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I’m still working through finished quilts I’ve never posted to the blog.  There’s still a few.

SEW KATIE DID/Stepping Stone Quilt/Quilting Modern Book

Does this one look familiar?

sewkatiedid/quilting modern

Out of all we made for Quilting Modern Stepping Stone was the one quilt I couldn’t wait to get back.

SEW KATIE DID:Stepping Stone Quilting Detail:Quilting Modern

 I am a firm believer in utilitarian quilts and prefer quilts that are soft, not cardboard stiff with quilting.  Stepping Stone finished very supple.  Large expanses of shot cotton on the front and an all flannel back was likely the largest contributor, but the batting (most likely Quilter’s Dream) and the thread Angela Walters used to quilt this one helped as well.

The flat shot from the book really shows the texture shot cotton’s cross weave can create when its turned in different directions.  I often get asked in lectures and truck shows if the fabric surrounding the blocks is a different fabric from the rest of the background.

SEW KATIE DID:Stepping Stone Quilting Close

 Think mossy Seattle path with stone pavers;)

SEW KATIE DID:Stepping Stone Quilt Blocks:Quilting Modern

We ended up placing this quilt in the Strip Tease chapter of the book, but it can easily be created building the frames with scraps.  There are a lot of favorite fabrics in the logs surrounding each stone as I grabbed from my green and blue scrap bins for the analogous color scheme when creating this quilt.

SEW KATIE DID/Stepping Stone Quilt/Quilting Modern

 When Island Quilter hung my show I was “helping” Anja.  I noticed that it looked like it was hung crooked only to tilt my head and realize it wasn’t a square quilt;)  This makes it even better in my mind.  Who can tell when your all happy under it?

Now that the drywall is finished up in the studio, paint and flooring has been purchased.  Hoping things will be rolling by the end of May.

Happy Week Peeps.

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sewkatiedid/mastering improv curved shapes workshop

I’m teaching my last classes this week at The Quilting Loft as they finish up their liquidation and close;(  I’ve been teaching there since 2007 and am sad to see them go.  There are two spots still in Amebas.  Please call the shop if you’d like to join in.  There might be a spot left in Tuesday’s night class and Thursday’s day class, but I’m not a 100% sure.

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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.

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Happy Monday Peeps and greetings from Palm Springs:)

palm springs baby;)

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.

SEW KATIE DID:Sleepy Owl Quilt full

It’s been folded, refolded and moved.

SEW KATIE DID/HST LOVE AND PANTONE POP

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.

Sewkatiedid:Sleepy Owl Quilt Star Detail

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.

Sewkatiedid:Sleepy Owl Quilt Binding and Quilting detail

 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.

Sewkatiedid:Sleepy Owl Quilt Back Full

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.

Sewkatiedid:Sleepy Owl Quilt back detail

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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sewkatiedid:somewhat circular hexagon quilt

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.

sewkatiedid:somewhat circular hex

The binding was a hard pick on this one, but the black print worked great with the backing.

sewkatiedid:2somewhat circular hexagon quilt

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.

sewkatiedid/cutting corners binding technique

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!

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sewkatiedid/improv log cabin workshop

 P.S.

I had a cancellation and now how one slot left in my Improv Log Cabin Workshop on Tuesday.  Come play!

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sewkatiedid/somewhat circular hexagon quilt

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.

sew katie did/somewhat circular hex

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.

sewkatiedid/throwing stars

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.

sewkatiedid/split personality nine-patch

Unfortunately, this time/sew thing also means that I often have to put it away more then once.

sewkatiedid/Split Personality Modern Nine-Patch

  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;)

sewkatiedid/snowflake?

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.

almond kiss cookies

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.

xo katie

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sewkatiedid/modern patchwork workshop series II

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).

sewkatiedid/modern patchwork workshop series II

-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.

sewkatiedid:modern patchwork workshop/series II/ equalateral triangle

*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. sewkatiedid:Psychedelic Baby Modern Patchwork Workshop/Series II *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. sewkatiedid:modern patchwork workshop/Series II *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. Sewkatiedid:Amebas/modern patchwork workshop series II *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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