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L + J Blog

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Filtering by Category: Botany

Table Runner Leaves


Add some leaves to your table top with this quick & easy pattern!

You can find it in the Etc. Section underneath our Free Patterns Tab on our website; just click the pink download button on the right side of the page! Or, you can click on the direct link here!

Writing these patterns has become a very tag-team effort between me and my mom. We design them together. Then she takes the designs and figures out how to bring them to life. She writes up all of the instructions and then emails those, along with some rough sketches, to me. I take these and design the cover art and illustrations. Being a non-quilter... I feel as though I can objectively rate the ease of the instructions... and then add in a little here and there. Additionally, I've spent A LOT of time coming up with (what I consider to be) the perfect illustrations for each step... Because I know how annoying it is to have directions that were written for people with a very high skill level. (I think that if cookbooks would take a similar approach, I might try cooking once in a while...) After the instructions are written up, my mom then tests the patterns for the second time... just to make sure that we have all of our bases covered.

We realize though, that even the most thorough instructions may occasionally sound vague to someone who is new to quilting. So we welcome any comments or questions that you all might come across! Feel free to either post your question here on our blog, or you can email us at and we'll make sure to get back with you right away... as well as update our patterns with any necessary content! Happy quilting!

Blooming Glories Pillow Pattern


This is one of our favorites!!

As some of you probably already know, we have six free patterns available for download. When we launched our website in October, we only had two of these six patterns actually loaded onto the site. The rest weren't quite finished yet, but will be available well before our fabric arrives in stores this March.

This is our Blooming Glories Pillow Pattern and I've finally finished all of the formatting!! You can download this from our Patterns Section on our website. The download button is on the right hand side of the page.

Or, you can click on the direct link here.

One really cool feature of this pattern is the back! It contains an image of the the same flower found on the front... but from behind!

And here's another color option!

Lean Mean Quilting Machines


Spartanburg's band of seven crazed quilters on a mission...

So before Market, my mom enlisted the help of her 7 close friends from Piedmont Piecers Quilt Guild in Spartanburg, SC (where she's been a member for about 10 years) to help her get ready for Houston... My mom gave everyone the fabric of their choice and told them to have at it!

Yes, this entry is a little after the fact, but we just received all of our creations back from Moda a few weeks ago... and now we have photographs to share!

I think it would be really nice to have a photograph of the 8 women together, striking a Charlie's Angelsesque Style pose. Sadly, no one else has jumped on board with this idea!

These photos were taken by a close friend of mine, Megan Kibby, from Atlanta who is starting up a photography business. You can view more of her photos at Out of the Box Photography .

The last photo is a pattern that we made for the Bake Shop. As soon as the line hits the stores we plan to post the instructions for this pattern there. We wanted to take an Andy Warhol Style towards quilting... The multicolored butterflies is somewhat reminiscent of his Marilyn Monroe silk screen prints.

We Love Easter Eggs


When painted well, Easter Eggs can be very cool, but the kind of Eggs that I'm referring to are actually, secret surprises that can be found hidden in movies, art... our fabric line... etc.

If you're not sure what I'm talking about, rest assured, you have probably experienced an Easter Egg at some point in your life... A few well-known examples include: the myriad of racey references sprinkled throughout Disney movies... the Apple logo that appears on the computer, Deep Thought, in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy... and the rather random synchronization of The Wizard of Oz to Pink Floyd's album, Dark Side of the Moon.

Because of my slightly obsessive love for these wonderful little surprises, my mom and I came up with our very own... In every line of fabric that we design, there will be always be a spiderweb. It might not always be obvious, but, rest assured, it will be there!

Now... you might be wondering, "Why spider webs?"

And to that I say, "Why not spider webs?" They are believed to bring good luck when hidden in crazy quilts and Christmas trees... and, they kill bugs! Anything that saves me the trouble of killing bugs myself, is OK in my book, and will always have a safe haven in my apartment!

Botany has three patterns that contain sed spider webs: Flora, Wildlife, and Toile

The Infamous "Minibook" Fiasco of 2008


Moderation has never really been my strong suit... I'm not sure why that is exactly, but it began sometime in my early childhood... and... I think I'm going to go ahead and blame my parents.

Kidding... sort of.

Anyway, I've recently experienced a wicked bout of déjà vu as my mom and I were frantically assembling our 133 promotional packets before this year's Fall Market... The following entry describes the source of this déjà vu.

Exactly 1 year ago, immediately following my graduation from the Portfolio Center, our entire class, flew to New York City for a Portfolio Review. The night before my flight, I was frantically trying to design, print, and assemble 10 "minibooks" to hand out at the review. After months of sleep deprivation... I found that I wasn't in the correct state of mind to begin this task 7 hours before my flight.

After the panic set in, I cried for a few minutes, then called and woke-up a team of helpers at 3:00 in the morning: my boyfriend, Beau, my sister, Carrie, and her boyfriend, Jon. Over the next two hours, we all printed, folded, and cut out the first three pages of sed minibooks, at which point, I came to terms with my inevitable defeat... the minibooks had won.

Carrie and Jon volunteered to make a Kinko's Run... it was 5:00 AM.

Kinko's did an amazing job for the minimal fee of $400, but I still had to cut, fold, and assemble these books once arriving at the hotel in New York... Thankfully, I had Carrie with me, who turned out to be quite the little trooper...

She stayed up with me until midnight in order to finish these before the review the next morning... even after being rudely awakened at 3:00 AM to help me the night before... AND despite her plans to wake up at 4:00 the next morning in order to stand outside of the Today Show with a "Please Hire Me" sign.

And, my story doesn't end there... after not having slept more than 5 hours in the last three days, my phone alarm wasn't quite enough to get the job done the next morning... Carrie had to leave her much anticipated Today Show at 8:00 that morning, and walk the 26 blocks back to hotel, in order to wake me up in time for the Portfolio Review. I'm a terrible sister.

Carrie fondly refers to this course of events as the "Infamous Minibook Fiasco of 2008"... and rightfully so. I'm still trying to make it up to her!

And on a more positive note... I'm happy to report that I must be getting better at these last minute projects from hell... because my mom and I finished up our promotional packets at 11:30 the night before our flight... we had a full 3 hours of sleep before having to wake up and go to the airport the next morning!