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Island Quilter and the South Sound Modern Quilt Guild are hosting me for a Modern Crazy Piecing Workshop on Saturday, March 29th from 10-4pm. The workshop is now open to the public for registration.

crazy piecing::Modern Improvisational Crazy Piecing::

Saturday,  March 29th from 10am-4pm at Island Quilter on Vashon Island

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.



For those of you that have requested a Value Quilt Workshop, Island Quilter is also hosting me next Sunday, March 23rd from 10am-4pm.  This is a great workshop for quilters that struggle with choosing fabrics or have problems busting into their stash to use those favorite prints.

My full workshop schedule for the spring is available here.

I’m off to lecture at the Issaquah Quilt Guild this morning.  Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

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::Post It::

First things first.

  • New workshops are on the schedule! (Including one sponsored by the South Sound Modern Quilt Guild).
  • My friend, Blair Peter of Wisecraft is having a book signing at Drygoods Design tomorrow night.
  •  I just finished spending three wonderful days lecturing and teaching with The Quilters Anonymous Guild.  What an awesome group of women!  In support I’d like to let you know about their 31st annual quilt show is March 14th-16th in Monroe.  Information here.

Now for the fun, except for that moving part…

Ramblin' RamblerViva the Ramblin’ Rambler!

1Of course we had to have a party, pronto (Sorry, Vanagon always in some sort of ‘improvement’ stage).

I had this thought to have people fill out post it notes for their ideas on what they would do for the house remodel.  The house has great bones, but there is too much wood, an overload of wallpaper and carpet up the wazoo.

I thought I’d share a little of my friends’ ‘ideas’ before I run a moving load over.

photo-18One of the cool doors.

photo-19Knock before you enter.

photo-25For above fireplace.

photo-23For fireplace (anything would be better than this wood/tile combo).


Electrical plug ideas/Lovely carpet.


photo-22Some great suggestions for a wall in the kitchen.

photo-26and just because the glittering paint wasn’t enough.

photo-27Who doesn’t have a wallpaper boarder of Parisian cafe people in their living room?  Somehow I missed photographing the post it that suggested I make a dress for Roan’s future prom date from the curtains.



photo-30This colored glass has got to go.

But guess what the best part is?

photo-31A Garudio!

Remodel of this garage into a studio coming as soon as I can get the majority of wallpaper off the walls and the wood floors under all this carpet done.

Any one know a great whitish wall/ceiling and trim combo color for the Pacific Northwest?  I’ve got quite a few walls to cover and some wood!

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I wanted to share with you Sari Bari’s 2013 Quilt Auction and Raffle taking place through November 10th.  I hope you’ll take a minute to read more about Sari Bari’s wonderful efforts below and support their fundraising cause.  You’ll have a chance to win a beautiful quilt made with Indian saris while supporting the women they employ as the artisans!  Please feel free to copy and paste this to your own blog.  Let’s spread the word of their work!  Thanks Beth Pinckney for the heads up on this.

Sari Bari is in the business of making things new. We take cast off saris, the traditional dress of the Indian woman, and stitch them together in the kantha style of Bengal, a simple running quilt stitch done by hand. We piece and patch and layer to create beautiful, unique quilts. We are lovers of transformation and are exhilarated by the unique possibilities and potential within each sari to create something new.

More profoundly we are interested in the potential and possibilities of the women who make the products of Sari Bari. These women have found their way to freedom from the sex trade through employment at Sari Bari, where they find an opportunity for a different kind of work and a different kind of life. Sari Bari provides a safe place to be restored; to receive training as a quilt artisan, educational support, support for dependents, and retirement and health insurance. At Sari Bari not only are saris are uniquely transformed, but the women themselves emerge from the broken reality of lives as sex workers, to empowerment, healing and a way forward– truly a difficult… and a beautiful process.

This year Sari Bari has engaged the talented quilt artisans of Sari Bari in Kolkata, India together with quilters of all skill levels from around the world to create a unique collection for the 2013 Sari Bari Quilt Auction and Raffle. The auction will be held at www.saribari.com from November 1 to November 10, 2013. Each quilt is stitched from either new or recycled saris. The quilts produced by Sari Bari women are made from recycled saris in our traditional five-layer style. The other quilts reflect each of their creators, using a variety of design choices, patterns and construction techniques.

In addition to the auction we will conduct a raffle this year, giving everyone a chance to own one of these amazing quilts. For only $20-$30 you can purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of the unique quilts. You will be able purchase your raffle ticket for the quilt you choose via www.saribari.com.

How to Participate
You may place bids and purchase raffle tickets at saribari.com at any time between 5:00 p.m. November 1 and 4:59 p.m. November 10, 2013. Winners will be announced November 11, 2013.

If you’d like to make a direct donation to the work of Sari Bari, visit http://www.saribari.com/donate. All gifts are tax-deductible.

