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

BERNINA Ambassador Blog Tour Day 3

BERNINA Ambassador Blog Tour Day 3

Sandy Fitzpatrick, Beth Ferrier, and Cheryl Sleboda are today’s featured BERNINA Ambassadors. Please don’t tell Beth but I’ve wanted to be her for a long time. Not her really but she’s been part of my quilting life for as long as I can remember.  Cheryl has become a friend, and mentor listening, sharing, offering advice as I approach some new things in my quilting life. Sandy has stylized appliqué patterns that are so fun, bringing delight to the maker, and viewer.

A few years ago a friend and I participated in an online art class. Part of the fun was learning about different styles of art. How a new style will be considered “outsider” art, until it’s accepted by the general community as something worthy of owning. During the course we made different kinds of art, including mail art.  Thinking of art reminded me of my uncle Bill Harris, who worked for the Boothbay Register, and created lots of art. (Art runs deep in our family.) The author references my uncle’s successful sale of powdered (freeze-dried) Maine Seagull Poop. This story is legendary and once appeared in Readers Digest. One of us has photos of the chalk board art he did for a local bakery every day on his way to work. This gift of art lives on.

I’ve started working on The Moon is Made of Cheese, Cheddar Cheese.

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Oh good golly miss megan I’m thrilled so far.

For now, let’s enjoy the quilters of the day: Cheryl, Beth, and Sandy.

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 2

BERNINA Ambassador Blog Tour Day 2

And now we get to meet Ambassadors: Kathy Delany, Christa Watson, and Mandy Leins. The cool thing is that each Ambassador brings something different, a different skill set, a range of style, and idea. Each Ambassador is influenced by something different from a sense of quilting history, an abounding enthusiasm for the modern style of machine quilting, to a fresh look at ancient architecture.

hyacinth bloomsAs I write it is the first day of spring. Spring. Our hyacinths bloomed, and are currently buried under so much snow. Thankfully, the days are warming, the snow is melting, and the flora beneath the aforementioned snow will bloom again. Color influences so greatly all that I do. This color will make it into the next quilt in my head. Tomorrow I’m showing you a sneak peek of the current quilt. Oh good golly I’m tickled about how it’s coming along. Surprising myself I drew in the moon shape freehand, then drew in linked circles across the surface. I’ll have photos for tomorrow’s blog post.

In the meantime please visit:

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 Ambassadors: Telling our Stories Day 1

Through the efforts of Jenelle Montilone we’re taking the tour to Instagram and other social media using the hastags: #igquiltfest , and #berninaambassador. Today we get to meet Lynn Carson Harris, Kelly Ashton, Diane Doran, and Melody Crust.

Hosting a blog tour of great talent is humbling and that’s when Mandy Leins posted a link to this article, Why Writers are the Worst Procrastinators (Megan McArdle), commenting that subbing quilters for writers and there ya go. And this paragraph reminded me of a conversation with another quilter:

This fear of being unmasked as the incompetent you “really” are is so common that it actually has a clinical name: impostor syndrome. A shocking number of successful people (particularly women), believe that they haven’t really earned their spots, and are at risk of being unmasked as frauds at any moment. Many people deliberately seek out easy tests where they can shine, rather than tackling harder material that isn’t as comfortable.

Yeah we all thing good golly someday someone will realize I’m a fake and it’ll be all over.

Oh I imagine that no one is really surprised by our thoughts, as all of us have them. Each one of these quilters has muddled through, making quilts, developing technique, teaching, writing, planning, day by day to keep fresh, alive, and active in the quilting community.

Lynn is working on a series of quilts telling the story of domestic violence, is the author of Every Last Piece.

Kelly make challenging angles easy peasy with her techniques. And this woman can sing. Wow.

Diane holy mother of purple she can quilt with her work taking an artistic bent. Simply wow. After reading her blog, head over to her website to check out her gallery.

Melody well I just had a WOW! What?! I had no idea moment. (it’s not what I actually said but we’ll leave that there.) Look HERE.

When we get to Friday I’m going to post a giveaway. I’m not sure exactly what I’m doing yet so…hold on tight!

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
Joann Sharpe jzsharpe@yahoo.com
Cherry Guidry cherry@cherryblossomsquilting.com
Jenelle Montilone jenelle@trashn2tees.com

BERNINA Ambassadors: Telling our Stories

BERNINA Ambassadors: Telling our Stories

Brand Ambassador BadgeJust a few moments ago the last stitches on 3 quilts that were made over the last several weeks. These needed to be finished in time for Lancaster and I made it. Whew. It’s now nearly 1:30 in the morning, as happens I’m now wide awake, and need to get up early to get these to FedEx and ship them off. Honestly there is a sense of gratitude, and euphoria at the moment. These will repeat, when I know the quilts get to SewBatik on time.

