Archive for the ‘half triangle square quilt’ Category


(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.


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!



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


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.

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Thanks for all the quilt names!  We did some rearranging yesterday and I lost a major storage spot.  The spot held a large tote full to the brim with unfinished projects.  As I was trying to reorganize I finally came up with the quilt’s name, Scattered.

The name seems to fit where I am with projects too.


This loss of space created a fire under my ass to reorganize further and work through those projects.  I’ve had a few small projects on my sewing table that were becoming clutter, beautiful clutter, but still clutter.  So I made a list and am striking some off instantly.  Clutter keeps me at a stand-still and I’m re-energize for sure upon checking off a few.

These small projects are created from fabrics that I’ve picked up locally.

sewkatiedid/infinity scarf

This fabulous Anna Maria Horner velveteen that I got at  The West Seattle Fabric Company is finally an infinity scarf.  I’ve been matching the voiles with flannel or velveteen to make as gifts and was happy to see some of this type of fabric available in town.

sewkatiedid/drawstring bagI could procrastinate no longer on my delivery of my quilt to Quiltcon.  This required making a drawstring bag for its containment.  My boots will need something to travel in to Austin too and this Alexander Henry zebra print I got from Island Quilter is just so sassy.  I want to replenish its supply even though I have no project planned.


Island Quilter had this Alexander Henry fabric in a variety of colors.  I wanted to go with the black, but as an ironing board cover I thought it would fade.  I totally white-trashed the construction by tracing around the shape plus an inch or so, zig-zagging an inch down to the wrong side and pulling some elastic through the hem.  The elastic is pulled taunt and held tight by a toggle.  If I could do it with duct tape I would.  You just don’t see it so perfection doesn’t matter.

It could use some ironing.  This will surely happen.

sewkatiedid/starlight star bright quilt

I’m itchin’ to piece this Star-Bright Star-Light Quilt as a sample before the HST LOVE class on Saturday at Island Quilter and those diamond blocks are killing me.  I pulled it down to work on step outs for Jacquie’s and my Quiltcon Demo though.  Stick to the list.

sewkatiedid/valentines day

Ok, ignoring the list for a second and dreaming of Valentine’s Day I couldn’t help but pile.  I’m always collecting fabrics for gift making.


This one from Drygood’s is my favorite this year!  I’m back to add this one too.


Here’s to a productive Monday!  We’ll see how long I can stick to the list.

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This Wednesday we have Open Quilting Studio at Make*Do*Mend in Ballard from 11-3pm and at Island Quilter on Saturday from 4-9pm following the HST Love class below.  This is a great opportunity to take a class and then stick around to finish the quilt!

::Half-Square Triangle LOVE Class::

$85/Saturday February 16th from 10am to 4pm at Island Quilter on Vashon Island.

This versatile quilt block lends itself to endless designs. We’ll cover quilting basics such as picking fabrics, matching seams and create perfect points.  We’ll play with a layout that suites your style and you’ll walk away with ideas for a multitude of quilts. All level of sewists welcome.

::Improvisational Coin Quilt Workshop::

$85/Tuesdays, February 19th and 26th from 6-9pm at Make*Do*Mend in Ballard.

No two will be the same. Learn improvisational techniques like angle piecing 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. All levels of sewists welcome/machines and tools provided.

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I made the Rock Star Wedding Quilt as a wedding gift for our dear friends Lisa and Amado.

A little history…

My husband has been friends with Lisa for a few decades and then some, having first meet rowing down some river in Arizona, Alaska, or Utah, I forget the beginnings, but they stuck like brother and sister.  I came along in Jefe’s life and was fully embraced by Lisa.

Jefe and I did three things that I would never recommend doing at once, we quit our jobs, moved from Arizona to Seattle and were pregnant.  Lisa welcomed the new immigrants into her home until we were squarely on our feet.  She’s family.

Then Lisa met Amado.  Amado’s there in front in the white shirt and Lisa front and center.  You literally could see the sparks fly.  Insert picture here from their awesome wedding,

and some of the same people from the Grand Canyon river trip we all took when our private permit came along.

So a few years later I thought I might be due for that wedding gift and based on their bedroom colors got to work on Pantone Pop.

Well, a few years can change things, including the whole colorway of a bedroom.  I had just finished Pantone Pop only to walk into Lisa and Amado’s bedroom and find the colors I used in the quilt were gone.  No sweat.  I loved Pantone Pop and was super thrilled to add it to my stack.

On my next round I went with black and white prints, what does that not go with right?

I had just the middle square up when I showed it to Lisa and she pointed out the heart fabric, stating she loved anything hearts and stars.

Perfect, that was the plan because I’ve always wanted to make the Made in Cherry Quilt and I had all the squares cut.

Apparently there are these things called instructions. I used the squares I had already cut for the points. Those squares needed to be larger so that the points merge at the base of the star.  I’ll embrace the imperfection.

Heck, from a distance you can’t even tell. There’s my full collection of black and white fabrics in there. My favorite are the novelty fabrics by Alexander Henry. I was wishing for some larger scale fabrics, but they are just harder to find and a trip to Marimekko would be dangerous.

The binding is perfect!

My original plan was to use the Cerise Kona, but the new Denyse Schmidt added some dimension.

This quilt is BIG and heavy.  I quilted it on Sandie’s long-arm and love the quilting we picked.  The swirls just work!

The back is this awesome Alexander Henry Toile with skeletons.  I bought it with a wedding quilt in mind.

I blocked in some of the fabrics from the front in to bring the back to size.

I think I’ve got another of these in me at some point.  I highly recommend this pattern (don’t forget to actually read the directions!).

Happy Wednesday folks.  I’m off to my last day at work ending with a pint of beer with my coworkers to end my time there and toast to the future!


