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I’m having the best first summer in our new house.

Replacing the four hours of my day that I was commuting Roan to and from school with sewing has proven productive AND there’s World Cup.

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I really wanted to get to this design, off-setting a bunch of these rings, but first I felt I needed to get to some of these quilts in process.

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I taught a Double-Trouble and Value quilt workshop in Portland last weekend, so this scrappy sample was the first on my list to finish up.  The neutral background is a mix of scraps also, including flannel, so I of course love the feel.

psychedelic baby/sewkatiedid

A few of us went over to Island Quilter for an impromptu open studio and I was able to tape out Psychedelic Baby’s size on the floor.  It was the only way I could figure out how to off-set it properly to be on a queen size bed.  I still somewhat messed it up, but I’m good with that.  It’s still not square, but close enough for the quilting stage and I’ll access it again after.

cherry blossom hex/sewkatiedid

I purchased more Essex to fill out the corners on my Sochi Hex quilt (that’s my Olympic joke back to you Sandie) and then I can add it to my huge pile of unquilted tops or finished quilt tops depending on how you look at it;)

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I have many starts with stitch and flip triangles.  I love their simplicity.  This technique is one of two classes I’ll be teaching at the Association of Pacific West Quilters symposium August 2nd and 3rd at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma so I thought I would put together another sample.

I got to thinking that this quilt will work as a new improvisational quilting for beginners workshop sample too.

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I’m getting use to my little studio and trying hard to make do with what’s there and my lack of distance from a design wall so that all pennies go into the rat city Garudio.

Pink Chalk Fabrics kindly asked me to take part in their Where I Sew tour, but I had to raincheck.  I giggled a bit about what I would show you here.  I thought I might still try to post here on my own, but we are preparing to depart for Spain and since Jefe wants to just do carry on backpacks (because we’re still 20) I have to spend some extra time thinking about what to pack.  I’m pretty sure my ideas of making a voile pillowcase for my pillow (that I don’t know where I’ll pack) and a clean girl/dirty girl skivvies bag have gone to the end of the list along with that idea in the first picture.

I hope (sort of) that my next post is about digging a ditch and building a French drain for the Garudio remodel.

Have a great month everyone.  I’ll likely be over at Instagram here and there.

Oh, and Happy Birthday America!

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Moving and unpacking is very similar to quilting, I do it all faster in my head.

sewkatiedidA little bit of progress is made each day, but I’m getting a bit itchy to sew, so I started to tackle the temporary studio.

The lack of organization is driving me crazy because I can’t focus on a thing.  The minute I leave one room I jump to another project.  I might need to be tethered.

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For the first time EVER, my fabric and I will cohabit in the same room when I sew (isn’t it pretty;).  I’m hoping our relationship in this small studio will be brief, but until we can gain some footing with the house projects the Garudio (garage/studio) is second fiddle.

It’s kind of scary to see all my stash in one room, and I was teasing on Instagram the other night that apparently in my twisted psyche some sort of catastrophe was going to happen if I didn’t purchase a butt-load of AMH Good Folks flannel when it went on sale.

I think I’ll insulate the house with it.

I hope to make it back in this space next week with some more progress.  I’m heading to the San Juan’s this weekend to teach and then spring break!  Don’t worry, I won’t torture you with many toenail photos.

Happy Happy Everyone.

 

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During one of my clear outs (this is an ongoing project for sure) I found some quilt blocks I first made but never used in the back of this quilt.  The blocks got quilted and almost repurposed into pillow tops for Roan’s room.  I then scratched the project and shoved them away again.

They have finally resurfaced AND repurposed!

sewkatiedid/giftingThird time’s the charm, and to think I almost just threw them out.

sewkatiedid/nesting basketsI got the idea when I started playing with the samples for my free-motion quilting nested basket class coming up.

sewkatiedid/fabric bucketsI figure it’s time to start thinking about gifts.  That’s 6 down and a little more space for those other unfinished projects that need some time to percolate.  I’m thinking they are a perfect gift for teachers.

