Kaleidoscope – Dreams do come true

Kaleidoscope – Dreams do come true

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this looks like a hot mess, and in a way it is. what you can’t see is the ever growing pile o’holyscraps over there ———->
I’ve wanted to make a kaleidoscope quilt for a long time. Even designing one in a program but not quite getting what I needed out of it. So Sizzix comes to the rescue. After pressing some* of these batiks I started cutting.

*some were from a 5” charm square pack I had from teaching some time back.

I wasn’t quite sure where this where this was going color placement wise, and quite frankly I’m still not. I know  you’re not surprised by this either.

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I made the choice for this one fabric to the be the background, realizing that I didn’t have enough I found this glorious orange. I ripped several pieces off the yardage, pressed, and figured out how to cut each strip to get the pieces I wanted.

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I’m using Superior’s MicroQuilter 100 wt polyester for the piecing. No distortion here.
Tip number two for the day, I put my iron on the lower middle setting for the cotton. Wow! what a difference this is making as I can press for longer periods of time and not burn my fingers. The bigger difference, the fabric isn’t warping. Good golly I’ve been quilting for over twenty-four years you’d think I would have learned this by now, right? Not so. Sheesh.

Now I have another idea for this same die.

I need to set this aside for a few days while I work on some other stuff. Stay tuned.

Saturday I’ll have another installment of the Quilted Block of the Month.

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Where have you been all my life?

I have fallen in love.

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The Sizzix Big Shot Pro arrived on my doorstep a few weeks ago. After taking it out of the box, and opening the box with the dies, changing locations twice, it sat there humming a little tune looking for my attention. Well, it’s mechanical, it doesn’t really hum. You’re a quilter you know what I mean. We get a new tool to make our quilting life easier, get it home, and have zero minutes to piece.

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There’s a project for the magazine I’m doing that requires hexagons, big ones. I am quite adept at cutting these on my own. I can read a ruler, find the correct angle. Cutting twenty four hexagons? Queue procrastination. I am aware that the sooner this gets done, the sooner it goes where it needs to, then things happen in the correct order, and I can turn in copy to Melissa & Jake on time. It’s really weird, they like that kind of thing.

I digress.

After taking the plastic off the die, setting aside the paper wrapper that Sizzix carefully designed to show said hexagon off in fine fashion. After pressing the Hoffman Indah Solids, doing a wee bit of preparatory rotary cutting to the size needed for the die, layered things up, I took a deep breath and turned the handle. And voila! hexagons in a matter of seconds.

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Can I just tell you what would normally have taken a couple of hours, took under thirty from pressing to finished hexagons. Oh my word, die cutters where have you been all my quilting life? This is one happy quilter.

Once the hexagons were done, a bit more prep work so that when all this gets to Melissa it’s ready to go.

With a bit more time before making dinner I pressed a few SewBatik bits in preparation for some piecing.

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I’ll share progress on that later, when I get to do some piecing. In the meantime…there are articles to write, fabric and quilts to ship, and a day job to find.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

 

This might be fun!

IMG_20170529_144837_780A few weeks ago I offered to make a quilt for Maria from Pinwheels, you see she has some new Oakshott cottons of the striped variety. Before I get there Pinwheels is now open in Hurleyville, NY. Check out this facebook video. Congratulations Maria I will get there soon and oh I have an idea!

The stripe makes me quite giddy. The tone-on-tone stripes and the texture of the Oakshott have the potential for adding so much to a quilt top, and in a way that will prove so much fun.

20170529_160044-1I started stitching Monday afternoon using a layering and free-form cutting technique that I used to make the quilt for the Cherrywood Challenge. Cutting, stitching, layering, cutting, stitching, rinse repeat. Just the beginning stitching is producing some lovely results. Layering the fabrics and cutting the curve to produce this drunkards path block…not bad at’all.
I’m using Superior’s MicroQuilter for the piecing of this project and am rather chuffed with the results. But wait! There’s more. I currently have 7 other blocks stitched together, and a few more pieces of the stripe, there will be more cutting, stitching in a curvilinear kind of way.  I can hardly wait to see how this works. It’s so lovely finding joy in quilting once again, enjoying the boundless opportunities to explore piecing, shape, and adding quilting later.

When I started writing this post, the idea for the quilt came into full-view, getting me all giddy and excited. A smile on my face, hands going a mile a minute, bringing the quilt into focus. This is the stuff of the quilting world that I love.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

Beginning Again

 

20170411_131224A while back I started working on the Cherrywood Van Gogh Challenge. I thought that I’d piece diamonds, and either set them into a Starry Night type of background or applique them down. Well, something went all wonky and I set those pieced aside to use them in a different project at some other time, because who doesn’t like teeny, tiny pieces?

And yet, niggling in the back of my brain, whispering sweet nothings to me was something else entirely. I do love The Starry Night with it’s whirling, swirling stars, sweeping across the night sky, forever in motion.

I wonder what's going on here. @cherrywoodfabrics

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So I took a new rotary cutter, a 14 mm designed by Rob Appell

@mansewing new tool from the brilliant mind of Rob Appell. Applique and other uses.

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stacked two pieces of the Cherrywood on top of each other to make long, gentle curves.

I wonder what's going on here. @cherrywoodfabrics

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The fun thing about this is there is no right, or wrong. You may be wondering where that purple came from as it is not part of the Van Gogh fat quarter pack that Karla bundled together for the Challenge. We can incorporate other colors that make sense to us and that might help achieve the feel of what we’re going for.

