I’m piecing! I’m piecing!

20170411_131224Then I looked at this photo and thought good golly I do need to tidy up.

I like that the folder has orange dots.

And a cool thread holder from Blue Fig. Do you see that glorious silk thread? I love silk thread.

I see a memory from my friend Debby. She has an incredible sense of humor and a way of presenting gifts that imbues a sense of beauty and fun.

And business cards. This has me thinking of something I can make to store all of them easily. I could invest in a rolodex but what would be the fun in that?

So I’m off to do some more stitching, make a few calls. Organize some more fabric, and start a blog post for sometime next month. It’s going to take a little bit to write and get pics. And well, do some stuff to get the pics necessary for the post.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

 

Lancaster Quilt Show, A recap

Lancaster Quilt Show, A recap

20170401_111104Life is good. Getting to see this quilt from a distance was good. As always there are things I would do differently. Like ribbon candy in the white, and tighter on the other stitching. But ya know what? I love this quilt.
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Bruce took a moment to get a photo with me. Note his name tag says Diane. This is sweet. So very sweet.

Linda Lease had two chairs in her booth. Missing “The Doctor is In 5 cents” shingle. There is a moment when a soul connects to soul, the chairs providing the opportunity and those occupying the chairs taking good advantage.  The moment over far too soon. Linda’s eloquent words shared on her facebook page.

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The quilts stunning as always.

Shruti Rohit Dandekar‘s beautiful portrait of one of her children. The eyes and sweet face, oh my! Shruti is an author and BERNINA Brand Ambassador in India. Visit her website to see more of her work.

I did bring the camera with me, however it once again remained safely in my backpack. I spent more time talking with people Kim Niedzwiecki, Kelly Ashton, Giovanna and Renee. After the show we had a dinner with Julie and her husband at a place in Manheim called the Cat’s Meow. Such a great day. I had a bit of a scare on the way home. Don’t worry I just freaked myself out momentarily. After chatting with Giovanna for a bit we went back in to the show floor to say good bye to a few people and to do a quick shop I wanted thread and batting. After I bought the batting I put my credit card in my pocket. While my sweetie drove I had this moment where I didn’t remember where it was. So I checked my pocket, weird. Maybe I put it in my purse. Nope. I start freaking out just a wee bit. I figure I’ll deal with it when I get home because if I dropped it somewhere the worst that can happen is…yeah. So I get home and really dig into the pocket, which I discover is deeper than I thought. The card is there, safe and secure.

I’m off to do some stitching on this lazy, beautiful Sunday morning. Rumor has it some thread followed me home. That’ll wait until tomorrow. Seems I left it in the car. Not quite sure how I did that.

Happy Quilting,

Teri

 

QuiltCon

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Linzi Upton, Claudia Scheja, and Monika Huelsebuch

I often forget to take pictures of the people I get to meet. Often thinking that time will allow for picture taking later. Oddly enough it doesn’t happen. So that I have these is something of a miracle. Linzi is a blogger (The Quilt Quine) I’ve been following for years, and a BERNINA Ambassador.

Linzi made Tartan Tattoo…good golly this is pretty.

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This picture doesn’t do this beauty justice. Linzi had a small piece of tartan (plaid) that she designed the quilt from. Holy wow! The quilting is stunning.

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Having lunch with Debby Brown, a highlight of my weekend. Actually getting to sit and chat in person is a treat for both of us.

20170224_184022I managed to meet up with Luana Rubin at the cocktail hour that equilter sponsored. I love chatting with Luana for oh, so many reasons. Her insight into the world of quilting simply blow me away. That and her photography.

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The lighting in convention centers…ugh. But the people…are amazing. Mary Abreu, witty, talented, and Fluevog wearing. Mary wrote Hack That Tote! Love that book!

Working in the booth I got to talk to so very many quilters. And it just reminds me ever so deeply that the quilting world is my home. I love the quilters, I love the buzz on the show floor. I love piecing, free-motion machine quilting, and so much more.

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.

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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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…or wait for it, lemon curd and the toast goes from okay to sublime

I’m going to start this blog post in something of a strange place. Ready?
I’ve been thinking a lot about learning style. At some point down the road that thinking will end up as an article for Generation Q Magazine. Intrigued? Stay tuned, I’ll let you know when that happens.

I doodle a lot. So much so that ever since the beginning of teaching free motion machine quilting I’ve had a doodling class. Doodling complements the work of quilting like butter complements toasted bread. Add cinnamon and sugar, or a favorite jam, or oh! lemon curd and the toast goes from okay, to sublime.

When I teach And now what?! or Doodling Your Way to Better Quilting we start with what looks like a quilt block on paper, chat about what might look good and what you, as the quilter, might want to stitch out. We talk about this as a group as there is something really cool that happens – Jane might stitch out stippling on a 9-patch, while Melissa might want to do Baptist Fans, and Debby might play with some Ribbon Candy, well that gives Amy the thought that she might like to stitch clamshells, while Adam might starts thinking about nautilus shells, and Teri, well she thinks about champagne bubbles because, tiny bubbles.zen tangle

We then spend about 4 – 6 minutes drawing those ideas out on the quilt block. The doodling needs to just be there. Four to six minutes doesn’t seem like a lot of time right now, however, it can seem like a lot when you’re plotting the perfect quilting for the quilt you have in mind. Because we all have that one show quilt in mind.

