The Stash Archive Value quilt just needs binding. TGIF!
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Posted in Classes and workshops, Value Quilt, warm cool color quilt, tagged half square triangle quilt, half square triangle quilting block, quilting, seattle, value quilt, warm cool color quilt, workshops on March 27, 2013 | 9 Comments »
Funny how my design wall has enlarged, yet I still need more room. My plan is to create four squares on-point for this quilt to take it to my Seeing Value Workshop on Tuesday as a new sample.
This quilt is a long overdue thank you gift.
I’m holding a lot of medium value fabrics in my stash which leads to a blended look. While I like the low contrast I still need to move some stuff around to make the corners of the squares a little more defined. Rectangular would be fun too, maybe just three long ones.
Value Tutorial is here and more examples if you can do without the drive.
Off to Open Quilting Studio for the day! Happy Wednesday.
Posted in Classes and workshops, seattle quilting, triangle quilt, Value Quilt, warm cool color quilt, tagged class, classes, improvisational, improvisational patchwork, quilting, value quilt, warm cool color quilt, workshops on February 16, 2013 | 10 Comments »
I woke up early this morning and finished the last few seams on my Star-Gazer Quilt top. It’s cute, simple and I love the colors. I really need to make it outside for some photos to bring out the baby blue.
But instead I opted to stay indoors and play with that bin of unfinished projects I was telling you about.
The values could use some rearranging, but I love seeing stash in one place. These blocks and eventual quilt will become a gift for someone who helped me out a few years ago. It might get some gray cut in like this. To be decided at a later date.
And another kind of triangle is taking shape. I got a bit more of it up before the sun went down. It most definitly needs some more dark crimson to make it shine. I’m curious of its final outcome. It’s already quilted in my mind. This will be a quilt for me! All these favorite fabrics couldn’t possible leave my presence. Because Jefe might likely not go for sleeping under mermaids, it might have to be my couch quilt backed in flannel.
Then for good measure I cut this leftover starburst to bits. It might never turn into a thing, but sometimes when I don’t know what to do with something I think, “why the hell not?” Coin quilt popped into my head, but I just bagged it for now.
I also waxed every square inch of my body that needed less Alaskan in its life and got my brows done. I’m ready for Quiltcon.
This morning as I was pulling out samples for my Seeing Value Class on Saturday I was listening to KUOW. They were covering the closing of Easy Street Records on lower Queen Anne. At age 15 I got a work permit so I could work at my local record store, so their expose brought back a lot of memories.
I don’t remember my first 45, but in my rural Michigan town, taking our allowances and riding our bikes to the pharmacy to buy candy was slowly replaced with picking out something from the top 40. Sadly, dancing to 65 Love Affair sticks in my head (but was better than Jolly Ranchers on my teeth) and that the purchase of my first album “Thriller” came much later.
I figured out the last actual album I bought was Bebel Gilberto’s Tanto Tempo, maybe 9 years ago. Since my marriage and move to Seattle, KEXP and my husband have become my music libraries and I don’t think I have to fill you all in on where my mad cash goes.
So what does this have to do with quilting?
Remember the mix-tape (some of you might not)? The idea was to create a play-list of your favorite songs, and if you were good at it, you could fit all your favorites within the 45 minutes each side of the cassette allowed while creating a flow to the music at the same time.
You have a certain amount of space you want to fill or a certain size to your finished quilt. Luck would have it that unlike a cassette you can choose your length.
In the case of a value quilt you have many genres of fabric that you love and you need to create a flow to make all those personalities blend.
The common theme, instead of being music is fabric and when the value of the fabrics is precisely placed a flow is created, just like a good mix-tape.
Sometimes, just like a mix-tape, you forget to hit pause in time or in the quilt’s case, you didn’t step back to check in on how values were blending and you lose the flow. That’s what happened in the middle of this zig-zag and I just decided to leave it.
Of course mix-tapes were made for different people and the design layout of Value quilts can reflect the receiver too. Zig Zags aren’t for everyone, just like Pearl Jam.
::Seeing Value Workshop:: $85 Saturday, January 19th from 10am-4pm at the West Seattle Stitch and Sew Studio.
Learn how color value can transform your quilt making design process. Create multiple designs with your newfound knowledge of value and simple half square triangles. All levels of sewists welcome.
