Stay Tuned: a Trip Report

I’ve traveled to two events for Floriani one about an hour outside of Philly, and the other about an hour from Knoxville. The next Hands on Sewing School is in Binghampton, NY January 5 – 7. These events are amazing from the word go. Kay Brooks teaches so much about stabilizers and how to use them. It’s really cool to know that baby onesies can be embroidered using Floriani No Show Mesh, Wet N Gone Tacky or Perfect Stick, Embroidery Perfection Tape, and either Heat N Gone or Water Soluble Topping. Follow this up by covering the embroidery with Dream Weave Ultra to protect baby’s skin and voila! The stabilizer Guide helps a lot!

There are software classes, embroidery lessons, digital cutters, and so much fun. If you’ve ever considered switching mats and rulers to Quilters Select, this is the best time.

While helping one of the students with something I did this:

further proof that keeping your hands away from moving needles (and needle bars) is a good thing. And it’s healing better than I thought.

I’m home now to work on making samples to show at events down the road.

Lucas Moon Over Manhattan 39 x 34

I’ll be teaching Brain Dump: Stitch the Scary Stuff in Your Brain at the Quilt Basket in Pawling, NY on Saturday January 20th. Later this week I’m sending @play to hang in the quilt shop. Brain Dump: Stitch the Scary Stuff is a play on Go With the Flow – there will be a full description up on the Lectures/Workshop page shortly.

I’ve shared coffee woes over the years. This morning, in a pre-coffee stupor I failed to realize that the coffee pot itself was not located on the warmer. I heard the beep beep beep alert letting me know the coffee was finished. Well, the coffee ended up all over the counter. Sigh. When I was looking for one of the previous coffee posts I happened upon the best and worst hot chocolate I ever made. The hot chocolate hangover…well, let’s just say I never made that hot chocolate like that again. But it tasted so very good.

Time to make this day happen!

Enjoy every single stitch,

Teri

Quilted Block of the Month Kaleidoscope Arcs

double-irish-chain-full-viewButternut, Pumpkin Seeds, Pepitas, curves, arcs whatever you call them they soften up hard lines on any quilt. But did you know they might lead to

dancing?

Well perhaps not dancing, but rather a source for adding texture to create visual interest. When I’m working on these blocks I’m going for fun, and done. Because for everything that we do in our daily lives quilting is fun, brings pleasure, releases stress, gives us time away from daily life things. So nothing I show you will be perfect, it’s quite possible it’ll be more detailed than necessary but hey, using thread is so fun.

IMG_20171112_115646_resizedI’m showing the back first. This center stitching is all based on the butternut/pumpkin seed stitching. Simple. Remember this is NOT perfect, and it is that imperfection that give this quilt some of the visual interest.

As you know I’m not much of a planner when it comes to quilting. I do admire quilters who plan, like Lisa Calle, her Divide and Design gives quilters a way to, layer by layer, see how their quilts will look when the quilting is finished. The surprise makes me kind of giddy. So as I got started on the center I thought, I’ll use this butternut/pepita motif as curvy lines soften straight lines. So off I go stitching, stitching!

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Look closely, you can see the pink line running through? That’s the “bones” or stitching in the ditch. It is around these lines that the arcs are stitched, from corner to corner, around the center “square” where the corners of the blocks would meet, if there were blocks, but there aren’t any, so…
I stitched up toward the peak of the triangle in between the feathers, when I got about half-way up I started heading up into the peak of the triangle. This helps create that deeper line heading out toward that peak.

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Once this was finished I moved into the center making the arcs along side where the seams of the blocks would meet up.

You can see it a bit better from the front:

 

 

 

 

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This changes the shape, the visual shape of the kaleidoscope blocks. Seams that were once easily noticed, are now hidden in the stitching. This takes a little doing, and a bit of time. It’s right after this that “Brain Dump: Stitch the Stuff of your Dreams, Release the Kraken” came to be. This shows, and represents a shift in thinking about what can be stitched, a letting go of the “should” and stitching the stuff that is just waiting to be stitched out. You know the stuff, we see it on a quilt, and yet hesitate because it won’t be perfect, or it might not turn out exactly as we think it should.

I’m heading out on Wednesday for back to back Hands on Sewing Schools with Floriani. The first is in Pennsylvania so Road Trip! The second is in Pigeon Forge TN. Check back on Wednesday for links to the facebook pages, a finished quilt top (see a sneak peek below) for one of the other educators, and a couple of in-the-hoop cosmetic bags designed by Pickle Pie designs.

Enjoy your stitching,

Teri

Floriani Micro Thread @Florianiembroidery

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A little bit of this

There is something fascinating about learning new things: sometimes the whole process is easy peasy, smooth sailing, yada yada; and sometimes my head and the cinder block wall just might come in contact with one another, producing the most beautiful stars and light show. Yes, yes, it’s really painful however I never actually do it.

Instead I phone a friend. In this case Lisa Archer of Pickle Pie Designs. Lisa is the Queen of in the hoop embroidery projects, in my world anyway. While she didn’t invent them she did write the book, which I have. I chose to call her instead because she’s fun.

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I needed to add a placement line on a project, wanting it to stitch first, stop, allow me to place the stuff for the postcard down, and then start stitching again. Seems simple enough, right?

Bang.

Head.

Here.

I knew what I needed to do but didn’t know what I needed to do. Cue Lisa. We get on the phone, as she’s opening up software I realized/remembered the steps: draw placement line, size it appropriately – in this case 4” x 6” for a postcard, move it to the first position in the stitching order, change the thread color so that the machine needs to stop for a thread change, and finally add text.

