Remember the Red and White Quilt exhibit? This afternoon I went to a panel discussion with Paula Nadelstern, Roderick Kiracofe, Sue Reich and Elizabeth Warren. The conversation was so good that it continued for just long enough after for me to miss doing any shopping or quilt picture getting at. all. Can I just tell you how annoyed I am with myself at the moment? Well I am, but the conversation was well worth staying.
I did manage to get to the City Quilter not once, but twice. The first time I stopped by for a gift for a friend having a birthday today. The second time was with EB of Cocktails and Thread I enjoyed a lovely chat with her. I take the express bus into the City, leaving me several blocks to walk. It’s a lovely walk. Today was something very special indeed. As I walked I was thinking about this and that. Good things. I was not, however, paying attention. Next thing I know I took a tumble. Yep, I tripped and fell right on the sidewalk. It was kind of a cool experience as I had no idea I tripped and just sort of fell to my right, did something of a somersault, had a bit of help to get up. And kept right on going watching where I was walking much more attentively.
I did find some delightful French fabric, that I didn’t get to buy. Because the show closed. Sigh. There’s always another show, somewhere.
Just 11 days ago I taught Let Your Foot Loose, be Fancy & Free at the City Quilter. It was a good day. The bonus was having Maria O. as a student. Maria is a fab quilter and teacher in her own right (she teaches at the City Quilter). Maria posted this photo on fb of her finished, binding and all, sample from class. Oh my goodness!!!! Swoon!
Maria certainly let her foot loose, changing thread weight and color on a whim! Letting the thread do the work for her to create an interesting piece. At the beginning of class she showed a quilt (she was delivering to someone) – the quilting is outstanding, tone on tone blending into the background.
This piece of hers oh yes, makes this teacher all kinds of giddy!
Susan asked, “Did you over stitch or did you add a line to make it look like the fabric turns?”
Great question Susan!
To answer completely I’ll show a photo of the whole piece first.
Well the answer is actually both. The first part of the answer is in how I drew the original lines of the whole cloth. I took the lid from my button tin and drew the original circle then added swooping lines under it to create a “mountain” with the moon hanging low. I then drew in the lines for the star points, making them intentionally wonky. Why you might ask? Because every star has her own shape.
Part of the visual has to do with the high contrast of the color: a bright cream to orange variegated 50 weight (Tiara Silk) silk thread next to a solid deep purple. By following the line of the original swoop and stitching densely that helps.
Since I outline stitched the area with the lighter thread and very close to the darker thread it looks like I stitched over in that area.
One thing you can see here that won’t be visible once the quilt is finished is the drawn line and how I almost got there. I was done stitching with that thread and wanted to move on somewhere else. Drawn lines are guidelines, not rules.
And a Whole Cloth Challenge Update. Lisa Calle and I had a bit of a chat the other day and I’d hoped to draft a quickie post over the weekend. We’re extending the challenge to the first week in December. We both have had a few things in our lives that have prevented us from having the time to finish our quilts. If you’ve finished your quilt both of us would love to post photos on our blogs so please send us photos. (note Lisa posted photos on this blog post.) If you’ve been thinking you’d like to make a whole cloth quilt there’s time!
it’s fat quarter size
design is your choice
fabric and thread and batting are your choice
Lisa and I are using Robert Kaufman Radiance.
At The City Quilter! 11 happy students and one happy teacher (cue the music, ear worm please)
After class i found two more things that make me. Happy! The current issue of Generation Q Magazine, rumor has it that the Quilt as Desired article is fab.
Then i found Megan’s book, Quilting isn’t Funny! .
Then i saw this!
Great Day! !!
I get to teach tomorrow at the City Quilter.
Last I knew there is one space left.
We’re going to play with design and thread, Let(ting) our Foot Loose, being Fancy & Free.
Let’s see what kind of fun and trouble we can get into .
I’m hoping I remember to bring my camera and take a few pictures.
I’ve gotta be the worst picture taking teacher.
Doesn’t mean I don’t love my students.
Hey there! It’s Monday. I’m going to my sewing room shortly (after my sweetie makes a delicious french bread, french toast breakfast).
I thought I’d do another top ten and today it’ll be fabric!
Fossil Ferns – I will always love Fossil Ferns by Patricia Campbell with Benartex this was the second mottled/textured line I fell in love with.
Marbles by Patrick Lose – another mottled line that has been with a couple of companies.
Kona Solids – I love the let me count the ways!!!
American Made Brand Solids – LOVE LOVE LOVE
Any of Paula Nadelsterns kaleidoscope fabric lines including Palindromes these are great from a teaching you to learn to free motion quilt
Jinny Beyer fabric lines! again from a teaching quilting stand point these are fabulous and the variety of quilt blocks that comes from these prints is amazing
Stonehenge by Northcott – How I love thee let me count the ways. Every time I see the great variety of color and that stony texture I am happy! Cue music!
Toscana by Northcott another softly textured solid. Did I mention it’s softly textured? Oh my
Suede by P & B, oh me oh my.
I guess I have this thing for softly textured solid type fabrics. I can’t leave out
Radiance by Robert Kaufman. Immediate Drool Response. I love the shiny and supple texture of this cotton silk blend. Then there’s the matte side with a depth of color that makes my heart go pitter pat!
Happy Monday y’all!
Don’t forget I’m teaching at the City Quilter Saturday September 13th – Let Your Foot Loose be Fancy & Free. It’s one of my favorite classes to teach. Oh heck they’re all my favorite classes to teach. Students are fun and amazing.
but it’s also kind of fun
because the silence indicates
2) thinking about work
3) gratitude for work
4) I’m working
5) I need to work on quilts
6) I’ll get to share some fun stuff with you very soon!!!!
7) I like to quilt
8) I get virtual hives when I don’t quilt
9) I have virtual hives
10) tomorrow is a quilting/blogging/quilting kind of day
Sometimes when I’m not blogging here I’m blogging at Generation Q.
I’m teaching in August at Steve’s Sew & Vac
I’m teaching in September at the City Quilter
I’m teaching in August and September at Hartsdale Fabrics
I love to teach 🙂
Saturday I’m working on
blog for Generation Q
If the Foot Fits PowerPoint tweaking so I can get it out to the dealers who want it
expressing gratitude for quilterly friends
sending questions to a quilter/blogger/Aurifil Queen for an interviewquilting
did I mention quilting?
Have a great weekend y’all!
PS if you’re participating in the whole cloth challenge with Lisa Calle & me I’d love to hear from you
Her comment, “I like you Teri, you’re a little twisted.”
One of my very favorite Authors said this.
What prompted her comment? Well Marie Bostwick posted a photo of her coffee cup with the quote, “Please do not annoy the writer. She may put you in a book and kill you.” “that would be kinda fun” says I. Yep, I said it. I just invited Marie Bostwick to off me in one of her books. She has a new book coming out April 29th titled Apart at the Seams – part of her Cobbled Court Quilt series.
She’ll be at the City Quilter on Saturday May 10th.
Marie’s right, I’m a little twisted
<—that proves it.