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Sewkatiedid/HST LOVE

I want to remind you all that The Bainbridge Quilt Festival is this weekend.  I’m sure the weather will be stellar.

I was digging for a photo of my quilt entries from last year to no avail, but here’s HST LOVE and  Seam Ripper IPA, my entries for this year.  I love both for different reasons.

seam-ripper IPA/sewkatiedid

I had a lot of fun volunteering last year, especially because I like to talk about quilts to who ever will listen.  Everyone’s had a quilt, security blanket or comforter in their lifetime so there’s plenty to talk about.

opposing triangles/sewkatiedid

Two spots are left in my Elongated Triangle Workshop Friday at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.  The classroom space is amazing and it’s walkable from the ferry as is the festival.

Wednesday is my first open quilting studio at Drygoods new location!  I’m pretty excited about the new studio space and seeing some of my peeps. I think I’m going to venture over via the water taxi this time.

Big thanks to everyone that signed up for my Exploring Inside a Block Series,  All workshops filled with the exception of one slot in Double-Trouble, but we’ll run the series again in the winter along with some new blocks:)

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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.

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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.

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 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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I hate making quilt backs.  I also spend too much time over thinking the quilting.  I know from discussions that I’m not alone at this stage of quilt making.

So instead I’ve been piling up quilt tops.  I haven’t quilted a quilt since, oh, November;( lame.

So I’ve started making my fabric piles, AND I will…make…quilt backs.

I know many quilters that now shy away from prints, but I have a soft spot for prints and backs are a perfect place to use up those that made me love fabric and quilting.

sewkatiedid/Psychedelic Baby Quilt

I think this quilt has been together minus a border for a year and a half.

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This is what I purchased, but I’m not so sure I’m sold.  The handle on these Kaffe fabrics is really nice if you are looking for a soft quilt back.

Snowballed Sunshine is my new color way obsession.

wonky snowballed stars/sewkatiedid

It’s getting scraps and some larger cuts in the same sunshine happy tones.

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My Sochi Hex just needs some length and maybe some added width.

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Fabrics from the front and a few of the same prints in an alternate color way will merge for its back.

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My newest Double-Trouble quilt is the one I’m itching to quilt the most.  The picture makes it look so dull, but it’s bright and vibrant.

double-trouble scrappy/sewkatiedid

I knew I wanted the 60s type flower print to be showcased on the back and I’ll take it from there with the others.

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Now we’ll just have to see how long those piles sit?

I do enjoy choosing binding, so maybe that will be my incentive.

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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.

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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?

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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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