Character Builder: Enjoying my Work

Character Builder: Enjoying my Work

B 780 back inside of project

Every time I look at this piece of dupioni I see a dancer, depending on the distance sometimes there are two. Human imagination allows us to look at what is there, see something vastly different that what is intended, and develop our sense of play. This piece started with the feather motif in the middle, stitched out in Superior Twist. There is a certain style of feather that was eluding me, so this started life as a practice piece, and eventually became a clutch.

When exploring new quilt motifs using different weights, and types will help us develop a sense of what something will look like with whatever it is we want to use. This exploration adds to our library of knowledge in a way that develops our understanding of how things work. The more we allow ourselves to explore what this fabric, thread, batting, machine, needles will do, our quilting will become more consistent. We will be okay with the character of our quilts, and essentially the character of who we are as quilt makers.

Melanie quilting full view

I’m going to pause our normally scheduled blog and share this link to a CBS Sunday Morning website. Melanie Testa, and several other women share their breast cancer stories, the story of mastectomies, and opting to remain flat, unreconstructed after.
Cancer touches so many lives in so many ways.
Each person unique in how they deal with it. My uncle fought as long as he could, my dad gave over to it; Melanie  chose to remain flat, Jake will have reconstructive surgery later.

 

And now back to our regularly scheduled program:

metallic happiness

While quilting Tilde I had an epiphany: cotton thread is grabby. I had cotton thread in the bobbin, was stitching with metallic thread on the top. The tension problems were not resolving no matter what I did, so I changed the bobbin thread to polyester, readjusted the tension and voila! no more tension problems. The grabby nature of the cotton was pulling the metallic thread to the back.
This wee bit of knowledge was added to the classes as lots of us want to use and struggle with. Knowing that using polyester in the bobbin solves the tension issue is priceless. I generally use a non-cotton batting.

I’m certainly a quilty character. #charactercounts

Happy Quilting!

Teri

QuiltCon East

This morning I’m going to share three facebook live vids.

First up ScissorMan Brint Fanizza with a twenty minute tour of QuiltCon. His joy and exuberance, and his love for people shine through.

Famore Cutlery is giving away Scissors through Generation Q Magazine’s e-newsletter Stashed! The big news is the truly left-handed scissors. Oh my goodness. I’m right dominant, as a teacher I’ve worked hard to learn how to use my rotary cutter and rulers left handed just well enough to show my left-handed students. These scissors will make a huge difference, the cutting action is finally correct for lefties! Lefty or righty you can enter to win the scissors that will work for you.

Next up from the show floor BERNINA Ambassador Linzi Upton and I chatted about her quilt Tartan Tattoo. The quilt, made from Oakshott Cotton, is as beautiful on the back as it is from the front. While shooting the video feed cut and I finished in a second live vid. Darn thing.

Finally I got to chat with Stephanie Bradenburg of Frond Design Studios.Stephanie, Melissa, Anna and I went out for drinks after the show and had the best conversation.

Anna is the daughter of Maria Tamaoka, Pinwheels. Anna and I have Oakshott Cotton in the booth, 1016. I’ve enjoyed spending these few days with her.

If you’re at QuiltCon in Savannah please stop by the booth for a visit.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

and then there’s another character builder

Jury Duty Summons arrived in the mail today for service in mid-March. It’s hard to make a good decision at the moment as I have a couple of deadlines, and am looking for work.

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Click on the link (photo above) to Stashed! in a few days we’ll be hosting a giveaway with Famore Cutlery. Details will be in the newsletter when it goes out.

famore-scissors

I’m heading to QuiltCon later today working in the Pinwheels booth. I’m going to try and blog from there and maybe do some walking around on Monday. I haven’t been to Savannah in years!

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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I love it when a plan comes together

And then I said to her, “I’m really good at this stuff.”

Then she said to me, “Yes, you are.”

But today it got even better because finishing and photography were involved. There will be directions forthcoming at an appropriate moment. Fun and frivolity are involved.

#stencilgirls sneak peek

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stencils, color pencils, and thread! oh my. I can hardly wait to reveal this delight.

invitation-with-hashtagAs you read this the Generation Q Magazine Quilt as Desired exhibit is going up at the Pinwheels and Friends Mt. Kisco event. I will be there both days so feel free to stop by and chat about the quilts.

