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Radio silence around here since Halloween.

My computer had a sudden death last Monday and I’m scrambling to recollect life as we technologically know it.  Cross your fingers that by next week I’ll have fully taken over Jefe’s computer as my own;)

sewkatiedid/quilting modern

In the meantime I thought I’d share with you that my publisher, Interweave Publishing is having their annual Friends and Family Sale starting today and going on through the 14th.  ‘THANKYOU30‘ in the promo code box gets you 30% off, even on SALE.  That brings Quilting Modern to $12 and some change.

Already have it?

Well then you need this one.  I’m not kidding.

Improvising Tradition

I’m all over Alex’s new book Improvising Tradition.  I can’t remember the last time I browsed through a quilt book that spoke to me this much.

sewkatiedid/gift classes

No computer time means studio time.  I managed to get some samples geared up for gift classes and my new block series session.  We’ve got zip pouches, trivets, oven mitts and pot holders to gift.

I’ll be posting more details about that soon;)

Happy day peeps!

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Thanks for all the kind comments last week.  We’re regrouping in week three and lucky to have such awesome friends.

Life continues behind the scenes of a quilting blog;)

sewkatiedid/going circular

I finished the last of the samples for my Exploring Inside the Box series.  It might be the colors, but regardless of the improvisational curves this pillow has that same graphic edgy feel as the others.

sewkatiedid/going circular

This shape is so simple to execute improvisationally.  I really love the little hit of added strip piecing.  I rotate building out all four quadrants on this design.  A little to this quarter and a little to that avoids identical colors mingling in the same location, unless that’s the look you’re aiming for.  It’s rather forgiving if you feel you’ve misplaced a color because you can always rip it apart or recut.

It would be fun to make in a binary color scheme too.

sewkatiedid/exploring inside the box series

I’ve really enjoyed working with this color way, but it’s time to move on, so I’ve been thinking of new blocks and colors for Series II.  We’ve got the winter dates, I just need to get going on the blocks before we list it.

Series II might be inspired by Seattle’s fluffy white and grey clouds currently passing us by and the blue sky you get snapshots of here and there.

sewkatiedid/exploring inside the box block series

I have all the pillows currently home and it’s fun to see them all together, though overwhelming in the matchy-matchy department.  Perhaps some Plain Jane’s are needed to break things up.

I’ll get right on that;)

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If you were wait listed for the first Exploring Inside the Box series we have new dates for the winter session on Tuesdays, follow the link here.  

Monday, October 27th is Open Studio at Island Quilter.  Reserve your spot by following this link.

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I’ve been making a real effort to post on Monday’s.  Routine is good right?  Last week was just too full of additions in the unexpected category and something had to go.

So here’s a week in review.

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Wednesday I was talking about my love of the dahlias and how we had them at our wedding and it dawned on me that it was our 10th wedding anniversary.  We were out for dinner, so I guess we celebrated unknowingly!  Our focus has been on the family at large so it just slipped our minds.

portland bound

 I was Portland bound for the week teaching.  My students were awesome and as usual I was involved in class and took not a single photo.

portland bound

I did manage to take a picture of my gin and tonic at Bollywood Theater though…I’m not sure we want to analyze that:)

It was fun to catch up with a few Portland friends and of course eat good food.

carolyn friedlander

(quilt by Carolyn Friedlander)

Carolyn Friedlander’s quilts are on exhibit at Modern Domestic  through October 10th, so I made a stop there.  I envy her simplicity AND complexity in design and her visionary quilting.  I wish I had an eye for that kind of finish.

I finished up with week with an Open Studio at Island Quilter.  Good times with some of my favorite people.  Now I’m starting to think about packing my quilts in suitcases for my trip to the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild.  For those that have inquired, they have open the classes up to non-guild members now.  Wish me luck on that suitcase thing.

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Jefe has been non-stop on the French drain around my studio.

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I need some help though and thought maybe I could reach out to you all for some ideas on my first world problem.

I have to buy windows and a door for the studio above.  The shutters will go and the house will get painted.  The reddish brick is a total throw off for me when it comes to color and my gutters are brown, though they could be painted.

So my question is, what color window frames should I get and what colors go well with the red brick?  I’m sort of leaning towards black frames and a really dark teal for the house.

Any suggestions?  Pictures?

P.S. Life is good ;)

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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.

sewkatiedid/double-trouble

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-

sewkatiedid/block series workshop

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.

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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!

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livudio

I set up my sewing in the living room (photo above) and texted it to Jefe.  He responded immediately that he better get going with painting my temporary studio before I sprouted roots for another Livudio.  The big window sure was hard to leave behind!

It was a strategic move and now I’m sewing in my own room!  I’ll get some pictures up once I get a light or two.  It’s so awesome to have all my fabric in the same room and figure out the best storage.  Loads of stuff wandered into the basement for now to keep the distracting clutter down.  I don’t need any help being distracted.

What I did pull out were tons of unfinished projects.  So that’s my current push.  Here’s what I’ve got.

sewkatiedid/double-trouble scrap

Today these double-trouble blocks are coming together as another sample for my Walla Walla workshop this weekend.  Though I wanted to start something new the hst blocks were already there and should be used.

sewkatiedid/Psychedelic Baby Quilt

Psychedelic Baby just needs some sashing to enlarge, I’ve already envisioned the quilting.

Sewkatiedid/Somewhat Circular Quilt

Somewhat Circular needs a few more rows sewn and its end triangles added.  The quilting will need some thought.

Sew Katie Did/Half Square Star

Embarrassed to admit how long this has sat.

Sewkatiedid/Four Square Magic Number Quilt

Another sample for my Magic Number Class just needs some quilting.

sewkatiedid/snowballed star

I’m not sure on the layout or quilting for this simple snowballed star, but I love the colors.  So happy.sewkatiedid/no name star

I must be seeing stars, here’s another unfinished that was to be in The Seattle Modern Quilt Guild’s Binary Quilt Show, obviously it didn’t make it.

sewkatiedid/boxed

Need to make some decisions on finishing this as another sample for my Psychedelic Baby Block class.

I’m thinking of more unfinished projects even as I write this that I didn’t picture and I have one more box left in the studio that I wrote ‘studio/projects’ on.  I decided not to open it;)

Anyone out there rivalling me on unfinished projects?

Ready, set, go!

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The Walla Walla Valley Quilt Guild is hosting me to come and teach some workshops!  I’m really looking forward to this trip and the chance to meet some of you from the eastern side of the state.

sewkatiedid/Quilting Modern/Add It Up

Two workshops are planned with the improvisational techniques from Quilting Modern.

*Saturday, May 3rd /Improvisational Slice and Insert Technique

*Sunday, May 4th /Improvisational Double Trouble Triangle Block.

Sewkatiedid/Swirling Medallion

Registration is available here.

See you east!

 

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