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Ever get inspired by a quilt and it sticks with you?

This quilt by Amy of Badskirt did just that.  So simple in design, but I love (and had) most of the fabrics.  Just needed enough substituted and added to call it my own.

And while you are bothering to cut fabrics, why not just make two quilts, eh?

I will not lie, it took me a load of fabric elimination to come up with the boy one.  The girl combo came much easier.  My pile of toss out squares grew and are now destine for a scrappy charm quilt all their own at a later date.

I think sometimes I am so anxious to move onto the next new idea in my head that I cast aside the simple love of a square.  My Modern Charm Class gave me the perfect excuse.

I needed these both as class samples soon and made a visit to my friend Sandie’s for a date with her and her long-arm.  We originally planned on placing them side-by-side so I could quilt both at once, but decided they each needed their own quilted personality.

 The girl one got what I call “happy clouds.”

The boy got a spiraling circle.

You can see the quilting a little better from the back.  I pieced in some leftover squares to bring the backs to the square size.

The bindings are divine.  I love to cut into something waiting patiently in my stash.

The only fabric I was in need of was a few squares of the pink vans, so I called in to one of my peeps.  Thanks Amber for the vans, but mostly it was really fun to finally meet you!  xo

Happy week!

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::Whole Cloth Quilt Finishing Class:: $85 Thursdays, October 18th and the 25th from 6-9 at the West Seattle Fabric Company.

Quilt top, batting, and a backing…baste, quilt, and bind!  Learn the essential basics of finishing a quilt without piecing a thing!  Create a simple crisp modern baby quilt while learning the process.  Quilting designs with a walking foot will be a covered.  Walking foot required.

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What happens when you start piecing stitch and flip triangles and squares into a 16-patch?

Well, a star is born!  In Seattle it is not uncommon to see just a lone star or two in the sky.

The squares in this quilt are scrappy and a bunch are leftovers from the Blind Copilot Quilt in our book Quilting Modern (which is available again btw)!

I love that you can use up the smallest bits of fabric and that I have another sample for my Stitch and Flip Triangle Workshop in November.  You can see a few other great examples of this block in the Quilting Modern Flickr Group.

Krista Wither’s did the quilting.  We collaborated on the design.  I wanted something that would help define the large triangles that formed the star since they were a little off-set.

The background quilting needed to be a bit denser to advance the star and we went with this shape.  It worked out fabulously in my opinion!

Now I can stare at all those little scraps when we read at night.  I’m not much of a wall hanging gal, but if Roan had a larger room this might be up.

I love this Lizzy House print on the back.

After messing around as usual with the back, I went with one lone wonky star and showcased some favorite fabrics in the points.

This quilt will be on display as part on Krista’s exhibit at Island Quilter that opens on Friday night.  Hope to see you there!

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::Improvisational Elongated Triangle Blocks:: $45 Thursday October 4th from 6-9pm at the Quilting Loft in Ballard.

Create an edgy block of triangles with this simple improvisational technique. Follow up with an invisible zipper class or create your own quilt. All levels of sewists welcome.

 

::Invisible Zipper Class:: $45/ Thursday, October 11th from 6-9pm at the Quilting Loft in Ballard.

Installing invisible zippers if easier than you think. Come learn how to make professional looking pillows, you’ll be hooked! All levels of sewists welcome.

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Finally, a finish!  From Point A to Point B has binding AND faux piped binding.

I know, I know, ANOTHER quilt with triangles, really?

I’ve been spinning my wheels on class samples and finally got one done for my Improvisational Elongated Triangles Class.  I dove into the fourth season of Parks and Recreation to get the binding on today.  I was so thrilled to sit on my ass at home and do nothing but sew until I taught at night.  Even filthy, home is awesome.

Krista did the quilting on this one for our trade.  We thought something simple that could be accomplished on the home machine would do.  It’s a bit difficult to pick up with my amateur photography skills, but the thread is light green.

Each triangle is double outlined on this one.

The orange and green inspiration came from a lady leaving my line when I was cashiering one day.  I loved her bold green skirt with her orange shirt.  It stuck and the neutrals mixed in seemed so fresh.  Krista used a poly/cotton batting, so even with this amount of quilting it remains supple.

Stayed tuned to MORE of these triangles, I had a load of leftovers that didn’t make it in and some new ideas brewing.

For now this quilt is hanging at the Quilting Loft in Ballard as a class sample and then it will move onto Island Quilter to become part of Krista’s exhibit in October.  I even threw some Kaffe Fasset fabrics in there since he will be at Island Quilter in October for a lecture and a workshop while the quilt is hanging.  It’s up in the air, but I’m hoping to make it to both events!

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::Improvisational Elongated Triangle Blocks:: $45 Thursday October 4th from 6-9pm at the Quilting Loft in Ballard.