Weekend Classes:








::Zip Pouch Class::  $45/ Saturday, December 1st from 10am-1pm at the Quilting Loft in Ballard. (Combine with the Improv Strip-Pieced Oven Mitt class later in the day and receive both classes for $80).

Pouches make great gifts!  Come learn the technical ins-and-outs of making one (or two) in this class before the gift giving season.









::Improv Strip-Pieced Oven Mitt or Christmas Stocking Class:: $45/Saturday, December 1st from 1:30-4:30pm at the Quilting Loft in Ballard.(Combine with the zip-pouch class earlier in the day and get both classes for $80).

Learn the improvisational technique of strip-piecing to design and construct a fully lined oven mitt or stocking.  Great for gifts!

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I had to take these off the design wall to focus on what really needed to be done.

I started fiddling with the idea of using scraps for half-square triangles with stitch and flip triangles during my Swirling Medallion class.  This simple technique from the book lends itself to so many designs.

I went with a small sized square so I could use up even the smallest of favorite scrap fabrics.

They are ideal for chain piecing.  Think of it as an ongoing project in between all those others.  I simply have added a stack of white squares to my sewing table and as I produce scraps from other projects I add hsts to the mix.

I think on-point might be what I go with and I’ll mess with them more before I teach the Stitch and Flip Triangle class and the Psychedelic Baby Block Class that will cover this technique and more.

It would be fun to play with value a bit more, but the process itself is so gratifying as you watch it grow.  Rather addictive I would say and always fun to see those out of print fabrics that you have miniscule amounts of on display in a quilt.


::Improvisational Strip Piecing Workshop::  $85 Saturday, September 8th, 10am-4pm at Island Quilter on Vashon Island.

An all day workshop to explore the creation of your own quilt designs utilizing improvisational strip piecing.  We’ll cover this improvisational patchwork technique while constructing blocks for your own quilt design. All level of sewists welcome.   Quilting Modern Book required.

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I’ve got two one spots left in my Swirling Medallion class tomorrow. Anyone want to play?

::Swirling Medallion Quilt:: $85 Saturday, August 25th 10am-2pm at the Quilting Loft in Ballard.

A merging of two blocks!  Come see how this quilt comes together while learning proper technique for cutting, piecing to create sharp points and sewing rows. All level of sewists welcome.   Quilting Modern book required.

We’re going to play with merging half-square triangles and stitch and flip triangles.  Create the simple medallion from the book Quilting Modern or design your own.

Need some inspiration?  Jacquie has some great versions here and here.  Ashley’s Swirling Swans are here.


::Improvisational Strip Piecing Workshop::  $85 Saturday, September 8th, 10am-4pm at Island Quilter on Vashon Island.

An all day workshop to explore the creation of your own quilt designs utilizing improvisational strip piecing.  We’ll cover this improvisational patchwork technique while constructing blocks for your own quilt design. All level of sewists welcome.   Quilting Modern Book required.

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I’ve got quilts in closets, quilts under beds, quilts on beds, quilts hanging in stores as class samples and two bowls full of quilts that are used daily in the living room.  Most made by me, some created by my Mom and a few tied quilts by Jeffrey’s Grandmother that he used as a kid.

I’m a true believer in quilts being used, so some of mine needed to find loving homes.

The baby cross quilt stayed somewhat local.  Safely delivered to a new baby in Spokane.  The new mother, a dear friend of mine is a true lover of fabric.

The free-motion orange peel quilting on this is so fun and the same that I used on the Leftovers Quilt below.

I don’t think I’ve ever meet a charm square quilt I didn’t like and all the extra 4.5″ squares from my Scrappy Sunshine magic number quilt needed a home.  Leftovers will travel back home to Northern Ireland with my niece Ella this month.

My sister-in-law Allison scored HST LOVE for her living room.  I’ve still got the similar Pantone Pop for myself.

The first Unknown Direction traveled to LA to live with Alissa’s new baby.

Roan’s remake of it now lives on his bed, so this quilt still is with me in a way.

I’m sure more will find homes as the pile increases again, but I do have a few that will live with me forever.  What do you do with most of your quilts?


Flip Triangle Quilt Class

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I’ll never tire of triangles.

In fact, I have another and another and another…already produced in my head.

Give me an isosceles, equilateral, or half-square triangle any day… I’ll take them!

(photo by Ara Jane)

I actually quilted this in May for the June exhibit at Island Quilter, but I never got a photo.

I love the individual processes a quilt goes through. A portion of Pantone Pop’s process was done among friends. Sandie and I spent a May afternoon in Ara Jane’s dining room talking quilts and sewing.

Ingrid kept us company and Ara Jane on her toes.

I went with a square grid for the quilting. I simply followed the blocks a quarter inch from the seam in lilac thread. It left the quilt with a very traditional feel.

The feel is still modern overall. The backing is home decor weight Amy Butler. It’s a large design, and the colors were just perfect!

Pantone Pop hung next to HST Love throughout the month of June as part of a Seattle Quilters’ exhibit.

Now Pop is back home and keeping us warm when the down duvet is a bit too much. It isn’t quite fitting for the Pure Periwinkle walls, but I’m pleased to gaze upon it. Sadly, Seattle has had limited warm weather, but lucky me has a beautiful new quilt to make eyes at, oh…and a good man.

Which reminds me.  Happy Birthday Jeffrey.  You are one handsome devil and I am one lucky girl.












::Improvisational Free-Piecing Workshop:: $85 Saturday July 28th from 10am-4pm at the Quilting Loft in Ballard.  All levels of sewists welcome.

An all day workshop to explore creating your own quilt designs.  We’ll cover improvisational patchwork techniques and design while constructing blocks for your own quilt. All level of sewists welcome.   Quilting Modern Book required.

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