made with Kona cotton solids.

Rock Solid

I was so excited to be part of this collaborative book and had so much fun designing Ragged Edges. To celebrate the book's release, head on over to Martingale's bloghttp://blog.shopmartingale.com/ to be part of their book giveaway! Be sure to visit @Martingaletpp and @RobertKaufman on instagram for more giveaway goodies. Happy Wednesday y'all.

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Nautical Stripes Free Block Pattern

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It's Summer time y'all and I'm so excited to be part of the Summer Block Party hosted by fabric.com.

Nautical Stripes Quilt Block by Initial K Studio

When I was asked to be part of this shin dig, I knew exactly what I wanted to make - a nautical stripes block in ode to my childhood summer's spent on the South Texas coast, tagging along on fishing trips with my brother and father. 

Nautical Stripes Block by Initital K Studio
My first flounder (age 6) followed by my first dorado caught at age 8!

My first flounder (age 6) followed by my first dorado caught at age 8!

What exactly is the Summer Block Party? Twice a week for the next four weeks, one quilt pattern designer will share his/her summer block. All the blocks are 12″ finished - the perfect size for a pillow, mini wall hanging or quilt! I decided to turn my quilt block into a pillow to compliment my nephew's nautical themed room for his second birthday. The love for the sea runs deep in our family y'all!

Nautical Stripes Quilt Block by Initial K Studio
Nautical Stripe Quilt Block by Initial K Studio
Nautical Stripes Block by Initial K Studio

This quilt block came together in no time at all and now I'm tempted to turn this into a quilt. The design and color combinations are endless.

Nautical Stripes Quilt Top by Initial K Studio
Nautical Stripes Quilt Top by Initial K Studio

The awesome peeps over at fabric.com are working on building a free block library, and I'm honored to be part of the inaugural Summer block party. To download the pattern for the Nautical Stripes quilt block, click here! Be sure to follow along as the weeks continue for the additional quilt blocks.

June 5 - “Candied Pineapple"
Eye Candy Quilts

June 8 - “Nautical Stripes"
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June 12 - “Camp Out"
Love You Sew

June 19 - “Argyle"
Sassafras Lane Designs

June 22 - “Popsicle Party"
Elise & Emelie

June 26 - “Sunshine Days"
@happinessinthemaking

June 29 - “Fishy Fish"
the tattooed quilter

July 5 - “Half Square Gingham"
SARIELLA

Introducing Southwest Modern

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Y'all have no idea how excited I am to announce what I've been working so hard on this past year...

Southwest Modern by Kristi Schroeder

Introducing my first book, Southwest Modern, published by Lucky Spool Media, and will be available starting September 2017. Part travel guide, part sewing book, this book encompasses my love for travel, design and adventure and features 18 travel-inspired quilts designed by yours truly and shot on location in the beautiful Southwest. This has been a huge passion project of mine for the past year and I am so happy to finally share it with all of you, including this behind the scenes video produced by Sisterwolf.
 

More details will be released in the upcoming months, and if you want to be the first to know, be sure to sign up for my newsletter at the link below. In the meantime, the book is available for pre-order on Amazon. For those of you who are early-bird purchasers, please save your proof of purchase/receipt as I will be sending out a special “thank you” closer to the release date!

Big thanks to my friends and family this past year for all of your support, love and laughter.

Special shout-out to my fabulous photographer, past co-worker and friend Kurt Griesbach. You’re the best photographer and road trip friend a gal could ask for and I loved working with you while traversing through West Texas and New Mexico.

Cheers y’all! 

The 100 Day Project Launch

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It's been quite a while since I've ventured onto the blog. This past year has been filled with lots of life changes, including relocating to Austin this past summer. Needless to say the move coincided with a big work project (more about that later) and I'm finally coming up for air in the blogging world. So hi guys!

On to the fun stuff - The 100 day project. If you're not familiar with it, it was started by Elle Luna a few years ago and focuses on the process of 100 days of making and I decided to finally participate this year on a whim after wrapping up my big deadline a few weeks ago.

Initial K Studio 100 Day Project
Initial K Studio 100 day project

Rather than focus on sewing related project, I decided it was best to change things up with sketching instead. I love the freedom of it so far, although I'm terrified I'm going to run out of ideas. But then again, that's the whole point of the project right? Regardless, I hope you join me over on instagram for the daily journey. Cheers y'all!

Commissioned Cascade Quilt

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Initial K Studio Cascade Quilt

Am so excited to share with y'all this commissioned twin size Cascade Quilt for a little boys room. The client requested a blue/grey ombre color-way but with more blue and less grey. We worked together until we had a color-way that we liked. Custom monogrammed initials were included on the bottom as well. Perfect detail for an heirloom quilt. Happy Monday y'all!

Initial K Studio Cascade Quilt
Initial K Studio Cascade Quilt

What Shade Are You Blog Hop with RJR Fabrics

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Am so thrilled to participate in the What Shade Are You Blog Hop with RJR Fabrics. With springtime’s arrival, I wanted to create something bright and fun to reflect the warmer weather and sunshine as well as challenge myself with a minimal quilt block design. Thus the Mini RJR Springtime Quilt! For the front I used the following solids: Beach Coral (355), Chili Pepper (49 T), Bougainvillea (361) and Kerchief (364 C+S).

