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Baby Blue Ombre Cascade Quilt

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So happy to share with y'all another color version of the Cascade Quilt. The client requested a range of baby blues and thanks to my handy Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton color card, I was able to pick out the range of blues rather quickly. Once again, so happy and thrilled with how this turned out. Happy Monday! xoxo


Save the Date - The Dallas Flea!

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So excited to be a part of The Dallas Flea this year! 

I'll be debuting a few new items next Saturday including pillows, new quilts and receiving blankets. For those of you who wish to have a custom quilt created, I'll be taking deposits for commission quilt orders as well. Happy Friday y'all! xoxo

Off to QuiltCon

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Can't believe QuiltCon has finally arrived! Looking forward to catching up with friends in Austin, meeting all of the fabulous instagram peeps in person, attending the lectures and learning something new from the talented quilting industry peeps.

My mom and I had a chance to attend it in 2013 and loved every moment. Looking forward to what this year has in store! xoxo Kristi

Flying Dutchmen Commissioned Quilt

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I'm thrilled to share with you a king size commissioned quilt  - The Flying Dutchmen. The only request from the client was that I use delph/dutch blue - a nod to her Dutch heritage. As for the design, I've been wanting to make a quilt with flying geese and figured this was the perfect opportunity. Cheers! xoxo Kristi

Texas Granite Commissioned Quilt

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Am thrilled to have had the opportunity to make a queen size quilt for one of my old coworkers at Neiman Marcus. Her only direction was a pink and grey color palette and something involving stripes. Done and done!

A detailed journey of making the quilt can be found on my instagram feed - but below are a few of the behind the scenes look. 

Images by me via Nixon, iPhone and instagram (I'm @initialkstudio).

Quilt Patterns Coming Soon

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The cats out of the bag! I'm thrilled and excited to announce that I will be releasing PDF patterns of the Cascade and Ombre Cascade Quilt by the end of this month in my shop. Print versions of the pattern will be available in February. I am so excited for the opportunity to work with the folks over at Robert Kaufman. Cheers! Xoxo

Year in Review

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This year has been filled with unexpected challenges, surprises, laughter, and many adventures with family and friends. I'm working on a few big projects at the moment and can't wait to share them with you in the next few months. Wishing all of a Happy New Year. Cannot wait to see what 2015 has in store. xoxo

Oil and Cotton Pop-Up Holiday Shop this weekend!

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Friends, I'm so excited to announce that I'll be part of Oil and Cotton's Pop-Up Holiday Shop this weekend in Dallas! I've made a mini Cascade Quilt (size 42x48) for the event and it will be available for purchase for $300. Once it is gone, it's gone! Details of the great activities planned by Oil and Cotton can be found here. I'll be attending the opening party Friday night - Hope to see y'all there! xoxo

Shop Update

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First of all, where has the month of November gone? I can't believe Thanksgiving is next week! Second of all, my apologies for not posting here lately. I hit the ground running when I returned from vacation as I had three markets to prepare for in one week. Call me crazy, but I loved every second of it. 

My first market was The Dallas Flea. I didn't quite know what to expect, but the day was filled with tons of compliments, interest and quite simply all around great folks. 

Special thanks to Steph and Sara for helping me with set-up and take down. Seriously, could not have done it without them! 

Having a well deserved drink on the rooftop of Nylo after the Dallas Flea. 

Having a well deserved drink on the rooftop of Nylo after the Dallas Flea. 

The next market was the San Antonio Country Club Holiday Bazaar midweek. It was a two day event and let me tell you, those ladies know how to shop! 

Then I zipped back to Dallas for the final market at the Dallas Etsy Jingle Bash - which was all around awesome. 

I even managed to sew a few receiving blankets before the show. Will try and have them listed in the shop soon! 

Overall, it was a crazy week, but I am extremely thankful for all of the support from family and friends the past few weeks. xoxo

Images by me via iPhone & instagram - @initialkstudio

Bon Voyage!

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If you follow me on instagram (@initialkstudio) you'd see that I've been sewing like a madwoman lately. I'm leaving for Europe for a much needed vacation with my best friend but when I return, I will hit the ground running as I've signed myself up to sell my quilts in three markets in one week - The Dallas Flea, San Antonio Holiday Bazaar and the Etsy Dallas Bash. Insane to take on so much in one week? Perhaps. But I am looking forward to it!

Till then, my apologies in advance for all the instagram posts while traversing throughout Europe.

image via Rifle Paper Co


The Cascade Quilt

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A few weeks ago, Callie from CityCraft contacted me about designing a quilt with Kona's new solids - all 32 of them. I was thrilled and so excited for the opportunity, but had no idea what I was going to design. Typically for quilting, I like to work with two solids and white, so this was definitely placing me outside of my design comfort zone. But for those of you who know me well, know how much I love a challenge. Game on!

Initially, I comped up three designs for Callie and we decided this one was our favorite.


The next step was to figure out the quilting math (not my strong suit at all) and construction. I wanted the piecing to be simple as possible, so I used a jelly roll of kona solids in white and fat quarters of the 32 kona colors cut in 2.5in strips.

The piecing went relatively well.  The only caveat was to figure out how to sew the strips in the two directions consistently. Being a design nerd, I mocked up two diagrams and referenced them constantly when I sewed from row to row. It definitely helped me stay on track and I only had to use my seam ripper once.

When piecing, I broke up the construction based on the color groups - Neutrals, Greens, Blues, Purples, Pinks, etc - and would iron down the corners in the opposite directions (again based on the diagrams above) so I would have a natural guide when sewing the strips together.


Candid shot of Dash looking absolutely thrilled that the quilt top was invading his space.

I have to say, I was a bit nervous starting out this project, but I am so happy and proud of how it turned out.

More photos of the finished quilt can be found in the shop. Big thanks to Callie and CityCraft for presenting this opportunity to me! For any of you who would like to collaborate on a project, please email me at xoxo

All photos taken by me (instagram @initialkstudio)

The ACL Quilt

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I'm heading to Austin this weekend for the ACL Festival and decided at the last minute to make a quilt for the three day festivity...

At first glance, it's your standard quilt. But look again friends, cause I installed an invisible zipper on the back = perfect hiding place for a flask!

Genius right?! I'm thinking of listing this type of quilt in the shop if the demand is there. What do you think? xoxo