BERNINA Ambassadors: Telling our Stories Day 1

Through the efforts of Jenelle Montilone we’re taking the tour to Instagram and other social media using the hastags: #igquiltfest , and #berninaambassador. Today we get to meet Lynn Carson Harris, Kelly Ashton, Diane Doran, and Melody Crust.

Hosting a blog tour of great talent is humbling and that’s when Mandy Leins posted a link to this article, Why Writers are the Worst Procrastinators (Megan McArdle), commenting that subbing quilters for writers and there ya go. And this paragraph reminded me of a conversation with another quilter:

This fear of being unmasked as the incompetent you “really” are is so common that it actually has a clinical name: impostor syndrome. A shocking number of successful people (particularly women), believe that they haven’t really earned their spots, and are at risk of being unmasked as frauds at any moment. Many people deliberately seek out easy tests where they can shine, rather than tackling harder material that isn’t as comfortable.

Yeah we all thing good golly someday someone will realize I’m a fake and it’ll be all over.

Oh I imagine that no one is really surprised by our thoughts, as all of us have them. Each one of these quilters has muddled through, making quilts, developing technique, teaching, writing, planning, day by day to keep fresh, alive, and active in the quilting community.

Lynn is working on a series of quilts telling the story of domestic violence, is the author of Every Last Piece.

Kelly make challenging angles easy peasy with her techniques. And this woman can sing. Wow.

Diane holy mother of purple she can quilt with her work taking an artistic bent. Simply wow. After reading her blog, head over to her website to check out her gallery.

Melody well I just had a WOW! What?! I had no idea moment. (it’s not what I actually said but we’ll leave that there.) Look HERE.

When we get to Friday I’m going to post a giveaway. I’m not sure exactly what I’m doing yet so…hold on tight!

Monday March 20
Lynn Carson Harris harrislc@gmail.com
Kelly Ashton kelly@kellyquilter.com
Diane Doran info@dianedoran.com
Melody Crust melody@melodycrust.com

Tuesday March 21
Kathy Delaney kathy@kathydelaney.com
Christa Watson christa@christaquilts.com
Mandy Leins mandalei@gmail.com

Wednesday March 22
Sandy Fitzpatrick hissyfitz@earthlink.net
Beth Ferrier beth@applewd.com
Cheryl Sleboda cherylsleboda@gmail.com

Thursday March 23
Annie Smith annie@anniesmith.net
Lori Kennedy lckennedy@hotmail.com
Kari Carr kari@newleafstitches.com
Catherine Redford catherine@catherineredford.com

Friday March 24
Joann Sharpe jzsharpe@yahoo.com
Cherry Guidry cherry@cherryblossomsquilting.com
Jenelle Montilone jenelle@trashn2tees.com

BERNINA Ambassadors: Telling our Stories

BERNINA Ambassadors: Telling our Stories

Brand Ambassador BadgeJust a few moments ago the last stitches on 3 quilts that were made over the last several weeks. These needed to be finished in time for Lancaster and I made it. Whew. It’s now nearly 1:30 in the morning, as happens I’m now wide awake, and need to get up early to get these to FedEx and ship them off. Honestly there is a sense of gratitude, and euphoria at the moment. These will repeat, when I know the quilts get to SewBatik on time.

This is the life I love. Finishing quilts, having a story to go with each one. Some stories that I’ll happily tell you, some that are for me alone. That’s the way it should be. Adding to the story of the quilting, the quilt making are the stories of working in the quilt world, there are some I’ll happily share with you, some not so much. I love the Quilt Life, I love being part of Generation Q, living and breathing quilting. I can’t imagine doing anything else. Even though I got sick while I was in Savannah I would go back again, put in the long days and spend time with some wildly cool people, and several people I admire so very much that disappointing them would break my heart. I would happily attend VDTA and get this video of Tracy Mooney, Cheryl Sleboda and Toni Smith speaking on Cosplay.

jeanne cook bernina educatorAnd with all of that I get to be a BERNINA Brand Ambassador. This was one of my long term goals in the quilting world, and gratefully I achieved that. It’s not simply about quality, or “being the best” or so many other things. I have loved my BERNINA 1080 since the day I got it. I loved it so much I have two of them. Working in two dealerships, and spending time at the Ambassador Retreats has taught me a lot about the machines, giving me information for customers and students. That is priceless. I totally geek out about the machines. I still have so much to learn.

Being an Ambassador is more about the people I get to meet. So, each day next week, March 20 – 24, a total of seventeen BERNINA Ambassadors are sharing their stories, and experiences. Each Ambassador brings a skill set, unique techniques, a style all their own to the party that is the quilting, and sewing world. While most featured this week are quilters some Ambassadors are garment makers or home decorating sewers. Each of us make, teach, write, compete, mentor, all work toward growing and sharing the thing we love the most: our specific work from piecing, to quilt making, making garments, and more. I am wont to wax poetic of the talents and merits of each of the Ambassadors. However, each one will share her story. There is one bit of news that Lori Kennedy has a wee bit of something new Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 61 Designs to Finish Your Quilts With Flair published by Martingale.

