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

 

Embracing Quirkiness & Connections Quilt Festival

and a Reality Check

Live your brightest life 1One of the reminders from my time at the Dutchess Heritage Quilt Show is that I’m quirky. Shocking! I love being quirky.

Embrace quirk, let go of seriousness. Seriously.

So, this weekend during the lecture “Surprise I’m a Free Motion Quilter” the end of the lecture came, as I made decisions about quilts to share I picked up Shine Your Light, my tribute Quilt to Yvonne Porcella as the last quilt. I started talking about Yvonne, SAQA, the inspiration for the quilt, and how Donna ice dyed the fabric that year that Eastern MA got over 100” of snow. There came a moment when I got choked up, heart in throat, tears welling in my eyes. I didn’t realize how much this quilt means to me.

color fix 3

In just a few short weeks from now the Connections Quilt Festival will take place in Nashua, NH November 9 – 11. The Generation Q Magazine Quilt as Desired Exhibit will be there on display with all of the information on each one of the quilts.

I get to teach three different classes:

Thursday – Beginner Free Motion Quilting/Permission to Free Motion Quilt.

Friday – Let Your Foot Loose be Fancy & Free/Intermediate/Advanced Machine Quilting

Saturday – Go Mini or Go Home – Lone Star

this outta be so much fun, and I’m can hardly wait to see you there.

I’ll be participating in a facebook live on the Connections Quilt Festival fb page at 10:00 Eastern this morning. Come join us! Here’s a link to the video 

Happy Quilting

 

Thank YOU!

There are many, many thank you’s this week.
First, Trish and the Dutchess Heritage Quilt Show Committee, it was an honor to be invited to be the Featured Speaker. I really enjoyed spending the weekend at the show, sharing quilting, and teaching each one of the quilters who attended. Our quilts are the story of who we are, stitched together with needle and thread.

Thank you Beth, Innkeeper of the Grand Dutchess Bed & Breakfast in Red Hook. You are a delightful hostess, and a good cook!

Gentle reader if you are in the area of Dutchess Community College there is an exhibit of quilts though October 22nd in the Mildred I Washington Art Building. Check their pages for times the exhibit is open.

Thank you Debby Brown for capturing images like this:

and this:

we had dinner with Paula Reid, Trish and Holly, a fun time was had by allp

and holding up quilts

and not eating my chocolate cake

and just being there.

Sometimes I think I’m horrible at taking pictures when I’m on the road teaching and this weekend I realized I’m in this moment talking quilts and being with my students.

I enjoyed the moments I got to spend in the S&S booth, talking about the BERNINA 7 Series machines. It’s no secret they are my fave.

As with any teaching trip there is always an adventure! Let’s just say that I ended up being able to rent a mini-van for the weekend, which made me silly happy because more people and stuff fit in a mini-van than a smaller car. YAY. I got apples too. There will be apple pie. YAY for apple pie.

I’ll be at the Quilt Basket on Saturday January 20th for an all day class. We’re still working on the what but it will focus on machine quilting.

November 9 – 11 is Connections Quilt Festival. I’m teaching classes each day and will have the Quilt as Desired Quilts on display.

I’ll be at Quilt Market, where I have two classes Creating Consumer Confidence – Machine Sales and Creating Consumer Confidence in the In-Store Staff. These are tips I’ve learned over the years working in quilt shops, and working towards becoming the national machine quilting teacher I’ve always wanted to be.

I’m staying over to work in the Pinwheels booth with Maria Tamaoka. Stop by the booth say hi! and adopt some Daiwabo, or Oakshott Cottons for your stash! I’m happy to help the adoption go through.

Watch Instagram today for apple pie pics. I bought APPLES!!!

Happy Quilting,

Teri

 

Quilted Block of the Month – Brain Overload it’s a Think

kal 2 use this oneGood Saturday morning friends. This is a morning of several tales of how we, as creatives, can over think things, make some mistakes, and that we can recover.

So, this morning as I sipped coffee, and realized it’s Saturday. Saturday, you know the day I’m committed to posting the Quilted Block of the Month. I got nuthin’! Nuthin’ dang it. The quilt is sitting in front of the Sizzix taunting me. How you might ask? Well, thank you for asking the question because this deserves something of a discussion.
But first allow me to pause and share this blog that got me thinking about what to write this morning, that I do have something to share. In the first few paragraphs the author, Sarah, writes about dropping things, and how this triggers memories from days long gone, and not in a straight line order. One memory is older, one is newer, all associating with the dropping and catching, or tossing from one hand to the next of some object.

These  words evoked a ton of images in my brain. Seemingly scattered, yet all meaningful in a delightfully weird, connected way.

You see this week has been fraught with some frustration, some serious work, and some honest-to-goodness solutions. If I were braver in this moment I’d show you the creative mess I’m working in (don’t judge, it actually works for me). I’d love to be in a tidier space, however it won’t happen until we decide to repaint this room in the autumn orange I’ve been jonesing for, forever. Then everything will come out of the room. Now this has me thinking about replacing the flooring to something other than carpet because the chair I have sinks into the carpet making hard to move, even with the huge chair mat underneath it.

