Cotton Cuts Charity Mystery Hop

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There is nothing like multiple deadlines all rolling into one really busy six weeks that says let’s get everything done all on the same day. Yesterday I mentioned I’d been sick, and sleeping was about all I could manage for the entire weekend. So, I slept.

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You may remember a while back I wrote “caution opening box may lead to…”  I had the opportunity to meet up with Kim at spring market. T’was a delightful conversation filled with a few ideas. Including something like this blog hop/Mystery Quilt. Kim is something of a go-getter, took the fabric by the selvage, and started plotting  how this could work for Cotton Cuts – and here we are. I get the privilege of being Clue 3! Woot!

The clue arrived on time, as did a few other things in the works. Like a new job, things to learn, quilts to make for Market, my twenty fifth anniversary and getting ready for a quilt show where I have a boatload of work to prep. I took the aforementioned clue out of the packaging with pencils that have great quilterly sayings. What I didn’t plan on was getting sick right when the clue is due. Whoever expects the Spanish Inquisition._TeamZinnia (2)

With a few projects being worked on at the same time, the pieces were buried under a layer and a half of 2 1/2” squares for one quilt, and fabric ready to be cut into 2 1/2” squares for another project. After finding and sorting them, assigning the appropriate numbers for the fabric, the stitching began in earnest

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Oh, did I mention the epiphany I had while starting this project? No, hang onto your seam rippers, I’ll get there soon.

The first part of the clue has 2 segments, after sorting that precut pieces out I started stitching. Cool tidbit: no bunny ears on the triangles.

I’m using Superior MicroQuilter, a 100 wt (very fine) polyester thread for microquilting and applique, and I love it for piecing using a size 70/10 microtex needle, and shortened the stitch length to 2.25 mm.

Using a polyester thread also means I’m going to reduce the heat of the iron for setting the seam and pressing. This reduced heat means I’m not going to burn my fingers. I’m not particularly worried about the thread because I’ve been ironing cotton clothes made with polyester thread for years with no problems at all. What I do love about the 60, 80, and 100 wt threads, is the no bulk in the seam allowance.  cotton cuts 2

After piecing pressing with the finger pressing end of any multi-tool I have. Pictured here is the stiletto from byannie.com one of my faves! cotton-cuts-4-e1507162815600.jpg

I’ll be interested to see how the quilt comes together at the end of all of the clues.cotton cuts 3Because the color way is delightful.
So this Mystery Quilt has a purpose, it will be raffled off once it’s pieced and quilted, to benefit Valley Industries, the company that fulfills Cotton Cuts Boxes, this holds a special place in my heart for oh so many reasons. The raffle will remain open through the entire blogging event, tickets are $5.

Don’t forget to visit Cotton Cuts and read about their Mission.

July – Sheila Christensen (www.mysteryquilter.com) with guest blogger Kim Moos
August – Yvonne Fuchs (www.quiltingjetgirl.com)
September – Teri Lucas (www.terificreations.com)
October – Wendy Welsh (www.wendysquiltsandmore.blogspot.com)
November – Nicole Young (www.lillyella.com)
December – Chris Dodsley (www.madebychrissied.blogspot.com)
January – Amy Smart (www.diaryofaquilter.com)
February – Sam Hunter (www.huntersdesignstudio.com)
March – Cheryl Sleboda (www.muppin.com)

A Trip to PNQE

20170917_195204Yep, that’s what happened. I took the two plus hour trip to PNQE at the Oaks Sunday morning. I went just to go. Most shockingly of all – duhn duhn duh – I went by Myself. While this isn’t anything unusual, I went to visit with friends. That’s it. Visit. I didn’t buy anything. I didn’t take any pictures of quilts, though I walked the entire show floor. Many friends have quilts in the show, quilts that I love.

I enjoyed simply being there. I did have a lengthy conversation with Linda Pillion-Lease. Then chatted with Lisa Calle, and Sarah Bond. It was lovely. Lovely.

At the end of the day I did help Diane of SewBatik tear down, and load out. I was a wee bit too lazy to go change my into my sneakers. Note to self: change into your sneakers. Your toes will thank you later. No, no damage to toes, however a close call that was my fault. HA.

