Piecing

20170217_130840Piecing. I’m in the middle of making this quilt:

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It’ll be in Indigo.

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clicking on the picture will take you to SewBatik where you can get this.It’s coming along beautifully. These batiks have a beautiful hand, press beautifully, and take stitching well. I’m using Superior MasterPiece black for the piecing. As I finish seams they get pressed to set the thread into the seam, then pressed toward the Indigo. Yes, that’s pressed twice. As the piecing moves forward the seams will all receive the same treatment.

I’ll post on Instagram as the quilt progresses.

Happy Quilting,

Teri

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

 

 

Inspired by

Moon SetY’all know I’m inspired by the moon, she is a recurring theme in my work. The moon makes an appearance in: Twilight in the Bronx, Moon Over Manhattan, Moon Set, and new piece, that is in need of a name (hold on, I’ll show you.) As I stitched the facing on the quilt this afternoon a memory popped up, sweeping nostalgia like a gentle summer breeze, refreshing and comforting all in the same moment.

In Junior High School our English teacher had us keep a diary for so many days as part of an assignment. This memory keeping, way of processing information stayed with me and I kept a diary in a variety of forms for years. In my late 20’s and early 30’s I attended journaling retreat at a local monastery. At one retreat my room looked out the window facing the Appalachian mountains. Looking out one night the bright, beautiful full moon set between two peaks. Having some art supplies with me I put pastel to paper and saved that moment. I kept this for years wanting to do something more with it, unsure what. When I dropped the image of Moon Set into the post I realized that this moment became a quilt. As I applied the facing onto this new quilt realization swept over me in a wave of nostalgia for these retreats. The wall in front of my machine and cutting table is covered with words, drawings of quilt ideas, words, to inspire. The drawing of the moon set over the Appalachians popped into mind when I noticed the trees I’ve been doodling for years.

 

Here is the as yet unnamed quilt.

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These are the trees from my wall, the ones doodled over, and over again. This whole thing is free motion stitched. By drawing the trees over and over again my brain figured out how to stitch in the texture. The metallic thread is reading very bright at the moment, however it is reminiscent of the moon from that retreat weekend.

Then I thought about And Now What?! (Doodle Your Way to Better Quilting) the more I practice the more likely things that I’m doodling are going to end up as parts of my quilts. Just like the moon and the trees. And of course now my mind is thinking about the details of the quilt and what I’d change if I had it to do over. I don’t so I won’t over think this by too much. I think what I’m going to do is enjoy the quilt I made.

I also think that I’ll share some details with you:
Top Fabric: Oakshott Cotton
Backing Fabric: American Made Brand orange
Facing Fabric: Oakshott Cotton
Batting: silk
Top Thread: Superior Metallic, Silk (Kimono and Tiara)
Bobbin Thread: Superior Kimono Silk and Micro Quilting thread (80 wt. poly)
Quilting Hours: approximately 40 +

Now onto finishing a few other quilts, and working on a project idea for a Generation Q Magazine blog tour. That one kind of excites me in a way that can only be described as fun.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

2017 Word of the Year

well I guess I never decided on a 2016 word, or just kept the one from 2015: Journey. Something about keeping the same word seems full of continuity however, I’ve been looking for my word all year, not really finding it. In a sense I’ve felt a little lost somewhat like Sam and Frodo trying to get to Mount Doom, wandering in circles in need of a direction. In a way keeping the same word feels a little lazy as though I wasn’t taking the time to reflect on my own quilt journey and discover some new avenue to wander, and explore. Or a super highway to take me further down the road at a much quicker pace. Journey seems a safe place to stay, comfortable and secure, familiar and fresh. 2016 is quickly drawing to a close and here I sit, at midnight reflecting on this year.

I started keeping a journal when I was 12, maybe 13. Blogging has, in some way, taken the place of journaling. I daresay though, these are two different things. Journaling is intensely personal, something soul searching. Over the last few weeks as I’ve tidied up my studio several blank books surfaced, and I’ve purchased a couple of fountain pens and a book with creative writing prompts. In a way Journey will continue to be a word that lives with me as a word of the year, one that is distinctly personal.

After having zero time and energy to quilt for nearly a year I’m grateful for the last few weeks having time to quilt, and reconnect with the creative life I live. To say I am feeling a little bit like spring in this late autumn/early winter, gloomy over cast, glad that it’s not snowing, time of year.

tree-1The other day in a “this is the piece I have to work on immediately” moment I started stitching on this again. Searching for it did prompt some why on earth did I ever tidy my room thinking. Finding it brought great joy and an ever deepening sense of urgency to complete the piece. Hopefully I’ll get it done in the self-imposed deadline.

