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SEW KATIE DID:Split Personality Quilt Block

I’m still quilting my Christmas quilt made with blocks that I call ‘Split Personality.”  Both the vertical and horizontal quilting lines were finished over the weekend and I’ll move onto the diagonal lines once the week’s open studios and workshop are done.

I try to give my body a break from quilting every hour or so and since staring at my design wall is a favorite activity I’ve dedicated my move around time to these solid fabric versions.  Last season I was rather smitten with all the heart designs I’d been seeing and decided I’d really like to play with an improvisational variation of this shape.

The block’s effect is similar to what the crazy piecing technique in Quilting Modern produces, but this new technique is rather quick and without fuss.

SEW KATIE DID/Split Personality Hearts

These Split Personality blocks have evolved into the “what” with their heart shaped design element, but they have yet to find the “how” of their final composition.  I’ve been inspired by so many traditional quilts layouts where I could place this block, but am really trying to stay improvisational with this one.

SEW KATIE DID/Split Personality Hearts

I have plans at the end of the week to play with some I made that I’m not as happy about and see where an elongated heart shape might land me.  Pays to not always throw away the ‘not so goods’ eh?  Maybe in the end I’ll have some great trivets for Christmas presents at the least:)

Happy midweek Peeps!


I’ve got new Open Studio dates up and a few spaces in my design wall/improv workshop left.  Thanks to everyone’s feedback and response to my newsletter.  I’ll be working on an evening Open Studio and a Sunday monthly in the new year.  Hope to see you soon;)

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I’ve procrastinated quilting it long enough.  I thought I’d long arm this quilt with swirls, but couldn’t make my date with Sandie so I went ahead last week and basted the beast.

SEW KATIE DID:Split Personality Quilt Block 2

I’m an over baster so I thought this time I would use my plastic template to draw out my quilting lines and get a visual on the best placement for the pins.  Less moving them around=more quilting time right?

It did the trick.

SEW KATIE DID:Crosshatch Quilting thoughts

The horizontal and vertical lines are nearly done.  I believe it helped stabilize the blocks a bit for the crosshatch lines that will come next across the Essex linen.

SEW KATIE DID:Split Personality Quilt Block:Merry Moderns Quilt

I went a quarter inch from each seam and will use painters tape as a guide for the crosshatch.

SEW KATIE DID:Split Personality Christmas Quilt

My thought is that the quilting will echo the Xs and Os the blocks create in the secondary design.  There’s a load of piecing to contain and tack down.

SEW KATIE DID/Split Personality Quilt back

Sneak Peek of the back.  So glad I went with the Cotton and Steel flannel.

Perhaps next week I’ll have something finished to show!  I’m itching to play on the design wall with the same block in solids and get the workshop for this block put fully together.

Hope you’re having a great week peeps!


P.S. I’ve got one spot in my open sew Thursday, November 12th from 10am to 3pm and some spots in my workshops at Circa 15 fabric studio.  Give me a shout out if you’d like to join/sewkatiedid@gmail.com

I’ll try to keep my Facebook page updated with classes and sew ins until I get my website up and running;) or follow along with Bloglovin.

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SEW KATIE DID:Walla Walla Quilt Festival

My trip to Walla Walla to be the featured artist in their yearly quilt festival was amazing thanks to these lovely ladies.  The show was one of the best I’ve seen as far as creativity and talent.  Their guild will certainly be hard to beat for most friendly and easy going.  Must be all the wine;)  Thanks also to all the students from past workshops in the area that stopped by to say “hi” and share their finished work;)

I don’t generally take my computer when I travel so I spent some time on Instagram here and there.  The hashtag #bestofflickr seemed to be trending and made me think of posting some of the quilt photos shared on Flickr over the years.  It also made me a little nostalgic for the time when social media seemed a bit less vast and Flickr wasn’t trying to be so flashy.

I browsed through this morning and here’s my top ten.

