Character & Confidence

Character & Confidence

uhw wrought iron fence and gateSlowly, ever so slowly, there are changes happening here. Much ado about character on the blog lately. This conversation will continue. Character and confidence work hand in hand, they build each other, and with that. when we show up to do the work our creativity increases. All of this takes practice. I’ve struggled with confidence in quilting. Oh hell, I just struggle with confidence sometimes.

I have, with some hard work, and a husband who believes in me, some really great friends grown in that area. There’s room to grow. Of course there is, and that’s the best thing ever. There is room to grow. There is room to grow in quilting, there is room to grow in teaching, there is room to grow in confidence.

Just show upWhether I get it or not I’ve applied to offer three seminars later this year. If I do get to offer them then I’ll be expanding the type of work I offer. It’s a bit of a leap, however sometimes ya gotta take a leap off a cliff so you can fly.

And the winner is:

#6 – Jean Congdon! Congratulations. I’ll contact you for your address.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

Tomorrow’s the day

alexs-card-2when I choose the winner from the BERNINA Ambassador Blog Tour Day 5. So if you’re interested in a small quilted piece, go ahead and sign up.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be making and turning around quilts for friends with new fabric lines. This’ll be cool. Great lines, for sure. I have an idea percolating for one line that will be humorous.

I’m going to take a flying leap in the next couple of weeks and apply to teach at a couple of quilt shows. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to send in applications, which is tough since I love teaching. This is one step towards Creating (more) Confident Quilters one Stitch at a Time.

img_20161114_132939We’ve lived in our house for quite a few years now. We knew it was coming but had no idea when. Our washer died. This was a slow, painful, and very loud death. Like we’d put rocks in with whatever load was spinning in the washer. The volume though, was off the chart. Like even if you turn up the volume of the tv and still can’t hear it. Thankfully the dryer still works, so washing clothes in the sinks is a pleasure I’m willing to give up for the balance of Lent. Dear front loading washing machine thank you for years, and years of good service to those of us that call this place home.

Friday, our new washing machine/dryer unit arrives. To say that I’ll be happy to do laundry is something of an understatement. Speaking of hyperbole I’m working on a post with sensational headlines. You know those facebook headlines that suck you in, click bait kinds of things. I’ve started writing some of them and will be working on them for a while. They’re hilarious.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

 

 

 

Well, then here’s something inspiring

Well, then here’s something inspiring

So, as often happens, I’m scrolling through fb and find something really cool.

https://thequiltshow.com/daily-blog/142-newsletter/25642-learn-about-urban-artifacts-from-leslie-tucker-jenison-and-rjr-fabrics

and if you head here you can see Leslie’s full line.

Just show up

Today’s words of wisdom, Just Show Up. I’ll talk more about this later in the week. For now,

If you’re a quilter who is in business and needs a bit of guidance check out Cheryl Sleboda’s courses and consulting. She has more than 20 years of experience guiding shops in the comic book industry. She’s knowledgeable and gives excellent insight.

I’ll be in Lancaster on Saturday at the AQS Show. One place I’ll be stopping is to get a photo of the Indigo and Oatmeal quilt that I made for SewBatik.

Well, I must get a quilt done.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

Building Up

Building Up

The best way for me to enjoy limoncello is like this:

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As the tag says, I love limoncello. I do. Limoncello goes down very easy. This seam ripper is the best way to enjoy this delightful lemony adult beverage.

20170325_084104This delightfully named, and brightly colored seam ripper is made by Shelley. You can find her on Instagram and Facebook and on her blog. All of which will take you to places to purchase these well balanced seam rippers, complete with stiletto.

Apparently I have a bit of a hand crafted seam ripper thing. There’s nothing like a sharp, well balanced seam ripper for taking out stuff that I’m not happy with. 20170325_084043

I figure if I’m going to have to take out icky stitching having something pretty, and inspiring to work with is a good idea.

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I’m know for saying, and for sharing photos of taking out quilting, or pieced seams. On the last pieced quilt I stitched in one unit backwards in several different places, one smack dab in the middle of the quilt. Rather than taking out everything, I took out that unit, and pieced it in the correct direction. The end result is a happy quilter.

So knowing that I like a good seam ripper, and that there are some really pretty, well balanced, and sharp ones available makes this quilter a wee bit giddy. In the next week or so I’m going to share with you a new tool by BERNINA Ambassador Kari Carr.

