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It’s been a long time since I’ve done a Sunday Stash, but yesterday I taught an Improvisational Strip Piecing Workshop at Island Quilter on Vashon and they were having a sale!

So I rounded out my Erin McMorris Park Slope collection.  I don’t know what it is about this line or what the hell I’m going to make with it, but I love it.

My friend/student Suzie juiced up her Martha Negley collection.  I had to resist the feathers.

Their Kaffe Fasset collection and Kaffe Club are massive and I’ve been using a load of the shot cottons they have in stock.

It’s fun to see the full range of the colorways all together, and it keeps going around the corner.  If you are around in October, Kaffe Fasset will be at Island Quilter for a workshop and lecture.

The space is so light and bright and they are so accommodating and hospitable that it is a joy to teach and sew there.

We had fun strip piecing.

We’ve got a Value Class scheduled there next, but I’m also super excited about the Stitch and Flip Triangle Workshop and mostly because of this beauty.

I passed through West Seattle on my way home from the ferry and picked up my Seattle Star from my long arm quilter friend Krista.  Can’t wait to get this bound and some photos up!

Off to work, happy Sunday!


::Improvisational Coin Quilt:: $85 Thursdays, September 20th and 27th from 6-9pm at the Quilting Loft in Ballard.

No two will be the same. Learn improvisational techniques like angle piecing 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. All levels of sewists welcome.

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I had to take these off the design wall to focus on what really needed to be done.

I started fiddling with the idea of using scraps for half-square triangles with stitch and flip triangles during my Swirling Medallion class.  This simple technique from the book lends itself to so many designs.

I went with a small sized square so I could use up even the smallest of favorite scrap fabrics.

They are ideal for chain piecing.  Think of it as an ongoing project in between all those others.  I simply have added a stack of white squares to my sewing table and as I produce scraps from other projects I add hsts to the mix.

I think on-point might be what I go with and I’ll mess with them more before I teach the Stitch and Flip Triangle class and the Psychedelic Baby Block Class that will cover this technique and more.

It would be fun to play with value a bit more, but the process itself is so gratifying as you watch it grow.  Rather addictive I would say and always fun to see those out of print fabrics that you have miniscule amounts of on display in a quilt.


::Improvisational Strip Piecing Workshop::  $85 Saturday, September 8th, 10am-4pm at Island Quilter on Vashon Island.

An all day workshop to explore the creation of your own quilt designs utilizing improvisational strip piecing.  We’ll cover this improvisational patchwork technique while constructing blocks for your own quilt design. All level of sewists welcome.   Quilting Modern Book required.

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Besides time with my family, I can’t think of time better spent than being with friends, eating good food, quilting, buying fabric and doing good.  For the Pacific Northwest Modern Quilt Guild Meet-up we did all that.  The Seattle, Portland and Vancouver Modern Quilt Guilds all meet for a weekend here in Seattle.  My Saturday was packed full of fun at Island Quilter who graciously hosted our charity sew-in with style.  Thanks Anja and Paul!

For more photos or to add your own we’ve created a PNW MQG Flickr group here.

(Photo by Holly)

The idea behind the sew-in was conceived in a car.  Yes, it’s true.  Sandie and I were driving along trying to figure out how the travelers could leave their machines at home and how we could all mingle with ease while doing what we love.

Bernina NW came through with machines, I collected supplies via the sponsors below and we created stations for the production of the quilts.  We all switched places as we wished and created some great quilts using Susan Beal’s modern log cabin cross quilt pattern from her book and the stitch and flip triangle technique from Quilting Modern.

I love all the color.

You’ll be seeing these quilts again finished.  We each took home some finished tops to quilt and donate where we saw fit as individual guilds.

I finished up two quilt tops on Monday that others had worked away at.

I should say the sew-in would not be possible with out donations from our gracious sponsors.  Please support these fabulous companies as they supported us.

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I’ve got quilts in closets, quilts under beds, quilts on beds, quilts hanging in stores as class samples and two bowls full of quilts that are used daily in the living room.  Most made by me, some created by my Mom and a few tied quilts by Jeffrey’s Grandmother that he used as a kid.

I’m a true believer in quilts being used, so some of mine needed to find loving homes.

The baby cross quilt stayed somewhat local.  Safely delivered to a new baby in Spokane.  The new mother, a dear friend of mine is a true lover of fabric.

The free-motion orange peel quilting on this is so fun and the same that I used on the Leftovers Quilt below.

I don’t think I’ve ever meet a charm square quilt I didn’t like and all the extra 4.5″ squares from my Scrappy Sunshine magic number quilt needed a home.  Leftovers will travel back home to Northern Ireland with my niece Ella this month.

My sister-in-law Allison scored HST LOVE for her living room.  I’ve still got the similar Pantone Pop for myself.

The first Unknown Direction traveled to LA to live with Alissa’s new baby.

