I’m not sure what happened however, all of the sudden Microsoft Office isn’t working on my laptop. So early this afternoon I handed this thing off to the in-house tech support. It’s still not working. Gah! I’m going to have to give it back to him tomorrow. He says there’s an app I downloaded and I don’t think so. The only thing I opened is a document from someone I know, that I need. It needs some work. I have an alternate plan but the look isn’t quite as nice as Word. Oh have mercy.
Tomorrow the in-house tech sets up the air conditioning in the sewing room. This will be one happy quilter. I am jonesing to sew. I need to quilt. My quilting person is deeply unsettled and has some things she wants to stitch out. But first the a/c then a wee bit of a tidy up so that I can once again function. I mean I started this tidy up then I started sewing, then I went to Quilt Market. It’s a common experience among quilters. I could bake cake and go to Debby’s for the day. I don’t really need the cake. It’s more the mental space.
My sweetie (aka the in-house tech) made dinner today. In the few minutes before I turned on the tv to see this:
Well done Ford for the commercial featuring, promoting and supporting sewing, and well done Egypt “Ify” Ufele. A little more looking around and my sweetie found this Times Ledger article on how Chubiiline was created. Gotta give it to Gramma for teaching Ify to sew, navigate some tough social interactions, and her mom for creating a space for the sewing to happen. I love that she sews for at least two hours every day. I love that she loves her body just as it is.
This is timely as I listened to This American Life podcast 589 Tell Me I’m Fat. I can’t stop thinking about the experience shared by one woman in her crusade to be thin, because from her description she’s not healthy physically, and more importantly emotionally.
After all the angst of trying to figure out who I am in the quilting world I think that craftsman (yeah, yeah language but what the heck it’s my blog) is the best fit. I get how this machine quilting works, though there is still much to learn, explore, dream, and think about. And even more to do, the ideas keep floating through my brain so quickly I wonder if I’ll ever have time to stitch them all out. Probably not, and not the point. And no, I’m not going to go around telling people I’m a craftsman this is simply personal clarity, a gift to me.
And as soon as that a/c is installed I’m quilting baby! First up a post card #1000postcardsforpeace!
PS – did you see this on Instagram today?
Sew stinkin’ cute!! Diane (or Bruce) will be at the Vermont Quilt Festival.
So, there was this one day when I picked up a few things at a quilt shop. It’s been a really long time since I made garments. I used to make skirts pretty easily, but shirts. Well lets say understanding how to adjust patterns to the curve of my person is a bit of a challenge, one that got the best of me.
So in a moment of “I’m never going to do this gain, ever!” I purged the sewing room of those patterns. I was okay with that for oh! so many reasons. Then I saw a few patterns that I thought, Hey I can give this a try, and if it doesn’t work out, then I know for sure that sewing garments isn’t part of my sewing repertoire. Yes, yes, I know, Classes exist, and I could take them. A bespoke wardrobe isn’t in my future.
But trying a few new to me things is always a good idea and helps stretch those creative muscles. I’ve had a couple of pieces of batik rayons maturing gracefully over the last couple of years, with the intention of making them into quilts. yes this is possible. So when I saw the next pattern I’m going to show you my whole life just feel into place, the heavens opened, the sun shone, the heavenly choirs greeted me with a chorus of Hallelujah’s and shouts of Eureka! could be hear for miles around.
The City Stroll Wrap Skirt.
I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed but I’m short, or vertically challenged either way ya go. I’m just over five feet tall, so I shop in the petite section of the store because, short. In the late spring through mid-fall I like to wear knee length skirts, or skorts. Skorts are easier to wear to work as they’re kinda no fuss, no muss. The skirt should go right down to the top of my knee, which will make me happy. Now I just need to find a shirt to go with it.
I cut most of this out (one more piece) and hope to have it done in time for Quilt Market. We’ll see what happens. I’m going to use a 60 wt polyester thread top and bobbin, and a microtex needle. Well I’m off to challenge myself with something new, old, new again?
Have a totally fab day.
So, as often happens, I’m scrolling through fb and find something really cool.
and if you head here you can see Leslie’s full line.
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.
Debby and I have a long standing joke wherein we copy each other’s homework. When Debby was working on going to teach in Russia she made a quilt with the words “Bang Head Here” . Click on the link to read an interview and more on the quilt. Shortly after she posted the quilt we talked about the idea now whirling about my head and she couldn’t wait to see it. So, my own version of “Bang Head Here” complete with an arrow pointing to a brick wall (see yesterday’s blog post for the photo) came to life. Someone at a quilt show pointed this out to Debby, that I’d made this quilt using her idea. Shock! Horror! Debby assured her that this was fine.
I’ve been admiring Debby’s ribbon candy on quilts for a while. I like the effect, and the ease of stitching. So on the quilt I’m doing for SewBatik I am, once again, copying Debby’s homework by stitching ribbon candy into selected sections of this quilt.
