Friday! Friday!

I’m baking these today:

http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/classic-chocolate-whoopie-pies-recipe

We’re going to see old friends on Sunday for dinner and I’m bringing dessert. Something chocolaty and decadent. I’m taking the added step of drizzling them in chocolate ganache for a more decadent dessert. It’s been a while since I’ve baked like this so it’ll be so much fun.

Then I get to continue working on a quilt that I started yesterday. I’m designing on the fly and it’s so much fun. I’m using Kari Karr’s Clearly Perfect Angle to stitch flying geese.

@newleafstitches part one!

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When I put this on the machine there was this moment when the skies opened, the air became easier to breathe and my life improved by leaps and bounds! The Clearly Perfect Angle works wonders when stitching anything on an angle: half square triangles, binding, flying geese.

In a few weeks I’m going to try her new product the Clearly Perfect Slotted Trimmer. I’ve had this for a while but creative brain and I haven’t been on speaking terms lately. It’s been pretty darn icky. This happens now and again, it’s never pleasant, is sometimes painful as this ache in the core of my being longs to work and nothing. Generally what happens after this is something kind of fun.

So back to this quilt. There is piecing, fusible appliqué and a hashtag! I’m including a hashtag in the quilt. I’m sure I’m not the first person to include one in a quilt. I’m just amusing myself here. The quilt will be at Spring Market in St. Louis, then I’m participating in a blog tour on the Generation Q Magazine page shortly after that. The line, Hello by Susan Emory of Swirly Girls it’s so fun. I asked Susan to send me her favorite prints and I’d go from there. She did, I am and the pattern will be on the blog tour.

Have a great weekend. I’ll be back on Monday with a Character post.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

 

Today’s a GenQ day

GenerationQ LogoIt’s a weekly meeting kind of day. We talk business, and catch up with each other. We do this during the week as well, however this is focused.

After the meeting there are more emails, and phone calls to follow up with much of what we talk about. There are some big things we’re working towards.

I’m attending Quilt Market next month to see what’s new, look for trends, support friends in their Schoolhouse presentations. If you’re going and will have a booth with new product or would like to chat for a bit please let me know teri@generationqmagazine.com

Happy Quilting!

Teri

I’m piecing! I’m piecing!

20170411_131224Then I looked at this photo and thought good golly I do need to tidy up.

I like that the folder has orange dots.

And a cool thread holder from Blue Fig. Do you see that glorious silk thread? I love silk thread.

I see a memory from my friend Debby. She has an incredible sense of humor and a way of presenting gifts that imbues a sense of beauty and fun.

And business cards. This has me thinking of something I can make to store all of them easily. I could invest in a rolodex but what would be the fun in that?

So I’m off to do some more stitching, make a few calls. Organize some more fabric, and start a blog post for sometime next month. It’s going to take a little bit to write and get pics. And well, do some stuff to get the pics necessary for the post.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

 

Reading

For the last little while most of the books on my nightstand are either work related: meaning reading to participate in blogs for the magazine or faith related, it is Lent after all. Through our local library I picked up a copy of Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. After reading the first couple of chapters I skipped to the end of the book. Yes, it’s very much like reading the end to a really good novel before reading from beginning to end. And in Dr. Who fashion I can hear River Song saying, “Spoilers”.

This isn’t so much spoilers as it is curiosity. I know the book is a worthy read I’m simply trusting my gut. So her last thought is:

“Creativity is sacred, and it is not sacred.
What we make matters enormously, and it doesn’t matter at all.
We toil alone, and we’re accompanied by spirits.
We are terrified, and we are brave.
Art is a crushing chore and a wonderful privilege.
Only when we are at our most playful can divinity finally get serious with us.
Make space for all these paradoxes to be equally true in your soul, and I promise – you can make anything.
So please calm down and get back to work, okay?
The treasures that are hidden inside you are hoping you will say yes.”

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There are so many words rattling around inside my brain seeking escape at the tips of my fingers. And yet none of them seem the right words for this moment. Other than Yvonne was right

Shine your brightest light.

So, I’m going to go fold laundry, make a plan for tidying up the studio and get quilting. I started something new yesterday. Got annoyed with myself too because the makings of a whole bunch of 9 patches got dumped on the floor under the cutting table and now I can’t remember what I was doing.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

Saying Good bye

To a HUGE MESS

Join me in a studio clean up?

Ponder 1I just spent the better part of the last week tearing apart my sewing room looking for something. I found a whole bunch of other stuff, like a shelf, and the equivalent of three reams of paper for recycling, maybe four.

There are magazines that need some attention, good ones to that feature adult beverages that bring great joy in limited quantities in the sewing room. There is fabric for quilts. My sweetie’s bed is in need of a new quilt. And I need to piece. While I do not currently have a day job I can focus on making a beautiful quilt for him.

Some time back I ordered the Cherrywood Vincent van Gogh challenge fabric, and the idea is whirling around my head singing sweet music, in need of an outlet.

My inspiration wall is full of clutter. Notes of future quilts that I thought I would do. Words of Inspiration, Art work, fabric…all that have a place in this space. But visually it’s now making me nutty.

20161127_074244And there’s the quilts in progress that need my attention. Oh, so many quilts, and friends and family waiting for years go get these things while I’ve tried building something out of teaching.

I’m going to take a page or six out of the Debby Brown organization tips, that she regularly shares with me. Not in a, “you must do everything my way and all will be well in your world”, but in a “here’s how I manage to keep myself meeting goals” kind of way.

And not driving myself crazy next February, March, and April getting my stuff together.

So I’m starting a tidy up. I’m going to do a little bit of a tidy up before I show you more of what I’m doing. Kind of like cleaning up before the housekeeper comes to clean.

Later this year I’m starting something new. I need to get my ducks in a row and that means reaching out to someone to help me make that happen. A few people have already liked the new fb page. When I get those ducks following me I’ll send you over to the new digs.

Have a very quilterly week!

Teri

Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

hyacinth bloomsThis and next week are full of paperwork and very little, if any quilting. So very little to show. The sewing machine has been turned to the side to give me the space. I’d go down to my office however it’s still chilly down there, I’ll enjoy that cooler area during the summer.

I appreciate your indulgence until the stitching begins again. The Moon is Made of Cheese is sitting to my left whispering sweet nothings in my ear. And next to her is another project that I started that is as yet nameless. Is anyone shocked?

CAM00837So for now, here’s a gratuitous quilt that I worked on a while ago. It’s a sampler type that I’ll reprise as a quilt a long in about 5 weeks. Are you ready for some stitching?? If you’re interested comment on this post. This will be different than the one I’m currently running on Lucy’s Nickles, but it will be hosted there. If you’re on facebook please join the group.

See you soon!

Happy Quilting,

Teri

 

A little quilt love

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I keep coming back to Let Your Light Shine. Right now the Live Your Brightest Life – Yvonne Porcella exhibit is at Meissner’s in Sacramento, CA.  If you have a chance stop in and see it.

There are a few elements of this quilt that I want to explore more. These will probably end up on The Moon is Made of Cheese, Cheddar Cheese.

Debby Brown has a great pic on her Instagram for how manages left over fabric. What I love is how organized this feels. It’s also got me thinking about how to work on quilts down the road.

Have a totally fab quilty day.

Teri