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.
It’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.
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.
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!
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:
ahh I did it…here we are. Two facebook live videos on the Pinwheels and Friends show. The first is set up and the second is the first morning of the show
As I talked with quilters yesterday I know one thing for sure…I miss working with each and every one of you in a quilt shop.
Pinwheels and Friends is open from 10 – 3 today. I’d love to see you. There are 17 quilts in the Generation Q Magazine exhibit and about 10 – 12 antique quilts. The Village Squares Quilters have their raffle quilt, it’s totally adorable and bed worthy.
Did 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.
I 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.
Sometimes 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.
Tidying up in preparation for free motion quilting is an essential step. Because I needed space on the floor to baste the quilt. After spending a good bit of yesterday doing said tidying my sweetie and I were watching some show, which I paused for a moment. Scratch! Scratch! Scratch! Damitol! Wouldn’t you know it…mouse. Well it turns out that he thinks we have a squirrel in the house. Probably entering the house through one of the vents on the roof.
For a much more pleasurable and hilarious squirrel story, click here.
In the mean time this day will be full of a GenQ meeting, basting a quilt, and starting to quilt said quilt.
Oh, and some more tidying up and clearing my brain.
Bill Volkening has guest blog post on Why Quilts Matter: History, Art, & Politics. I really enjoy chatting with Bill, and have had the privilege of connecting Bill with Generation Q Magazine. His love for quilting, and his collection of quilts inspire me. Bill is, in a very unique way, preserving and furthering our quilt history.
As I watch the quilting community I see a couple of things happening that I’ll express in the phrase, “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” Working towards some of that change is an essential component; we know though that the ocean creates sand one wave at a time. Change happens slowly, over time.
By the time I found and joined the Pelham Quilters, I’d been quilting for about 9 years. These ladies welcomed me with open arms my age was never an issue. I can walk in today and experience the same welcome. These ladies helped form me in my quilting inspiring me to try new things, make good quilts and grow as a quilter. They helped me to understand that quilting is as individual as the person. Not every one has to do the same thing to be a quilter. Each quilter had the opportunity to teach, share, and do their own thing. What more could you want from a guild? Being accepted for being different is a beautiful thing. Thank you!
After this “upbringing” there is a sense of heartache when I hear that a quilter is dismissed for their youth, particularly when they clearly know their stuff. These quilters have a lot to offer our community, they bring different sensibilities that inspire, keep us on our toes, keep our own work fresh, and give us something to think about. These quilters see things from thread and fabric, to batting and style a bit differently. This only ADDS to our collective knowledge and experience of quilt making.
As “older” and “experienced” quilters we welcome them to the community, lead by example, and help grow them. I can’t tell you how grateful I am to the quilters who have made me feel welcome. The quilters who are willing to share their experience as quilt makers and teachers and competitors. The quilters who I can go to still for advice. Some of these quilters that I go to haven’t been quilting as long as me, nor are they as old as me. No matter how long I’ve been quilting, no matter how old I am, there is still more to learn.
We all have something to offer the quilting community. Thank you for adding to my quilting world.