Roan’s remake of it now lives on his bed, so this quilt still is with me in a way.

I’m sure more will find homes as the pile increases again, but I do have a few that will live with me forever.  What do you do with most of your quilts?


Flip Triangle Quilt Class

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I’ve been obsessing a bit over star quilts lately.  My Star Pinterest board is overflowing and I was having problems deciding which design to start with.  I’ve also set myself a little goal of clearing out some unfinished projects.  I had a pile of stitch and flip triangles left over from designing Blind Copilot for Quilting Modern and thought I could kill two birds with one stone.

These little Stitch and Flip Triangles are addictive and a great scrap buster.  You can just sit down and chain piece a bunch if you have a pile of squares at hand.  I’d recommend going with the triangles on the larger side for this design if you were to give it a go.

So Seattle Star came to be.  It is not unusual in this city to see just one or two stars in the sky so I thought the name appropriate.  Traditionally the design is made with half-square triangles and charm squares into a 16-patch block.

Anyone know its name?  I’d like to remake it with solids someday.

It turned out a good size for a little boy and came together lickity-split.  You can get a better idea of the size in this photo below.

I contemplated a pieced boarder, but I think it would be too distracting.

Yesterday I picked up the backing.  Now onto the hard part, how the hell to quilt it?  I’m up for suggestions.


::Flip Triangle Quilt:: $45 Thursday, August 9th from 6-9pm at the Quilting Loftin Ballard.

A quilt with sharp points and design.  Pick your favorite fabrics and come learn the ins and outs of this block.  All level of sewists welcome.

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I’ll never tire of triangles.

In fact, I have another and another and another…already produced in my head.

Give me an isosceles, equilateral, or half-square triangle any day… I’ll take them!

(photo by Ara Jane)

I actually quilted this in May for the June exhibit at Island Quilter, but I never got a photo.

I love the individual processes a quilt goes through. A portion of Pantone Pop’s process was done among friends. Sandie and I spent a May afternoon in Ara Jane’s dining room talking quilts and sewing.

Ingrid kept us company and Ara Jane on her toes.

I went with a square grid for the quilting. I simply followed the blocks a quarter inch from the seam in lilac thread. It left the quilt with a very traditional feel.

The feel is still modern overall. The backing is home decor weight Amy Butler. It’s a large design, and the colors were just perfect!

Pantone Pop hung next to HST Love throughout the month of June as part of a Seattle Quilters’ exhibit.

Now Pop is back home and keeping us warm when the down duvet is a bit too much. It isn’t quite fitting for the Pure Periwinkle walls, but I’m pleased to gaze upon it. Sadly, Seattle has had limited warm weather, but lucky me has a beautiful new quilt to make eyes at, oh…and a good man.

Which reminds me.  Happy Birthday Jeffrey.  You are one handsome devil and I am one lucky girl.












::Improvisational Free-Piecing Workshop:: $85 Saturday July 28th from 10am-4pm at the Quilting Loft in Ballard.  All levels of sewists welcome.

An all day workshop to explore creating your own quilt designs.  We’ll cover improvisational patchwork techniques and design while constructing blocks for your own quilt. All level of sewists welcome.   Quilting Modern Book required.

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After finishing up the top for Roan’s birthday quilt with isosceles triangles, I’m excited to announce that equilaterals are a cinch in comparison! No finicky seams to line up, and there were no problems sewing on the bias. I thought I wouldn’t like the shape as much as the isosceles, but they are cute!

The mix of double gauze, flannel, linen and quilting weight fabrics effortlessly came together. This is good news since I will be teaching this quilt at the Quilting Loft on Thursday, August 9th from 6-9pm.

Instead of making my own template, I went with the Super60 Clearview Triangle. My Mom bought it for me on Mother’s Day at Island Quilter.

There certainly are some goodies from my stash in this quilt. I was happy to see the last of the Lotus Wallflower find a perfect home, as well as some Anna Maria Horner flannel and Chocolate Lollipop. I love the Heather Ross in here, especially the Purple Moons and the Crimson Unicorns. Those I nabbed from scrap packs at Pink Chalk Fabrics. There is a touch of Erin McMorris and Kei Dots in there as well.

At Island Quilter the other night, I found some of the Anna Maria Horner Chocolate Lollipop I had used in the quilt top. Anja has it in all the colors, along with most of the line, but this was my favorite and will go on the back. Can you believe it isn’t Alexander Henry or flannel? I’m really breaking out of my box.

Since I have triangle fever, I started cutting scraps for another triangle quilt last night.

But after coming up with this diamond shape using value I’m off to grab a diamond-shaped template. I’m addicted to this simple shape, and still can’t wait to make this quilt with my Mendocino and another with my Christmas-themed fabrics.

There also has been talk of a star-themed Quilt-A-Long among the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild, so I’ve been pinning to my new Star Pin Board. So many quilts, so little time. Happy Sunday!

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