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

working on the powerpoints!

First up: Quilt Market and Quilt Festival will happen. Here’s a statement from Quilts, Inc:

Dear Friends of Quilt Festival,
First, we would like to think all who have sent messages of support to us in response to the devastating flooding taking place in our home city of Houston. We are happy to report that all of our staff is safe, and that our office did not suffer any damages.
Many others have not been so lucky, and we ask that you keep Houston and all areas that have been devastated by Hurricane Harvey in your thoughts, and, if possible, consider making a contribution toward organizations involved in the ongoing relief efforts.
We have also heard from many people asking whether they should cancel their plans to attend this year’s International Quilt Festival in Houston. We want to assure you that there is no reason to cancel any travel plans, as the show is still scheduled to go on.
The show is still over two months away, and we have full confidence that our city will bounce back quickly, as it has always done. Also, neither the George R. Brown Convention Center nor the Downtown Houston hotels were damaged in the flooding.
At this time, our office remains closed, and will until it is safe for our staff to return to work. We will post an announcement to our website and social media when the office reopens. In the meantime, we ask that you be patient in receiving a response to any calls or emails.
Once again, Quilt Festival in Houston is still scheduled to take place November 2-5 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. We hope you will plan to be there to support our amazing city and enjoy the show!

Thank you!

I’m teaching at Quilt Market and want to see you there!
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Last night when he got home my sweetie reminded me that I can multitask in a different way as I learn the Floriani Software. In typical, “I could have had a V8” fashion I said, “Oh yeah!” I had to laugh because why didn’t I think about that as I’m stopping video, changing screens, trying the technique and thinking oooh I can do that with this fabric. and Holy mother of chocolate covered potato chips that’s freaking cool!
I think these are phrases that I’ll include in the PowerPoints when I start teaching on my own. Who doesn’t love chocolate covered potato chips.

Next week I’m shadowing one of the teachers at an event at SewTech in Evansville IN. So much to learn and do and I’m so excited.

In just fifteen days I’m presenting If the Foot Fits Use it at the Quilt Basket in Pawling. As a result I’m revisiting, and adding to the PowerPoint presentation. Changing up the background color and updating a few things.

So many PowerPoints and embroideries to make! I’m off to work and stitch.

Now we have the topper. We'll see the finished product in a little while @florianiembroidery

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PS I’m still working with Generation Q Magazine. If you want to see me at Quilt Market and schedule in some time together please let me know teri@generationqmagazine.com.

Teri

Coming right up!

I’m teaching at Quilt Market.Fac_fqm17Enrollment is now open! I’m teaching two classes Creating Consumer Confidence Machine Sales and Creating Confidence in the In-Store Talent. Tracy Mooney, Maddie Kertay, Ebony Love, Heather Kubiak (this is one I want to attend on the legalities of our business!), Morna Golletz, and other great talent will all be there offing our experience. Cheryl Sleboda has four business related classes at Quilt Festival. You can also check with her to see if she has mentoring appointments open.

Quilt Basket: Pawling, NY Saturday September 16th If the Foot Fits Use it 11, and 1. I’ll offer quilting suggestions so bring your quilts! Twilight is there, stop in to see it!

"Twilight in the Bronx"

Dutchess Heritage Quilt Show – Featured Quilter/Speaker This opportunity to share my work at this show makes me so happy. Twilight in the Bronx won a ribbon at this show. I’ll be spending some time in the BERNINA booth more on that soon. @play is visiting that store stop in and see it!

Check the schedule out here.

Saturday is the next motif of the August Quilted Block of the Month. This month is an original block design. Check out the first post here.

September will be something involving half-square triangles. Intrigued yet?

 

Some Family Time

New on the teaching schedule: Saturday September 16, at the Quilt Basket (Pawling, NY) I’ll be doing the “If the Foot Fits Use it” and offering some advice on quilting your quilts. First lecture at 11, second at 1, and I’ll be there til 3. Give them a call and sign up. Bring two quilts and a sketchbook, let’s talk.

We had some family time over the weekend so not much in the way of quilting.  I did visit Quilting Possibilities. This morning I’m going to open the big box

I like big boxes I cannot lie

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that I like. And get started on a project for the magazine.

Before all of this I’m going to finish writing my first post on Quilt Coach.

Have a great quilterly day.

Teri

 

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

 

Building Character in a teeny tiny way

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It’s so cool to find the right tools to work on piecing quilt tops. This ByAnnie stiletto is different than others in that the metal stiletto has some texture to it, giving just a little bit of extra grip. There are a few flat spots along the wooden shaft giving a comfortable grip.

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This morning I finished piecing all of the components of the Kings Puzzle for SewBatik. This is one lovely quilt. Along the way a few challenges have cropped up. This piece should look a wee bit different. It should look like:

sewbatik-kings-puzzle-correct-bar-pieceThis is a two color quilt and we’re placing the colors in different positions. So an error or three on the way is to be expected. So error fixed and I’m working on piecing the main body of the quilt. I’ll have that completed tomorrow morning. Then on to basting and quilting. I can hardly wait. In the mean time the piecing, pressing, and spritzing continue til I get this baby done.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

 

You should

fabric from danaIt’s my ninth blogaversary today, therefore it’s a great day indeed. Here’s a link to my first post. It’s been a lovely journey with friends coming, going, changing, the quilt world changing, setting out to grow and teach and be a little more. Funny thing is I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. The ideas seem a little clearer and a little fuzzier all in the same moment. There are few things that are as I dreamed they be, and thing that are more than I could ever imagine.  Some of the better than I could ever imagine is working with Generation Q Magazine, and being a BERNINA Ambassador. And later this year I’m the featured quilter at the Dutchess Heritage Quilt Show.
Teri will quilt for wine!I’ve loved writing about squirrels, fabric, coffee, wine, quilting motifs, quilts, interviewing quilters, visiting shops, BERNINA, winning ribbons, and most of all quilting. Thank you so much for stopping by and enjoying this journey with me.

The original idea behind starting this post of You Should comes from some serious reflection on the word should. However, I’m going to let that go. The whole idea behind the post is long, involved, and a bit too honest for me at the moment. I’ll just offer these things: if I ever offer you a suggestion on anything it’s not something that I think you should do and I’ll not be offended if you don’t take or use what I have to offer; and helping quilters, and quilting teachers is a life giving thing for me.

Debby HandiQuilter Teri BERNINA

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Later today I’m posting the bones of the quilt we’re making in the group. I’m excited about what I’ve settled on as a design. I just need to take 30 minutes to draw it out for us. Before settling on a design I presented two ideas to a friend of mine, she gave her opinion which resonated with me deeply, so we’re going with that.
I do apologize for the design coming out later than anticipated, a little bit of life happens occasionally that sets things back.

Tonight I’m going to speak at my home guild. Because of work obligations I haven’t been able to go for a very long time. I love and miss these quilters and am excited to share some of my quilts with them. If you’re in the Bronx, or Westchester I’m sure the Pelham Quilters’ Guild would love to have you join in on the fun. Or at least their annual trip to Lancaster (info on the fb page)

Have a very quilterly day!

Teri

PS Later this week or early next I’ll show you what I’ve been working on with Sumi-é and cork fabric. Here’s a sneak peek:

I love it when a "plan" comes together @fronddesignstudios @melissamariecollins

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