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p.s. one spot left in Thursday’s Hexagons by Machine class.

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violet craft fabricFinally made it over to Vashon Island to sew at Island Quilter with some students last Sunday.  There’s always so much new fabric to see with each visit and everyone enjoys the bright large sewing space.

I was delighted to see Violet Craft’s new line Waterfront Park in the colorways that I’m so drawn to lately.  I would have loved to buy the full line, but I’ve been adding the crimsons and yellows to my stash for these mini Supernovas.

sewkatiedid/mini-supernovasThese have been a work in progress, put up and then away multiple times.  At some point something will come that will transform them into a quilt, but nothing original has come yet.  Might be time to just make more blocks with all this fabric?

sewkatiedid/mini supernovasSince I had already pieced this block and decided that I needed to rip it apart to add some extra points, I added in some of Violet’s new line.  I used most of my Mendocino up in the original Supernova for the book and a triangle quilt I still need to show you all, so mixing in some new prints is essential.

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Cute as going big I think.

I’m teaching a Stitch and Flip Triangle workshop to the Eastside Guild Thursday and these beauties, though unfinished will hopefully offer some variety for inspiration.

sewkatiedid/mini supernovasAnd if anyone has any of this swim sister in the plum (not crimson) I’d be delighted to trade for just about anything.

Happy Monday!  Go sew.

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::Double-Trouble Sunday Workshop::

$60/ Sunday, September 22 from 10am-4pm at Drygood Designs

Ready to create a simple modern quilt? Double-Trouble is a fun interactive technique and design workshop that merges a traditional triangular block with an improvisational triangle block technique.  We will create two of the same triangular blocks, one for ourselves and one for trade.  The Double-Trouble block itself has unlimited design possibilities that we will explore to create unique quilt designs.

 

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::Modern Improvisational Coin Quilt::

$85/Thursday, September 26th and October 3rd from 6-9pm at The Quilting Loft in Ballard

Interested in creating a modern quilt with improvisational techniques, but don’t know where to start? Then this is the class for your first modern quilt!  Learn improvisational techniques like angle and strip piecing while creating a modern coin quilt loosely based on a tradition Chinese Coin Quilt Design. A great quilt to feature your favorite prints.  No two will be the same. All levels of sewists welcome.

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I like sweet novelty fabric and judging from the amount of pink prints in my stash, I apparently like pink too, a lot.

sewkatiedid/hexie cutie quiltI thought Alexander Henry’s Once Upon a Time line fit the bill to converge with some large hexagons for my Hexagons by Machine workshop at Drygoods AND get my cute quilt out.  It’s kind of like getting your rainbow quilt out I guess.

sewkatiedid/hexie cutie quiltI like to make an initial stack of fabrics when I combine all prints and then I just have to cut and see how things work together on the design wall, as usual this results in enough precuts for another quilt.  The good thing is I’m certainly not running out of fabric, so all is ok.

sewkatiedid/hexie cutie quiltI’ve got quite a combo of fabric types going on in this quilt.  Besides the Alexander Henry Princesses, there’s some Heather Ross double gauze, old Amy Butler flannel, the first run on Mirror Ball in pink, Lizzy House and Erin McMorris’ first line Park Slope thrown in and so on.  For the backing I used Sock Monkey Textured Flannel in Pink.  It’s been a hold out in my stash for ages and this quilt finally called for it.

Archetextures bound it.

sewkatiedid/hexie cutie quiltThe awesome bubble quilting I can take zero credit for.  My friend Sandie quilted it on her long arm for me.  The wool batting was a stellar choice on her part, it just makes it pop.  Thanks Sandie!

Sewkatiedid/Hexie Cutie QuiltI love this quilt!  So sweet, or cute I guess.

sewkatiedid/oval loopNext is something a little sharper, but still novelty print based.  I’ll cut and square out the sides, but just one would make a cute pillow or placemat for sure…now there’s a project idea.

