QuiltCon East

This morning I’m going to share three facebook live vids.

First up ScissorMan Brint Fanizza with a twenty minute tour of QuiltCon. His joy and exuberance, and his love for people shine through.

Famore Cutlery is giving away Scissors through Generation Q Magazine’s e-newsletter Stashed! The big news is the truly left-handed scissors. Oh my goodness. I’m right dominant, as a teacher I’ve worked hard to learn how to use my rotary cutter and rulers left handed just well enough to show my left-handed students. These scissors will make a huge difference, the cutting action is finally correct for lefties! Lefty or righty you can enter to win the scissors that will work for you.

Next up from the show floor BERNINA Ambassador Linzi Upton and I chatted about her quilt Tartan Tattoo. The quilt, made from Oakshott Cotton, is as beautiful on the back as it is from the front. While shooting the video feed cut and I finished in a second live vid. Darn thing.

Finally I got to chat with Stephanie Bradenburg of Frond Design Studios.Stephanie, Melissa, Anna and I went out for drinks after the show and had the best conversation.

Anna is the daughter of Maria Tamaoka, Pinwheels. Anna and I have Oakshott Cotton in the booth, 1016. I’ve enjoyed spending these few days with her.

If you’re at QuiltCon in Savannah please stop by the booth for a visit.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

Avoidance Therapy

radiance options fixDid you ever do almost anything else, even cleaning, to avoid getting some kind of work done? I’m sitting in front of my machine, looking at all of the stuff that’s magically appeared on the flat surfaces over the last few days. This is all quilt and knitting related stuff so it belongs in this room. I just need to put it somewhere other than on the flat surfaces so that cutting, and pressing can happen.
What needs to be done? Well, there are two projects and a couple of articles for the magazine I need to write very soon. A couple of these things will appear on the blog, a couple in our pages. Look for sneak peeks on either my Instagram @terilucas or Generation Q Magazine’s Instagram @genqmag. What doesn’t help at the moment is that I’m looking for something that should be with all of this other stuff. Some of this stuff is out as a reminder of what needs to be accomplished. It’s not taunting me or anything.
IMG_1041I will tell you that as it sits there whispering sweet nothings to me my brain kicks into high gear with ideas for how to do something that I really want to do. Let the mulling begin until an idea that will work presents itself and must be explored to the exclusion of everything else that I’m working on.
As I work I think. I think about tension, thread, color, motif’s, how will this become a blog post, am I taking the right photos for step outs. Oh shoot I need to go get the camera! Where is it? Where did I leave the camera…oh yeah *runs to my office and gets camera*. Should I move all of my quilting accouterments to the basement where my office is located? No, just no. It’s cold down there. What color should I paint the dining room.

overthinkerSometimes the thoughts lead to projects down the road. making a competition quilt, where am I teaching next, how can I love my husband more. Life. I think about life. Quilting is life.

So yeah, sometimes I avoid quilting to think about a lot of things that make sense in my head. It’s in those moments that the tiara is adjusted and I get moving with the rest of my day.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

Gone Quilting, Day 2

gone-quiltingI finished one quilt yesterday. This morning my upper body is reminding me that I haven’t done this much quilting in one shot in a loooooooooooong time. Oh how I’ve missed this! The machine running, the bobbins running out. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (extended version – about 9 hours) marathon. I started watching disc 1 of The Return of the King, so about 7 hours of quilting

It’s the one that I’m starting today that needs to get finished. I will tell you when Diane sent pics, giddy just barely begins to describe it. Quilting ideas are rattling around my head, first, the quilt needs some in the ditch stitching. I may break out the walking foot. I’ that serious about this quilt.

I’ve hung the Gone Quilting sign, so…off I go.

Teri

PS – I have a “new to me” batting report coming soon. Stay tuned.

Word of the Year and a little more

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Gratitude is my word of the year for 2017. Contemplating over the last few weeks what the Word of the Year might be “gratitude” kept coming to mind in the midst of many other words. Creating a word cloud seemed appropriate and fun. There may be a few words added as the year goes on simply for the exercise in thinking this over. 2016 has presented a lot of personal challenges, some of which have kept me from pursing teaching quilting in the way that I would love to do. I’m grateful for this as it has given me time to reflect on the classes, descriptions, and how I’m getting the word out. I’m still working on the wording but feel free to check them out here.

