I’m home. Good coffee. Immediate, and good wifi. My suitcase and carry-on are over there waiting for me to take them down to the basement where my office, and laundry room are. But I’m watching the latest episode of Dr. Who and considering making more coffee. I’ve got the post Market groggy feeling, that this time includes a “good golly I missed so much and it’s nagging at me” experience. I’ll get through it as I work through my notes, send emails, look at product, and await images for a couple of blog posts for GenQ.
Today is the final day of the
blog tour. Head on over to Cheryl Sleboda’s blog where she shows us her studio, complete with time lapse video. Thanks for joining us on the tour, it’s been a lot of fun getting to know new people, seeing their studios, and cleaning my own space. I need to make room for some things that I’ll share later. I can’t share everything all at once, a little mystery goes a very long way.
Catch ya after a nap. I can tell you there is something new from Cotton Cuts.
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.
I finished quilting a quilt top this afternoon. It was so fun. The quilting is decidedly not my usual style, but the quilt is so fun and quirky.
Along the top of the quilt I wrote “hello” all over it, and quilted in the hashtag #quiltsrule
In a few places I wrote hello backwards, in others upside down while stitching. It’s a quilting superpower.
A long time ago, in a far, far galaxy lived a quilter who used her sewing machine a lot, a whole lot. She sent it to get cleaned and oiled, and the tech scolded her because there was a lot of lint. This quilter from a far, far away galaxy snorted, because she quilted every single day. The tech reiterated his displeasure at the amount of lint. The quilter wasn’t bothered. Then she found this:
The thing is that taking care of our machines is like taking care of our vehicles. They need regular maintenance, and there are things we can’t quite get to and a quick visit to the We All Sew Blog will show where the lint goes, and why the tech was eager to share his displeasure. I should have taken my machine in sooner. At the time I was taking my machine in every 2 years, with the amount of quilting I was doing every year would have been a better idea.
I’m off to quilt some more. The Moon is Made of Cheese is calling to me asking for a little attention. As is all the crap – sewing supplies – on my floor waiting for me to spend time tidying up. Speaking of tidying up the Spring Clean Your Studio Blog Tour continues!
Oh and check this out! Sew Much Cosplay by Cheryl Sleboda and Tracy Mooney. Oh this is so amazing. I’ll have more from this dynamic duo soon.
Have a totally fab day!
I like coffee. A lot. I’m not a morning person, which will probably not come as a shock to my Sweetie, but may come as a bit of a shock to students or roommates. I can be irritatingly perky, sometimes even before coffee. Coffee helps me deal with things like this:
Yeah, sometimes this happens. And look! I left it there. I’ll deal with it a little bit later. As I stitched there was a little bit of a tug. There are several things that may have happened here:
I may have tugged too hard – this happens occasionally.
The needle may have had a burr – this happens, is unlikely here as the problems would have continued
There may be a burr in the stitch plate or bobbin case – again unlikely as the problems would have persisted
The thread may have had a weak spot or snag – this has happened
These kinds of things are why “a seam ripper is a quilters best friend”.
Now quilters, listen closely: this isn’t a competition level quilt, if it were a lot of things would be different on the quilt from the stitching to the thread choices. And the seam ripper and a sometimes wildly colorful vocabulary or tears would make a regular appearance. Originally this piece was going to be a study in a variety of metallic colors. Oh look! Shiny! As often happens I found a new thread, and by found I mean I bought some new thread, Superior’s MicroQuilter. Not only did I have to have it, it had to have me. Can you imagine all the tiny bubbles I’ll be able to make with this? Suwheet!
For now I’m finishing this quilt with great gusto, knowing that the character of this quilt is of the teaching/learning variety and simply makes me happy.
Oh. Oh. Oh. So I started quilting yesterday. My husband stood at the door of my studio trying to get my attention. Trying to get my attention. The zone, where fabric, batting, thread, machine, and I are working well together. That moment where creativity and ideas flow. That moment of peace when even the background music isn’t present as I stitch.
It’s been a while since I’ve been there, in that zone. Even with all of the quilting I’ve been working on lately, that space has eluded me. So, going there was a complete delight.
This week will see phone calls, emails, quilting one more quilt and generally getting ready to attend Quilt Market.
Stay tuned to instagram for a few more sneak peeks of the quilts I’m working on.
