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

at play greg caseLucy’s Nickles
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

A post shared by Teri Lucas (@terilucas) on

 

BERNINA Ambassador Reunion 2016 Edition

Always take an opportunity to learn something new about the stuff you love and are passionate about. This makes quilting an ever present learning process. Getting together with quilters, and professionals in a creative industry. I had the opportunity to stay with Tracy Mooney Generation Q Magazine Senior Editor and her family. We’ll have a few blog posts over on the GenQ blog very soon. Part of the fun was getting to meet her husband and older kids. Before I left on Friday I was able to try some Miskatonic Brewing Company craft brews, Grendl being my favorite, it’s deep, complex, rich and nicely dark. I’m kind of wishing we’d done a GenQ Happy Hour. But talking. Ha! Are you surprised?

Friday afternoon we did a facebook live:

Before that

Oh my goodness my face looks hilarious. I really enjoyed staying with her, paying a quick visit to her local quilt shop, Quilter’s Quest. Oh my goodness what a great shop. Lots of fabric, lots of BERNINA, a warm, welcoming staff.

I do have to say I think I’m kind of in love with the new BERNINA L 460 Serger. Oh. My. Goodness. This is a great piece of equipment. Who would have thought that some simple things like moving the cutting knife, installing the BERNINA foot pedal with the back kick, and learning how to use some different stitches. Those Swiss Engineers even put a little window where the needles go in so that you can see that they’re in the correct position. The right needle sits a little lower than the left. Whoop! Whoop!

One fun thing – even though I am no longer working in a quilt shop I still have a gift for enabling quilters to get the stuff they need. It was so fun.

So, stay tuned for more.

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.

20161204_093615

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

A Tale of two Quilt Shops

This might sound a little overly dramatic and it’s intended to be because drama can be so very much fun. I shopped on Small Business Saturday #smallbusinesssaturday for the fun of it. I don’t need fabric, but I love it so what the heck.

20161127_074244
This will live as a reminder that quilt making is a messy process.

Shop 2: Colchester Mill Fabrics – Colchester, CT for my local peeps this is a small version of Hartsdale Fabrics with some fashion fabric, home dec fabric, yarn, quilt fabric. Friendly staff, and sewing machine repair. They do have crafty stuff including chalkboard paper. I need this! (Melissa when you read this I have an idea to bounce off you for the magazine) Wandering around a shop to listen to what speaks to my soul is fascinating. While I didn’t get any Christmas fabric the rounder of red and silver/gray caught my attention. There is something nostalgic about the color scheme, like a childhood memory of the silver tinsel tree in the corner of the living room decorated with chains of red and green construction paper, and cranberry and popcorn.The fabric was tempting however, when I revisited the rounder, not so much.

The solids and batiks are situated near each other. I seriously contemplated a few American Made Brand – but couldn’t remember what I had at home so left those. The batiks though, that’s a different story entirely. So I’m getting fabric cut and one of the ladies asks what I’m going to do with the fabric. . .shoulders shrug, hands lift up and the question is asked, “I have to do something with it?” Which had the desired effect of a laugh. I offered the gal who asked, and her friend a quarter yard of the fabric if they purchased something.  You can take the woman out of the quilt shop staff, but she’ll always enable customers, quilters any chance she gets because it’s fun.

I did answer the question a little more directly, I might hang the batik on the right above on the wall because I love it so much. It’s inspiring, it simply makes me happy. Right now I have some fabric samples by Valori Wells on my wall, three different colorways. By hanging it I get to enjoy it and figure out what, if anything I might do with it down the road. This suggestion gave the gal behind the counter some ideas for the white, bare walls of her sons apartment. Just a little something to add some fun and color.

The light batiks from Hoffman simply spoke to this quilters heart. With my back to basics trend in piecing right now my gut tells me these may be involved in a couple of quilt remakes. I’ve been wanting to remake a favorite quilt for our bed and I’m not one to make the quilt exactly like the first time around. Even doing step outs is kind of challenging for me.

I visited this place years ago and they’ve painted and refreshed the place. The walls are white giving the fabric pride of place, there are good samples around. Staff, warm, friendly and helpful. Lots of quilt samples around and some fun stuff overall. Some coming in on their day off to shop for their own quilts.

