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::Design Wall 101::

SEW KATIE DID/Design Wall Tutorial

Hopefully in the next month I’ll be updating my design walls for the studio so that I can expose the electrical sockets and make them floor to ceiling.  I’ll make sure to document the process to be included in the tutorial.

 I use two types of design walls.  The grey one above is insulation board wrapped in flannel (tutorial here).

SEW KATIE DID/Layered Design Wall

 I’m sure none of you have more than one project you work on at a time, but if you do the other is a layered system (tutorial here) that allows you to roll things up and keep them in place so that you can work on what’s underneath or take it for travel.  This system is also perfect for those of you in small spaces since it can be rolled up and stashed somewhere like under a bed.

SEW KATIE DID:Psychedelic Baby Block

SEW KATIE DID:Psychedelic Baby Blocks Square

Design walls aren’t an essential tool in everyone’s creative process, but I do talk with my students about it being number one for mine.  I like to step back and see how things are getting along.  I encourage students to take photos of their project’s progression and even when they think they’ve got it perfect to take everything down and rearrange it.  This is how new ideas might develop.  In Quilting Modern we talked about not being ‘married’ to what’s on on your design wall, and in a workshop Jacquie and I taught together one of our students joked, “You’re just sleeping together.”  That quote has stuck.

SEW KATIE DID:Triangles

I’ve developed some tricks along the way when it comes to using the design wall and the one I utilize the most is not sewing things together, but rather use bits of scraps pinned up to audition color or placement.

SEW KATIE DID:Triangles Add

I now have a bowl of various 90 degree triangles for this task.  Like so.

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I have the same with strips.  This system does add to the amount of scraps, but I’m good with that.  I can’t tell you the number of times something has been all sewn together for me to realize I should have changed out something dead center of the quilt.

Happy Monday Peeps.

Hope you and your design wall are finding some time to sleep together:)

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::Fresh Cut Quilt::

I realized I have several quilts I haven’t blogged about and they deserve their little spot here.

Like Fresh Cut.

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Fresh Cut was a quilt I made to be published as a pattern in Quilting Modern and would have landed in the Slice and Insert chapter as an example of inserting consistent width strips perpendicular to one another.

SEW KATIE DID:Fresh Cut Mag

Since books only have so many pages we have a few projects that didn’t make it and Fresh Cut was instead marketed as a preview for Quilting Modern in American Patchworks and Quilting’s June 2012 issue.

They styled it super cute for a nursery wall hanging.

SEW KATIE DID/Fresh Cut Quilt close

As with any quilt there are things I love and things I learned and Fresh Cut is no exception.

Granted I’m looking at a quilt I made in 2012, so the things I would do differently are multiply as I write this.

SEW KATIE DID/Fresh Cut Quilt/Quilting Modern

If it weren’t for the binding having a few tricks I would take the simple quilting out and after over thinking it for a long time I would redo it in a simple grid of straight lines.

And if I was going to bother with that then I would add some blocks to change the bizarre size of this quilt.  I’m not sure what I was thinking.  I’d love to see an additional row of three blocks making it a big nine-patch.  Hmmmm…

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What I do love?

-The added bits sliced into the sashing of the blocks.

-The fabric colors.

-The quilting thread color change out.

-The variety of the inserts.

SEW KATIE DID:Fresh Cut Quilt Binding

I really need to write a post on mixing up binding.  I’ve got quite a few examples that I need to put in one place.

SEW KATIE DID:Fresh Cut Quilt Top

It really is a fun quilt and a simple intro to the Slice and Insert technique within a block structure.

Just out of marketing curiosity, did anyone have exposure to this quilt when it came out?  How about the other quilts that didn’t make the book that are free patterns?  I’m guessing since I never see them in the virtual world that I need a blog post on how to find them.

sewkatiedid studio

The studio is in the process of being drywalled and I’m off to look at flooring.

Happy Monday Peeps;)

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sewkatiedid/mastering improv curved shapes workshop

There are two spots in my Improvisational Curved Shapes Workshop (beginners welcome) on April 23rd from 6pm-9pm at the Quilting Loft (call to sign up).  This will be our last workshop there as they are closing their retail shop at the end of the month. 30% off sale  starts Tuesday (7th).  Stay tuned for details here.

March has simply flown by. I was able to teach and lecture in some beautiful spots, meet some wonderful people and sew with my local peeps.

