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

I’ll be in Philly August 16th

Quilt Basket Rendezvous for Steves sew and vacI’m teaching at Steve’s Sew & Vac Saturday August 16th.

I’m teaching a variation of Alex Anderson’s Quilt Basket Rendezvous.

The fun thing is Alex will be in the night before giving a talk at the shop. I wish I could be there for that however working on Friday at Hartsdale and the timing is just a bit off.

There are just a few spaces left in the class, so if you’re not doing anything next Saturday I’d love to see you in Philly!

 

Oh and here’s a bit of fun.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

You’re exactly where you’re supposed to be

cherrywood 12 step color run funI know, I know the grammar on that title is pretty awful.

At some point in any class I will lean in close to several students and whisper this to them.
And yes in a rather noisy room I will whisper or lower my voice enough that the quilter must pay attention to what I’m saying, “You’re exactly where you’re supposed to be” It’s important to know that.
sometimes it’s not easy being where you’re supposed to be because you’ve looked around to check where others are in relation to you and it’s where you think you want to be, but it’s not where you are and you start stitching faster and then the troubles come
the seam goes off and out comes the seam ripper
and you must slow down
if I need to I will whisper this again when I see your shoulders and ears becoming one body part.
Relax
Breathe
Blink
take a quick walk
stretch
The other quilters might be moving at a different pace, seemingly faster than you however, it might not be what it seems.

Take your time and piece and quilt your quilt with all of who you are. Your quilt will be beautiful when  your done. Yes, you’ll know where all of the “flaws”, “design decisions” are, but those are the places that give your quilts character and make it yours and unique.

You’re exactly where you’re supposed to be

Quilt on

Teri

Let me chat you up about Go Mini or Go Home

cherrywood star go miniYou may not know this about me but I’m 5′ tall. (This comes in very handy at the shop where I work – I can demonstrate what 1 2/3 yards looks like rather easily.) So going mini in piecing was an eventuality. My quilts have gotten smaller and smaller over the last few years. They take a long time but they’re smaller.

Let’s start with the class description: If great things come in small packages, then miniatures quilts are the greatest! We will learn to confidently piece  blocks from either 1″ or 3/4″ strips and take the mystery out of piecing and/or quilting the smallest of quilts. Go Mini or Go Home makes great use of the patchwork foot and free-hand embroidery foot (open toe quilting foot) and learning how to make simple adjustments on our machines for the greatest success.binding by machine quarter inch foot corner

I went mini on a lark. Melanie Testa gave me some of her printed fabric, these are 8″ squares an I wanted to do something fun with them and I wanted to finish quickly. Ahem.

I thought I’d share with you a few tips:

1) The ruler is our best friend – and a fresh rotary cutting blade. Oh and a new machine needle. Then there’s the full bobbin and good piecing thread (like Aurifil 50 wt or MasterPiece or even Bottom Line if you’d like)

2) Being mindful of what we’re doing is key – let me add that for the class I’m not going all quilt police on your seams and points – I’ll give some direction as needed and maybe encourage you to use your seam ripper but i won’t make you do it
CAM001033) choosing colors is fun – I have these gorgeous Cherrywood color runs but you can have whatever you’d like. Large Scale prints can even be used. What you say? Why yes they can – the patterning will be a bit of a surprise but they can be used. If you want some help before the class begins please feel free to send me pictures of your fabrics

4) Do you have to finish in class? No. I just won’t make you do it. Whether I teach piecing or quilting working at your own pace is essential. If you get one full block done during class I’m thrilled to bits!!!

5) Toward the end of class I’ll give some quilting tips!

like sit at your machine, breathe, blink and stitch!
or stitch in every ditch
you can copy my homework!
trapunto is fun!
this is a great place to add a wee bit of embellishment
shocking pink and lime green are the best colors ever!

 

Happy Quilting!

Teri