Posts Tagged ‘classes’
Posted in Improvisational Quilts, Modern Quilting Classes, tagged alexander henry, classes, improvisation, improvisational patchwork, modern quilting, Quilts, seattle, Seattle Modern Quilting Guild, sewing, workshops on November 29, 2013 | 8 Comments »
I’m a little obsessed with this Alexander Henry Merry Moderns fabric and equally obsessed with Elizabeth’s Sparkle Punch quilt.
I’m trying to do the ‘two birds, one stone thing.’ Combining class samples and gift ideas at once. Thus the stitch and flip triangles/Sparkle Punch fusion. I like to have as many examples as possible to inspire students beyond Quilting Modern’s quilt layouts. It really makes a class more fun.
I’ve got Secret Santa gift and oven mitt class samples covered. I forgot to put in two layers of batting, so I guess it’s a mug rug instead of a potholder
Considering I’ve got a ton of these patchwork squares left over from the oven mitts I think I might make some nesting baskets for class samples while I’m at it. Pssst…there’s one spot left in that class if you need a gift idea and some time on your hands Sunday.
Off to obsess more.
Posted in Classes and workshops, tagged class, classes, Improv, improvisational patchwork, magic numbers, seattle, Seattle Modern Quilting Guild, sew katie did, sewing, workshops on November 24, 2013 | 8 Comments »
I taught the Magic Number Quilt last weekend and wanted to create a sample that had blocks with defined edges. I wished later I would have gone rectangular with the blocks, but another time. This is a perfect square baby quilt.
I now have a scrappy version (Scrappy Sunshine)
and a floating block (Smitten Kitten) example which I use to talk about adding rectangles to the equation.
I’m a little obsessed with this Heather Ross Briar Patch line. So I picked up another yard of each of the berries from Quilt Sandwich. I noticed the others of the line are easier to come by but the berries were disappearing.
I’m still trying to make some time to work on my Sparkle Punch in between my Seattle MQG binary quilt which might not be done in time for the exhibit at Island Quilter in January. It would be fun to have another example of how to use stitch and flip triangles for my upcoming class. In my unfocused way I started dreaming of a Sparkle Punch Christmas quilt, those prints are a little more difficult to translate into projects.
What gifts are you crafting this year?
Upcoming Classes: Let’s make gifts!
Posted in Classes and workshops, tagged class, classes, Improv, improvisation, improvisational patchwork, magic number quilt, magic number quilt blocks, modern quilting, patchwork, quilting, seattle, Seattle Modern Quilting Guild, sew katie did, workshops on November 13, 2013 | 11 Comments »
Looks like I should have another sample done today for Sunday’s Magic Number Workshop.
Posted in Classes and workshops, modern quilt, Modern Quilting, Modern Quilting Classes, seattle quilting, tagged class, classes, Improv, improvisational patchwork, quilting, Quilts, seattle, workshops on November 11, 2013 | 6 Comments »
I spent Sunday at Island Quilter teaching some gift classes. I started dreaming up new quilts with the happy colored fabrics that had come in since my last visit. All the pastels and the bright oranges were talking to me.
I didn’t even notice it until it was all washed and folded, but the cheerful Kaffe Fasset button fabric even has smiley faces on it:). How cute is that? I added in some of the Briar Rose by Heather Ross (they have the full line), a little Anna Maria Horner and some Lizzy House Pearl Bracelet. I’ll be stashing some more of the strawberries and adding the other Kaffe Fasset buttons when I have an excuse.
I’ve been dying to make a Sparkle Punch forever and my additional purchase of Essex in flax sealed the deal for the starts of that quilt. I figured while I was cutting I should just make a new Magic Number Quilt sample for my workshop Sunday. Stay tuned on that one, I plan on piecing my design tomorrow.
Freddy Moran’s quilts are up throughout the month of November. Freddy’s amazing. She believes red is a neutral. If you’ve only ever seen her quilts in books now’s your chance to see how fun and amazing they are.
We’ll be running an open studio Saturday, November 30th from 11am-9pm at Island Quilter if you need to step away from the leftovers and spend a day on sewing gifts. Follow the link to sign-up and I’ll say it again, “Step away from the turkey.”
Posted in Classes and workshops, Modern Quilting Classes, Quilting Modern techniques and projects for improvisational quilts, Seattle Modern Quilting Guild, seattle quilting, seattle sewing, tagged class, classes, free-motion quilting, improvisation, improvisational, improvisational patchwork, modern quilt, modern quilting, quilting, Quilts, seattle, sewing on November 6, 2013 | 11 Comments »
Have you made the plunge into Free-Motion Quilting yet? I was years into quilting before I did. Once you do you’ll wonder why you waited. Though I love the look of straight lines there is something very meditative about finding your ‘zone’ and making all these fun shapes.
I think for most of us it’s etching out the time to learn something new. For some it might be an equipment and/or space barrier, or maybe the desire for a little hand holding.
The classes I’ve taken myself on FMQ were very fun, but prescribed. I found they provided a nice launch pad for learning the basics, but lacked the practice time needed to explore my own spin-offs of the shapes I was most drawn to.
There’s no denying it, practice really is the best teacher when it comes to free-motion quilting.
Hmmmm, so how do you combine all these needs?
How about an Open Free-Motion Quilting Studio or a Free-Motion Quilted Nested Basket Workshop on quality Bernina machines at Drygoods Design to give you wings? It’s not too early to think about some gifts either.
Get your free-motion on with the studio’s Berninas, risk-free! Wine optional, but it might help!
