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Custom quilts for the holidays!

Searching for the perfect holiday gift for someone special? Our CUSTOM QUILTS are beautiful, functional heirlooms that combine your words (we’ll help you out!) and our signature style. We’ll stitch 1000 words into your custom quilt thus wrapping your loved ones in love! Click here to learn more about our custom quilt process and prices.

Love the idea, but need some help deciding on words? Here are some recent projects:

A WEDDING QUILT WITH WELL-WISHES FOR VIVIAN AND TOM:
A dear friend of Vivian and Tom sent an email to all of the wedding guests asking them to write something special to them — well-wishes, words of hope and love, and more. The final quilt contained 1000 words of love for Vivian and Tom. A truly unique gift and keepsake for the happy couple!

A MEMORY QUILT FOR THE BAXTER BROTHERS’ PARENTS:
All four of the grown sons in this family wrote about their favorite childhood memories — from special vacations to Christmas traditions to funny stories of growing up in the Baxter house! We carefully and thoughtfully stitched all of these memories into a beautiful quilt for their parents– a cherished gift — and one to be passed down!

FOR THE GRANDPARENTS: Out of the mouths of babes!
It’s true, kids say the darndest thing! The little ones are always surprising – why not capture these moments in a custom quilt? Recently we gathered the musings of Maura (age 3), Grace (age 5), and Molly (age 7) and stitched them into special quilt for their grandparents — an unforgettable gift!

FOR A DEAR FRIEND:
Connie’s friend Elizabeth writes beautiful poetry. We stitched one of her poems into a custom throw quilt. What a surprise and delight for Elizabeth for the holidays!

We’ll work with you to create the perfect quilt with the perfect words, layout and colors!  Call our studio at 215-906-6990 or email us at order@commaworkshop.com to discuss your project!

ORDER NOW FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

LYONS FLOOD UPDATE


As I’m sure all of you have heard, Colorado has been ravaged by devastating floods that started on Wednesday, September 11th. Our beautiful little town of Lyons was hit particularly hard. Two rivers which flow from the Rockies converge in Lyons and were inundated — wiping out houses, bridges, and essentially carving a new river through town. I am speechless and heartbroken– this being the first natural disaster I’ve experienced.

So many of you have reached out over the last few days, I wanted to give you an update:

The town has lost all services – gas, water, sewage and electric. The National Guard is in the process of evacuating all 1500 residents. It’s too early to tell, but it may be months until services are restored and bridges are built. The water is still raging. There are so many photos of the destruction, I don’t know what to share. But I’m sure you’ve seen pictures on the news.

The amazing news is that no lives were lost. And, from what I’ve heard, the Workshop, located at a high point on Main Street, has been spared. They aren’t letting anyone in right now, though. All of our quilters who live in little towns around the Front Range of Colorado are safe and dry as well! I live in Boulder in an area that was unaffected, too.

Unfortunately, our production manager, Hannah’s, farm is underwater.  Still waiting for word on how the roots are holding. Thankfully, they just bought a house in the town of Longmont and are safe and dry there.

Overall, it could have been much worse! It will be months to rebuild our beautiful town, but Lyons is an amazing community and I have not doubt everyone will work hard to bring it back better than ever.

We’ve found a temporary space for Comma Workshop and are still up and running!

The Workshop in Lyons is essentially a hub — and our quilts are quilted in homes around the area. One of our customers in Boulder has already offered us a space to temporarily house the Workshop. I’m so touched by so many customers, fans, and supporters reaching out! It is so kind. We’ll be displaced for a while, but we’ll work through it!

We love our town!  For all quilts purchased this week, we’re donating a portion of the proceeds to the Lyons Community Foundation Relief Fund.  If you want to buy a quilt for the holidays, this is the best week to do it!

Questions? Email me: kerry@commaworkshop.com

Kickstarter Stretch Goal – we’ll throw Jane Austen into the mix!

