Thank You Thursday

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I’d like to thank the Academy…

Just kidding.

In a number of places around the internet there are “Days of the Year” listing the “official what makes this day special and/or what we celebrate.” This day is “Thank you Thursday!” Long before I fell madly, passionately in love with fabric I was madly, passionately in love with paper. The Current Catalog would come in the mail, before getting to the end of it I’d know what would be arriving at my door step as soon as possible. The pen aisle in the office supply store holds a special place in my hands. There’s nothing quite like a lovely instrument aiding the thought process along it’s glorious, ever pen-sive, journey.

Thank you Terry Knott, Jo Jo Hall, Maggie Knollenberg, Jenny LyonCheryl Sleboda, Ebony Love, Debby Brown, Melissa Kanovsky, to name a few people I find fascinating. While this list is short there’s a longer one here.

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Last night flitting through pictures I found this drawing I did sometime ago. There is a yearning to create this in stitching. I can see different colors in different spaces. I can also see a bit of trapunto or double batting to give this depth. I can see several different backgrounds including Radiance. Gosh I’d like to do this in several different backgrounds. Oh I can see Oatmeal Batik. Oh the brain gets going.

And then the yearning for paper and pencil asserts and I’m going to find that. After I do some piecing but paper and pencils. Oooh I’m getting pensive again.

Next month I’m participating in the Spring Clean Your Studio Blog Hop hosted by Cheryl. More about that later. Use the hashtag #springcleanyourstudiobloghop to follow.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

One day I’ll quilt this quilt

Iround robin quilt top don’t know when though.
When life was (ahem) normal, and I went to quilt guild meetings with regularity, and I participated in challenges…sigh…those were the days.
I signed up for the center of the Round Robin. The night this was due at the guild meeting I had a brief facebook conversation with Renee wondering what it looked like. “Me too!”, I said as I dashed off upstairs to make it.
Shocking no one reading, I’m sure. Having a limited amount of time, some already fused fabric, a hot iron, and a love for cutting the center portion of the block came together just in time for me to make it to guild.

Watching the quilt come together meeting by meeting was so much fun. Each person adding a bit of a personal touch. Renee has the last round adding all of those triangles in a flying geese style formation. When looking at this quilt there are two questions that come to mind: Do I want to leave the quilt round? and Do I want to do some trapunto work?
Leaving the quilt round is a distinct possibility, it’s a great shape, and unique. The thing then is figuring out the batting so that the quilt stays flat, allowing it to hang well. And by good golly I think I’ve found it! byannie.com Soft and Stable. And the cogs, gears, and synapses are firing. Watch out world here comes another quilt.

This still leaves the trapunto question. Faking trapunto seems a good option because I can fake it really well. The Soft and Stable will quilt give the trapunto look and allow the quilt to hang well. There’s a little bit more thinking before I dive in. I love it when a quilt plan starts coming together.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

Thinking!

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This words of this meme have been popping up all over the place the last few days. And I’ve seriously had to give these words consideration.

Would I write a book? Well, uh. Ummm. Ehrm. Tried this. Didn’t go so well. Life got uncomfortably in the way, so fail? Not sure but at some point I’ll try this again. Note to self: you do know this stuff, you can write, and quilt with the best of them.

Would I move to the big City and see a good life there. Did that. Life is good.

Would I take climb Mount St Helen or hike the Grand Canyon? Being the indoorsy person I am probably not. Mount St. Helen has already spewed hot, molten lava in my lifetime causing lots of problems. The Grand Canyon is deep and wide. Did I mention being the indoorsy type?

Run a marathon. I’ve actually given this some consideration, I do live in NY after all.

Of course being who I am I started giving consideration to what failure actually is, and what kind of role failure plays in our quilterly lives. Is failure not doing something, never attempting it? Or is failure something else entirely? Is failure permanent or is it a temporary place to regroup?

So my first book writing attempt wasn’t a failure, life intervened in ways never imagined when I set out on that journey. I can still do this however, at this moment I need to take care of some other immediate things. It’s still on the table, just slightly out of reach. I’m good with that at the moment.

I started thinking about a local inventor: Thomas Edison. Rumor has it that he made 1000 attempts at making the light bulb before it actually worked. Was it 1000 failures? Or are there 1000 ways to not make a light bulb and he had to try every single one of them? Since his invention we’ve been using the term “light bulb moment” to describe moments when things work well together and our goal is met. It’s kind of exciting, forget kind of, it’s really exciting when this happens. Kind of like yelling Eureka! when a vacuum cleaner sucks. . . well.

IMG_0820So what would I do if I couldn’t fail? Nothing. Really. I wouldn’t be doing anything. My quilt life, my life would be inert. I’d be going nowhere, on the couch, in the living room, watching television never taking a stitch.

