Quilted Block of the Month August 2017

house block 1I may have let out a little bit squeal when the idea hit for how to quilt this last section of this August Block. I’ve been playing with curved cross hatching a lot lately and loving it.
In giving thought to the shape, that corners look like a house and wanting the Visual to draw the eye to the peak of the roof the curve would head in that direction – generally.

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Repeating – not going for perfection rather I’m going for effect. I’m using the dark stitched line as my ditch to move along. Today’s thread is Superior Threads Twist, a 40 weight trilobal polyester twisting two shades of color together. It’s really incredible.

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I knew I would like the curved cross hatch. What I wasn’t expecting is to love it, when combined with the other motifs in the block. There is real dynamic and subtle movement.

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The curved cross hatch feeds into the twist of the “log cabin” style quilting in the on point squares. Add the spiral in and the visual movement is so cool. I chose print by SewBatik for the quilt top. The quilting ends up having a subtle rather than overpowering effect on the quilt. There are a few things that factor into that: the color in the print, the color of the threads, the weight of the thread, and the density of quilting.

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The movement is even more apparent on the back of the quilt block. I can imagine a whole quilt of this block quilted just like this.

This is one reason to sit with a quilt and let it speak to you. All week, while I’ve worked on a couple of other things I’ve been looking wondering what to do.  And here we go.

August Quilted Block of the Month an Original
August Quilted Block of the Month Week 2

Because this month isn’t quite as involved I’m going to do a little something special for next week. Not quite sure yet but something is simmering in my head so stay tuned.

August 31st I’m participating in the Back to School Blog Hop.

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Monday evening I leave for training on the Floriani Total Control U Software. I’m excited, and looking forward to this new venture. I’ll be blogging here and posting my schedule.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

 

*facepalm*

Yeah, I’m kind of annoyed with myself at the moment. I got so excited with the IDEA that reading the rules fell through the cracks. GAH!

Can I finish in time? #cherrywood #cherrywoodchallenge2017

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Let me back up a bit. When Karla announced the 2017 Cherrywood Challenge I sort of lost my mind. First of all Cherrywood. Cherrywood. Second, van Gogh *deep contented sigh*.

Over the weekend the Mad Dash to Completion started.

Backs are cool

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In spite of a few moments when the desire to run from the sewing room nearly overwhelmed me the going was getting good. Teeny tiny stitches were forming well under the needle creating pleasing designs across the surface of the quilt. YaY Me!

And here it is

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And here is where I paused for a moment, grabbed the Challenge Information Sheet that came with the fabric and – get this – I READ it. Yes, dear ones, I read the instructions. Upon learning that my quilt did not meet the requirements of 75% use of the challenge fabric the drama exuding from my person may have qualified me for an Emmy, or an Oscar, either way you go.

In fine fashion I kept stitching for a while see:

Turned the corner

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A little metallic goes a long way. That’s a post for another day! I found just the right copper in my stash, and shockingly it’s not Superior.

So, in a few weeks I’ll finish the stitching along the “frame” then write a blog post on the character of the quilt. ‘Cause it totally has some character.

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happy quilting!

Teri

Quilted Block of the Month Part 3

“How do you get from here to there?” she asked. I promised to show her. When stitching on a pieced block, the ditch is your bestie.
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The ribbon candy ended at the peak, to start the next wedge there are two options:
stop, tie off the thread, then restart in the next wedge. A viable option, one that I’d give consideration if this were a competition quilt.

travel in the ditch. This is a favorite option as it saves time, and thread. Depending on the weight of the thread it’s possible to stitch in the ditch several times without creating bulk, or warping the look of the quilt.

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Stitching on the line, or in that ditch is key, however remember it’s perfectly fine if it’s not perfect. Wobbles on quilts add character.

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I pause here to reposition my hands for a smooth transition.

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You can see that the stitching isn’t exactly on that line. Yes I’m breaking my own rule for now showing the flaws. It’s my job as the teacher, and I take it very seriously. Yeah. Bridge. Brooklyn. I’ll make lots of money.

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It’s only a little off, and most people wouldn’t notice it. Starting at the top of the peak let the ribbon candy begin. Next week there will drawings of the ribbon candy in the wedge, and the swirly sun motif in the lower corner.

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The next bit is NOT picking apart my work at all. overall I love this piece and will be happy to show it at any teaching venue.

Design Decisions happen.

Now I had to set this block aside for a few days. Upon returning I didn’t look before starting to quilt to see what thread I was using. I switched from Superior’s MicroQuilter to Wonderfil’s FabuLux, noticing only when starting the second wedge. I could have taken the stitching out, however I was grooving on the change in look, and the overall feel so I left it.

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While stitching all the straight lines some distraction happened, phone call, meeting whatever – on one of the straight lines I stopped earlier than intended, to “fix it” an echoed circle seemed a great idea. It’s different, eye catching, and helps the eye travel over the surface of the quilt block. Were this a competition quilt the seam ripper and I would have had a hot date.

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One HOT date

I chose to bind front to back and stitch in the ditch, there are a couple of places where it’s not exactly pretty and there’s a wee bit o’fixin’ that needs to happen. Just not today.

Here are links to each one of the posts:

Week 1
Week 1a
Week 2a

Next week will be the final post for this block. If you have questions please ask. I love giving extra information.

Happy Quilting,

Teri

The Sewing Room Vortex – Character Counts

49 pieces of chocolate stretched out

Quilts are fascinating creatures with stories all their own from why they were made, to what went wrong while making them., or what went right while making them. Often when I tell the story of 49 Pieces of Chocolat the focus is on the what not to do with wool  batting or the sewing room vortex of it all.