"Twilight in the Bronx"
Twilight in the Bronx, Twice quilted, wonky and gorgeous

Y’all know that I think about things a lot. Right now I’m thinking about seam rippers. Because character. Sometimes it’s important to take things out. Sometimes not so much. Using my seam ripper more when the work is for someone else. When the work is for me, I’m a lot more lenient. Doing good work is important to me, however there are times when doing good work interferes with great joy. Embracing the joy builds in the character to whatever I’m working on.
I’ve talked about this quilt more than once. I think I’m going to reprise the conversation.

There’s one more day to enter to win a quilted card. Simply comment on this post to enter.

Happy Quilting,

Teri

BERNINA Ambassador Blog Tour It’s a Wrap

BERNINA Ambassador Blog Tour It’s a Wrap

WASAmbassadorIcon_205x205 (1)It’s a wrap! The BERNINA Ambassador Blog tour is complete. Getting to know more about the people you work with is always a good idea. So here’s a quote from each one:

From Cherry Guidry: I took my first quilting class summer of 2004 and wanted to learn to applique, but my sewing machine didn’t feature the right stitches suggested for the technique, so I needed a new sewing machine! I bought one that didn’t work as hoped, so on my way back from returning it, spotted the BERNINA dealer and you can just imagine what happened next… I brought home a sweet Activa 220… well, today I am so blessed to sew with the awesome B880

Jenelle Montilone: The universe sends us the greatest gifts- and being a part of the BERNINA family has truly been one of them. I am lucky to work alongside and learn from some of the most talented men and women in this industry. I’ve shared intimately what it means to me to be a brand ambassador for BERNINA.  While that original post was written more than 2 years ago- it is still true today.

Catherine Redford: It wouldn’t take very long at all to realize that having the right tool and materials for the job is very important to me. I like first quality fabric, thread, needles… you name it and I probably have it… or really want it! So no surprise at all that I sew on a BERNINA machine (or two).

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Kari Carr: Basically, it’s the most common-sense method of trimming and creating half-square triangles there is. Like it says; One Alignments, Two Cuts and you trim all four sides of your block. The exclusive edge slots allow you to remove the dog ears at the same time. Simple, but effective….at least that’s what I’m hearing in the reviews. It’s also the perfect companion to the popular notion, Clearly Perfect Angles (an Amazon “Best Seller”).

Lori Kennedy: There has been a lot of excitement at The Inbox Jaunt lately, because a collection of the Tuesday Tutorials (along with Skill Building Exercises and more) was just published by Martingale!

Annie Smith: Gran gave a sewing machine to my sister and me for Christmas when we were in high school. It was the only thing that we could mutually share and get along with. We had a calendar on the wall in the laundry room, where our Dad set up a desk for us to sew. We scheduled our “week to sew”– one week on, one week off. We made all of our clothes (except Levi jeans – who could improve on perfection?), including prom dresses. I made clothes on the weekends, wore them to school and took orders from my school mates. Repeat. Soon I was making clothes for their moms and my hairdresser’s girlfriend. It was a pretty cool way to support myself through school, doing something I loved to do.

Cheryl Sleboda: Whether it’s heirloom dimensional fabric manipulations like smocking, pleating, or tucking, or cutting edge technology like LEDs, microprocessors, or circuitry, my work combines design and innovation for unique fabric art.

Beth Ferrier: That I needed a new sewing machine was clear. Instead of bringing me joy, I fought with and cried over that stupid Kenmore, the one that I’d paid good money for (more than $200 in 1990, a lot for the time) and expected so much from. Sewing was my haven from the insanity of raising four hyper boys, my quilts were the only thing I did that stayed done.

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Sandy Fitzpatrick: It didn’t take long for me to realize that I enjoyed creating my own appliqué patterns. When friends started asking me to create patterns of my designs, I realized that perhaps I could turn my fun little hobby into a business, and Hissyfitz Designs became a reality.

Mandy Leins: I was taking one of those quizzes the other day that promises to tell you *all about* yourself using on colors/appealing pictures/cat photos and the like, and I realized I already had a pretty good idea of what it would tell me: I love to learn, I love to find human connections in everything, and I love to share. I’m never happier than when all of these things combine. Making things with the work of our hands is a deep part of what defines the human experience, from our earliest origins. We have always found and made meaning in the material objects of our lives, adding art to our craft.

Christa Watson: In fact I have a funny story to tell about mothers and daughters quilting. Although my daughter made a quilt when she was about 8 years old, she has since decided to pursue other creative interests like writing and drawing. She was 12 when I was writing the book with Angela. When she learned that Angela had written a book with her daughter, she came up to me and said, “Mom – is it okay that I don’t want to write a book with you?” I answered, “Of course! Most quilting moms DON’T write actually write books with their daughters, so that’s perfectly fine!”

