out with the old, in with the new.

No longer a WIP, Leland Ave StudiosI’ve had a pile of WIPs in a basket in my sewing room for as long as I can remember. Not that this is a surprise, as most quilters do.

Every so often I would take these WIPs out. Mull over them. Possibly add something to them. And then quietly give up on them and stick them back in the basket.

The thing about these WIPs, unassuming as they are, is that they take up space. Both physical and mental clutter. And there is a certain amount of guilt associated with each one. The money spent on materials. The time spent on getting started. And the feeling that no work should be left incomplete.

And yet, there is a reason they remain endlessly “in-progress.” Perhaps the process became less interesting as the work progressed. Or the task of completing them required time or skill that we either don’t possess or we no longer want to dedicate to the project. And so they sit. Taking their toll, ever so silently, on our psyche.

The WIPs in this quilt were a little bit of all of the above. The improv pieced stars began in Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s 15 Minutes of Play class. I was too intimidated to finish the quilt we started that day, back in July 2013. So there they sat. I picked out the polka dot fabric with Victoria, specifically for that quilt, and I felt obligated to finish it just as we had planned.

The triangles were from an entire quilt I had cut using the E-Z triangle ruler, long before it became a sponsor for QuiltCon West. Except, I hadn’t read the directions. So I cut them ALL WRONG. An Entire Quilt Worth. I tried to sew them together despite my mistake. And none of the points were matching up. Tips of triangles were getting cut off. Not so E-Z as planned.  Sooooo I abandoned it; disappointed in myself and the wasted fabric.

The navy and polka dot stripe quilt was made because I was inspired by Maura Ambrose. I finally decided to use that fabric I had picked out with Victoria, and I thought for a noble cause. It was simple, it was pieced precisely, but it wasn’t really me. Because I was trying to be someone else — someone who makes perfectly simple quilts using perfectly simple hand-dyed organic fabrics. Of course it fell flat, as is bound to happen when being someone you’re not.

And finally, all of that glorious Doe fabric. Just waiting to become an Oodalolly quilt from Rachel Hauser’s Curves class. But I fell behind in the class, and with Oodalolly being the last project, well. . . it just never happened. I quit before I got past the second block, and moved on to other things.

You can see how bringing all of these perceived “failures” into one quilt that is utterly “me” has been cathartic. Not only am I clearing out the clutter from my sewing room, but I’m clearing out the guilt and the shame associated with each of these unfinished projects. It’s like a fresh start to move forward with new ideas that are entirely my own.

Will the WIP pile add up again some day? Probably. But for now, I’m starting 2016 with a clean slate, and it feels like the possibilities are endless!

Again, a very Happy New Year to you! My wish for us all: that the creative ideas from the universe find us and guide us to bring them to light in the new year ahead! Hooray 2016!

No longer a WIP, Leland Ave Studios

Linking up with Sew Cute Tuesday.

hell-o-o? it’s me. . .

I was wondering if after all these months you’d like to read. . .

Version 2Um, so, hiiiiiii. How are you? How were your holidays? Were they good? I’ve missed you. I hope (maybe?) you missed me, too? Whatcha been up to? I’ll tell you where we’ve been. We moved! Just a short move, really —  two miles down the road or so. But it took place in that short window of time between Halloween and Thanksgiving. So as soon as we (*ahem* I) got our heads above the boxes, it was time to prepare for the holidays. And before I knew it, I hadn’t sewn a thing in months! And, well, this being a sewing blog and all, there’s not much for me to talk about when I dont have sewing stuff to share! But I’m hoping to make things happen in 2016. I’m not exactly prepared to make a list of resolutions this year (we see how that ended up last year). But I am ready for whatever 2016 has to bring, and I have a new sewing studio to do it in!

I’ll share more as it gets into shape, but for now I’ll leave you with a sneak peek that I shared earlier on IG.


Happy New Year, friends! I hope you’ll forgive me for the radio silence. I also hope this transition from 2015 into 2016 finds you in good health, good spirits and looking forward to a beautiful year to come!

Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop: Summer Perseid Block

IMG_4825Hi! And thanks for joining me on the 2015 Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop! I’m calling this block the Summer Perseid, because the idea came to me after watching shooting stars on the dock of a lake one night this summer with my oldest son.

As this is the third day of the hop, you probably know the hop’s sponsor, Fabri-Quilt, who generously supplied all hop members with fat eighths of their Prairie Cloth Solids in a juicy Watermelon Summer Palette. This block uses small bits of all of the colors provided, but you can tailor it to your desires. The center can be all one color, the arms of the star can each be a different color, it’s really up to you! I’ve created this tutorial based on the photograph above, so let’s get started!



(2) 7-1/4″ squares of lapis blue solid

(2)- 7-1/4″ squares of turquoise solid

(2)- 1″x 7″ strips of lapis blue solid

(4)- 3″ x 8″ strips of white solid

(4) – 1″ x 7″ strips of white solid

(1) – small 2-1/2″ triangle of fabric each in chartreuse, turquoise, coral, and aqua solid.

(1)-  pen of choice for marking, ruler, and rotary cutter.

Note: all seam allowances are 1/4″. This block is 12.5″ unfinished, or 12″ finished.

The How-To:

Step 1: Make the lapis blue and turquoise half-square triangles (HSTs).


Place a lapis blue square directly on top of a turquoise square. Using your pen, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the back side of each lapis blue square.


Sew a seam 1/4″ on either side of the marked diagonal line. Repeat for both squares. Cut each of the sewn pairs on the marked line.


Press open and square up each to 6-1/2″ square.

Step 2: Sew the strips together.


Sew a 1″ x 7″ white strip to either side of a 1″ x 7″ lapis blue strip as shown. Make two sets and press all seams open. Tip: I find it easier to press each seam as I sew, rather than waiting to press. It makes everything lie neat and flat when working with close-together seams.

Step 3: Mark and slice the HSTs.

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Place two of your HSTs on your cutting mat as shown (turquoise on top, lapis blue on the bottom), and on each, mark a diagonal line from 4″ left of the bottom right corner to 4″ up from that same corner. Cut on the drawn line. Make sure you keep the triangle scraps that you cut off, as you will reuse these in a minute.

Step 4: Attach the strips and triangle scrap. Trim.


Attach the sewn strips of white and lapis blue to the cut edge of the HSTs.

IMG_4806Then attach the cut lapis blue triangle scrap to the raw edge of the strips. Press all seams open. Using the original lapis blue edges of the HST as your guide, trim the existing fabric back to 6-1/2″ square.


Step 5: Mark and slice the star arms.

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Place the two striped HSTs on your cutting mat so that the white strips are angled in the bottom right corner. With your pen, draw a line from 2″ left of the bottom right corner to 1/2″ down from the top right corner  (as shown).


Place your ruler on the diagonal line and cut.


Draw the same diagonal line on the two, plain HSTs and cut.

Step 6: Sew and trim the star arms.


Sew a 3″ x 8″ piece white fabric to the cut edge of each HST. Press seams open. Then using the original edges of the square, re-trim square to 6-1/2″ square. You will have two finished squares that look like the above, and two that look like the picture below.


Step 7: Making the center diamond.


Place your squares on the cutting mat so that the  star arm is in on the right side of the square, points up. On each square, slice a small angle (Tip: no more than 2″ from the corner on either side) from the bottom right corner of the star arm. How much or how little you cut is up to you! If you’d like all of your corners to meet perfectly, you can cut the same amount from each square. If you’d like your diamond to have a “wonky” effect, you can cut a slightly different amount or angle from each square. How you arrange it is up to you. I’ve cut a different color for each square, and chosen to make mine slightly wonky.



Sew a colored triangle to each cut edge. Press seams open and trim square to 6-1/2″.

Step 8: Assemble the block.


Using your quarter inch seam, attach all four squares to form the shape of the star so that the colored diamond pieces meet in the center, and the striped blocks are diagonal from one another (as shown above).