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Today it’ll be the character of the quilting. You see it’s not incredibly good. Oh snap! I just did that.

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I Always, Always, Always give my students the most important thing I learned from my first machine quilting class, “Show people what you did, don’t point out the flaws”

Sometimes my students show me their work, and try showing me where the quilting is not up to the competitive level of quilting that beginners should achieve right out of the gate. If I were one of my students the conversation would go something like this:
Jeanne* “my quilting isn’t very good
Teri, “it’s quilted isn’t it”
Jeanne, “yes but it doesn’t look like…”
Teri, “I’m the teacher. I don’t remember giving you permission to diss your work.”
Jeanne, “I know.”
Teri, “So, if I like it, and I’m not pointing out the ahem “problems”, then you don’t get to either.”
Jeanne, “okay, okay, I get it now”

*names have been changed to protect everyone involved

I don’t know if you’ve ever notices I can be, shall we say, a bit snarky, so I’ve had the “oh you’ve been free motion machine quilting for about 6 minutes! so you should be perfect with every stitch now.” conversation.

As we stitch and make some quilts with great character we develop our quilting character. Fun isn’t it! Should be experience shame when we’re learning? NO. Amiclearenoughonthat?

MJ Kinman – Go visit this site. Do not pass go. Do not collect a minimal amount of cash funding.

Now go quilt something,

Teri

A wee nip o’character

This one section of the Quilted Block of the Month that starts on Saturday.

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I just want to point out that my lines aren’t perfect. Sometimes when quilting I get to thinking about things, or looking through the wrong part of my lenses. If, and only IF this were a competition quilt I’d rip that stuff out. It’s not a competition quilt, so it’s staying. There’s another little bit that happens later in the block that lends a little bit of “ooops what happened here” but ends up being something I like.

Saturday I’ll give all the information from fabric, thread, batting, and needles used, where I used them, and why I made those decisions.

How’s that for a tease?

PS After an email conversation with a friend last night I went over to the Road to California website. I don’t know when it got an makeover but Wow! I have a goal to get two quilts ready, and October 2nd seems almost reasonable for me. As long as life doesn’t throw me any more left-hooks!

Happy Quilting!

Teri

Chocolate Cake and Quilting

When you’re doing your work, when you’re creating an offering, there’s no more important question to answer than, “what sort of quality are we seeking here?” – Seth Godin Thinking clearly about quality.

20170619_202445The sunset last night was something to behold, leaving me wishing for more photos or a video, the color changed so quickly. Sunset is my favorite time of day, I enjoy, and am inspired by the ever changing color.

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Some sunsets, like this one, capture the imagination, leaving a yearning in my creative heart for the ability to produce such color in my own work. I’d be certain that going to the Pantone site this would be fairly simple, but what of the fabric and thread sites? That doesn’t really matter. What matters is the moment of incredible beauty that lives on in the photos and in the memory.

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This gazania needs no other explanation. Oh I do love color.

Then I got to thinking about character. Oh how I love quilts with character. I’ve been working on a small piece that I intend to give to Charles. I appreciated him a lot as a manager, and appreciate him as a friend even more.

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We bantered like siblings, and sometimes sounded like an old married couple (we’re both married to other people.) I love to explore thread, and what it will do. I worked with two different Tiara silk threads in this section to explore the color and to continue figuring out how to get the colors to land where I want them as I quilt. When practicing creating odd, organic, unusual shapes to fill in allows me to learn how to fill space, and modify the motif as the stitching progresses. These stitches aren’t perfect, but they’re getting me where I want to go on this piece.

Now that I have a good idea of how this thread plays in this style of stitching I know how I want to use it in a quilt later on.

Oh quilt brain is kicking into high gear! Keith sent me a piece to practice on. I’m going to do just that! Woot! Woot!

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Happy Quilting!

Teri

did ya ever?

img_20161119_111224Have a night where you didn’t sleep so well for no particular reason? It’s happened on more than one occasion, being a woman nearing a certain age I’m sure this will again. This usually happens when there is something to do the next day, like get up early and be coherent. Wild and crazy dreams woke me up every two hours. Sheesh!

That was bad enough. I checked into facebook where I saw a picture of an alligator nose coming up through a toilet bowl. Not a big deal, but in my sleep deprived mind memories flooded my brain of the trailer in which we resided in North Las Vegas and someone sharing stories of scorpions being found in toilets. I was five when this happened. Five. I still remember this and shudder with fear of going to the potty without some adult making sure everything was okay.

And it doesn’t help that as I write little flashes of memory of some neighborhood teenager telling me about seeing Jaws at the movies. Okay that’s fine. The vivid imagination leading to nightmares and falling out of bed didn’t help.

What has all of this to do with quilting? Well, the trip into the City was to meet up with a friend and get a sneak peek of a quilt shop that will open. At some point there will be a facebook live, but today wasn’t the day. Spending time with my friend was important. Then I met Cathy at Sarabeths! I had pineapple and mango waffle. Oh how decadent! I’ll go back there for breakfast again.

20170614_131401The 1000 Postcards for Peace facebook page is live. Please feel free to join us. Debby shares the thought behind the project here.  And the Facebook Live vid we did. It’s a beautiful story, and a good way of adding something beautiful into the world. Will this solve the problems? No. But it is healing for the maker. It is a moment of creativity, and prayer. As quilters we know how much quilting can heal wounded hearts, warm people, offer comfort. And so we stitch on.

Happy Quilting!

Teri