 

Thank you all for supporting our Kickstarter campaign!  We’ve decided to introduce a STRETCH GOAL of $20,000.  If we reach this new goal we’ll add a new reward–  A throw size Pride and Prejudice quilt! We’ve had so many requests for a Jane Austen quilt, and we’ll now be able to do a pilot run of 25 throw quilts.  The Pride and Prejudice Throw Quilt will be available for a pledge of $185 if we hit our stretch goal of $20,000!
So, spread the word!  Let’s make this happen! Here’s the link to our Kickstarter page: http://kck.st/12AwuQ4

(The top photo is of yours truly quilting the prototype as we speak!)

 
For all of you oh-so-knowledgeable  Jane Austen lovers out there — the background will be stitched with the section where Elizabeth first arrives at Pemberley:

Elizabeth, as they drove along, watched for the first appearance of Pemberley Woods with some perturbation; and when at length they turned in at the lodge, her spirits were in a high flutter.The park was very large, and contained great variety of ground. They entered it in one of its lowest points, and drove for some time through a beautiful wood, stretching over a wide extent. Elizabeth’s mind was too full for conversation, but she saw and admired every remarkable spot and point of view. They gradually ascended for half a mile, and then found themselves at the top of a considerable eminence, where the wood ceased, and the eye was instantly caught by Pemberley House, situated on the opposite side of a valley, into which the road, with some abruptness, wound. It was a large, handsome, stone building, standing well on rising ground, and backed by a ridge of high woody hills;—and in front, a stream of some natural importance was swelled into greater, but without any artificial appearance. Its banks were neither formal, nor falsely adorned. Elizabeth was delighted. She had never seen a place for which nature had done more, or where natural beauty had been so little counteracted by an awkward taste. They were all of them warm in their admiration; and at that moment she felt that to be mistress of Pemberley might be something!

The accent is equally one of my favorite paragraphs:

Elizabeth, having rather expected to affront him, was amazed at his gallantry; but there was a mixture of sweetness and archness in her manner which made it difficult for her to affront anybody; and Darcy had never been so bewitched by any woman as he was by her. He really believed, that were it not for the inferiority of her connections, he should be in some danger.

Let’s do this!!

Why Thoreau?

By now you’ve probably been to our Kickstarter page, if not, take a gander to learn more about our new collection, The Walden Collection. Part of a new branch of Comma Workshop called Comma Classics, we’ll introduce new quilts and pillows every few months, featuring our favorite authors.

So, Why Henry David Thoreau’s Walden?

Walden captured me the first time I read it in high school.  Layered, blatant (yet subtle), and descriptive,  I was equally puzzled and fascinated by him.  Was this a critique of the mind, a book of self-discovery, a collection of pleasing quotes? All of the above.

I’ve always had a deep connection with nature, it’s spiritual qualities are incredibly restorative for me.  When I picked up Walden again recently, I was even more enamored by the minute details and descriptions – more so than the obvious inspiring quotes that we’ve all come to know (and that always pop-up in our Facebook news feed and are all prettied-up in Pinterest). That’s why I chose the Solitude passage for the queen size quilt – it’s simple and elegant, brilliant and beautiful, and without trying to inspire us, it just confirms who we are. I couldn’t help but imagine myself enveloped in these details.

“This is a delicious evening, when the whole body is one sense, and imbibes delight through every pore. I go and come with a strange liberty in Nature, a part of herself. As I walk along the stony shore of the pond in my shirt-sleeves, though it is cool as well as cloudy and windy, and I see nothing special to attract me, all the elements are unusually congenial to me. The bullfrogs trump to usher in the night, and the note of the whip-poor-will is borne on the rippling wind from over the water.  Sympathy with the fluttering alder and poplar leaves almost takes away my breath; yet, like the lake, my serenity is rippled but not ruffled. These small waves raised by the evening wind are as remote from storm as the smooth reflecting surface. Though it is now dark, the wind still blows and roars in the wood, the waves still dash, and some creatures lull the rest with their notes. The repose is never complete. The wildest animals do not repose, but seek their prey now; the fox, and skunk, and rabbit, now roam the fields and woods without fear. They are Nature’s watchmen — links which connect the days of animated life…”

I hope you enjoy The Walden Collection as much as I’ve enjoyed designing it.