And there you have it! A Summer Perseid Block all your own! I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial, and I appreciate you stopping by! Now, for some fun stuff. . .




For a chance to win your own half-yard bundle in Watermelon Summer Palette of Prairie Cloth Solids, visit Quilting Jet Girl and Inspired By Fabric for all of the details!

Please make sure to visit all of the other bloggers participating in the block hop (listed below). And a huge thanks to all of our hosts: Stephanie @Late Night Quilter’s , Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs, Yvonne @Quilting Jet Girl and Terri Ann @Childlike Fascination.

Host – Stephanie @Late Night Quilter
Hannah @Modern Magnolia Studio
Cindy @Stitchin At Home
Abby @Hashtag Quilt
Lisa @Sunlight in Winter Quilts
Carrie @Chopping Block Quilts
Brianna @The Iron and Needle
Tish @Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland
Jan @The Colorful Fabriholic
Sarah @Smiles Too Loudly
Beth @Cooking Up Quilts
Leanne @Devoted Quilter
Liz @LizzyClips Design
Kim @Leland Ave Studios

Thanks again for stopping by!

a market street handbag for mom.


I couldn’t resist making another Market Street Handbag by Kenzie Mac & Co. , this one for my mom. Originally I had intended to use some toiles, stripes and florals for her version, but I changed my mind when I came across Alison Glass‘s Ex Libris at my LQS.

Having made one of these bags before, I was able to concentrate on the finer details this time. I pieced together a panel of Art Theory between two strips of Botany Chambray. I quilted the entire bag in a diamond pattern using a thick gold variegated thread. And I was able to focus on the construction issues, too. As you can see above, my flat bottom bag is balancing on my deck’s handrail. . . something I have to admit. . .  you couldn’t do with the last bag I made!


For the lining, I used Robert Kaufman’s Chambray and another Alison Glass print (Historical Fiction in Gold) for the pocket.


I gave my mom the bag today for her birthday and she was thrilled with it! At first she was eyeing the original bag I’d made, but when she saw how carefully this one was constructed and how much the rainbow of colors popped against the neutral background fabrics, she was in love. I have to say, I really love it, too!

Linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday, Finish It Up Friday, and TGIFF. Have an awesome weekend!

2015 Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop.

2015 Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop


Hello, Hello! And Happy Monday to you! I’m just popping in after a fun vacation week at home with the family to let you know that on September 2nd (our first day of school here in the northeast — time to get those school supplies), I’ll be participating in the Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop! I’m really excited to share my block with you, and there are going to be SO MANY new blocks to see as part of this hop. We’re working with the juiciest summer color palette — just right to keep that end of summer feeling going as we ease our way into fall activities!

For more information, you can check out Quilting Jet Girl’s post on the hop, and you can feast your eyes on our fabric selection and her great tips on drafting a block tutorial of your own.

Hope you had a great weekend! I’ll be back with a finish to share at the end of the week!

the flag of mommy country.

the flag of mommy country by lelandavestudios

Happy Friday! I’ve got a finish to share with you that is very special to me. I revealed the first photos of my rectangular log cabin in my 2015 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop intro, but I wanted to take the time to share some additional details about this mini quilt, and why I love it so!

For starters, this quilt is made with hand-dyed scraps that I purchased from Kim Eichler-Messmer. Each strip has a unique variation and saturation that is so gorgeous in person, I feel the pictures can’t really do them justice. But rest assured — you can take my word for it — they are lovely, and if you want to feast your eyes on something extra-special, just check out her quilts!

In addition to the fantastic fabric, this was the first quilt that I have ever hand-quilted! It was such a different process to have to make each individual stitch by hand. I started the process feeling irritated that it was taking so long to complete each row, and by the end, I was sad that it was over! Who knew I could fall in love with hand-stitching?!? It was so nice to take my project with me wherever I went. It came berry picking; to the beach; and sat with me, my husband and a glass of wine at the end of the evening. I never knew how enjoyable the experience could be, and I think I may have fallen in love!

