Sigh, there’s nothing like it. Sleeping in your own bed after time apart.
Spain was dreamy.
After World Cup was over we really had no where we had to be.
Roan became efficient at finding anyone in a square to kick a ball around with regardless of a language barrier and it being posted as a deviant activity. You know what they say about rules?
We’d sip a vodka tonic, make a half-ass plan and walk to see what we would find.
Most of the time it all came together.
Roan and his cousins from Northern Ireland kept each other company.
We also spent an amazing amount of time just sitting.
People watching is just fascinating.
So was our view.
And then we’d all usually walk to the square and sit some more.
Jet lagged did me in. I’m just starting to feel that life is regaining some rhythm here at home. I taught all last weekend, cleaned my house like mad this week and am just gaining some ground on new samples for classes coming up.
I stalled on what color to make my stitch and flip triangles.
We have a new couch, so if I don’t make a pillow in the next week Jefe’s going to start worrying that something’s wrong with me. Curtains eventually might be a good call too.
Bainbridge Island Quilt Festival’s deadline to submit for the show is Friday the 15th, so I need to make a decision on finishing something new or entering something done. I love non-juried shows. Anyone else submitting?
My yard is out of control so I know what I’ll be procrastinating this weekend.
Have a great weekend;)
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I’m having the best first summer in our new house.
Replacing the four hours of my day that I was commuting Roan to and from school with sewing has proven productive AND there’s World Cup.
I really wanted to get to this design, off-setting a bunch of these rings, but first I felt I needed to get to some of these quilts in process.
I taught a Double-Trouble and Value quilt workshop in Portland last weekend, so this scrappy sample was the first on my list to finish up. The neutral background is a mix of scraps also, including flannel, so I of course love the feel.
A few of us went over to Island Quilter for an impromptu open studio and I was able to tape out Psychedelic Baby’s size on the floor. It was the only way I could figure out how to off-set it properly to be on a queen size bed. I still somewhat messed it up, but I’m good with that. It’s still not square, but close enough for the quilting stage and I’ll access it again after.
I purchased more Essex to fill out the corners on my Sochi Hex quilt (that’s my Olympic joke back to you Sandie) and then I can add it to my huge pile of unquilted tops or finished quilt tops depending on how you look at it;)
I have many starts with stitch and flip triangles. I love their simplicity. This technique is one of two classes I’ll be teaching at the Association of Pacific West Quilters symposium August 2nd and 3rd at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma so I thought I would put together another sample.
I got to thinking that this quilt will work as a new improvisational quilting for beginners workshop sample too.
I’m getting use to my little studio and trying hard to make do with what’s there and my lack of distance from a design wall so that all pennies go into the rat city Garudio.
Pink Chalk Fabrics kindly asked me to take part in their Where I Sew tour, but I had to raincheck. I giggled a bit about what I would show you here. I thought I might still try to post here on my own, but we are preparing to depart for Spain and since Jefe wants to just do carry on backpacks (because we’re still 20) I have to spend some extra time thinking about what to pack. I’m pretty sure my ideas of making a voile pillowcase for my pillow (that I don’t know where I’ll pack) and a clean girl/dirty girl skivvies bag have gone to the end of the list along with that idea in the first picture.
I hope (sort of) that my next post is about digging a ditch and building a French drain for the Garudio remodel.
Have a great month everyone. I’ll likely be over at Instagram here and there.
Oh, and Happy Birthday America!
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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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The Bainbridge Island Modern Quilt Guild is hosting the second annual quilt festival on Saturday, September 13th from 9:30am-5pm.
This year the guild’s also hosting me for a workshop on Friday, September 12th from 10am-4pm at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art Classroom. We’ll be covering the elongated improvisational triangle block. I love this block!
Registration opens on June 15th.
The guild is also seeking volunteers and quilts to display in their out door show.
Hope to see you there!
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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.
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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::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!
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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I had all my fabric on the shelf and ideas of sitting down to sew, but we decided before we got too settled to get the floors refinished. So my friend Maureen and I packed up all my fabric again!
It didn’t stop me from some new stash additions from Quilt Sandwich Fabrics.
I wasn’t even intending to create a coordinating set, but I somehow did!
The Nordika is for a new whole cloth quilt and the Lizzy House kitties are to be napkins for our friend that is hosting us while we are displaced by floor work.
Quilt Sandwich is also hosting a Briar Rose Challenge. Details are here.
Time to dig up my Sparkle Punch again!
Or maybe quilt my Magic Number Berry Patch quilt.
Happy almost Friday!
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