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sewkatiedid/cutting corners binding technique/tutorial

I posted a photo on my Instagram the other day and a comment was made about how I stitch the corners of my binding.  Years ago I noticed my mom used it on a quilt and I just messed with it until it was second nature for me.  I’m sure the method has a name.  I’ll call it the Cutting Corners binding technique.

I use a ladder stitch to bind my quilts and if you need some direction on that Turning Turning’s blog has a great tutorial.

sewkatiedid/cutting corners binding technique

1) As I approach a corner I fold the corner binding towards the middle of the quilt and bring the binding’s folded edges on the right and left sides together at the inside corner so that they just touch.

sewkatiedid:cutting corners binding technique

Secure where the right and left sides come together with a clip.

The goal is to aim for the right and left fold of the binding to come together at an equal measurement and create 90 angle at the corner.  Binding clips on either side of the corner can help even things out.  

cutting corners binding technique

2) When I approach the corner I take the needle into the quilt back and bring it out through the binding’s corner fold. It might be easier to do the next step before pulling the needle through.

sewkatiedid/cutting corner binding technique and tutorial

3)  Grab with your needle the opposing folded corner of binding and if things are looking even pull your needle through.

These two points where the needle is pictured above is where you will complete some tacking stitches.

sewkatiedid/cutting corners binding technique and tutorial

4)  Once you feel it’s got enough stitches to be secure, take your needle into the right side and  through into the quilt backing, coming out into the fold of the binding.  Continue with the ladder stitch.

sewkatiedid:somewhat circular hex

It should look all nice and square from the front.  I’ve never had any issues with it coming untucked.  Anyone know of the name of this technique?

Let me know if you have any questions.

Poof, Somewhat Circular Hex is another sample for my Hexagons by Machine workshop next week;)  Now I need to get a post up on it.

Happy Tuesday.  I’m off to get my tax crap together, exciting stuff Deb;)

sewkatiedid/somewhat circular hexagon quilt

Regardless of my best intentions posting anything here gets pushed to the back.

I have a new season of lectures and workshops coming up and am always hoping to finish up at least one more sample for design options.  I love this practice as it allows me to reacquaint myself with a technique. Often I’ll gain perspective to share with my students that I didn’t originally think of.  Design wall time is invaluable to my process and a main focus of my workshops.  Leftovers from the original project are generally my go to, but more often than not, one project’s scraps merge into another project.

But it’s that desire for a finish that keeps me from here.  What I need to get over is always wishing to post that finished project.  Especially since I sew way faster in my head than real life.

So I think my intention for blogging this year is to focus on process AND post about it.

Marketing workshops is at the forefront of posting too and I wanna say I’m lucky that my classes fill as if late, but I also have to give myself credit that I’ve been working hard to figure out what people are inspired by, it’s not an accident.

sew katie did/somewhat circular hex

But if there’s a spot I like to make sure that I’m working on a sample. And that’s just what happened with this hex quilt.

There’s some quilting that needs to come out here and there, but I’m pretty happy with it. The trend and my love for dense quilting however isn’t fitting for the utilitarian use of baby quilts in my opinion, cardboard comes to mind, but we’ll see how it washes out.  I probably could have helped it out by selecting a type of batting that would be more supple instead of just grabbing a scrap that fit.

sewkatiedid/throwing stars

My To the Point workshop is full, but I’m working on a sample from the hex scraps for it.  They’re wee and currently being quilted.  Hoping for that finish today along with hanging sleeves/labels for Quiltcon quilts and squaring or at least picking out binding for the hex.

Thanks for reading, I’ve obviously got things to do;)

::Lightening Speed::

sewkatiedid/block workshop series IHappy New Year Peeps;)

That end of the year mosaic with all the quilts I made, well, that won’t be happening.  Mostly because unlike past years I really didn’t have any quilt finishes, I made a crap load of awesome pillows and a few tops. Some of that has to do with using my current little studio space to its potential, but also gearing classes towards smaller projects.

So instead of a mosaic I’ll share with you my pillows pictured up there.  I think they are probably my favorite creation from 2014.

I didn’t exactly hit the ground running this year, I got the flu right of the bat.  Thankfully at the end of the year I had the time and did a thorough studio cleaning to take account of classes and unfinished projects.

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From the quilt top pile I picked my hexagon quilt. With Hexagons By Machine and Equilateral Triangles workshops coming up I thought to get it quilted and play with piecing triangles as I made the back so I could have another sample for each workshop.

sewkatiedid/throwing stars

But of course as I was piecing these stars together for a back I realized it really should be a pillow.  So, now apparently I still have a back to work on and a pillow I really want to make, so no mosaic making time anyway.

We obviously need more pillows, but you’ll definitely be seeing more finished quilts in 2015.

Happy Tuesday.  I’m off to sew for two whole delicious hours;)  Hope to see some of you locals on Monday at Open Studio.

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Almost forgot, I really enjoyed listening to what Ruth Ozeki has to share in her talk titled Modern Distraction and the Dark Waters of Creativity.  Check it out.

::Merry Merry::

Create-Sew-Overthink-Run Out of Time-Put Away-Recreate

It’s something I’ve known for awhile, I sew faster in my head than in real life.  Thing is, I’ve learned to accept it and put projects aside that aren’t actual ‘work’ so workshops can be developed, evolve and samples made.  The good news is a better idea of what to do with the stashed project usually emerges in that stashed time and it can cycle into a class sample.

sewkatiedid/split personality nine-patch

Unfortunately, this time/sew thing also means that I often have to put it away more then once.

sewkatiedid/Split Personality Modern Nine-Patch

  The blocks above that I call Split Personality Nine-Patch are a perfect example of this cycle.  They were made years ago, but it wasn’t until my student and lovely friend Laurel showed up at my open sewing studio with her Arkansas Crossroads quilt that the inspiration struck.

