There are a myriad of ways to stop and start when quilting. My preferred method is burying the thread. What usually happens is the thread snips end up on the floor around my feet. No big deal there’s a mat for my office chair so I swoop them up and off to the bin they go. Yesterday a fascinating thing happened. I started counting the stops and starts in one block for Quantum Leap.
Each block is 7.5 inches square.
Each block has a kaleidoscope block with 8 wedges, so the original motif is repeated 8 times forming the kaleidoscope.
Each block is embroidered with a seed or bead stitch to give the kaleidoscope shapes presence. Jeanie carefully chose thread to highlight the block.
What that means for me as I quilt around each of the major shapes is that I can have as little as 1 stop/start (2 sets of thread buried) and as many as 8 (16 sets of thread buried). Depending on the block, shapes, colors etc well let’s just say that jar doesn’t quite tell yesterdays stop/start/bury the thread story. I’d tossed that much away when Debby’s blog post reminded me I have these jars.
In the end all of the stop/starts will be worth it. In the meantime I’m reminded of how beautiful this quilt is.
I’m reminded why it’s important to have a sewing table at the appropriate height for my person. At 5′ tall the table the machine is sitting on is a wee bit high.
I’m off to do some blogging for the magazine and more quilting on this beauty.
If you’re going to be at Quilt Market stop by the Generation Q Magazine booth and say hello. I’ll be there most of the week.
but the quilting doesn’t matter
mmm well that’s not quite true: that the quilting is there is important for the overall look of the quilt
it’s important to quilt evenly across the surface for balance, design aesthetic
this block is heavily quilted – clearly but because I’ve used MonoPoly the quilting will not be prominent on the front of the quilt.
why? because what’s on the front of the quilt is something like this:
and the design here is the more important component than the quilting
Prolly before I go to Quilt Market I’ll have an exciting announcement.
Irritating isn’t it. That kind of teaser.
Yes, yes, I know. But it’ll be worth the wait!
I’m on a mad dash to get 2 quilts done before Quilt Market – and that’s in between blogging for Gen Q, blogging for me, and working four days each week. Whew!!! It’s all good.
here’s what 1.2 billion bubbles looks like from the back of the quilt.
yes, dear friends, this is a wee bit of hyperbole but it’s the fun kind. And I like it
As I stitch on Quantum Leap I get really excited. It doesn’t matter if I’m stitching with MonoPoly or Magnifico…it’s pretty. The beauty of this quilt is how much there is to see. Color and texture. I’m excited to get this one complete.
The other quilt will be 36 x 36. It’s from Paula Nadelstern’s new line that will be revealed at Quilt Market! Oh so fun. This is a great line.
I’m off to quilt and blog and meet with my Gen Q peeps and hold my sweeties hand!!!
Well, last night was something of a surprise. Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero tagged me in a facebook post letting me know that our quilt, Feather Zone, was chosen as the quilt on the bookmark for Quilt Expo in September. This is so cool. So.stinkin’.cool. Feather Zone will most likely be at Quilt Expo with Jeanie in the Kaleidoscope Collections booth. We had no idea this would happen. Thank you Wisconsin Public Television and Quilt Expo!
And then I got a text from Keith letting me know that at the Tucson Quilters Guild Annual Show Tilde won a First place ribbon in the “Two person Piecing/Applique” category and Exemplary Machine Applique. Woohoo! Way to go Keith. Cristy Fincher (Sharon Schambers daughter) posted a photo on Instagram (follow me at terilucas). You may remember that the central motif is from Sharon Schambers “Fresno”. I love it when something I’ve quilted brings other people great joy.
You all know that teaching machine quilting is one of my very favorite things in life aside from quilting itself. I love that moment when I see everything coming together, the quilters body relaxes, the machine slows down and the quilting just happens. Those are indeed magical moments. I love too helping quilters figure out how to problems solve what’s going on with their machine.
I’m also happy to share with you that I’m scheduled to teach Free Motion Machine Quilting at Brooklyn General February 15th and 22nd. I’d love to have you as a student if you’re in the area!
I’m also teaching at the Minnesota Quilt Show June 12 – 14. Looking at the faculty list I’m really excited. This is a new to me show and I’m looking forward to it and meeting up with friends and quilters!
I’m working on one day guild event in NJ.
At the beginning of January I chose EPIC as my word of the year. Many other quilters and artists gave their words and reflected on why they chose their word of the year. Sometimes this is accompanied by a reflection on the previous years word, sometimes not.
I can say with absolute certainty 2013 has been Epic I finished quilting at play, barely on time and had it published in Machine Quilting Unlimited. In April I was accepted into the BERNINA Ambassador program as an Artisan. I taught, I quilted, I competed. I struggled. I missed a deadline which left me gutted. I am getting an opportunity to design quilt(s) for a friend with a new fabric line. There is such an amazing amount of creativity there I can hardly stand it. There were moments where I experienced a deep sense of joy and fullness and others where I felt totally empty – feeling as though I had nothing left to offer the quilting world. I made new friends and lost one that I’m still befuddled by. Epic will stay with me through 2014 not as the word of the year but a reminder of the impact 2013 made in my life. There is still much to learn.
Contemplating 2013 naturally led into thinking about 2014. While thinking about 2014 I was playing around in Kaleidoscope Kreator using Tilde as the base. Because the quilt is very symmetrical finding the right kaleidoscope shape. Each shape has some serious potential it’s actually mind-boggling.
Pause for further contemplation.
So while the possibilities are seemingly endless it doesn’t exactly tell you what word I chose or why.
Across the image I wrote the word:
I was quite surprised. All under consideration: spectacular, mercy and Give UP. Each one holds promise, meaning and has its own goals attached. Ponder on the other hand isn’t asking me to set goals, rely on promises or any particular meaning. Ponder asks me to give consideration, that is all. Very soon the word will be embroidered onto something pretty and posted to my wall next to the Blessed Mother and St. Simeon.
So I begin 2014 pondering: holding these things in my heart.
What’s your word of the year?
Well, I’ll be quiet here until about November 18th. I am in the middle of quilting the quilt pictured here which will take every free moment I have between now and then. I’m quilting Quantum Leap (pieced by Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero)
There will be lots and lots of bubbles – I can tell you the stitch count on the machine is somewhere between 5500 and 6000 per 1 x 7″ section. I’m enjoying watching the stitch count on the machine go up! up! up!
I can tell you that I learned something truly fascinating about the 7 Series the other day. I needed to have a board replaced because of a hum – I thought the crickets were particularly loud this summer and didn’t realize the hum until after I closed the windows. I saved settings so that when the machine booted up I would be able to just get stitching. (see the yellow highlighting around the disc) As you can see I have a photo of the settings so what mattered to me was getting the board replaced, not so much information. The tech called me to the work room and asked me about this because when he went to do the straight stitch this is what came up.
(Isn’t it cool that the screen shows the foot, needle down, the tension setting, the presser foot pressure and that the feed dogs are up!) Well even though he had to replace one board, my settings were saved in another area of the computer part of the machine! Better quilting through technology! Okay, maybe not better quilting…I’m still in control of that but certainly easier!
I’ll be back soon!Happy Quilting,TeriPS I’ll be coming back with a couple of tutorials…so stay tuned!