This is the life I love. Finishing quilts, having a story to go with each one. Some stories that I’ll happily tell you, some that are for me alone. That’s the way it should be. Adding to the story of the quilting, the quilt making are the stories of working in the quilt world, there are some I’ll happily share with you, some not so much. I love the Quilt Life, I love being part of Generation Q, living and breathing quilting. I can’t imagine doing anything else. Even though I got sick while I was in Savannah I would go back again, put in the long days and spend time with some wildly cool people, and several people I admire so very much that disappointing them would break my heart. I would happily attend VDTA and get this video of Tracy Mooney, Cheryl Sleboda and Toni Smith speaking on Cosplay.

jeanne cook bernina educatorAnd with all of that I get to be a BERNINA Brand Ambassador. This was one of my long term goals in the quilting world, and gratefully I achieved that. It’s not simply about quality, or “being the best” or so many other things. I have loved my BERNINA 1080 since the day I got it. I loved it so much I have two of them. Working in two dealerships, and spending time at the Ambassador Retreats has taught me a lot about the machines, giving me information for customers and students. That is priceless. I totally geek out about the machines. I still have so much to learn.

Being an Ambassador is more about the people I get to meet. So, each day next week, March 20 – 24, a total of seventeen BERNINA Ambassadors are sharing their stories, and experiences. Each Ambassador brings a skill set, unique techniques, a style all their own to the party that is the quilting, and sewing world. While most featured this week are quilters some Ambassadors are garment makers or home decorating sewers. Each of us make, teach, write, compete, mentor, all work toward growing and sharing the thing we love the most: our specific work from piecing, to quilt making, making garments, and more. I am wont to wax poetic of the talents and merits of each of the Ambassadors. However, each one will share her story. There is one bit of news that Lori Kennedy has a wee bit of something new Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 61 Designs to Finish Your Quilts With Flair published by Martingale.

You already know that I love to teach. That’s no surprise. Did you know that I come up with ideas for quilts that may, or may not ever get made. Pink Champagne on Ice, and It’s all About Meeeeeeeeeee, I have the fabric one that’s getting me all giddy about quilting. Surprising no one it’s orange.

Wild Cherry @cherrywoodfabrics So beautiful!

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The Moon is Made of Cheese, Cheddar Cheese.

The moon is my muse. She reflects the light of the sun, she holds sway over the tides, she shows us her dark side, and she shines brightly. She has character and depth in her craters. She gives freely. She captures the imagination. She woos with her waxing and waning.

Words too, are a muse, playing with them, writing them, sharing them. Quilts and words, words and quilts, quilts with words. I’m inspired by friends, and students, and color. The words, colors, and quilts tell the story.

That’s what quilting is for me, it’s life, and sharing this, it’s sharing the bright shining stars in the quilting world who I get to spend time with and learn from.

Please take a moment and visit the Ambassadors. If you’re a shop, show coordinator, or guild program chair, please know that each one of us is available to teach.

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
Joann Sharpe jzsharpe@yahoo.com
Cherry Guidry cherry@cherryblossomsquilting.com
Jenelle Montilone jenelle@trashn2tees.com

 

A New Spin on Drunkards Path by John Kubiniec

A New Spin on Drunkards Path by John Kubiniec

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UPDATE: The Random Number Generator selected #52 – Alison in Alabama! Congratulations! I’ll be in contact in the next few days.

It’s been a while since I’ve participated in a blog tour on TerifiCreations, as I write most of the Generation Q Magazine book tours. This one is kind of special because a friend, John Kubiniec, wrote the book. Over the last couple of years I’ve watched John work on this book. I’ve watched him struggle, grow, become, move, write, and name quilts. And here his is, A New Spin on Drunkards Path is ready for you to run to your local quilt shop and get it.

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Bowties

I was surprised to learn that John uses 3 pins to stitch these curves the placement is key to how well this works. I must admit that when I saw it I did the whole *facepalm* why didn’t I think of that! And. . . it makes so very much sense. I so want to tell you this trade secret but book, it’s all about buying the book, and this tip is worth it.

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Test Pattern

Then there’s the patterns, the spins or to have a little fun, the hacks on this block are fun. Having fun with a curved pieced block yields this:

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Beach Balls

A dynamic, beach ready quilt. And yes, go ahead, take the quilt to beach.

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Nightfall

Nightfall is one of the most dynamic looking quilts in the entire book. It looks so difficult. But nope. John adds half-square triangles to the corners, spends a little time getting the placement right by alternating the curve of the drunkards path block and the results are stunning. I may even make this one, when I have some time for quilting.

Okay so what you really need to know is that I’m really proud of John. While he doesn’t exactly say it out loud in the book there is a sense of play, and permission to do what you want. Here’s the technique, here’s a great pattern, and go.

