Kim Smith Soper (@lelandavestudios)

Kim Smith Soper

Long Island, NY. Mom, wife, daughter, maker. President of the LIMQG. For collaborations/custom work please DM or visit me at

http://lelandavestudios.com/

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"She threw out the textbooks that urged artists to copy nature and focused instead on the beauty of pattern and design. She liked to summarize Dow's philosophy as 'filling space in a beautiful way', and this could be as mundane as where one placed a stamp on an envelope or how one dressed in clearly defined black and white shapes." - from Georgia O'Keefe: Living Modern at #brooklynmuseum #patternanddesign #art #inspiration #womenareamazing #georgiaokeefe #liveincolor #livefearlessly

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In honor of #internationalwomensday I'm sharing the story of how I became Leland Ave Studios. That cute little lady giving out hugs from behind is my grandma. She was both strong and soft at the same time. She raised seven kids, among them, my mom, and they lived in a farm house on Leland Ave in the Bronx. My mom has told many happy memories from her times on Leland Ave. Their family wasn't wealthy from a financial perspective, but my grandmother cultivated wealth in their love for one another and her willingness to welcome anyone into her home and to her dinner table. Today I take the time to honor her and all the values she stood for, and to celebrate the women that my mom and I have become, because of her. #womenareamazing #womenarestrong #womenarepowerful

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Sometimes simple fabrics sewn up in a simple design are just what I need. I love how pretty the cirrus solids look with the watercolor linen from purl soho. #iwillbemakingmoreofthese
#cloud9fabrics #cirrussolids #purlsoho #purlsohobusyhands #organicfabric #wearethemakers #modernquilt

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There are no words to sum up what #quiltcon2017 has meant to me. It has been incredible to have my work received so enthusiastically. And the opportunity to meet friends and fellow artists in person was something I've been dreaming about for years. The show was so unbelievably inspiring. I've learned so many things in my classes and lectures. And I had the opportunity to see a beautiful city that I've never explored before. It was an experience I will never forget. Thank you to everyone that made this week what it was. Thank you @themqg.

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For the first time since these guys were born, I'm headed on a solo adventure! Savannah, I'm coming!
(I'm not sure what's crazier, the fact that I haven't travelled alone in almost 10 years? Or the fact I'm actually doing it!)
#helloquiltcon #imsoexcitedimsonervous

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Outside is blanketed in white, like a blank canvas full of possibility! Inside my studio, I'm playing with all the colors. Again, endless possibility! #mindisblown
#konacotton #modernquilt #colorstudy #ilovetosew #makersgonnamake #snowsew

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I am so excited to say that after multiple attempts with the wrong email address, I have connected with the artist who created the WPAP portrait of Abraham Lincoln that this quilt is based on. The extremely talented Ihsan Ekaputra @zaixwpap. Please check out all of the amazing portraits that he’s made and follow along on his artistic journey. I guarantee you will be inspired by his use of color, geometric shapes and clean lines.
#colorinspiration #wpap #wpap #wpapdesign #modernquilt #modernquilter #improvpiecing #improvwithintent #quilt #quilting #wearethemakers #inspiredbyart #konacotton #quiltcon #quiltcon2017

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Lincoln.
This piece has been a passion project of mine for over a year now. I’m not sure many of you know the whole story, so I want to make sure I share it here. This quilt developed out of a desire to create an entirely improv-pieced, recognizable image without use of template, paper-piecing or applique. Using an iconic image of Lincoln that had been converted to WPAP (Wedha’s Pop Art Portrait — a vector-based geometric pop art) by artist Ihsan Ekaputra, I constructed 6-inch improv blocks to recreate the image. Perfection was never a goal, but recognizability was. The backing fabric is a repeating pattern of the original image of Lincoln. The binding is a nod to the vector-style of art on which the quilt is based. The end result is a quilt that is both identifiable as the intended image, and distinctly my own.
Thank you all so much for the support that you’ve shown me throughout the process of making this project.
#improvpiecing #improvwithintent #modernquilting #modernquilter #modernquilt #quilt #quilting #sewing #quilter #quilts #obsessedwithquilting #wearethemakers #makersgonnamake

