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sewkatiedid/Happy Snowballed Sunshine quilt

There’s no sugar coating it, our family has had a full dose of life reality lately, so it wasn’t a mistake that I pulled this bit of happy colored sunshine out of the pile of unfinished tops to quilt.

I needed some mind occupation.

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It seems that each quilt has a memory of its making somewhere along all its steps, and not in a bad way, but quilting and binding Happy Snowballed Sunshine will remind me for a time of my father-in-law John passing.

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This quilt and its association with this particular time reminded me of quilting Supernova.  Supernova was the quilt that I was working on four years ago yesterday, the same day John got his kidney transplant.

 There were tears of joy quilted into that quilt and a few sad ones for the donor’s family too.  That generous lady knew that in her passing she could gift a family some of those ‘best of times’ as we call them.

And she did.

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But quilting this also made me thankful that I have creative things to do that occupy my mind when I need them.

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It also solidified something that seems so obvious, but I’d never really thought about it. My love for fun and funky color combos that lift my mood to happy when I see them, even if the times don’t match.

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And the prints that are hard to cut into?  Now is the time to use them.

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I’ll gift this bit of happy at some point.  This quilt hasn’t found its person yet, but that baby will add another dimension to the quilt memory.

john best

(thanks Sounders FC  instagram for photo)

And for my happy memory I’ve been reminding myself to remember the healthy John.  The John that would sit on my couch drinking a martini telling me funny stories.

 He would have liked my happy quilt and he definitely loved sunshine;)

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sewkatiedidI told Jefe to calm his excitement over the fact that we have a Christmas themed sham for our bedroom.  He puts up with me.

sewkatiedid/sparkle punch shamI’m a little obsessed with this Alexander Henry Merry Moderns fabric and equally obsessed with Elizabeth’s Sparkle Punch quilt.

DSCN0070I thought about making another sham, but I think I’m just going to go all out and make a Christmas quilt for the couch instead with some wool batting and flannel back.

I’m trying to do the ‘two birds, one stone thing.’  Combining class samples and gift ideas at once.  Thus the stitch and flip triangles/Sparkle Punch fusion.  I like to have as many examples as possible to inspire students beyond Quilting Modern’s quilt layouts.  It really makes a class more fun.

sewkatiedid/qaygI’ve got Secret Santa gift and oven mitt class samples covered.  I forgot to put in two layers of batting, so I guess it’s a mug rug instead of a potholder

sewkatiedid/patchwork oven mittsConsidering I’ve got a ton of these patchwork squares left over from the oven mitts I think I might make some nesting baskets for class samples while I’m at it. Pssst…there’s one spot left in that class if you need a gift idea and some time on your hands Sunday.

Off to obsess more.

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I was feeling overtaken by scraps and actually made it through a few episodes of the Walking Dead before some order was restored.

sewkatiedid/qaygAnd then I felt the need to bust out some quality Quilt As You Go time with this stellar Alexander Henry Santa scrap I found.  Color way, prints and log cabin design completely inspired by this rockin’ design.

Welcome gift number one, you sure are cute.

sewkatiedid/patchwork oven mittsThis color way has set off a list of made goods including samples for my oven mitt class and some stitch and flip triangle pillow shams.

Jefe will be so excited we’ll have Christmas themed pillow shams for our bed I’m sure:)  He’s probably wondering why we don’t already.

Happy Tuesday all!

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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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sewkatiedid/scappalicious double-trouble quilt

::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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sewkatiedid/modern crazy piecing

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.

sewkatiedid/Ipad case

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!

sewkatiedid/modern crazy piecing

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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A few updates for my local peeps.  I’ve been in full swing summer and haven’t done as much marketing as I should.

Open Studio at Drygoods is TONIGHT (Tuesday), not Wednesday this month.

supernova/sewkatiedidThe class this Thursday at The Quilting Loft is Supernova or the stitch and flip triangle technique.  I’ve actually been itching to get back to some blocks I produced before we settled on the large block version of Supernova for the book.  This mock-up so far has small Supernovas and will be a repetitive block version of the quilt.

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Due to a quilt finish what’s left of my Heather Ross Mendocino fabric is limited to two bags of scraps.  I’ve moved on from hoarding to enjoying fabrics in quilts!  I’ll of course add some other goodies, but the stitch and flip triangle is a fabulous technique for using up the most beloved scraps.

sewkatiedid/value quilt

I’m also aiming to trim a huge pile of valued half square triangles for a Saturday Value Quilt Class at the Quilting Loft for students to play with.

sewkatiedid/Barn Star Quilt

Looking to refine some skills or become a quilter, than you can jump in with my Barn Star quilt class at Drygoods.  I love this simple quilt and it can easily be translated to improv or repetitive blocks.

sewkatiedid/Soft Splintered QuiltWe’re also running one of my favorite classes on the 28th at Drygoods, Modern Crazy Piecing.  This technique is super fun and can be added into all sorts of projects.

Ok, off to the lake!

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Some quilts take time to finish.  Mostly because those other quilt ideas get in the way.  Sometimes even those quilts take awhile too.  I’m pretty sure I have a box of those “ideas.”

nine-boxed/ sewkatiedidWhen I looked at the November date on this photo and the rainy blustery day I was thankful that it looked like this today.

Nine-Patched Quilt/SewkatiedidNine-Boxed’s original story and making details are here, but as I said it sat for awhile and on a quilting exhibition to Sandie’s for another quilt I thought why not just quilt it too.  She happen to have this design board already loaded so we went with it.

I’ll admit this quilt has grown on me a bit.  I wasn’t so sure I liked it at first and am now kinda wishing as I look at the photo that maybe I could have at the very least thrown it in the dryer for a bit to decrease it, poor thing has been rolled up in the closet for a month or longer.

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In person it is really the Carolina Chambray that makes all those bits shine.  The blocks consist of a simple nine-patch made improvisationally.  Links to a few tutorials on the technique are also available on the original post about this quilt.

My twist was adding in a block when creating the nine-patch block that was entirely made of strip-piecing.  I’ve got a whole tote that contains scraps that are strips and they were calling me.  There are some goodies in there.

sewkatiedid/nine-boxedI also added a block of background fabric into the nine-patch construction here and there.  I always like that “floating” look.

sewkatiedid/nine-boxedBacking I bought ages ago on sale when Drygoods first opened and for the binding I revisited that scrap strip tote for scraps of binding left over from other quilts.

It has no home yet.

I’m off to market tomorrow and then teaching workshops with Jacquie on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Come join us if you can!

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