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Spring Sewing

It seems like it has been a non-stop spring season.  I know this is because I have been extremely busy with sewing commissions for individual customers and for my summer stockists so I haven’t had time to slow day and watch Spring happen.  Don’t misunderstand me though, I absolutely love nothing more than to be swamped with commission work! Below are a few of my favorite individual commission projects I have been working on this Spring season.  I hope you enjoy, and don’t forget if you see something you love just contact me and I can always make more!

The quilt and wallhanging below were commissioned for an Eagle Scout and his father who was the Master of the troop.  I had never sewn so many patches before and completely became obsessed with them!  I didn’t have a lot of t-shirts to work with so it is fantastic that I had so many patches to place around the shirt logos.  I hope to get more fun commissions in the future that require the sewing of embroidered patches!

The quilt with the absolutely adorable little boy on it was made specially for my two dear friends who live in Australia and their newborn Maxwell.  I over-dyed a mint fabric for the backing in indigo.  The front of the quilt is one of my custom designed patterns which is available in my spoonflower shop,  I hand quilted and machine quilted this whole cloth quilt.  Watch my Instagram and Etsy sites this summer, I plan on making a lot more whole cloth baby quilts to sell.  

Below is a reversible quilted cover to a hope chest.  This piece was amazingly fun to design.   I hand dyed all the fabric then, true to form, I laid out the pieces a million different ways until I found a design that the client loved as much as I did!

These are just a few snippets into what I have been working on this spring!  I finally bought a new laptop and will be updating my gallery page as soon as my current quilt commissions are complete!  I will also be working on blogging much more often, so make sure to check back often!

                                                                                                                          xxx     Kathryn Marie

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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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Summer Season is Busy in the Studio!

I wanted to give a little beginning of summer season update.  My studio has been extremely busy, I started selling items at Spice Harbor in Harbor Springs, Michigan and have been trying to keep up with items geared towards summer folks and balance commissions as well as adding some updates to my etsy shop.

Below are some photographs of my recent finished products.  All of the below items are currently for sale.  If  you see something you are interested in please contact me at Kathrynmariedesignco@gmail.com.  I can also custom make State wallhangings for whatever state you live in or love!

Enjoy the photos!

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Michigan Quilted Wallhanging made with my Anchors and Waves print on a linen cotton blend, my Trowel Mirror print on kona cotton and Shibori dyed kona cotton, finished with  rust colored hand quilting.  The two fabrics used in Michigan are for sale on in my Spoonflower shop.

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 Evolution of Strawberry quilt, tea dyed kona cotton and hand applique strawberries with sketchy quilting and hand beading. This quilt is on display currently at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilt & Fiber Arts for their Strawberry Competition show.


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Natural Elements King size quilt, hand dyed shibori indigo kona cotton, black tea dyed kona cotton and black walnut husk dyed kona cotton.  Finished with machine quilting and hand quilting in a contrasting rust thread.  The back is shibori indigo dyed.  This quilt is currently available on my etsy shop.

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Americana Table or Bed Runner, designed by me using kona cotton solids.  This runner is for sale, currently at Spice Harbor in Harbor Springs, MI.

This is just a sneak peak into my studio for the past couple weeks, I have sewn quite a bit more than I am showing, but I don’t want to overload my readers with photos.  More to come soon!

Thanks for stopping by!

                                                                                                                     xx Kathryn Marie