I’m working on a quilt that needs to be ready for Quilt Market. In and of itself this is not a problem, I can, and do make quilts. However there are some specifics about this quilt that need to be in place. I was having some trouble, and realized I was using the wrong product.

dance bang head 1975First of all, I felt like a bit of an idiot at first. Then I realized, I’d made a mistake, it’s fixable, and I can move on. Done.

I’m also working on PowerPoint presentations for Quilt Market. I realized a long time ago that I do a lot of thinking before working something out. When I was in high school I’d do term papers and other things right before they were due. Sometimes the night before. I’d partly get myself all worked up about the due date, and what I had to do, then just sit down and get it done. What happens is, all of the thinking that happens when I’m all disconcerted end up being wildly productive. With the two I need to work on one is nearly complete and the other is still wandering about my head a little bit, however will be done in short order.

Now, back to the quilt. The possibilities for quilting are endless. That said there are a couple of ideas niggling at the back of my brain. I’ve wanted to highlight the circular movement that happens as a direct result of the angles in the quilt. While looking at the photo this morning I have a clearer idea of how I want that to happen. And it’s not how the original idea or thought.

So while thinking about what to write this morning 5 different options presented themselves, that I like. As of this moment I’m not quite sure which of these will win the incredibly vehement discussion in my head. Once that happens the discussion for thread will begin. And that, as you know, is a rather complicated, and involved discussion. Stay tuned. This should get really interesting.

While I’m often confident when I get started stitching there is still a struggle inside my brain for what will happen over the surface of a quilt. You’d think after all this dang time it’d be really easy. Nope. One thing leads to another, and another, and another. Resolutions come in the midst of come really weird, self-berating things that whizz around at light speed in my thoughts, and dream.

Now that these words are finished typing I can get to the sewing machine and finish one of 8 projects, all vying for attention. At the same time.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

I’m kind of excited!

2017-09-15 19.05.13Visiting the Quilt Basket last Saturday was so much fun. The students enjoyed If the Foot Fits Use it. Both groups were so much fun, covering a lot of territory in a short amount of time. The lecture itself is about an hour, as we made this interactive – the students asked questions lots of great questions. I’m adding a couple of slides featuring pages of The Big Book of Feet. This one volume book from BERNINA is such an amazing resource. (Forgive the fuzzy shot, either I need new glasses or to clean the lens on my phone.) I’ll be going back to teach at some point, will let you know when.

If you’re going to Quilt Market or Quilt Festival – the Quilt Basket will be there with the Cutie Patterns. Please stop by their booth. And for a wee bit more fun – Debby Brown is celebrating Cutie Madness on her site. Follow along, and vote for your favorite, and an opportunity to win Cutie patterns.

"Twilight in the Bronx"

October 7 and 8 are quickly approaching. Why does this matter? It’s the weekend of the Dutchess Heritage Quilt Show. This is a long time planning and this quilter is still amazed and honored to be part of this event. Check out the lectures and workshops.  Paula Reid will be in the S&S booth, and I’ll stop by to demo on the 7 Series. This will be fun. @play is currently at S&S so please stop by to see it.

 

 

Quilt Market is quickly approaching and I have two classes:
Creating Consumer Confidence – Machine Sales Saturday October 28 9 AM – Fifteen tips and techniques for making sewing machines sales now and in the future. Includes staff training and consumer conversations.

Creating Confidence in the In-Store Talent Sunday October 29 6 PM Fifteen tips and techniques for making sewing machines sales now and in the future. Includes staff training and consumer conversations.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Happy Quilting,

Teri

September is gonna be fun

in the hoop 1Wednesday I leave for the first Shadowing gig with Floriani. In the meantime I’ve been spending some time learning the software and remembering how to do things on the embroidery side of the machine. I have to tell you it’s so stinking cool.

But I have to share something with you by way of showing you the first in the hoop project I made.

cork.jpgI’ve been friends with Lisa of Pickle Pie Designs for a couple of  years now – meeting at an Ambassador retreat. Pickle Pie is all about in-the-hoop projects. I’ve like them however doing them wasn’t on my radar. I’m a quilter. For a while now there’s been a blending of embroidery, and quilting, essentially offering us the opportunity to use the embroidery side of the machine to quilt. Diane Gaudynski had designs on the B 830 when it came out. This is a good thing because anything that gets us quilting and completing stuff is a good idea in my book of quilt making.
With this new gig with Floriani there is a learning process which I’m finding exciting. And I know no other amazing way to learn than by doing.

So doing it is. will hold a phoneThe Charlene Cross Body Bag is the first, of many!, in the hoop projects I’m going to make. Don’t tell Lisa but while working on this I broke 3 needles (totally my error!) and really enjoyed the process of making this. My cell phone and a few other things will fit in this case. Soooo more are on the horizon.

And the long term goal of a machine with a bigger hoop because in this case, bigger is better.

special quiltOn the horizon too: a quilt project for a couple of friends that I’ll show you later. here’s the fabrics.

Next weekend is If the Foot Fits, Use it! At the Quilt Basket In Pawling.

Oh yes!! The Dutchess Heritage Quilt Show is coming up quickly. I’m really excited about this, and I get to see Paula Reid.

 

May your day be full of fiber