SEW KATIE DID/What a Bunch of Squares Quilt

One of the first quilt tops I ever made was What a Bunch of Squares by Denyse Schmidt.  I quickly figured out that templates were a waste of time, but the quilt remains one of my favorites as does the photo.  A wedding gift that is likely falling apart do to so little quilting on it.

SEW KATIE DID/Scrappy Pillow

This pillow and photo are just so sunny and cheerful.  One of the first attempts at improvisational patchwork I ever did.  My niece still has it.

SEW KATIE DID/Improv Pillows

Funny that I went back to making pillows for samples for my improvisational workshops because it’s where I started.  This was one of the first.


Pantone Pop quilt made Flickr’s explore page.  That was a load of snow for Seattle.

SEW KATIE DID/Roan's Quilt

Riding the ferry home and binding a quilt after teaching in Victoria.

SEW KATIE DID/Seam Ripper IPA Quilt

The lushness of our old backyard in this picture is lovely with the red and purple of my Seam Ripper IPA quilt.  Softest quilt ever.

SEW KATIE DID/Magic Number Quilt Tutorial

Roan as a wee guy rolling around on my favorite magic numbers quilt I call Scrappy Sunshine.

SEW KATIE DID/Psychedelic Baby

Love these detail shots.

Psychedelic Baby quilt front and back.

SEW KATIE DID/Fractured Quilt

Remake of Shattered from Quilting Modern.  Quilting by Krista Withers.

SEW KATIE DID/Value quilt

I love how Value Quilts photograph and they remind me of my quilting beginnings.


Seattle Lone Star, also quilted by Krista up on my old neighbors carriage house doors.  Those doors made a great backdrop and it’s likely my favorite Flickr photo.

AND that actually makes the top eleven.

I’ve got this week to catch up, next week to teach some classes in the studio and then I hit the road for the San Juans to lecture and teach.  I’m hoping to get some weekday classes up too.  Look for them next week or drop me an email if you want to schedule something.

Happy Week Peeps;)

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SEW KATIE DID/Solstice Parade

 Regardless of moving from Fremont we did not break tradition and made it to the Fremont Solstice Parade with children in tow.


I won’t get into too much about the history of the parade, but it originated in a hope to make a better world by supporting the neighborhood and raising funds to end poverty.  Roan’s school in Fremont was a grant recipient and in turn able to help school many of the city’s homeless children.  The parade is void of anything motorized, highly artistic in nature often with a theme of political protest and really is an all over good time.

It is traditionally led by body-painted bicyclists.  This year there were hundreds of them.  A great way to show eleven year olds that even painted artistically 99% of bodies look nothing like in magazines;)

SEW KATIE DID/Solstice Picnic Quilt

Of course we broke out the Solstice Quilt to place on the pavement.  This quilt lives in the car and is the most washed quilt we own.  One thing I noticed this year about putting something handmade onto the ground was people respected your space a little more.  Considering the parade was the largest I’d seen this was a good thing.  Once the parade was in full swing and we weren’t really sitting anymore I pulled it back to a less selfish amount of space.

SEW KATIE DID/Solstice Picnic Quilt

The Solstice Picnic Quilt was the first quilt I ever created in a virtual quilting bee.  I gathered 36 scraps of the same color for each participant and had them cut and sew together the postage stamp blocks.


Of course as I discovered when the blocks were returned is that a quarter inch seam isn’t the same measurement to everyone, so I built each block out log cabin style and squared them all wonky with my largest template to the same size.

SEW KATIE DID/Solstice Picnic Quilt

This quilt was also my first free motion quilting experience.  I had a cramp in my calf for about four days after from pressing the pedal and it truly is a disaster if you look close.  It was a great practice tool.

SEW KATIE DID/Solstice Picnic Quilt Pockets

House on Hill Road  gave me the idea for the ‘rock pockets” on the back corners to weight the quilt so that the crows or wind can’t fly off with it on the beach.

SEW KATIE DID/Solstice Quilt back

I’ve always loved this out of print Alexander Henry Sun Signs print and fussy cut out Jefe’s, Roan’s and my signs.

