Gone Quilting, Day 2

gone-quiltingI finished one quilt yesterday. This morning my upper body is reminding me that I haven’t done this much quilting in one shot in a loooooooooooong time. Oh how I’ve missed this! The machine running, the bobbins running out. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (extended version – about 9 hours) marathon. I started watching disc 1 of The Return of the King, so about 7 hours of quilting

It’s the one that I’m starting today that needs to get finished. I will tell you when Diane sent pics, giddy just barely begins to describe it. Quilting ideas are rattling around my head, first, the quilt needs some in the ditch stitching. I may break out the walking foot. I’ that serious about this quilt.

I’ve hung the Gone Quilting sign, so…off I go.

Teri

PS – I have a “new to me” batting report coming soon. Stay tuned.

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

. . . 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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Magical Moments

From Seth Godin Today is Pi day, the 14th day of the 3rd month of the fifteenth year… 3.1415

Pi is our most famous irrational number. Not irrational in the sense that it’s a foolish argument, a form of wishing for one thing while doing another. No, pi is irrational in a magical, beautiful sense. It can’t be cropped off and fit into a box. The closer you look at pi, the more you see, forever.

And that sort of irrational magic is at the heart of our best work. Meeting spec works fine as long as you’re the only person who has to meet spec. But in any competitive environment, fitting into a box does us little good.

To be transcendent and irrational is to always have a few more digits to spare, to demand that you not be rounded off and filed away. To be human.

sewing and day out 074I’ve had a couple of magical, beautiful moments in the last few days. These moments have me thinking inside and outside my box.
I got to stitch on the BERNINA Q20 yesterday. Oh I am smitten. (You knew I would be, right?!) The final cabinet design is the one I was hoping for that gives us the most flexibility in terms of space and storage. The cabinet has 4 panels, two are removable and reveal storage underneath (think thread and other supplies). If your space is smaller these panels can be left out still giving a lot of space to quilt. Something fascinating happened as I quilted in manual mode – I stitched much faster than I do on my B 780 or 1080 and kept a good consistent stitch.

 

Road to California Day 1

tilde-competition-overall-3.jpegSo tonight (as I’m writing this) I got so excited that I dropped my backpack and purse right where I stood and hugged him! OMG I am that excited. I have wanted to meet Keith Dommer for a very long time. And I did. Keith, his mom and sister will all be together in class on Friday.

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Here is my classroom. In a day or so I’ll post a few more pictures with the quilts hanging and the thread and kits and whatnot. We’re stitching on B 750’s with and without the BERNINA Stitch regulator. These quilters moved right along. It was lovely to watch. Some of the quilters are taking Let Your Foot Loose be Fancy Free I can hardly wait to get them stitching and growing and showing them how to use the carpet shown here in the photo as inspiration for quilting.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

A bit of this and that

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Lisa is working on getting the video ready. She’s had a bit of a technical delay…the cord to connect the camera to the computer went missing. She searched and searched, with no success. Bang.Head.Here! A new cord procured and Lisa is well on the way. This photo was accidental. Funny, but accidental. The memory on Lisa’s camera got full right before our last moment. After mounting my camera on her tripod. My new camera that is barely broken in, so we’re both trying to figure out what button to push. I turns out it’s not the same button for taking a photo. Pressing that button gets photos like this an action shot of sorts. What cracks me up is the look on my face…so serious. Lisa and I were having a great time and laughing.

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After a long wait I finally have the BERNINA Patchwork foot for the 9 mm wide machines with Dual Feed, the 97 D. Alas it is in my sewing room untouched. And will be that way until shortly after I get home from Road to California. I am in a final push for prep for my classes. And we have some family changes that have kept me out of my sewing room while we get ready. It’s a lovely change and I’m excited about it.

After seeing what Sarah Vedeler can do with the Silhouette Cameo I got the Silhouette Portrait. Sarah Designed It’s a Sterling life on Berkeley Square for BERNINA using the Cameo and the embroidery features on the BERNINA 880 Sterling Edition. It’s gorgeous. Both the machine and the quilt.
portrait_straightonI am planning on using the Portrait for a project in the book and for a few other quilts that are rambling through my head. Being able to cut shapes quickly and easily is kind of exciting. Sarah gives some great tips in her blog posts.

Happy Quilting!

Teri