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::Stripped::

Half way through September peeps!  It doesn’t surprise me, last week evaporated with lightening speed.

sewkatiedid/stripped pillow from design seeds workshop series

I did manage early in the week to finished a pillow sample for the “stripped” session of my design seeds series.

sewkatiedid/stripped sample for design seeds workshop seriesMy Juki and I are still becoming acquainted with one another.  I’ll have to post some questions for you Juki lovers to answer at a later time.

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  I also have a ton of leftover ‘seeds’ to start some others.  This color way is really growing on me.

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I played a bit with this improv spiderweb idea,

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and diamonds, which are new to me, but appeal to my triangle obsession.  My curves sample got pushed to this week.

sewkatiedid/drygoods design open quilting studio

Wednesday I spent the day at Drygoods Design’s new location in Pioneer square for my Open Quilting Studio.  As usual, Keli rocked the window.  With teaching on the road I sadly won’t be able to sew again there until November.  Looking forward to it.

Thursday I taught the first session of my Exploring Inside the Box series.  I’m thankful to have a great group of ladies to be spending one night a month with.  Everyone was please with their design seeds by the time class was over;)

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Friday I was lucky enough to hang out with the Bainbridge Island Modern Quilt Guild teaching Improvisational Elongated Triangles.  I always get involved and forget to take photos at my workshops, but those ladies are the real deal and I look forward to spending some time with them at a sew-in here and there.

sounders

I caught the ferry back over to downtown and Jefe met me via water taxi for the Sounders game.

team newly

I couldn’t make it this year to the Bainbridge Quilt Festival because some sixty friends and family walked in honor of my brother-in-law in the Seattle ALS Association Fundraiser.  Our team, Team Newby, was at check-in the 6th largest earner for the walk in Seattle!

Special thanks to the Bainbridge Island Modern Quilt Guild ladies for all their words of kindness, advice, story sharing, and donating during my workshop;)  It all helps those navigating this awful disease.

Ok, I’m off to try and keep the pace.  I did one read over and am pushing ‘publish’ for the week.

Northwest Quilting Expo next week and plenty to do in-between.

Happy Week!

Sewkatiedid/HST LOVE

I want to remind you all that The Bainbridge Quilt Festival is this weekend.  I’m sure the weather will be stellar.

I was digging for a photo of my quilt entries from last year to no avail, but here’s HST LOVE and  Seam Ripper IPA, my entries for this year.  I love both for different reasons.

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I had a lot of fun volunteering last year, especially because I like to talk about quilts to who ever will listen.  Everyone’s had a quilt, security blanket or comforter in their lifetime so there’s plenty to talk about.

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Two spots are left in my Elongated Triangle Workshop Friday at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.  The classroom space is amazing and it’s walkable from the ferry as is the festival.

Wednesday is my first open quilting studio at Drygoods new location!  I’m pretty excited about the new studio space and seeing some of my peeps. I think I’m going to venture over via the water taxi this time.

Big thanks to everyone that signed up for my Exploring Inside a Block Series,  All workshops filled with the exception of one slot in Double-Trouble, but we’ll run the series again in the winter along with some new blocks:)

sewkatiedid/block series(Session I:Boxed In Block)

I’ve loved the idea of teaching a workshop series in which each session focused on a single block.  A block of the month sort of thing, minus the sampler quilt finish.

I wanted the series to touch on both traditional and improvisational patchwork piecing techniques and construction, but focus more on the design process and students creating their own unique block.  Of course being with classmates along the way feeds that inspiration and generates ideas outside the box, or maybe inside;)

The idea of pillows as the delivery system for this workshop idea hung with me for a few reasons:

1) If you know me, you know I like pillows.

2) We need pillows, more pillows.

3) Pillows are gems to perfect sewing skills, like an invisible zipper.

4) Pillows provide realistic parameters in which to create, design and buy more fabric, all with little intimidation or money.

5) No one can say to you, ‘Go big or go home.”  when you’re making a pillow.

So pillows it is.

