First things first.
- New workshops are on the schedule! (Including one sponsored by the South Sound Modern Quilt Guild).
- My friend, Blair Peter of Wisecraft is having a book signing at Drygoods Design tomorrow night.
- I just finished spending three wonderful days lecturing and teaching with The Quilters Anonymous Guild. What an awesome group of women! In support I’d like to let you know about their 31st annual quilt show is March 14th-16th in Monroe. Information here.
Now for the fun, except for that moving part…
Viva the Ramblin’ Rambler!
Of course we had to have a party, pronto (Sorry, Vanagon always in some sort of ‘improvement’ stage).
I had this thought to have people fill out post it notes for their ideas on what they would do for the house remodel. The house has great bones, but there is too much wood, an overload of wallpaper and carpet up the wazoo.
I thought I’d share a little of my friends’ ‘ideas’ before I run a moving load over.
One of the cool doors.
Knock before you enter.
For above fireplace.
For fireplace (anything would be better than this wood/tile combo).
Electrical plug ideas/Lovely carpet.
Some great suggestions for a wall in the kitchen.
and just because the glittering paint wasn’t enough.
Who doesn’t have a wallpaper boarder of Parisian cafe people in their living room? Somehow I missed photographing the post it that suggested I make a dress for Roan’s future prom date from the curtains.
This colored glass has got to go.
But guess what the best part is?
Remodel of this garage into a studio coming as soon as I can get the majority of wallpaper off the walls and the wood floors under all this carpet done.
Any one know a great whitish wall/ceiling and trim combo color for the Pacific Northwest? I’ve got quite a few walls to cover and some wood!
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Seattle is a very sleepy town on Sundays, but this weekend there’s reasons to get out the door besides that walk/run you’ve been promising yourself to take.
Let me help you, I’m a good planner and capable of Jedi mind tricks.
- Preregister online for Sunday’s Open Quilting Studio at Drygoods
- Pack your unfinished project/tools and machine provided
- Go grab a coffee and shop the Ballard Farmer’s Market
- Stroll into Drygoods Design around 11 to meet author Rachel May and have snacks
- Find your seat around noon and start stitchin’
Have you peeked inside Rachel’s book, Quilting with a Modern Slant?
Eeeekkkkk! I sound like a dud compared to the other amazing people in this book, but I’m there! I sent two quilts.
My favorite Value Quilt that was quilted by Angela Walters (also in the book).
I use this quilt almost every night on the couch.
My Seattle Lone Star Quilt also made it into the bit on stars. This quilt is really simple. What really makes it shine in person is the amazing quilting my dear friend Krista Withers did on it.
Enough about me, the others in this book have amazing stories and quilts. I haven’t made it all the way through, but it’s very inspirational.
Hope to see you Sunday!
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I’ve been trying to stay away from buying fabric, but how could I resist?
Last Monday Maureen and I hopped the ferry to collect the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild’s Binary quilts Island Quilter had on display as their January exhibit and I was immediately onto the bolts of these kitties by Lizzy House.
I have triangles or simple log cabins already in my head.
Have you resisted?
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Years ago I stumbled across Denyse Schmidt’s first book and immediately made precise cardboard templates to duplicate her patterns like my mom taught me. It only took the piecing of a single block to realize I could have accomplished the task in a few moments (not to mention all those templates), but it was truly a launching pad into improvisational quilting for me and I’m sure I’m not alone.
The thing is, I was all ambitious with my cutting and had a second quilt cut out before I even started the piecing the first. I’m efficient (or not) like that;) That first quilt was gifted. My lack of knowledge in regards to quilting density means it is likely falling apart, but as long as it was loved and used I don’t care.
I finally finished that second quilt! It now lives with my brother and sister-in-law in South Lake Tahoe and no, of course I never got a photo of the full quilt.
There’s a fabric mix party going on here to add some additional blocks to this king size mamma jamma. Mostly we have Carolina Chambrays (which Robert Kaufman came out with again), but there are also some other textural solids added. The clouds are an old Kaffe Fasset.
I brought all the blocks to size with Essex linen. The drape of this quilt is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Sandie helped me with the quilting on her long arm. Sorry, but I am NOT quilting a king size on my home machine (not even straight lines), I don’t know where I would even baste it without starting to call it bad names or needing my weight in beer. If you are one of those ambitious people, I bow down to you.
Flannel, I love you so. You are my go-to backing when I look for a quilt to pull up over me. This Anna Maria Horner flannel paired with the Essex on the front make a happy pair.
Blue it is for the binding, because it is what I had.
Ok, sorry, that’s a lot of photos for not even having a full shot of the bloody quilt. I swear, I’m working on my blogging goal, but not making it. Consider yourself lucky, you have more time to get things done the less time you spend with me.
I’m hoping next week to have some (exciting to me) news to share. No, I’m not writing another book, and no, not pregnant;)
Happy week peeps!
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Sunday, February 9th I’ll be hanging out with the Sound Sound Modern Quilt Guild in Olympia teaching my Seeing Value Workshop.
Sunday, February 9th from 11-5pm. South Sound Modern Quilt Guild sponsored workshop. I could carpool if anyone wants to travel from Seattle.
A little information-Value is the relative lightness or darkness of a color and one of the most important aspects of quilt making. Spend a day with Quilting Modern author Katie Pedersen studying the impact value has on quilt design. We’ll construct half-square triangle blocks to carry out the exercise and play with the multiple designs value creates. Transform your quilt making process!
In the area? Register here.
Would love to meet me some South Sound peeps!
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I spent Sunday teaching and lecturing the wonderful Fidalgo Island Quilt Guild north in Anacortes, but found a spot at the hotel bar to watch Superbowl with a very quiet bunch compared to my rowdy sports freaky family.
I thought it only appropriate to show our Seahawks/Sounders quilt I made for Roan. He sleeps under it every night and perhaps that’s good luck.
I’m back in town and ready to soak up some of the city’s excitement.
More about this quilt here.
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I’m up north teaching and lecturing, but I wanted to give you a heads up about my free motion open studio starting tomorrow night.If your unsure about how to hone your free-motion skills this studio time at Drygoods might be just what you need. It’s nice to have a little hand-holding and quality machines available for practicing this skill.
Drop in at anytime and I’ll get you started!
(photo by Allison/Rock and Roll)
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