So Quilt Market

As you read this it is the very last day of Quilt Market. The camera lens, for the most part, has remained covered as I’ve walked the aisles.

Debby and I arrived at our hotel within moments of each other. This after she arrived at my house just before 4 AM, whereupon my Sweetie took us to the airport dropping us off at our respective airlines. Arriving at the same time was a bonus.

We did manage to find lunch, and cupcakes.

Up until Friday I’d only spoken with Kay Brooks (the K of RNK) on the telephone. While Alex set up for her Schoolhouse presentation I helped with handing out samples of batting, and stabilizer, and a couple of pieces of paper. As other attendees asked about the booth number, someone you may know offered this information. That might be me. Once the Schoolhouse was over I helped pack things up, and introduced myself to Kay, sticking my hand out saying, “Hi! I know I seem a little like an overly eager helper, but I’m Teri Lucas, your new employee.” Yeah. I did that. Apparently she loved it.

I gave a quilt away.

A little back story. I knew way back when I made Shine Your Light that it wasn’t mine. There was one person that I thought it would go to, and brought it with me with the full intention of giving it to her. I started chatting with Alex Anderson in the media room when I realized it’s hers.

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I’ll be strolling the Quilt Market floor this morning with Melissa. Then I’ll be here in Houston through Friday morning of Festival in the Pinwheels booth. Come by, get a hug and some Oakshott Cotton and Daiwabo.

Life is good.

Happy Stitching!

Teri

 

Did you hear about that time

I started singing this?

Singing isn’t in my skillset, and while I tend to sing with reckless abandon here at home, when I’m in public, lip syncing is great, and it makes it look like I know the words.

Over the last few weeks I’ve been working on two quilts that will hang in the RNK booth for Sew Much Cosplay. Sunday afternoon I walked out of the sewing room as a couple of quilt issues cropped up.

needleThe first was overcoming an intense desire to stitch my finger. Which, I indulged in. The needle didn’t fare nearly as well as my finger did. Go figure.

It wasn’t long after this happened that the realization of a need for some extended use of seam ripperThis one and I made great progress taking most of the quilting out, so that I could fix the bigger issues with the quilt. I started watching The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, extended version finding up the un-quilting by the end of the first movie. There was less than 40 minutes of The Two Towers left by the time I finished quilting.

Whilst tidying up threads somehow the tip of the scissors and my left hand met up, drawing blood. Can’t quite figure out why I’m intent on damaging the hand, right before going to Houston.

binding 1Each quilt got squared up, then the binding attached.

binding 2Sometimes I play favorites with my quilts – this one might be it.

So about that song at the beginning, I had a wee bit of an epiphany while quilting today. It’s something I speak with my students about all the time.

Be the best You, that You can be.

Happy Quilting,

Teri

International Quilt Market & Apple Pie

I’m honored to share my years of experience working and teaching in quilt shops, teaching nationally, talking with shop owners, and working with Generation Q Magazine in each one of these talks. Join me at International Quilt Market. Check out Ebony Love, Cheryl Sleboda, Tracy Mooney, Maddie Kertay, Heather Kubiak, Pepper Cory and so many other presenters in ways that we can grow our businesses. Cheryl is offering business consultations with special Quilt Market pricing.

Reminder: Ebony Love is nearing the end of the Kickstarter Campaign to make new Sizzix dies for cutting some amazing quilts. Anything from sharing the post to $1.00 on up is a great show of support. Kickstarter campaigns are All or Nothing Events. If she meets the goal, she gets the money to make the dies, if not she doesn’t the opportunity to do this. Think of this as buying stock in a company for their growth and development.

Bonus! I’ll be staying through early Friday morning of Quilt Festival. I’ll be in the Pinwheels booth with Maria Tamaoka. She sells Daiwabo and Oakschott Cotton. Hooo baby let’s pet some fabric.

I made this deliciousness yesterday: Caramel-Bacon Apple Pie
2 crust pie crust (medium flake: a mixture of butter and shortening for the fat rocks it) I use the King Arthur Flour Recipe and add cider vinegar to the water.

1/2 c white sugar
1/2 c brown sugar
6 T butter
1/4 c water
2 t Cinnamon
8 strips precooked crispy bacon chopped up

Cook this in a skillet til it boils on medium heat. Reduce heat and let simmer for 10 more minutes. Set aside to cool

preheat oven to 400

a whole bunch of apples (4 – 6 cups)
slice or chop ’em your favorite way and place in a honkin’ big bowl

once the caramel mixture is coolish, pour over the apples to coat them completely

roll out bottom layer of pie crust layer in pie plate

dump the apples in crust
add apple mixture

roll out top crust

place over top, trim and pinch to seal the edges.

put pie plate on baking sheet and place in oven
reduce heat to 350
bake for an hour

take out of oven
cool
eat
enjoy

 

working on the powerpoints!

First up: Quilt Market and Quilt Festival will happen. Here’s a statement from Quilts, Inc:

Dear Friends of Quilt Festival,
First, we would like to think all who have sent messages of support to us in response to the devastating flooding taking place in our home city of Houston. We are happy to report that all of our staff is safe, and that our office did not suffer any damages.
Many others have not been so lucky, and we ask that you keep Houston and all areas that have been devastated by Hurricane Harvey in your thoughts, and, if possible, consider making a contribution toward organizations involved in the ongoing relief efforts.
We have also heard from many people asking whether they should cancel their plans to attend this year’s International Quilt Festival in Houston. We want to assure you that there is no reason to cancel any travel plans, as the show is still scheduled to go on.
The show is still over two months away, and we have full confidence that our city will bounce back quickly, as it has always done. Also, neither the George R. Brown Convention Center nor the Downtown Houston hotels were damaged in the flooding.
At this time, our office remains closed, and will until it is safe for our staff to return to work. We will post an announcement to our website and social media when the office reopens. In the meantime, we ask that you be patient in receiving a response to any calls or emails.
Once again, Quilt Festival in Houston is still scheduled to take place November 2-5 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. We hope you will plan to be there to support our amazing city and enjoy the show!

