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It’s been a busy year so far;)

  It’s one of the seasons that lectures placed on the calendar months ago come around., workshops and Open Quilting Studios are in full swing and a website almost done;)  All way more exciting than accounting and tax preparation.

I’ve updated my ‘TEACH‘ page with January’s Open Studio times and have one spot left in January’s featured workshop, Split Personality.  You’ll see February’s featured workshop and Open Studio dates up soon.

 Circa 15 Fabric Studio in Kirkland and I have selected our Winter Workshops that you’ll find below and on their site.

Happy Quilting Peeps!


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::Split Personality Block Workshop::

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Ready to learn a simple technique for producing a load of square crazy pieced blocks in no time? It’s just like making your own fabric. We’re going to do just that and spend some time exploring designs we can place our blocks into. I’ll have multiple examples of what we can do with this block to share.

$85 class fee.

Workshop Dates:

Wednesday, January 13th/10am-3pm/FULL
Saturday, January 23rd from 10am to 3pm/FULL
Sunday, January 24th from 10am-3pm/FULL


::Circa 15 Fabric Studio Workshops::

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::Psychedelic Baby Block Workshop::

Saturday, February 13th from 11am-3pm at Circa 15 Fabric Studio.

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. We’ll study color and value placement so that we can play with the block’s unlimited quilt/pillow design potential.


SEW KATIE DID/Improvisational Coin Quilt

::Beginning Improv Quilting/ Coin Quilt::

Sunday, February 28th 11am-3pm at Circa 15 Fabric Studio.

Interested in creating a modern quilt with improvisational techniques, but don’t know where to start? Then this is the class for your first modern quilt! Learn improvisational techniques like angle and strip piecing while creating a modern coin quilt loosely based on a tradition Chinese Coin Quilt Design. A great quilt to feature your favorite prints or solids. No two will be the same. All levels of sewists welcome.


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::Embrace Your Curves: Improvisational Curves Workshop::

Saturday, March 12th from 11am-3pm at Circa 15 Fabric Studio.

 

Fear the curve no more with this no pinning, no templates and no stress approach to the improvisational curves technique from the Embrace Your Curves chapter in Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts. I’ll will cover multiple ways of making curves and inspire you right into embracing them yourself. Free-handing improvisational curves are manageable even for beginners.


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::Double-Trouble Quilt Block::

Sunday, March 20th from 11am-3pm at Circa 15 Fabric Studio.

Ready to create a simple modern quilt? Double-Trouble is a fun quilt block and design workshop that merges a traditional half-square triangle block with an improvisational stitch and flip triangle technique. The Double-Trouble block has unlimited design possibilities that we will explore to create unique quilt designs. I have multiple examples to show for inspiration.

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SEW KATIE DID:Split Personality Christmas Quilt Section

This quilt is a long time coming, as in years…

Alexander Henry’s Merry Moderns fabric was THE Christmas quilt fabric for me.  I just fell hard for it the minute I saw it.

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The fabric seemed a perfect merge for an improvisational technique I’d been brainstorming about.  A block that was a faster way to produce ‘crazy pieced’ looking fabric.  So I started playing with the block construction concept that became what I now call the Split Personality Quilt Block.  The method quickly produces multiple blocks allowing you instant playtime with it in endless design concepts.

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Fabrics from the stash that would coordinate with a Christmas theme were pulled, auditioned and sewn.  Some favorites were eaten up in the process.

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 And so, all these happy fabrics have been living together as blocks for a few years, waiting for the perfect pattern to show itself.

SEW KATIE DID:Split Personality Christmas Quilt Fold

My friend Laurel showed up at an open studio to finish up an Arkansas Crossroads quilt.  I instantly envisioned my blocks in that design and the production began…last year;)

SEW KATIE DID:Split Personality Christmas Quilt Full flat

The essex linen in a cross weave black stabilized the scrappiness.

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Merging traditional quilt designs with improvisational techniques has really become where my process leads me.  I love the secondary designs traditional set blocks create.

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When it came to quilting I lived and breathed this quilt for days.  For once I didn’t overthink it and went with straight lines that ran off the edge and echoed the ‘Xs’ the secondary design created.

SEW KATIE DID:Split Personality Christmas Quilt Side block

I dreaded the thought that I’d have to add another horizontal and vertical line because my body was done with quilting, but in the end I dismissed the addition.  It has the perfect drape and isn’t over quilted into the luscious feel of cardboard.

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Here’s a peek at the back.  Leftovers and flannel of course.

