Posted in Improvisational Quilts, Modern Quilting, Modern Quilting Classes, tagged baby quilt, class, classes, improvisational patchwork, improvisational string blocks, modern baby quilt, modern quilting, modern quilting instructor, modern string blocks, patchwork, seattle on March 2, 2015 |
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Remember this quilt?
I showed and sold Psychedelic Baby at Quiltcon 2013. It is still one of my favorite quilts and block workshops to teach. I love blocks that provide so much design potential.
I instantly wanted to recreate Psychedelic Baby a little differently, so I upcycled the leftover bits into a new quilt with a little different take.
I’ll call it On Target.
Just as with any quilting I learned some things.
The amount of linen and shot cotton meant some stretching would occur and my choice of quilting didn’t help. As I reached the smaller outer edge with my “V” things started puckering. If I was to do it all over again I would stitch in the ditch between the blocks that create the “V” shape and then go back in between with the fill lines on the blocks. This likely would have stabilized it a bit more. I was also lazy on switching directions when quilting the same side and this certainly didn’t help.
But let’s not take things too seriously, it’s just a quilt.
On the back I showcased an Alexander Henry print that I love. This was all I had of it and I’m continuing on my path of using what I have to create quilt backs.
The binding I made twice. I wanted to reproduce the feel of the original quilt and selected the light blue with out auditioning it. Poor choice. This quilt needed the drama of the dark purple.
(Thanks Rachel of Wooden Spoon for the photo;)
I finished it up just in time for Anja and Paul of Island Quilter to take it with them to Quiltcon for their booth.
This year was Quiltnon for me, but three of my quilts made it;)
AND I have another layout in process to add to my Psychedelic Baby Quilt Block workshop samples.
I’d think it might never end, but I’m officially D-O-N-E with this color way.
Happy Week Peeps!
(p.s. thanks to my friend Krista for being my quilt holder;)
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Posted in Classes and workshops, Improvisational Quilting Classes, tagged class, classes, handmade, Improv, improvisation, improvisational, improvisational patchwork, modern quilt, modern quilting, patchwork, quilting, Quilts, seattle, Seattle Modern Quilting Guild, sew katie did, washington, workshops on February 16, 2015 |
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Paper piecing workshop development and sample made, CHECK! And totally drool worthy if I don’t say so myself.
The Foundations of Paper Piecing Workshop is listed if you find yourself with some spare time on March 14th.
A New York Beauty block has been on the bucket list F-O-R-E-V-E-R.
I bought just enough new make me happy fabrics and combined them with some old to create a new to me color way. It seemed to just come together on the design wall so effortlessly. As usual it matches nothing in my house.
The white/creams I pulled from the scrap bins. There’s even some flannel in there.
It ended up that neither the shot cotton and the flannel on the front, nor the voile on the back created the headaches I imagined.
I crosshatched it in a lightly variegated lilac thread. This easy off the edge quilting design has the kind of impact makes me happy. Off course all quilting minds of Seattle that I saw last week were consulted;)
I almost put the voile back into the stash.
It’s one of those fabrics I have to force myself to cut into if I had curtains in mind five years ago. There’s still that hope of getting to that alive;) The decision was a good one, it pairs perfectly with the front.
If you’re headed to Quiltcon please go say hi to my quilts. There are two on exhibit and I just finished up this one here for display there in Island Quilter’s booth.
It will look a little bit more lively than it does it this taken at midnight photo.
This quilt thoroughly falls under the “it doesn’t have to be perfect to love it” category and I considered not sending it due to some obvious struggles I had quilting it, but then I reminded myself that perfection isn’t what it’s all about.
Happy week peeps. I hope it’s a good one;)
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Posted in Classes and workshops, Modern Quilting, Quilts, tagged class, classes, half square triangle quilt, half square triangle quilting block, Improv, improvisation, improvisational, improvisational patchwork, modern quilting, patchwork, quilting, Quilts, seattle, Seattle Modern Quilting Guild, sew katie did, sewing, triangle quilt, value quilt, workshops on January 26, 2015 |
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As I’m making one quilt I generally have block cast-offs and another design lay out evolves. That’s just what happened with the leftovers from the Scrappalicous Double-Trouble Quilt I made a while back.
What I call the Double-Trouble block is a half-square-triangle with an improv Stitch and Flip triangle on one side. Merging the two triangle techniques creates a block that is both controlled and chaotic. The Swirling Medallion quilt we made in Quilting Modern has the directions for the Stitch and Flips and my tutorial for hst is combined with my value quilt tutorial.
This time around I thought I’d try out the squares by turning what I had on point and giving them some space to breath. I love the scrappy controlled sets.
I tried my best to create the whole quilt, even the background with scraps. There’s a mix of flannel, muslin, and other neutrals that I used for landing the improv triangles. Anything goes for the triangles, voile, flannel, home decor and corduroy are all present.
I failed on using left overs for the binding. This small scale print from Alexander Henry’s Farmdale line was perfect.
I could have adjusted my neutral squares in some places with a larger size, but keeping everything to 3 1/2″ squares created more texture and depth.
The backing is another old Alexander Henry. Shocking I know.
One of my goals this year is to have my backings consume cast offs from the front and fabric from stash. This challenge so far has led to creating some backs that I’m rather smitten with. Unfortunately I don’t have a current full shot to show you what I’m talking about.
The quilt hangs at Island Quilter on Vashon Island for the month of January with other lovelies made by my peeps in the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild. Go take a ferry trip!
Happy Monday Peeps!
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Posted in binding techniques, Classes and workshops, tagged alexander henry, class, cutting corners binding technique, Improv, improvisation, improvisational, improvisational patchwork, invisible zipper class, modern quilting, patchwork, quilting, Quilts, seattle, Seattle Modern Quilting Guild, sew katie did, washington, workshops on January 20, 2015 |
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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;)
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Posted in Classes and workshops, design wall, Improvisational Quilting Classes, Improvisational Quilts, Innovative Patchwork Piecing, modern quilt, Modern Quilting, Modern Quilting Classes, quilt design wall, Quilting Modern techniques and projects for improvisational quilts, Quilts, seattle quilting, tagged baby quilt, class, classes, handcrafted, handmade, Improv, improvisational, improvisational patchwork, modern quilt, modern quilting, patchwork, quilting, Quilts, seattle, Seattle Modern Quilting Guild, sew katie did, washington, workshops on January 15, 2015 |
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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.
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.
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;)
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Posted in Classes and workshops, tagged alexander henry, class, handmade, hexagons by machine, Improv, improvisation, improvisational, improvisational patchwork, modern log cabin, modern quilt, modern quilting, quilting, seattle, Seattle Modern Quilting Guild, washington, workshops on January 7, 2015 |
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Happy 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.
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.
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.
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.
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Posted in Classes and workshops, Improvisational Quilting Classes, Improvisational Quilts, Innovative Patchwork Piecing, modern quilt, Modern Quilting, Modern Quilting Classes, Quilting Modern techniques and projects for improvisational quilts, Quilts, tagged class, classes, Improv, improvisation, improvisational, improvisational patchwork, invisible zipper class, modern quilt, modern quilting, patchwork, pillows, quilting, Quilts, Seattle Modern Quilting Guild, sew katie did, sewing, washington, workshops on December 16, 2014 |
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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).
-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.
*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. *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. *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. *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!
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