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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.


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.


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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I’m kind of a mess, so yesterday it was a blessing to be surrounded by friends, and many whom I consider family at The Seattle Modern Quilt Guild’s Holiday Sew-In at Island Quilter on Vashon Island.


Island Quilter’s bright and large space accommodated our large group.


It was Merry Christmas to us, because Anja and Paul opened up what they call “The Vault.”  Which meant there were loads of out of print fabrics for us to purchase!  I went home with some Lizzy House Pearl Bracelet.


Working on gifts was of course high on the agenda and I heard between the mimosa’s and cookies that some made it a highly productive day.


I managed some infinity scarves and an apron.  I love the pharmacy on the island too for gifts and picked up some awesome stocking stuffers.


A little show and tell of our newest baby quilt.


Thanks to all who made it a great time!  You are all sunshine on a cloudy day and I really needed it.



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The Modern Quilting Guild planning committee wants to know what “modern quilting” means to its members, and has requested we post our response on our personal blogs.

I have a difficult time articulating what “modern quilting” means to me.

Jacquie said to me recently, “I can’t always explain it.   I just know it when I see it.”  I knew what she meant.

To me, “modern quilting” means fresh… current. It’s executed with wonderful fabric, unexpected design, and an intuitive process, all wrapped together with the inspired artists out there creating it.

My first “modern quilting moment” happened when I stumbled upon fabric that spoke to my creative side.  I’d found my artist’s medium.  Fabric’s my modern quilting muse.  Modern quilting wouldn’t exist for me with out the designer fabrics being produced today.  Surface design makes me giddy.

I’ve come to rely on some unexpected design element when it comes to the composition of a modern quilt.  Maybe some tweak of a color, shape, or proportion.  Often it’s something that makes the piece signature to the creator.

Undeniably, I see modern quilting as an adaptive, intuitive process.  Most of my quilting is a menagerie of technique.  Whether improvisational or more static, it evolves itself differently each time in its process of construction.  This process works well for me.  It allows me to execute my ideas, be adaptable to change when an issue in design’s construction arises, and forces me to take on learning new skills.

I love how personable the process is and look forward to the guild’s evolution.  How about you?

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I have been trying to form a Modern Quilt Guild of good people to come together and quilt for some time.  Life has gotten in the way for many of us to make it happen.  Let’s try to connect!  Many thanks to Alissa for her leadership and spreading the word!

I formed a group for us to communicate.  If you would like to keep up to date with The Seattle Modern Quilt Guild and be an active member you may join HERE.

I have quite a few projects on my plate presently and would be more than happy for some people with some leadership skills to step up with this baby.  We could also brainstorm on a location that would be happy to hear the hum of machines.

Looking forward to the creative ideas!

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