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::Mod Pinwheel::

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.

SEW KATIE DID:MOD Pinwheel 3

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.

SEW KATIE DID:MOD Pinwheel Full

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.

SEW KATIE DID:MOD Pinwheel EYE

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.

SEW KATIE DID:REMIX

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.

SEW KATIE DID:Flooring

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!

SEW KATIE DID:Psychedelic Baby Block:Don't Box Me In Quilt

To make a quilt a quilt you eventually have to baste it through your choice method.  I’m a pin baster.  I also have OBD (Over Basting Disorder).

SEW KATIE DID:Quilt Sandwich

 If I’ve already over thought my quilting design then I try to land my pins in areas that won’t interfere too much with it.

SEW KATIE DID:Psychedelic Baby Full

In my life basting a quilt is a good excuse to clean my floor, have a beer, and soak in a few episodes of whatever TV series I’m currently chain-smoking.  I’m having a marathon with Scandal today.

Here’s a list of my tools for basting a quilt.  A nice container to store them all together in makes for easy transport to my basting spot.

SEW KATIE DID:Quilt Basting Tool Kit

::Basting Tools::

  • Basting Pins-  I’ve run into a load of poor quality basting pins in classes.  If you’re going to bother pin basting buy good quality, your quilt top will thank you.  Heavier thread count material can also make sharp pins even more important.  I prefer the smaller curves ones.  They are about 1.5″ long.
  • Kwik Klip   This little tool helps close pins.  I don’t know what my problem was that it took me so long to purchase one of these.  If you are going to pin baste this tool is also an essential in your toolbox.  Trust me;)
  • Painter’s Tape  Use this to systematically tape your quilt back right side down to the floor.  I work by alternating sides as I tape.  Beginning from the midpoint of the sides.  Don’t stretch, but it should be flat.
  • Shears  For getting rid of excess batting.  I fold the batting back onto itself and cut away at the fold to an inch or so smaller than my quilt back.  This gives me a visual to run my quilting off the quilt top and secure it into the backing.
  • Snips To rid quilt of stray threads.
  • Lint Roller  Don’t forget about the back.  If the quilt has been handled a lot the back will have longer stray threads.  It generally isn’t even a problem, but if I have a light color on the front and a dark thread gets quilted behind it it will show through.  I find this annoying after putting so much work into perfection.

SEW KATIE DID:Basted

This is by no means a concise tutorial on all aspects of making a quilt sandwich or basting, but I’ll fill in the blanks at some later dates.

I also am a true believer that there is no need to reinvent the wheel, so I’ve pinned a Whole Cloth and a Quilt It Pinboard with a load of great tutorials on quilt finishing such as basting, quilting and binding that wonderful people have put together for wonderful you;)

Any tools you can’t live without?

Happy Week Peeps;)  I’m off to quilt and fold a mountain of laundry.

I’m still working through finished quilts I’ve never posted to the blog.  There’s still a few.

SEW KATIE DID/Stepping Stone Quilt/Quilting Modern Book

Does this one look familiar?

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Out of all we made for Quilting Modern Stepping Stone was the one quilt I couldn’t wait to get back.

SEW KATIE DID:Stepping Stone Quilting Detail:Quilting Modern

 I am a firm believer in utilitarian quilts and prefer quilts that are soft, not cardboard stiff with quilting.  Stepping Stone finished very supple.  Large expanses of shot cotton on the front and an all flannel back was likely the largest contributor, but the batting (most likely Quilter’s Dream) and the thread Angela Walters used to quilt this one helped as well.

The flat shot from the book really shows the texture shot cotton’s cross weave can create when its turned in different directions.  I often get asked in lectures and truck shows if the fabric surrounding the blocks is a different fabric from the rest of the background.

SEW KATIE DID:Stepping Stone Quilting Close

 Think mossy Seattle path with stone pavers;)

SEW KATIE DID:Stepping Stone Quilt Blocks:Quilting Modern

We ended up placing this quilt in the Strip Tease chapter of the book, but it can easily be created building the frames with scraps.  There are a lot of favorite fabrics in the logs surrounding each stone as I grabbed from my green and blue scrap bins for the analogous color scheme when creating this quilt.