SEW KATIE DID Stellar Block/Medallioned Magic Number Workshop

I also launched my Medallioned Magic Numbers Workshop Series.  It was fun to feed off of everyone’s excitement over our first technique and blocks we played with, what I call Improv Stellar Stars.  Some stuck with the Stellar block motif and others diverged. Some embraced favorite color ways or went scrappy like me.

Unlike other Medallion style quilts we’re not going to be growing our’s out from the center and systematically sewing them from there.

Since Magic Number Blocks (see tutorial here) automatically fit together for flexibility in design and construction we will be creating the parts and moving them around to see what other shapes and designs we can create.  Once we are happy with our design layout we’ll construct our top. It will be a surprise to see what ends up in the center I guess.

We’ll be creating borders in our next session as well as adding another class to accommodate the wait list.

But what I’m here to show you today is my Night Owl Quilt.

SEW KATIE DID:Night Owl Quilt Full Front

At one of my lectures this week I got a bunch of questions from an attendee about my Night Owl Quilt.  Typically I can send someone the link from my “Quilts” page where I post all of my finishes when they want photos.

 Night Owl Quilt was MIA from that page.

SEW KATIE DID:Night Owl Quilt

So as I ran out the door for Roan’s field trip I thought to grab it and my camera for photos on the morning ferry commute and make use of my minions.

The design is a pattern called Supernova that is published in our book Quilting Modern.

SEW KATIE DID/Supernova Quilt/Quilting Modern Pattern

I think quilters are drawn to reproducing this quilt pattern due to its simplicity of technique and construction.  I come across its remake online more than any other quilt in the book.

SEW KATIE DID:Night Owl Detail Front

The softness quality is exactly balanced for me on this quilt.  Soft colors, soft Essex, wool batting, Osnaburgh on the back, and just enough density of an organic quilting pattern all add up to perfect.

The only thing I wish I would have added are the spin-offs into the background.  There’s always something;)

SEW KATIE DID:Night Owl Quilt Center

I really love how the design allows you to play with just about any fabrics you’re in love with, including novelty if that’s your thing.  I’ve always been drawn to this Alexander Henry owl print and used it as my starting point, layered fabrics from stash as I built out.

SEW KATIE DID:Night Owl Quilt Back

Quilting swirls=Starry Night.

SEW KATIE DID:Night Owl Quilt Binding

I love these colors.  For some reason I’m smitten with the binding pick on this one. Something about the small scale tone on tone and the color of this fabric attracts me to hoarding it.  You can try to find it, but I’m pretty sure I bought it all so you couldn’t;)

There it is, Night Owl Quilt has landed on my Quilt page!

If anyone has suggestions of a graphic designer that does logos I’m in the market.  Please only  someone that has a real business, with a questionnaire to get us on the same page with design and fresh looking portfolio;)

Happy Monday Peeps!

SEW KATIE DID:HST QUIT

(Thanks Bell and Allison for holding my quilt and attending my workshop;)

In a world where it seems everything has to be labelled ‘Modern’ or ‘Layered Preppie Bohemian’ (I actually read that this morning;), I bring you an ‘As Traditional As It Gets’ quilt.

It is one of the first quilts I ever made.

SEW KATIE DID:Roan's Quilt Basting

It’s prints are collected fat quarters, fabric from clothing I made Roan, or cut from my mom’s endless supply of receiving blankets.  All just seemed silly to tuck away in a box for years.

But finished it had issues, the crappy sewing machine with no pressure foot tension type of issues.   The quilting was tucked and awful.

SEW KATIE DID:Quick Ripper

Then two people in two days told me about The Quick Ripper and within minutes of having it in my hands those nasty stitches and tucks were buzz cut and eliminated, leaving me with a clean palette.

After over thinking how I should quilt it on my home machine for a couple years I came back to my senses and made a long arm date with Sandie.

SEW KATIE DID/Roan's Quilt

This type of simple quilt is really perfectly suited for an all over quilting pattern.  I’m sorry to those of you that were curious about the pattern’s name, anyone know?

It worked wonderfully.

SEW KATIE DID:Roan Quilt Back

I backed it with some older Amy Butler flannel and an out of print Alexander Henry that reminds me of Speed Racer.

Before requilting I had to enlarge the back.  Had we tried we couldn’t have gotten the seam from the added piecing onto the edge, but of course we did.  This made it extra fun to apply the binding to one side.