Thank you!

I’m teaching at Quilt Market and want to see you there!
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Last night when he got home my sweetie reminded me that I can multitask in a different way as I learn the Floriani Software. In typical, “I could have had a V8” fashion I said, “Oh yeah!” I had to laugh because why didn’t I think about that as I’m stopping video, changing screens, trying the technique and thinking oooh I can do that with this fabric. and Holy mother of chocolate covered potato chips that’s freaking cool!
I think these are phrases that I’ll include in the PowerPoints when I start teaching on my own. Who doesn’t love chocolate covered potato chips.

Next week I’m shadowing one of the teachers at an event at SewTech in Evansville IN. So much to learn and do and I’m so excited.

In just fifteen days I’m presenting If the Foot Fits Use it at the Quilt Basket in Pawling. As a result I’m revisiting, and adding to the PowerPoint presentation. Changing up the background color and updating a few things.

So many PowerPoints and embroideries to make! I’m off to work and stitch.

PS I’m still working with Generation Q Magazine. If you want to see me at Quilt Market and schedule in some time together please let me know teri@generationqmagazine.com.

Teri

Coming right up!

I’m teaching at Quilt Market.Fac_fqm17Enrollment is now open! I’m teaching two classes Creating Consumer Confidence Machine Sales and Creating Confidence in the In-Store Talent. Tracy Mooney, Maddie Kertay, Ebony Love, Heather Kubiak (this is one I want to attend on the legalities of our business!), Morna Golletz, and other great talent will all be there offing our experience. Cheryl Sleboda has four business related classes at Quilt Festival. You can also check with her to see if she has mentoring appointments open.

Quilt Basket: Pawling, NY Saturday September 16th If the Foot Fits Use it 11, and 1. I’ll offer quilting suggestions so bring your quilts! Twilight is there, stop in to see it!

"Twilight in the Bronx"

Dutchess Heritage Quilt Show – Featured Quilter/Speaker This opportunity to share my work at this show makes me so happy. Twilight in the Bronx won a ribbon at this show. I’ll be spending some time in the BERNINA booth more on that soon. @play is visiting that store stop in and see it!

Check the schedule out here.

Saturday is the next motif of the August Quilted Block of the Month. This month is an original block design. Check out the first post here.

September will be something involving half-square triangles. Intrigued yet?

 

Rounding up

Debby Brown has this great kit for 1000 Postcards for Peace. And soon, a squaring/centering template. She’ll be at Maine Quilts this weekend in the Sanford Sewing Booth.

I have a few upcoming gigs:

Quilt Basket Pawling – Saturday September 16 “If the Foot Fits Use it” and will offer quilt suggestions.

Dutchess Heritage Quilt Celebration October 7 & 8

Fall Quilt Market Houston, TX October 28 & 29

I’m working on another, as soon as I have details I’ll share.

Saturday’s blog will feature drawings of motifs on the Quilted Block of the Month. Yahoo! August will bring a new block, a sneak peek on Instagram later this week.

Oh and a review of Pins & Needles Kits.

We’re gearing up for the Fall Issue of Generation Q Magazine! Jake is having her final surgery next week. I interviewed Latifah Saafir for I am GenQ. As a reminder I’m doing Ad Sales and would love to discuss the possibilities with you.

What are you stitching this week?

Happy Quilting!

Teri

 

So, there’s this!

thank you 2Maddie Kertay, and Cheryl Sleboda encouraged me to submit classes for Fall Quilt Market. After some thought I submitted three classes, and two are accepted. First up on Saturday October 28 is Creating Consumer Confidence—Machine Sales; the second is Sunday October 29th Creating Confidence in the In-Store Talent. Having worked in quilt shops on and off for the last 9 years I’ve watched, experienced, and listened to the needs of the shops, owners, employees, and the customer. Each is important, playing a key role in the success of the shop. Thank you to Quilts, Inc for seeing the value in these classes, and to Maddie and Cheryl for encouraging me to submit these classes. Maddie, will be teaching as will Ebony Love, Pepper Cory, Tracy Mooney, Dave Gilleland, Teresa Coates and so many great people. (Some will be Schoolhouse presentations or Take & Teach classes.) I look forward to seeing you there. 

Debby has shared, and we’ve talked about 1000 Postcards for Peace. I have the first one made, and decided about fifteen minutes ago, to make two more in the next few days. I don’t yet know where they are going, however I’ll be making postcards. The why isn’t as important as there are things in life that call for a moment of something (hopefully) good. Please feel free to join us in this effort.

Last week I started this Opal Dahlia designed by Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero by Hoffman Fabrics. After several false quilting starts, including thinking I wanted to stitch an overall meander, I settled on this:

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It took a little bit to get here, sometimes ya know that something simple is good, but what that simple is isn’t quite clear. With a little focus this will be finished tomorrow before I focus on a few other things.

Happy Quilting!

Teri