SEW KATIE DID/Stepping Stone Quilt/Quilting Modern

 When Island Quilter hung my show I was “helping” Anja.  I noticed that it looked like it was hung crooked only to tilt my head and realize it wasn’t a square quilt;)  This makes it even better in my mind.  Who can tell when your all happy under it?

Now that the drywall is finished up in the studio, paint and flooring has been purchased.  Hoping things will be rolling by the end of May.

Happy Week Peeps.

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sewkatiedid/mastering improv curved shapes workshop

I’m teaching my last classes this week at The Quilting Loft as they finish up their liquidation and close;(  I’ve been teaching there since 2007 and am sad to see them go.  There are two spots still in Amebas.  Please call the shop if you’d like to join in.  There might be a spot left in Tuesday’s night class and Thursday’s day class, but I’m not a 100% sure.

::Design Wall 101::

SEW KATIE DID/Design Wall Tutorial

Hopefully in the next month I’ll be updating my design walls for the studio so that I can expose the electrical sockets and make them floor to ceiling.

SEW KATIE DID/Quilt Design Wall Tutorial

I’ll make sure to document the process to be included in the tutorial.

 I use two types of design walls.  The grey one above is insulation board wrapped in flannel (tutorial here).

SEW KATIE DID/Layered Design Wall

 I’m sure none of you have more than one project you work on at a time, but if you do the other is a layered system (tutorial here) that allows you to roll things up and keep them in place so that you can work on what’s underneath or take it for travel.  This system is also perfect for those of you in small spaces since it can be rolled up and stashed somewhere like under a bed.

SEW KATIE DID:Psychedelic Baby Block

SEW KATIE DID:Psychedelic Baby Blocks Square

Design walls aren’t an essential tool in everyone’s creative process, but I do talk with my students about it being number one for mine.  I like to step back and see how things are getting along.  I encourage students to take photos of their project’s progression and even when they think they’ve got it perfect to take everything down and rearrange it.  This is how new ideas might develop.  In Quilting Modern we talked about not being ‘married’ to what’s on on your design wall, and in a workshop Jacquie and I taught together one of our students joked, “You’re just sleeping together.”  That quote has stuck.

SEW KATIE DID:Triangles

I’ve developed some tricks along the way when it comes to using the design wall and the one I utilize the most is not sewing things together, but rather use bits of scraps pinned up to audition color or placement.

SEW KATIE DID:Triangles Add

I now have a bowl of various 90 degree triangles for this task.  Like so.

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I have the same with strips.  This system does add to the amount of scraps, but I’m good with that.  I can’t tell you the number of times something has been all sewn together for me to realize I should have changed out something dead center of the quilt.

Happy Monday Peeps.

Hope you and your design wall are finding some time to sleep together:)

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::Fresh Cut Quilt::

I realized I have several quilts I haven’t blogged about and they deserve their little spot here.

Like Fresh Cut.

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Fresh Cut was a quilt I made to be published as a pattern in Quilting Modern and would have landed in the Slice and Insert chapter as an example of inserting consistent width strips perpendicular to one another.

SEW KATIE DID:Fresh Cut Mag

Since books only have so many pages we have a few projects that didn’t make it and Fresh Cut was instead marketed as a preview for Quilting Modern in American Patchworks and Quilting’s June 2012 issue.

They styled it super cute for a nursery wall hanging.

SEW KATIE DID/Fresh Cut Quilt close

As with any quilt there are things I love and things I learned and Fresh Cut is no exception.

Granted I’m looking at a quilt I made in 2012, so the things I would do differently are multiply as I write this.

SEW KATIE DID/Fresh Cut Quilt/Quilting Modern

If it weren’t for the binding having a few tricks I would take the simple quilting out and after over thinking it for a long time I would redo it in a simple grid of straight lines.

And if I was going to bother with that then I would add some blocks to change the bizarre size of this quilt.  I’m not sure what I was thinking.  I’d love to see an additional row of three blocks making it a big nine-patch.  Hmmmm…

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What I do love?

-The added bits sliced into the sashing of the blocks.

-The fabric colors.

