A little bit of this and a little bit of that

 

@swirlygirlsdesign @michaelmillerfabrics #hellofabric Just needs binding. #quiltsrule

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I finished quilting a quilt top this afternoon. It was so fun. The quilting is decidedly not my usual style, but the quilt is so fun and quirky.

Along the top of the quilt I wrote “hello” all over it, and quilted in the hashtag #quiltsrule

In a few places I wrote hello backwards, in others upside down while stitching. It’s a quilting superpower.

A long time ago, in a far, far galaxy lived a quilter who used her sewing machine a lot, a whole lot. She sent it to get cleaned and oiled, and the tech scolded her because there was a lot of lint. This quilter from a far, far away galaxy snorted, because she quilted every single day. The tech reiterated his displeasure at the amount of lint. The quilter wasn’t bothered. Then she found this:

http://weallsew.com/how-to-remove-lint-from-your-sewing-machine/

The thing is that taking care of our machines is like taking care of our vehicles. They need regular maintenance, and there are things we can’t quite get to and a quick visit to the We All Sew Blog will show where the lint goes, and why the tech was eager to share his displeasure. I should have taken my machine in sooner. At the time I was taking my machine in every 2 years, with the amount of quilting I was doing every year would have been a better idea.

I’m off to quilt some more. The Moon is Made of Cheese is calling to me asking for a little attention. As is all the crap – sewing supplies – on my floor waiting for me to spend time tidying up. Speaking of tidying up the Spring Clean Your Studio Blog Tour continues!

Oh and check this out! Sew Much Cosplay by Cheryl Sleboda and Tracy Mooney. Oh this is so amazing. I’ll have more from this dynamic duo soon.

Have a totally fab day!

I was gonna

I was gonna

 

dupioni whole cloth tiny bubblesWrite a post tell you what I’m reading and trying to read. But reading a trashy novel, an inspirational book, or two isn’t all that exciting. The inspirational book that hasn’t grabbed me yet, surprising me a little bit because I like the writing style of this author. It’s due back at the library soon, and it may go back unread. The trashy novel, well, I have read nearly all of these books out of order. I’m not normal, but you knew that. The other book just arrived the other day so cracking it open would be a great idea. But…I’m still getting ready for Market.

I’m making a quilt for Susan Emory of Swirly Girls Fame. It’ll hang in the Michael Miller Booth at Market in a couple of weeks. Check out her new line Hello. Sometime in early June I’ll be participating in a blog hop on GenQ. I had grand ideas of creating quilts in EQ6, and coming up with this exciting, dynamic quilt. Pffft. I finally asked Susan to send me her favorite pieces from the line and I’d create something from that. Adding a few solids rounded out the feel and this afternoon the rest of the quilt came together. Design on the fly is my modus operani. It’s quirky. Shocking I know, right.

After finishing the quilt top I caught a whisper of creativity and had to listen carefully. I picked up a piece originally intended for “the book”. I stitched for a wee nip on that. The feel of the quilt beneath my fingers, the hum of the machine spoke volumes. After about 10 minutes of stitching, and running out of bobbin thread,  I picked up another piece and started stitching with that. The robin’s egg blue at first, purple next stitching for a good stretch. To be honest I had no idea where this one was going. If all goes well over the next few days I’ll get some good stitching time in over the next few days.

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It’s time to get some stitching, writing, respond to a few market related emails. People to see, things to do. Hurry. Hurry.

And a tutorial to write. Oh and the Spring Clean Your Studio Blog Tour continues. #springcleanyourstudio

Happy Quilting!

Teri

Spring Clean Your Studio Blog Tour Day 1

Spring Clean Your Studio Blog Tour Day 1

18217683_10154868553702663_1383341271_nWelcome to the first top on the Spring Clean Your Studio Blog Hop 2017 hosted by Cheryl Sleboda of Muppin.com.

Well. Well. Well. There is something beautiful about the process of opening the windows, blowing out the stale air, pick the stuff up off the floor of the sewing studio, straighten out the fabric, do something to invigorate the quilting senses. Truth be told I don’t mind a bit of a creative mess, however it’s a bit out of control.

When Cheryl mentioned the blog hop I signed up immediately because:

fabric shelf

oh the spillage! It’s terrible. Years ago a friend showed me how to store fabric for maximum use of space.

line it up
line the folded edge of the yardage
fold it over
fold over the ruler – keeping the folded edge lined up
tuck fabric
tuck the last bit of fabric under

 

pull ruler half way out
pull the ruler half way out, and fold the fabric on the ruler to create a lovely folded edge
stack it up
bonus! more fabric fits in the cubby
stack it up 2
the beauty of the fabric shows
making progress
it’s amazing what a couple of hours does for the look of the shelves

The bonus of tidying up is that I get to pet fabric, see what I have, see what still speaks to my quilt heart, and if I want to let anything go. All of it still speaks to my heart. With several pieces I could see whole cloth quilts. My gut says a few of these will happen. One surprised me, deeply surprised me because I don’t do repeats on quilts. But that’s a post for another day.

And here are the blogs for the next 21 days. That’s right 3+ weeks of Spring Clean Your Studio, please visit each blogger on their day. See more studios, meet some cool people, be inspired. #springcleanyourstudio

Happy Quilting!

May 1 – Teri Lucas 
May 2 – Tammy Silvers
May 3 – Emily Breclaw
May 4 – Amalia Moursiewicz
May 5 – John Kubiniec
May 6 – Debby Brown
May 7 – Melissa Marie Collins
May 8 – Delve MIY
May 9 – Misty Cole
May 10 – Sam Hunter
May 11 – Dale Ashera-Davis
May 12 – Sara Mika
May 13 – Sarah Trumpp
May 14 – Carma Halterman
May 15 – Jessica Darling
May 16 – Lisa Chin
May 17 – Sally Johnson
May 18 – Mandy Leins
May 19 – Shruti Dandekar
May 20 – Jane Davila
May 21 – Ebony Love
May 22 – Cheryl Sleboda

 

 

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