A little bit of this

There is something fascinating about learning new things: sometimes the whole process is easy peasy, smooth sailing, yada yada; and sometimes my head and the cinder block wall just might come in contact with one another, producing the most beautiful stars and light show. Yes, yes, it’s really painful however I never actually do it.

Instead I phone a friend. In this case Lisa Archer of Pickle Pie Designs. Lisa is the Queen of in the hoop embroidery projects, in my world anyway. While she didn’t invent them she did write the book, which I have. I chose to call her instead because she’s fun.

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I needed to add a placement line on a project, wanting it to stitch first, stop, allow me to place the stuff for the postcard down, and then start stitching again. Seems simple enough, right?

Bang.

Head.

Here.

I knew what I needed to do but didn’t know what I needed to do. Cue Lisa. We get on the phone, as she’s opening up software I realized/remembered the steps: draw placement line, size it appropriately – in this case 4” x 6” for a postcard, move it to the first position in the stitching order, change the thread color so that the machine needs to stop for a thread change, and finally add text.

I thanked Lisa for her help. Sometimes you just need someone who knows what their doing to listen to you. So this morning, after a few things I’ll be stitching out a few postcards as thank you gifts and just because gifts.

Enjoy your stitching,

Teri

 

Pixel Party Quilts

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Sew Much Cosplay has a new product coming soon that I love! Pixel Party a fusible, wash away stabilizer with a grid printed specifically for 2 1/2” charm squares. I made two quilts for the booth for Market and Festival. Check with your local Floriani dealer in about a month for Pixel Party Quilt.

I didn’t have a chance to wash or rinse this out before quilting, the stabilizer didn’t affect the quilting at all.

For the quilt with the fashion fabric I also used Dream Weave Fusible to stabilize the fabric and keep it from fraying when cutting, this worked great.

What I do recommend is stitching in the ditch when quilting. This stabilizes the quilt, and helps it lay flatter. The quilting is a simple butternut or pumpkin seed motif that can be stitched out freehand or using a ruler, your choice.

Enjoy your stitching!

Teri

Happy Monday!

 

It’s a rainy Monday here in New York. I shadowed at a Floriani event hosted by Sew Right in Queens on Saturday and Sunday. This was my second shadowing event, the first hands-on, so much to learn, and a different style of teaching for sure. These events are project and process oriented. Project oriented in that we make six projects over two days, and process oriented in that the projects show the attendees the features of the machines we’re teaching on. Thankfully there were lots of problem-solving opportunities, and Judy – the Floriani Educator I shadowed – helped me, and the students through each step. While I’d done my best to prepare reviewing PowerPoint presentations there is something in the doing that makes the concepts very real.

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The last project is a banner embroidered on burlap. Yes, you can embroider on burlap. This is cool. As soon as I do this on my own machine I’ll take pics and post them here.

Today begins Market follow up, I have a pdf to make for some of the shop owners who attended one of the two lectures I gave at Quilt Market. And as things happen the power cord on my laptop decided it didn’t want to work anymore. I say this as though the cord is a person and made a decision because it didn’t like me anymore. This will probably be making a trip back to Dell anyway so, while this is slightly annoying it’s manageable.

Enjoy your stitching,

Teri

And what do my eyes behold?

Greetings from Evansville IN! What am I doing here  you might ask? Well, I’m at my first Floriani event where I’m shadowing one of the teachers, at SewTech. I’m excited to get started. If you’ve been following on Instagram I’ve been working on the embroidery part of the machine a lot, and learning a lot in the software.

kaleidoscope blockWhile all this is happening I’ve been working on the September Quilted Block of the Month. My intention was to get the pieced block together before leaving for this first gig. Piecing, pressing, practicing embroidery, learning the embroidery software.

Learning means screwing up some, and then teaching some to get a handle on what’s what.

Now

planted by the waterEverything I learned about stabilizer and how to use it for the greatest success is being turned on it’s head, and in roller coaster fashion I’m enjoying the process.

There are reasons to use the different stabilizers, toppers, fabric preps and all that jazz. I’m excited about learning because I’m excited about teaching. What I’m learning right now in embroidery falls under the category of “if I’d only known this about free motion machine quilting when I got started” Yeah it’s that big and that dang good. When I teach machine quilting my entire goal is to set you up for success – it’s the same with the embroidery.

