Quilted Block of the Month August 2017

house block 1I may have let out a little bit squeal when the idea hit for how to quilt this last section of this August Block. I’ve been playing with curved cross hatching a lot lately and loving it.
In giving thought to the shape, that corners look like a house and wanting the Visual to draw the eye to the peak of the roof the curve would head in that direction – generally.

house block curved cross hatch 1

Repeating – not going for perfection rather I’m going for effect. I’m using the dark stitched line as my ditch to move along. Today’s thread is Superior Threads Twist, a 40 weight trilobal polyester twisting two shades of color together. It’s really incredible.

house block curves complete

I knew I would like the curved cross hatch. What I wasn’t expecting is to love it, when combined with the other motifs in the block. There is real dynamic and subtle movement.

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The curved cross hatch feeds into the twist of the “log cabin” style quilting in the on point squares. Add the spiral in and the visual movement is so cool. I chose print by SewBatik for the quilt top. The quilting ends up having a subtle rather than overpowering effect on the quilt. There are a few things that factor into that: the color in the print, the color of the threads, the weight of the thread, and the density of quilting.

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The movement is even more apparent on the back of the quilt block. I can imagine a whole quilt of this block quilted just like this.

This is one reason to sit with a quilt and let it speak to you. All week, while I’ve worked on a couple of other things I’ve been looking wondering what to do.  And here we go.

August Quilted Block of the Month an Original
August Quilted Block of the Month Week 2

Because this month isn’t quite as involved I’m going to do a little something special for next week. Not quite sure yet but something is simmering in my head so stay tuned.

August 31st I’m participating in the Back to School Blog Hop.

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Monday evening I leave for training on the Floriani Total Control U Software. I’m excited, and looking forward to this new venture. I’ll be blogging here and posting my schedule.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

 

Thankful Thursday

So I’m pausing today to be thankful for all of the amazing people in my life:
autumn in the bronx 003My sweetie, for saying, “Yes” every single day.

Bruce and Diane, for making and creating beautiful fabric, and loads of encouragement.

Paula Reid who’s been a friend since my first teaching gig in Knoxville, TN. Her batt scooters are the best for quilters with hot hands!

The Generation Q Magazine Crew

I’m grateful for postcards

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Quilted Blocks

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Die Cutters

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Thread

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Muffins fresh out of the oven

cranberry almond muffins

The moon:

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Mostly I’m thankful for the amazing quilting world.

Quilted Block of the Month August week 2

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
The congratulatory messages on my new position with Floriani are simply awe inspiring.

Now onto our regularly scheduled program:center square

 

Oh I do remember giving  you this update sometime during the week in Instagram. Debby was stitching this motif on a postcard, and I was inspired by it. I’m not entirely certain that Debby posted this anywhere publicly so just know that I have permission to copy her homework at any time. Cool, eh? With this project you have permission to copy my homework. If you’re playing along please feel free to send me pictures and I’ll share them here on the blog.
Remember I tend to show all the stuff that I’m not happy with because I’m still learning how to machine quilt. 2017-08-11 19.29.52

Bernina 24 foot on ruler

 

 

The free-hand embroidery foot is aboutt 1/4” from needle center to the outer edge of the foot. I chose a spot roughly in the center of the square to start stitching a circle. Once the circle closed I very slowly started curving out until the edge of the foot was on the center circle. I kept stitching around, and around, and around, and around, and around and around. Once I reached the edge the ditch helped me keep the curves consistent. Using 80 weight thread in the bobbin means that there is little thready build up, and the fabric doesn’t distort.

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I’m going to show this one in a very quick vid.

This should give you an idea of how this motif is stitched out. This one looks like a wonky log cabin block, however it’s stitched from the outside in. On the quilt itself I simply winged it. In the video I used a ruler to make the lines. Going from the outside in is what helps create the visual twist.

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It’s interesting how thread looks on different color. 80 weight thread is the best!
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I like the different texture with the straight lines in the square and the ribbon candy in the border.
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This is the first square I stitched in. While I’ve done this before I wasn’t quite remembering the rhythm of the stitching. It came back after the first full round.

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Stay tuned next week for the next installment of the Quilted Block of the Month.
Quilted Block of the Month August week one

Happy Quilting,

Teri

 

 

 

 

 

Kaleidoscope – Dreams do come true

Kaleidoscope – Dreams do come true

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this looks like a hot mess, and in a way it is. what you can’t see is the ever growing pile o’holyscraps over there ———->
I’ve wanted to make a kaleidoscope quilt for a long time. Even designing one in a program but not quite getting what I needed out of it. So Sizzix comes to the rescue. After pressing some* of these batiks I started cutting.