To quilt this mini and get the effect that I wanted, I used Auriful 12 wt. cotton thread (thanks, Karin [Leigh Laurel Studios], for the suggestion!). I am really not sure if there is a specific method for Kantha stitching, but that is the effect I was seeking.

the flag for mommy country by lelandavestudios

The scrap bag from Kim contained mostly solid fabrics, but there were a few over-dyed fabrics that I incorporated into the quilt as well. They complemented the overall palette and added a little something special (unexpected, maybe?) to the binding and some of the piecing. For the rest of the quilt I used a linen-like cloth that I unearthed in my stash. I wish I knew its origins, because I loved the texture and would be happy to purchase more of it!

flag from mommy country by lelandavestudios

Here’s a shot of the back of the quilt. I love it almost as much as the front! I know my stitches are uneven. . . so forgive the inconsistencies if they bother you. . .but I love that solid blue fabric where you can see the pattern made by the dying technique. Oh, and if you are like me, a complete novice to hand stitching, this tutorial from Creativebug was a great help in getting me started.

This mini is now hanging proudly in my sewing room, and because I rarely make anything for myself, my boys have deemed this the “flag of mommy country.” They now draw it when they want to make cards and things for me, and it has come to be my signature around the house. I think because it travelled to and from various places with us, they somehow became as attached to it as I did!

Hope you are having a great start to the weekend! We will be celebrating birthdays and anniversaries (while still trying to squeeze in some time for sewing)!

Linking up with Finish it up Friday, TGIFF (hosted by Michelle this week!), and Link-A-Finish Friday.

market street handbag.

Market Street Handbag by lelandavestudios

Ready to go to market and pick up some fresh tomatoes to go with that basil!

I’m so happy to have a finish to share with you on this lovely Friday! My first version of the Market Street Handbag by Kenzie Mac & Co. is complete! It came together easily. It only took me three days to finish (not working consistently, mind you), so that says a lot; because I never finish anything that quickly. I used a toile, cotton-duck fabric, which has a linen-like appearance– but feels sturdier — more like a home dec weight. I love the way the natural look of the fabric works with the jute webbing (something I also purchased from Kenzie Mac).

The structure of the bag is created with ByAnnie’s Soft and Stable. Have you ever worked with it before? I hadn’t and I was concerned that it was going to be thick and difficult to maneuver under the presser foot. In the end, I can say it was pleasantly flexible and the needle moved easily through it. Even when I was sewing the binding on, other than the shape of the bag making it a challenge, getting through the layers was no more difficult than sewing the binding onto a quilt.

Market Street Handbag by lelandavestudios

This photo gives an accurate representation of the color of the cotton duck fabric.

If you do choose to make this pattern, there are a few tips I can give you. The first is that you should cut your lining to size (including the curve along the top edge of the purse) prior to edge stitching the pocket to the lining. This will save you from chopping the top of your pocket off (as I did!), if you attach it 2″ from the top lining edge per the instructions.

Another thing I am going to try when I make my next version (using these fabrics) is to use a wider binding. I’m hoping that it will help to cover any stitch lines that stray from the perfect 1/4″ mark when stitching the raw edges of the bag together. Especially since I still consider myself a novice when it comes to curves, I can really use another 1/4″ inch or so for margin of error.

Market Street Handbag by lelandavestudios

I love how the variegated thread looks like sunlight streaming through the trees in the right light!

Overall, I’m thrilled with this little tote, and I can’t wait to make another one using the knowledge I’ve gained from having made a practice version! Oh, and it’s way roomier than I expected — large enough to fit a bunch of library books, sewing supplies or even a laptop (if the strap were longer). Once I’ve mastered it, I see this as my go-to gift for the future!

Okay, that’s all for now. Hope you have a great weekend! And if you have any bag-making tips that you’d like to share with me, I’m all ears!

Linking up with Finish It Up Friday, TGIFF, and Can I Get a WHOOP WHOOP!