@sewbatik #bernina #quilting #terilucasquilts #superiorthreads When you like the back!

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Kathy Delaney: I will admit to being a frustrated machine quilter.  Well, I can’t even call myself a machine quilter, just frustrated.  I can’t recall how many machine quilting workshops I’ve taken, trying to master this technique, but it has been many.  I feel like I know the mechanics very well and I have even been known to machine quilt a project or two using my BERNINA #50 Walking Foot, but I have never felt like I could call myself a Machine Quilter.

Melody Crust: Don’t stress with the process, remember to breath! I like the look of lines that aren’t perfect. I do try to keep them from looking too messy. Depending on how densely you quilt it can be time quite consuming (take breaks! You don’t have to finish quilting all at one time!). The end results are wonderful. Have fun playing with straight lines!

Diane Doran: When I think back over all the years I’ve been sewing, and then quilting, the word “magic” keeps popping into my head. That’s how I think of sewing; as a form of everyday magic.

Kelly Ashton: We are all multi-faceted individuals, and there are many words that help to describe who we are.  Some words that will give you a glimpse into who I am:  woman, mother, daughter, wife, friend, Nana.  A few others:  Quirky.  Simple and complex Loyal.  Compassionate.  Curious.  Stubborn (sometimes).  Independent (always).

@sewbatik #sewbatik #bernina #superiorthreads #piecing

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Lynn Harris: My parents bought me my first sewing machine, a portable singer, back when I was in high school. Years later, in 1989, my husband surprised me on my birthday with a BERNINA 1230. He even called my boss and arranged for me to have the day off of work  so I could stay home and sew on the brand new machine!  To this day it’s one of the best and most used gifts I’ve ever gotten and speaks to how well he knows me.

Joanne SharpeMY FIRST BERNINA:  My first BERNINA machine is a B350 that I purchased while teaching at an art retreat in California in 2011.   I live in upstate NY.  I wasn’t leaving without my new treasure, my machine, so I took all my clothes from my suitcase and packed them in the BERNINA box and shipped them home.  My new BERNINA “baby” went with me on the plane instead, fitting perfectly inside my extended carry-on.  But the bad was just a tad too wide for the over head, so the flight attendant graciously placed it in the captain’s closet for the trip home.  My machine was already a spoiled child, nice ride!

And please remember to visit the Lectures and Workshops Page. My big adventure later this year is being the featured quilter at the Dutchess Heritage Quilt Show. I’m available to come speak at your quilt, host a workshop or a retreat. Comment here if you’d like me to send you a quilted card.

Monday March 20
Lynn Carson Harris harrislc@gmail.com
Kelly Ashton kelly@kellyquilter.com
Diane Doran info@dianedoran.com
Melody Crust melody@melodycrust.com

Tuesday March 21
Kathy Delaney kathy@kathydelaney.com
Christa Watson christa@christaquilts.com
Mandy Leins mandalei@gmail.com

Wednesday March 22
Sandy Fitzpatrick hissyfitz@earthlink.net
Beth Ferrier beth@applewd.com
Cheryl Sleboda cherylsleboda@gmail.com

Thursday March 23
Annie Smith annie@anniesmith.net
Lori Kennedy lckennedy@hotmail.com
Kari Carr kari@newleafstitches.com
Catherine Redford catherine@catherineredford.com

Friday March 24
Joanne Sharpe jzsharpe@yahoo.com
Cherry Guidry cherry@cherryblossomsquilting.com
Jenelle Montilone jenelle@trashn2tees.com

 

BERNINA Ambassador Blog Tour Day 5

BERNINA Ambassador Blog Tour Day 5

Our final three Ambassadors Joanne Sharpe, Cherry Guidry, and Jenelle Montilone. Joanne is a wordsmith extraordinaire, she plays with words, fonts to be more specific. Incorporating words into art with tools including her quilting. Cherry’s patterns include embroidery, gorgeous machine embroidery adding one more texture and layer to all that she does. Jenelle is our upcycling, and recycling specialist moving in the garment world with t-shirts embellished with trucks, t-shirt quilts, and reusable produce bags.

This whole week inspired me, to look at things in a new way, to tell the quilt-story in a new way.