Oh! and look for a Character post later this week.
So, ya know, after a while the stuff in our sewing room, that we use for making quilts needs to be replaced. At Fall Quilt Market I sat down with Alex Anderson to see her new line of rulers and cutting mats. I knew that as soon as possible my long term mats would be replaced. Each one of them has done it’s job, and done it well.
So, I’ve added a new 24 x 36 inch mat and two new rulers are now in the studio. A couple more will be replaced over time.
I’ll be replacing my rotary cutter too.
As quilters over time we find the fabrics, notions, way of piecing, and quilting that suits us. Being open to both the “tried, and true” and “the new” has allowed me to experiment to find what works for me. When Alex showed me these oh, I was smitten. It’s take a wee nip of time to get them but oh I’m thrilled.
Local friends Lisa at Pins and Needles in Mt. Kisco carries the mats and rulers. I picked mine up on the way to the Norther Star Quilt Show Saturday morning.
So the Spring Clean Your Studio Blog Hop continues:
May 2 – Tammy Silvers – www.tamarinis.typepad.com
May 3 – Emily Breclaw – www.thecaffeinatedquilter.com
May 4 – Amalia Morusiewicz – www.FUNfromAtoZ.com
May 5 – John Kubiniec – www.bigrigquilting.com/blog/
May 6 – Debby Brown – www.higheredhands.blogspot.com
May 7 – Melissa Marie Collins – www.melissamariecollins.blogspot.com
May 8 – Delve MIY – www.fronddesignstudios.wordpress.com
May 9 – Misty Cole – www.mistycole.com
May 10 – Sam Hunter – www.huntersdesignstudio.com/blog
May 11 – Dale Ashera-Davis – www.dalead.wordpress.com
May 12 – Sara Mika – www.mockpiestudio.blogspot.com
May 13 – Sarah Trumpp – www.Wonderstrumpet.com
May 14 – Carma Halterman – www.beanstrings.blogspot.com
May 15 – Jessica Darling – www.jessicakdarling.com
May 16 – Lisa Chin – www.lisachinartist.com
May 17 – Sally Johnson – www.sallysquiltingcorner.blogspot.com
May 18 – Mandy Leins – www.mandalei.com/blog
May 19 – Shruti Dandekar – www.13woodhouseroad.com
May 20 – Jane Davila – www.janedavila.com
May 21 – Ebony Love – www.lovebugstudios.com
May 22 – Cheryl Sleboda – blog.muppin.com
I can hardly wait to see these studios, how they’re organizing, what tips they have, and what works.
Write a post tell you what I’m reading and trying to read. But reading a trashy novel, an inspirational book, or two isn’t all that exciting. The inspirational book that hasn’t grabbed me yet, surprising me a little bit because I like the writing style of this author. It’s due back at the library soon, and it may go back unread. The trashy novel, well, I have read nearly all of these books out of order. I’m not normal, but you knew that. The other book just arrived the other day so cracking it open would be a great idea. But…I’m still getting ready for Market.
I’m making a quilt for Susan Emory of Swirly Girls Fame. It’ll hang in the Michael Miller Booth at Market in a couple of weeks. Check out her new line Hello. Sometime in early June I’ll be participating in a blog hop on GenQ. I had grand ideas of creating quilts in EQ6, and coming up with this exciting, dynamic quilt. Pffft. I finally asked Susan to send me her favorite pieces from the line and I’d create something from that. Adding a few solids rounded out the feel and this afternoon the rest of the quilt came together. Design on the fly is my modus operani. It’s quirky. Shocking I know, right.
After finishing the quilt top I caught a whisper of creativity and had to listen carefully. I picked up a piece originally intended for “the book”. I stitched for a wee nip on that. The feel of the quilt beneath my fingers, the hum of the machine spoke volumes. After about 10 minutes of stitching, and running out of bobbin thread, I picked up another piece and started stitching with that. The robin’s egg blue at first, purple next stitching for a good stretch. To be honest I had no idea where this one was going. If all goes well over the next few days I’ll get some good stitching time in over the next few days.
It’s time to get some stitching, writing, respond to a few market related emails. People to see, things to do. Hurry. Hurry.
And a tutorial to write. Oh and the Spring Clean Your Studio Blog Tour continues. #springcleanyourstudio