Shop 1: Christie’s Quilting Boutique

Meeting facebook friends is always fun! Christie is sweet, enthusiastic and her shop is simply adorable! As of last week she is now a BERNINA dealer. Christie really loves her local fabric designers: Jennifer Paganelli, Kate Spain, and Denyse Schmidt showing their current fabric lines with great enthusiasm. Both Kate and Denyse teach in the shop. There are also classes for kids.

I picked up some Kona solids and these beautiful fabrics from Jennifer and Denyse. 2016-11-27-07-52-56
Christie had a small tote with a few things inside for her first 20 customers. I was one of the 20 so check this out! There’s a mug inside as well.

15215799_10211496425114706_2029685678_oHere’s a better shot of all of the fabrics from Christie’s shop. I love the fabrics, her enthusiasm. Christie carries the hardware for bags and totes. I was able to pick up some d-rings to make either a couple of totes or key rings. Not sure which yet, but oh the possibilities.

So as I build my stash and share it with you. The possibilities are endless. That’s the fun part of building a stash – the possibilities. Oh I long to say something beautiful and encouraging about growing as quilters. But I think I’ll say simply, whatever you do…have fun. Quilting doesn’t need to produce a lot of angst. But it does. As I’m beginning to quilt again and I mean really quilt I feel the anxiety of what putting these quilts out into the world will be met with. The work is interesting to me again and I long for it to be interesting on a grander scale. I will have one piece ready for next week that I’ll probably be binding it on the plane to Chicago, as I do, because the last minute is always the perfect deadline.

Happy Quilting friends!

Teri

. . . a time to tidy

img_20161122_161123Oh my goodness there is always a good time to tidy. Don’t you always find that it’s right in the middle of doing something else? Like 9 patches. I’ve been cutting up all these 9 patches, and the urge hit. No, no wait, no that’s not it. Not the urge. No. The necessity of it all hit me like a whole bunch of empty bobbins. Oh! The possibilities of a tidy (ha!) space. Or at least one that I can move around in a little bit better.
I found all of these bobbins in a punched metal basket. I love the basket but, like several others it’s not currently serving a good function so it’s going into the closet for a while. Along with a wide variety of books and magazines that I’m not quite willing to part with yet. This is giving me a whole shelf to store things like batting. Though my gut says the batting will end up somewhere else and the the quilts in progress will end up on that shelf.

In the cleaning I located a quilt I’d thought was long gone. The quilt went with me to be basted on a friend’s long arm, however the batting for said quilt was left at home. The quilt went back into the sewing room in the tote it left in. At some point in a tidy up it was placed on the bottom shelf where it would be, ahem, remembered.

img_20161122_211622

After a little bit of tidying I stop and stitch or cut 9 patches. In the background I’m playing with C&T’s Kraftex I’m practicing for something down the road and am having a lot of fun. And as I’m writing this I know what I’m going to do and I need to get busy doing and writing. This will be so much fun! I have a pattern to write, a test drive, two interviews and quilts I want to make. The creativity is coming alive.

Tidying up is magic apparently.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

Enjoying and Thankful

img_20161113_181828Starting with gratitude this morning. I’m grateful for batiks. (If you follow me on Instagram this, and all the photos in this post, may look familiar.) These one and a half inch strips are being stitched to orange and purple solid to create 9 patches, that may be set on point, though I’m not quite set on that yet.

With the exception of making the quilt for the Yvonne Porcella exhibit, this is the first quilt I’ve made in a really long time. Not quilting has been very hard on this quilter. Not having time and energy to be creative, to do the thing I love the most while promoting quilting and encouraging others…well that part has helped. I love quilting. I love writing about quilting, I love encouraging others to quilt, so my creative energy has had something of an outlet, not quite the one that feeds the quilterly energy and focus.

img_20161114_132939 Each stitch is made with intention. The feel of the fabric in my hands, the sound of the machine running, the stacking of the strips behind the needle. This is an experience that is renewing, refreshing, invigorating. Because of the lack of time to stitch over the last year or so I’ve experienced these moments of complete loss. Wanting very much to go spend some time in my studio but not having any energy to quilt, not knowing what to stitch, not having any clue how to move forward. Part of these moments of complete loss have included the whispers that perhaps I should sell off all of my quilting supplies and leave quilting as “this was once part of my life and is now not part of my life.” Yep. I’ve been there.

