Posts Tagged ‘fabric’

I’ve long been a fan of a good cross-hatch.  First Alexander Henry came out with Heath and I’ve definitely thrown my fair share of it into projects here and there. Then Carolyn Friedlander came out with her wonderful cross-hatch version and now Timeless Treasures has a tone on tone version in every color.

sewkatiedidThe West Seattle Fabric Company has several colors of the collection.  I couldn’t resist these jewel tones.  I’m trying to move onto some navy in my work too, though I’m having some difficulty escaping my purple obsession lately and this was good fuel.

I also picked up more of Michael Miller’s cotton couture in teal.  This solid is fabulously soft and just seemed to polish off the new additions.

sewkatiedid/tunnel vision quilt from Quilting Modern

My thought with these crosshatch prints and solids are some mini versions of the Tunnel Vision quilt from the book.  I’ve made a mini pillow version with Heath recently and am going to branch out with the other colors offered in this Timeless Treasures collection.

sewkatiedid/log cabin pillow topsIn fact, I’m off to quilt those tops now and make them into pillows with invisible zips.  Class coming soon.

We’re in heatwave mode in Seattle, so it’s a good day to sew or maybe visit a nicely air-conditioned fabric shop!

Happy first day of July!

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Look what arrived from Quilt Sandwich?!

I don’t know what it is about Anna Maria Horner fabrics, but each line takes a bit to grow on me.

Then I think maybe I’ve waited too long and it’s all gone.

sewkatiedid/zip pouchWith a Zip Pouch class coming up I thought I would put my favorite of the pile (the poppies) to use immediately for a sample.  I didn’t even wash it, gasp…so unlike me.

sewkatiedid/zip pouchSuch a great poppy red.

sewkatiedid/quilt sandwichOh, and look what’s coming soon to Quilt Sandwich?  I think there are key fobs in my future.  I’ve only had all the hardware for a year.  What can I say, I like to mull things over for awhile.


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::More Napkins::


Have you seen these fun fabrics?!  I’ve been on a fabric binge for napkins lately, especially with the spring weather I want something new and fresh.  I think these could certainly be plugged into just about every project, but I really thought napkins were in line.

sewkatiedidThe West Seattle Fabric Company has the Urban Chiks Boho collection in all the colors.  The mix of brown in these speaks to me.  It seems like brown got left behind for a few years with the whole gray and navy are the new black thing, and this collection really mixes it well with its fun flowers.

I got each color way.  I like to add some larger prints to my kitchen to set off the bold colors of my Fiesta collection.


The low volume Urban Chiks flower has made it into my stash in every color now.  I’ve got a load of low volume ideas in my head in need of some crafty time for execution.  The flower reminds me so much of the Orla Kiely that I love and I’m sure was their inspiration.

Stitch Floral on the right is just a plain good active solid and is available in a load of colors.


And these pin dot flowers I want in every color way!

Be sure to check out The West Seattle Fabric Company’s fresh new website.  Happy sewing on this gorgeous Seattle spring day!  I predict the most awesome weather this summer.

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Please ignore that large looming pile of laundry that’s engulfed my couch, I am.

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Instead, focus on my new design wall!!!

SEW KATIE DID/Quilt Design Wall Tutorial

It’s gray flannel.  My friend Anja says it is the color that Kaffe Fassett requires on his design walls when he does workshops for her and heh, I wouldn’t question him.  AND it blends in so well with my current gray walls.

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I’ve been loving my dual design wall system (above) for years now, but the Livudio (living room/studio) needed some refinement.

I briefly mentioned using foam board a few months ago to Jefe and he was all over it.  I love my husband.

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Jacquie and I covered options for design walls in Quilting Modern including my dual system and how to create a foam board one too if you want to make one, or google it, there’s options out there.

We placed two insulation boards together, connecting them with Gorilla Tape.  I wrapped the boards in flannel that I bought on sale (here) so there was no piecing with this large of a scale and again taped it to the back.  I used the areas of tape to secure the staples, though this was probably overkill I wanted it to remain in place for sure.

We snipped holes for the screws in the flannel and drilled through the flannel and boards into the wall.  Before its final placement we removed the whole thing, plus screws to place anchors in the wall.  Secure and here to stay it is!

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I wouldn’t have thought of these things on top of the screw heads on my own, what ever they are called.  Thanks Jefe!

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I’ve been playing with these blocks a bit for my Slice and Insert block Workshop coming up and need to settle on a baby quilt size design.

I’ve been noodling my way through taxes and with a due date of a week from today, I’m certain not to get much use out of this wall, but I can look at it.  Even Jefe has commented on its good looks.

I highly recommend you go all ‘Parks and Rec‘ on a design wall and “Treat Yourself!”  You’ll feel so good.  And if you don’t know what I am referring to then you have a new show to watch while you sew.

Happy almost TGIF.


—————————Open Studio Quilting Dates/Times—————————-


Need help with a quilting project?  Open studio dates:

Wednesdays (2nd and 4th of every month), February 13th and 27th from 11am-3pm at Make*Do*Mend.

Friday (last Friday of every month), January 25th from 5-10pm at Island Quilter on Vashon Island (sign-up required).



::Magic Number Quilt Workshop::

$85 Saturday, January 26th from 10am to 4pm at the Island Quilter on Vashon Island.