Happy Quilting,

Teri

 

 

Avoidance Therapy

radiance options fixDid you ever do almost anything else, even cleaning, to avoid getting some kind of work done? I’m sitting in front of my machine, looking at all of the stuff that’s magically appeared on the flat surfaces over the last few days. This is all quilt and knitting related stuff so it belongs in this room. I just need to put it somewhere other than on the flat surfaces so that cutting, and pressing can happen.
What needs to be done? Well, there are two projects and a couple of articles for the magazine I need to write very soon. A couple of these things will appear on the blog, a couple in our pages. Look for sneak peeks on either my Instagram @terilucas or Generation Q Magazine’s Instagram @genqmag. What doesn’t help at the moment is that I’m looking for something that should be with all of this other stuff. Some of this stuff is out as a reminder of what needs to be accomplished. It’s not taunting me or anything.
IMG_1041I will tell you that as it sits there whispering sweet nothings to me my brain kicks into high gear with ideas for how to do something that I really want to do. Let the mulling begin until an idea that will work presents itself and must be explored to the exclusion of everything else that I’m working on.
As I work I think. I think about tension, thread, color, motif’s, how will this become a blog post, am I taking the right photos for step outs. Oh shoot I need to go get the camera! Where is it? Where did I leave the camera…oh yeah *runs to my office and gets camera*. Should I move all of my quilting accouterments to the basement where my office is located? No, just no. It’s cold down there. What color should I paint the dining room.

overthinkerSometimes the thoughts lead to projects down the road. making a competition quilt, where am I teaching next, how can I love my husband more. Life. I think about life. Quilting is life.

So yeah, sometimes I avoid quilting to think about a lot of things that make sense in my head. It’s in those moments that the tiara is adjusted and I get moving with the rest of my day.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

And then she said

So I started this post the other day, having something on my mind that “she said.” I’m fairly certain it was good and funny because I’m kinda hilarious like that.  Tracy Mooney and I tried to host a GenQ Happy Hour, technical difficulties prevented the full happy hour from happening. Eh whatever…so I had a quick facebook live:

We have so much more to share, and are planning our next Happy Hour. And I’ve offered to answer machine quilting questions so please feel free to visit our facebook page and post the question there.

Several years ago I started Editors and Publishers Day, December 16th in gratitude for, well, editors and publishers. The cast of characters is long, and as the quilting world leads, I meet and interact with more of both, and learn to appreciate their skills and respect their work.

jake laughs again
So there’s a story here, I made Jake snort. I have to say it was a pretty dang funny moment that I will forever and a day cherish. Not to mention we were eating a great meal at Pappadeux’s.

There are moments when writing like Jake is a long term goal. She’s a good reporter, with a clear, and well developed style. I sent her copy one night to look over before I sent it somewhere, the conversation included a distinct lack of commas, and how they allow the reader to breathe. This got me thinking about how I speak as well, there is an ingrained habit of asking rapid fire questions that the listener doesn’t know which one to ask first. Often this is nerves on my part, or a distinct curiosity, either way you go. Breathing, and commas play an important role for both the writer and the listener. I can assure you writing differently would make it easier for both Jake and Melissa when I write a post for the Generation Q Magazine blog, or an article for our pages.

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We were having dinner together after Quilt Market. This was a pretty special moment that I’m grateful to have captured.

And then there’s Melissa who has two unique talents I long to develop. The first in an ability to edit the writer so they sound like more of who they are. It’s a beautiful thing being able to tweak someones writing that way. The second is an uncanny ability to see trends, of her many talents my gut says this is the one I have the greatest chance of learning from her. Well that, and better writing skills. I may have mentioned that I’d like to be Editor-in-Chief of GenQ someday.

And while I’m at it Tracy, our Senior Editor, is pretty dang talented as well. Between herding kittens, editing blog posts, writing copy for our pages, and coming up with projects for the We Sew 2. As a long time quilter Tracy sees trends, and knows a lot of quilters. She also has a gift for words so live or recorded video is fun. Together I think we keep Melissa and Jake on their toes, and occasionally doubled over in laughter. Okay, more than occasionally.

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For my part there is a lot of room for growth and I’m open to it. I’m grateful to Jake and Melissa for taking on the role of mentor to anyone on our staff. Yes, yes, I know the leading, guiding, directing, editing, and occasionally pulling the hair out is part of the “job” however, there’s something more to this mentoring. And this blogger, writer, quilter is truly grateful for their influence.

Happy Editors and Publishers Day!

Teri