If you don’t have a quilt of this utilitarian nature I suggest you make one.  Picnics, beach, parade, soccer games, I can’t imagine life without it.

Happy Week Peeps;)

 I believe I’ll have furniture in the studio by next week!

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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.

SEW KATIE DID:Paper Piecing

::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.


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:Boxed-In Quilt Full

I swear no quilt in history has been put up and taken down from the design wall more.

I kept recycling the left over blocks that I call Psychedelic Baby Block into new design/layout ideas and now have an ample supply of samples for teaching the workshop.

SEW KATIE DID:Boxed-In Block neutral

I was in high gear to finish it for submission to the MQG’s Texas Museum Exhibit, but I realized that with the minimal quilting it would start to sag if hung for long.  Like how I’ve already envisioned it as accepted for exhibit?

The softness is amazing.  I don’t think I’ve even made a softer quilt.

SEW KATIE DID:Boxed-In Center

Not only did I mix in leftover blocks, but my neutral scrap bin got dug into.  Though no dent was made in that bin, texture was added through a mix of linens, flannels, and Osnaburg fabrics.  Shockingly even with the shot cotton it quilted up lovely.

SEW KATIE DID:Boxed-In Block Center

It was difficult to not throw in a print or two.  It is one of the reasons I feel in love with quilting.

SEW KATIE DID:Boxed-In Block Detail

Here’s a little peek of the dot I added too.

SEW KATIE DID:Boxed-In Quilt

Eleven year old boys are worthless at quilt holding for long, but good for showing scale.

SEW KATIE DID:Boxed-In Back full

I did it again and used a fabric from stash for the back.  Twice I ran out of thread when quilting and of course both times I was smack dab in the middle of that red strip where it would show the most.  I left it.

SEW KATIE DID:Boxed-In Back detail

It’s a favorite Alexander Henry.

SEW KATIE DID:Boxed-In Binding 2

The binding I actually cut for my On Target Quilt before I changed my mind to something darker.  I held onto it thinking it would work here.

SEW KATIE DID:Boxed-In Block

It’s all perfect, just perfect;)


For Mother’s Day Jefe installed my flooring, cooked every meal and did the dishes while I went shopping.

I’m so thrilled with what I picked.  That goes for guy and floor.

Happy Week Peeps!

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SEW KATIE DID:MOD Pinwheel side

I’m continuing my documentation of projects that haven’t yet made it to my Quilts Page for one reason or another.

Mod Pinwheel is another quilt pattern Jacquie and I created for Quilting Modern that didn’t make the cut, but is available as a free e-book.


The adjective Mod is a little off for this quilt in my opinion, but we named it years ago.  When I look at it now it speaks to the traditional side of quilting that I love, with a taste of something a little different.

SEW KATIE DID:MOD Pinwheel Quilt Detail

It’s these ‘eyes’ that are the twist, removing it one step from a traditional straight set layout.


Hanging this quilt up gave me a new appreciation for it.

As always, I have a love/hate relationship going on with this quilt.  A little more thought with the value and color placement might have elevated the design, but truly I think this is a pattern that speaks to going scrappy, something we stayed away from in the book, but where my heart really is in quilting.


I see myself playing with this foundation pieced block again with a bin of scraps to see if my vision is true.  What a great baby quilt it would make.

SEW KATIE DID:MOD Pinwheel Binding

Teal dot for the binding and a delicious red dot flannel for the back.

SEW KATIE DID:MOD Pinwheel Detail

If I had to pull one component that I love most in this quilt it would be the quilting by Angela Walters combined with the flannel backing.  Oh wait, that’s two.


I pulled out some sample blocks to dream up something new with, but ‘been there done that’ set in and cutting seemed necessary.

You can make your own Mod Pinwheel with the instructions posted here.


I went ahead and ordered the flooring on the right for the studio.  We’ll hopefully install it and paint in the next few weeks.  Three Berninas have arrived for student use and tool kits are collected.

Things are coming together;)

Have a great week peeps!

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