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SEW KATIE DID:Side:Split Personality Christmas QuiltThe binding is the small scale print in the Merry Moderns line.  It worked out that some faces landed on the front and back of the quilt’s edge.

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You can see more designs and concepts with this block in my Instagram feed and I’ve added this block onto my January calendar as a daytime, nighttime and weekend workshop.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and then of course there is spring!

Happy Happy Peeps;)

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Travel is done for the season.  I say it all the time, “Quilters are the kindest people” and everyone involved made this season particularly memorable.

I’m looking forward to some project time, both in the studio and around the house. A website for the studio is in the making and now comes the exciting bit of writing copy.  Open studios and workshops will be much easier to plan and execute with a system for sign ups.  For now I’ve just been doing it the old fashion way via phone or email.

It’s all about the baby steps right?

SEW KATIE DID:Improv Patchwork Workshop:Halloween Pillows

But I finished up some new Halloween flair a few weeks ago as samples for a design wall heavy improvisational workshop I’ve been thinking about. I wanted to cover some basics that students are always asking me about.  So I thought I’d just put it out there.

This workshop is really a reincarnation of the classes I taught when I started teaching, exception being that at the time we were in the smallest room ever with little to no design wall.  Now I have a fully padded room of design walls and the tools and machines students need, so why not a class?

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In my opinion the design wall is the greatest design tool EVER when it comes to improvisational work, so this improv workshop will focus on building out a design there, breaking it down into sections and using various improvisational patchwork techniques to piece it all together.  Angle and strip piecing, “floating” patchwork, composition, creating definition and value are a few of the techniques and design concepts we’ll cover.

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Over the years I found that working within a mapped out space helps us visual/kinetic learners.  So thinking small, like a pillow, wall hanging or even one block at a time is to our creative advantage.

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Hammer girl thinks so.  She was my starting point.

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and then bits were added for detail.

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As I was working on the design wall another pillow started to take shape.  That’s often how it works.

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I believe all the fabrics are Alexander Henry with the exception of the Essex linen I’m so drawn to currently.

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Perhaps some Christmas pillows are in your future?

I have room for three students per workshop.  Bernina sewing machines and all tools are provided, just bring your creativity, materials and an open mind;)

So here’s the dates/email me at sewkatiedid@gmail.com to secure your spot:

Happy Week Peeps;)

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::Fall Workshops::

Kristen and I finally found time to get a few workshops on the books at her shop Circa 15 Fabric Studio.  We ran a few successful paper piecing classes over the summer and thought we’d add some new directions.  If you haven’t found the time to make it to this inspiring shop you’re missing out, it will be well worth the trip!  Kristen’s wall of solids and modern collections have made me a devote shopper.  She seems to have something for everyone.

It’s always challenging to narrow down what I’d like to teach.  Mixing it up keeps life and class interesting and gives me an excuse to make a new sample, generally in the shape of a pillow;)  I’ve been itching to teach my Improvisational Coin Quilt/Pillow workshop again and the log cabin workshop, both inspire students in the most creative directions.

Here goes;)

SEW KATIE DID/Improv Log Cabin Workshop

 ::Modern Improv Log Cabin Workshop::

11am-4pm Sunday, November 15th @ Circa 15 Fabric Studio in Kirkland/ 425.309.9553

Explore the merging of traditional and improvisational patchwork techniques with the log cabin block. Katie Pedersen, author of Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts will guide you through the techniques and skills needed for creating a unique and modern log cabin block. Learn variations in block design, her process of building blocks out, and the secondary designs multiple blocks create. While we’re at it, we’ll get friendly with the 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.

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::Improvisational Coin Quilt/Pillow Workshop::

Monday, November 16th from 11am-4pm @ Circa 15  Fabric Studio in Kirkland/425.309.9553

Interested in creating a modern quilt or pillow with improvisational techniques but don’t know where to start? Come join Quilting Modern author Katie Pedersen as she leads you through her process of building your own unique quilt top or pillow. Learn improvisational techniques like angle and strip piecing while creating a modern coin quilt loosely based on a tradition design. A great quilt to feature your favorite prints.  No two will be the same.

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SEW KATIE DID/Paper Piecing Workshop

::The Foundations of Paper Piecing::

Saturday, December 12th from 11-4pm @ Circa 15 Fabric Studio in Kirkland/425.309.9553

The traditional technique of piecing quilt blocks on paper is well known for its precise results.  Sharp triangles and sleek curves are easily a stitch away.  Learn and practice the fundamentals of basic paper piecing while creating all types of star blocks.

