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MeowI’ve been trying to stay away from buying fabric, but how could I resist?

Last Monday Maureen and I hopped the ferry to collect the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild’s Binary quilts  Island Quilter had on display as their January exhibit and I was immediately onto the bolts of these kitties by Lizzy House.

I have triangles or simple log cabins already in my head.

Have you resisted?

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Football+Fabric=?

Giveaway closed.  Thanks Brenda, Quilt Sandwich will get in touch.

Might equal happiness and hopefully a win for all or one of you if you follow the rules at the end and don’t fumble.

I’m teaching Sunday, but hoping to get out in time to catch most of the game.  My Mother-In-Law was the first Seahawks office employee and it’s that office where she met my Father-In-Law when they brought him in to coach the Sounders years ago.  The story is hilarious with her not looking her best in her purple pantsuit, handsome him and his accent…all ancient history now.

But while we’re waiting for the game…

sewkatiedidEveryone wins when you play with Quilt Sandwich at their 25% off sale and just like the Superbowl (well, kind of) only one of you will win two- 1/2 yards of quilting weight fabric.

sewkatiedidI’m seeing stars in Seattle’s future.

sewkatiedid/sparkle punchHere’s the rules to win:

  1. Like Quilt Sandwich Fabrics Facebook page
  2. Leave a comment here telling us the sum of this equation: Football+Fabric=?
  3. Make sure the referees don’t make bad calls (just kidding, but not really:)

I’ll pick a winner on or around Tuesday when I return home.

Go Hawks!

Small print: Richard Sherman may not comment (haha).  Read his great article on his ‘rant’ here.  What a good human.

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Apparently one Christmas quilt in the works isn’t enough in my mind, so I started searching out Christmas prints for another.  It quickly came to light that in the sea of ‘Not-For-Me’ Christmas fabric my favorite current Christmas print line is Cherry Christmas by Aneela Hoey

sewkatiedid/cherry christmasI also noticed when I started looking for it that it is becoming a little more difficult to find, that in itself generally throws me into a panic.  Luckily Sandie said she’d split the yards with me which means, ‘Merry Christmas’ to her too.  We’re good at buying ourselves gifts:)

cherry christmasIsn’t it sweet?

Quilt Sandwich Fabrics still had two of my favorites from the line and what I bought of it is all washed and dried.  I started cutting for another Sarah Fielke Made in Cherry  quilt.

sewkatiedidI always think I’m going to love a whole line together and am always disappointed once I get it up on the wall.  Unfortunately I ran out of time to start adding other fabrics, the good news is I’m together with my family in Palm Springs.  Which I’d love to report is experiencing above average temperatures.

sewkatiedidMy folks and my in-laws live a block from each other.  It’s been extremely fun to just stroll down the street for a cuppa tea, Monday night football or a buddy to swim with.  My brother has already come and gone as well as the Northern Irish, but the rest of us are in for the long haul.

I’m signing off for the holiday.

Wishing you all a grand celebration with your friends and families.

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::New Again::

UptownEvery once in a while a fabric line will rerelease.  For those of you newer to building your stash, or those of us that actually used up what we had purchased on the first run this can be a delightful event.

uptownMy friend Becca of Quilt Sandwich Fabrics gave me a heads up at Market that the rerelease of Uptown was in the works and I instantly asked her to put some of the saturated red birds aside for me.  I love all the colors in this line, but there is something about that red that you don’t see in the fabric world often.

Quilt Sandwich, also has a new site! I found more than the birds that I needed to stash from this line and definitely had to edit my cart to stay in budget.

uptownThis line’s design is so unique with its paint by number design.  You can never have enough woodgrain.  Someday manufacturers/designers will figure that out and keep it on as a staple in every color.

I’ve got some class samples to create for my upcoming folded bag class and I think the bird might be the word.

Happy fabric hunting all!

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What a Bunch of SquaresOne of the first quilts I ever made was Denyse Schmidt’s What a Bunch of Squares.  I was new to quilt making and was so excited that I created the templates and cut out most of the pieces for three of these quilts before constructing the first block.

It became obvious after the construction of the first block that templates are a waste of time when piecing such a simple quilt.  I’m good at wasting time without adding template construction to my life.

sewkatiedid/andoverI hadn’t thought of these cut block sections until I ran into these Andover chambrays and Moda Cross Weaves at Drygoods Design.

sewkatiedid/what a bunch of squaresNow those old cut pieces are taking block shape with some new woven fabric additions.  It was difficult to capture the texture in a photograph on a rainy Seattle day, but blocked with the Essex linen it certainly isn’t lacking.

dotI also am hoping to make it to some Halloween sewing in a few days with this Martinique Silky Woven Shell.  There is the smallest pin dot on this fabric.  Everything about it is soft.  The drape, the pink color and the dot.

sewkatiedidLove those stitching witches!  Everything’s washed and waiting its turn.

