Karin from Leigh Laurel Studios grew up under her architect father’s drafting table, making mini models out of the cardboard scraps that fell to the floor. At age ten she purchased her first sewing machine from her neighbor who taught her sewing basics. A former magazine editor and antique folk art gallery director, she now loves being a blogging, stay-at-home-mom.

Take a look at the free patterns and tutorials at Leigh Laurel Studios (links in the top bar), and don’t miss her tutorial here a bit later for hot pad oven mitts (a great gift for your favorite baker!). If you hurry you can even enter to win a copy of 1, 2, 3 Quilt on Karin’s site.