If the quilters are comfortable we share what they doodled. Every quilter does something a bit different. Every quilter chooses different colors – to represent a color of thread they might use for stitching. As we share faces over the room start showing that “oh, that looks cool I’m going to have to remember that!”

There are a couple of blocks that I ask the quilters what they see, what is their first impression. One that I do this with is based on a fabric that I practiced quilting on a long time ago – it’s a long rectangle with offset one inch dots. I used that fabric to learn how to make swirls in a defined space. What’s fascinating is how the students see the possibilities, and then what is doodled might be completely different from the chat, because by the time we get to this block the creative energy is starting to flow. Quilters are using multiple colors to fill in the space, and the room gets really quiet. I think this is one of my favorite blocks to watch happen.

One of the things that I found important as a I practice machine quilting on paper is to use my non-dominant hand. It’s a hot mess! But doodling with my left hand helps develop the eye/hand coordination needed for machine quilting. I have to Think through the design, give thought to how I will move my hands, and at what speed.

I’ll show you how I will stitch out any motif and in some cases I’ll show you both right and left handed.

Join me on Friday November 11th at Pinwheels and Friends in Sturbridge, MA at the Sturbridge Host hotel for Doodle Your Way to Better Quilting. I’m bringing all the supplies for class, you just get to show up and doodle with me. There are going to be some amazing teachers at this event run by Maria Tamaoka of Pinwheels – think Daiwabo Taupes and Oakshott Cottons, and teachers: Debby Brown, Sue Pelland, Karen Altabef (tatting! – her designs will lead to some great quilting motifs!), click here for a complete list and here for the vendors.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

 

Bucket List

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Imagination. So the other day I captured an intimate moment between a dog and a pig. I did try to turn away politely, not staring but it was so sweet that I had to capture the moment. The dog and the pig kissing was suggested by Kelly Ann, the fun-sized owner of Kelly Ann’s Quilting in Warrenton, VA. Thanks Kelly Ann!

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My dad. I come by this goofiness honestly.

Do you have a bucket list for your ideal sewing space? Do you have a size of space that would make the sewing space functional and consequently give you the space to do the creative things you want to do in quilt making? I do, and am taking a couple of moments to share with you part of that.

So, let’s talk size and color for a moment. The size of the room is good, though I’d love to ditch the closet in there for a little bit more space. Color oh gosh I just came up with a better plan the other day that would freak my husband out: 3 walls pumpkin orange and one wall (window wall because of the size) a deep autumny purple. Oh my goodness I’m smiling just thinking about it. I love pumpkin orange and having that contrast color would be simply amazing, making the room feel warm and rich. I’m not in need of a power wall in every room I just love the idea of the colors working together like this. Actually it’d be 2 walls pumpkin orange, one wall I want half chalkboard paint/half cork board.

http://www.hermanmiller.com/products/seating/performance-work-chairs/aeron-chairs.html

Debby has been sharing this chair for-Ever! And it looks so comfy, with lots of great options to help with the ergonomics of sitting at the machine for hours as we stitch into that amazing creative space we are all aiming for. You know that space, where someone can walk into a room and we’ll never know that they’re there because we are just quilting? That’s the kind of space a good, comfortable chair helps you get into. And besides, it’s aesthetically pleasing!

I’ve wanted a Tracey’s Table since the first time I saw one. The fact that the top of the table can tilt towards me is such a great asset, and will help visualize the quilt as I’m stitching. This will also help the shoulders relax, and that is key. The only issue as I see it, is that the wine glass might slip off the table. I’m pretty sure I can solve that one though.

I already have the perfect shelving unit from Ikea, check out my post.

Having goals and dreams are good.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

 

Shhh!

It sure is quiet in here! Yes, it is. Not because I have nothing to say. You know me, I have a lot of quilting things to say. It’s just that the things I long to write here get set on a shelf, like my fabric stash, waiting for me to have time to write and quilt. Or is that quilt and write? Either way time for writing my personal blog is currently at an all time low. I can tell you though that writing for the Generation Q Magazine is at an all time high. I interviewed a really fabulous quilter the other day that will appear in our Fall issue. She’s smart, astute, and I admire her and her work as a quilt maker.

And then there is the whole, “I need to get my room organized so I can function” kind of thing. Mmmm not so much organized as I’d like to see certain spaces. I’ll leave that there for you. But have hope! I have been reading more and more how messy spaces are signs of creativity and intelligence! So…

Have you visited Debby Brown’s FabuLux shop yet? I can tell you, without reservation or hesitation, that I love this thread. Listening to Debby’s presentation at Quilt Market was a total highlight. I was also her minion showing her quilts around the room. She’s a delightful presenter.

Tell me about your quilting fun!

Teri