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L + J Blog

quilt, create, inspire

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Adventures in Sewing

Carrie Jung

My interest in crafting and sewing started early.

In fact, some of my earliest memories involve reams of colorful construction paper and copious amounts of scotch tape…my mom always encouraged us to be creative!

It wasn’t long until I got bored with that and graduated to using fabric and thread. And while I’ve always loved sewing (or anything creative in nature), I never really ventured past simple patterns with straight lines and easy seams.

For a long time, anything with buttons or zippers was way out of my league…until now! Our last line, Flora, has really inspired me, and in recent months, I have developed a new appreciation for my sewing machine.

Since my new obsession began I have whipped up a tote, some makeup bags, 3 journals, 2 teddy bears and a super cute clutch.

In fact, Lauren and Mom were so impressed with the clutch and the teddy bears that they insisted I share photos of them with all of you.

So there you go! I am really proud of these creations, and if you ask me, the Flora fabric adds a little something extra (and I’m not just saying that because it’s mine).

While it’s fun to share our projects with everyone, we would LOVE to see the projects that all of you have made using our fabric!

So if you’ve made something using Botany, Hideaway, or Flora, and you’d like to show it off, please don’t hesitate to send some pretty pictures of it our way. We’ll be sure to show them off on the blog and the facebook page. Happy Sewing!

The clutch is Amy Butler's pattern: "Perfectly Pleated Clutch" from her book Style Stitches. The teddy bear was altered slightly from Joel Dewberry's "Teddy Bear" pattern in his book Sewn Spaces.

I Love Blog Hops!


So we're gearing up for our third blog hop and we can't be more excited about the projects that we've created!

The Country Fair Blog Hop is a month long event, during which, Moda designers will be posting projects daily that are country-fair-ish in style and theme. It should be lots of fun! And!! There should be lots of awesome giveaways. You can read more about it at the Moda Cutting Table.

We plan on giving away a fat-quarter bundle made up of our newest line, Flora, to TWO of our blog-commenters... For those of you who don't know... fat quarter bundles are a lot of fabric (see pictures below)... so be ready for our day! (We're on the 24th.)

If you want to keep up with it... the order is as follows:

Let's Talk Pillows!



Welcome to the Pillow Talk Blog Hop : Day 15. Thanks for stopping by!

If you are new to my blog, here is a little background on what has now become quite the family affair… My mom and I started this whole venture about two years ago, right after I had finished a grad program up in graphic design. I was unemployed for a depressing 5 months… and it was during this period that our ideas started hatching. I've since moved up to Pennsylvania and we're now doing the majority of our work over the phone. Luckily, we've found that most of our tasks can be divided up... And they are as follows.

Jessi: She's in charge of all of the initial concepts/sketches for our fabric lines, as well as all of our quilt pattern designs (which includes writing the instructions, sketching the diagrams, and testing each of the patterns). She also likes to yell at me over the phone. A lot. Prior to our pattern business, she was working with her best friend and neighbor, Connie Flora. They designed the quilt planner named Plan Bee for Prym Dritz as well as creating their own series of quilt patterns.

Lauren: I work in Cranbury NJ as web designer at a software company. I also do a lot of freelance web work as well as our own fabric site... I put the entire thing together myself... which was hard!! I'm learning how to do some basic website coding, thanks to the awesome group of guys that I work with. (Thank you Ambrose, Ed... and sometimes Devin and Brian! Even though Devin and Brian have on occasion, caused me to cry myself to sleep after claiming that some of my designs have made their eyes bleed... not exactly constructive criticism...) In addition to the website stuff, I format all of our quilt patterns and create the ridiculously meticulous illustrations that accompany each instruction.


Carrie: My younger sister, Carrie, was recently dragged out to Albuquerque, NM with her husband Jon who got a secret job for the government.

Carrie is very bored now.