2015 New Quilt Blogger Blog Hop

Hi, there! A big hello to all who are visiting because of the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop! I’m Kim, and I’m not quite sure how to introduce myself  — if I’m being completely honest!


To give you a little bit of history about me, I am a former attorney, who is now a stay-at-home mom to my three boys ages (as of this week) 7, 4 and 3. I am obsessed with the idea of a quilt as both a functional object AND art. I guess because of my background, I know that in the eyes of the law (copyright in particular), quilts are considered utilitarian objects. However, when a quilt is hung on a wall, it is really a piece of art. In most of those cases, however, art quilts are usually not washable, usable quilts. I am on a mission to blend the two concepts into one — a functional piece of art. It’s not really something that I see happening tomorrow. But I feel that it’s the goal that I’m working toward as a quilter and an artist. Creating something that exists in that gap between art and function.

improv image quilt by lelandavestudios

My mom began quilting when I was a teenager. It was something that I considered old-fashioned and dorky (at the time). When I was pregnant with my second son, my mom gave me a sewing machine for Valentine’s Day. I decided to make a quilt for my baby boy-to-be, and as you can guess, I became hooked! From there, I made a few more baby quilts before moving on to bags, makeup brush holders, and ultimately the quilts that I’ve started making today.

Modern Sampler Quilt

Long Island Modern Sampler

One of my favorite quilts that I’ve made to date is the Long Island Modern Sampler. It’s my own interpretation of blocks that were shared through tutorials on various quilting blogs. My guild picked the blocks as its “block of the month”, and when it was time to assemble, I added various blocks that I liked, in order to create an outside-the-grid arrangement. It even won a ribbon at QuiltCon 2015! (I know, crazy, right?!?)

quilt for jane by lelandavestudios

Quilt for Jane

Another quilt that I still adore is this quilt I made for a friend’s little girl. It was a baby quilt using exclusively Chicopee fabrics from Denyse Schmidt, assembled in a courthouse steps log cabin.

rectangle log cabin by lelandavestudios

Most recently, I revisited the concept of the log cabin, but this time with hand-dyed fabrics from Kim Eichler-Messmer. I decided to hand-stitch the quilt to achieve a folk-type aesthetic, and to echo the quilts of Maura Ambrose, who is a huge inspiration for me. I used 12 wt. Auriful cotton to hand-stitch the quilt. It is obviously imperfect, but in a perfect sort of way. I am seriously proud of this quilt, and it is newly hanging in my sewing room as a testament to my love for it!

One thing I have to suggest, as a quilting tip, is that patterns are merely suggestions. I love to pull inspiration from patterns. But I have found that patterns can sometimes be construed as rules. And when it comes to quilting, rules are meant to be broken. Patterns are a great guideline. But if you look at a pattern and think to yourself, “I can do this better”, then by all means, do it!! All you need to tell people is that you were inspired, and give the pattern-writer due credit. But you are free to embellish, stray, and break the rules as you see fit to make yourself happy! Quilting is both a craft AND an art. Which affords you creative license to express yourself through your work. There is no right way. Just YOUR way.

As far as a blogging tip goes, I’m not sure I’m expert enough to even share one! I guess my mantra when it comes to blogging is the age-old adage that content is king. Blogging is not always easy. There are lots of guidelines that tell you how to build readership, SEO, and how consistently you should post. But life is messy, and real, and there’s lots of times that blogging has to take a back seat. Readers are mostly forgiving and kind. Deep down, I believe, that if what you are sharing is quality content, then people will read what you have to say and they will come back to your blog, even if it’s not perfect.

Some other facts about me:

I am an only child.

I was a studio art minor in college (with a major in english).

I think podcasts are the best invention ever.

My love for avocado and egg on toast knows no bounds.

I married my college sweetheart.

Our second son was born on our 7th wedding anniversary.

My favorite genre of movie is documentary.

I belong to a CSA, which I love, but have yet to find a good use for gooseberries.

I dream of the day that I can have my own backyard with an organic vegetable garden and chickens.

