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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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::Island Bound::

My quilts and I’ll be hitting the road Thursday for three lovely days on Lopez Island.  After last spring’s Friday Harbor Retreat Anne of the island’s Quilter’s Studio asked me if I would come teach on Lopez and I’d have to be crazy to pass up an opportunity to go to the islands and teach.

Here’s Anne’s write up:

Sewkatiedid:Double-Trouble Take Two Quilt

::Quilting Modern::

techniques for improvisational quilts June 5-6-7, 2015

Katie Pedersen, co-author of Quilting Modern, teaches workshops that focus on design and finding your own process. She places a heavy emphasis on the importance of color value when choosing fabrics and designing quilts. Improvisational techniques and a modern aesthetic inform Katie’s quilts.

Lecture and 2-day workshop $185.00

Sewkatiedid:Amebas/Curved Organic Shapes

The Workshops:

Saturday & Sunday June 6 + 7, 9-4 Port Stanley School
Learn two improvisational techniques; flip and stitch triangles (two variations) and gentle curves. Katie will inspire and guide you in creating a one of a kind quilt.

The Lecture:

Friday evening June 5,
7-9 Lopez Island Golf Club Quilting Modern -Katie shares her perspective and quilting journey, and of course QUILTS! Stay for coffee and dessert following Katie’s presentation.

Treat yourself to a great weekend in good company on beautiful Lopez Island, WA
Contact Anne Dawson for additional information and registration. anne@lopezislandquiltersstudio.com or (360) 468 – 4677


Two of my favorite workshops and time well spent with some lovely people.  My friends work a wonderful farm and raise goats on the island so I also have an opportunity to catch up and hopefully eat some delish goat’s milk fudge.  I’m looking forward to going back to Friday Harbor to teach at the fall retreat too.

Hope you all have a great week.  I’m pretty thrilled that school’s almost out.

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Hi there;)

 I was feeling like I’ve been neglecting this happy place and thought I’d briefly drop in.

 I’ve been busy.  A really good kind of busy.


I went on retreat with friends, aka Camp Runamuck.  Nothing happened.


Not even bothering to unpack my suitcase I did a turn around to Whidbey Island with family.  My heroes, brother-in- law Jeremy who is fighting ALS and sister-in-law Hallie had the best idea of renting a large house on the island where all of the friends/family support team known as Team Newby could congregate for the next few weeks.  I’m sure nothing happened or is happening there either besides cow tipping and sunset watching.


 I’ve also been tidying.

I can guarantee if you’ve hung out with me in the past few weeks, you’re either sick of hearing about me tidying or/and are also on the bandwagon.  I blame Rachel.

Marie Kondo’s idea of tidying in The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is simple.  You bring EVERYTHING from one category into a room with you, touch each item and ask yourself, “Does this bring me joy?”

The author goes through the categories in a very systematic way.  I kind of created my own, but she wants you to do it all at once regardless.


It starts with clothes, ALL of my clothes and me together in one room.  Then it was books (easy) and on to the kitchen.  I even brought out all the wedding bowls and platters so we too could be together in one room.  Marie has a whole chapter on how to deal with gifts.


I hit the fabric relentlessly.  Three mounting bins of it I purged.  Obviously I’m now running out.  Works in progress (WIP) got sorted and tossed.


The clear out was major, but then I stalled, mostly because I was thinking garage sale, IG flash sale, consignment shop or other ways of disposing of these ‘valuable’ items besides Goodwill, but the items were all still in my house, taking up room.

So yesterday I loaded it all up and made a whole lot of people happy at Goodwill;)

It felt so good to make this move and this dumping stage gave me the momentum to start again.

sewkatiedidNext is paper.

I did a little warm up to this paperless life last night while watching the Sounders game.

Some of you might recognize your business cards here;)  Because one index box apparently isn’t enough, I had TWO full of business cards and passwords to various sites that didn’t even work when I went to sign in.  I know how to get ahold of you all, so out they went and my cute retro index box will now house the cards for my studio’s loaning library;)

Anyone else doing this?  Any tips?  Life-changing?

Just curious.

Happy Week Peeps!

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