Create an edgy block of triangles with this simple improvisational technique. Follow up with an invisible zipper class or create your own quilt. All levels of sewists welcome.

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Time for a remake of Opposing Triangles for Krista.  I couldn’t procrastinate it any longer with her exhibit at Island Quilter right around the corner.

We collaborated on the fabric and I went with cutting a bit differently, but overall, the design remained the same.

Oh, and it took a load of pins to get the white outlines to align, plus some quality time with the seam ripper.

All of this was good practice for my improvisational elongated triangle class.  I learned a ton and have a few other designs in the works.  I don’t think I’m going to make it to that new coin quilt or magic number quilt before those classes start.  Hope some of you will want to join me regardless.

There’s something about these triangles that I just love.

The colors are very similar to the first Opposing Triangles, so of course I love it.

I dropped it off on our way out of town to Portland.  I hung out with Jefe for our anniversary.

We did what every happily married couple does for their anniversary, we went to see a soccer game.  Last year Vancouver, and this year Portland.

The in-laws all came, because that’s how it works.  My sister-in-law and I sat snuggly in a suite and the boys with the Sounders crowd.  It’s fun to hear the stories of the former teams from my father-in-law and apparently in 1975 in a playoff between the Sounders and the Timbers there were people in the trees outside the stadium trying to catch a glimpse.

Then we ate and drank ourselves through Portland.  The weather was *%#!ing brilliant to boot!

I have three full days of work and then a load of quilts to bind.

Seattle Star is almost there, it was my road trip project.

Sunspots.

Point A to Point B.

Hopefully, I will be displaying some of them here soon.

Have a great week.

xo

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I got three two spots left in my Improvisational Coin Quilt Class!

::Improvisational Coin Quilt:: $85 Thursdays, September 20th and 27th from 6-9pm at the Quilting Loft 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.

::Magic Number Quilt:: $85 Saturday, September 22nd from 10am to 4pm at theQuilting Loft in Ballard. Pick your favorite fabrics and learn this system of using block sizes that fit together automatically for flexibility in quilt design.

::Seeing Value Workshop:: $85 Sunday, September 23rd from 10am-4pm at Island Quilter on Vashon Island.

Learn how color value can transform your quilt making design process.  Create multiple designs with your newfound knowledge of value and simple half square triangles.  All levels of sewists welcome.

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I’m calling it Point A to Point B quilt top, not only because of the obvious, but changing directions is my usual mode of operation (or mode of procrastination).

I won’t even bother to show you were I started, but will say it stunk and I had to move forward or backward depending on how you look at it.  Some triangles were saved and others scrapped.  The verb “scrapped’ may be my new favorite.

My next point is I have a new class sample for my Improvisational Elongated Triangle Block Class.

This is good news, except I was really needing to get to work on this Magic Number quilt displayed with sleepy Jefe and TV transfixed small child as a sample for my Magic Number workshop that is offered first (a new coin quilt class sample wouldn’t hurt either).  As I’ve said, I sew much faster in my head than in real life.  There is still time I hope.  For now envision it all pieced and surrounded by that lipstick solid fabric.

Now hold that vision, because I need to get this pieced for Krista into some Osnaburg fabric background by Friday.  This quilt was the original reason for the making of the first quilt and procrastinating the second quilt and so on.  Thank goodness for procrastination or all that collaborating about fabric, quilting other quilts, drinking beer and laughing with Krista might never have happened.

Oh, and look what she sent me yesterday.  Drool.

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::Improvisational Coin Quilt:: $85 Thursdays, September 20th and 27th from 6-9pm at the Quilting Loft 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.

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It’s been a long time since I’ve done a Sunday Stash, but yesterday I taught an Improvisational Strip Piecing Workshop at Island Quilter on Vashon and they were having a sale!

So I rounded out my Erin McMorris Park Slope collection.  I don’t know what it is about this line or what the hell I’m going to make with it, but I love it.

My friend/student Suzie juiced up her Martha Negley collection.  I had to resist the feathers.

Their Kaffe Fasset collection and Kaffe Club are massive and I’ve been using a load of the shot cottons they have in stock.

It’s fun to see the full range of the colorways all together, and it keeps going around the corner.  If you are around in October, Kaffe Fasset will be at Island Quilter for a workshop and lecture.

The space is so light and bright and they are so accommodating and hospitable that it is a joy to teach and sew there.

We had fun strip piecing.

We’ve got a Value Class scheduled there next, but I’m also super excited about the Stitch and Flip Triangle Workshop and mostly because of this beauty.

I passed through West Seattle on my way home from the ferry and picked up my Seattle Star from my long arm quilter friend Krista.  Can’t wait to get this bound and some photos up!

Off to work, happy Sunday!

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::Improvisational Coin Quilt:: $85 Thursdays, September 20th and 27th from 6-9pm at the Quilting Loft 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.

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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.

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::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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