Katie Pedersen
August 2019 Speaker/Workshop

Workshops go on sale July 19th at 10 am

About Katie


I like to quilt, A LOT.  I like to share what I’ve learned and I truly believe anyone who wants to quilt can, no matter their skill level. To develop and grow our art we need the space, quality tools and time to routinely practice.  It all starts with sewing two pieces of fabric together.

My teaching and quilt designs fuse the tradition rooted in my childhood with improvisational techniques and a modern aesthetic.  I teach fun workshops as accessible to all levels, locally and nationally.

Everyone’s approach to learning is as unique as their quilting, my adaptive instruction and small class size provide a supportive, non-prescriptive structure to develop the skills you need to refine your own distinctive quilting style.  We’ll collaborate in helping you focus on play, intuition and exploring the endless possibilities quilting has to offer.  Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?


Date: Friday, August 16, 2019, 10:00am-4:00pm
Location: Kenton Historic Firehouse, 8105 N Brandon Ave, Portland, OR
Cost: $65


Class Description:

A modern quilt block that is really no trouble at all!

Double-Trouble is a fun quilt block and design workshop that merges a traditional half-square triangle block with an improvisational stitch and flip triangle technique. We’ll explore and inspire each other on the design walls with the unlimited controlled and chaotic quilt design potential this block has to offer. One block = endless designs! Katie will have multiple examples made with prints and solids to show for inspiration.

We’ll be designing improvisationally with our blocks in this workshop. Our goal during class will be to make enough blocks for you to play with the endless design layouts.

Blocks can easily be added later to enlarge your quilt size. Fabric here is an estimate so that you can happily create and play in class. FYI, just like cookies, more is better;) Just sayin.’ I’ll be bringing scraps and squares for sale as well.

Design inspiration ideas can be found on my Double-Trouble Pinterest board

Color inspiration can be found on my Colorstory Pinterest board

Supply List:

  • Machine in awesome working order (don’t forget your power cords)

  • 4.5” square template

  • 5.5” square template

  • Rotary Cutter

  • Pins

  • Pencil

  • Long Ruler

  • Thread

  • Cutting Mat

  • Yard of flannel or batting to use as a design wall (Katie likes the Fons & Porter 7860 Instant Design Wall)

  • Painters tape


For Half-Square Triangles a Total of (80) 5.5” squares. Fabric should be a solid and/or small scale print:

  • 40 - medium to dark

  • 40 - light

For Improv Triangles:

  • Gallon Zip-Lock full of scraps 2” or larger OR (8-10) 2” to 4” wide selvage to selvage strips of fabric.

Prior to class draw a diagonal line (corner to corner) on the wrong side of each light square if you have time, no sweat if not. If you want to get a jump start feel free to make some half-square triangles prior to class. This will allow you to have more design wall time.


Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019, 10:00am-4:00pm
Location: Kenton Historic Firehouse, 8105 N Brandon Ave, Portland, OR
Cost: $65


Class Description:

Join Katie Pedersen, co-author of “Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts,” and learn her modern take on crazy piecing.

This workshop will focus on her method for creating blocks with linear and geometric shapes for you to fit into endless quilt designs and projects.

Katie will share examples that are sure to inspire you into creating something beautiful with your dozen or so finished blocks you’ll create in class.

You can also see examples of this block on Instagram with the tag #splitpersonalityquiltblock or #crusheditquiltblock

Supply List:

  • Basic Sewing Kit (rotary, scissors, pins)

  • Cutting Mat

  • Sewing Machine (don’t forget your cords and pedal)

  • Thread

  • 8 ½” square template

  • Long ruler (12” or longer)

  • (3) quilt design ideas on paper, improv or traditional. These can be your drawings or photos of quilt designs you admire from other quilters or your own ideas.

  • (1) Yard flannel, batting or other design wall (Katie likes the Fons & Porter 7860 Instant Design Wall)

  • Painters tape


(3) sets of 9 squares cut to 8.5” x 8.5”. Fabrics can be solids, almost solids, or small prints.

9 square set examples:

  • In image #1, the squares in the second and third row can be identical to the first or have 1-3 different squares of fabric.

  • In image #2, there are 6 identical fabrics to the first set and 3 different. This creates some variety in the blocks.

Image #1

Image #1

Image #2

Image #2

(4-6) Fat-Quarters or ¼ yards of fabric as background fabric to your Blocks / These will be used if we have time to talk and play with quilt design. Again, the more the better.

Remember, fabric is like cookies, one is never enough!