Thank YOU!

There are many, many thank you’s this week.
First, Trish and the Dutchess Heritage Quilt Show Committee, it was an honor to be invited to be the Featured Speaker. I really enjoyed spending the weekend at the show, sharing quilting, and teaching each one of the quilters who attended. Our quilts are the story of who we are, stitched together with needle and thread.

Thank you Beth, Innkeeper of the Grand Dutchess Bed & Breakfast in Red Hook. You are a delightful hostess, and a good cook!

Gentle reader if you are in the area of Dutchess Community College there is an exhibit of quilts though October 22nd in the Mildred I Washington Art Building. Check their pages for times the exhibit is open.

Thank you Debby Brown for capturing images like this:

and this:

we had dinner with Paula Reid, Trish and Holly, a fun time was had by allp

and holding up quilts

and not eating my chocolate cake

and just being there.

Sometimes I think I’m horrible at taking pictures when I’m on the road teaching and this weekend I realized I’m in this moment talking quilts and being with my students.

I enjoyed the moments I got to spend in the S&S booth, talking about the BERNINA 7 Series machines. It’s no secret they are my fave.

As with any teaching trip there is always an adventure! Let’s just say that I ended up being able to rent a mini-van for the weekend, which made me silly happy because more people and stuff fit in a mini-van than a smaller car. YAY. I got apples too. There will be apple pie. YAY for apple pie.

I’ll be at the Quilt Basket on Saturday January 20th for an all day class. We’re still working on the what but it will focus on machine quilting.

November 9 – 11 is Connections Quilt Festival. I’m teaching classes each day and will have the Quilt as Desired Quilts on display.

I’ll be at Quilt Market, where I have two classes Creating Consumer Confidence – Machine Sales and Creating Consumer Confidence in the In-Store Staff. These are tips I’ve learned over the years working in quilt shops, and working towards becoming the national machine quilting teacher I’ve always wanted to be.

I’m staying over to work in the Pinwheels booth with Maria Tamaoka. Stop by the booth say hi! and adopt some Daiwabo, or Oakshott Cottons for your stash! I’m happy to help the adoption go through.

Watch Instagram today for apple pie pics. I bought APPLES!!!

Happy Quilting,



Dutchess Heritage Quilt Show – Quantum Leap

Quantum Leap for blog

My bags are nearly packed. One quilt is in the dryer for a final fresh me up. There are kits for Go With the Flow Monday, paper and color pencils for And Now What?! (Doodle Your way to Better Quilting) on Sunday . The Generation Q Magazine Quilt as Desired Lecture is ready to go. And giveaways, I have some giveaways for each event.

I’m honored and excited for this weekend. Honored because I get to do what I love. Excited because Trish, representing the Show Committee asked me over a  year ago to be the Featured Speaker for the show. This request arrived in my inbox right around the time that the store announced it was closing, so this little bright spot in that moment.

twilight with ribbon

On a hunch I searched my photos. Twilight in the Bronx won a second place ribbon way back in 2009. Serendipity is a good thing!

I will be demoing in the S&S Vac booth. Paula Reid will be in the Sew & Vac booth (ruler work on the home sewing machine). Debby Brown will be in the Quilt Basket Booth with the Cuties.

I’ll be doing a facebook live with Debby this afternoon. She may be behind the camera or in front…we’ll figure it out.

See you soon!



Quilt Shows and a bit of other stuff

Mornin’ Quilty Peeps

The Dutchess Heritage Quilt Show is quickly approaching, October 7 and 8. It’s hard to believe that this is just around the corner. I’m tweaking handouts, getting quilts together, and looking forward to this show. Paula Reid will be in the Sew and Vac booth demonstrating the Westalee Ruler Foot on the brother sewing machines.

If you’re in the neighborhood drop by the show.

Connections Quilt Festival Quilt Show EntryQuilt Show Entry deadline is October 15th. So there’s still time to enter. I need to shoot a quilt, then will be entering 2. After you’ve entered the quilt show head on over and sign up for a few classes. There are some amazing teachers in the group: Melinda Bula, Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill, Lynn Thibault, Margaret Mew, Lynn Wheatley and Me. If I weren’t teaching there are a few classes I’d take.