Debby commented on one of the photos, “my work here is done.” Yep, she finally won me over to ribbon candy and I’m having fun. The space that I’m working in narrows and widens over the surface of the quilt so there is variation in the motif over the surface. That said, I’m loving the effect.
Of course, for me, the seam ripper was out in the first six inches of stitching. Trying to fill the space as it was the ribbon candy wasn’t having the desired effect. By visually dividing the space it’s easier to stitch, and looks better. I’m hoping to get a decent shot later today.
This So Fine thread (50 wt) from Superior is doing exactly what I knew it would, it stands out just enough from the Indigo and blends in well. Weird right? It’s like I planned it.
I’m on the third bobbin. and ready to get more stitching done this morning. Last night as I stitched I had this amazing moment of “this quilt will be flat when I’m finished”. It’s one of those moments as a quilter that just, well, you know. It’s one of those moments. I’m off to revel in more of that moment.
While I was in Savannah I got sick. The technical term: convention crud, it’s been a while since having a cold and this one kind of did me in. Taking two multi-hour naps in one day should have given me a bit of a clue, right? Being tired from being sick, and wanting to get the quilt pieced and quilted, mistakes were made. I posted a photo of the within a few minutes I got a text letting me know something was pieced in the wrong way. I looked over the quilt found the all of the pieces that were pieced in the wrong direction, and fixed them. Including one that is in that is in the main body of the quilt. That took a little bit of work, but to quote a friend, “HUZZAH!” it’s fixed.
The quilt is now basted, and waiting it’s turn in the quilting queue. I’m doing one of the smaller quilts first to get into the quilterly groove and then I’ll tackle this one. I have a cone of So Fine 438 Mulberry. The color is in the same tone as the Indigo, rich and deep but is just the lovelies shade of purple. The quilting will show, it’ll be subtle.
When I quilted the Red/Oatmeal I used two layers of batting the first a layer of wool as it has great stitch definition; the second a layer of a cotton/silk batting as it offers structure. As the quilt hangs it looks stiff, as though it wouldn’t drape well on a bed. The batting will relax if it ever gets washed. I did not have time to do that prior to sending the quilt off. So the structure and stitch definition are part of that. The quilts will travel, and hang in booth, these things need to last. The quilt is also quilted pretty densely, however the thread is fine. Using two layers of batting helps assure that the tension will remain good through the whole quilt.
If these quilts ever get used on a bed they will be WARM! wool and silk are breathable, and keep a body or two warm, without being uncomfortable. When I finally get around to making a quilt for my sweetie again I’ll be using two layers of batting.
Throughout the next week or so I’ll be posting sneak peeks on Instagram of the quilts in progress. https://www.instagram.com/terilucas/ @terilucas
Have a fab quilty day,
PS I’ve started with 12 bobbins…who wants to guess?
Outside my front window the Mockingbird is chasing the Blue Jay away from the berries on the Dogwood. The Mockingbird’s nest is towards the top of the tree so apparently the tree belongs to it. (I don’t know the difference between the males and females.) Spring happens in just about fourteen days, to say I’m eager, though this winter is amazingly mild, is something of an understatement. I’ve been enjoying the days filled with more light, the sunsets through the studio window inspiring. One of our hyacinths has bloomed, so we’ll see what happens with the rest.
Back to our regularly scheduled post:
Keep stitching until it makes sense, pull out the seam ripper if you’re not happy, play until your heart is content.
I made this stitch sample a few years ago and gave it away. I think I’m going to make another one using this as inspiration.
This piece is one way of practicing, and keeping a library of stitching motifs.
A piece like this helps explore stitching motifs until you’re really good at it.
A piece like this can grace your studio walls giving you inspiration.
Perhaps done quarterly, a piece like this can show your progress as a free motion machine quilter.
Stitching different motifs across the surface of the quilt is something that speaks to my quilterly soul. As the words flit from my brain to my fingers I can see three quilts in my head that I want to work on, okay 5…okay it’s an unending roll of visuals. By keeping the quilts smaller I can make more of these.
For now off I go to start quilting this beauty:
Oh should I tell you the character building secret about this quilt?
I will, another day.
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Then there’s this:
I’m heading off to the QuiltFest of NJ today. I hope to see you there. I am at the end of a cold so I’ll understand if you don’t want to hug me and I won’t be on the huggy side today. While I know I’m on the upswing and not contagious…
And a day in the sewing room wouldn’t be complete without using my seam ripper. The blocks on the left are correct. The blocks on the right, not so much. I need to use my very favorite seam ripper and take the off.
By the way, there’s nothing like perspective to help you see that the quilt looks way better than you see it up close and personal. Take pictures, they’re worth quilterly sanity.