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I’m making progress stitch by stitch, pressing by pressing. Once the top is done and I get started on the quilting ooo, I can hardly wait to get started, that’s totally my gig. No wait, there’s more than one gig.

Catch ya later,

Teri

A little bit of this and a little bit of that

 

@swirlygirlsdesign @michaelmillerfabrics #hellofabric Just needs binding. #quiltsrule

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I finished quilting a quilt top this afternoon. It was so fun. The quilting is decidedly not my usual style, but the quilt is so fun and quirky.

Along the top of the quilt I wrote “hello” all over it, and quilted in the hashtag #quiltsrule

In a few places I wrote hello backwards, in others upside down while stitching. It’s a quilting superpower.

A long time ago, in a far, far galaxy lived a quilter who used her sewing machine a lot, a whole lot. She sent it to get cleaned and oiled, and the tech scolded her because there was a lot of lint. This quilter from a far, far away galaxy snorted, because she quilted every single day. The tech reiterated his displeasure at the amount of lint. The quilter wasn’t bothered. Then she found this:

http://weallsew.com/how-to-remove-lint-from-your-sewing-machine/

The thing is that taking care of our machines is like taking care of our vehicles. They need regular maintenance, and there are things we can’t quite get to and a quick visit to the We All Sew Blog will show where the lint goes, and why the tech was eager to share his displeasure. I should have taken my machine in sooner. At the time I was taking my machine in every 2 years, with the amount of quilting I was doing every year would have been a better idea.

I’m off to quilt some more. The Moon is Made of Cheese is calling to me asking for a little attention. As is all the crap – sewing supplies – on my floor waiting for me to spend time tidying up. Speaking of tidying up the Spring Clean Your Studio Blog Tour continues!

Oh and check this out! Sew Much Cosplay by Cheryl Sleboda and Tracy Mooney. Oh this is so amazing. I’ll have more from this dynamic duo soon.

Have a totally fab day!

Reblog – In the Zone: A Quilting Process Tale

 


By Teri Lucas Community Editor, and quilter Quilting for others is something I rarely do. However, when Diane Magidson of SewBatik asked me to quilt a beautiful red and oatmeal batik quilt for the SewBatik booth at the recent Road to California show, I was, well, giddy. While simple in color, the complexity of the…

via In the Zone: A Quilting Process Tale — Generation Q Magazine

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Good morning friends! Over on the Generation Q Magazine page we posted an “In the Zone” process piece that focuses on what happens when the quilting on a quilt goes haywire. In it there is a tutorial for stitching out feathers without an intended spine. This is the post that explains quilting the red and oatmeal quilt for SewBatik.

I’m now quilting the Indigo and oatmeal quilt. I’m posting pics on Instagram. I’ve had the seam ripper out once already, only once though. The color is subtle, which works for the quilt. Though I will tell you this quilter will struggle greatly if any ripping has to happen because the thread on the back is an exact match to the Indigo. I’ll post on Instagram later.

I’m thinking of asking my sweetie to modify the table I’m quilting on so that I can sink the sewing machine to quilt on a flat surface. I’m going to think that one through because it’s a work, and a lovely table.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

New Rule: No stitching when I’m actually sick

img_0671While I was in Savannah I got sick. The technical term: convention crud, it’s been a while since having a cold and this one kind of did me in. Taking two multi-hour naps in one day should have given me a bit of a clue, right? Being tired from being sick, and wanting to get the quilt pieced and quilted, mistakes were made. I posted a photo of the within a few minutes I got a text letting me know something was pieced in the wrong way. I looked over the quilt found the all of the pieces that were pieced in the wrong direction, and fixed them. Including one that is in that is in the main body of the quilt. That took a little bit of work, but to quote a friend, “HUZZAH!” it’s fixed.

Oh it worked! @sewbatik #sewbatik #bernina #piecing

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productimage-picture-so-fine-50-438-mulberry-550-yds-polyester-thread-40304The quilt is now basted, and waiting it’s turn in the quilting queue. I’m doing one of the smaller quilts first to get into the quilterly groove and then I’ll tackle this one. I have a cone of So Fine 438 Mulberry. The color is in the same tone as the Indigo, rich and deep but is just the lovelies shade of purple. The quilting will show, it’ll be subtle.

When I quilted the Red/Oatmeal I used two layers of batting the first a layer of wool as it has great stitch definition; the second a layer of a cotton/silk batting as it offers structure. As the quilt hangs it looks stiff, as though it wouldn’t drape well on a bed. The batting will relax if it ever gets washed. I did not have time to do that prior to sending the quilt off. So the structure and stitch definition are part of that. The quilts will travel, and hang in booth, these things need to last. The quilt is also quilted pretty densely, however the thread is fine. Using two layers of batting helps assure that the tension will remain good through the whole quilt.

If these quilts ever get used on a bed they will be WARM! wool and silk are breathable, and keep a body or two warm, without being uncomfortable. When I finally get around to making a quilt for my sweetie again I’ll be using two layers of batting.

Throughout the next week or so I’ll be posting sneak peeks on Instagram of the quilts in progress. https://www.instagram.com/terilucas/ @terilucas

Have a fab quilty day,

Teri

PS I’ve started with 12 bobbins…who wants to guess?