img_20161120_150126

My sweetie has firmly said, “No, you’re not giving up quilting.” The conversation is always way more intense, involving tears, and angst, and anxiety. I’m grateful for his patience as I’ve moved through all of this stuff. Much more than a lack of time contributed to this awfulness. It involved people whom I once respected, people whom I loved, and people whom I love deeply. Several things have sustained me – teaching people how to use their machines, helping quilters choose their own fabrics, new friendships, the moon, and the light at the end of the tunnel. Even now that light is at the end of the tunnel, while I’m not sure how close I am to exiting, I know deep down in my bones that the light is there, that I’m moving towards it and this movement is good.

img_20161119_111224

I’m reminded as I stitch that a little care goes a long way. Slowing down, being mindful, caring about what I’m doing and why I’m doing it. When I race the machine (for me about 3/4 full speed) the strips aren’t as accurately pieced as I prefer. Right now I’m moving forward because of the great joy I’m experiencing while stitching. Sometimes the simpler things bring us back to, closer to a sense wholeness.

As I look at how this quilt is coming together, as I write these words, and get ready to write and post things for Generation Q Magazine I am reminded that the gift of quilting in my life extends far beyond my sewing studio. You are part of my quilting life. If I’m having a difficult time I’m sure some of you are as well. If I’m doing well, then some of you are as well. I’m reminded of how we, as a community sustain each other.

So, I’m off to write and stitch and be the quilter I’m intended to be!

Happy Quilting!

Teri

img_20161114_120731

Renewed

Renewed

Quilt Market has something of a frenetic pace. Places to go. People to see. Meals to eat with people you get to see once, maybe twice a year. Leading up to Market there are things going on behind the scenes that have us all arriving tired, wanting to make sure all the eyes are dotted and the tees are crossed. Is everything packed? Will the copies of the magazine arrive in time. Will we have enough? And the ever popular, will people like the products that we have to put out there.

Then we get there, one by one, sometimes in groups, on-time, late, early, snoozing. or making one last check of a presentation that is the last thing that needs to happen. And then it all falls into place.
photo_20161030_180753Melissa Thompson Maher, Editor-in-Chief and Tracy Mooney, Senior Editor of Generation Q Magazine with the after Market glow – a mixture of tired and inspired. We were at the airport having dinner, and talking about the things that excited us. We’ll be sharing on the blog and in our newsletter Stashed! over the next little bit.

 

 

 

photo_20161029_110405

I had a meeting with the every lovely Melanie Testa! Melanie and Carol Soderlund have a new book coming out later this year. As soon as I get the details I’ll be sharing more about that. She showed me quilts, as the Community Editor I’m really excited about what I’m seeing here. Melanie was putting all of her quilts back into the carry-on and demonstrated the best technique for making this work.

 

 
I visited the BERNINA booth to check out the new BERNINA 700 Embroidery machine. Oh my goodness! it’s a beautiful machine. I love that technology is helping us to do the work we’ve always wanted to do. The B 700 gives so very many options and over time the technology will be moving up the line. It’ll take a little while for BERNINA to make this happen as there is a lot of testing behind the scenes to make sure this is right.

2016-10-31-16-17-04

I got these pins from BERNINA. I love the stylized scissors. I think they may actually be tailoring scissors of some type. If you know…please let me know.

Perusing blogs this morning Quilt Shop Gal shared the video Lisa Calle and I made a few years ago. BERNINA now has a ruler foot for the home sewing machine. Check out this video:

The foot should be in shops soon.

On Friday afternoon I had a chat with Cheryl Sleboda. I can not thank her enough for her generosity and her time. Over the next few weeks I will be making a few changes to the website, the first is a simple change in tagline “Creating Confident Quilters one Stitch at a Time”.  Taking one stitch at a time is how I learned confidence in quilting and I love passing that onto you, my student and my friends. I’m also taking a very hard look at my class descriptions and a few other things. I’m looking forward to sharing and showing more.

I’ll be at Pinwheels and Friends Friday November 11th to teach Doodling Your way to Better Quilting. Doodling helped me become much more confident in free motion machine quilting. During the class we work with our dominant and non-dominant hands, and figure out those quilting motifs we want to stitch out. I’d love to see you there!

Happy Quilting,

Teri