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.
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.
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.
I offered to help setting up in the RNK/Quilters Select Booth, getting to meet some of my new co-workers. This has been so much good. I ran into Alex & John Anderson. As you probably know Alex has a line of product with RNK called Quilters Select. Even before I joined the company I started using Alex’s mat, rulers, and rotary cutter, and they’ve been a great addition in the studio.
I did a facebook live with Alex.
Karla Overland of Cherrywood announced the 2018 Cherrywood Challenge, the color is PURPLE and the shades are gorgeous!! It’s available here at Festival right now, and should be up on the site very soon.
I’m in booth 951 with Maria from Pinwheels selling Daiwabo Taupe and Oakshott cotton. I’d love to see you, even if it’s for a brief hello and hug.
I am going to try to get in to see the quilts in the next day or so. So watch Instagram for pics.
Last 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?
Why 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 (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.
Debby and I arrived at our hotel within moments of each other. This after she arrived at my house just before 4 AM, whereupon my Sweetie took us to the airport dropping us off at our respective airlines. Arriving at the same time was a bonus.
We did manage to find lunch, and cupcakes.
Up until Friday I’d only spoken with Kay Brooks (the K of RNK) on the telephone. While Alex set up for her Schoolhouse presentation I helped with handing out samples of batting, and stabilizer, and a couple of pieces of paper. As other attendees asked about the booth number, someone you may know offered this information. That might be me. Once the Schoolhouse was over I helped pack things up, and introduced myself to Kay, sticking my hand out saying, “Hi! I know I seem a little like an overly eager helper, but I’m Teri Lucas, your new employee.” Yeah. I did that. Apparently she loved it.
I gave a quilt away.
A little back story. I knew way back when I made Shine Your Light that it wasn’t mine. There was one person that I thought it would go to, and brought it with me with the full intention of giving it to her. I started chatting with Alex Anderson in the media room when I realized it’s hers.
I’ll be strolling the Quilt Market floor this morning with Melissa. Then I’ll be here in Houston through Friday morning of Festival in the Pinwheels booth. Come by, get a hug and some Oakshott Cotton and Daiwabo.
Singing isn’t in my skillset, and while I tend to sing with reckless abandon here at home, when I’m in public, lip syncing is great, and it makes it look like I know the words.
Over the last few weeks I’ve been working on two quilts that will hang in the RNK booth for Sew Much Cosplay. Sunday afternoon I walked out of the sewing room as a couple of quilt issues cropped up.
The first was overcoming an intense desire to stitch my finger. Which, I indulged in. The needle didn’t fare nearly as well as my finger did. Go figure.
It wasn’t long after this happened that the realization of a need for some extended use of This one and I made great progress taking most of the quilting out, so that I could fix the bigger issues with the quilt. I started watching The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, extended version finding up the un-quilting by the end of the first movie. There was less than 40 minutes of The Two Towers left by the time I finished quilting.
Whilst tidying up threads somehow the tip of the scissors and my left hand met up, drawing blood. Can’t quite figure out why I’m intent on damaging the hand, right before going to Houston.
Each quilt got squared up, then the binding attached.
Sometimes I play favorites with my quilts – this one might be it.
So about that song at the beginning, I had a wee bit of an epiphany while quilting today. It’s something I speak with my students about all the time.
Are you ready to read something really fun? Go here to Batts in the Attic, check out Paula’s blog on the Dutchess Heritage Quilt Show. In this she reveals a long running joke between us, and how it inspired the name of her quilt.
And now onto our regularly scheduled program: It’s been a while since we’ve had a character post. I love the character of quilts, the things that make them unique, and original.
I probably talk about @play far too often.
In part because it’s the last quilt I made to go out into the world in a real way. It’s still possible for Quantum Leap to go out into the world, I just have to check a couple of the shows to see their guidelines.
I’ve made other quilts. But none that go on journeys of their own. As I look at this quilt I see the spot where I made a spider web to flatten an area that was puffing up in a most unbecoming way. And the left side where I spent another 5 hours quilting because the quilt shrunk from all the stitching. I see the nautilus that might have benefitted from a look at the bottom curve to smooth it out a bit. I see a spot where boredom took over and causing me to change the way I was stitching something out. Shhh don’t tell anyone but I do like the visual effect of the change.
Taping 18” x 22” Sheets of paper together to get the right size of the quilt took a bit of time, and was worth it offering the opportunity to tweak the design.
I’m off to International Quilt Market this week. I don’t think online class signups are still open however you’re welcome to sign up while you’re at Market. I have a few appointments scheduled so if you’d like to meet up please let me know. I’ll be Debby Browns roadie for a couple of days.