This is a great workshop to refine skills in choosing fabric and where to place it in a quilt pattern. We’ll cover how color, value and prints work and drive design as we create our own unique blocks.

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Of course you can always find current offerings on my ‘Classes and Events Page.’

I was invited back to the San Juans this weekend to lecture and teach at their yearly retreat and next weekend I’ll be lecturing and teaching in Pullman.  I’m looking forward to some studio time after and you might even see a finished quilt or two.

Happy Week Peeps;)

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Our paper piecing workshop at Circa 15 Fabric Studio sold out, so we’re adding another daytime class to the calendar.

I really enjoyed teaching this workshop last round and once you can repeat the little mantra that I teach, paper piecing will become second nature.

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::The Foundations of Paper Piecing::

Monday, August 31st from 10:30am-4:30pm at Circa 15 Fabric Studio in Kirkland. Follow the link to register or call (425) 309-9553.

The traditional technique of piecing quilt blocks on paper is well known for its precise results. Sharp triangles and sleek curves are easily a stitch line away. Learn and practice the fundamentals of basic paper piecing while creating all types of star blocks.

This is a great workshop to refine skills in choosing fabric and where to place it in a quilt pattern, we’ll cover how color, value and prints work and drive design in quilts as we create our own unique blocks.

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As always, let me know if you have any questions or wish to be added to my newsletter;)

Happy week peeps!

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Thanks to all of you that have kept in touch about my workshops and teaching!  I had the opportunity to make it to Circa 15 Fabric Studio in Kirkland a few weeks ago to talk with my friend and the owner Kristen.

Finally, all you East Siders that have continually come this direction don’t have to drive, it’s my turn to come to you;)

Circa 15 fabric studio

Kristen and I decided on a paper piecing class.  I really enjoyed teaching this workshop last round and once you can repeat the little mantra that I teach, paper piecing will become second nature.  Looks like we’ll do some other favorite small project classes in the fall, like quilted zip pouches and invisible zipper pillows.

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::The Foundations of Paper Piecing::

Sunday, July 19th from 10:30am-4:30pm at Circa 15 Fabric Studio in Kirkland. Call (425) 309-9553 to register.

The traditional technique of piecing quilt blocks on paper is well known for its precise results. Sharp triangles and sleek curves are easily a stitch line away. Learn and practice the fundamentals of basic paper piecing while creating all types of star blocks.

This is a great workshop to refine skills in choosing fabric and where to place it in a quilt pattern, we’ll cover how color, value and prints work and drive design in quilts as we create our own unique blocks.

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As always, let me know if you have any questions or wish to be added to my newsletter;)

Happy week peeps!

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SEW KATIE DID/Pantone Pop HST Quilt 

This quilt, Pantone Pop and its color way set off some sort of quilt making chain reaction that has been ongoing for years.

 Pantone Pop was suppose to be a wedding quilt and as I was in the final stages of binding it I visited my friends.  In the year it took me to work on it they had 360’ed their bedroom colors and this quilt would be the clown in the room.  I learned after that from my friend Sandie that’s it’s better to categorize this type of quilt under ‘marriage quilt’ rather than ‘wedding quilt’ because that buys you quilt making the time in the best case senarios.  Regardless, I made another and kept Pantone Pop for myself:)

SEW KATIE DID/Seam Ripper IPA

I started crazing piecing with Pantone Pop’s leftovers and pretty soon I was forming up the lovely middle squares of the quilt above.  I really was in love with this log cabin layout that we had in Quilting Modern and decided that the crazy pieced blocks where perfect for the block’s centers.  Seam Ripper IPA remains to the day one of my favorite quilts in design, color, softness and process.

 

Leftovers from Pantone Pop were far from done , so those half square triangles that didn’t make it in ended up transformed into Psychedelic Baby.  I sold this one at the first Quiltcon and missed it, but guess what?  I had left overs;)

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So I ran with them, did some slight modifications and made On Target.  This quilt was a pain in the ass to quilt, but I love it’s design.

SEW KATIE DID:Boxed-In Quilt

Done yet?  Not quite.  Boxed-In happened next and I’m keeping this one as my new couch quilt and workshop sample for my now favorite block to teach.

But I’m done with this color way now.

There’s a few pillows around that I’ll spare you;)

I’m off on retreat with the girlfriends.  So good.  I’m sure Jefe has made some behind the scenes studio work in my absence that I’ll be excited about and will share soon.

Hope your week includes a big holiday vacation at the end of it.  I might not see you next Monday if I can help myself.  Hope you make the most of it too;)

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