Pixel Party Quilts

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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.

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

 

Did you hear about that time

I started singing this?

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.

needleThe 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 seam ripperThis 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.

binding 1Each quilt got squared up, then the binding attached.

binding 2Sometimes 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.

Be the best You, that You can be.

Happy Quilting,

Teri

On Making a Quilt for Market

part one sewmuchPlease pardon the angle of the photo, the layout is on my ironing board as I’m using a product that is still in the design phase and I can’t show it just yet. This is the beginning of a second quilt for the Sew Much Cosplay booth at International Quilt Market. I had an idea, a color wash of sorts with light batik dots, and Plaster of Paris from Frond Design Studio. and it was kind of working but I knew last night it wasn’t quite right. So I set it aside to get some rest.

Quilt in progress

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Diane Magidson of SewBatik saw the fabric I’d originally cut for the quilt and asked if it was Tequila Sunrise Gradation. She knows her product. Diane’s question got me thinking about my two fave times of the day: sunrise, and sunset. (Queue Music!) I got started listening to the idea of the color wash but limiting the number of fabrics being used to Tequila Sunrise. I’m happy to let the fabric do the work for me.

tequila sunrise

So much better. The dot fabrics are there just in case.

Once I got a few more pieces filled in I grabbed a silicone pressing sheet from C&T and got started pressing. The Teflon sheet I have is just a little too heavy to transfer the heat well. The silicon release sheet allowed the heat to transfer and released the fusible product without any problem.

Shh don’t tell anyone I need an new ironing board cover. I’m going to Market next week and I have my eye on a couple of places to look.

The quilt top is ready to be stitched.

sunrise

I’ll post an update on Instagram later once the top is pieced and ready for quilting.

Catch ya later,

Teri

Embracing Quirk, and a new class

Happy Tuesday!

dupioni whole cloth playtime my brain on quiltingLast spring I asked a trusted friend what her impressions were: confidence was the number one take away from that conversation. Honestly, I like that she picked up on that. It’s taken a lot of time to become confident at the machine, moving the quilt under the needle and watching the quilting motifs become what I see in my head. There is often a lot of frustration leading to getting what I see in my head on fabric. When it happens though it’s so cool.

So January 20th I’m teaching at the Quilt Basket in Pawling, NY, so I offered Go With the Flow. Funny thing is, they have a Cutie Pattern with that same name by the FabuLuxious Debby Brown. So they asked me to change the name. I proposed something on fb that made sense, starting to capture the class. For the most part it was met with enthusiasm. Some of the suggestions made sense, however don’t fit my quirky nature. So this really amazing friend shared this: Brain Dump: Stitch the Stuff of Your Dreams (Release the Kraken). It’s like she gets me or something. Weird, right? So that is the name of the newish class. Here’s the class description:

Let’s get the quilting we see in our heads out onto fabric by exploring what we can do with thread, batting, and needles. You’ll stitch on a small whole cloth based on a quilt block, or a fun design using a variety of thread. We’ll explore the differences in cotton, polyester, silk, in a variety of different weights to see how thread weight and color will do lot of work for you.

Kits available.

This will soon be listed on the Lectures/Workshops page.

There’s still time to sign up for the classes at the Connections Quilt Festival in Nashua November 9, 10, & 11. This is a direct link to the classes.

November 4 & 5 I’m shadowing at a Floriani Event hosted by SewRight in Queens. Check out the event page for more details.

Then there’s Quilt Market, and Quilt Festival. I’ll be helping Maria Tamaoka in the Pinwheels booth at Festival. Stop by and see us…there’s FABRIC in the booth.

F – A – B – R – I – C

I’m off to finish a couple of quilts for Cheryl and Tracy and do some embroidery.

Happy Quilting,

Teri

International Quilt Market & Apple Pie

I’m honored to share my years of experience working and teaching in quilt shops, teaching nationally, talking with shop owners, and working with Generation Q Magazine in each one of these talks. Join me at International Quilt Market. Check out Ebony Love, Cheryl Sleboda, Tracy Mooney, Maddie Kertay, Heather Kubiak, Pepper Cory and so many other presenters in ways that we can grow our businesses. Cheryl is offering business consultations with special Quilt Market pricing.

Reminder: Ebony Love is nearing the end of the Kickstarter Campaign to make new Sizzix dies for cutting some amazing quilts. Anything from sharing the post to $1.00 on up is a great show of support. Kickstarter campaigns are All or Nothing Events. If she meets the goal, she gets the money to make the dies, if not she doesn’t the opportunity to do this. Think of this as buying stock in a company for their growth and development.

Bonus! I’ll be staying through early Friday morning of Quilt Festival. I’ll be in the Pinwheels booth with Maria Tamaoka. She sells Daiwabo and Oakschott Cotton. Hooo baby let’s pet some fabric.

I made this deliciousness yesterday: Caramel-Bacon Apple Pie
2 crust pie crust (medium flake: a mixture of butter and shortening for the fat rocks it) I use the King Arthur Flour Recipe and add cider vinegar to the water.

1/2 c white sugar
1/2 c brown sugar
6 T butter
1/4 c water
2 t Cinnamon
8 strips precooked crispy bacon chopped up

Cook this in a skillet til it boils on medium heat. Reduce heat and let simmer for 10 more minutes. Set aside to cool

preheat oven to 400

a whole bunch of apples (4 – 6 cups)
slice or chop ’em your favorite way and place in a honkin’ big bowl

once the caramel mixture is coolish, pour over the apples to coat them completely

roll out bottom layer of pie crust layer in pie plate

dump the apples in crust
add apple mixture

roll out top crust

place over top, trim and pinch to seal the edges.

put pie plate on baking sheet and place in oven
reduce heat to 350
bake for an hour

take out of oven
cool
eat
enjoy