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Spring, A Good Time For New Beginnings

As most of you know by now, my website was hacked in January while I was on a 6 week trip out West.  Not fun, especially because I always would rather be dyeing fabric or sewing so I put off fixing the issues till now.  I apologize for the inconveniences it may have caused!

I have a new website I am currently tweaking the layout of now.  I have switched my store back to Etsy for the time being because I have found 90% of my business is commission based, so it is easier to just let Etsy do the work for me basically!

A lot has happened in the first few months of 2017!  To start I had 14 quilts and 4 table runners in an art show at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Traverse City, Michigan for a month.  It was a great show and I really enjoyed being a part of it!  Below are a few photos from the show!

I was lucky enough to tag along on a photography trip to Telluride, Colorado, Moab, Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah and Jackson, Wyoming this winter.  It was an incredible trip and I promise to post about it and show photographs because I was insanely inspired by it!

Thanks for being so patient with me! I  will be blogging more regularly and updating everyone on what I have been doing!

                                                                            xx     Kathryn Marie

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Fall Updates and Quilt-y Goodness!

Excuse me for not posting much this summer.  Things have been busy as usual in my studio.  I have been quilting and dyeing fabric like crazy!

So, let me catch you up on what has been happening in the studio.  I’ve been designing and sewing everything from a wedding wallhanging to a gallery show wallhanging and even a charity quilt for Pulse Nightclub victims.

Below are more details of each of these items!

For starters, if you are in the Northern Michigan area, please go check out the quilt pictured below.  It is on display at Three Pines Studio in Cross Village, Michigan until November 1st for the Letters: Words with Friends show.  It is titled ‘Shades of White’.  From this wallhanging I have been commissioned to make a throw size version of this ‘Shades of White’ quilt for a customer in South Florida. (photos of this quilt to come when finished)

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The quilt pictured below was a wedding gift for my cousin and his new wife.   I scrappy appliqued flowers and hearts, tea dyed the background fabric and hand embroidered their wedding day details into the quilt.  (If you think this makes a great wedding gift like I do and are interested in a custom order, email me Kathrynmariedesignco@gmail.com)

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The below is a charity quilt for the victims, families and first responders of the Pulse Nightclub tragedy.  The Orlando Modern Quilt Guild set up this amazing cause.  I am one of I believe over 400 quilts they will be giving to the victims, families and first responders.  This quilt gave me goose-bumps every time I worked on it.  I am so very proud to be one of the quilters who is donating a quilt for this cause.

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Besides the above, I have also been busy making quilts, wallhangings and table runners to sell at Spice Harbor.  Below are just a few items I made for the store.  Note the Michigan wallhangings; I can custom make with any country or state you desire, just let me know you are interested!

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Now that fall is approaching, I am working on a few holiday commissions, some quilts that I will enter into Quilt Con (crossing fingers they get accepted) and new fabric designs as well as a few new quilt designs to begin after the holidays!

As you might have noticed, I have also decided Etsy is not the right platform for me to sell my goods, I have closed my shop.  Please note that I have added a Store page to my website.  I will be playing with the layout over the next few weeks to perfect it and most likely adding some custom design options as well.

I promise to update you all much more this season!

Thanks for stopping by!

                                                      xx Kathryn Marie

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Spring Updates!

Spring has finally sprung in Northern Michigan, the woods are coming alive with trillium, ferns, mushrooms and all sorts of new growth, plus my studio is booming with natural light.  With spring always comes changes and new growth in humans as well.  My new “growth” is that I will have my products available for sale starting in June at Spice Harbor in Harbor Springs, MI !  I am so excited about this new endeavor and couldn’t be more happy to share it with you.

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 For those friends and customers who don’t get a chance to come visit our little paradise on Lake Michigan, don’t worry, you can still place custom commission orders with me year round and you will be able to purchase a select few items listed on my etsy site.

My goal going forward is to focus more on commission work, gallery work and work to be sold at Spice Harbor.  I really appreciate everyone’s support, without you, Kathryn Marie designs wouldn’t exist!

If you happen to be in Northern Michigan in June, the quilt pictured below will be on display and for sale at Three Pines Studio in Cross Village for their Still Life exhibit, May 28-June 15.

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Thanks for visiting, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @kathrynmariedesignco for everyday updates! Please contact me if you have any commission requests at kathrynmariedesignco@gmail.com.

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