I thanked Lisa for her help. Sometimes you just need someone who knows what their doing to listen to you. So this morning, after a few things I’ll be stitching out a few postcards as thank you gifts and just because gifts.

Enjoy your stitching,

Teri

 

Quilted Block of the Month: Kaleidoscope whole cloth edition

IMG_20171111_145534Saturday turned out to be an amazing day.

My sweetie and I took advantage of some time together at home to rearrange the furniture in the living room. There’s something cathartic about making changes that begins to free the creativity in my soul. On Saturdays post I chatted about taking a detour while working on the Quilted Block of the Month. I’m actually breaking out the Marcia Derse fabric that’s been waiting for me to use it for quite a long time. While stitching the other day I noticed another charm pack featuring Marcia’s fabric, then found some solids to go with it. Then remembered that I have those fat quarters that have been waiting and waiting for me to use them. Stay tuned to see how this all works out.

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When we last encountered our Quilted Block of the Month I’d finished the kaleidoscope block under the needle. Now, I may need to back up and show the finished quilt again, though that will be another day because there are exciting things on the horizon with the whole cloth part of this adventure.

 

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I chose the solid Oatmeal batik from SewBatik, cutting a 20” square. This gives space for the block, and the opportunity to create a border for the quilt, this will be determined later on, once the block itself is complete.

Since this is a light background the lead for the SewLine pencil that I’ve been marking with lately is too light for these old eyes to see, so I turned to one of my handy dandy chalk pencils that wear off with great ease. I used a gray, which actually provides just enough contrast to see the lines.

Batting wise I’m using Quilters Select Perfect Cotton Batting, and Quilters Select Soft Wool. The cotton is the first layer at the back of the quilt, the wool the top layer nearest the oatmeal batik.

Thread wise I’m using Floriani 60 weight in the top, and in the bobbin. I’ll be using this thread through the entire project. This should be fun. I started with hot pink to stitch the bones. There are loads more colors and lots of motifs to stitch out.

Enjoy your stitching,

Teri

 

 

 

 

Pixel Party Quilts

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Sew Much Cosplay has a new product coming soon that I love! Pixel Party a fusible, wash away stabilizer with a grid printed specifically for 2 1/2” charm squares. I made two quilts for the booth for Market and Festival. Check with your local Floriani dealer in about a month for Pixel Party Quilt.

I didn’t have a chance to wash or rinse this out before quilting, the stabilizer didn’t affect the quilting at all.

For the quilt with the fashion fabric I also used Dream Weave Fusible to stabilize the fabric and keep it from fraying when cutting, this worked great.

What I do recommend is stitching in the ditch when quilting. This stabilizes the quilt, and helps it lay flatter. The quilting is a simple butternut or pumpkin seed motif that can be stitched out freehand or using a ruler, your choice.

Enjoy your stitching!

Teri

Happy Monday!

 

It’s a rainy Monday here in New York. I shadowed at a Floriani event hosted by Sew Right in Queens on Saturday and Sunday. This was my second shadowing event, the first hands-on, so much to learn, and a different style of teaching for sure. These events are project and process oriented. Project oriented in that we make six projects over two days, and process oriented in that the projects show the attendees the features of the machines we’re teaching on. Thankfully there were lots of problem-solving opportunities, and Judy – the Floriani Educator I shadowed – helped me, and the students through each step. While I’d done my best to prepare reviewing PowerPoint presentations there is something in the doing that makes the concepts very real.

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The last project is a banner embroidered on burlap. Yes, you can embroider on burlap. This is cool. As soon as I do this on my own machine I’ll take pics and post them here.

Today begins Market follow up, I have a pdf to make for some of the shop owners who attended one of the two lectures I gave at Quilt Market. And as things happen the power cord on my laptop decided it didn’t want to work anymore. I say this as though the cord is a person and made a decision because it didn’t like me anymore. This will probably be making a trip back to Dell anyway so, while this is slightly annoying it’s manageable.

Enjoy your stitching,

Teri

Celebration!

Ljo leichteast night I had the privilege of having dinner with Jo Leichte. I got to know Jo years ago through BERNINA. She has recently joined the ranks of the Floriani Education team, so bonus!, we’re now coworkers. Having dinner together felt like a celebration. Would you like to see what we tried?

 

cheese with bugsWhy yes, there are bugs on the cheese, properly prepared for our dining pleasure. I did try them. I’m not entirely sure I’d go out of my way to do it again, however it wasn’t bad. I did have trouble trying the ant, please don’t ask me why because I can’t really tell you. The cheese, though, outstanding. I’d have that again in a heartbeat.

kay brooks judy fredenburghKay Brooks (the K of RNK) and Judy Fredenburg, whom I’ll be working with next weekend at Sew Right in Queens, dressed up for Halloween in the booth. I’m so impressed with the skill level of the folks I’m working with. I totally need to up my game. I’m so honored to be working with this group of people. This is one of those times when words aren’t sufficient to describe the sense of connectedness I’m experiencing.

Tonight I’m going to the Awards Ceremony at Quilt Festival for the first time ever. I’m really excited, and will write a blog for GenQ in the next week or so. So, stay tuned.

I’m here at Quilt Festival in the Pinwheels Booth (900 aisle toward the back) Wednesday for preview, Thursday, and part of Friday morning.

See you there!

Teri