So back to my word of the year…Journey still fits. For next year though another one seems to be whispering to me. A little closer to the new calendar year and a little more listening will confirm next year’s word, so expect another blog post or two on this. Do you know your word for 2017?

And there will be another post with the name of this quilt, early next week.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

Happy Hour

But before I get to the happy hour bit. I did a bit of a tidy up in my sewing room yesterday. Oh my goodness was I ever over due for that! A while back someone gave me thread stands for both Superior and Aurifil. These very useful stands were sitting in the middle of my sewing room floor taking up valuable floor space, making moving around challenging.

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Until now the thread has lived in drawers, and that’s been okay.

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The drawers have functioned okay, however having them free for other things like cones, patterns, and notions is such a good thing. Being able to see my thread is such a fun thing because thread. Now you may notice that there is a lot of non-Aurifil thread on this stand, and you would be correct, this is because most of the Aurifil that I have is in cones. There is more thread in one other place, as soon as I can get that situated I’ll share the space. I’m adding one more table to that space in the next couple of weeks. My sweetie has suggested a set up that just might make this space more functional, and will allow me to take better shots for the magazine and for me.
The fun thing is that I brought a project out that I haven’t worked on in a while. The quilt was started for a friends book and I pulled it because quite frankly it wasn’t going well. I hated to do do it as I didn’t want to let said friend down, however it was necessary. I will make some changes as I go, and do my best to mask the areas I’m not particularly happy with. The person who will end up with the quilt will love it.

So speaking of the magazine Tracy Mooney and I had our first GenQ Happy Hour last week!

We’re planning another Wednesday night and hope to be able to add our Editor-in-Chief Melissa Thompson Maher to the video as well. Timing wise it should be 9:30 eastern, 8:30 central, 7:30 mountain time. Watch our fb page for details.

Have a fabulous quilting day!

Teri

Warwick Valley Quilters’ Guild

 

Tuesday 2/16 was a great day to be quilt teacher, I spent the day with the Warwick Valley Quilter’s Guild. The day started out with some kind of icky weather, however it was warm enough to go. I had to stop to get air in one of the tires, it’s always a little disconcerting when the the tire warning light comes on saying “low air” because I have to figure out which one is low! I’d much rather figure that out than change a tire.
On Sunday prior I was instagramming kits for the students:

One of my students will get to quilt this on Tuesday

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Each pre-made quilt was different, to give the students a little something interesting to work on.

One of the first students set up her machine, she rocked the BadAss Quilters Society decal. We all need to own our badass-ery a bit. Because, you know…we’re quilters!

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Warwick student threadEveryone brings a little big of thread, or can get into my thread stash that I bring. She brought some thread to try. And try she did! It was so fun to see her wind some of that Ricky Tims Razzle Dazzle and do some bobbin work! warwick winding razzle dazzleShe tried every single thread in her stash, leaving with some great tips and rarin’ to go on the quilting. I enjoyed watching her.

warwick student working on quilt and designOne student showed me her bubbles, they were looking good.
Then she moved the paper:

warwick student working on quilt and design bubblesI demoed how I stitch bubbles to one of the other quilters…she changed what she was doing, including slowing down, a lot, and voila! What a huge change.

Most of the quilters learned to slow down, a good medium speed goes a long way. A lot of quilters are shocked to watch me quilt. It takes them a while to slow down, but the, “Oh my goodness! this really works.” is always worth it.

And this quilter really went for it…different colors, different motifs, slowing down and enjoying the process.

Overall it was a great day to quilt! Thank you Warwick Valley Quilters Guild for a great day. You all inspired me.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

Restorative Quilting

20160117_164831I haven’t had much time to quilt lately. I will admit to being a wee bit cranky as a direct result. I wanted to finish this piece a while ago however, time just is taken up with the “must do this” list that quilting is set aside. The studio whispers my name as I walk by, “come on in, the weather’s just fine” and “you need to see what’s going on in here!” and “here’s your calm quiet place”.
Today (Sunday as I write) I got to stitch. This piece has been in the works for a while. It’s the moon (big surprise) rising behind a couple of trees. The base fabric is a daiwabo taupe I picked up at a local quilt show. I nearly abandoned this for Radiance, and will do another version later on. But I picked this up this afternoon and just stitched. I have to say that I’m loving it.

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I’m loving the differences in the shade of blue metallic. At a distance it’s subtle. The black metallic is working for me in such a fun way. I have plans…teeny, tiny, stitch plans for the outside of the moon…the longer I write the more the idea is taking shape. I love metallic thread. A lot. The more colors I see the more colors I want, the more colors I have the more the ideas flow. Whew, that was a mouthful.

Happy Quilting!

Teri