If you live out in that area and you want to give her a job in marketing... she's super cool and very smart. Anyway, in the meantime... we've made her our Little Project Manager / Copywriter. I'll still be writing our blog entries because I like to be long winded... And I don't think Carrie has it in her to capture the subtle nuances of my extreme ADHD. But she'll be doing the copywriting for the website... She's under the impression that websites shouldn't sound like some "ridiculous stream of consciousness that no one bothered to proofread". This is based off of the stuff that she learned while getting her masters in marketing... so who am I to argue with that logic, right? (For the record... I do proofread... and my streams of consciousness are almost always grammatically correct.)

And well, my dad is sort of in on it too... he's in charge of anything that involves math.

Because we hate math.

Beau (my fiance), Peter (my BFF at work), Brianna, Jason, and Julie (plus the four guys mentioned a few paragraphs back): This group makes up my team of moral support. (The first two guys emailed today and told me that they were mad that there was no mention of them on my credits list. So there you go Beau and Peter. :) )


When tasked with the project of making a pillow that represented us, my mom and I went back and forth between entirely too many ideas that were…well… sub par. And that’s just not how we Jungs roll. Luckily though, with a little bit of patience we finally came to a pillow design that my mom and I are proud to offer our readers, thanks to our adorable dog Rudy. (See above)

Rudy is our dog, and we love him more than people should ever love their pets. (I say this because my mother mentioned once that she would jump in front of car to save him... Which, I don't know... sounds a bit unhealthy to me. But can you really blame her... Look at him!!) Anyway. Rudy thinks that he is our guard dog. (Yes I know... he's a very tough looking little Westie.) He sits up at the window seat in my parents living room and scans the front yard for any suspicious activity. He'll then bark and warn us if anyone is up to no good.

So this pillow will at some point become Rudy's guard dog pillow. That he can lean on while he's keeping watch by the window... Perhaps a bit of a stretch, but that's our story and we're sticking to it.

We especially like this pattern because it helps to show off our hilltown pattern. This particular pattern is extra cool because it has a bunch of little secrets hidden within the landscape. If you look hard, you'll see a chimney sweep, a little fisherman catching a fish, a waterwheel, some deer, a little bridge with children playing nearby, a bum with a liquor bottle up in a balcony, Rudy (our dog) is in the town square, a quilt that is hanging up on a washline... and more. It's quite a lot of fun!


With that in mind, the window theme seemed like a natural choice. I mean how cool would it be to look out your window each day to see this awesome little town.

You can download the pattern for free here. It is one of 6 free patterns that we have available on our website! You can view all of them here.

Also in the spirit of free stuff, my mom and I are giving away full fat quarter sets of Hideaway to TWO lucky winners. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post. We will announce the two winners in a week!

If you don't know how to comment... Don't worry! Blogs are confusing sometimes. Up at the top of this entry, click on the title. This will take you to the area where you can comment. At the bottom of the page you will see a comment box where you will then be prompted to post your comment, your email address and your name. Then just click "Post Comment". And that's it!! You're done!


And finally, the much anticipated pillow talk questions…

What is a little known fact about you?

LAUREN / I CAN’T cook. In fact, I’ve been known to burn Ramen noodles (permanently adhering them to the bottom of the pot), turn quiche into quiche soup, and thoroughly botch the process of making a grilled cheese.

JESSI / I know sign language. I had to learn it for my first job at the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind.

How do you relax?

LAUREN / When I actually have free time… I LOVE to watch my retro detective shows: Magnum PI, Simon and Simon, Murder She Wrote, and Matlock.

JESSI / Solving the worlds problems with the company of my best friends and a cappuccino (and maybe a little bit of chocolate).

What do you sleep in - PJ's or NightGown?

LAUREN / I'm partial to black exercise pants and a wife-beater.

JESSI / Any flannel PJ pants and a t-shirt.

What kind of pillow do you like, Hard or soft, foam or feather? And why?

LAUREN / I can sleep on just about anything… a brick floor would be no problem for me. It's almost like a super power.

JESSI / I like hard pillows, and I am allergic to down, so that eliminates the feather option. Also, I love flannel pillowcases almost as much as flannel PJs.

