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

 

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.

I see snow men

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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

Celebration!

Ljo leichteast night I had the privilege of having dinner with Jo Leichte. I got to know Jo years ago through BERNINA. She has recently joined the ranks of the Floriani Education team, so bonus!, we’re now coworkers. Having dinner together felt like a celebration. Would you like to see what we tried?

 

cheese with bugsWhy yes, there are bugs on the cheese, properly prepared for our dining pleasure. I did try them. I’m not entirely sure I’d go out of my way to do it again, however it wasn’t bad. I did have trouble trying the ant, please don’t ask me why because I can’t really tell you. The cheese, though, outstanding. I’d have that again in a heartbeat.

kay brooks judy fredenburghKay Brooks (the K of RNK) and Judy Fredenburg, whom I’ll be working with next weekend at Sew Right in Queens, dressed up for Halloween in the booth. I’m so impressed with the skill level of the folks I’m working with. I totally need to up my game. I’m so honored to be working with this group of people. This is one of those times when words aren’t sufficient to describe the sense of connectedness I’m experiencing.

Tonight I’m going to the Awards Ceremony at Quilt Festival for the first time ever. I’m really excited, and will write a blog for GenQ in the next week or so. So, stay tuned.

I’m here at Quilt Festival in the Pinwheels Booth (900 aisle toward the back) Wednesday for preview, Thursday, and part of Friday morning.

See you there!

Teri

 

Saturday! Saturday! Saturday! Saturday!

This morning I am headed out to the Quilt Basket in Pawling NY. If you didn’t know this is the home of the Cutie Collection of patterns, the amazing Debby Brown is one of the pattern designers. I have at least one Cutie pack and pattern in the studio that are anxiously awaiting their turn at the sewing machine.

We pause to interrupt our regularly scheduled programming with the need to visit one of these places immediately. Duck Donuts. You’re welcome.

adding binding benartexIf the Foot Fits, Use It, a lecture Demo created to extol the virtues of the usual feet, and show some others not quite considered feet for quilt making.

Like using the zipper foot for binding! Just a wee reminder – try not to use the straight stitch plate with this foot.

Ask me how I know.

And then the big push to get quilts, kits, thread and put the finishing touches on the Generation Q Magazine Quilt as Desired lecture for the Dutchess Heritage Quilt Show. I’m kind of excited about this. Kits for this and the Connections Quilt Festival will have Quilters Select Batting. Woot! Woot!

Oh yeah wanna see something kinda cool?

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The block looks a little off because of the bulk of the seams. As I work on joining the blocks for a full on quilt the major seams will be pressed open reducing the bulk. I’ve got to admit I love this bit. Wanna know why? I’m madly in love with the Sizzix Big Shot Pro.

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I got started stitching in the ditch with 80 wt MicroQuilter. I’m a bit pokier that usual as there is much experimenting going on with thread, stabilizers and the like. Oh and the learning of the software hot dog! I’m still planning the whole cloth block, with a fabric in mind

I may go to the Oaks on Sunday…I’ll have to see what happens between now and then.

Happy creating,

Teri

Wow! Wow! Wow!

While Shadowing one of the Floriani Educators last week my brain went into high gear. She could see it as I sat in the back of the room listening to Sarabeth. I’m not using her real name because she isn’t a huge fan of social media, and I’m respecting that. Sarabeth presented each one of the stabilizers, sharing around samples for each one of the attendees to touch and feel. As makers that touchy-feely part is important.

The last day she showed the software from the Design Album right through FTC-U. In each program the icons are the same so if you’re in one program and get the next one, the interface is familiar, making it easy to navigate. I can assure you that, as someone who is learning the software from the ground up, this makes working in each environment way easier.

There is something I want to do and may yet figure out how to do what I want. If not I’ll draw it out and let the software do the digitizing for me.

Now for something completely different. This is Brilliant!

Yesterday I was determined! to make freestanding lace. In the software I designed something really cool, however it was in the wrong order and I wasn’t poking the right buttons to optimize the start/stops. And somehow I ended up with these crazy long stitches that make the whole piece seem weird. Then in typical me fashion I promptly forgot how I got from here to there. Gah.

first freestanding laceSo I made a piece of lace from the motifs that are in the B 560. In the top Floriani Silver Metallic. In the bobbin Floriani Silver Metallic. The needle – who knows. I put it in before my trip and haven’t checked what it is. The ONLY issue I had: the silver metallic and the eye of the bobbin sensor couldn’t see the silver thread, so the machine kept stopping “thinking” that there was no bobbin thread. Solution: turn off the sensor while completing the stitch out.

In the hoop were 2 layers of Wet N Gone. That’s it, because I forgot to add the topping but whatev’s. After the machine finished stitching (no thread breaks!) I cut the stabilizer about 1/4” away from the motif. I can use the scraps for something else later. I went downstairs to talk to my Sweetie, and fix dinner. While in the kitchen the lace went into a small bowl of water. I went for less than 2 minutes to talk to him about something and when I got back the Wet N Gone was gone! Gone. Not slimy, not icky. Just gone! The water didn’t feel weird either. What’s left? giving the lace a quick press with the pressing cloth so it lays flat.

Last night after an hour long conversation with Trish, the gal who is going to be my right arm and leg at the Dutchess show in a couple of weeks I figured it out again. So now, today’s job is to make that piece of lace, and cut out 2 1/2” squares for a project for Sew Much Cosplay. The big reveal will be after Cheryl and Tracy see it because I might give them sneak peeks, I might not.

Happy Quilting!

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

I like to move it move it

BethAnn arrived home Saturday afternoon, she’s a BERNINA 560 E. Yes dear friends E, for embroidery.

May I introduce you to BethAnn my B 560e.

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Perhaps a name correction: BethAnne! Get it, with an E. Please feel free to roll your eyes and groan, that’s what I’m doing.

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Over the weekend I’ve done a bit of quilting, a bit of piecing, and this morning there will be a bit of embroidery. I found a piece of this purple dupioni silk from another project that is waiting for my attention. I’m still thinking about what to stitch out, though I’m excited to get started making all of the samples I’ll need in order to begin teaching on my own with Floriani. This is going to be some hard work and a lot of fun.

There’s linen, denim, rayon, and a few other fabrics that will come out from their secret hiding places. I may even get brave enough and make my sweetie a new bathrobe at some point before Christmas – embroidering “My Sweetie” on it, so he always remembers.

There is some shifting around that needs to happen in the sewing room to make it fully functional for me. It may involve some serious furniture moving. Because I think I have the tables in the wrong space. Gah!! Save me from myself. The basement has been given serious consideration, but I think I’ll wait on that.

So watch this space, and Instagram for projects as they happen.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

PS I found the lamé let the embroidery begin