Posted in Classes and workshops, Improvisational Quilting Classes, Modern Quilting, Quilting Modern techniques and projects for improvisational quilts, Quilts, tagged baby quilt, carolina chambray, half square triangle quilting block, Improv, Seattle Modern Quilting Guild, value quilt, workshops on February 23, 2015 |
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Happy Monday Peeps and greetings from Palm Springs:)
It so turns out that I managed with some help to have a finished quilt to show you along with my obligatory palm tree photo. I’m happy I did because I haven’t been able to talk quilt all week with anyone;)
I can’t even tell you when I made it. I guess it’s what you would call an ‘Oldie but Goodie’ in the UFO pile.
It’s been folded, refolded and moved.
It must have come about around the time I made HST LOVE and Pantone Pop. Both very traditional quilts in block style, but I had fun mixing up the fabrics, picking the color way and giving them some random placement. It all breaths some fresh air into those simple half-square triangle blocks that you can do so much with.
I’ve got a huge bucket list of ideas built off knowing this block and how you can twist it or add to it.
Well anyway, babies need quilts and this quilt needed a baby.
It also needed a star center, because of course I wasn’t thrilled with what I originally picked AFTER I had sewn the whole thing together. With my friend Sandie’s help we decided to fill it in with a corduroy print.
Sandie quilted it up with the maze pattern and finished it with this lovely binding. The binding and the star points in the Alexander Henry Heath add some texture without too much print distraction.
I never alone would have thought to go with the maze she picked and we both were so happy with how it turned out. Collaborating on quilts for babies is so fun.
The color way was inspired by my suitcase.
The back turned out amazing. I’m still up for my challenge to myself of using fabric from my stash and left overs from the front.
It’s made up almost entirely of a fine wale corduroy and a few left over half square triangles. I’ve now made four backs with this goal and have loved them all.
Quilt is now with happy baby. So fun to gift.
The pile of finished quilt tops is getting smaller! I believe I have three complete quilt tops left to quilt and certainly a lot in pieces;)
Have a fun week.
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Posted in binding techniques, Classes and workshops, Quilting Modern techniques and projects for improvisational quilts, tagged hexagons by machine, Improv, improvisational patchwork, modern quilt, modern quilting, patchwork, quilting, Quilts, seattle, Seattle Modern Quilting Guild, sewing, washington, workshops on January 23, 2015 |
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I didn’t manage to get a good full shot of my Somewhat Circular Hexagon quilt before bolting out the door to teach. I had to move it out since I wanted it to be hanging in the shop as a new sample for next Thursday’s Hexagons By Machine workshop. There are openings in this class if you are curious about the methods of strip cutting hexagons and piecing them by machine.
I’ll be sure to get some photos of it next week and post them. I’ve got my eye on some huge floor pillows that want this design on them. You know I like pillows.
Somewhat Circular is my second quilt finish for 2015, I think this quilt doubles what quilts I produced in 2014. My first was my Double-Trouble quilt hanging at the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild’s exhibit opening at Island Quilter. I’ll be on the island Sunday for an Open Quilting Studio at IQ and hope to snap some pictures of it to share. Anyone’s welcome to come work on projects and check out the guild’s quilts.
The binding was a hard pick on this one, but the black print worked great with the backing.
As you can see there are a few lines of quilting still needing to be removed and some to be added in, but the color way is spot on and the Essex linen really works with the black background fabrics.
I used this quilt to photo my Cutting Corners Binding Tutorial this week if you missed it.
It’s a beautiful Seattle day to stay inside and sew (and avoid laundry;).
Happy Friday Peeps!
I had a cancellation and now how one slot left in my Improv Log Cabin Workshop on Tuesday. Come play!
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Posted in Classes and workshops, design wall, Improvisational Quilting Classes, Improvisational Quilts, Innovative Patchwork Piecing, modern quilt, Modern Quilting, Modern Quilting Classes, quilt design wall, Quilting Modern techniques and projects for improvisational quilts, Quilts, seattle quilting, tagged baby quilt, class, classes, handcrafted, handmade, Improv, improvisational, improvisational patchwork, modern quilt, modern quilting, patchwork, quilting, Quilts, seattle, Seattle Modern Quilting Guild, sew katie did, washington, workshops on January 15, 2015 |
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Regardless of my best intentions posting anything here gets pushed to the back.
