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, Innovative Patchwork Piecing, tagged Improv, improvisation, improvisational, improvisational patchwork, modern quilt, modern quilting, patchwork, quilting, Seattle Modern Quilting Guild, sew katie did, sewing studio, washington, workshops on December 9, 2014 |
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Well happy Tuesday everyone. Today I’ve got zip pouches on the list and class tonight, but thought I’d pop in here first.
Pantone announced the new colors for 2015. Have you seen them yet?
They must have subliminally gotten to me already, but seeing them inspired me to put this Double-Trouble block back up.
It reminds me of the L’OREAL eyeshadow and nail polish I use to wear in the 80s. And come to think of it I have some MAC shadow currently in this color.
What do you think?
There might be one space left in my zip pouch workshop tonight or the invisible zipper pillow class Thursday if you’re thinking about some gifts. Check it out;)
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Posted in Modern Quilting Classes, Quilts, tagged classes, Improv, improvisational, improvisational patchwork, modern christmas quilt, modern quilt, modern quilting, patchwork, quilted christmas gifts, quilting, Quilts, seattle, Seattle Modern Quilting Guild, workshops on December 4, 2014 |
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I pushed through to finish up my Quiltcon submissions and the last of the class samples for my new block series (coming up soon) so that I can have some precious sewing time purely for me.
I’ve been spending this ‘me’ time with a borderline crazy amount of holiday fabric:) and of course formulating new class ideas in my head because I can’t help it.
A little bit of Black Friday etc fabric shopping might have happened as well. You know I’m running out;)
A few more blocks on my Split Personality Nine-Patch (which I’ll be teaching next weekend) and I can start the piecing process. Crossing fingers for a quilting finish to have this on the bed by Christmas.
Whatcha making and any good Christmas fabric you’re drooling for this season? I’ve been seeing some good stuff out there.
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged classes, Improv, improvisation, modern quilt, modern quilting, patchwork, QAYG, Quilt as you go, quilting, Quilts, seattle, Seattle Modern Quilting Guild, workshops on November 21, 2014 |
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I’m onto all sorts of projects for the holiday. Last season I was struck by the color palette my friend Allison used for the zip pouch she gifted me, such happy colors for me. Around that time Cloud9 Fabrics mailed me a FQ pack of their Up, Up, and Away fabric line with some of those inspiring colors included.
Cloud9’s fabric lines of late having really been catching my eye, so I decided a Quilt As You Go technique pillow was in order.
There’s something deeply satisfying about digging around in your stash to find the perfect fabric collaboration.
I polished it off with some invisible zipper skills.
Have a good weekend.
I hope to have some projects finished by Monday (thus the short but sweet post;)
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Posted in Classes and workshops, Modern Quilting, Modern Quilting Classes, Seattle Modern Quilting Guild, tagged Improv, improvisational, improvisational patchwork, modern quilt, patchwork, QAYG, Quilt as you go, Quilts, seattle, sew katie did, value quilt, workshops on October 29, 2014 |
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I love everything about Halloween.
I love the memories of Roan’s costumes over the years, the bands of kids, the season it lands in, the decorations, watching Roan separate his bounty when he gets home and of course my own childhood memories.
The first year Roan and I ever went trick-or-treating he asked me if candy was good for you? I thought about it and replied back that I thought it might be good for the soul.
He’s definitely his mother’s child when it comes to having a sweet tooth. I’ve been know to pillage his loot for a Jolly Rancher and I’m pretty sure I bought a roll of Sprees at a gas station last week that might have been ten years old. They’re hard to come by you know;)
This will be our first Halloween in the house. Our urban life was good to us with our neighborhood shops offering treats and our friends allowing us to tag along, but THIS Halloween in our own hood is going to be the Halloween to remember.
Until next year at least;)
And of course its an excuse to make stuff right?
Because it’s part of the remembering.
Napkins this year. Much needed with chili.
Hands down, my all time favorite crafted for Halloween item is Roan’s trick or treat bag that I made using the quilt as you go method. We just fold his old one into it for extra storage.
It just came together perfect and I have such a love for all the scraps involved.
Haha, I look at this photo and it makes me want to spend my day making potholders or a pillow!
Happy Happy Halloween Everyone!
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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 Improvisational Quilts, modern quilt, Modern Quilting, Quilts, tagged class, classes, Improv, improvisation, improvisational patchwork, modern baby quilt, modern quilt, modern quilting instructor, patchwork, quilting, Quilts, seattle, Seattle Modern Quilting Guild, sew katie did, wonky star quilt, wonky triangle, workshops on October 14, 2014 |
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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.
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.
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.
But quilting this also made me thankful that I have creative things to do that occupy my mind when I need them.
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.
And the prints that are hard to cut into? Now is the time to use them.
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.
(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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