The Road 2 California quilt show entry deadline is just days away. Yes, I’m entering. It all has to do with that picture!

I'm kind of in love with Kaleidoscope Kreator.

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See you in a couple of days! I’m spending today and tomorrow with my sweetie celebrating our 25th.

Happy Quilting,


I’m kind of excited!

2017-09-15 19.05.13Visiting the Quilt Basket last Saturday was so much fun. The students enjoyed If the Foot Fits Use it. Both groups were so much fun, covering a lot of territory in a short amount of time. The lecture itself is about an hour, as we made this interactive – the students asked questions lots of great questions. I’m adding a couple of slides featuring pages of The Big Book of Feet. This one volume book from BERNINA is such an amazing resource. (Forgive the fuzzy shot, either I need new glasses or to clean the lens on my phone.) I’ll be going back to teach at some point, will let you know when.

If you’re going to Quilt Market or Quilt Festival – the Quilt Basket will be there with the Cutie Patterns. Please stop by their booth. And for a wee bit more fun – Debby Brown is celebrating Cutie Madness on her site. Follow along, and vote for your favorite, and an opportunity to win Cutie patterns.

"Twilight in the Bronx"

October 7 and 8 are quickly approaching. Why does this matter? It’s the weekend of the Dutchess Heritage Quilt Show. This is a long time planning and this quilter is still amazed and honored to be part of this event. Check out the lectures and workshops.  Paula Reid will be in the S&S booth, and I’ll stop by to demo on the 7 Series. This will be fun. @play is currently at S&S so please stop by to see it.



Quilt Market is quickly approaching and I have two classes:
Creating Consumer Confidence – Machine Sales Saturday October 28 9 AM – Fifteen tips and techniques for making sewing machines sales now and in the future. Includes staff training and consumer conversations.

Creating Confidence in the In-Store Talent Sunday October 29 6 PM Fifteen tips and techniques for making sewing machines sales now and in the future. Includes staff training and consumer conversations.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Happy Quilting,


Thankful Thursday

So I’m pausing today to be thankful for all of the amazing people in my life:
autumn in the bronx 003My sweetie, for saying, “Yes” every single day.

Bruce and Diane, for making and creating beautiful fabric, and loads of encouragement.

Paula Reid who’s been a friend since my first teaching gig in Knoxville, TN. Her batt scooters are the best for quilters with hot hands!

The Generation Q Magazine Crew

I’m grateful for postcards

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Quilted Blocks

qbom full

Die Cutters




Muffins fresh out of the oven

cranberry almond muffins

The moon:

Moon Set

Mostly I’m thankful for the amazing quilting world.

An Interview with Paula Reid

TDVDB101_outhere are people in your life that you just admire for one reason or another. I “met” Paula Reid on Simply Quilts with Alex Anderson 100 years ago. Her comment, “Oh Alex!” in answer to Alex’s, “Do you ever do handwork?” question still makes me giggle. At my very first teaching gig Paula took me under her experienced teacherly wing, having dinner with me and listening when I was struggling for a moment. Having dinner with herself, Karen Stone and a few other teachers is still one of the highlights of that teaching gig in Knoxville. I love meeting up with Paula any chance I get.
It was Paula’s fluff and stuff technique that helped me break through the whole, “I can’t quilt this on my home sewing machine” fear. She did. I did. I can. I teach it now. Paula and  I still have different approaches to that, and this shows there’s plenty of ways to machine quilt. And plenty of reasons to take classes with a variety of teachers.

A while back I got to review Paula’s Craftsy Class. (her class is here)

NeopolitanTeri:  How did you get started quilting?
Paula: A good friend of mine was a quilter; I was not knowledgeable about sewing, but really liked what she was making and was fascinated by some of the tools – mainly, rotary cutter and rulers.  Both of us with our husbands attended a quilt show in Glendale CA in March 1990. While Mary and I were looking at the quilts, my husband bought me a rotary cutter, a 6”x24” Omnigrid ruler and a big self-healing mat.  A few weeks later, I locked my keys in the trunk, stayed home from work for the day and made a very simple quilt on an old machine that I had been given 20-some-odd years before. Decided I loved this! Now that I am traveling 30 weeks a year teaching people how to quilt big quilts on their home machines, I wonder if Dan ever regrets that initial purchase.