I wanted to mention how much I appreciate all who comment and encourage me on this blog.  I’m not the best responder, but you make my day.  It’s important for me to just shut down the computer and give creative ventures and family attention.  You can have emails delivered to your inbox when I post via the link in the right sidebar.  Thanks to you!

Tomorrow’s my Open Studio at Drygoods if you have some spare time during the day to sew.  Hope to see you there or that you have time to get your sew on!

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I read an article once in the Wall Street Journal about being a better procrastinator.  Apparently creative types often fall into this category, but you might be getting more done than you think.  Go have a read.

I’m a procrastinator, but a very productive one.  While I’m avoiding those deadlines I’m generally producing something new.

This cycle isn’t bad, it works for me.  As I complete those new projects I have a feeling that I’ve accomplished something, even tidying up after steps me ahead, energizing me to tackle something small on that procrastinated abandoned project.

Sound familiar?

sewkatiedid IMG_2303Of course when I procrastinate I spend some time daydreaming about new projects, being inspired by color and pattern around me,

sewkatiedidand make new piles that I have no business making.

sewkatiedid/supernova and mod tvBut even those baby steps help move me along.  Think small steps, two quilt backs made, two quilts quilted, but then I stall and the squaring and binding will have to wait because I really need to make some fabric buckets right?  There is probably some fabric I need to shop for too, because I might run out.

sewkatiedid/psychedelic babyOh, and not unlike the others I hang out with, I like to stare at fabric and move it around, so the cycle actually does come full circle, because I’ve been procrastinating these two quilts forever and they need to be done before I go to Portland in October to visit their Modern Quilt Guild and teach a workshop.   I’m actually a little happy to see them up there and since I have two other things I should be doing first they might actually get some action.

So there, I finally got out the blog post that I’ve been procrastinating by procrastinating those bindings I need to do.

So who’s a productive procrastinator too?

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I’ve been holding onto one set of 6″ charm squares left from my blue destash for myself, but it’s time to destash it too!  I had over 70 blue prints that I cut, many are out of print.  If you are looking to add some blue to your fabric buffet I’m destashing these at $48 each, plus US flat rate shipping.  Just shoot me an email at sewkatiedid@gmail.com.  If you follow on Instagram that’s usually where my destashes are.  Boys prints and greens are next and then black and whites.

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sewkatiedid/mod tv quilt topI have a million projects in some stage of process so it seemed like a perfect time to start something new.

sewkatiedid/mod tvIt all came about due to this reversible double gauze I bought at Drygoods.  My plan was some hand-stitchin’ on it while on our Tahoe trip.

sewkatiedidIt didn’t even make it to the hoop.  This is how far I made it on the piece of Osnaburgh that was already there.

sewkatiedid/mod tv quilt topI wanted to put both the Osnaburgh and the double-gauze to work, so I started by digging through Quilting Modern to find the perfect quilt to remake.  I decided on Mod TV since I have some Log Cabin Workshops coming up.  Then it was onto the color combo.  My fabric stack was inspired somewhat by this quilt.

sewkatiedid/mod tv quilt topI even like it from the back.

sewkatiedidOf course I had zero fabric for the back in my stash that went, so I again made a trip to Drygoods and picked up this lovely flannel Timeless Treasures crosshatch.  With a little added piecing it will be done and ready to quilt with the same design as the book’s version.

quilting modern mod tvIf you are looking for a quick quilt top this pattern is the one to go for.  I cut all my centers, placed them up on my design wall and essentially went by the photo in the book.

Happy Sunday sewing!

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Summer is serious this year in Seattle, finally!

cousinsThe Northern Irish side of the family have come and gone already.

familyWe took in a Sounders game in Vancouver and a load of swimming where ever we could.

These are the kind of summers that initially made me love Seattle when I was dating Jefe and would come visit.  I’ve neglected my sewing machine and have been on a bit of a destash frenzy to cover the expense of our fun.   Luckily winter gave me plenty of finished quilts to show off.

sewkatiedid/scappalicious double-trouble quiltThanks to Sandie my Scrappalicious Double-Trouble is quilted!