Initial K Studio Mini Summertime Quilt

For the back I used Cotton+Steel 2015 Penny Arcade line by Kimberly Kight – it was a perfect fit with the solids. Overall, I really loved working with the fabric! The solids were a dream to sew with and I loved how quickly the mini came together!

Initial K Studio RJR Summertime Mini Quilt
RJR Fabric Bundle

Head on over to instagram for a chance to win this 1/2 yard bundle! Happy Friday y'all!

Dryad Blog Hop Winner!

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Thank you so much for all the kind words and compliments about Shannon's debut collection and my mini Arrowhead quilt. The randomly chosen winner is Linda Douglas! Congrats Linda - just sent you an email!

Thanks again y'all for participating in the Dryad Blog Hop! Have a great weekend everyone! xoxo

Dryad Blog Hop + Giveaway!

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I am so excited to be the final stop of the Dryad Blog Hop + Giveaway with Shannon Brinkley and Fabri-Quilt! I had the chance to meet Shannon while at Quilt Market this past October and fell in love with her scrappy applique mini's that were displayed in her booth. Seriously y'all, they were amazing!

Shannon's debut fabric line Dryad (which you can read more about here) is filled with awesome nature inspired prints and I was thrilled with the opportunity to work with her collection!

Dryad

If you follow me on instagram, I shared a sneak peak of my project on Monday. 

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Below is the full reveal - the Arrowhead mini! Hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Thanks again Shannon for this opportunity. Your new line is beautiful!

Initial K Studio Arrowhead Mini

I was so excited with how it turned out that it's now a part of my gallery wall in the studio!

Initial K Studio Arrowhead Mini

Now for the giveaway details!! For a chance to win a bundle of Dryad, sign up to follow Fabri-Quilt’s blog, Inspired by Fabric and then leave a comment below letting me know that you are signed up. Entries will be open until midnight on Friday, Feb. 12, and the winner will be announced on Saturday, February 13.

For those of you who wish to purchase the fabric now, Angela Walters is offering 10% off of Dryad fabrics from her shop, Quilting is My Therapy, during the hop using the promo code DRYAD.

Please be sure to check out the other stops on the hop as well below!
2/2 Shannon Brinkley @ Bottle Tree
2/3 Inspired by Fabric
2/4 Angela Walters @ Quilting Is My Therapy
2/5 Aurifil
2/8 Casey York @ Studiolo
2/9 C&T Publishing
2/10 Rebecca Bryan @ Bryan House Quilts
2/11 Stacey Day @ Stacey in Stitches
2/12 Kristi Schroeder @ Initial K Studio

 

Creative Collaboration: Alison Glass Cascade Quilt

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I had the chance to meet the very talented surface designer and quilter Alison Glass while at Quilt Market this past October, where she debuted her new fabric collection Sun Prints 2016. You can imagine my delight when she emailed later that month asking if I'd like to sew with her new line. Needless to say, her new line is absolutely stunning and was the perfect fit for the Cascade Quilt pattern. This is the first time I've made the Cascade Quilt with prints and I am so thrilled with the results.

For those of you in the Dallas area, I'll be teaching the Cascade Quilt workshop at Urban Spools on February 13th. Details about the workshop can be found here. Would love for y'all to join me! xoxo  

Initial K Studio Sun Prints Cascade Quilt
Initial K Studio Sun Prints Quilt
Initial K Studio Sun Prints Cascade Quilt
Initial K Studio Sun Print Cascade Quilt



Cascade Quilt Workshop at Urban Spools

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Initial K Studio Cascade Quilt

Hi y'all! So excited to announce I'll be teaching the Cascade Quilt workshop at Urban Spools on Saturday, February 13th. I'll guide you on color placement and step by step instructions on the construction of the quilt top. Use some stash or indulge in a beautiful new bundle to make this timeless project. This jelly roll friendly quilt is perfect for any quilter who is looking to take his/her skills to the next level!

Nervous about choosing fabric from your stash? No need to worry, as I'll be hosting a fabric selection party at Urban Spools on Saturday, February 8th from 10am to 2pm. Mimosas and snacks will be served, and I'll be there to offer advice about fabrics, color palettes, incorporating prints and more. 

You can signup for the workshop here. Please note, limited spots are available. Hope to see you there! 

Happy New Year Art Print Download

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Initial K Studio Art Prints

Happy New Year y’all! To celebrate the start of 2016, this 8x10 art print PDF is available as a free download. Inspired by my love for the flying geese quilt block, I wanted to explore this pattern in three different color-ways. The yellow color-way is my ode to Robert Kaufman’s 2016 color of the year Highlight, which you can read more about here. Who knows, y’all just might see a new quilt pattern appear in the next few months. Regardless, cheers to a creative, fun-filled 2016! xoxo

HOW TO DOWNLOAD
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