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Ever inspired by the moon, the Robert Kaufman Radiance is pressed, and sitting on my ironing board. Eagerly  awaiting for the time to select batting, thread, and get started stitching. 

As much as I disliked pushing the pause button on a couple of major “I really want/need to do this” things in 2016, I’m grateful that the door is still open to them when time is available. Knowing that pushing pause left the door open didn’t make the decisions easy, nor did that lessen the angst about growing the career I’ve wanted in quilting for a long time. Expressing a desire to give up to a good friend recently, helped me to realize that giving up isn’t something I want to do. Quilt teacher brain kicked in this morning with a “hey! have you thought of offering this?” This is a two or three day class that begins with inspiration, goes through drawing/doodling, fabric, batting, and thread choices, and ends with a quilt. This feels like a bit of a feat, however I think presented retreat style, a class like this might will work.

2017 may present some time to finish a couple of things that have been in my sewing room for a while. One of them I know I’ll need to get thread for, oh darn, right?! This one has the request for glow in the dark thread. I’ll get cones. Shocked? Yeah, me neither. The other two are for amazingly special people in my life. One for a long time friend, who started the blocks years ago and asked me to finish it for her. The other that I designed for one of my nieces, working on it intermittently. This will open the way for other quilts that are rattling around in my brain. And maybe quilts that will lead to being able to pick up one of the projects that I needed to drop.

I’m grateful for my sweetie. The ever supportive, and willing to stop at any quilt shop along the route. Twenty-four plus years gives a lot of counting of the ways and I just love him.

So, I welcome 2017 with my arms as wide open as possible, with gratitude. I look forward to further reflection on 2016, growing in gratitude in 2017 and the journey forward.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

 

2017 Word of the Year

IMG_20160806_065917_resizedQuite frankly seeing the back of 2016 is something of a relief. 2016 has kind of kicked me in the shins repeatedly, been a bit of a bully, and needs to end. A friend from high school posted a link to a list of who passed away this year. Many I knew about, many I didn’t. A few shocked me as I didn’t know. One of my favorite Babylon 5 actors, Jerry Doyle. I admit that I sat here trying to figure out how to binge watch this show.
Ten more days. Being a bit of a realist things won’t magically change with the turn of a calendar page at midnight on December 31st. As the final pages of 2016 go by there are a few rays of hope for 2017 that are shining through. One of my favorite vendors is sending a two color quilt for me to quilt that will hang in their booth. Maybe I can get the other piece I started for them quilted and send them both at the same time. We’ll see about that one.

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Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero’s kit by Hoffman Fabrics

I have three quilts that have been with me for years that I’d like to finish. They belong with other people and are taking up floor, head, and heart space that might be better used in other ways.

So I’ve been thinking about 2017 goals:

Better writing – I get to work with Melissa and Jake as editors and mentors. I rely on them a lot for editing my work, however I’d like to make their work easier and hone the skill-set, making their work easier and my work better. This also means getting a couple of backlogged things done.

Stronger class descriptions – this is something I’ve been thinking a lot about, and need to work on.

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There are a couple of words that are in serious contention for the 2017 word of the year. Quilt is one – kind of obvious but doesn’t give a whole lot of direction. Machine quilt, piece quilts? Focus on making art? Grow – I’ll admit that this has potential. Good potential and as a focus word gives direction. Gratitude, kind of leaning in this direction and has the bonus of being a grounding word. Then there’s Finish. Ahh and we see leanings in this direction all ready. Finishing is a good thing. Thoughts of a word cloud are coming to mind. Lots of words, different fonts, sizes, and colors. All part of a greater focus. Ooooo Focus! Another serious contender.

I do love words. And quilts. I love quilts. And quilty friends are the best.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

 

Caution: Opening box may lead to. . .

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With a warning like that on the box, diving in made perfect sense.