So, now that I’ve shared some trivia about myself, tell me, what’s an interesting, random fact about you? Anything at all. A secret dream, a silly fact, or any juicy tidbit that you’d like to share!

Oh, and of course you know I’m not the only person participating in this blog hop today! So, please, give some love to the other members of my hive!

Cassandra @ http://thenotsodramaticlife.com

Deb @ newcreativestate.wordpress.com

Colleen @ https://colleenscustomquilting.com

And last but not least, a huge thank you to our hosts. This has been a great experience, and you guys have done a terrific job! Thanks so much Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs, Yvonne @Quilting Jet Girl, Terri Ann @Childlike Fascination, and Stephanie @Late Night Quilter.

summer stitching.

IMG_4442 Hello, friends! How is your summer going? We have been spending every bit of time possible at the beach and outside! It’s been glorious, and it’s almost making me forget how brutal this past winter was.

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Since we’ve been mainly out of the house, my sewing has been happening a bit here, and a bit there. . . I did manage to squeeze in time to work on this month’s do. Good Stitches blocks. And I am proud to call them my first finish of July!


I was hoping to have finished my hand-stitched, hand-dyed quilt  to share with you today, but alas, it is called slow stitching for a reason!


I’ve also made some progress on my improv blocks. I’ve sewn a few together to show you here. Any ideas on what they are going to be???


I’m thinking I may add a bag or two to my to-do list, just so that I can accomplish a finish in a shorter period of time. I picked these fabrics based on a bag made by Victoria Findlay Wolfe that my mom went bananas over. It’s the Market Street Handbag by Kenzie Mac and Co. My mom’s birthday is end of August, so I’m hoping to get it done in time to add it to her pile of presents!

IMG_4449In other news, my oldest son broke his arm. So instead of camps, he’s become his mommy’s constant companion. I think my quilting is rubbing off on him, because when my husband asked him tonight “Should quilts go on a bed, or on the wall” his answer was, “Well, Daddy, that depends on what kind of quilt it is. . .”


I hope you are having a beautiful summer so far, and since I have admittedly not had as much time as I’d like to keep up with all that you have been working on, please tell me, what sort of things have you been sewing? Do you find that your sewing patterns change with the seasons?  I’d love to hear!

Linking up with Finish it Up Friday and TGIFF!

what it’s like to {design hand-printed fabrics}.


photo courtesy of Kelsey Boes

I recently purchased a hand-printed bundle of fabric from the Etsy shop Lovely & Enough, owned by the talented and charming, Kelsey Boes. My first introduction to Kelsey was through her blog, also named Lovely & Enough, when she participated in last year’s New Quilt Blogger’s Blog Hop. Since then, I have followed her transition from undergrad at Wheaton to graduate student (she’s pursuing a PhD in Textile Chemistry at NC State) and shop owner. The reason Kelsey is so captivating, is that she lives with intention, and her work reflects this. Peruse her blog and you will see simple, well-crafted fabrics and quilt designs at their best. I think you will find her as lovely and endearing as the name of her business implies.


photo courtesy of Kelsey Boes

Before we get started, Kelsey, can you please tell us a little bit about yourself!

I am an avid lover of books and chai tea lattes. Recently I’ve been enjoying Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain and the ever popular Savor Each Stitch by Carolyn Friedlander. After finding a good book, the hunt for the perfect coffee shop ensues in earnest. Morning Times is winning me over with its honey-infused chais and exposed brick walls, peaceful and yummy. Most Saturdays if I’m not in said coffee shop studying and sipping said chai, you can find me hunting down mid century modern furniture and vintage kitchen utensils at estate sales.


photo courtesy of Kelsey Boes

You have an undergrad degree in studio art and chemistry. Tell us about your artistic journey, and how you got started as an artist.