All proceeds from the auction and raffle will go toward supporting Sari Bari’s ongoing freedom work which will include:

  • Purchasing a property in the Kalighat red light area so we can employ more women for freedom.
  •  Opening our second prevention unit in 2014 in an area that is notorious for trafficking young girls and women into the sex trade.
  • Training for at least 50 more women who are waiting to choose freedom.

We are so grateful for your interest in and support for the work of Sari Bari and the women whose lives are profoundly changed.

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::All-Day, All-Night Sew-in::

I’ll be hopping the Vashon ferry tomorrow with a group to have an all day and night Sew-In (11am-9pm/$25) at Island Quilter.

sewinBring yourself, a friend, a project you might need some ideas or help with and sew away.

sewkatiedidIt’s a great open bright space to sew-in.  Perfect to baste a quilt and maybe have a schooner of beer to ease those basting knees.

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::Free Day::

A free day, sort of.  No child to run to camp or entertain.

sewkatiedid/spring start quilt starts

I really want to add some blocks to this.

But I’m in need of samples for my log cabin pillow class.  We’ll cover how to install an invisible zipper in this class too.  A whole afternoon of sewing fun.  Details to come.

I’ve gotten as far a picking fabrics, so off I go.

Speaking of fabrics, I’m in search of some Amy Butler Wallflower in Mustard if anyone has some to trade.



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sewkatiedid/Barn Star Quilt

When Keli at Drygoods asked me to teach a beginner quilting class called “Welcome to Quilting,” I knew exactly what I was making for a sample.

Inspiration for this quilt has been pulled from a variety of sources over the past year.

barn quiltsThe seed was first planted last summer when my folks brought me home a folder of collected information on the barn quilts they had passed during their road trip west.

I thought these traditional quilt block designs were perfect with their simplistic design and that their large scale gave them a modern look.  My favorites were the stars of course, but I have a whole series bookmarked.

5,500 Quilt Block DesignsFor more inspiration I spent some time with my copy of 5,500 Quilt Block Designs to find the star I wanted to make.  This book is chock full of traditional blocks just itching for some big block fun or an improvisational twist.  The book is a great resource for understanding color values impact on block design and how secondary design comes into play when combining blocks.

sewkatiedid/Barn Star QuiltKatie’s Super Star Quilt, in the May/June Quilty issue was the final inspiration.  I was smitten with her color combo from first sight, so my original color way with the citron migrated to the back.

sewkatiedid/Barn Star QuiltI quilted it in the same pattern I did for my Psychedelic Baby quilt.  It’s time consuming, but clean and simple.  I like unfussy quilting that runs off the edge.  I’d made the binding before picking out the backing and had to switch gears when the dark grey wasn’t right.  I’m always glad when I make the extra effort even when I just want to be done.

sewkatiedid/barn star quiltThen again, lesson learned.  I like the quilt back, but if I had only taken a moment to step back and look at the quilt’s back on the design wall I would have added a vertical citron column to the top and bottom of the star block too.  Practice truly is the best teacher.

sewkatiedid/barn star quiltThis class has shaped up nicely.  I love the sample and it really is perfect to drive home all the principles of quilting I want to cover in a beginner class.  There’s even room built in for those that aren’t beginners, but just really want to set aside time to make a beautiful quilt.

I’ve got a load of classes on the schedule and a line up of finished quilts to show, just need some time to photograph them all.

I think there’s one spot in the zip pouch class Wednesday and a few in Split Decision Saturday if you’re looking for a new project.  My friend Melinda stopped by with her Split Decision quilt top last night.

sewkatiedid/Melinda's split decision quilt


sewkatiedid/zip pouch

::Zip Pouches::

$45/Wednesday, June 26th from 6-9pm at the Quilting Loft in Ballard.

Come learn the ins and outs of constructing a zip pouch.  Once you know the ropes you’ll be a production machine.  These are great for gifts and perfect for all levels of sewists.

Scattered Quilt/Sewkatiedid

::Split Decision Quilt Workshop::

$85/Saturday, June 29th from 10am-4pm at the Quilting Loft in Ballard.

Join author Katie Pedersen to play with the slice and insert technique from the book Quilting Modern.  Combine simple sewing with a new skill and create your own linear design featuring snippets of your favorite fabrics. This is a great class for all levels of sewists that want to explore a new improvisational technique and play with design.

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::Wordless Wednesday::

sewkatiedid/opposing triangles remake/quilting by krista withers(Quilting by Krista Withers)

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Thanks for all the encouragement this year My Peeps.

Eighteen quilts and a full time job until the end of November!  No wonder my family isn’t feed and the dishes are dirty.

I’ve tried hard to stick with my process of finishing a quilt before starting another.

