Thank YOU!

There are many, many thank you’s this week.
First, Trish and the Dutchess Heritage Quilt Show Committee, it was an honor to be invited to be the Featured Speaker. I really enjoyed spending the weekend at the show, sharing quilting, and teaching each one of the quilters who attended. Our quilts are the story of who we are, stitched together with needle and thread.

Thank you Beth, Innkeeper of the Grand Dutchess Bed & Breakfast in Red Hook. You are a delightful hostess, and a good cook!

Gentle reader if you are in the area of Dutchess Community College there is an exhibit of quilts though October 22nd in the Mildred I Washington Art Building. Check their pages for times the exhibit is open.

Thank you Debby Brown for capturing images like this:

and this:

we had dinner with Paula Reid, Trish and Holly, a fun time was had by allp

and holding up quilts

and not eating my chocolate cake

and just being there.

Sometimes I think I’m horrible at taking pictures when I’m on the road teaching and this weekend I realized I’m in this moment talking quilts and being with my students.

I enjoyed the moments I got to spend in the S&S booth, talking about the BERNINA 7 Series machines. It’s no secret they are my fave.

As with any teaching trip there is always an adventure! Let’s just say that I ended up being able to rent a mini-van for the weekend, which made me silly happy because more people and stuff fit in a mini-van than a smaller car. YAY. I got apples too. There will be apple pie. YAY for apple pie.

I’ll be at the Quilt Basket on Saturday January 20th for an all day class. We’re still working on the what but it will focus on machine quilting.

November 9 – 11 is Connections Quilt Festival. I’m teaching classes each day and will have the Quilt as Desired Quilts on display.

I’ll be at Quilt Market, where I have two classes Creating Consumer Confidence – Machine Sales and Creating Consumer Confidence in the In-Store Staff. These are tips I’ve learned over the years working in quilt shops, and working towards becoming the national machine quilting teacher I’ve always wanted to be.

I’m staying over to work in the Pinwheels booth with Maria Tamaoka. Stop by the booth say hi! and adopt some Daiwabo, or Oakshott Cottons for your stash! I’m happy to help the adoption go through.

Watch Instagram today for apple pie pics. I bought APPLES!!!

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

Candy’s Quilting Happy Opening

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Well then there’s Charles, Candy’s Quilting manager. Totally loved working with him at the other shop when it was open. He’s been working with Candice to get Candy’s Quilting open. Check out their facebook page and instagram.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They’ve curated a selection of books for the Modern Quilter, and the quilter who enjoys precut fabrics. Some of the shelves are glass and steel giving a clean fresh look and a lovely way of displaying books, and the some fabric.

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Here’s part of the fabric selection: Me+You batiks, Allison Glass, Northcott Toscana, some lovely plaids and stripes. On another shelving unit live the solids, and Shannon Cuddle.

 

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Classroom space galore! This is a space for local teachers to have private lessons for up to three students. A quilter can go use this space to work privately.

There are two other classrooms: The first has 10 machines, each with it’s own table and power outlet.. There are currently 6 cutting stations (a few more coming soon), and four ironing stations.

The final classroom is for handwork.

So there’s lots of space and there will be classes to choose from later on. As of August classes to “work on your own project” with Charles will be available. Quilting and other classes will start in September.

Local teachers now is the time to reach out to Candice and Charles to get on the schedule for fall. Send a class description, supplies list, and photo of your project giving them all the information they need.

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Here’s Candice, the owner, speaking with Mary and Jamie, the Candy’s Quilting staff. Mary is the tallest of the three.

Candy’s Quilting location: 140 West 22nd St. between 6th and 7th, close to the subway and some really good restaurants. And let’s not forget Trader Joe’s is nearby.
Oh! They carry Aurifil thread located behind the main counter!

They’re open:

Tue – Fri: 11 – 7
Sat – Sun: 11 – 5
CLOSED MONDAY

Happy Quilting!

Teri

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We get by with a little help from our friends inQuilt Market Classes!

photo_20161030_180753Good friends, like good wine are a rare gift and a distinct pleasure.
As a quilter I’ve been blessed with some good friends. Several who are teaching at Quilt Market in St. Louis.

Tracy Mooney, Senior Editor of Generation Q Magazine – Keep Your Customers Sewing: Adaptive techniques to keep your customers sewing and quilting longer. Tracy has Sjogrens, an autoimmune related to lupus that causes fatigue and has her exploring ways to keep her passion for quilting, sewing, teaching, and writing going. She’s one of those people I “go to” when the world seems to be spinning off it’s axis.

Cheryl Sleboda, Muppin Inc: What is Cosplay? And why should my shop care? I had the privilege of attending Cheryl, Tracy, and Toni’s presentation at VDTA in February. The standing room only crowd was quiet and taking notes! Cosplay has been around for a while and is a way to engage a broad range of customers, it’s incredibly creative, and body positive. Cosplay is a breath of fresh air and a way to grow.