Then I got to thinking – there is a perception that failure us shameful, always, and every single time. It’s not. Sometimes it takes trying something more than 1000 times to figure it out. Is it shameful to stop before that 1000th time? No. Is it failure? Maybe. That’s okay. “Failure” helps us build our character. Especially when we keep going. I’m still not going to climb Mount St Helen, hike the Grand Canyon or run a marathon. These things don’t speak to my heart.

So the original question is good, a better one might be, “what is that one thing to pursue with reckless abandon?”

Happy Quilting!

Teri

 

Character – Lots and lots of Character

Character – Lots and lots of Character

Today is a two quilt day, each has character.

dad-would-be-honored-full-view-2Dad Would be Honored is the first Feathered Star using Marsha McCloskey’s directions I ever made. Most of the quilt is made with dad’s ties. Dad himself was a bit of character writing rotten poetry, his preferred place behind the camera – always observing, listening. I brought his ties home with me shortly after his death. It took me a little while to work up the courage to cut into the ties, and make the quilt. Every once in a while I think about making changes, if I did this or that the overall look would be more pleasing, and effective. The most important thing about Dad Would be Honored, my stepmom loves it just as it is, flaws and all. The moment I gave this to her is priceless. There is one thing I would change though I’d add fusible stabilizer to the ties making some of the piecing a lot easier. Part of me wants to sit here and rip apart the quilting, however I won’t because at the time I know I stitched to the best of my ability. Memory quilts hold something more, they hold our hearts stitched with great love.

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If ever a quilt had a journey it’s this one. The fabrics are all Moda Marbles by Patrick Lose. The quilt itself is based on a Jinny Beyer pattern the setting corners should be 9 patches. It was a little bit beyond my skill level at the time so using solid pieces seemed the thing to do. The quilt was much larger at one point having squares in the corners and borders, it was quilted. I always like the quilt, didn’t like the quilting, so it sat in a UFO pile unfinished. An opportunity to make a quilt to donate came along, the seam ripper and I had a date, all of the quilting came out, I cut the quilt down, and re-quilted it. This may have been the first quilt I un-quilted, then re-quilted. The moon and stars seem to be a recurring them in my quilts. Oh sweet heavens inspire me!

Both of these quilts taught me so much. Trying something new is a good, using a seam ripper to take out something that isn’t working well is good, starting over is good.

Have a great quilterly day,

Teri

Reading

For the last little while most of the books on my nightstand are either work related: meaning reading to participate in blogs for the magazine or faith related, it is Lent after all. Through our local library I picked up a copy of Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. After reading the first couple of chapters I skipped to the end of the book. Yes, it’s very much like reading the end to a really good novel before reading from beginning to end. And in Dr. Who fashion I can hear River Song saying, “Spoilers”.

This isn’t so much spoilers as it is curiosity. I know the book is a worthy read I’m simply trusting my gut. So her last thought is:

“Creativity is sacred, and it is not sacred.
What we make matters enormously, and it doesn’t matter at all.
We toil alone, and we’re accompanied by spirits.
We are terrified, and we are brave.
Art is a crushing chore and a wonderful privilege.
Only when we are at our most playful can divinity finally get serious with us.
Make space for all these paradoxes to be equally true in your soul, and I promise – you can make anything.
So please calm down and get back to work, okay?
The treasures that are hidden inside you are hoping you will say yes.”

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There are so many words rattling around inside my brain seeking escape at the tips of my fingers. And yet none of them seem the right words for this moment. Other than Yvonne was right

Shine your brightest light.

So, I’m going to go fold laundry, make a plan for tidying up the studio and get quilting. I started something new yesterday. Got annoyed with myself too because the makings of a whole bunch of 9 patches got dumped on the floor under the cutting table and now I can’t remember what I was doing.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

hyacinth bloomsThis and next week are full of paperwork and very little, if any quilting. So very little to show. The sewing machine has been turned to the side to give me the space. I’d go down to my office however it’s still chilly down there, I’ll enjoy that cooler area during the summer.

I appreciate your indulgence until the stitching begins again. The Moon is Made of Cheese is sitting to my left whispering sweet nothings in my ear. And next to her is another project that I started that is as yet nameless. Is anyone shocked?

CAM00837So for now, here’s a gratuitous quilt that I worked on a while ago. It’s a sampler type that I’ll reprise as a quilt a long in about 5 weeks. Are you ready for some stitching?? If you’re interested comment on this post. This will be different than the one I’m currently running on Lucy’s Nickles, but it will be hosted there. If you’re on facebook please join the group.

See you soon!

Happy Quilting,

Teri

 

A little quilt love

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I keep coming back to Let Your Light Shine. Right now the Live Your Brightest Life – Yvonne Porcella exhibit is at Meissner’s in Sacramento, CA.  If you have a chance stop in and see it.

There are a few elements of this quilt that I want to explore more. These will probably end up on The Moon is Made of Cheese, Cheddar Cheese.

Debby Brown has a great pic on her Instagram for how manages left over fabric. What I love is how organized this feels. It’s also got me thinking about how to work on quilts down the road.

Have a totally fab quilty day.

Teri