It was a tad tumultuous. I kicked off college as a Graphic Design major but quickly felt overwhelmed with the need to have an artistic voice. In fact, it was enough to push me out of art and into the mental acrobatics and perceived job security of chemistry. Then the summer after my sophomore year, sitting at the wheel in a ceramics class, I realized what I still deeply desired—to be an art major and cultivate my own senior exhibition. I sweet-talked my prof and turned in a late portfolio to be accepted back into the art department as a double major, and that was the beginning.


photo courtesy of Kelsey Boes

When did you determine that textile arts were going to be your medium of choice? And how did you come to screen printing on fabrics as your main method of expression?

My love of textiles began with a pair of knitting needles from Disney World when I was eight and has morphed and blossomed unimaginably since with incredible nurture and encouragement from my mom. Just two years ago I stumbled upon Leslie Keating’s Hand-printed Fabric Swap online and printed my first fabric design, Drunken Circles, with a stencil and embroidery hoop. That next summer I took a textile silk-screening class for a month in Florence and fell in love. It’s a year and a half later now, and I have never looked back.


photo courtesy of Kelsey Boes

You have a very clean aesthetic, what is your inspiration?

I am obsessed with midcentury modern furniture: clean lines and eye catching angles. If my quilts could be sold just one place, I would choose Room & Board. (Okay, or Three Chairs Co. It’s a toss up.) When I’m dreaming up a new quilt, I imagine I’m standing on the first floor of Room & Board in Chicago, and I try to picture how the quilt would look hanging above the Eames chairs and minimalist table there. If the quilt fits, it’s a winner.


photo courtesy of Kelsey Boes

What types of printmaking methods do you use? Can you tell us a bit about your process?

Primarily, I screen print. I enjoy the crisp, graphic aesthetic it offers. If you’re not familiar with screen printing and what it entails, I detail the Screen Printing Process on my blog. It’s a bit more involved than you might think. However, screen printing allows me to print yardage faster and more precisely than block printing affords. I’ve also been experimenting with screen printing designs onto already pieced quilt tops. With such modern and dynamic results, I look forward to exploring this further.

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photo courtesy of Kelsey Boes

How does your ultimate end (i.e., making a quilt with the fabrics you design) impact your color choices and your design choices?

I have three goals as I sketch new patterns: scale, repeat, and versatility. When it comes to scale, the current quilting cottons available offer countless small prints but not many large. Since I like my fabrics to add dynamism and movement, not miniscule pattern that reads as a solid, I aim for sizeable patterns. This is probably my primary objective. Second comes the repeat. I seek to avoid awkward empty patches that might leave a small HST completely unprinted or a yawning gap in the middle of a quilt. Lastly, versatility. Although I adore my first Longlegged flamingo print, it’s not quite as practical as the all-over design of Pistachios.


photo courtesy of Kelsey Boes

You are working toward a degree in Textile Chemistry. How do you see your art fitting in to your final goal? Will it be a part of your job description? Or will your art become something in addition to your “day job”?

It is my dream to either design fabrics for Art Gallery or develop breathable raincoat materials for Patagonia. Disparate aspirations, I realize. To be honest, I don’t know what the future holds. I do know that I am loving grad school and adoring working with textiles on the side. Where life might take me is an exciting new adventure in the making. I will know what is to come when I get there.


photo courtesy of Kelsey Boes

What’s next for you? Are you looking to expand the shop? Sell your works as an artist? A little bit of both?


photo courtesy of Kelsey Boes

Definitely both. I am thrilled to release a set of small quilts early this summer. Initially just listed in the Etsy shop, I sincerely hope to be able to sell them at two adorable local shops, Ramble Supply Co. and Gather. As for fabric designs, I am taking a small recess from fabric and quilt design for the summer to be able to enjoy gardening and reading books. Perhaps some new designs will grace my printing table this fall and join the collection.

Thank you so much, Kelsey, for sharing your process and your goals with us! You are such an inspiration to me, personally,  and I’m sure many others will agree! To find out more about Kelsey, be sure to check out her Etsy shop, her blog, her IG feed and her Kickstarter campaign! Oh, and you can listen to Kelsey’s chat with Pat Sloan on her quilting podcast, American Patchwork & Quilting!