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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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There’s no way around it, practice is the best teacher for free motion quilting.  I’m sure none of you have an unfinished quilt top (or two) laying around!?

Drygoods Design has the perfect environment to pick up this skill in their Make*Do*Mend studio with quality Berninas.  This is a two-session open studio (or one if that works) Tuesday, March 25th and April 6th from 6:15 to 9:15.

If you enjoy a laid back, social environment to learn something new at your own pace then this is the perfect set-up for you.  I’ll help guide you on your way to a divine loop or geometric quilting design you’ve been envisioning on your projects.

A little inspiration perhaps?

fmq

1. Boxy Free-Motion Quilting, 2. Boro Blues # 2 – Detail, 3. Cross quilt, 4. So far so good- store bought double fold bias tape binding, 5. Bubble Path – Day 165, 6. Soft Splinters Quilt run off binding, 7. awesomeness WIP, 8. Greek Key – Day 51, 9. Martinas Puzzle Box Quilt Along, 10.Pillow, 11. Pointy Paisley #33, 12. Mod Log Table Runner 1, 13. Yay! Finished quilting it! Now to pick out a binding!, 14. Free-motion quilting fabric bucket samples done. #drygoods @drygoodsdesign @afewscraps, 15. FMQ pebbles and swirls, 16. Sunny Days 2

All supplies available at Drygoods Design and class registrants enjoy 15% off class purchases.

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sewkatiedid/opposing triangles pillow

Some other class goodies coming up including an Improvisational Elongated Triangle pillow workshop here!

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Seattle is a very sleepy town on Sundays, but this weekend there’s reasons to get out the door besides that walk/run you’ve been promising yourself to take.

quiltingmodernslantLet me help you, I’m a good planner and capable of Jedi mind tricks.

  • Preregister online for Sunday’s Open Quilting Studio at Drygoods
  • Pack your unfinished project/tools and machine provided
  • Go grab a coffee and shop the Ballard Farmer’s Market
  • Stroll into Drygoods Design around 11 to meet author Rachel May and have snacks
  • Find your seat around noon and start stitchin’

Have you peeked inside Rachel’s book, Quilting with a Modern Slant?

sewkatiedid/value quiltEeeekkkkk!  I sound like a dud compared to the other amazing people in this book, but I’m there!  I sent two quilts.

sewkatiedid/value quiltMy favorite Value Quilt that was quilted by Angela Walters (also in the book).

sewkatiedid/value quiltI use this quilt almost every night on the couch.

sew katie did/krista withersMy Seattle Lone Star Quilt also made it into the bit on stars.  This quilt is really simple.  What really makes it shine in person is the amazing quilting my dear friend Krista Withers did on it.

sew katie did/krista withers quiltingEnough about me, the others in this book have amazing stories and quilts.  I haven’t made it all the way through, but it’s very inspirational.

Hope to see you Sunday!

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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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I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions, but this year I did intend to blog more.  Apparently I’ve already cast that aside to catch up.   Lesson plans, various guild workshops, step outs and scheduling are all a little more in line now that I’m a few weeks in from vacation.

photoToday I’ll be working on step outs for the improvisational curves class Sunday at Drygoods.

sewkatiedid/gradual curvesIt gives me an excuse to play a little more.  Practice includes figuring out what NOT to do when messing with a technique.  If you join me in the workshop I can show you how to avoid making your curves look like droopy boobs:) LOL.

 

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I was feeling overtaken by scraps and actually made it through a few episodes of the Walking Dead before some order was restored.

sewkatiedid/qaygAnd then I felt the need to bust out some quality Quilt As You Go time with this stellar Alexander Henry Santa scrap I found.  Color way, prints and log cabin design completely inspired by this rockin’ design.

Welcome gift number one, you sure are cute.

sewkatiedid/patchwork oven mittsThis color way has set off a list of made goods including samples for my oven mitt class and some stitch and flip triangle pillow shams.

Jefe will be so excited we’ll have Christmas themed pillow shams for our bed I’m sure:)  He’s probably wondering why we don’t already.

Happy Tuesday all!

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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.

sewkatiedid/fmq(photo by my friend Allison Parrott Thompson)

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?

sewkatiedid/nested basketsHow 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!

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Mod TV/SewkatiedidI had thought I shot myself in the foot when I originally scheduled a Log Cabin Block class.

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.

Mod TV/ SewkatiedidPlus, 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.

sewkatiedid/modtv backA dose of leftovers made it into the back and this incredible Sketch flannel frames them in.

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.

What a Bunch of Squares/sewkatiedid

sewkatiedid/improv log cabin pillows

sewkatiedid/seam ripper IPA quiltstepping stone/sewkatiedid

sewkatiedidsewkatiedid/tunnel vision quilt from Quilting Modern

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sewkatiedid/snowballed wonky starsThese stars are all I want to make right now.

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.

sewkatiedid/Stitch and Flip Triangle workshopI had to place them aside, for my Modern Crazy Pieced geese and they’ve been driving me crazy.  I can’t find a background color I’m happy with.

sewkatiedid/modern geeseThe geese are side by side with this started improv Coin Quilt.

sewkatiedid/improv coin quiltThe Improv Coin Quilt is my favorite class to teach.

sewkatiedid/modern coin quiltI 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?

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