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 I showed design possibilities for this block here earlier and I’ll be running a Double-Trouble block workshop on Sunday, September 22nd at Drygoods if you want to come play.

We’ll cover the construction and design possibilities of the block, but since we will be playing with half-square triangles we’ll have one for ourselves and one to trade.

sewkatiedidI’m in love with this small flower fabric that has disappeared from the face of the earth, and not because I bought it all, because I would have.  It makes the sweetest binding.

sewkatiedid/double-trouble backI added some blocks to the back that have been hiding out in the unfinished project tote for awhile now.

sewkatiedidIt didn’t make a noticeable dent in that tote, but nice to see them somewhere.  The rest of the back is flannel, it truly is lovely to the touch.

sewkatiedid/double-trouble quiltI’ll also be bringing all my scraps to add to the opposing corners of the block for the workshop.  It’s fun to use up those small goodies.  I’m hoping the weather will hold and we can open the french doors of the studio and shop the market for some autumn bounty to boot!

sewkatiedidThe couch received its summer pillows too.

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I’ve got (4) sets of 6″ charm squares left from my blue destash.  I had over 70 blue prints that I cut, many are out of print.  If you are looking to add some blue to your fabric diet I’m destashing these at $48 each, plus US flat rate shipping.  Just shoot me an email at sewkatiedid@gmail.com.  Green is coming next.  If you follow on Instagram that’s usually where my destashes are.  Green is next and then black and whites.

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Thinking ahead to fall classes!

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Need help with a quilting project?  Open studio dates:

Daytime Open Studios: Wednesday, and August 14th and 28th from 11-3pm at Make*Do*Mend (sign-up required)

Night Open Studios: Wednesdays, August 21st from 5-9pm at Drygoods in Ballard.

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sewkatiedid/modern log cabin pillow

::Modern Log Cabin Pillow Class::

$85/Sunday, August 25th from 10am-4pm at Drygoods in Ballard

It’s hard to resist a new skill when it can be so pretty! Using a variation on a log cabin quilt block technique from Quilting Modern, Katie will lead you through piecing your pillow front, possible quilting ideas and then show you her foolproof pillow technique using an invisible zipper!

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::Free-Motion Quilting Open Studio Sessions::

Tuesdays, September 17th and 24th 6 to 9:00 p.m. /$70 for two sessions, includes materials

Consider it risk-free motion! This will be the perfect opportunity to learn and/or refine free-motion quilting skills. Free-motion quilting takes time and practice, and this is a great way to get started with the help of Katie Pedersen. Take in organic and geometric free-motion quilting and design inspiration while practicing on quality machines. Muslin and batting provided.

Experience level: sewing experience suggested and beginners welcome.

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::Double-Trouble Sunday Workshop::

$60/ Sunday, September 22 from 10am-4pm at Drygood Designs

Ready to create a simple modern quilt? Double-Trouble is a fun interactive technique and design workshop that merges a traditional triangular block with an improvisational triangle block technique.  We will create two of the same triangular blocks, one for ourselves and one for trade.  The Double-Trouble block itself has unlimited design possibilities that we will explore to create unique quilt designs.

sewkatiedid/modern coin quilt

::Modern Improvisational Coin Quilt::

$85/Thursday, September 26th and October 3rd from 6-9pm at The Quilting Loft in Ballard

Interested in creating a modern quilt with improvisational techniques, but don’t know where to start? Then this is the class for your first modern quilt!  Learn improvisational techniques like angle and strip piecing while creating a modern coin quilt loosely based on a tradition Chinese Coin Quilt Design. A great quilt to feature your favorite prints.  No two will be the same. All levels of sewists welcome.

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::Whole Cloth Finishing Class::

$85/Tuesdays, October 1st and 8th from 6-9pm at The Quilting Loft in Ballard

Quilt top, batting, and a backing…baste, quilt, and bind!  Learn the essential basics of finishing a quilt without piecing a thing.  Create a simple crisp modern baby quilt while learning the process.  Quilting designs with a walking foot will be a covered.  Walking foot required.