Building up  your Branding Learn the tips and tricks to build brand awareness both by design and by accident! Learn the strategies that elevate your business and how to leverage your brand across social media. These are the kinds of things that will help us stand out in the ever widening crowd, help us define who we are, what our niche is, and how to make the most of it. This is the stuff!

Ebony Love Blogging is not dead yet – How to get your blog off life support. She’s right, in so many ways. Whether you’ve been blogging for a long time, or are new Ebony will help you nurture that blogging spirit and keep it lively. This is a time when we need reminders of the good work we always like to do.

Independent Publishing – From Idea to book in 6 months or less. Here’s how to tackle that original, idea and publish yourself. Take this one!!

kelly ann and teri Market a while agoKelly Ann Richardson Quilt Shop Owners and Designers – Building Relationships In Kelly Ann’s words: I believe in building strong relationships, not just in my personal life but in my business which is why this year at Spring Quilt Market I will be presenting a seminar “Quilt Shop Owners and Designers-Building Relationships”. I’ve spent the last 12 years in business building relationships with quilt shop owners and designers, working together and sometimes making the difficult decision to walk away from some of those relationships. I’ve included time for some healthy discussion on how to break up, build up and form some lasting relationships. This is so essential to our growth and health.

Maddie Kertay Shaking the Money Tree Without Wallowing in a Discount Culture Promote your store and sales with effective programs that don’t center on discounts to get people in the door.

Campgraphical – Beginners Guide to Creating Media for Quilt Shops Enjoy techniques and resources plus hands-on practice to gain experience and confidence with
modern media.

20161030_110948Alex Anderson & Kay Brooks Are you Working for Yourself or Your Suppliers Are your suppliers making more profit margin than you? You deserve more and we will show you how to get it!

Roseann Kermes How to Teach a Successful Wool Applique Class Includes basic stitches, supply list for add-on sales, lesson plan, and tips for a successful class. Take home a cute finished coaster for a shop display.

The quilting community is rich in depth and character. I’m happy to call each and every one of these amazing people, friend.

Happy Quilting and Building,

Teri

 

Well, then here’s something inspiring

Well, then here’s something inspiring

So, as often happens, I’m scrolling through fb and find something really cool.

https://thequiltshow.com/daily-blog/142-newsletter/25642-learn-about-urban-artifacts-from-leslie-tucker-jenison-and-rjr-fabrics

and if you head here you can see Leslie’s full line.

Just show up

Today’s words of wisdom, Just Show Up. I’ll talk more about this later in the week. For now,

If you’re a quilter who is in business and needs a bit of guidance check out Cheryl Sleboda’s courses and consulting. She has more than 20 years of experience guiding shops in the comic book industry. She’s knowledgeable and gives excellent insight.

I’ll be in Lancaster on Saturday at the AQS Show. One place I’ll be stopping is to get a photo of the Indigo and Oatmeal quilt that I made for SewBatik.

Well, I must get a quilt done.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

Pinwheels and Friends Mt. Kisco

ahh I did it…here we are. Two facebook live videos on the Pinwheels and Friends show. The first is set up and the second is the first morning of the show

As I talked with quilters yesterday I know one thing for sure…I miss working with each and every one of you in a quilt shop.

Pinwheels and Friends is open from 10 – 3 today. I’d love to see you. There are 17 quilts in the Generation Q Magazine exhibit and about 10 – 12 antique quilts. The Village Squares Quilters have their raffle quilt, it’s totally adorable and bed worthy.

See you there!

Teri

For the first time in ages

I get to go to the next guild meeting! I can’t tell you the last time that attending was possible. Not complaining, just sayin’ that working in the city cramped my quilting style would be something of an understatement. I’ve missed my quilting peeps.

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Over the last couple of days I’ve actually spent some time stitching, writing some of the directions. And in the spirit of having something to show of my quilting I’m working on a new bag for me. At the BERNINA Ambassador Retreat we got to play with some cork fabric and I’m going to use that to make part of my new bag and two new wallets. Directions for all of this will eventually be available, I’m just uncertain as to where.

I read quite a few blogs, one of my faves is Kelly Ann’s Quilting. Kelly Ann is a fun sized (read as my height) quilt shop owner whom I adore. She’s got a kind heart, and a lovely shop from what I’ve seen on facebook and vids. I’ve met her shop manager Angie, and if she’s any indication of the staff, well, this is a place to visit when you’re in Virginia. Kelly Ann posted a “Tuesday Tip” that you can see here. I forgot that I actually knew this. And if I remember correctly it was from one of the Elm Creek books by Jennifer Chiaverini. I carried Kelly Ann’s Quilting tote bag so much that I wore it out in less than 6 months. It’s a good thing there are more, just sayin.

I’m off to quilt.

Happy Quilting,

Teri