Sigh, it’s that good.

Here’s a link to the Stabilizer Workbook and the Quick Reference Guide. Both of these will add to the depth of understanding the what and why we’re all seeking. And! then there’s the difference and complimentarity of the quilting stabilizers.

so for Saturday I’m going to  post a little something that will add to the Quilted Block of the Month.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

September is gonna be fun

in the hoop 1Wednesday I leave for the first Shadowing gig with Floriani. In the meantime I’ve been spending some time learning the software and remembering how to do things on the embroidery side of the machine. I have to tell you it’s so stinking cool.

But I have to share something with you by way of showing you the first in the hoop project I made.

cork.jpgI’ve been friends with Lisa of Pickle Pie Designs for a couple of  years now – meeting at an Ambassador retreat. Pickle Pie is all about in-the-hoop projects. I’ve like them however doing them wasn’t on my radar. I’m a quilter. For a while now there’s been a blending of embroidery, and quilting, essentially offering us the opportunity to use the embroidery side of the machine to quilt. Diane Gaudynski had designs on the B 830 when it came out. This is a good thing because anything that gets us quilting and completing stuff is a good idea in my book of quilt making.
With this new gig with Floriani there is a learning process which I’m finding exciting. And I know no other amazing way to learn than by doing.

So doing it is. will hold a phoneThe Charlene Cross Body Bag is the first, of many!, in the hoop projects I’m going to make. Don’t tell Lisa but while working on this I broke 3 needles (totally my error!) and really enjoyed the process of making this. My cell phone and a few other things will fit in this case. Soooo more are on the horizon.

And the long term goal of a machine with a bigger hoop because in this case, bigger is better.

special quiltOn the horizon too: a quilt project for a couple of friends that I’ll show you later. here’s the fabrics.

Next weekend is If the Foot Fits, Use it! At the Quilt Basket In Pawling.

Oh yes!! The Dutchess Heritage Quilt Show is coming up quickly. I’m really excited about this, and I get to see Paula Reid.

 

May your day be full of fiber

well, then there was the trip to Oak Ridge

But really I went to Knoxville.

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This so much because Bang Head Here.

Every once in a while, when I take a trip there is added adventure. Mysteriously my room was not available when I arrived at my hotel very late on Eclipse day. Knoxville was in the path of totality so many people added to the local economy staying in hotels, eating food, and being there. I’m sure the local quilt shops had a few more visitors. I like that part because employment is very, very good.

 

Every once in a while, when I take a trip there is added adventure. Mysteriously my room was not available when I arrived at my hotel very late on Eclipse day. Knoxville was in the path of totality so many people added to the local economy staying in hotels, eating food, and being there. I’m sure the local quilt shops had a few more visitors. I like that part because employment is very, very good.

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Quilters Select Thread 

So the very kind guy behind the desk found me a room in another related hotel chain, about one hour away in Oak Ridge, On the way to the new hotel, in something of a tired stupor, I’m trying to figure out how to get back to Knoxville in the morning. I had all kinds of things running through my brain including the 70’s on 7 music blaring so loudly I couldn’t hear the cab driver talk. Upon arriving in my room I scheduled a text to the educator picking me up and figured I’d deal with the rest of it in the morning. No…wait…in a few hours after a little bit of sleep. Because that kind of complex thinking needed a little something more than very tired Teri.

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Mat’s and Rulers Gotta Have ’em

The text went as scheduled, and I was picked up. Phew!! Hour long cab rides are um, long. The next two days of training went by quickly. I still have a lot to learn however, let’s just say that my mind was totally blown on stabilizer. Holy mother of all support goods! This is the stuff.

There’s more stuff to do before I start teaching on my own. I’m excited to get moving with this position. I’ll let you know where I’m going to be when I start team teaching and teaching.

Speaking of Teaching:

Sept 16th – Quilt Basket Pawling NY

October 7 & 8 – Dutchess Heritage Quilt Show

November 9 – 11 Connections Quilt Festival Nashua NH

See you soon.

Happy Quilting,

Teri