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(Session II: Double-Trouble)

By going small we’d have time to enjoy, talk and develop our own design process.

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That’s right, I’m a ‘pillow maker,’ a term that cracks me up because I actually heard it used once as a derogatory term by a quilter that didn’t think another really made quilts, only pillows.  I’m not saying you have to be a pillow maker, you can even be a sampler maker if that’s your thing, but we’ll be exploring with in the confines of a box.  Go big or go small, we’ll make it yours.

So here goes.

 Sign up at  The Quilting Loft.

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-Exploring Inside a Box-

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Modern Patchwork Block Series

Take one session, or the whole series, to explore the merging of traditional and improvisational patchwork techniques, one block at a time. Katie Pedersen, author of Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts will guide you through the techniques and skills needed for each block, variations in block design, and the secondary designs multiple blocks create. While we’re at it, we’ll get friendly with our design wall, touch on color and value theory, and cover the advantages of constructing a block that is either precise in piecing, or more willy-nilly.

*Even if you are a seasoned quilter you can up your patchwork game by adding improvisational techniques to your knowledge base.

Class Full/See Quilting Loft for winter session
Session I- Boxed In- Log Cabin Block/ 
Thursday, September 11th from 6-9pm

Let’s start off with some basics shall we? Go round and round, but in a square. Take on log cabin blocks with new perspective. Design wall process is a focus of this session.

Session II- Double-Trouble Block/ Thursday, October 2nd from 6-9pm

Two techniques, one traditional and one improvisational create modern triangles. Skills like accurate cutting and piecing covered.

Class Full/See Quilting Loft for winter session

Session III- Stripped/ Thursday, November 13th from 6-9pm

Cut fabric up, sew it back together, and then sew it together again. It’s like making your own fabric. We’ll place your piecing into a simple modern block design and learn how to build out an improvisational block.

Class Full/See Quilting Loft for winter session

 Session IV- Improvisational Curves Block/ Thursday, December 4th from 6-9pm

Master improvisationally pieced curves without pinning a thing to create organic shapes.

Session V- Pillowtalk/Invisible Zipper Closure Pillow and Finishing Class/ Thursday, December 11th from 5-9pm

Finish up blocks and/or learn how to professionally install an invisible zipper.

::Go the Distance::

I’ve had a lot of inquiries lately about my design walls via Instagram and Pinterest.

I would consider design walls one of the most important tools in my studio.

Distance and vertical perspective are important to design.

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Colors and prints don’t just come together for me, they make me work for it.  I’m not a sketcher, so I have to cut, pin and/or fold fabrics and put them up vertically to gain some visual perspective on their interaction with one another.  I can’t say whether this design process saves me time, but being at the wall with my stash is the part of the design process I enjoy the most.

sewkatiedid/psychedelic baby

 There have been a few incarnations with design walls as my needs (and quilts) have grown.  Before our move, I had distance from my design wall because my family put up with the space being more studio than living room.  If you can get 8 feet or more that’s ideal (there are other tools like peep holes that can help give distance too).

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The fabric I use is a grey flannel sheet.  I purchase flannel sheets from Garnet Hill so I don’t have to piece (sign up for their emails, they always have sales or free shipping).  I like how whites and neutrals pop off it.

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It’s fully mounted to the wall.  Full details about it are here.

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There were baby steps made before this permanent solution.  The design walls I started with and that I encourage students to purchase are pre-made design walls or picnic table cloths that can easily be rolled up and tucked away and because having only one project going at a time is simply absurd I have two layered.  To the top of one wall I sewed doubled-over ribbon.  This allows me to roll and secure it when not in use.  The vinyl backing will help keep everything stay put, pretty much where you placed it.

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 If you want to read more about a roll up design wall I’ve posted about that here.

A few years ago when Jacquie and I were teaching together we joke about not marrying what was on your design wall, someone commented that you are only sleeping together and we all had a good laugh.  But seriously, move stuff around, you never know what you might end up with and you’ll know it’s right when you see it.

