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, pillows, tagged alexander henry, Improv, improvisational, improvisational patchwork, linen, modern quilt, modern quilting, patchwork, quilting, Quilts, seattle, sewing, triangle quilt, workshops on February 2, 2015 |
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That leftovers thing happened again. Hexes turned into triangles, and now I have another shape to show as an example in my triangle workshop with a hexagon shape center to boot!
The stars turned out pretty wee by the time I cut them from the left over hexes.
The precision I’m pretty happy with, no paper piecing involved for those of you that asked, just 60 degree triangle piecing.
I floated them in Essex Linen.
These prints are favorites and deserved some limelight.
The diamond shape the quilting forms was simple enough to execute.
And it matches the pillows on my couch;)
Finished off with my Invisible Zipper Tutorial.
The weather couldn’t be any more perfect for quilting and if my child’s mood this morning is any indication of how most of Seattle is feeling today I think I’ll make the best of it and stay home to sew.
Chin up Seattle.
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Posted in binding techniques, Classes and workshops, Quilting Modern techniques and projects for improvisational quilts, tagged hexagons by machine, Improv, improvisational patchwork, modern quilt, modern quilting, patchwork, quilting, Quilts, seattle, Seattle Modern Quilting Guild, sewing, washington, workshops on January 23, 2015 |
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I didn’t manage to get a good full shot of my Somewhat Circular Hexagon quilt before bolting out the door to teach. I had to move it out since I wanted it to be hanging in the shop as a new sample for next Thursday’s Hexagons By Machine workshop. There are openings in this class if you are curious about the methods of strip cutting hexagons and piecing them by machine.
I’ll be sure to get some photos of it next week and post them. I’ve got my eye on some huge floor pillows that want this design on them. You know I like pillows.
Somewhat Circular is my second quilt finish for 2015, I think this quilt doubles what quilts I produced in 2014. My first was my Double-Trouble quilt hanging at the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild’s exhibit opening at Island Quilter. I’ll be on the island Sunday for an Open Quilting Studio at IQ and hope to snap some pictures of it to share. Anyone’s welcome to come work on projects and check out the guild’s quilts.
The binding was a hard pick on this one, but the black print worked great with the backing.
As you can see there are a few lines of quilting still needing to be removed and some to be added in, but the color way is spot on and the Essex linen really works with the black background fabrics.
I used this quilt to photo my Cutting Corners Binding Tutorial this week if you missed it.
It’s a beautiful Seattle day to stay inside and sew (and avoid laundry;).
Happy Friday Peeps!
I had a cancellation and now how one slot left in my Improv Log Cabin Workshop on Tuesday. Come play!
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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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Posted in Classes and workshops, Innovative Patchwork Piecing, tagged Improv, improvisation, improvisational, improvisational patchwork, modern quilt, modern quilting, patchwork, quilting, Seattle Modern Quilting Guild, sew katie did, sewing studio, washington, workshops on December 9, 2014 |
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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?
They must have subliminally gotten to me already, but seeing them inspired me to put this Double-Trouble block back up.
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.
What do you think?
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;)
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