quilting, teaching

Inspiration part 2

I recently finished a quilt for Linda Poole.  Click HERE and scroll down just beyond where she lists her teaching schedule for AQS.

I had a blast quilting this for Linda.  At Linda’s site click on the photo for the enlarged view and take a peek at the all the words on the quilt.   The “story” starts near the center of the quilt 4th row down 4th block in with “the quiet calm of dawn” and wends it’s way around – sort of in a clock wise spiral to the 1st block of the 3rd row with ‘fresh fish for dinner on my plate’.  Some of the words are sideways & upside down in the picture…just the nature of quilting.  The fish that are quilted in the non fish fabric blocks were quilted from the back.  This was a fun quilt to quilt!

This picture is from one of the color fixes Linda posted a while back.  I saved it to my computer and one day hope to do something like this in thread.  I’m thinking no more than a 10 x 10 to 15 x 15 piece, black Kona cotton and Superior Brytes.  I’m thinking for this I’ll need to graph out the general details before I start stitching.

This project will be thread heavy by the time I’m done, but oh so much fun to do.

Thread is such an inspiration.  When I started quilting back in ’93 cotton meant for hand quilting was it and that was solid colors.  The thread on the market now is just as, if not more, inspiring with the wide variety of texture and color!  I’m also more confident branching out and using a wider variety of thread from fine cottons to silk.  Understanding how to adjust tension and learning that different threads need different needles has made such a huge difference.

I love going to quilt shows!  I’m looking forward to the AQS Show in Lancaster this spring!  Then there’s MQX in Providence, RI; NSQG in May and the Village Squares Quilters show November 13 & 14, 2010.  

This pineapple quilt is from one of the smaller guild show’s I’ve attended in the last couple of years.  I took a close up of the quilting on here because I liked how the quilter filled the space so effectively.

I like winding ways and would love to make one sometime soon (I see a class in this)  One thing that I really like about this pattern is the visual circles that pop out as a secondary pattern in the piecing.  I love the Storm at Sea block for this very reason.  With some planning this quilts are quite stunning whether 2 color quilts or multi color in this one.  The curved border on this quilt really caught my attention.  I like that the quilter went with something other than the straight edge.

I’m inspired by the speakers who come to our guild.  The ones I remember most (at the moment) are Susan Schrott, Eleanor Levie, Elin Waterston, Jane Davila, Lacey Hill, Bonnie McCaffrey, Meg Cox for many reasons including their enthusiasm & confidence in presenting and sharing their craft with us.  Every speaker has something to share with us that we can take to our quilting.

I’m inspired by the quilters in the guilds and mini groups that I’m privileged to be a member of…

many of these quilter have some amazing talent and they just love to quilt.

Renee, Mary Anne, Jeri are all quilters who are all willing to share their work more publicly.

Giovanna has given me permission to share this picture of her stained glass quilt.

I’m also inspired so much by my students.  Their energy & enthusiasm is quite catching.  My teaching schedule is here.

The Advanced Machine quilting class should be fun.

I’m also looking forward to teaching the cover girl quilt from this book.  As I’m putting this quilt together I’m realizing how right up my sleeve this quilt is!  It is all about being organized and having some fun with fabric.  I’d hoped to be further along with the piecing of the shop sample at this moment but being away for 5 days really put me behind!

I’m slowly catching up!

Happy quilting!


*I see on the blog itself a couple of pictures aren’t showing for some reason…click where the pics are and they will open up.

2 thoughts on “Inspiration part 2”

  1. Hey Teri,
    Somehow JUST saw your post in which you mentioned me. I am so flattered that you enjoyed my talk way back when! I had great time presenting at your guild.

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