Lyons Love – The St. Vrain River




There are few things in this world that bring me pure joy – and I mean absolute pure joy – than tubing on the St. Vrain River in Lyons. Those who know me know I’m nowhere near a hard-core athlete, like the majority of Boulder County residents. I don’t cycle or run marathons; I’ve barely rock climbed…so maybe the feeling of pure joy comes with those activities, too. I’ll never know. I’ll stick to tubing, thank you very much.
In my defense though, tubing can be rough and rowdy! Many times while tumbling through a rapid, I’ve thought, ‘Wow, I should really be wearing a helmet right now.’

Celebrating Summer

Summer is in full swing at the studio and I’m taking full advantage of it! I absolutely adore our little town of Lyons, and over the coming weeks I’m going to highlight some of my favorite places.

In the photo above are some of my dearest friends, gathered at the studio for the Lyons Art Walk. From left to right: the lovely Stephanie, my dear housemate; me in the blue dress; Anne, who is moving to Durango, CO soon – sad for us, exciting for her; my favorite pal, Yuri; and the incorrigible Will, always sporting a Hawaiian shirt.

Our Summer Soirée for the Lyons Art Walk

We had a fantastic time Friday night! As part of the Lyons Art Walk, we hosted an Open House and Summer Soirée to celebrate summer, quilts, cocktails and great friends.
Thanks to all who came out! I was delighted that our new local distillery, Spirit Hound, donated their award winning gin, which made our Gin Lavender Lemonade perfectly refreshing. In addition, our friends at Sugarbeet in Longmont donated a gorgeous charcuterie plate and other tasty treats. (And, anyone who knows me knows that charcuterie is my food of choice. Cured meats and artisan cheeses for breakfast? Yes, please.)  And, of course, we had our favorite quilts and pillows on display… as well as some exciting new things!

It was a perfect evening to usher in the summer season.

On a side note, if any of you with a discerning eye noticed the natural linen/cotton quilt featured in one of the above photos– it’s a secret new quilt, part of the new Walden Collection (yes, Thoreau’s Walden). Shh! To be launched soon… Join our mailing list here to get the inside details (and at a special pre-launch price!)

A big thanks to our photographer, Sarah Pittenger!

What’s in a name?


Recently, people have asked me how I arrived at the name Comma Workshop. Believe it or not, the ‘Comma’ of Comma Workshop has nothing to do with the fact that we quilt narratives into fabric.

Originally, Comma Workshop was actually Kamma Workshop.  In the Pali language,  kamma (pronounced ‘comma’)  is the word for karma.  Defined as ‘intentional action,’  this is indeed a reflection of the thought, care, and movement of designing and creating Comma quilts.
Kamma seemed like the perfect fit for the name of the studio, yet  ‘Comma’ kept popping into my mind, too.  And, what else does a comma represent but a pause, a space, and a breath— reflecting the quiet, subtle design aesthetic of Comma quilts.  Lastly, pairing the Comma with ‘Workshop’ circles back to ‘intentional action,’  consciously and actively moving through the world.
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I finally figured out how to add this link to our blog.  As the kids say these days – WOOT!

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Really, Kerry?

Seriously, Kerry, can you please update your blog? (This is what I tell myself weekly.) One may think that there is nothing going on in the workshop, but that couldn’t be further from the truth! SO MUCH IS HAPPENING! (it deserves all caps)

It is a whirlwind of excitement around here. The hum of the sewing machines… the click, click, click of the laptop’s keyboard… the chatter of new employees…

The best way to keep up with us is through the wonderful world of social media:

Facebook – I update this really often — with Comma updates as well as quirky happenings in my life.

Pinterest - I, of course, love Pinterest! See what I absolutely love in the design world.

Instagram – Again, love it. Follow me at commaworkshop. I need to follow more people. Bring on your instagram name! I wanna see what you love, too.

Twitter - @commaworkshop Humpfh! Still getting the hang of this. Follow me, I’ll follow you. It’s a learning game for me.