I have a new season of lectures and workshops coming up and am always hoping to finish up at least one more sample for design options. I love this practice as it allows me to reacquaint myself with a technique. Often I’ll gain perspective to share with my students that I didn’t originally think of. Design wall time is invaluable to my process and a main focus of my workshops. Leftovers from the original project are generally my go to, but more often than not, one project’s scraps merge into another project.
But it’s that desire for a finish that keeps me from here. What I need to get over is always wishing to post that finished project. Especially since I sew way faster in my head than real life.
So I think my intention for blogging this year is to focus on process AND post about it.
Marketing workshops is at the forefront of posting too and I wanna say I’m lucky that my classes fill as if late, but I also have to give myself credit that I’ve been working hard to figure out what people are inspired by, it’s not an accident.
But if there’s a spot I like to make sure that I’m working on a sample. And that’s just what happened with this hex quilt.
There’s some quilting that needs to come out here and there, but I’m pretty happy with it. The trend and my love for dense quilting however isn’t fitting for the utilitarian use of baby quilts in my opinion, cardboard comes to mind, but we’ll see how it washes out. I probably could have helped it out by selecting a type of batting that would be more supple instead of just grabbing a scrap that fit.
My To the Point workshop is full, but I’m working on a sample from the hex scraps for it. They’re wee and currently being quilted. Hoping for that finish today along with hanging sleeves/labels for Quiltcon quilts and squaring or at least picking out binding for the hex.
Thanks for reading, I’ve obviously got things to do;)
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Create-Sew-Overthink-Run Out of Time-Put Away-Recreate
It’s something I’ve known for awhile, I sew faster in my head than in real life. Thing is, I’ve learned to accept it and put projects aside that aren’t actual ‘work’ so workshops can be developed, evolve and samples made. The good news is a better idea of what to do with the stashed project usually emerges in that stashed time and it can cycle into a class sample.
Unfortunately, this time/sew thing also means that I often have to put it away more then once.
The blocks above that I call Split Personality Nine-Patch are a perfect example of this cycle. They were made years ago, but it wasn’t until my student and lovely friend Laurel showed up at my open sewing studio with her Arkansas Crossroads quilt that the inspiration struck.
Time has run out though. I think I’ll likely pack it up unpieced for next holiday’s projects. I have a feeling you might see this in solids soon;)
Of course there are scraps involved in the creative process so my secondary design wall was taken over by some visions of snowflakes or something. This is as far as playing got me, but when I was clearing it from the wall inspiration struck that will hopefully be remembered a year from now.
On the home front we have the family here from Northern Ireland since travel is hard for my other brother in law with ALS. Monday night we celebrated Grandpa John’s life with us and spread his ashes in Elliot Bay. Most of all we are enjoying our first Christmas in our home and thankful for our time together;)
Of course I baked Almond Kiss Cookies, one of my favorite Christmas traditions. Santa highly recommends them especially with a Guinness.
I’m looking forward to the upcoming year with lots of teaching planned. A big thanks to all of you who have supported me and helped grow my business in the past three years. We all have good creative things coming to us.
Enjoy your family and friends peeps. I’ll see you in the new year.
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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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Radio silence around here since Halloween.
My computer had a sudden death last Monday and I’m scrambling to recollect life as we technologically know it. Cross your fingers that by next week I’ll have fully taken over Jefe’s computer as my own;)
In the meantime I thought I’d share with you that my publisher, Interweave Publishing is having their annual Friends and Family Sale starting today and going on through the 14th. ‘THANKYOU30‘ in the promo code box gets you 30% off, even on SALE. That brings Quilting Modern to $12 and some change.
Already have it?
Well then you need this one. I’m not kidding.
I’m all over Alex’s new book Improvising Tradition. I can’t remember the last time I browsed through a quilt book that spoke to me this much.
No computer time means studio time. I managed to get some samples geared up for gift classes and my new block series session. We’ve got zip pouches, trivets, oven mitts and pot holders to gift.
I’ll be posting more details about that soon;)
Happy day peeps!
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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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