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sewkatiedid/squareYears ago I stumbled across Denyse Schmidt’s first book  and immediately made precise cardboard templates to duplicate her patterns like my mom taught me.  It only took the piecing of a single block to realize I could have accomplished the task in a few moments (not to mention all those templates), but it was truly a launching pad into improvisational quilting for me and I’m sure I’m not alone.

The thing is, I was all ambitious with my cutting and had a second quilt cut out before I even started the piecing the first.  I’m efficient (or not) like that;) That first quilt was gifted.  My lack of knowledge in regards to quilting density means it is likely falling apart, but as long as it was loved and used I don’t care.

sewkatiedid/what a bunch of squares quiltI finally finished that second quilt!  It now lives with my brother and sister-in-law in South Lake Tahoe and no, of course I never got a photo of the full quilt.

sewkatiedid/what a bunch of squares quiltThere’s a fabric mix party going on here to add some additional blocks to this king size mamma jamma.  Mostly we have Carolina Chambrays (which Robert Kaufman came out with again), but there are also some other textural solids added.  The clouds are an old Kaffe Fasset.

sewkatiedid/what a bunch of squares quiltI brought all the blocks to size with Essex linen.  The drape of this quilt is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.  Sandie helped me with the quilting on her long arm.  Sorry, but I am NOT quilting a king size on my home machine (not even straight lines), I don’t know where I would even baste it without starting to call it bad names or needing my weight in beer.  If you are one of those ambitious people, I bow down to you.

sewkatiedid/bind and backFlannel, I love you so.  You are my go-to backing when I look for a quilt to pull up over me.  This Anna Maria Horner flannel paired with the Essex on the front make a happy pair.

sewkatiedid/bindingBlue it is for the binding, because it is what I had.

sewkatiedid/what a bunch of squares quiltOk, sorry, that’s a lot of photos for not even having a full shot of the bloody quilt.  I swear, I’m working on my blogging goal, but not making it.  Consider yourself lucky, you have more time to get things done the less time you spend with me.

I’m hoping next week to have some (exciting to me) news to share.  No, I’m not writing another book, and no, not pregnant;)

Happy week peeps!

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Some quilts take time to finish.  Mostly because those other quilt ideas get in the way.  Sometimes even those quilts take awhile too.  I’m pretty sure I have a box of those “ideas.”

nine-boxed/ sewkatiedidWhen I looked at the November date on this photo and the rainy blustery day I was thankful that it looked like this today.

Nine-Patched Quilt/SewkatiedidNine-Boxed’s original story and making details are here, but as I said it sat for awhile and on a quilting exhibition to Sandie’s for another quilt I thought why not just quilt it too.  She happen to have this design board already loaded so we went with it.

I’ll admit this quilt has grown on me a bit.  I wasn’t so sure I liked it at first and am now kinda wishing as I look at the photo that maybe I could have at the very least thrown it in the dryer for a bit to decrease it, poor thing has been rolled up in the closet for a month or longer.

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In person it is really the Carolina Chambray that makes all those bits shine.  The blocks consist of a simple nine-patch made improvisationally.  Links to a few tutorials on the technique are also available on the original post about this quilt.

My twist was adding in a block when creating the nine-patch block that was entirely made of strip-piecing.  I’ve got a whole tote that contains scraps that are strips and they were calling me.  There are some goodies in there.

sewkatiedid/nine-boxedI also added a block of background fabric into the nine-patch construction here and there.  I always like that “floating” look.

sewkatiedid/nine-boxedBacking I bought ages ago on sale when Drygoods first opened and for the binding I revisited that scrap strip tote for scraps of binding left over from other quilts.

It has no home yet.

I’m off to market tomorrow and then teaching workshops with Jacquie on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Come join us if you can!

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Pulling sample fabrics for my Shattered Quilt Starter Workshop tonight.  Wanna join us?  There are spots!

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(Photo by Rendy Tucker)

I loved playing with the recreation of this quilt in Carolina Chambray and Osnaburg.  The texture is fabulous with the velveteen on the back.

But now it’s time to try something new.

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I wanna stick with the textured fabric, so I’m going with the Essex Linen, but I have some ideas with all this Echino that I’ve collected over the years.

I won’t have time for this idea anytime soon, but it might jettison to the top of the list a little faster now that I have a fabric stack.

Maybe I will see you tonight.

Tomorrow I’ve got a quilt top to show you!

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Please join me this Saturday, April 28th from 11-2pm at the Quilting Loft in Ballard for a book signing and trunk show.  I’ll be demonstrating the ‘stitch and flip triangle’ technique around noon and 1pm.

The Quilting Loft will be offering a little ‘special something’ to each person that buys the book.  Preorder via the Quilting Loft and receive 20% off the book.

Hope to see you there, but if you can’t come Saturday, the reception for my quilt exhibit opening at Island Quilter on Vashon Island is next Friday, May 4th from 6-9pm.

Hope to see your smiling faces at one or the other!

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p.s. some giveaways of the book are available at the end of this post.

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I left my seam ripper idle and forged ahead with the quilting on Unknown Direction.

Sewing down binding was my Superbowl activity.

(And by the way, a BIG shout-out  of “thanks” to those of you that shared where the path takes you when you make a boo-boo.  I love how we all have our creative process.)

Funny how a run through the washer and dryer eliminates all my mistakes distractions.

And look, we actually had a few random sunny days last week.  Yes, those are shadows!

Sunshine in these parts at this time of year is better than rose colored glasses.

I used the left over bits from the front to create a panel that would bring my backing to size.

That’s pretty much it for the Alexander Henry Entertaining Elephants fabric.  It has made its way into two quilt backs now and the rest likely will become parts of future blocks.

I’ve added a twin size for Roan (with the intended quilting design) in this same colorway to my list of quilts to make.  I really liked the light gray thread for the quilting.  It blended really well.

Unknown Direction was a start to finish quilt, meaning I never tucked it away or put it aside.  Generally when I finish a full project I move onto something that has been waiting on the sidelines.

Opposing Triangles needed binding.  Tomorrow I’ve got a date with this quilt and the 5th season of Big Love.

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We call my husband’s grandma Goobin, the details are fuzzy as to why.

But every year I make her a zip pouch for her ciggies.  I save a few sample blocks for this purpose.  This block is a cast-off from a quilt somewhat in production mode.

The story this year is a little sad and a whole lot funny.

You see, I always include a strap to attach the pouch to her walker, like this one last year.

Well, with old age we forget things and apparently Grandma Goobin has forgotten she smokes!  So I guess not all is downhill when it comes to losing our memory after all.

So this year I didn’t add a strap.  She can leave this in her room, no need to venture outside for a puff.

This pouch from last year is still my favorite ever, though for the smell it likely should be burned.

Wishing my Bernina had this triple stitch, possibly the only redeeming characteristic of the Pfaff that I practically lost my own mind using.

So, that’s one checked off the list.

How are you getting on with gifts?  My list is short this year for lack of time.

 

 

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It’s that time again!

Two spots left!

::Half Square Triangle Class:: $65 Thursday October 13th 6-9pm at the Quilting Loft in Ballard.

This versatile quilt block lends itself to endless design layouts. Come learn how to match 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.

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