Time has run out though.  I think I’ll likely pack it up unpieced for next holiday’s projects.  I have a feeling you might see this in solids soon;)

sewkatiedid/snowflake?

Of course there are scraps involved in the creative process so my secondary design wall was taken over by some visions of snowflakes or something.  This is as far as playing got me, but when I was clearing it from the wall inspiration struck that will hopefully be remembered a year from now.

almond kiss cookies

On the home front we have the family here from Northern Ireland since travel is hard for my other brother in law with ALS.  Monday night we celebrated Grandpa John’s life with us and spread his ashes in Elliot Bay.  Most of all we are enjoying our first Christmas in our home and thankful for our time together;)

 Of course I baked Almond Kiss Cookies, one of my favorite Christmas traditions.  Santa highly recommends them especially with a Guinness.

I’m looking forward to the upcoming year with lots of teaching planned. A big thanks to all of you who have supported me and helped grow my business in the past three years. We all have good creative things coming to us.

Enjoy your family and friends peeps.  I’ll see you in the new year.

xo katie

::Take Two::

sewkatiedid/modern patchwork workshop series II

sewkatiedid/modern patchwork block workshops series II

The first group that joined me in my modern patchwork series made it so fun and I enjoyed making the samples so much that I’ve decided to run it again in the new year AND I’ve added a second part to the series.The color combo is so wacked and I’m 100% smitten with it.

Each of these pillows I’ve made with techniques I love to use and teach.  One of the things so enjoyable about quilting is figuring out new ways to do things and I’ve certainly learned some good tips to pass along with these.

Here goes (and if you were wait listed or unable to do all of the first session than you can also sign up via The Quilting Loft).

sewkatiedid/modern patchwork workshop series II

-Exploring Inside a Box-

Modern Patchwork Series II

Please sign up via The Quilting Loft’s site.

Take one session, or the whole series, to explore the merging of traditional and improvisational patchwork techniques, one block at a time. Katie Pedersen, author of Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts will guide you through the techniques and skills needed for each block, variations in block design, and the secondary designs multiple blocks create. While we’re at it, we’ll get friendly with our design wall, touch on color and value theory, and cover the advantages of constructing a block that is either precise in piecing, or more willy-nilly.

*Even if you are a seasoned quilter you can up your patchwork game by adding improvisational techniques to your knowledge base.

sewkatiedid:modern patchwork workshop/series II/ equalateral triangle

*Session I- To the Point Triangle Workshop- Thursday, January 22nd from 6-9pm Learn the proper techniques for cutting and piecing equilateral triangles to create sharp points and a design with the most impact. How design is affected by color value, scale of fabric and placement will be covered in this skill building workshop. All levels of sewists welcome. sewkatiedid:Psychedelic Baby Modern Patchwork Workshop/Series II *Session II- Psychedelic Baby Block- Thursday, February 26th from 6-9pm This modern block workshop combines improvisational strip piecing and a traditional foundation paper piecing technique to create unique string blocks that are both chaotic and controlled. Once we’ve constructed some blocks we’ll cover color and value placement so that we can play with the block’s unlimited quilt/pillow design potential. sewkatiedid:modern patchwork workshop/Series II *Session III- Improv Curves- Thursday, March 19th from 6-9pm Fear the curve no more with this no pinning, no templates and no stress approach to the curve. This session gives you the class time to master improvisational gradual curves to be later built into curved emeba blocks (See Emeba Workshop below). Free-handing improvisational curves are manageable even for beginners. Sewkatiedid:Amebas/modern patchwork workshop series II *Session IV- Tipsy Amebas Block- Thursday, April 23rd from 6-9pm (An Improvisational curves workshop must be taken to sign up for Amebas (March 19th or April 21st to sign up for this workshop) Now that you’ve mastered improvisationally pieced curves without pinning a thing it’s time to move on to creating organic shapes. Watch your ameba multiply as we cover a chain piecing technique to make more than one at a time and follow up by learning how to bring your blocks together on the design wall without noticeable block construction. Hope to see you there!

::Pop::

Well happy Tuesday everyone. Today I’ve got zip pouches on the list and class tonight, but thought I’d pop in here first.

Pantone announced the new colors for 2015.  Have you seen them yet?

sewkatiedid/Double-Trouble block

They must have subliminally gotten to me already, but seeing them inspired me to put this Double-Trouble block back up.

Marsala?

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It reminds me of the L’OREAL eyeshadow and nail polish I use to wear in the 80s.  And come to think of it I have some MAC shadow currently in this color.

pantone What do you think?

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sewkatiedid/zip pouch

There might be one space left in my zip pouch workshop tonight or the invisible zipper pillow class Thursday if you’re thinking about some gifts.  Check it out;)

sewkatiedid/Invisble zipper workshop

::Sewing For Me::

sewkatiedid/double-trouble quilt

I pushed through to finish up my Quiltcon submissions and the last of the class samples for my new block series (coming up soon) so that I can have some precious sewing time purely for me.

sewkatiedid/fabric

I’ve been spending this ‘me’ time with a borderline crazy amount of holiday fabric:) and of course formulating new class ideas in my head because I can’t help it.

Sewkatiedid/square in a square

A little bit of Black Friday etc fabric shopping might have happened as well.  You know I’m running out;)

Sewkatiedid/Spit-Personality Nine-Patch

A few more blocks on my Split Personality Nine-Patch (which I’ll be teaching next weekend) and I can start the piecing process.  Crossing fingers for a quilting finish to have this on the bed by Christmas.

Whatcha making and any good Christmas fabric you’re drooling for this season?  I’ve been seeing some good stuff out there.

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