 

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The countdown to the school year ended today and the Labor Day weekend weather in Seattle truly could not have gotten any better.

I love autumn for its closure on a loose routine and boots, I like boots.  But it also makes me want to sew and look at all the new colors and fabrics that come with a new season.

It also makes me walk into fabric stores without a child.

West Seattle Fabric Company had Denyse Schmidt’s new line Florence and a whole rainbow of Michail Miller solids, my new solid favorite.

sewkatiedidI think Denyse got the right mix of retro involved in this line, I can see it blending with a lot of other prints and solids.  I’m also trying to get over my fear of brown, so this Michael Miller is my gateway brown.

sewkatiedidI’m especially in love with the dot.  They had a bunch more of the line I was tempted by, but my stack should do it.  You can view it here.

sewkatiedidI’ve already made my dream pile.  Now I just have to get to the load of other projects before starting another.  I’m sure Jefe is wondering why I haven’t made him anything patchwork for the Vanagon yet.

Happy sewing friends, for me it is officially autumn!  P.S. a little bird told me that there are open studios and classes galore for fall, so go check them out!

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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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::Briar Rose

sewkatiedid/briar roseI actually didn’t think I would purchase any Briar Rose by Heather Ross except for some of the purple, but there it was on the shelves at The West Seattle Fabric Company, I’m talking the full collection, and I found my self instantly drawn to it.  The timing of the line coming out seems perfect for late summer.

sewkatiedidI can’t say that I’ve ever purchased fabric from Windham Fabrics, but they certainly got this one right!  The hand is so soft that all will dream of putting it into something for a baby or small child and then there’s those things I’ll have to find for myself.

sewkatiedidI’m already imagining some quilted baskets lined with the strawberries or maybe this sweet honeycomb.

sewkatiedidI’ve already stuck some of these little guys into a quilt top that I hope to show soon.

sewkatiedidBut I’m trying hard to not start new projects, real hard.

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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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::Astrid::

I always anticipate Erin McMorris’s new lines.  Her first line Park Slope still lingers in some of my projects and in my mind her way with flowers is her signature on the fabric world.

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When ordering some basics the other day from Quilt Sandwich’s stocked sale section I asked Becca if they had the Astrid line in yet and was so pleased to hear it had just arrived.

sewkatiedid/erin mcmorris astridAstrid, steps Erin’s flowers out from their usual whimsical theme to the modern.

I also tend to be drawn to the same color palette that Erin’s fabric lines have and Astrid has done it again.  I want every color of the whole line, but stopped with the basics.

sewkatiedid/erin mcmorrisThis line works so well together with a solid or two.  Generally most fabric lines most fabric lines don’t mingle together without a flat effect, but Erin’s got you covered on all the color values you need for a successful project whether it be patchwork or apparel.

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I had a little left over modern crazy piecing so I went to work making an Ipad case and Astrid worked itself in perfectly.  I’d love to see the hourglass print reproduced on a mini scale and a million colors.

Thanks Quilt Sandwich!

Off to teach.  Have a great Sunday!

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I’ve long been a fan of a good cross-hatch.  First Alexander Henry came out with Heath and I’ve definitely thrown my fair share of it into projects here and there. Then Carolyn Friedlander came out with her wonderful cross-hatch version and now Timeless Treasures has a tone on tone version in every color.

sewkatiedidThe West Seattle Fabric Company has several colors of the collection.  I couldn’t resist these jewel tones.  I’m trying to move onto some navy in my work too, though I’m having some difficulty escaping my purple obsession lately and this was good fuel.

I also picked up more of Michael Miller’s cotton couture in teal.  This solid is fabulously soft and just seemed to polish off the new additions.

sewkatiedid/tunnel vision quilt from Quilting Modern

My thought with these crosshatch prints and solids are some mini versions of the Tunnel Vision quilt from the book.  I’ve made a mini pillow version with Heath recently and am going to branch out with the other colors offered in this Timeless Treasures collection.

sewkatiedid/log cabin pillow topsIn fact, I’m off to quilt those tops now and make them into pillows with invisible zips.  Class coming soon.

We’re in heatwave mode in Seattle, so it’s a good day to sew or maybe visit a nicely air-conditioned fabric shop!

Happy first day of July!

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