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Does this scrap make my wall look small?

I cracked up when I received what Erica from Finn Style called scraps.  I stretched this one on a frame from the art supply store, completely ignoring Jefe asking me how I knew it was square.  Its location in the house is yet to be determined, but for now I can gaze at it while sitting in the dining/living room area.


  I had no clue this hexagon print would be this scale, but it looks lovely on the table for now.

I’m thinking of adding more Marimekko to my stash with Finn Style’s Marimekko summer sale.


I’ve taken to this Peacock Blue color throughout the house.  It started with painting Roan’s room.  I had about six different blues up and Roan told me to stop asking him which one he liked best and just pick one.  I couldn’t help but try one more and instantly new this was the one.


The World Cup posters pop well with it.  Speaking of which, I’ve got a game to watch!

Happy almost weekend!

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::This Week::

Lots is happening.


The floors are done in the house!


Which means I’m starting over in organizing.  This time I actually pulled a bunch of yardage to sell at our multi-household garage sale (99th Street SW/98136).  If you find yourself in West Seattle on Saturday come find me between 8-5pm.  I’m pretty sure you’re running out of fabric;) and it’s likely you’re running low on other random things and need to come buy mine.

sewkatiedid/double trouble block

I did fit in some block construction on Monday thanks to Sandie’s invite for Krista and I to come over and spend the day in her new studio.  I’m hoping the sewing room remake will get me back to this before Portland.

I’m trying really hard to not to be distracted by the shiny thing in the next room.

There are some plans this week for fun classes too!

::Embrace Your Curves: Improvisational Curves Workshop::

Thursdays, June 5th and 12th from 6-9pm at the Quilting Loft in Ballard.

Fear the curve no more with this no pinning, no templates and no stress approach to the improvisational curves technique from the Embrace Your Curves chapter in Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts. I’ll cover multiple ways of making curves and inspire you right into embracing them yourself. Free-handing improvisational curves are manageable even for beginners.


::Not Your Grandmother’s Log Cabin/Improvisational Log Cabins::

Sunday, June 10th from 11am-5pm at Island Quilter on Vashon Island.

Step into the present with modern versions of a traditional log cabin block using improvisational techniques from the Log Cabin Makeover Chapter in Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts. Once we’ve covered the tips and tricks to making unique blocks we’ll focus on quilt design and structure. I’ll will share multiple projects to spark your creativity and set you on the path to your own log cabin design.

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::Portland Bound::

sewkatiedid/value quilt
::Stash Archive Value Quilt/Seeing Value::

Saturday, June 21st from 10am-5pm at Modern Domestic in Portland.

Value is the relative lightness or darkness of a color and one of the most important aspects of quilt making. Spend a day with Quilting Modern author Katie Pedersen studying the impact value has on quilt design. We’ll construct half-square triangle blocks to carry out the exercise and play with the multiple designs value creates. Transform your quilt making process!

Sewkatiedid/Scappalicious Double-Trouble Quilt


Sunday, June 22nd from 10am-5pm at Modern Domestic in Portland.

Ready to create a simple modern quilt? Double-Trouble is a fun quilt block and design workshop that merges a traditional half-square triangle block with an improvisational stitch and flip triangle technique. The Double-Trouble block has unlimited design possibilities that we will explore to create unique quilt designs. Katie will bring examples to show for inspiration.



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::Home and Heart::

There are so many things that don’t make it here lately, but I’ve been writing to you all in my head.


I can now officially tell you how to watch Jefe take bars off a window, where to not sit while gardening in my yard if you don’t want ants to go up your shorts, and that there are three layers, not one of wallpaper over the plywood used for walls in my kitchen…


In between home, I took a road trip to Walla Walla to do workshops with a wonderful group of ladies.  There are good people out there, especially quilters.  We had such a great time that they invited me to be the featured artist at their 2015 show.


I totally scored some Catherineholm for nothing while there.  Always good when the price matches your budget;)


Coming home to this beautiful beast blooming was the best.


And finally I couldn’t be more pleased than to spend my afternoon getting ready for my class tonight and finally spending some time in my studio (bar free).

Honestly, with the move, no studio, and driving Roan into his old school for the rest of the year (3 hours in the car a day) sewing just hasn’t been happening so much, nor blogging.  I’m fully aware that Blogland can be so polished and I have all of these wonderful things going on in my life, but you know that “make the best of times in the worst of times?  Well, we’ve got that going on.  If you’ve been following my blog over the years you know our family has survived years of kidney failure until a beautiful kidney came our way and breast cancer, and in December my brother-in-law was diagnosed with ALS.

So I’m taking the do what you can approach to my days and trying not to kick myself around when I don’t make it to blogging or other ‘extras.’  I want to leave you today with some words he gave us all that I’ve been trying to embrace.  It’s the cut and dry version, but you’ll get the point.

Many people have offered their assistance and “anything they can do.”  There is one thing. What I would ask of everyone who cares is that they take this news as an opportunity to take a breath, take stock, gain perspective on their life and use this as a positive catalyst in whatever way works for you. In the wake of this development – life has taken on a certain intensity for me – insert whatever cliché you want here – but basically the value of every moment/day/relationship is magnified.

Instead of just spreading a piece of bad news – my hope is that people can channel this into some kind of positive effect on their own lives. In answering your question of what you can do – that is what you can do. That would be most helpful to me.

I hope you all can gain some positive reflection for the day!

Mine is to make time with friends and family a priority, because it makes me happy:)


P.S. If you haven’t ever watched the documentary Happy, I recommend you do.

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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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