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 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, 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, 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, modern quilt, Modern Quilting, Quilting Modern techniques and projects for improvisational quilts, tagged Improv, improvisation, improvisational, improvisational patchwork, modern quilting, quilting, seattle, Seattle Modern Quilting Guild, sew katie did, sewing, stitch and flip triangle, workshops on October 21, 2014 |
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Thanks for all the kind comments last week. We’re regrouping in week three and lucky to have such awesome friends.
Life continues behind the scenes of a quilting blog;)
I finished the last of the samples for my Exploring Inside the Box series. It might be the colors, but regardless of the improvisational curves this pillow has that same graphic edgy feel as the others.
This shape is so simple to execute improvisationally. I really love the little hit of added strip piecing. I rotate building out all four quadrants on this design. A little to this quarter and a little to that avoids identical colors mingling in the same location, unless that’s the look you’re aiming for. It’s rather forgiving if you feel you’ve misplaced a color because you can always rip it apart or recut.
It would be fun to make in a binary color scheme too.
I’ve really enjoyed working with this color way, but it’s time to move on, so I’ve been thinking of new blocks and colors for Series II. We’ve got the winter dates, I just need to get going on the blocks before we list it.
Series II might be inspired by Seattle’s fluffy white and grey clouds currently passing us by and the blue sky you get snapshots of here and there.
I have all the pillows currently home and it’s fun to see them all together, though overwhelming in the matchy-matchy department. Perhaps some Plain Jane’s are needed to break things up.
I’ll get right on that;)
If you were wait listed for the first Exploring Inside the Box series we have new dates for the winter session on Tuesdays, follow the link here.
Monday, October 27th is Open Studio at Island Quilter. Reserve your spot by following this link.
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Posted in Classes and workshops, tagged class, Improv, improvisation, improvisational, improvisational patchwork, modern quilt, modern quilting, patchwork, Quilts, seattle, Seattle Modern Quilting Guild, sewing, workshops on March 19, 2014 |
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There’s no way around it, practice is the best teacher for free motion quilting. I’m sure none of you have an unfinished quilt top (or two) laying around!?
Drygoods Design has the perfect environment to pick up this skill in their Make*Do*Mend studio with quality Berninas. This is a two-session open studio (or one if that works) Tuesday, March 25th and April 6th from 6:15 to 9:15.
If you enjoy a laid back, social environment to learn something new at your own pace then this is the perfect set-up for you. I’ll help guide you on your way to a divine loop or geometric quilting design you’ve been envisioning on your projects.
A little inspiration perhaps?
1. Boxy Free-Motion Quilting, 2. Boro Blues # 2 – Detail, 3. Cross quilt, 4. So far so good- store bought double fold bias tape binding, 5. Bubble Path – Day 165, 6. Soft Splinters Quilt run off binding, 7. awesomeness WIP, 8. Greek Key – Day 51, 9. Martinas Puzzle Box Quilt Along, 10.Pillow, 11. Pointy Paisley #33, 12. Mod Log Table Runner 1, 13. Yay! Finished quilting it! Now to pick out a binding!, 14. Free-motion quilting fabric bucket samples done. #drygoods @drygoodsdesign @afewscraps, 15. FMQ pebbles and swirls, 16. Sunny Days 2
All supplies available at Drygoods Design and class registrants enjoy 15% off class purchases.
Some other class goodies coming up including an Improvisational Elongated Triangle pillow workshop here!
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I’ve been playing with curves and triangles for workshop samples this week.
What are you working on?
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