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sewkatiedid/Happy Snowballed Sunshine quilt

There’s no sugar coating it, our family has had a full dose of life reality lately, so it wasn’t a mistake that I pulled this bit of happy colored sunshine out of the pile of unfinished tops to quilt.

I needed some mind occupation.

sewkatiedid/happy snowballed sunshine quilt

It seems that each quilt has a memory of its making somewhere along all its steps, and not in a bad way, but quilting and binding Happy Snowballed Sunshine will remind me for a time of my father-in-law John passing.

sewkatiedid/happy snowballed sunshine quilt

This quilt and its association with this particular time reminded me of quilting Supernova.  Supernova was the quilt that I was working on four years ago yesterday, the same day John got his kidney transplant.

 There were tears of joy quilted into that quilt and a few sad ones for the donor’s family too.  That generous lady knew that in her passing she could gift a family some of those ‘best of times’ as we call them.

And she did.

sewkatiedid/happy snowballed sunshine

But quilting this also made me thankful that I have creative things to do that occupy my mind when I need them.

sewkatiedid/happy snowballed sunshine

It also solidified something that seems so obvious, but I’d never really thought about it. My love for fun and funky color combos that lift my mood to happy when I see them, even if the times don’t match.

sewkatiedid/Happy Snowballed Sunshine

And the prints that are hard to cut into?  Now is the time to use them.

sewkatiedid/happy snowballed sunshine back

I’ll gift this bit of happy at some point.  This quilt hasn’t found its person yet, but that baby will add another dimension to the quilt memory.

john best

(thanks Sounders FC  instagram for photo)

And for my happy memory I’ve been reminding myself to remember the healthy John.  The John that would sit on my couch drinking a martini telling me funny stories.

 He would have liked my happy quilt and he definitely loved sunshine;)

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Half way through September peeps!  It doesn’t surprise me, last week evaporated with lightening speed.

sewkatiedid/stripped pillow from design seeds workshop series

I did manage early in the week to finished a pillow sample for the “stripped” session of my design seeds series.

sewkatiedid/stripped sample for design seeds workshop seriesMy Juki and I are still becoming acquainted with one another.  I’ll have to post some questions for you Juki lovers to answer at a later time.

sewkatiedid/stripped sample for design seeds workshop series

  I also have a ton of leftover ‘seeds’ to start some others.  This color way is really growing on me.

sewkatiedid/design seeds

I played a bit with this improv spiderweb idea,

sewkatiedid/design seeds patchwork workshop series

and diamonds, which are new to me, but appeal to my triangle obsession.  My curves sample got pushed to this week.

sewkatiedid/drygoods design open quilting studio

Wednesday I spent the day at Drygoods Design’s new location in Pioneer square for my Open Quilting Studio.  As usual, Keli rocked the window.  With teaching on the road I sadly won’t be able to sew again there until November.  Looking forward to it.

Thursday I taught the first session of my Exploring Inside the Box series.  I’m thankful to have a great group of ladies to be spending one night a month with.  Everyone was please with their design seeds by the time class was over;)

Sewkatiedid/improvisational triangles workshop

Friday I was lucky enough to hang out with the Bainbridge Island Modern Quilt Guild teaching Improvisational Elongated Triangles.  I always get involved and forget to take photos at my workshops, but those ladies are the real deal and I look forward to spending some time with them at a sew-in here and there.

sounders

I caught the ferry back over to downtown and Jefe met me via water taxi for the Sounders game.

team newly

I couldn’t make it this year to the Bainbridge Quilt Festival because some sixty friends and family walked in honor of my brother-in-law in the Seattle ALS Association Fundraiser.  Our team, Team Newby, was at check-in the 6th largest earner for the walk in Seattle!

Special thanks to the Bainbridge Island Modern Quilt Guild ladies for all their words of kindness, advice, story sharing, and donating during my workshop;)  It all helps those navigating this awful disease.

Ok, I’m off to try and keep the pace.  I did one read over and am pushing ‘publish’ for the week.

Northwest Quilting Expo next week and plenty to do in-between.

Happy Week!

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sewkatiedid/block series(Session I:Boxed In Block)

I’ve loved the idea of teaching a workshop series in which each session focused on a single block.  A block of the month sort of thing, minus the sampler quilt finish.