When Alex Anderson, a BERNINA Ambassador, turned 50 I made, and sent her a birthday card. Making small “mail art” types of quilts is fun, they’re great practice pieces, and bring great joy. So here’s what I’m going to give away: a 4″ by 6″ quilted birthday card. You get to choose the background color, I’ll take care of the rest. Post a comment on THIS blog by Monday March 27. Because of shipping I must, unfortunately, limit this to the United States.

When you comment let me know your favorite colors! I’ve enjoyed such a great discussion on facebook that I throught we’d have a little bit of fun.

I’ll draw a name using the random number generator on Wednesday March 29th.

In the meantime visit the Ambassador websites. Pass our information onto your guild program chairs, or shop owners, we’re all ready to come share our love for quilting or sewing with you.

Monday March 20
Lynn Carson Harris harrislc@gmail.com
Kelly Ashton kelly@kellyquilter.com
Diane Doran info@dianedoran.com
Melody Crust melody@melodycrust.com

Tuesday March 21
Kathy Delaney kathy@kathydelaney.com
Christa Watson christa@christaquilts.com
Mandy Leins mandalei@gmail.com

Wednesday March 22
Sandy Fitzpatrick hissyfitz@earthlink.net
Beth Ferrier beth@applewd.com
Cheryl Sleboda cherylsleboda@gmail.com

Thursday March 23
Annie Smith annie@anniesmith.net
Lori Kennedy lckennedy@hotmail.com
Kari Carr kari@newleafstitches.com
Catherine Redford catherine@catherineredford.com

Friday March 24
Joanne Sharpe jzsharpe@yahoo.com
Cherry Guidry cherry@cherryblossomsquilting.com
Jenelle Montilone jenelle@trashn2tees.com

BERNINA Ambassador Blog Tour Day 4

Today we bring you four BERNINA Ambassadors: Annie Smith, Lori Kennedy, Kari Carr and Catherine Redford who bring a wide variety of style to the quilting world. Annie is the original (and still my favorite) quilting podcaster; Lori just published a new book (more on that in a moment); Kari has a great angle on quilting, Clearly Perfect; and Catherine approaches quilt making with a modern flair.

Becoming BERNINA Ambassador is in 2013 one of the highlights of my work as a quilter. To say I longed for this would be an understatement, and worked hard to achieve this goal. Well, part of it was achieving this goal, part of this as developing my career as a free motion machine quilting teacher, with something of an art-y bent. Having a quilting career takes a lot of hard work, day by day, stitch by stitch, word by word. Making what I hope are the right choices to keep me doing what I love. Teaching and helping quilters grow in their own confidence.Growing in confidence as a quilter takes a lot of work.

Reviewing books, and hosting blog tours are part in parcel with my work as Blogger-in-Chief and Community Editor for Generation Q Magazine. Seeing people I’ve known for a while achieve success in writing, in getting the words and experiences from their head to the page thrills the soul. Often it is in reading the Intro where I find blog the words for the blog post. Lori mentions in her book Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 of the influence of Diane Gaudinski in her own work as a quilter. Diane is one of those quilters who influenced a lot of us of a certain quilterly age and by that I mean how long we’ve been quilters rather than our chronological age. The cool thing is that while Lori and I have both been influenced by Diane our quilterly paths are incredibly different. Like Diane, Lori is orderly and organized; I, on the other hand, not so much. Lori’s book is great for building skill, thinking through the stitching path, and chock full of motifs that will carry any quilter for years to come. Good work Lori!

And now it’s time for a quick visit to the other Ambassadors. Oh have fun with them. PS tomorrow I am going to post a give away, so stay tuned.

Monday March 20
Lynn Carson Harris harrislc@gmail.com
Kelly Ashton kelly@kellyquilter.com
Diane Doran info@dianedoran.com
Melody Crust melody@melodycrust.com

Tuesday March 21
Kathy Delaney kathy@kathydelaney.com
Christa Watson christa@christaquilts.com
Mandy Leins mandalei@gmail.com

Wednesday March 22
Sandy Fitzpatrick hissyfitz@earthlink.net
Beth Ferrier beth@applewd.com
Cheryl Sleboda cherylsleboda@gmail.com

Thursday March 23
Annie Smith annie@anniesmith.net
Lori Kennedy lckennedy@hotmail.com
Kari Carr kari@newleafstitches.com
Catherine Redford catherine@catherineredford.com

Friday March 24
Joanne Sharpe jzsharpe@yahoo.com
Cherry Guidry cherry@cherryblossomsquilting.com
Jenelle Montilone jenelle@trashn2tees.com