I arrived home around midnight having thoroughly enjoyed the day of simply being with friends.

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Happy Friday,

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

a moment of sharing

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So this happened a Sizzix Big Shot Pro. It’s waiting for me to cut big hexies for a project, which is part of some magazine work that needs to happen. But first there are Ads to sell,  and copy to write (I’m transcribing an interview of a quilter) for the Fall Issue of said magazine. Yes, Ad Sales too, if you want info email me.

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Click on the picture to go to Melanie’s website to purchase this book. I’m going to review it for in our pages.

Saturday is the next Quilted Block of the Month post. Stay tuned. I’m going to reveal the next block

Happy Quilting,

Teri

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Sharing because this is brilliant

Sharing because this is brilliant

20170527_125003Years ago when message boards, and blogs were the social media of the day one of the tips I saw, and supported was practicing machine quilting for 20 minutes a day really adds up over time. I wrote about this in I figure I’m about 1/2 way there.

This morning Ebony Love posted Find More Time for Sewing and Quilting on Love Bug Studios. Ebony expands on the concept by giving great tips for achieving the goals of sewing and quilting. Tip number one alluded to that 20 minutes, and making good use of that time.

feather tutorial bSo head on over to Ebony’s blog read her tips and build in that time for you. Remember you’re worth the time, and effort.

And I’m going to remind every one to maintain their machines at home get that lint out, and oil it as needed – like if you haven’t used the machine in three weeks.
thread and needles from mqxChange the needle regularly, spending time unstitching because the tip if your needle is bent is frustrating. Ask me how I know – I won’t show you my thread covered shirt. The machine will have to go in for a tune up with the tech soon.
Change your rotary cutter blade regularly. One of these days I’ll re-tell the story why…but that’s much better in person so watch for a facebook live.
Sewing, and quilting are good for our mental health.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

Arsenic & Old Lace, Chocolate cake and a long arm

Arsenic & Old Lace, Chocolate cake and a long arm

 

Debby Brown has a Handi Quilter Avante in her studio, and on occasion when needed she lets me use it to baste my larger quilts. Yesterday I basted two quilts Arsenic & Old Lace pieced by Keith Dommer and Supernova in Chartreuse designed by none other than Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero. A&O L has lived in my studio for a while as life has happened. As I basted yesterday thoughts of quilting came to mind – which is such a good thing oh the thinks you think when you think quilting. Keith uses elements including hexagons, circles, and old linen, well leaving me with great blank space to work in. When he sent the quilt I looked up the color of arsenic gray, yellow, and black all come up and then there are shades of blue and acid green leaving me a lot of room for interpretation here.

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Now when I get to Supernova I don’t have a particular plan in mind however as I write decision made, whew. I need more fabric. She says, shocking no one reading this missive.

Kindness and gratitude matter. Both are a balm to wounded souls. They are a cup of cold water to someone who is in need of refreshment. A cup of coffee with and a good chat with good friend. Lemonade on a hot summer day. These things are all refreshing.

Sometimes we have challenges in life, challenges in our communities. Friends have troubles. Things are going all icky in the greater world and the events trigger awful memories. Things at work go all haywire in so many ways and we need a word of encouragement and support.  We might see all this happening and want to do something about it. We may not be able to fix it, but we can be there through our words.

While I was at Debby’s we had a facebook live with Joliene Williams. Joliene supplied me with Girl Scout Cookies. First I’ve had in a looooooooooooooong time.

Debby Brown and I are starting a project called 1000 postcards for peace.

In the next week or so I’m starting a facebook page that will be a place to offer ideas, share experiences and support those in our life who might need a little support or a little something because we can. I’ll post again here once the page is up, and directions are available.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

Lesson Learned:

Don’t mess with Debby’s Chocolate Cake.
This is by far the most important thing learned at Spring Quilt Market.

 

Needless to say I handed over the fork in my hand.

My bandaid after trying Debby's chocolate cake @debbybrownquilts

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Luckily I had a bandage in my purse. I was really wanting a Hello Kitty bandage, sadly none was readily available when the need was most pressing.

The rest of this week will be Market follow-up and some quilting.

Happy Quilting!

Teri