I wanted the series to touch on both traditional and improvisational patchwork piecing techniques and construction, but focus more on the design process and students creating their own unique block.  Of course being with classmates along the way feeds that inspiration and generates ideas outside the box, or maybe inside;)

The idea of pillows as the delivery system for this workshop idea hung with me for a few reasons:

1) If you know me, you know I like pillows.

2) We need pillows, more pillows.

3) Pillows are gems to perfect sewing skills, like an invisible zipper.

4) Pillows provide realistic parameters in which to create, design and buy more fabric, all with little intimidation or money.

5) No one can say to you, ‘Go big or go home.”  when you’re making a pillow.

So pillows it is.

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(Session II: Double-Trouble)

By going small we’d have time to enjoy, talk and develop our own design process.

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That’s right, I’m a ‘pillow maker,’ a term that cracks me up because I actually heard it used once as a derogatory term by a quilter that didn’t think another really made quilts, only pillows.  I’m not saying you have to be a pillow maker, you can even be a sampler maker if that’s your thing, but we’ll be exploring with in the confines of a box.  Go big or go small, we’ll make it yours.

So here goes.

 Sign up at  The Quilting Loft.

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-Exploring Inside a Box-

sewkatiedid/block series workshop

Modern Patchwork Block Series

Take one session, or the whole series, to explore the merging of traditional and improvisational patchwork techniques, one block at a time. Katie Pedersen, author of Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts will guide you through the techniques and skills needed for each block, variations in block design, and the secondary designs multiple blocks create. While we’re at it, we’ll get friendly with our design wall, touch on color and value theory, and cover the advantages of constructing a block that is either precise in piecing, or more willy-nilly.

*Even if you are a seasoned quilter you can up your patchwork game by adding improvisational techniques to your knowledge base.

Class Full/See Quilting Loft for winter session
Session I- Boxed In- Log Cabin Block/ 
Thursday, September 11th from 6-9pm

Let’s start off with some basics shall we? Go round and round, but in a square. Take on log cabin blocks with new perspective. Design wall process is a focus of this session.

Session II- Double-Trouble Block/ Thursday, October 2nd from 6-9pm

Two techniques, one traditional and one improvisational create modern triangles. Skills like accurate cutting and piecing covered.

Class Full/See Quilting Loft for winter session

Session III- Stripped/ Thursday, November 13th from 6-9pm

Cut fabric up, sew it back together, and then sew it together again. It’s like making your own fabric. We’ll place your piecing into a simple modern block design and learn how to build out an improvisational block.

Class Full/See Quilting Loft for winter session

 Session IV- Improvisational Curves Block/ Thursday, December 4th from 6-9pm

Master improvisationally pieced curves without pinning a thing to create organic shapes.

Session V- Pillowtalk/Invisible Zipper Closure Pillow and Finishing Class/ Thursday, December 11th from 5-9pm

Finish up blocks and/or learn how to professionally install an invisible zipper.

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I’ve had a lot of inquiries lately about my design walls via Instagram and Pinterest.

I would consider design walls one of the most important tools in my studio.

Distance and vertical perspective are important to design.

sewkatiedid/double-trouble block

Colors and prints don’t just come together for me, they make me work for it.  I’m not a sketcher, so I have to cut, pin and/or fold fabrics and put them up vertically to gain some visual perspective on their interaction with one another.  I can’t say whether this design process saves me time, but being at the wall with my stash is the part of the design process I enjoy the most.

sewkatiedid/psychedelic baby

 There have been a few incarnations with design walls as my needs (and quilts) have grown.  Before our move, I had distance from my design wall because my family put up with the space being more studio than living room.  If you can get 8 feet or more that’s ideal (there are other tools like peep holes that can help give distance too).

sewkatiedid/design wall

The fabric I use is a grey flannel sheet.  I purchase flannel sheets from Garnet Hill so I don’t have to piece (sign up for their emails, they always have sales or free shipping).  I like how whites and neutrals pop off it.

sewkatiedid/design wall

It’s fully mounted to the wall.  Full details about it are here.

sewkatiedid/design wall

There were baby steps made before this permanent solution.  The design walls I started with and that I encourage students to purchase are pre-made design walls or picnic table cloths that can easily be rolled up and tucked away and because having only one project going at a time is simply absurd I have two layered.  To the top of one wall I sewed doubled-over ribbon.  This allows me to roll and secure it when not in use.  The vinyl backing will help keep everything stay put, pretty much where you placed it.

sewkatiedid/design wall

 If you want to read more about a roll up design wall I’ve posted about that here.