When you were young did you sleep with a stuffed animal? If so what?

LAUREN / I used to sleep with a stuffed polar bear that I cleverly named “Bear”.

JESSI / I slept with my real miniature poodle, Martini. I’m not sure how much he liked the sleeping arrangement though.

Do you sew in bed? Read? Watch TV? eat?

LAUREN / On the weekends I don’t get out of bed…so all of the above... and then some.

JESSI / I stay in my studio until I can’t keep my eyes open.

How many nights have you or your spouse spent on the couch?

LAUREN / I don't have a husband... yet. So only time will tell.

JESSI / My husband, Chip, has a bad habit of falling asleep on the La-z-Boy most nights.

Nighttime toddy?

LAUREN / When I was younger, my dad used to put me to bed with a glass of water that he called “Super Water”. The term stuck, and I still REQUIRE a glass of “Super Water” before bed.

JESSI / I’m not much of a drinker, but I do love a little bit of chocolate at night.

Early to bed or all-nighter?

LAUREN / Most definitely a night owl. I think I'm nocturnal.

JESSI / Since I discovered fabric designing, I’ve been a night person.

Who would you most like to have a pillow fight with?

LAUREN / Brad Pit, Jake Jyllenhal, Johnny Dep...

JESSI / I would love to hit Lauren with a pillow when she doesn’t do what I say. Kidding! Sort of.

Thanks again for stopping by. Don't forget to enter our giveaway by leaving a comment on our post! And if you liked our blog, stop by our Facebook Fan Page and click LIKE up at the top of the screen (beside our names). The next stop on the Blog Hop is Sweetwater!

Oh, and... if you want to see the entire line... check out our fabrics page on our website!!


Get Ready for the...



So we're participating in one of Moda's "blog hops"! More specifically... their Pillow Talk Blog Hop, where each of their fabric designers is given the chance to come up with a pillow design that is a representation of herself... but in the form of a pillow.

In addition to our personified pillows, we're each given a series of rather "off-the-wall" questions to answer. Hence the name... Pillow Talk. Not to worry though... Lissa (from Moda) promises that nothing too risque will come up throughout the course of this blog hop, despite the rather suggestive title.

I, myself, love risque stuff... so this will be difficult... Kidding.

If you want to keep up with it... the order is as follows:

FEBRUARY 1 : Aneela Hoey FEBRUARY 2 : Blackbird Designs FEBRUARY 3 : Jan Patek FEBRUARY 4 : Bunny Hill Designs FEBRUARY 5 : Cotton Way FEBRUARY 6 : Fig Tree FEBRUARY 7 : Kansas Troubles FEBRUARY 8 : Kate Spain FEBRUARY 9 : Kathy Schmitz FEBRUARY 10 : Camille Roskelley FEBRUARY 11 : Me and My Sister FEBRUARY 12 : Minick and Simpson FEBRUARY 13 : Liesl from Oliver+s FEBRUARY 14 : Sandy Gervais FEBRUARY 15 : Lauren and Jessi Jung (our new website!) FEBRUARY 16 : Sweetwater FEBRUARY 17 : Barbara Brackman FEBRUARY 18 : Deb Strain FEBRUARY 19 : American Jane FEBRUARY 20 : Primitive Gatherings FEBRUARY 21 : Laundry Basket Quilts

Anyway, the blog hop should be loads of fun, and if you do keep up with all of it... you'll probably get a number of opportunities to win free stuff. And free stuff is always cool. We haven't quite decided on our giveaway yet, but we're thinking about some free patterns and fat quarters! Whoo hoo!


The Flower Basket Quilt


This is one of our favorites! Both the subject matter and its bold use of color make BOTANY the perfect assortment of fabrics for such a spring-themed quilt!

Our Flower Basket Pattern is now officially available for download on our site,, in our Quilt Patterns Section.

Currently, we have a total of 6 patterns available for download, so make sure to check out our entire Free Patterns Section!

Megan Kibby took these beautiful photos!