You already know that I love to teach. That’s no surprise. Did you know that I come up with ideas for quilts that may, or may not ever get made. Pink Champagne on Ice, and It’s all About Meeeeeeeeeee, I have the fabric one that’s getting me all giddy about quilting. Surprising no one it’s orange.

Wild Cherry @cherrywoodfabrics So beautiful!

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The Moon is Made of Cheese, Cheddar Cheese.

The moon is my muse. She reflects the light of the sun, she holds sway over the tides, she shows us her dark side, and she shines brightly. She has character and depth in her craters. She gives freely. She captures the imagination. She woos with her waxing and waning.

Words too, are a muse, playing with them, writing them, sharing them. Quilts and words, words and quilts, quilts with words. I’m inspired by friends, and students, and color. The words, colors, and quilts tell the story.

That’s what quilting is for me, it’s life, and sharing this, it’s sharing the bright shining stars in the quilting world who I get to spend time with and learn from.

Please take a moment and visit the Ambassadors. If you’re a shop, show coordinator, or guild program chair, please know that each one of us is available to teach.

Monday March 20
Lynn Carson Harris harrislc@gmail.com
Kelly Ashton kelly@kellyquilter.com
Diane Doran info@dianedoran.com
Melody Crust melody@melodycrust.com

Tuesday March 21
Kathy Delaney kathy@kathydelaney.com
Christa Watson christa@christaquilts.com
Mandy Leins mandalei@gmail.com

Wednesday March 22
Sandy Fitzpatrick hissyfitz@earthlink.net
Beth Ferrier beth@applewd.com
Cheryl Sleboda cherylsleboda@gmail.com

Thursday March 23
Annie Smith annie@anniesmith.net
Lori Kennedy lckennedy@hotmail.com
Kari Carr kari@newleafstitches.com
Catherine Redford catherine@catherineredford.com

Friday March 24
Joann Sharpe jzsharpe@yahoo.com
Cherry Guidry cherry@cherryblossomsquilting.com
Jenelle Montilone jenelle@trashn2tees.com

 

Monday Morning Quickie

WASAmbassadorIcon_205x205 (1)Wednesday through Friday last week I attended the annual BERNINA Ambassador Reunion at the BERNINA Creative Center in IL. Melody Crust wrote a bit about it here. Attending the reunion/retreat is always a great joy meeting other ambassadors, learning what they do and the wide variety of work they’re involved in. We’re not all quilters! Take Andrea Davis for example, she’s an amazing garment sewist. And Jenelle Montilone who is all about repurposing and recycling.
Wanderlust front coverAnd Mandy Leins, who has her first book, Wanderlust Quilts, out and is an amazing long arm quilter. The quilts in this book are just off the hook amazing.
We get to learn new things which increases our knowledge of what we can do with the line of BERNINA machines. The binding attachment and the lap fell foot are my faves by far!

I’m off to work…

@berninausa #berninareunion15 #quilting #b790

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I’m working on a new piece for the Creative Center…stay tuned…

because it’ll have a lot of this:

Ohhh Superior Metallic! #superiorthreads

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Happy Quilting!

Teri

 

BERNINA Ambassador vids and a couple of (new?) classes

Brand Ambassador BadgeA couple of weeks ago all of the BERNINA Ambassadors received a link to their interview on YouTube. Here’s a link to the whole group.  And a link to my interview. The interviews were done when we were at the Reunion in December. We had such a great time learning about the different feet and machines and what they can do! I am really honored to be a BERNINA Ambassador.  At the shop where I work and one other (I’ll let you all know dates) I’ll be hosting a class featuring presser feet we can use in our quilts. I’ll be doing this one other place as well and I’ll let you in on that just as soon as I’m able.

 

coffee mugsA couple of years ago while I was recovering from surgery I spent a lot of time drawing coffee cups.  Oh heck I just spent a lot of time drawing. I needed to do something since I could not quilt.  (It was during this time I realized that quilting is a full-contact sport!)
I had so much fun with these. They were all unique and I could be whimsical and impractical in design – note the crazy handles! Drawing (no matter how “bad” you think anything looks) is a great way to figure out how to quilt something.

coffee mugs 002I’m thinking – when I have a moment of free time of creating some of these beauties in cloth. A little background fabric, a little Mistyfuse, a hot iron, a little batting and thread and voila! a quick project.

To quote Josie (my Garmin Nuvi) in her Elfred voice, “thinking! thinking!”

coffee mugs 005The other class I’m considering is a quilted clutch or small purse. It’s something we could do in a one day class, maybe even a two day class. I have always enjoyed making my own unique totes and purses. They’re always the right size. There’s some electric blue faux suede at work that’s just calling my name.

Happy Quilting!

Teri