Teri: Do you do anything on your quilts by hand?
Paula: The only thing I do by hand is attach the binding to the back. I’ve tried various “by machine” methods, but just don’t like the look. I’ve also done a little beading by hand, although I try to do most of that by machine.

Teri: What is the most controversial quilt you’ve ever made?
Paula: The Rodney King beating incident was one of the first police actions that was videotaped and broadcast across the country.  The acquittal of the officers involved was such a huge thing in Los Angeles – many fires were set, cars overturned, stores looted, rioting in the streets. I made a quilt that was composed of strips of “hot” colors as my background, then shadow appliqued a silhouette from the video and put a LAPD badge made of organdy over that. Quilted the badge and the silhouette in monofilament and then quilted flames in orange, red and yellow rayon threads over the entire background. This was shown quite a lot when it was still politically relevant. I live in a very conservative area in a pretty darn liberal state so this was not the most popular quilt I’ve ever made, although probably the most shown.Bead Embellishment Close-up - Small

Teri: I’ve seen on your blog that you love kits can you share why and what’s the best kit you’ve ever made?
Paula: I do love kits and I know you think I’m crazy, but sometimes I don’t want to design or have to think about what I’m sewing. My favorite part of the whole process is the actual machine quilting, so the originality of the piecing is much less important to me. The best kit I’ve ever made is difficult for me because I like so many of them! I do a lot of the Cozy Quilts patterns because they’re made from pre-cuts which makes getting to the good stuff even faster! Right now, my favorite is “Spooky Ride” from Tiffany Hayes of Needle in a Hayes Stack. (I’ll send you a pic) Haven’t decided how to quilt it yet, but it’s so fun and I love all the fabrics.

Teri: What’s the most enjoyable part of the process for you?
Paula: Definitely the most enjoyable part is the machine quilting – here is where a quilt, in my opinion, really becomes a quilt! Choosing the designs, whether marked or freehand, that enhance the piecing/applique to make a quilt stunning – that’s the whole end game for me!

Positive Negative Cover PhotoTeri: What are you quilting on these days?
Paula: Right now, I’m working my way through some of the kits and patterns I have around. In the summer, I tend to catch up on my piecing because it’s so dang hot here (I realize that’s a drawback of being a domestic machine quilter rather than a longarmer; I’ve got the thing in my lap!); in the cooler weather, I start working through the stack of tops and backings and get some quilts finished.

Teri: And, if you wouldn’t mind a little bit on how you pair needles, thread and batting
Paula: First, I choose my batting, using two criteria – 1) How far am I planning to leave open (some battings need to be quilted a lot more closely than others) and 2) What am I going to use the quilt for? (Is this an heirloom, an everyday user, a gift, a charity quilt?) Once I make the batting decision, then I choose my needles. For cotton batting, I use a jeans/denim needle; for most others, I use a microtex sharp. If I’m in doubt, I try both on my test sandwich (I ALWAYS make a test sandwich so I’m not experimenting on the actual quilt) and choose the one that gives me the best stitch. As far as threads go, I generally use 50 or 60 wt. cotton in the bobbin and anything I love that is high quality in the top of the machine – cotton, polyester embroidery thread, metallics, silk, glow in the dark – whatever meets my color/shimmer/thickness wants for the particular quilt. Once I’ve chosen my thread, then I go back to my needle style and choose the appropriate size within that style. So I have denim and microtex needles all the way from size 70 for silk up to 90 for metallics and thicker embroidery threads.

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This is a great time to catch up with Paula because she’s offering a sale on her Craftsy Class. Visit her website here. You can also catch up with her on facebook. And while the “challenge” is over, head on over to 2015 Free-Motion Quilt Challenge at Quilt Shop Gal for Paula’s Tutorial, and then stay for the rest.

Happy Quilting!



