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.
Then there’s this too:
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
Teri Lucas Quilts
Generation Q Magazine
Years 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.
So 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.
Change 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have a whole big bunch of e-books sitting in my to read in a file on my computer. It’s a great file to go to for quilty inspiration. Jean Wells has an update on Intuitive Color & Design that I’m looking forward to spending time with. Her work has influenced nearly all of my quilting life. So digging into this is high on the priority list.
All the Light you cannot see is next on the reading list, got it from the library. Tomorrow I’m flying out to St. Louis for Quilt Market and will have a layover in Atlanta. Reading time!
Today is some final Market Prep, laundry, packing, checking in for my flight. Making sure I have all of the electronic stuff necessary. Two meetings for Generation Q.
I’ll be doing facebook live vids from the show floor on both the GenQ page and my own personal page. The live vid with Tracy and Cheryl should be Sew Much Fun.
If you’re going to be at Market here’s your reminder about a few Market classes to take. And the Spring Clean Your Studio Blog Tour.
Oh! Oh! Yes the Dutchess Heritage Quilt Celebration.
There are classes to teach. And quilts to make. And fabric to fondle.
Decadent ganache covered whoopie pies – check.
Waking up early – check.
Excited about this week – check.
Writing an unexpected blog – check.
Friend with a new venture – check. Really check out Ebony Love’s MADE Creative Fiber Arts Studio opening in June. MADE’s facebook page.
Tomorrow I finish piecing a quilt that will be in the Michael Miller booth at Quilt Market. It’s going to be fun! I can hardly wait to get into the sewing room to stitch.
And I am in a place I want to be, the AQS Show in Lancaster for the day, and then will see friends who got married about a month after my sweetie and me. I met Jules in PA, though it wasn’t until we were living in GA that our friendship blossomed. And she’s stuck with me now. After this long it’s not likely that we’re parting company any time soon. She quilts too, so bonus!
Today though is one of those days that holds deep, life long memory. Ten years ago today we said good-bye to our dad. It was Palm Sunday. My sweetie and I usually go to Church late in the day, and oddly I was showered and dressed in the morning. When my sister called to let me know what was happening I was able to get ready, and get out of the house, on my way in less than 20 minutes. I know my Sweetie helped facilitate that. And for that I am so grateful. Dad left on his favorite day of the year. April Fools Day. Oh how he loved getting over on his kids, writing Rotten Poetry, writing letters. Today I will have Coke in his honor, and memory.
Look for a couple of facebook live vids from the show floor at least one on the Generation Q Magazine page and one will be on my personal page. If you’re there please say hi. Meeting quilters is a favorite thing.