A few years ago when Jacquie and I were teaching together we joke about not marrying what was on your design wall, someone commented that you are only sleeping together and we all had a good laugh.  But seriously, move stuff around, you never know what you might end up with and you’ll know it’s right when you see it.

Live them.  You won’t be disappointed.

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The deadline for entering quilts for the Bainbridge Quilt Festival is this Friday the 15th (entry form here).

Have you picked a quilt out yet?  This is a fun, non-juried show and no sleeve required!

Seam Ripper IPA/sewkatiedid

I decided since one of my favorite quilts ever is Grape Crush (aka Seam Ripper IPA), that I’d submit it to the festival.

My text with Sandie about it went like this.

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I’m joking about the show quality.  We had a struggle with gremlins in her machine and bird nests of thread would appear at the back every time we hit the shot cotton.  Her hubby John would refill our pints and I’d crawl under the machine to rip it out.  Thus Seam Ripper IPA it is.

This is the stuff that memories are made of folks.

sewkatiedid/seam ripper ipa

seam-ripper IPA/sewkatiedid

I traveled with friends yesterday to Pink Chalk Fabrics to spend the day with our Bainbridge Island Modern Quilt Guild friends and they are pretty excited about the festival.

sewkatiedid/opposing triangles

I’ll be teaching Improvisational Elongated Triangles at the festival on Friday, September 12th.  I’m looking forward to volunteering on Saturday as well.

It was fun to spend time in the courtyard talking to people about quilts last year.  If you can’t submit a quilt consider donating your time.  But I hope I get to see your work.

If you are a Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild member I just booked my flight for October!

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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.

double-trouble block/sewkatiedid

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.

double-trouble scrappy/sewkatiedid

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.

psychedelic baby/sewkatiedid

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.

cherry blossom hex/sewkatiedid

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;)

wonky snowballed stars/sewkatiedid

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.

sewkatiedid

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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livudio

I set up my sewing in the living room (photo above) and texted it to Jefe.  He responded immediately that he better get going with painting my temporary studio before I sprouted roots for another Livudio.  The big window sure was hard to leave behind!

It was a strategic move and now I’m sewing in my own room!  I’ll get some pictures up once I get a light or two.  It’s so awesome to have all my fabric in the same room and figure out the best storage.  Loads of stuff wandered into the basement for now to keep the distracting clutter down.  I don’t need any help being distracted.

What I did pull out were tons of unfinished projects.  So that’s my current push.  Here’s what I’ve got.

sewkatiedid/double-trouble scrap

Today these double-trouble blocks are coming together as another sample for my Walla Walla workshop this weekend.  Though I wanted to start something new the hst blocks were already there and should be used.

sewkatiedid/Psychedelic Baby Quilt

Psychedelic Baby just needs some sashing to enlarge, I’ve already envisioned the quilting.

Sewkatiedid/Somewhat Circular Quilt

Somewhat Circular needs a few more rows sewn and its end triangles added.  The quilting will need some thought.

Sew Katie Did/Half Square Star

Embarrassed to admit how long this has sat.

Sewkatiedid/Four Square Magic Number Quilt

Another sample for my Magic Number Class just needs some quilting.

sewkatiedid/snowballed star

I’m not sure on the layout or quilting for this simple snowballed star, but I love the colors.  So happy.sewkatiedid/no name star

I must be seeing stars, here’s another unfinished that was to be in The Seattle Modern Quilt Guild’s Binary Quilt Show, obviously it didn’t make it.

sewkatiedid/boxed

Need to make some decisions on finishing this as another sample for my Psychedelic Baby Block class.

I’m thinking of more unfinished projects even as I write this that I didn’t picture and I have one more box left in the studio that I wrote ‘studio/projects’ on.  I decided not to open it;)

Anyone out there rivalling me on unfinished projects?

Ready, set, go!

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