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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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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.

sewkatiedid/happy snowballed sunshine quilt

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.

sewkatiedid/happy snowballed sunshine quilt

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.

sewkatiedid/happy snowballed sunshine

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

sewkatiedid/happy snowballed sunshine

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.

sewkatiedid/Happy Snowballed Sunshine

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

sewkatiedid/happy snowballed sunshine back

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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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:)

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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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sewkatiedid/squareYears ago I stumbled across Denyse Schmidt’s first book  and immediately made precise cardboard templates to duplicate her patterns like my mom taught me.  It only took the piecing of a single block to realize I could have accomplished the task in a few moments (not to mention all those templates), but it was truly a launching pad into improvisational quilting for me and I’m sure I’m not alone.

The thing is, I was all ambitious with my cutting and had a second quilt cut out before I even started the piecing the first.  I’m efficient (or not) like that;) That first quilt was gifted.  My lack of knowledge in regards to quilting density means it is likely falling apart, but as long as it was loved and used I don’t care.

sewkatiedid/what a bunch of squares quiltI finally finished that second quilt!  It now lives with my brother and sister-in-law in South Lake Tahoe and no, of course I never got a photo of the full quilt.

sewkatiedid/what a bunch of squares quiltThere’s a fabric mix party going on here to add some additional blocks to this king size mamma jamma.  Mostly we have Carolina Chambrays (which Robert Kaufman came out with again), but there are also some other textural solids added.  The clouds are an old Kaffe Fasset.

sewkatiedid/what a bunch of squares quiltI brought all the blocks to size with Essex linen.  The drape of this quilt is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.  Sandie helped me with the quilting on her long arm.  Sorry, but I am NOT quilting a king size on my home machine (not even straight lines), I don’t know where I would even baste it without starting to call it bad names or needing my weight in beer.  If you are one of those ambitious people, I bow down to you.

sewkatiedid/bind and backFlannel, I love you so.  You are my go-to backing when I look for a quilt to pull up over me.  This Anna Maria Horner flannel paired with the Essex on the front make a happy pair.

sewkatiedid/bindingBlue it is for the binding, because it is what I had.

sewkatiedid/what a bunch of squares quiltOk, sorry, that’s a lot of photos for not even having a full shot of the bloody quilt.  I swear, I’m working on my blogging goal, but not making it.  Consider yourself lucky, you have more time to get things done the less time you spend with me.

I’m hoping next week to have some (exciting to me) news to share.  No, I’m not writing another book, and no, not pregnant;)

Happy week peeps!

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I spent Sunday teaching and lecturing the wonderful Fidalgo Island Quilt Guild north in Anacortes, but found a spot at the hotel bar to watch Superbowl with a very quiet bunch compared to my rowdy sports freaky family.

Sewkatiedid/Unknown Direction QuiltI thought it only appropriate to show our Seahawks/Sounders quilt I made for Roan.  He sleeps under it every night and perhaps that’s good luck.

I’m back in town and ready to soak up some of the city’s excitement.

More about this quilt here.

 

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Sew Katie Did/ Swim Sister QuiltI said I was going to catch up on posting finished quilts this year and here’s the start.  It does help in finding the extra time when you’re wide awake at 4:30am.

sewkatiedid/Swim Sister QuiltMy intension was to use the Heather Ross Mendocino line and make a quilt for myself.

sewkatiedid/Swim Sister QuiltI cut the line all up into BIG 60 degree triangles after seeing a quilt made by Patchwork Notes (her blog is private now) and placed it on the design wall.  Mine didn’t have the same appeal at all.  So I started again by pulling the blue and brown prints from the mix.

The beauty of stash building is a successful quilt is achievable without leaving home and sometimes it’s happy hour:)  I collected my potential pile and cut a few to place.  A little Amy Butler, Kaffe, Violet Craft, Alexander and some yummy crimson, orange and mustard prints.  As usual I have some prints that didn’t work, so I see another scrappy quilt in my future.

sewkatiedid/Swim Sister QuiltAs I cut my quilt kept growing until I found my design wall loaded with a queen size.  I bypassed Jefe and made a solo household decision to go for a bed quilt.  I figured what man wouldn’t want to sleep under mermaids with starfish as pasties?

sewkatiedid/Swim Sister QuiltSandie and I quilted it with swirls, which I knew from experience on Nicquelle’s quilt would be amazing.  I don’t go outside in winter unless I have to, so this is the only photo of the back I have, but it is a mix of flannel and a selvedge to selvedge of the large mermaid print running the length.  It feels good to use it up!

sewkatiedid/swim sister quiltThe seaweed just seemed right for finishing it off with binding.

There you have it, the first of my finished quilts from 2013 that have remained unposted.  Only five more finished quilts to post, one zillion unfinished projects to finish and two closets of fabric to use up and I’ll have accomplished my 2014 resolutions.  I clearly won’t have time to work out.

I’ll have to plan another with the blues and browns that I have cut and waiting.

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If you follow me on Instagram, I’m still destashing 6″ square sets.  Currently I’ve got sets of green available with black next, then I’ll start all over again with pink.   If you’re interested email me at sewkatiedid@gmail.com.  I can also put you on a list for a certain color when they become available.

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