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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.

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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.

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 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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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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I’ve sewn a load of stuff this year.

sewkatiedid/2013Unknown Direction Quilt Binding, 2. I need a new pillow form, but the pillow top is done. #curvesworkshopsample, 3. Anything Goes Back Detail, 4. Shattered Remake, 5. Psychedelic Baby Quilt, 6. Grape Crush Quilt, 7. Pantone Pop Done, 8. Sonshine Quilt, 9. Seattle Lone Star Quilt, 10. Point A to Point B Quilt top, 11. Modern Charm Quilts, 12. stitched and flipped value quilt, 13. Sunspots Quilt, 14. Rock Star Wedding Quilt, 15. Smitten Kitten, 16. Opposing Triangles Remake, 17. Nicquelle’s Quilt, 18. Stash Archive Value Quilt, 19. Barn Star Quilt, 20. Soft Splinters Quilt, 21. Hexie Cutie Quilt, 22. Modern Log Cabin Pillows, 23. Scattered Quilt, 24. I think I need new sheets to match., 25. Sparkle Punch, 26. Double-Trouble, 27. Night Owl, 28. Diving Geese, 29. 9-Bxed Quilt, 30. This needs binding so that I have something to do tomorrow besides drink beer., 31. Opposing Triangle Quilt, 32. QAYG bag for class sample. TBA. I love how it turned out. #qayg, 33. Practice fabric buckets done. Now onto samples for FMQ workshop. @afewscraps thanks!, 34. Oven mitts, pair two done for class samples. #handmadeholidays, 35. Bound. Time for the wash. #quiltingmodern, 36. stash

Lack of blogging in 2013 might have been due to crafting.  Perhaps my 2014 resolution should be to show up here more often.

I think it more likely that my resolution for 2014 will be to finish up started projects and quilt tops to clear out space for new inspiration.

Happy New Year everyone!

 

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sewkatiedid/Berry Patch QuiltI 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.

Sewkatiedid/Berry Patch Quilt TopSo welcome Berry Patch.

sewkatiedid/scrappy sunshine magic number quiltI now have a scrappy version (Scrappy Sunshine)

Sewkatiedid/Smitten Kitten Magic number quiltand a floating block (Smitten Kitten) example which I use to talk about adding rectangles to the equation.

I’m not quite sure how I’m going to quilt it, but I did play with the FMQing kissing flowers in Christina’s book First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting this week.

sewkatiedidI’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’ve seen a lot of projects I  just love with this line including Rita’s oven mitt and potholder and Anna’s pillows.  It seems to translate well to a variety of projects for sure.

sewkatiedid/sparkle punchI’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?

Happy Sunday!

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Upcoming Classes:  Let’s make gifts!

Fabric Bucket Workshop 

Zip Pouch

Oven mitts and stockings

Stitch and Flip Triangles

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sewkatiedid/magic number quilt workshopI love the ease that these Magic Number blocks come together.

sewkatiedid/very berry magic number quiltI’m thinking of going with the lilac color to bring the quilt to size.  What do you think?  I actually have it in my stash which is just amazing in itself.

Looks like I should have another sample done today for Sunday’s Magic Number Workshop.

Sewkatiedid/Smitten Kitten Magic number quilt

sewkatiedid/scrappy sunshine magic number quilt

 

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I read an article once in the Wall Street Journal about being a better procrastinator.  Apparently creative types often fall into this category, but you might be getting more done than you think.  Go have a read.

I’m a procrastinator, but a very productive one.  While I’m avoiding those deadlines I’m generally producing something new.

This cycle isn’t bad, it works for me.  As I complete those new projects I have a feeling that I’ve accomplished something, even tidying up after steps me ahead, energizing me to tackle something small on that procrastinated abandoned project.

Sound familiar?

sewkatiedid IMG_2303Of course when I procrastinate I spend some time daydreaming about new projects, being inspired by color and pattern around me,

sewkatiedidand make new piles that I have no business making.

sewkatiedid/supernova and mod tvBut even those baby steps help move me along.  Think small steps, two quilt backs made, two quilts quilted, but then I stall and the squaring and binding will have to wait because I really need to make some fabric buckets right?  There is probably some fabric I need to shop for too, because I might run out.

sewkatiedid/psychedelic babyOh, and not unlike the others I hang out with, I like to stare at fabric and move it around, so the cycle actually does come full circle, because I’ve been procrastinating these two quilts forever and they need to be done before I go to Portland in October to visit their Modern Quilt Guild and teach a workshop.   I’m actually a little happy to see them up there and since I have two other things I should be doing first they might actually get some action.

So there, I finally got out the blog post that I’ve been procrastinating by procrastinating those bindings I need to do.

So who’s a productive procrastinator too?

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I’ve been holding onto one set of 6″ charm squares left from my blue destash for myself, but it’s time to destash it too!  I had over 70 blue prints that I cut, many are out of print.  If you are looking to add some blue to your fabric buffet I’m destashing these at $48 each, plus US flat rate shipping.  Just shoot me an email at sewkatiedid@gmail.com.  If you follow on Instagram that’s usually where my destashes are.  Boys prints and greens are next and then black and whites.

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