Learn this system of using block sizes that fit together automatically for flexibility in quilt design.  We’ll cover fabric selection and how to create a more traditional or improvisational looking quilt design.  Great for all levels of sewists.  1/4″ foot required.


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::Split Decision Block Workshop::

$85/ Saturday February 2nd from 10am-4pm at Make*Do*Mend in Ballard.

Play with the slice and insert technique creating a modern quilt that features snippets of your favorite fabrics.  This is a great class for all levels of sewists that want to explore a new technique and play with design.  All levels welcome!  Machines and tools provided.



::Stepping Stone Block Workshop::

$85/Tuesdays, February 5th and 12th from 6-9pm at Make*Do*Mend in Ballard.

Two nights to explore the creation of your own quilt designs utilizing improvisational strip piecing in a log cabin quilt block. We’ll cover this improvisational patchwork technique while you construct blocks for your own quilt design! Please note this is a two-part class with attendance required for both sessions. A copy of Quilting Modern is required.


::Half-Square Triangle LOVE Class::

$85/Saturday February 16th from 10am to 4pm at Island Quilter on Vashon Island.

This versatile quilt block lends itself to endless designs. We’ll cover quilting basics such as picking fabrics, matching seams and create perfect points.  We’ll play with a layout that suites your style and you’ll walk away with ideas for a multitude of quilts. All level of sewists welcome.


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Not sure how I missed this, but I never added this Thursday’s Blind Co-Pilot Workshop to my class line-up.  I know there were a few inquiries over the past few months in regards to this class.

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I’ll be bringing in my scrap boxes so we can stitch and flip in scrap heaven!  I’ve got two spots left and a very lively group of students so far.


Happy Tuesday you guys!  I’m doing taxes. I would trade my weight in fabric for someone to take over this chore.


::Open Quilting Studio::


Need help with a quilting project?  Open studio dates:

Wednesday, January 23rd from 11am-3pm at Make*Do*Mend.

Friday, January 25th from 5-10pm at Island Quilter on Vashon Island (sign-up required).


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::Magic Number Workshop::  FULL!  Please call Island Quilter for Wait list.


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::Whole Cloth Quilt Finishing Class:: 

$85/Tuesdays, January 22nd and 29th at Make*Do*Mend in Ballard.

Quilt top, batting, and a backing…baste, quilt, and bind!  Learn the essential basics of finishing a quilt without piecing a thing!  Create a simple crisp modern baby quilt while learning the process.  Quilting designs with a walking foot will be a covered.  Walking foot required if you are bringing your own machine.  Studio machines and walking foot available.

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::Split Decision Block Workshop::

$85/ Saturday February 2nd from 10am-4pm at Make*Do*Mend in Ballard.

Play with the slice and insert technique creating a modern quilt that features snippets of your favorite fabrics.  This is a great class for all levels of sewists that want to explore a new technique and play with design.  All levels welcome!  Machines and tools provided.

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I thought long and hard about sponsors on my little blog.  I feel strongly that my local shops have had my back and have supported me throughout my adventure here in Seattle.  So I reached out to them and you can find their buttons along my sidebar.

This week I hightailed it to Ballard to see Keli at Drygoods Design.  If you haven’t had a chance to browse Drygood’s well curated collection, then the time has come to pack yourself up, hit the farmers market and tap your credit card.  You won’t be disappointed!

They are now open Tuesday-Saturday 11-6pm and Sundays 10-4pm and online 24/7.  Keli has started a studio night one Thursday night a month and  is hoping to kick it up to two.

I love this Nursery Versery.

I knew the minute I saw this line that I wanted some new samples made with it for my Whole Cloth Quilt Class.  I picked the Ruby Sunday flannel and the Crumb Grass flannel by Cloud9 to coordinate.  I threw it in the wash last night and just as Keli said, it is remarkably soft.

Happy Sunday and hope to see you at the opening for Krista Wither’s exhibit at Island Quilter on Friday!










::Improvisational Elongated Triangle Blocks:: $45 Thursday October 4th from 6-9pm at the Quilting Loft in Ballard.

Create an edgy block of triangles with this simple improvisational technique. Follow up with an invisible zipper class or create your own quilt. All levels of sewists welcome.









::Invisible Zipper Class:: $45/ Thursday, October 11th from 6-9pm at the Quilting Loft in Ballard.

Installing invisible zippers if easier than you think. Come learn how to make professional looking pillows, you’ll be hooked! All levels of sewists welcome.


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I’ve got a space in my class tomorrow night.  Thought I’d throw it out there if anyone wants to join in.  I’m pretty excited about this class.  With all its potential improvisation each quilt is sure to be wonderful.

Of course for those a little more interested in traditional quilting will have an option too and it doesn’t even have to look like mine below.  My Colorway Coin Quilt was one of my first quilts.  I’d love to make another less static, but still spectrumed and scrappy.  I’ll be sure to hurry over and add that to my list.

The improvisation version will be a good opportunity to practice some improvisational techniques and both will lend the opportunity to sharpen precise piecing.

Here’s the details:

::Traditional or Modern Improvisational Coin Quilt Top::  $85 Thursdays, September 29th and October 6th from 6-9pm at the Quilting Loft in Ballard.

No two will be the same.  Create a modern coin quilt loosely based on a tradition Chinese Coin Quilt Design.  A great quilt to feature your favorite prints or scraps.

Learn improvisational techniques to take your own designs to the next level.

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