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I’ve had several people tell me they’ve never heard of this binding tip, so I thought I’d share.

SEW KATIE DID:Binding tip

After I sew my binding to the quilt and before I hand sew it to the back I give it a press away from the top with a hot iron.  It just makes sewing it that much easier.

I really enjoy a little bit of hand sewing.

I’ve been listening (here, here and here) and reading a lot lately about the impact of social media on our lives and had big crack up at how many comments I got to this on Instagram.


It’s always good to keep it real;)

Have a good week peeps.

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This is totally last minute, but I’m holding an evening open studio tomorrow night (Wednesday the 18th) from 5pm-9pm and have one two open spaces.  More information on my teach page.

I’ve got a request for playing with improvisational curves, but you can bring any project you might like to work on.  Maybe some holiday gifts?  Only 37 days, 14 hours and 36 minutes until Christmas.

I’m currently repurposing some quilt as you go pillows and bags into pouches to balance out quilting my Christmas quilt.

  Happy Week Peeps!  What are you working on?

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I pulled the Halloween stuff out folks and finished up my Split Personality Christmas quilt top this weekend.

SEW KATIE DID:Split Personality Christmas Quilt

I’m sure Jefe was secretly happy I didn’t make it large enough for the bed.  I do however have a bunch of the blocks left so it’s not to late;)

SEW KATIE DID:Split Personality Christmas Quilt partial

This quilt has been long in the making.  I pieced the scrappy crazy blocks a few years ago and they sat waiting for my friend Laurel to walk into an open studio with her Arkansas Crossroads quilt to inspire me.  Hands down traditional quilts and their secondary design is one of my favorite aspects of quilting.

Merging traditional quilt design with an improvisational technique makes it just that much sweeter.SEW KATIE DID:Split Personality Quilt Block Detail

There’s a load of favorite fabrics in this quilt.  I’ve gotten to the point with my quilting that I quite enjoy seeing them disappear from my stash so I can gaze at them in a quilt.

SEW KATIE DID:Block Detail

The Alexander Henry Merry Moderns is a perfect novelty print for this quilt and the quilt itself doesn’t immediately scream “Christmas” at you.  I purchased more of the smaller print to bind it.

SEW KATIE DID:Split Personality Christmas Quilt Folded

The block is an easy variation of crazy piecing I had been playing with, an all solid fabrics is next.  Since I went square with the quilt I didn’t pay attention to the directions of any print fabrics.  I look forward to cozying up on the couch with this baby.

SEW KATIE DID:Split Personality Quilt Block:2I see it being quilted with swirls like I did on my Swim Sister quilt and Night Owl quilt.

SEW KATIE DID:Backing Fabric

I couldn’t resist this new Cotton and Steel flannel and bought some for a few pillow cases too.  Hopefully it will be a finished quilt soon!

Our weekend also included the yearly ALS walk with our Team Newby.

ALS WALK/Team Newby

Jeremy and the team continue to be inspirational in keeping it real and not losing perspective on what really matters.

Jer and Jefe

Thanks to Erin for being our team photographer.

Jeremy and Team Newby would like to thank those of you in my little quilting community that have donated to help provide around the clock caregiving/medical support that will be needed after the tracheostomy happens. You know who you are;) Here’s a little thank you from Jer that he wrote on his Tobii:


Dear team member,

Wanted to thank you for your support during my exciting ALS adventure. When we made the call to go with the tracheostomy we knew it would be a challenge on many levels, including financial. We decided that money should not be the deal breaker when it comes to extending life. Now we are confronting the reality of the decision. The good news is we have a web of support from people like you. Hallie and i know that we are not alone in this and that means so much.

The goal right now is to get through a year of life. This will enable me to do the following :
– give science another year to find cure
– hang out with my people
– see new star wars movie
– laugh at absurdities
– enjoy my new found appreciation of life
– watch televised sports
.. And so much more!

So thanks again and i’m sure to keep you in the loop as ALS Fest continues.



Our family and team is trying their best to embrace Jeremy’s positive attitude and remember what he asked of us at the beginning, to channel this into some kind of positive effect on our own lives.

I’m off to prepare for a weekend in Walla Walla as their featured artist at their quilt festival.  I’m looking forward to visiting with the wonderful people I met teaching last summer and a new adventure in judging quilts (yikes;)

Hoping you all have a great week peeps;)

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::Action Kivu Fundraiser::

What? Two posts in one week?

This is a great fundraiser that my friend Alissa puts on every year for a great cause.

Head over to Alissa’s site to check out the great prizes you could win when donating.


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::Favorite Happy Colors::




I can’t get enough of this poppy red color this year.  You’ll be seeing it in some new projects for sure, including the linen closet at the end of our hallway I painted ‘Daredevil.’