So I get to give away a copy of the book! In the US it’ll be a softcover copy; outside the US an e-book. Ya gotta comment and tell me something fun that you’re working on. I’ll draw a winner on or about October 4th.

UPDATE – Congratulations comment #53 Ramona! You’re the winner of a copy of John’s book. I’ve sent you an email.

There are more opportunities to win! Check out:

September 26, 2016
Jenifer Dick
C&T Publishing

September 27, 2016
Sara Lawson
Heather Kojan

September 28, 2016
Bill Volckening
McCall’s Quilting 

September 29, 2016
Teri Lucas – that’s me
Bonnie Hunter

September 30, 2016
made by ChrissieD
LoveBug Studios

October 1, 2016
Kathy Patterson
Teresa Coates

October 2, 2016
Carl Hentsch

October 3, 2016
Generation Q Magazine – Melissa Kanovsky’s writing this one!
Lisa Calle

October 4, 2016
Linzi Upton
Nicole Daksiewicz 

October 5, 2016
Marti Michell
Debby Brown

October 6, 2016
Melody Crust
Kim Niedzwiecki 

October 7, 2016
Patrick Lose
John Kubiniec

Machine Quilting With Style Christa Watson

machine_quilting_with_style_coverThe longest in person chat I’ve ever had with Christa Watson was in the Aisle of Sample Spree at Quilt Market. We did our best to chat with quilters bustling from vendor to vendor, chatting loudly with one another,, while finding all the best deals on the latest fabrics, and notions…while we thought we weren’t in the way standing in the middle of a 10 ft. wide aisle, we were. We both agreed that the middle of an aisle, in a room filled with shopping quilters, was not the best place for a long chat on the finer points of machine quilting. I remember it being a lovely chat.
Since that time Christa finished writing Machine Quilting With Style. Christa approaches teaching machine quilting with both the walking-foot and free-motion stitching. In her introduction Christa says,  that the “most important tool you need for successful machine quilting is a ‘can-do’ attitude.” Like most machine quilting teachers her first machine was pretty bare bones, giving her the greatest opportunity to learn most of the techniques she presents in the book. After covering the basics from machine set up to thread, and batting she heads into to some really cool techniques with the walking foot, including a continuous spiral. That alone is worthy of purchasing the book. And that can happen here on the Martingale/That Patchwork Place site.
My favorite thing about Machine Quilting with Style is Christa’s project based approach to teaching machine quilting. She presents some great quilt patterns then answers the one question that puzzles quilters, “how do I quilt that?” and those words at the end of every pattern: “Quilt as Desired”.  Doesn’t get much better than that.

Christa is doing a fun thing with the blog book tour. The first group of bloggers is remaking one of the quilts in her book. The second group are giving a book review, interviewing, or making sample blocks. At each book tour stop along the way there is an opportunity to win a copy of the book, some bloggers are offering other prizes as well.

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Makers of Quilts in the Book
9/14 Color Crystals – Vicki Reubel from Orchid Owl Quilts
9/14 Technicolor Backing – Ida Ewing Ida Rather be Quilting
9/15 Pearl Gray – Alyce Blyth Blossom Heart Quilts
9/16 Broken V – Sharon McConnell Color Girl Quilts
9/17 Candy Pop – Linda Hungerford Flourishing Palms
9/18 Ripples – Melissa Corry Happy Quilting
9/19 Little Man’s Fancy – Tina Guthmann Mod Geometry
9/21 Square in a Square – Stacy Cooper Farm Road Quilts
9/22 Static – Lee Heinrich Freshly Pieced
9/23 Rain – Cheryl Brickey Meadow Mist Designs
9/24 Lightning – Leanne Chahley She Can Quilt
9/25 Facets – Kristy Daum St. Louis Folk Victorian
9/26 Focal Point – Amy Garro 13 Spools

Insights, book reviews, interviews, sample blocks
9/15 Andover Fabrics
9/16 Amy’s Free Motion Quilting Adventure and Leah Day’s Free Motion Quilting Project
9/17 Do You EQ from Electric Quilt and Darlene from Quilt Shop Gal
9/18 Jacquelynne Steves’ The Art of Home and Scott Hansen from Blue Nickel Studios
9/19 Moda Fabrics – The Cutting Table
9/21 Katy Cameron from The Littlest Thistle
9/22 Debbie Grifka of Esch House Quilts and Generation Q Magazine
9/23 Rebecca Bryan of Bryan House Quilts
9/24 Stitch This – The Martingale Blog and Riley Blake Fabrics
9/25 Michele Foster of The Quilting Gallery and Teri Lucas from TerifiCreations
9/26 Pellon Projects and Amy Ellis from Amy’s Creative Side

To win a copy of the book (hard copy in the us; digital copy international) leave a comment here and share your biggest quilting goal. What is that One thing you’d like to do?

Happy Quilting!

Teri
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