 

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I’ve a student that takes quite a few of my improv technique and design classes.  I was reminded of Christine today when I pulled out some leftover bits of Modern Crazy Piecing and scraps to play with before my workshop at Drygoods on Sunday.

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Christine always creates a small project in classes.  A project she says she can finish quickly while grasping the technique and have an excuse to take another class instead of feeling like she has to finish a huge quilt.

I tend to be the polar opposite when it comes to recycling bits and scraps into another project.  I go BIG and end up with more scraps than I started with when the whole idea was to use them up.  So this time I channelled Christine, stayed within my perimeters and made a needed zip case for our family iPad.

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Had it been just for me I would have gone girlie with this leftover which is now destine for a Christmas gift hot pad.

Got some favorite scraps from a leftover project?  What small projects are your favorite to recycle blocks and bits?

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Of course you can always go large in class if you feel the need!

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make*do*mend: Modern Crazy Piecing Class with Katie Pedersen,

Sunday July 28 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Step into the present with this modern version of crazy piecing from the Going Crazy Chapter in Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts. The free-flowing take on this technique will leave you inspired to find a place for crazy-piecing in every project! Once you’ve mastered the technique, we’ll focus on finding a place for those crazy pieced sections in your quilt. Katie will share multiple projects to spark your creativity and set you on the path to your own crazy-pieced design.

Experience Level: All levels welcome (some familiarity with machine sewing is highly encouraged)

Materials Needed: fabric supply list sent upon registration, however you bring your fabric and that’s about it – we have the machines, tools and space for you to use!

Dates: Sunday, June 23rd 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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sewkatiedid/improv log cabin pillowsIt’s a verb you know?  Or at least it will be in my modern log cabin pillow class at Drygoods.  I managed to make two and stick to the perimeters of the 20×20 square I taped out on my design wall.  I always want to do more or go large.   My hope is after the class students will feel the same.

sewkatiedidWeird as it is, I started my colors for this project from a zipper pull.  Keli at Drygoods has some fun colors to choose from and the Alexander Henry Heath and Michael Miller Cotton Couture grays were a natural match to that candy green.  So I stacked up on muslin for lining (Drygoods has 90″ wide Moda muslin that I always consume by the bolt) and these goods for my pillows and made my way home to my own stash.

Sewkatiedid/Quarter Turn Modern Log Cabin PillowI started with what I’ll call the Quarter Turn Pillow.  Looks complicated, but it is just four blocks placed together.  Jacquie’s matchstick quilting almost killed me.  It took me all day, I can’t imagine doing it on a quilt, but its outcome was stellar.  Then when all was said and done I wished I had done the same matchstick quilting on the other pillow too.

Sewkatiedid/Tunnel Vision Modern Log Cabin PillowTunnel Vision is a log cabin block from our book Quilting Modern.  I have one more I wanna make of course to add to this set (something about the number three).  Log cabins have endless possibilities and with everyone in class doing their own improv thing there will be lots of examples.

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Both got an invisible zipper done my way.  I love a perfect pillow.

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Though Jefe would like these to stay on our couch he’s getting Alexander Henry Anime Ninja girls instead.

One more thing.  Do you know who these people are?  Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle!  Read on, I’m all signed up!

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The Bainbridge Island Modern Quilt Guild welcomes Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle of Modern Quilt Studio to Bainbridge Island this week. Lecture on Friday, July 26 and Workshop on Saturday, July 27.

Tickets available for online purchase at Brown Paper Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/389972

More details of the event on the blog: http://www.pinkchalkstudio.com/blog/2013/07/22/weeks-ringle-and-bill-kerr-of-modern-quilt-studio-bainbridge-island-class-lecture/

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Welcome to Quilting Workshop at Drygoods starting Tuesday the 23rd.

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Open Quilting Studio at Drygoods on Wednesday the 24th from 11-3pm.

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Modern Crazy Piecing at Drygoods on Sunday the 28th from 10am-4pm.

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