I’m enjoying a good clean up and putter around the house after a wonderful summer with the family.  Only a matter of weeks before a new season of lectures and workshops will take me traveling.

Happy Monday Peeps;)

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I thought for sure I’d have studio photos for you all this week, but you know what they say about best laid plans…instead a few bags of frozen veggies have been sacrificed.  I thought seeing fireworks outweighed the safety of steps and twisted my ankle pretty bad.

We have travel plans to Vancouver to see the Whitecaps play this weekend, so I’m laying low.  I will perhaps crutch my way down the few steps in the studio to quilt if I haven’t forgotten how to.

My friends at The Bainbridge Modern Quilt Guild asked me to post some events in support and this seems like an open opportunity to do so.




 Saturday, September 12, 2015

Quilt entry begins June 30, 2015. Never too early to get started.

This Festival is a celebration of quilts and quilters held outdoors along Winslow Way, Bainbridge Island, WA. As a non-juried show, quilters of all levels and styles are welcome to enter their work. Inspired by the joy and beauty of the Sister’s Outdoor Quilt Show in Sister’s Oregon, Barbara Kirk of Esther’s Fabrics and several quilting businesses and groups set out to stage a small version of the Sister’s show. Bainbridge Island Modern Quilt Guild, White Lotus Quilting, Beach Garden Quilts and Pink Chalk Studio as well as many Island businesses and individuals pitched in to make a wonderful debut in September 2013.

BIMQG now organizes the Festival with the continued support of local quilters and Winslow Way businesses.
Join in the fun. Win a quilt or runner – take a peek.
Enter your quilts. Come to Bainbridge September 12.

There are many volunteer opportunities whether or not you enter a quilt. Take a look on the Volunteer page.


15 Minutes of Play – Workshop by Victoria Findlay Wolfe
Waterfront Park Community Center
Bainbridge Island, WA


Sandie and I snagged two of the 7 spaces available for the Victoria Findlay Wolfe workshop (six hour) on November 28, 2015, beginning at 10:00 am.

Register at Brown Paper Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1573198

Improvisational exploration of new ways to use your SCRAPS, 15 minutes at a time! Learn techniques in playing in your scraps to make your own beautiful designed quilts. Sharpen your design skills, learn about combining colors and prints in new ways, push it further by using templates then watch your own unique quilt design emerge. Discover just how distinctive classic quilt blocks can be, when they are constructed with more spunk and spontaneity! Build confidence in color, quilting techniques, and design all through PLAY!

Victoria Findlay Wolfe has fine art training and is a painter at heart who has sculpted, still does photography and basically isn’t happy unless she is making something. She has always known she’d become some kind of artist but was surprised QUILTS became her greatest passion…

In 2008, Victoria saw a popular quilting blog online and I thought “Hey! I can do that”.

Her approach to QUILTING is very much the way she draws: warm up exercises to get started… 15 minutes at a time… 15 minutes of “play” and inevitably a QUILT idea emerges.

Victoria is an award winning quilter, fabric designer, international teacher and lecturer. She is the author of two books: Double Wedding Rings: Traditions Made Modern, and 15 Minutes of Play.

This event is sponsored by the Bainbridge Island Modern Quilt Guild. All proceeds benefit the guild and its educational outreach & charity projects.


Happy Monday Peeps!

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I’ve been playing catch up all week.  I’ve been island and ferry hopping, either traveling back home from teaching on Lopez or for Roan’s school year wrap up on Vashon.  The car is unpacked, but the rest is a disaster.  It’s all been great fun.

The retreat that Anne of Lopez Island’s Quilter’s Studio put on for me to teach and lecture at was amazing.  I so enjoyed the group that I was able to spend two plus days with.  History runs deep and it was amazing to hear everyone’s stories.

Sew Katie Did

When I drove up to our workshop location I can’t even explain how thrilled I was to see it was the old one room school house fully restored.  What a treat to teach in.

SEW KATIE DID/Lopez Island Retreat

On Sunday we spread all the quilts out on the lawn and those passing by on bikes or by car were generally curious enough to join others in the know in seeing the display.

My iPhone and computer aren’t cooperating so I don’t have any photos to show you of the kid goats, Gertrude the pig or all the hens I spent my spare time with.  I ate amazing locally grown pork and beef served with fresh produce grown on my friend’s or others farms on the island.  I managed one bit of solo time on a hike/run to Iceburgh Point.

Jefe was busy in my absence and the studio should be painted by the end of the weekend and trim maybe started.  My logo is almost there and website in the works.  So close!

My little technology flaw gives me no excuse to not go dig in the dirt, so I’ll see you all next week or earlier.

Have a great weekend peeps;)

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