Thank You Thursday

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I’d like to thank the Academy…

Just kidding.

In a number of places around the internet there are “Days of the Year” listing the “official what makes this day special and/or what we celebrate.” This day is “Thank you Thursday!” Long before I fell madly, passionately in love with fabric I was madly, passionately in love with paper. The Current Catalog would come in the mail, before getting to the end of it I’d know what would be arriving at my door step as soon as possible. The pen aisle in the office supply store holds a special place in my hands. There’s nothing quite like a lovely instrument aiding the thought process along it’s glorious, ever pen-sive, journey.

Thank you Terry Knott, Jo Jo Hall, Maggie Knollenberg, Jenny LyonCheryl Sleboda, Ebony Love, Debby Brown, Melissa Kanovsky, to name a few people I find fascinating. While this list is short there’s a longer one here.

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Last night flitting through pictures I found this drawing I did sometime ago. There is a yearning to create this in stitching. I can see different colors in different spaces. I can also see a bit of trapunto or double batting to give this depth. I can see several different backgrounds including Radiance. Gosh I’d like to do this in several different backgrounds. Oh I can see Oatmeal Batik. Oh the brain gets going.

And then the yearning for paper and pencil asserts and I’m going to find that. After I do some piecing but paper and pencils. Oooh I’m getting pensive again.

Next month I’m participating in the Spring Clean Your Studio Blog Hop hosted by Cheryl. More about that later. Use the hashtag #springcleanyourstudiobloghop to follow.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

The Whoopie Pies were good and then

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Tracy Mooney and me in Pittsburgh

No sewing this week. Under the needle sits the quilt started last week, that has a due date quickly approaching. I’ll probably finish binding on the plane to St. Louis in a few weeks. Perfectly normal, I tell  ya. So why no sewing?

My brother and I made plans to meet for lunch on Friday. It’s been a while since I’ve been in the City. Part of me misses going, part of me not so much. So I get my patootie out of bed, and pulled something in my low back between my hips. The stars were so beautiful. So very pretty, something to capture in a quilt pretty. I made it into the City and did a little bit of walking around finding the location of Candy’s Quilting. Once Candace and Charles get closer to opening I’m going to go in a do a facebook live and show everyone the cool digs.

Thankfully my brother was a little later and my very slow walking was completed before he arrived. We had burgers and a beer for lunch. Good burgers at Schleppers on 23rd. We talked a bit of business related stuff. He’s wicked smaht.

So rather than sewing, which I wanted to do, I’ve been reading the next book in the Outlander Series. Thanks Jake. So this afternoon, after not being able to stitch over the weekend, I’m heading to the sewing room and getting some stitching in. Watch my instagram later for a photo or two.

Coming soon

One day I’ll quilt this quilt

Iround robin quilt top don’t know when though.
When life was (ahem) normal, and I went to quilt guild meetings with regularity, and I participated in challenges…sigh…those were the days.
I signed up for the center of the Round Robin. The night this was due at the guild meeting I had a brief facebook conversation with Renee wondering what it looked like. “Me too!”, I said as I dashed off upstairs to make it.
Shocking no one reading, I’m sure. Having a limited amount of time, some already fused fabric, a hot iron, and a love for cutting the center portion of the block came together just in time for me to make it to guild.

Watching the quilt come together meeting by meeting was so much fun. Each person adding a bit of a personal touch. Renee has the last round adding all of those triangles in a flying geese style formation. When looking at this quilt there are two questions that come to mind: Do I want to leave the quilt round? and Do I want to do some trapunto work?
Leaving the quilt round is a distinct possibility, it’s a great shape, and unique. The thing then is figuring out the batting so that the quilt stays flat, allowing it to hang well. And by good golly I think I’ve found it! byannie.com Soft and Stable. And the cogs, gears, and synapses are firing. Watch out world here comes another quilt.

This still leaves the trapunto question. Faking trapunto seems a good option because I can fake it really well. The Soft and Stable will quilt give the trapunto look and allow the quilt to hang well. There’s a little bit more thinking before I dive in. I love it when a quilt plan starts coming together.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

What’s in Your Ears?

 

 

 

Music is so fun. Weird fact: I didn’t listen to pop music, watch mtv, or go to the movies as a teenager.  It’s a long story for another blog entirely. So now, when something fun comes up I like it and add it as a station on Pandora or find a YouTube vid to share on fb.

When I quilt or write I often listen to music. If it’s a marathon quilt session, and serious, I watch the extended versions of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. It’s how one of my friends checks in on me. Ha!

So up first Uptown Funk

it’s just fun and funky.

And then I keep saying I’m bringing booty (my rather ample backside)

And then just because sometimes we have to shake off the quilting and piecing or the personal dramas of life

A little affirmative love ballad goes a long way

I can’t resist Hootie

I mean why would you want to? That voice!!!

When a friend and I are needing a bit of stress relief we send each other videos or ear worms.

