Posted in Classes and workshops, Improvisational Quilting Classes, Improvisational Quilts, Innovative Patchwork Piecing, modern quilt, Modern Quilting, Modern Quilting Classes, Quilting Modern techniques and projects for improvisational quilts, Quilts, tagged class, classes, Improv, improvisation, improvisational, improvisational patchwork, invisible zipper class, modern quilt, modern quilting, patchwork, pillows, quilting, Quilts, Seattle Modern Quilting Guild, sew katie did, sewing, washington, workshops on December 16, 2014 |
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sewkatiedid/modern patchwork block workshops series II
The first group that joined me in my modern patchwork series made it so fun and I enjoyed making the samples so much that I’ve decided to run it again in the new year AND I’ve added a second part to the series.The color combo is so wacked and I’m 100% smitten with it.
Each of these pillows I’ve made with techniques I love to use and teach. One of the things so enjoyable about quilting is figuring out new ways to do things and I’ve certainly learned some good tips to pass along with these.
Here goes (and if you were wait listed or unable to do all of the first session than you can also sign up via The Quilting Loft).
-Exploring Inside a Box-
Modern Patchwork Series II
Please sign up via The Quilting Loft’s site.
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.
*Session I- To the Point Triangle Workshop- Thursday, January 22nd from 6-9pm Learn the proper techniques for cutting and piecing equilateral triangles to create sharp points and a design with the most impact. How design is affected by color value, scale of fabric and placement will be covered in this skill building workshop. All levels of sewists welcome. *Session II- Psychedelic Baby Block- Thursday, February 26th from 6-9pm This modern block workshop combines improvisational strip piecing and a traditional foundation paper piecing technique to create unique string blocks that are both chaotic and controlled. Once we’ve constructed some blocks we’ll cover color and value placement so that we can play with the block’s unlimited quilt/pillow design potential. *Session III- Improv Curves- Thursday, March 19th from 6-9pm Fear the curve no more with this no pinning, no templates and no stress approach to the curve. This session gives you the class time to master improvisational gradual curves to be later built into curved emeba blocks (See Emeba Workshop below). Free-handing improvisational curves are manageable even for beginners. *Session IV- Tipsy Amebas Block- Thursday, April 23rd from 6-9pm (An Improvisational curves workshop must be taken to sign up for Amebas (March 19th or April 21st to sign up for this workshop) Now that you’ve mastered improvisationally pieced curves without pinning a thing it’s time to move on to creating organic shapes. Watch your ameba multiply as we cover a chain piecing technique to make more than one at a time and follow up by learning how to bring your blocks together on the design wall without noticeable block construction. Hope to see you there!
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Posted in Classes and workshops, modern quilt, Modern Quilting, Quilting Modern techniques and projects for improvisational quilts, tagged Improv, improvisation, improvisational, improvisational patchwork, modern quilting, quilting, seattle, Seattle Modern Quilting Guild, sew katie did, sewing, stitch and flip triangle, workshops on October 21, 2014 |
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Thanks for all the kind comments last week. We’re regrouping in week three and lucky to have such awesome friends.
Life continues behind the scenes of a quilting blog;)
I finished the last of the samples for my Exploring Inside the Box series. It might be the colors, but regardless of the improvisational curves this pillow has that same graphic edgy feel as the others.
This shape is so simple to execute improvisationally. I really love the little hit of added strip piecing. I rotate building out all four quadrants on this design. A little to this quarter and a little to that avoids identical colors mingling in the same location, unless that’s the look you’re aiming for. It’s rather forgiving if you feel you’ve misplaced a color because you can always rip it apart or recut.
It would be fun to make in a binary color scheme too.
I’ve really enjoyed working with this color way, but it’s time to move on, so I’ve been thinking of new blocks and colors for Series II. We’ve got the winter dates, I just need to get going on the blocks before we list it.
Series II might be inspired by Seattle’s fluffy white and grey clouds currently passing us by and the blue sky you get snapshots of here and there.
I have all the pillows currently home and it’s fun to see them all together, though overwhelming in the matchy-matchy department. Perhaps some Plain Jane’s are needed to break things up.
I’ll get right on that;)
If you were wait listed for the first Exploring Inside the Box series we have new dates for the winter session on Tuesdays, follow the link here.
Monday, October 27th is Open Studio at Island Quilter. Reserve your spot by following this link.
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Posted in Classes and workshops, tagged class, Improv, improvisation, improvisational, improvisational patchwork, modern quilt, modern quilting, patchwork, Quilts, seattle, Seattle Modern Quilting Guild, sewing, workshops on March 19, 2014 |
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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?
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.
Some other class goodies coming up including an Improvisational Elongated Triangle pillow workshop here!
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I’ve been playing with curves and triangles for workshop samples this week.
What are you working on?
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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 |
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I told Jefe to calm his excitement over the fact that we have a Christmas themed sham for our bedroom. He puts up with me.
I’m a little obsessed with this Alexander Henry Merry Moderns fabric and equally obsessed with Elizabeth’s Sparkle Punch quilt.
I thought about making another sham, but I think I’m just going to go all out and make a Christmas quilt for the couch instead with some wool batting and flannel back.
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.
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Posted in Classes and workshops, Improvisational Quilts, modern quilt, Modern Quilting, tagged alexander henry, Improv, improvisation, improvisational, improvisational patchwork, oven mitt, quilting, seattle, Seattle Modern Quilting Guild, sewing on November 26, 2013 |
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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.
And 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.
This 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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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 |
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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.
So welcome Berry Patch.
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 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.
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’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.
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!
Fabric Bucket Workshop
Oven mitts and stockings
Stitch and Flip Triangles
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