-The quilting thread color change out.

-The variety of the inserts.

SEW KATIE DID:Fresh Cut Quilt Binding

I really need to write a post on mixing up binding.  I’ve got quite a few examples that I need to put in one place.

SEW KATIE DID:Fresh Cut Quilt Top

It really is a fun quilt and a simple intro to the Slice and Insert technique within a block structure.  You can find the pattern here.

Just out of marketing curiosity, did anyone have exposure to this quilt when it came out?  How about the other quilts that didn’t make the book that are free patterns?  I’m guessing since I never see them in the virtual world that I need a blog post on how to find them.

sewkatiedid studio

The studio is in the process of being drywalled and I’m off to look at flooring.

Happy Monday Peeps;)

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sewkatiedid/mastering improv curved shapes workshop

There are two spots in my Improvisational Curved Shapes Workshop (beginners welcome) on April 23rd from 6pm-9pm at the Quilting Loft (call to sign up).  This will be our last workshop there as they are closing their retail shop at the end of the month. 30% off sale  starts Tuesday (7th).  Stay tuned for details here.

March has simply flown by. I was able to teach and lecture in some beautiful spots, meet some wonderful people and sew with my local peeps.

SEW KATIE DID Stellar Block/Medallioned Magic Number Workshop

I also launched my Medallioned Magic Numbers Workshop Series.  It was fun to feed off of everyone’s excitement over our first technique and blocks we played with, what I call Improv Stellar Stars.  Some stuck with the Stellar block motif and others diverged. Some embraced favorite color ways or went scrappy like me.

Unlike other Medallion style quilts we’re not going to be growing our’s out from the center and systematically sewing them from there.

Since Magic Number Blocks (see tutorial here) automatically fit together for flexibility in design and construction we will be creating the parts and moving them around to see what other shapes and designs we can create.  Once we are happy with our design layout we’ll construct our top. It will be a surprise to see what ends up in the center I guess.

We’ll be creating borders in our next session as well as adding another class to accommodate the wait list.

But what I’m here to show you today is my Night Owl Quilt.

SEW KATIE DID:Night Owl Quilt Full Front

At one of my lectures this week I got a bunch of questions from an attendee about my Night Owl Quilt.  Typically I can send someone the link from my “Quilts” page where I post all of my finishes when they want photos.

 Night Owl Quilt was MIA from that page.

SEW KATIE DID:Night Owl Quilt

So as I ran out the door for Roan’s field trip I thought to grab it and my camera for photos on the morning ferry commute and make use of my minions.

The design is a pattern called Supernova that is published in our book Quilting Modern.

SEW KATIE DID/Supernova Quilt/Quilting Modern Pattern

I think quilters are drawn to reproducing this quilt pattern due to its simplicity of technique and construction.  I come across its remake online more than any other quilt in the book.

SEW KATIE DID:Night Owl Detail Front

The softness quality is exactly balanced for me on this quilt.  Soft colors, soft Essex, wool batting, Osnaburgh on the back, and just enough density of an organic quilting pattern all add up to perfect.

The only thing I wish I would have added are the spin-offs into the background.  There’s always something;)

SEW KATIE DID:Night Owl Quilt Center

I really love how the design allows you to play with just about any fabrics you’re in love with, including novelty if that’s your thing.  I’ve always been drawn to this Alexander Henry owl print and used it as my starting point, layered fabrics from stash as I built out.

SEW KATIE DID:Night Owl Quilt Back

Quilting swirls=Starry Night.

SEW KATIE DID:Night Owl Quilt Binding

I love these colors.  For some reason I’m smitten with the binding pick on this one. Something about the small scale tone on tone and the color of this fabric attracts me to hoarding it.  You can try to find it, but I’m pretty sure I bought it all so you couldn’t;)

There it is, Night Owl Quilt has landed on my Quilt page!

If anyone has suggestions of a graphic designer that does logos I’m in the market.  Please only  someone that has a real business, with a questionnaire to get us on the same page with design and fresh looking portfolio;)

Happy Monday Peeps!

SEW KATIE DID:HST QUIT

(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.

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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!

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

SEW KATIE DID Stellar

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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