And this is just funny.

I’ll see you on the other side of quilting.

Have so much fun.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

Thinking!

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This words of this meme have been popping up all over the place the last few days. And I’ve seriously had to give these words consideration.

Would I write a book? Well, uh. Ummm. Ehrm. Tried this. Didn’t go so well. Life got uncomfortably in the way, so fail? Not sure but at some point I’ll try this again. Note to self: you do know this stuff, you can write, and quilt with the best of them.

Would I move to the big City and see a good life there. Did that. Life is good.

Would I take climb Mount St Helen or hike the Grand Canyon? Being the indoorsy person I am probably not. Mount St. Helen has already spewed hot, molten lava in my lifetime causing lots of problems. The Grand Canyon is deep and wide. Did I mention being the indoorsy type?

Run a marathon. I’ve actually given this some consideration, I do live in NY after all.

Of course being who I am I started giving consideration to what failure actually is, and what kind of role failure plays in our quilterly lives. Is failure not doing something, never attempting it? Or is failure something else entirely? Is failure permanent or is it a temporary place to regroup?

So my first book writing attempt wasn’t a failure, life intervened in ways never imagined when I set out on that journey. I can still do this however, at this moment I need to take care of some other immediate things. It’s still on the table, just slightly out of reach. I’m good with that at the moment.

I started thinking about a local inventor: Thomas Edison. Rumor has it that he made 1000 attempts at making the light bulb before it actually worked. Was it 1000 failures? Or are there 1000 ways to not make a light bulb and he had to try every single one of them? Since his invention we’ve been using the term “light bulb moment” to describe moments when things work well together and our goal is met. It’s kind of exciting, forget kind of, it’s really exciting when this happens. Kind of like yelling Eureka! when a vacuum cleaner sucks. . . well.

IMG_0820So what would I do if I couldn’t fail? Nothing. Really. I wouldn’t be doing anything. My quilt life, my life would be inert. I’d be going nowhere, on the couch, in the living room, watching television never taking a stitch.

Then I got to thinking – there is a perception that failure us shameful, always, and every single time. It’s not. Sometimes it takes trying something more than 1000 times to figure it out. Is it shameful to stop before that 1000th time? No. Is it failure? Maybe. That’s okay. “Failure” helps us build our character. Especially when we keep going. I’m still not going to climb Mount St Helen, hike the Grand Canyon or run a marathon. These things don’t speak to my heart.

So the original question is good, a better one might be, “what is that one thing to pursue with reckless abandon?”

Happy Quilting!

Teri

 

Character – Lots and lots of Character

Character – Lots and lots of Character

Today is a two quilt day, each has character.

dad-would-be-honored-full-view-2Dad Would be Honored is the first Feathered Star using Marsha McCloskey’s directions I ever made. Most of the quilt is made with dad’s ties. Dad himself was a bit of character writing rotten poetry, his preferred place behind the camera – always observing, listening. I brought his ties home with me shortly after his death. It took me a little while to work up the courage to cut into the ties, and make the quilt. Every once in a while I think about making changes, if I did this or that the overall look would be more pleasing, and effective. The most important thing about Dad Would be Honored, my stepmom loves it just as it is, flaws and all. The moment I gave this to her is priceless. There is one thing I would change though I’d add fusible stabilizer to the ties making some of the piecing a lot easier. Part of me wants to sit here and rip apart the quilting, however I won’t because at the time I know I stitched to the best of my ability. Memory quilts hold something more, they hold our hearts stitched with great love.

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If ever a quilt had a journey it’s this one. The fabrics are all Moda Marbles by Patrick Lose. The quilt itself is based on a Jinny Beyer pattern the setting corners should be 9 patches. It was a little bit beyond my skill level at the time so using solid pieces seemed the thing to do. The quilt was much larger at one point having squares in the corners and borders, it was quilted. I always like the quilt, didn’t like the quilting, so it sat in a UFO pile unfinished. An opportunity to make a quilt to donate came along, the seam ripper and I had a date, all of the quilting came out, I cut the quilt down, and re-quilted it. This may have been the first quilt I un-quilted, then re-quilted. The moon and stars seem to be a recurring them in my quilts. Oh sweet heavens inspire me!

Both of these quilts taught me so much. Trying something new is a good, using a seam ripper to take out something that isn’t working well is good, starting over is good.

Have a great quilterly day,

Teri

Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday

IMG_5002Happy Easter!

Decadent ganache covered whoopie pies – check.

Waking up early – check.

Excited about this week – check.

Writing an unexpected blog – check.

Friend with a new venture – check. Really check out Ebony Love’s MADE Creative Fiber Arts Studio opening in June. MADE’s facebook page.

Tomorrow I finish piecing a quilt that will be in the Michael Miller booth at Quilt Market. It’s going to be fun! I can hardly wait to get into the sewing room to stitch.

Happy Quilting,

Teri

22 1/2 whoopie pies!

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