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?

 

 

 

Quiltfest of NJ, Social Media and Character

First up Social Media:

Find me on Facebook here, here, and here.

Find me on Instagram here, and here.

Find me on Twitter @terilucas

Then there’s this:
I’m heading off to the QuiltFest of NJ today. I hope to see you there. I am at the end of a cold so I’ll understand if you don’t want to hug me and I won’t be on the huggy side today. While I know I’m on the upswing and not contagious…

And a day in the sewing room wouldn’t be complete without using my seam ripper. The blocks on the left are correct. The blocks on the right, not so much. I need to use my very favorite seam ripper and take the off.

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Oh boy.

Happy Quilting,

Teri

By the way, there’s nothing like perspective to help you see that the quilt looks way better than you see it up close and personal. Take pictures, they’re worth quilterly sanity.

Building Character in a teeny tiny way

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It’s so cool to find the right tools to work on piecing quilt tops. This ByAnnie stiletto is different than others in that the metal stiletto has some texture to it, giving just a little bit of extra grip. There are a few flat spots along the wooden shaft giving a comfortable grip.

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This morning I finished piecing all of the components of the Kings Puzzle for SewBatik. This is one lovely quilt. Along the way a few challenges have cropped up. This piece should look a wee bit different. It should look like:

sewbatik-kings-puzzle-correct-bar-pieceThis is a two color quilt and we’re placing the colors in different positions. So an error or three on the way is to be expected. So error fixed and I’m working on piecing the main body of the quilt. I’ll have that completed tomorrow morning. Then on to basting and quilting. I can hardly wait. In the mean time the piecing, pressing, and spritzing continue til I get this baby done.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

 

Piecing

20170217_130840Piecing. I’m in the middle of making this quilt:

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It’ll be in Indigo.

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clicking on the picture will take you to SewBatik where you can get this.It’s coming along beautifully. These batiks have a beautiful hand, press beautifully, and take stitching well. I’m using Superior MasterPiece black for the piecing. As I finish seams they get pressed to set the thread into the seam, then pressed toward the Indigo. Yes, that’s pressed twice. As the piecing moves forward the seams will all receive the same treatment.

I’ll post on Instagram as the quilt progresses.

Happy Quilting,

Teri

Enjoying and Thankful

img_20161113_181828Starting with gratitude this morning. I’m grateful for batiks. (If you follow me on Instagram this, and all the photos in this post, may look familiar.) These one and a half inch strips are being stitched to orange and purple solid to create 9 patches, that may be set on point, though I’m not quite set on that yet.

With the exception of making the quilt for the Yvonne Porcella exhibit, this is the first quilt I’ve made in a really long time. Not quilting has been very hard on this quilter. Not having time and energy to be creative, to do the thing I love the most while promoting quilting and encouraging others…well that part has helped. I love quilting. I love writing about quilting, I love encouraging others to quilt, so my creative energy has had something of an outlet, not quite the one that feeds the quilterly energy and focus.

img_20161114_132939 Each stitch is made with intention. The feel of the fabric in my hands, the sound of the machine running, the stacking of the strips behind the needle. This is an experience that is renewing, refreshing, invigorating. Because of the lack of time to stitch over the last year or so I’ve experienced these moments of complete loss. Wanting very much to go spend some time in my studio but not having any energy to quilt, not knowing what to stitch, not having any clue how to move forward. Part of these moments of complete loss have included the whispers that perhaps I should sell off all of my quilting supplies and leave quilting as “this was once part of my life and is now not part of my life.” Yep. I’ve been there.

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My sweetie has firmly said, “No, you’re not giving up quilting.” The conversation is always way more intense, involving tears, and angst, and anxiety. I’m grateful for his patience as I’ve moved through all of this stuff. Much more than a lack of time contributed to this awfulness. It involved people whom I once respected, people whom I loved, and people whom I love deeply. Several things have sustained me – teaching people how to use their machines, helping quilters choose their own fabrics, new friendships, the moon, and the light at the end of the tunnel. Even now that light is at the end of the tunnel, while I’m not sure how close I am to exiting, I know deep down in my bones that the light is there, that I’m moving towards it and this movement is good.

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I’m reminded as I stitch that a little care goes a long way. Slowing down, being mindful, caring about what I’m doing and why I’m doing it. When I race the machine (for me about 3/4 full speed) the strips aren’t as accurately pieced as I prefer. Right now I’m moving forward because of the great joy I’m experiencing while stitching. Sometimes the simpler things bring us back to, closer to a sense wholeness.

As I look at how this quilt is coming together, as I write these words, and get ready to write and post things for Generation Q Magazine I am reminded that the gift of quilting in my life extends far beyond my sewing studio. You are part of my quilting life. If I’m having a difficult time I’m sure some of you are as well. If I’m doing well, then some of you are as well. I’m reminded of how we, as a community sustain each other.

So, I’m off to write and stitch and be the quilter I’m intended to be!

Happy Quilting!

Teri

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there was some quilting happening here

quill valori wells twisted stackValori Wells gave me this fabric line at Fall Market in Houston. I’ve finally made something. stitching in the ditch 97 dual feedI like making things, useful things.
This included lovely matching corners, stitch-in-the-ditch with the dual feed and the 97 D foot.

 

Once I understood where to look and how to use it well, my patchwork improved greatly. I never knew how much better patchwork would be with the dual feed. To say that I’m excited is an understatement.serendipity 3rd time with Bernina 1080

The finished product will be at some point and I’ll link over when it is. For right now these sneak peeks are rather satisfying.

And this machine…my sister may borrow for a while and I’m happy to share it with her. When it goes to her place I’ll be sending it off with some thread, the book and some seriously cool feet.

Sunday will be a split day, some sewing/quilting and some other work.

Happy Quilting!

Teri