Quilted Block of the Month: Kaleidoscope Feathers

IMG_20171112_101913_resizedSo here’s the second installment of the Kaleidoscope Quilted Block of the Month. I’m posting on Friday because I have a commitment tomorrow.

Let’s start with how much fun I had stitching this one out. I figured there’d be feathers, and bubbles, and swirls, something simple. Well. I did start out with feathers.

First step: stitching in the ditch, I used a pink Floriani Micro Thread (60 weight) embroidery thread with a size 70/10 Chrome needle. Why the pink? To show the seam lines in a pieced block. If this were going to be more than a sample for showing what the thread can do then a thread similar in color to the background would work.

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This quilt is something of a two-fer: the back is this orange batik, I used the same bobbin thread throughout – the same pink to stitch in the bones of the block. I used cotton batting on this side of the quilt (orange), and wool batting on the oatmeal (cream) side of the quilt. This gives a sense of how the thread will look with different batting. I do prefer two batting on stuff that I’ll be taking to show.

Once the stitching in the ditch was complete I sat back to think about the motifs. Feathers around the center, waxing and waning with the shape of a diamond would create visual movement around the block that shows itself in the block.

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Starting with a pearl at one end, I stitched along the top of the feather to give this finer thread a bit of weight and presence, and to help create the spine. As the feathers grew in length I’d switch to the opposite side, to continue filling the space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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To get to the next diamond shape I stitched through where the (seam) lines meet up. Anytime you’re working on a pieced quilt using the ditch to move from here to there is a great option rather than having a lot of stops and starts.

Tip: when starting or ending a new thread color, take the time to bury the threads at that moment to lessen the risk of stitching over them, or creating birds nests.

Next up: the center “star”, creating texture with the stitching that is simple, yet will create something that is visually dynamic.

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

 

 

 

 

A needed detour

received_10214861315154854_resizedLately upon entering the sewing room there is a strong sense of being overwhelmed with ideas. Lots of ideas tumbling over, and over each seeking the deserved attention. While writing that sentence an idea to make a whole cloth using 60 weight thread in the top and bobbin popped into my head. I think I’m going to make a three-fer out of that one to feature the Floriani 60 weight thread, Quilters Select Wool batting, and for the Quilted Block of the Month for the blog. If I get really ambitious I might make more than one to share with a at least one other Educator.

The day started looking for a USB stick to transfer embroidery designs to the machine. While looking I found sample packs of fabric lines by Leslie Jenison – Urban Artifacts, and Alex Anderson – Mirage. So using them in the same quilt seems the only thing to do. Now a disclaimer, I’m not in love with using precuts, I know there are a lot of people who love them very much, and I see their value in the quilting world. And I would not ever tell anyone not to use them. They’re simply not my fave. So using them is a bit of a challenge for me.

After pairing them up, stitching and pressing I looked at the fabric stash, finding a line of striped batiks that I adore. I cut 9 1/2” strips, and 5” squares. Piecing for a good bit of the day yesterday was cathartic. That also meant that I didn’t do the Quilted Block of the Month, for good reason…I had no idea what fabric I wanted to stitch it out on. Gah! Quilters Block! Calgon take me away!

This morning I decided that the SewBatik Oatmeal is the way to go. It’ll show the color of the thread well, and marking it will be fairly easy.  Sometimes sitting on a project for an extra day or two is completely worth it, for me, and for the Quilted Block of the Month Project in part to show you that I struggle with determining designs, and colors. What has come to seem intuitive is actually a lot of thought.

After a bit more looking I did find the USB stick that I needed, and have transferred a few Pickle Pie Designs embroidery designs that I want to stitch out as samples. I’ll get going on each of these projects after a few home projects. I’ll post now and again to Instagram…so keep an eye there.

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

 

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