Allow me to back up a little bit here. Kimberly Moos of Cotton Cuts asked if I would be willing to review the Cotton Cuts subscription box. While reviewing books and product for Generation Q Magazine is something that happens frequently, it’s not often that I get asked for my personal website/blog.

As you know things quilt related are my work. I try my best to do them well. Quilting, teaching, writing, reviewing, supporting quilters in their journey it’s all a part of it. Working well is a way that we express our dignity, our respect for others, and for our very self. Our work is very much part of who we are, our identity. When we have the opportunity to do work that is meaningful, that helps support our families, and brings us great joy there is something beautiful in this. The mission statement of Cotton Cuts is:

Cotton Cuts is on a mission to create jobs. We have partnered with a local workshop that provides dignified employment opportunities to the intellectually challenged and to those with other disabilities. Every Cotton Cuts membership that you purchase contributes toward enriching the lives of these very talented individuals.

Yes! Yes! Yes! This isn’t simply a feel good thing. If I wanted the feels there are other ways of achieving it. This goes deeper, this goes to the person. This goes towards recognizing the inherent dignity of the person, and the gift of the person. This goes to supporting their dignity as individuals. This company is about more than fabric.

The box is just the right size, and it’s purple, which is one of my favorite colors. While it’s not a reason to get the box it’s a bonus for me. The box is a good size to store fat quarters or other quilty supplies that we bring with us when going to a class or traveling from here to there.

The box comes with quilt block suggestions and simple, clear directions. On the back of the card is a diagram that might be colored in, or used as a layout for the block on the front. These might be collected like recipe cards we keep and use for special times throughout the year. The zipper pull says, “I heart quilting”, why yes I do, and there’s an upcoming project I may use this for.

20161129_101307And then there’s the Designer Spotlight, a lovely way to get to know a new to us designer. On the front is a bio, on the back a coupon code for a pattern by the featured designer. In this November box we meet Rochelle Martin of Cottage Quilt Designs in Michigan.

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The fabric comes wrapped in a ribbon. It’s a gift wrapped up in a bow. This attention to details makes getting the box in the mail so much fun.

Now before sending fabric out to you they ask a few questions about your color, and fabric preferences, and whether you’d prefer fat quarters or fat eights. I do love the fabrics included in the November bundle. Cotton Cuts is a great way to build a stash, learn about your own fabric preferences, and have a lot of fun. And yes, use the fabric. Several of these will work in a quilt I’m already making. Head on over to the Cotton Cuts website and peruse around a bit, order a box (the holidays are coming!), try them out. With that said, I’m off with these newly acquired fat quarters to get some stitching in on this rainy day.

Happy Quilting,

Teri

 

 

. . . a time to tidy

img_20161122_161123Oh my goodness there is always a good time to tidy. Don’t you always find that it’s right in the middle of doing something else? Like 9 patches. I’ve been cutting up all these 9 patches, and the urge hit. No, no wait, no that’s not it. Not the urge. No. The necessity of it all hit me like a whole bunch of empty bobbins. Oh! The possibilities of a tidy (ha!) space. Or at least one that I can move around in a little bit better.
I found all of these bobbins in a punched metal basket. I love the basket but, like several others it’s not currently serving a good function so it’s going into the closet for a while. Along with a wide variety of books and magazines that I’m not quite willing to part with yet. This is giving me a whole shelf to store things like batting. Though my gut says the batting will end up somewhere else and the the quilts in progress will end up on that shelf.

In the cleaning I located a quilt I’d thought was long gone. The quilt went with me to be basted on a friend’s long arm, however the batting for said quilt was left at home. The quilt went back into the sewing room in the tote it left in. At some point in a tidy up it was placed on the bottom shelf where it would be, ahem, remembered.

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After a little bit of tidying I stop and stitch or cut 9 patches. In the background I’m playing with C&T’s Kraftex I’m practicing for something down the road and am having a lot of fun. And as I’m writing this I know what I’m going to do and I need to get busy doing and writing. This will be so much fun! I have a pattern to write, a test drive, two interviews and quilts I want to make. The creativity is coming alive.

Tidying up is magic apparently.

Happy Quilting!

Teri