I think my resolution this year is to use up some of the stash that is taking over my closet.  Mix the old with the new, but I think that resolution might be a repeat from the last 8 years.

sewkatiedid/smitten kitten quilt

Smitten Kitten Quilt

Rock Star Wedding Quilt

Sunspots Quilt

sewkatiedid/Opposing Triangles Remake

Opposing Triangles Remake (photo by Sue Tamcsin)

Stitched and Flipped Value Quilt

Modern Charm Squared Quilts

Seattle Lone Star Quilt

From Point A to Point B Quilt Top

Double Herringbone Whole Cloth Quilt

Sewkatiedid/Unknown Direction Quilt

Unknown Direction Quilt Take Two

Pantone Pop

Grape Crush

Psychedelic Baby Quilt

Shattered Remake

Anything Goes

Opposing Triangles Quilt

Unknown Direction Quilt

Let 2013 bring more time for creativity to flow and for all of us to try something new!

I’m looking forward to Quiltcon in February, who’s going?



sewkatiedid/scrappy double trouble

::Double Trouble Quilt Block:: 

$85/Saturday, January 5th from 10am-4pm at Make*Do*Mend Sewing Studio at Drygoods Design in Ballard.

Combine two triangle techniques, one traditional and one improvisational in this block building workshop.  We’ll cover proper technique and the mulitiple designs that this blocks creates.  All level of sewists welcome.  View more designs with this block here.

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::Spread Peace and Joy::


I was in the middle of writing a post about Seattle sunshine, beautiful fabric and how blessed I am to spend time with wonderful people in this community when I heard the tragic news East.

Truthfully, I have no words.  I just know that I cuddled closer on the couch with Roan last night thinking of those that could never do the same with a loved one.  He was covered in kisses and tears by the time we hit the sack.

Seattle school district was swift in responding to the needs of students, parents and staff.   I know there are a lot of moms out there that read this blog and if you find yourself lost for words with your own children (or yourself) you might find this article they passed on useful.

Our superintendent Jose Banda sent out this note with tips which I cut, so it is not the whole letter:

“It is a struggle for adults and children alike to try to comprehend why and how such a senseless and shocking incident could occur.  Excessive and repeated media viewing can create increased anxiety and therefore limiting ongoing exposure is recommended.   We are coordinating with schools and school guidance counselors to provide emotional support for students next week. Additionally, talking about the incident can be a healthy way for families to process their feelings and reactions to an event of this nature.”

His tips.

How to help children cope:

  • Listen to and accept children’s feelings.
  • Give honest, simple, brief answers to their questions.
  • Make sure they understand your answers and the meaning you intend.
  • Use words or phrases that won’t confuse a child or make the world more frightening.
  • Create opportunities for children to talk with each other about what happened and how they are feeling.
  • Give your child an honest explanation. If you are feeling so upset you don’t want to talk about what happened. You may want to take “time out” and ask a trusted family friend to help.
  • If children keep asking the same question over and over again it is because they are trying to understand; trying to make sense out of the disruption and confusion in their world. Younger children will not understand that death is permanent, so their repeated inquiries are because they expect everything to return to normal.
  • If the child feels guilty, ask him or her to explain what happened. Listen carefully to whether he or she attaches a sense of responsibility to some part of the description. Explain the facts of the situation and emphasize that no one, least of all the child, could have prevented it.
  • Let the school help. The child’s teacher can be sensitive to changes in the child’s behavior and will be able to respond in a helpful way.
  • Even if you feel the world is an unsafe place, you can reassure your child by saying, “The event is over. Now we’ll do everything possible to stay safe, and together we can help get things back to normal.”
  • Notice when children have questions and want to talk.
  • Be especially loving and supportive; children need you at this time.”

I, like the rest of the nation am in shock and find my heart and thoughts wondering to the families and responders of this tragedy.  It is easy to let a dark cloud form.

The whole thing had me thinking that I was going to call it quits on the blog until the New Year and just focus entirely on family and nothing else, but today our Guild has their holiday sew-in, there are snuggles to be had and gifts to be sewn, fabric to fondle…and all these things bring me JOY.  The exact thing that this individual wanted to take from us.

This season I’ll be thinking a bit more about PEACE, and how we can all work together with our children to spread it and teach it.

I hope everyone finds time this weekend for their families and spend some time doing what they love.  I’m on my way out of here to go sew all day and to find some of that Joy.


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It sure is hard to get anything done around here.  Vacuuming has fallin’ way to the bottom of the list, but guess what after a load of discussion and number crunching has finally moved up?

In case you can’t read my writing which I often can’t, it says, “Quit Job.” No, it’s not because money is just rolling in on all fronts, but I can’t get done what needs to get done to make my creative dreams happen, so something had to go for me to stand independent and happy.

I have faith that good things will happen with hard work and blah blah blah, insert any cliche here.

Wish me luck.  I’ve got a self-imposed deadline of a year.

Happy Monday, Tuesday to ya!

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