Live them.  You won’t be disappointed.

::Quilt Backs::

I hate making quilt backs.  I also spend too much time over thinking the quilting.  I know from discussions that I’m not alone at this stage of quilt making.

So instead I’ve been piling up quilt tops.  I haven’t quilted a quilt since, oh, November;( lame.

So I’ve started making my fabric piles, AND I will…make…quilt backs.

I know many quilters that now shy away from prints, but I have a soft spot for prints and backs are a perfect place to use up those that made me love fabric and quilting.

sewkatiedid/Psychedelic Baby Quilt

I think this quilt has been together minus a border for a year and a half.

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This is what I purchased, but I’m not so sure I’m sold.  The handle on these Kaffe fabrics is really nice if you are looking for a soft quilt back.

Snowballed Sunshine is my new color way obsession.

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It’s getting scraps and some larger cuts in the same sunshine happy tones.

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My Sochi Hex just needs some length and maybe some added width.

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Fabrics from the front and a few of the same prints in an alternate color way will merge for its back.

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My newest Double-Trouble quilt is the one I’m itching to quilt the most.  The picture makes it look so dull, but it’s bright and vibrant.

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I knew I wanted the 60s type flower print to be showcased on the back and I’ll take it from there with the others.

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Now we’ll just have to see how long those piles sit?

I do enjoy choosing binding, so maybe that will be my incentive.

::Seam Ripper IPA::

The deadline for entering quilts for the Bainbridge Quilt Festival is this Friday the 15th (entry form here).

Have you picked a quilt out yet?  This is a fun, non-juried show and no sleeve required!

Seam Ripper IPA/sewkatiedid

I decided since one of my favorite quilts ever is Grape Crush (aka Seam Ripper IPA), that I’d submit it to the festival.

My text with Sandie about it went like this.

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I’m joking about the show quality.  We had a struggle with gremlins in her machine and bird nests of thread would appear at the back every time we hit the shot cotton.  Her hubby John would refill our pints and I’d crawl under the machine to rip it out.  Thus Seam Ripper IPA it is.

This is the stuff that memories are made of folks.

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I traveled with friends yesterday to Pink Chalk Fabrics to spend the day with our Bainbridge Island Modern Quilt Guild friends and they are pretty excited about the festival.

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I’ll be teaching Improvisational Elongated Triangles at the festival on Friday, September 12th.  I’m looking forward to volunteering on Saturday as well.

It was fun to spend time in the courtyard talking to people about quilts last year.  If you can’t submit a quilt consider donating your time.  But I hope I get to see your work.

If you are a Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild member I just booked my flight for October!

::Home::

magic number quilt/sewkatiedid

Sigh, there’s nothing like it.  Sleeping in your own bed after time apart.

 Spain was dreamy.

After World Cup was over we really had no where we had to be.

rules

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Roan became efficient at finding anyone in a square to kick a ball around with regardless of a language barrier and it being posted as a deviant activity.  You know what they say about rules?

drink

We’d sip a vodka tonic, make a half-ass plan and walk to see what we would find.

seafood

Most of the time it all came together.

kids

Roan and his cousins from Northern Ireland kept each other company.

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We also spent an amazing amount of time just sitting.

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People watching is just fascinating.

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So was our view.

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And then we’d all usually walk to the square and sit some more.

Jet lagged did me in.  I’m just starting to feel that life is regaining some rhythm here at home.  I taught all last weekend, cleaned my house like mad this week and am just gaining some ground on new samples for classes coming up.

double trouble block/sewkatiedid

I stalled on what color to make my stitch and flip triangles.

We have a new couch, so if I don’t make a pillow in the next week Jefe’s going to start worrying that something’s wrong with me.  Curtains eventually might be a good call too.

Bainbridge Island Quilt Festival’s deadline to submit for the show is Friday the 15th, so I need to make a decision on finishing something new or entering something done.  I love non-juried shows.  Anyone else submitting?

My yard is out of control so I know what I’ll be procrastinating this weekend.

Have a great weekend;)

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