SEW KATIE DID: Roan's Quilt Full

Roan chose the red Kai dot, which might be one I need to replace in the stash.

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I was able to sit right in front on the ferry on my way from Victoria and sew it down.

I really enjoyed pulling this one from the dryer.  It’s so crinkled and lovely.  It also made me appreciate where my art has gone and where it started.  I still embrace that diagonal line that a half square triangle has.SEW KATIE DID:Roan's Quilt Bed

So there it is, blueberry stains already there and all.  Roan’s particularly attached to the quilt his Great Grandmother Evelyn made, so this one might end up on the couch.

That’s 5 quilt tops from my pile done!  Only a few more to go.

Happy Week Peeps!

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Full! One spot left in Stripped Improv Workshop Tuesday night.

SEW KATIE DID Stellar

Full!  and two in Thursday afternoon’s Medallioned Magic Numbers Social.  We’ll start our first technique that makes all sorts of angular shapes.

Sunday is Open Quilting Studio at Island Quilter.  This will be our last one until Island Quilter is in their new space.

::Week In Review::

I was rather nostalgic traveling to Victoria last week to talk and explore all things quilty with my hosts the Victoria Quilters’ Guild and some members of the Victoria MQG.  Jefe worked on the Coho ferry between Port Angeles and Victoria for many years and Roan and I would occasionally go see him on board.

SEW KATIE DID:Roan Victoria 2010When we docked in Victoria this image of Roan pretending he was waving to all the fine people of Victoria popped into my head.

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And reading in the wheel house.

It was a happy image to start my trip with.

I can never say enough about the hospitality of guilds and The Victoria Quilters’ Guild was exceptional;)  It was marked with wonderful conversations, amazing creativity in workshops, and learning experiences.  All wrapped up with a little “quilt fluffing” at the border.

Jo-Anne drawing

My Victoria friend Jo-Anne drew me this Zentangle as a souvenir of the trip.  The hair, boots, quilts, the “A” and socks…the whole thing is perfect.  This is getting framed and going in the studio.

Big thanks to my friend Marianne of The Quilting Edge and Jo-Anne for entertaining and feeding me.  So fun to hang out away from home and feel so happy and comfortable with good friends.

I travelled home Friday, taught again Saturday and regrouped Sunday and today so I can start it all over again tomorrow.

SEW KATIE DID:Studio Windows

While I was gone amazingness happened in the studio.  Jefe completed the electric, as well as hung and wired the lights.  He put in the windows quite some time ago.  Hunting for a door with windows and flooring is next.

SEW KATIE DID:Studio Back wall

I didn’t really want a closet, just good functional storage, so he build me a nook that holds two of these shelves to house my fabric.  I’ll try to keep my fabric collection limited to that;)  Now that I think about the niche I wanted at the top, that will house fabric dust and hopefully some rolled quilts.  Originally the side niches were going to be walled to hide some structural stuff, but he made storage room there for me too.

SEW KATIE DID:Design Wall Space

This whole wall will be design wall.  Everyone needs a padded room;) I figure when students come I can roll laminated backed design walls down over whatever I’m working on to provide them with their own space.

SEW KATIE DID:Studio Corner

Jefe thought of things I never would have thought of, like being able to open the door and step in onto a platform rather than straight down some stairs.  This corner I envision a little food/tea/coffee station.

I’m finding that I need things complete before I can envision a practical and functional set up.  Luckily I’ve had a lot of opportunities to work in unique spaces and know what works and doesn’t work for me.

Of course I’m collecting my Studio/Garudio Pinboard, but I would love suggestions if anyone has any in making the space more efficient, what they couldn’t live without, etc…

SEW KATIE DID:Hit the road

I’m loaded up again for my week.

Happy Monday Peeps.  I managed to post.

Have a great week;)

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sewkatiedid/going circular

Thursday’s Improvisational Curves class is full, but if you were wait listed or just interested you can contact me (sewkatiedid@gmail.com) to attend another workshop on Curves this Saturday with the Mukilteo Lighthouse Quilters’ Guild.

sewkatiedid/stripped sample for design seeds workshop series

March Open Quilt Studio is full, but there are a couple spots in my monthly Medallion/Magic Numbers Workshop and one spot in my Strip Piecing Workshop on the 24th.

We’ll hold our last Open Quilt Studio at Island Quilter on Sunday, March 29th until they find their new space.  Keep current by following their Facebook page.