Lisa Calle OCQ eventI’m not usually at a loss for words related to quilting for this blog. I’m not really at a loss at the moment it’s just that the quilting world as it is in my life at this moment is refocusing and I’m slowly wending my way around the quilting world as it is for me right now. I’m starting week two with Missouri Star, which I’m loving. With new work, full-time, everything changes, including the rhythm of the quilting routine.

So the other night I posed the question on facebook, “who are the quilterati in your life?” Quilterati is a play on the word, literati, with the meaning of “well educated”, “literate”, “in the know”. Then, as the play continues, there is glitterati with a meaning of “famous, wealthy, and attractive”. I,  personally, was going for a combination of the two meaning who are the important quilt people in your life. The first time I posed the question several people said me. I thank them so very much because that means a lot.

jake laughs againPosing the question the second time yielded a richer and deeper conversation that leads me to this post. Many of the names I knew:

Kim Brunner, Jamie Wallen, Karlee Porter, Sherry Rogers-Harrison, Alex Anderson, Ricky Tims, Sue McCarty, Janet Stone, Jackie Kunkle, Marilyn Badger, Karen McTavish, Linda V. Taylor, Lizzy House, Linda M. Poole, Maddie Kertay, Joe Cunningham, Ruth McDowell, Mickey DePre, Jim Salinas, Shelia Frampton-Cooper, Jake Finch, Melissa Thompson Maher, Mary Ellen Hopkins, Gwen Marston, Doreen Speckmann, Linda Hahn, Marianne Burr, Pokey Bolton, Dee Fox Cornell, Pamela Allen, Sue Brenner, Judi Madsen, Claudia Pfeil, Claudia Myers, Lisa H Calle, Mary Wilson Kerr, Ruth Powers, Cheryl Sleboda, Lynn Krawczyk, Susan Brubaker Knapp, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Sherry Reynolds, Stephanie Forsythe, Luke Haynes, Melanie Testa, Lisa Sipes, Alex Veronelli, Bob Purcell, Debby Brown, Barb Persing, John Kubinec, Joe Callaham, Holice Turnbow, Bruce Magidson, Diane Magidson, Hollis Chatelaine, Paula Reid, Paula Nadelstern, Judy Niemeyer, Kristin Girod Rodriquez, Lesley Riley, Frances Holiday Alford, Jean Ray Luray, Pat Barry, Angela Walters, Margaret Solomon Gunn, Judy Coates Perez, Tula Pink, Amy Butler, David Butler, Bonnie Browning, Pepper Cory, Diane Gaudynski, Sue Nichols, Pat Holly, Phillip Jacobs, Kaffe Fasset, Renee Brown Haddadin, Caryl Bryer Fallert, Laurie Tigner, Mandy Leins, Marybeth Krapil, Brenda Groelz, Jane Dunnewold, Shannon Hicks, Sarah Ann Smith, Karen K Stone, Myrna Ficken, Patrick Lose, Brandy Lee, Jessica Darling, Jo Leichte, Jeanne Cook Delpit, Gayle Schleimann, Bill Volkening, Roderick Kiracofe, Kim Niedzwicki, Michael Dunn, Karen Cunagin, Bert Klimas, Renee Fleuranges-Valdes, Mary Anne Ciccotelli, Anne Frascarelli, Donna Chambers, Sandra Parrott, Barbara Brackman, Pat Campbell, Tracy Mooney, Jamie Mueller, Denise DeSantis, Melissa Kanovsky, Scott Hansen, Bev Mabry, Susan Schrott, Elizabeth Rosenberg, Nancy Rosenberger, Sally Bramald, Jane Monk, Kela Weathers, Chana Charles, Rob Appell, Jenny Doan, Donna Thomas, Christa Watson, my sweetie. . . .

Debby HandiQuilter Teri BERNINAOkay so this list…it’s just a beginning. I’m not even sure I grabbed all the names listed on the fb post. Part of the point is to take a moment and recognize the people in our life who have influenced our quilting world in some way.

One of the things I see is the breadth of the quilting world right there spanning the quilting world, it’s inclusive of all types of quilting, and those in the “business” of quilting from fabric designers to editors and the “behind the scenes” people. This list includes people who aren’t in the business directly but still support and encourage.

And who are the quilterati in your life?

I’m off to work here shortly, have a great! quilterly day.