::Whole Cloth Quilt Finishing Class:: $85/Tuesdays, January 22nd and 29th at Make*Do*Mend in Ballard. Quilt top, batting, and a backing…baste, quilt, and bind! Learn the essential basics of finishing a quilt without piecing a thing! Create a simple crisp modern baby quilt while learning the process. Quilting designs with a walking foot will be a covered. Walking foot required.
Too much going on, but all good. Just wanna crawl back into bed!
When things slow down next week I’ve got some quilts to show ya.
Sunshine today in Seattle!
Posted in book, Classes and workshops, Innovative Patchwork Piecing, Modern Quilting, Quilting Modern techniques and projects for improvisational quilts, Quilts, seattle quilting, Value Quilt, warm cool color quilt, tagged Improv, improvisational patchwork, sew katie did, stitch and flip triangle, value quilt on October 21, 2012 | 15 Comments »
Value (the relative lightness or darkness of a color) is used in EVERY quilt, though not always successfully. You can play around all you want with color schemes (analogous, complementary…), and color temperature (warm and cool), but value is still going to be what you need to create design.
I wanted to play with value in a scrappy way that was different from my half-square-triangle Value Quilt Tutorial and thought of stitch and flip triangles as an easy place to start. The technique is one of my favorite in Quilting Modern.
Overall this quilt’s values ended up being very medium to light. The contrast created by the values was in no way extreme. The values created a softer, mellower look.
There are some places in this quilt where there isn’t enough value contrast. Giving myself some distance from the quilt would have been helpful to see that.
In the end though, I can embrace those learning mistakes and see that this quilt is perfect for a baby. And that little yellow rosebud fabric in there…I had those sheets as a kid.
This quilt also made me take a look at my overall stash building. Lights, I am deficient on lights. We all know how to take care of that little problem don’t we?
This little Value Quilt was thrown on the long-arm when I visited Sandie last week to quilt my Modern Charm Squared Quilts. The spiraling pattern was challenging to trace smoothly from the paper pattern I followed.
Sandie told me something she had heard that stuck in my head. ”It doesn’t have to be a perfect line, just a pretty line.” All washed and crinkled, be it so.
The backing is from the stash. An older Alexander Henry that is just like sunshine.
The binding, a Cloud 9 flannel that I got from Drygoods here in Seattle.
This Value Quilt has already found a great home. Those babies keep coming.
I’ve now made about a million of these hst with stitch and flip triangles which I call double trouble. I’m not very enthusiastic about them up on the design wall, so I have some create thinking to do this week.
::Half-Square Triangle Class:: $85/Saturday October 27th from 10am to 4pm at the West Seattle Stitch and Sew Studio.
This versatile quilt block lends itself to endless designs. We’ll cover quilting basics such as picking fabrics, matching seams and create perfect points. We’ll play with a layout that suites your style and you’ll walk away with ideas for a multitude of quilts. All level of sewists welcome.
Posted in book, Classes and workshops, half triangle square quilt, Improvisational Quilting Classes, Improvisational Quilts, Innovative Patchwork Piecing, modern quilt, Modern Quilting, quilt design wall, Quilting Modern techniques and projects for improvisational quilts, Quilts, seattle quilting, Value Quilt, warm cool color quilt, tagged half square triangle quilt, half square triangle quilting block, improvisation, modern quilt, patchwork, stitch and flip triangle, value quilt, warm cool color quilt on September 4, 2012 | 18 Comments »
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.
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.
Posted in Improvisational Quilting Classes, Improvisational Quilts, Innovative Patchwork Piecing, modern quilt, Modern Quilting, Quilting Modern techniques and projects for improvisational quilts, Quilts, Seattle Modern Quilting Guild, seattle quilting, Value Quilt, warm cool color quilt, tagged modern quilt guild, quilting modern, stitch and flip triangle on August 16, 2012 | 9 Comments »
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.
Posted in Classes and workshops, half triangle square quilt, Improvisational Quilts, Innovative Patchwork Piecing, modern quilt, Modern Quilting, Quilts, seattle quilting, triangle quilt, Value Quilt, warm cool color quilt, tagged half square triangle quilt, improvisational patchwork, seattle, value quilt, warm cool color quilt on August 6, 2012 | 11 Comments »
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.
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?
Posted in book, Improvisational Quilts, Innovative Patchwork Piecing, modern quilt, Modern Quilting, Quilting Modern techniques and projects for improvisational quilts, Quilts, seattle quilting, Value Quilt, warm cool color quilt, tagged star quilt, stitch and flip triangle, triangle quilt, wonky triangles on July 30, 2012 | 22 Comments »
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.