A wee bit of a finish

On a sew day with friends I cut out the pieces for a new quilted purse, and started stitching them together. The idea floated around my head for a while as the quilting of the fat quarters progressed.

Here’s the finished front:

#bernina #brewersewing cork is beautiful

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Here’s the finished back:

Purse done #fronddesignstudios #brewersewing

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What I don’t have a picture of is the little zippered wallet I made to go with it. I like to have a little something to put in my pocket, and take with me when I go into the City.

I loved adding the cork for texture, and character. The cork takes stitching well and has many uses. It’s a bit spendy so adding detail, and creating a unique look works best for me. After getting home I changed the hardware on the adjustable strap.

Once I get through the first Lucy’s Nickles Project this will become either a class or a pattern.

Happy Quilting,

Teri

 

 

Talk about a quilt with Character

double-irish-chain-full-viewTalk about a quilt that is a character. And I’m going to share some of its most interesting character traits.

But first, let’s see how Kelly Ann measures up. Worth the visuals alone.

I’ve talked about this quilt here and here.

I love this quilt, always have. The character in this quilt rests in the memories of making the quilt. Buying the fabric. The physical memory of the rotary cutter and the left index finger meeting. The machine quilting complete with bad tension, pigtails on the back. The quilting decisions. Oh how I loved making those decisions.

Were they the right decisions for this quilt? Yes!
Would I make these same decisions now? Probably not.

So about the character in this quilt? It built mine.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

Character Building

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As I started thinking about character, texture, and thread a character from about 25 years ago popped up in my thoughts. He and his wife both volunteered with local school students after school. One afternoon he demonstrated asymmetry through showing the students how his eyes, ears, arms, etc were asymmetrical. Most of this someone wouldn’t notice by simply glancing at him, one would have to really look.

Scrolling through photos for a different blog I came across the photo I took at the Bronx Botanical Gardens about 6 years ago. I’m pretty sure I changed the photo to black and white to get a feel for the texture, and tones. What struck me this morning, because I was looking, is all the great texture of the lily pad. The veining is similar and different, the texture on the left is remarkably different than the texture on the right. The lily pad is such a beauty in and of itself. The asymmetry adds to the overall visual appearance of both the photo and the lily pad.

Let’s take this to quilting. its-bigger-than-i-thought-border

Here on the border of It’s Bigger than I Thought the curve of the border made the perfect spine for the feathers. Each side a little different as I stitched along. The full quilt is below.

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I quilted this on my BERNINA 1080 shortly after a Ricky Tims Super Seminar. Ricky reminded us that we, as quilters could do anything we want. He showed us how to do some feather work on the machine, and when I got home, off I went, stitching feathers all over the surface of the quilt. I can guarantee the level of character in the quilt is at a high level. However the overall result is amazing.

Happy Quilting,

Teri

 

Totally worth the wait

Way back at Quilt Market in Houston Tracy Mooney (Generation Q Magazine) did a quick interview with Bruce Magidson of SewBatik

Bruce showed us these gorgeous 108″ Indigo batiks. Sitting in a box next to me, that our package delivery system left at the front door of my home in a timely manner, are these batiks. They arrived with Oatmeal and synthrapol and retayne.

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I’m remaking this quilt in Indigo and Oatmeal for the booth in Lancaster.Once the fabric is washed I’ll get started.

Monday night was so much fun. After not being able to spend a whole lot of time with the Pelham Quilters it was good to be home. The meetings have moved from the first Monday to the third Monday of the month at 7 PM. They are taking a day trip to the AQS Show in Lancaster on Saturday April First it’s $55 for bus trip and then about $25 (give or take) for dinner. If you’re interested please leave me a comment and I’ll get you in touch with the coordinator of the trip. You can also comment through the facebook page.

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Roses, gazanias, mums and pansies are among my favorite flowers. Each petal is slightly different, some edges have little dips in from the edge, some of the petals are more rounded at the top, while others have something of a triangular peak. Not to mention the veining in each petal. In this photo the veining is subtle however it’s there and it’s kind of random and branches out here and there. The veining reminds me of the quilting we add to our pieced tops. Imperfect stitching is perfect, adds visual interest. Stay tuned for more character, pictures that I’ve taken over the years are flashing before my eyes. Character Counts

Character Counts

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Sometimes I look at my quilts, see things I don’t like, and thoughts of sending the quilt to the great quilt yard in the sky, would be the best. thing. ever. Between teaching, and working with quilters in shops I know that quilters want perfection from the first stitch. Doing it “right” the first time, every time is the height of something. I haven’t figured out what yet, but it is.

While encouraging the learning process, letting new and not-so-new quilter know that mistakes happen sometimes it’s hard to experience and see how the mistakes add to the beauty and character of what we’re doing.

I’m on a journey to find the character around me, and taking you along.

"Twilight in the Bronx"

Twilight in the Bronx is a quilt with tons of character including a little bit of fullness in the circles. And it’s square but a good blocking would do the quilt a lot of good. It’ll stay just so as it is.

Most importantly it’s the quilt started in my 41st year of life that has led me down a path of great quilterly joy.

You should

fabric from danaIt’s my ninth blogaversary today, therefore it’s a great day indeed. Here’s a link to my first post. It’s been a lovely journey with friends coming, going, changing, the quilt world changing, setting out to grow and teach and be a little more. Funny thing is I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. The ideas seem a little clearer and a little fuzzier all in the same moment. There are few things that are as I dreamed they be, and thing that are more than I could ever imagine.  Some of the better than I could ever imagine is working with Generation Q Magazine, and being a BERNINA Ambassador. And later this year I’m the featured quilter at the Dutchess Heritage Quilt Show.
Teri will quilt for wine!I’ve loved writing about squirrels, fabric, coffee, wine, quilting motifs, quilts, interviewing quilters, visiting shops, BERNINA, winning ribbons, and most of all quilting. Thank you so much for stopping by and enjoying this journey with me.

The original idea behind starting this post of You Should comes from some serious reflection on the word should. However, I’m going to let that go. The whole idea behind the post is long, involved, and a bit too honest for me at the moment. I’ll just offer these things: if I ever offer you a suggestion on anything it’s not something that I think you should do and I’ll not be offended if you don’t take or use what I have to offer; and helping quilters, and quilting teachers is a life giving thing for me.

Debby HandiQuilter Teri BERNINA

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Later today I’m posting the bones of the quilt we’re making in the group. I’m excited about what I’ve settled on as a design. I just need to take 30 minutes to draw it out for us. Before settling on a design I presented two ideas to a friend of mine, she gave her opinion which resonated with me deeply, so we’re going with that.
I do apologize for the design coming out later than anticipated, a little bit of life happens occasionally that sets things back.

Tonight I’m going to speak at my home guild. Because of work obligations I haven’t been able to go for a very long time. I love and miss these quilters and am excited to share some of my quilts with them. If you’re in the Bronx, or Westchester I’m sure the Pelham Quilters’ Guild would love to have you join in on the fun. Or at least their annual trip to Lancaster (info on the fb page)

Have a very quilterly day!

Teri

PS Later this week or early next I’ll show you what I’ve been working on with Sumi-é and cork fabric. Here’s a sneak peek:

I love it when a "plan" comes together @fronddesignstudios @melissamariecollins

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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