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They may have accidentally come a day late, but they were worth the wait! 💗
Thank you @tcsoper. I love them. #flowers #bouquet #martellisflorist

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Prep for Thanksgiving? Or finish cute binding? 💗Decisions...decisions...
#torn #sewingismorefunthancleaning
#babyquilt #itsagirl #binding #quilt #quilting #makersgonnamake

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There's a 🌈 forming inside, even if it's still ⛈out there...
See you tomorrow #LIMQG !

#modernquilt #medallionquilt #makersgonnamake #quiltchallenge #charitysewing

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View of the City from the Suburbs at Night.
This quilt was inspired by a day I spent in the city in September. I heard Kaffe Fassett speak at Quilters Take Manhattan, and then took in the Stuart Davis exhibit at the Whitney. Inspired by the colors of Kaffe’s palette, and the abstract/pop style of Davis’ paintings, I created this quilt to represent the vibrancy of the city’s nightlife that I am so far removed from in my suburban home. Though we are only across the river, we are at times, worlds apart.
The entire quilt is improv pieced. While the shapes are meant to represent various buildings, bridges and houses, they are not meant to be accurate representations. The quilting is straight line, and varies from matchstick to full inch apart. The lines are meant to represent energy, and thus are denser over the heart of the city, but calmer and less intense in the quiet of the suburban night.
#improvpiecing #improvquilting #modernquilting #modernquilt #konacotton #straightlinequilting #kaffefassett #stuartdavis #quilterstakemanhattan #quiltsofinstagram #quilt #quilting #sewing #quilts #quilthappy #quiltlife #quiltlove #obsessedwithquilting #wearethemakers #makersgonnamake #ilovenewyork #inspiredbyart #artquilt

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#bethelight #morelight

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Still configuring and reconfiguring. Not quite there yet, but getting closer.
#improvquilting #modernquilt #wearethemakers #ilovetosew #improvwithintent #konacotton

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I make something like this, and my heart skips a beat. I first think to myself "this is so awesome!" But then I realize wow, if anyone ever heard me, they'd think I was insane! 😜#cantfightthefeeling #fabricgeek #ilovetosew #improvquilting #modernquilt #wearethemakers

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Poor @guyfieri came to town to promote his latest book #fierifamilyfood and these guys were so 🤗🤗 the little one almost broke Guy's hand!👊🏻🙀
#Repost @tcsoper with @repostapp
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Guy Fieri was local and the boys had to be there to meet as they said "THE biggest star on food network." Rowan's fist bump almost broke his hand. #huntingtonisflavortown

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Well, I finally decided what to do with this little thing. Meet my new name tag.
#limqg #improvpiecing #improvquilting #miniquilt #makersgonnamake #wearethemakers #quiltlove

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The sign of a productive day🙌🏻
#nowwhosgonnacleanthisup #modernquilter #wearethemakers #makingismessy

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Last night I heard some amazing women speak at the book tour event for @designsponge Grace Bonney’s new book In the Company of Women. If you are like me, it’s probably already all over your IG feed. All I can say after attending last night’s event, is that women are amazing. We are funny, strong, talented and supportive. It was a truly inspiring night. I can’t wait to sit down with this beautiful book over the weekend to soak up some of its wisdom. #inthecompanyofwomen #womenrock #makers #womenareinspiring #wearethemakers #modernquilter

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A detail shot of Lincoln's eye before it is quilted over. For scale, the black rectangle in the center of the eye measures 3/4" wide by 1/2" tall. #improvpiecing #improvwithintent #quilt #modernquilt #modernquilting #piecing #limqg #quilting #konacotton

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It's feeling like fall in here this morning. 🍂
#sometimesicook #idontalwayssew #fall #pumpkinandsquashsoup

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