::Diving Geese::

This year was a skip year for me at Quiltcon, but several of my quilts made the show.

SEW KATIE DID/Diving Geese Full

Including Diving Geese.  It was a last minute thought to enter it.

The process of designing and piecing the quilt seemed easy compared to the task of quilting all that negative space.

My thought was a sun-like concentric circle starting up in the top right corner, but actually sitting down to do it was, well…not happening.

So when in doubt consult a friend and a professional;)

SEW KATIE DID:DIVING GEESE Detail

Enter Krista Withers.

Amazing artist, long arm quilter, teacher, and FRIEND (MG;).  Krista and I share a lot in common besides quilting and are even jokingly the only two members of our own secret society, which obviously I can’t tell you about:)

Krista brings a quilt top to a whole new level with her signature style of quilting.

AND she won 1st place in Machine Quilting!

SEW KATIE DID:KRISTA WITHERS QUILTING

It’s no surprise.  It’s amazing.

My only request was some ‘ghost geese,’

SEW KATIE DID:Diving Geese

and we had good laugh over the unintentional (or maybe) subliminal Star Trek symbol.

SEW KATIE DID: Faux Binding

I polished it off with a narrow faux binding to give it a little bit of a frame with out the distraction of a colored binding or the flat edge of additional background fabric.  It’s soft and lovely.

This is not our first collaboration merging design and quilting.  When it comes to negative space I call on Krista.

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(photo by Rendy Tucker Photography)

Krista quilted my Scattered Remake.

SEW KATIE DID/ Opposing Triangles Quilt

Plus the first,

SEW KATIE DID/Opposing Triangles REmake

and second Opposing Triangles.

SEW KATIE DID/ Seattle Lone Star Quilt

And my Seattle Lone Star Quilt.

You can see more detail of Krista’s quilting in our other work together by following the links.

I’m off to lecture and teach this week in Victoria B.C. for The Victoria Quilter’s Guild (information on that here if you want to join in).  I really enjoyed looking through their event lists and seeing how open they are too inviting ALL types of quilters into their world.  I’m sure I’ll learn a lot in the days I spend with them.

Have a great week peeps;)

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SEW KATIE DID:New York Beauty Pillow:Full on

Full FYI (1) spots in Saturday’s paper piecing workshop.

::On Target Quilt::

Remember this quilt?

SEW KATIE DID*Psychedelic Baby Quilt

I showed and sold Psychedelic Baby at Quiltcon 2013.  It is still one of my favorite quilts and block workshops to teach.  I love blocks that provide so much design potential.

SEW KATIE DID*On Target Quilt

 I instantly wanted to recreate Psychedelic Baby a little differently, so I upcycled the leftover bits into a new quilt with a little different take.

I’ll call it On Target.

SEW KATIE DID*On Target Quilt Detail

 Just as with any quilting I learned some things.

SEW KATIE DID*On Target Quilt Bottom

The amount of linen and shot cotton meant some stretching would occur and my choice of quilting didn’t help.  As I reached the smaller outer edge with my “V” things started puckering.  If I was to do it all over again I would stitch in the ditch between the blocks that create the “V” shape and then go back in between with the fill lines on the blocks.  This likely would have stabilized it a bit more.  I was also lazy on switching directions when quilting the same side and this certainly didn’t help.

But let’s not take things too seriously, it’s just a quilt.

SEW KATIE DID*On Target Quilt Back Full

On the back I showcased an Alexander Henry print that I love.  This was all I had of it and I’m continuing on my path of using what I have to create quilt backs.

SEW KATIE DID*On Target Quilt Back Side

The binding I made twice.  I wanted to reproduce the feel of the original quilt and selected the light blue with out auditioning it.  Poor choice.  This quilt needed the drama of the dark purple.

SEW KATIE DID*On Target Quilt

(Thanks Rachel of Wooden Spoon for the photo;)

I finished it up just in time for Anja and Paul of Island Quilter to take it with them to Quiltcon for their booth.

This year was Quiltnon for me, but three of my quilts made it;)
SEW KATIE DID/Pigeonholed

AND I have another layout in process to add to my Psychedelic Baby Quilt Block workshop samples.

I’d think it might never end, but I’m officially D-O-N-E with this color way.

Happy Week Peeps!

(p.s. thanks to my friend Krista for being my quilt holder;)

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