Posted in Classes and workshops, modern quilt, Modern Quilting, Modern Quilting Classes, Quilting Modern techniques and projects for improvisational quilts, seattle quilting, tagged classes, improvisation, improvisational, improvisational patchwork, modern quilt, modern quilting, patchwork, quilting, Quilts, seattle, seattle modern sewing, workshops on October 28, 2013 | 6 Comments »
Regardless of all the variations we put in the Log Cabin Makeover chapter in Quilting Modern, it just seemed impossible as I was putting together my handouts to make a log cabin workshop fun. How after instructing the simple construction of the logs was I going to keep my students and myself inspired for 6 hours?
Sometimes things just exceed your expectations and students guide the class with their creativity and charisma. I’ve begun distributing inspiration prior to classes to get those a little tentative about a new technique thinking. I covered the basics, showed a million log cabin examples from my own collection and then we started with a fun warm up activity to get the juices flowing that everyone said they very much enjoyed.
Plus, who says a log cabin has to be just a log cabin? These blocks are really an opportunity to combine techniques and play with fabrics we love. Strip piecing, crazy piecing, double gauze addition? Anything goes really. Simple or detailed, they are only limited by imagination.
What was missing from my samples was a minimalist log cabin sample. Mod TV is the perfect beginner quilt for jumping into improvisational modern quilt design. I pieced this together in an afternoon, great for a class, but everyone can come up with their own thing.
Krista held my hand while I used her long-arm to create the ‘static’ quilting, but this could easily be executed on a domestic machine.
I’m pretty excited to be running the Log Cabin Quilt workshop again at The Quilting Loft on Saturday, November 9th if you weren’t able to get into the last class. Should be a day of fun! Here’s some more log cabin inspiration.
Posted in Classes and workshops, Modern Quilting, Modern Quilting Classes, tagged class, classes, Improv, improvisational, improvisational patchwork, modern quilt, modern quilting, quilting, seattle on September 23, 2013 | 10 Comments »
Most of their little sparkling centers were cast offs when Quilting Modern was in process. I eventually developed the Supernova quilt like the crimson blocks below and pushed these aside. I wanted another Stitch and Flip Triangle workshop sample for last weeks workshop with the Eastside Quilters Guild and the Snowballed Wonky Stars came back out to see the light.
The Improv Coin Quilt is my favorite class to teach.
I would like to have another sample by Thursday’s class, but unfortunately all I want to do is make Snowballed Wonky Stars for the back of the unfinished front.
I better go, I apparently have a lot to do.
What’s on your design wall?
Posted in Classes and workshops, Modern Quilting, Modern Quilting Classes, tagged class, classes, improvisation, modern quilting, patchwork, quilting, seattle, washington, workshops on September 20, 2013 | 8 Comments »
TGIF! What a whirl-wind week! A few guild lectures, a few workshops and snap, it’s gone!
Fit a game in too last Friday. The boys always go and Sandie and I were planning a night of sewing and drinking beer when Jefe surprised us with suite tickets. Hard to say no to that.
I think I quite possibly took my last sunshine run this afternoon. The forecast is crummy for the next four days, so I do believe it is time to think about a new project, hint hint. There’s still space in my Double-Trouble Workshop Sunday at Drygoods.
Last time I taught this workshop the designs were A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!
I’m a little thrilled that the weather is changing. I love staying at home on a Saturday to sew.
I did manage last Friday before the game to get some sashing onto my crazy pieced flying geese and they’ve been waiting patiently all week. My game plan is to finish them tomorrow into some sort of quilt top. As usual, I kind of have a plan.
Is sewing or a workshop in your weekend plans too?
Posted in Classes and workshops, Improvisational Quilting Classes, Improvisational Quilts, Modern Quilting, Modern Quilting Classes, Quilting Modern techniques and projects for improvisational quilts, Quilts, seattle quilting, tagged classes, half square triangle quilting block, improvisational patchwork, modern quilt, modern quilting, seattle, Seattle Modern Quilting Guild, stitch and flip triangle, stitch and flip triangle quilt technique, supernova, workshops on September 16, 2013 | 6 Comments »
Finally made it over to Vashon Island to sew at Island Quilter with some students last Sunday. There’s always so much new fabric to see with each visit and everyone enjoys the bright large sewing space.
I was delighted to see Violet Craft’s new line Waterfront Park in the colorways that I’m so drawn to lately. I would have loved to buy the full line, but I’ve been adding the crimsons and yellows to my stash for these mini Supernovas.
These have been a work in progress, put up and then away multiple times. At some point something will come that will transform them into a quilt, but nothing original has come yet. Might be time to just make more blocks with all this fabric?
Since I had already pieced this block and decided that I needed to rip it apart to add some extra points, I added in some of Violet’s new line. I used most of my Mendocino up in the original Supernova for the book and a triangle quilt I still need to show you all, so mixing in some new prints is essential.
Cute as going big I think.
I’m teaching a Stitch and Flip Triangle workshop to the Eastside Guild Thursday and these beauties, though unfinished will hopefully offer some variety for inspiration.
Happy Monday! Go sew.
::Double-Trouble Sunday Workshop::
$60/ Sunday, September 22 from 10am-4pm at Drygood Designs
Ready to create a simple modern quilt? Double-Trouble is a fun interactive technique and design workshop that merges a traditional triangular block with an improvisational triangle block technique. We will create two of the same triangular blocks, one for ourselves and one for trade. The Double-Trouble block itself has unlimited design possibilities that we will explore to create unique quilt designs.
::Modern Improvisational Coin Quilt::
$85/Thursday, September 26th and October 3rd from 6-9pm at The Quilting Loft in Ballard
Interested in creating a modern quilt with improvisational techniques, but don’t know where to start? Then this is the class for your first modern quilt! Learn improvisational techniques like angle and strip piecing while creating a modern coin quilt loosely based on a tradition Chinese Coin Quilt Design. A great quilt to feature your favorite prints. No two will be the same. All levels of sewists welcome.