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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!


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

To download the PDF, simply enter your email address below and then click “Download Art Prints.” A link will then appear, click to open the PDF and then save the file to your desktop or print directly from your web browser.

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Alaska Y'all - Part 1

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If you follow me on instagram, you knew that September was the month of travel for me. The summer was filled with some not so fun personal stuff and it left me feeling completely tapped out creatively. So when I had a chance to visit a close family friend of mine in Anchorage, Alaska, I jumped on it. Because we all know traveling is the one way to get your creative inspiration back right? Right. 

Day one was a late breakfast at Snow City Cafe followed by biking the coastal trail and then grabbing a much deserved glass of champagne (or two) at the Bubbly Mermaid Oyster Bar.

Then next day was a day tour to Portage Glacier Lake and wildlife watching at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

All I can say is that if you ever get a chance to go to Alaska, go.  xoxo

Free Quilt Pattern - Geometric Bliss

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To celebrate the Geometric Bliss quilt being featured in the Sept/Oct issue of D Home Magazine, I'm launching this as a free quilt pattern in the shop! If you have a chance, please check out this fabulous nursery, curated by the talented Jamie Laubahn-Oliver - it's chock full of beautiful, creative products. Happy Friday friends! xoxo

Quilt Maquettes

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This past week I headed down the to south Texas coast to spend time with my family. Days were filled with early morning walks on the beach, family time with my adorable niece and nephew, and lots of creative sewing. 


I've been wanting to conduct a quilt study with neutrals and greys and decided that a quilt maquette would be the perfect answer. Luckily, the maquettes came together rather quickly - despite a small mishap with the rotary cutter (documented via instagram).

Initial K Studio Quilt Maquettes

When comparing the two, my graphic design eye is drawn more to the neutrals, as the colors blend rather seamlessly. Overall, I think the dark greys and blacks were too dark to use compared to the lighter greys. Next time, I'll probably use 6 shades of grey, rather than 8 shades.

Initial K Studio Quilt Maquette - Grey
Initial K Studio Quilt Maquette - Grey
Initial K Studio Quilt Maquette - Neutrals
Initial K Studio Quilt Maquette - Neutral

Regardless, it was a great experiment and more than likely will be making a few more maquettes in the near future. My next thoughts are what to do with these samples? Lucite frame? iPad cover? The possibilities are endless. Keep your eye on the shop - more than likely will list them for sale in the near future. Happy Monday! xoxo