*some were from a 5” charm square pack I had from teaching some time back.

I wasn’t quite sure where this where this was going color placement wise, and quite frankly I’m still not. I know  you’re not surprised by this either.

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I made the choice for this one fabric to the be the background, realizing that I didn’t have enough I found this glorious orange. I ripped several pieces off the yardage, pressed, and figured out how to cut each strip to get the pieces I wanted.

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I’m using Superior’s MicroQuilter 100 wt polyester for the piecing. No distortion here.
Tip number two for the day, I put my iron on the lower middle setting for the cotton. Wow! what a difference this is making as I can press for longer periods of time and not burn my fingers. The bigger difference, the fabric isn’t warping. Good golly I’ve been quilting for over twenty-four years you’d think I would have learned this by now, right? Not so. Sheesh.

Now I have another idea for this same die.

I need to set this aside for a few days while I work on some other stuff. Stay tuned.

Saturday I’ll have another installment of the Quilted Block of the Month.

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Center square

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August Block of the Month An Original

August Block of the Month An Original

Technical difficulties sometimes present big problems. Other times they are opportunities for learning. Something went screwy a while back, causing something to happen to the version of Microsoft Office installed on my computer. I have an open source that I can use for documents, power point presentations, and graphics, it’s simply not as intuitive as Office. I could use the desktop but that requires a few back flips. I’m hoping by the time I get this posted I’ll at least have a line diagram that makes sense.

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Oh rejoice with me friends it worked!!! Hallelujah. You’ll notice later on that the line that is in the squares around the perimeter are not stitched. The motif that gets stitched in there is so fun. Want to see from the back?

Quilted Happiness Quilted Block of the Month #terilucasquilts #schmetzchrome #superiorthreads

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The outer box is 12 inches. I’m using the Quilters Select 12” x 6” ruler. I’m digging these as they grip the fabric so no shifting! I use the twelve inch side to draw the outer lines. The 6” side helps me to keep the ruler straight marking the next line. Why not use a 12” ruler? Well the ruler I currently own has a chip in one corner. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

drawing the outside square

drawing the block mark the center poings
Marking the center points on all four sides. I used a hash mark, a dot will suffice.

Measure in from each side 1 1/2 or 2 inches, this will create the inner square. See the diagram above.

drawing the outside square hold pen 45 angle
Tip: hold the marking pencil at an angle along the ruler. This will help keep your lines straight, and consistence.

Now to make the smaller squares: connect the dots. Place the ruler from hash mark to has mark on an angle. Draw a line from the dot, to the inside line.

drawing the inside triangle

Finally connect the inside lines. august quilted block of the month line pdf shows the start stop points.

finished block

For August we’re exploring how quilting looks on a highly patterned, very colored fabric. As a newer quilter I would often let the fabric do the work for me using simple motifs or stippling to accomplish the work of quilting, I daresay this is common among quilters, and it’s perfectly fine. Whatever gets the job done.

Batting
I’m using two layers of a cotton wool batting by Hobbs. I do love multiple layers of batting, this is something I started doing on competition quilts after Tilde won it’s ribbon. The first (back) later might be cotton, or bamboo to give stability to the quilt; the top layer is wool, or silk for great stitch definition. On the rare occasion that I make bed quilts one layer of wool or silk is perfect, as they breathe, and keep a body warm.

When Hobbs debuted this cotton/wool blend I thought I’d died and gone to heaven as it provides the stability I want with good stitch definition. Bonus!

Thread
The where and how will be over the next several weeks.
Superior Metallic – 40 wt. and shiny. Interestingly it’s quite subtle.
Superior MicroQuilter – 100 wt polyester this is a new must have in my thread collection for everything from stitch in the ditch, to the intense quilting I’m passionate about.

Backing
Is a striped batik from Robert Kaufman Fabrics. I’ll share that on Instagram later this week.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

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Oh I hope this works!

Soreceived_10213038623628705, there was this one day when I picked up a few things at a quilt shop. It’s been a really long time since I made garments. I used to make skirts pretty easily, but shirts. Well lets say understanding how to adjust patterns to the curve of my person is a bit of a challenge, one that got the best of me.

So in a moment of “I’m never going to do this gain, ever!” I purged the sewing room of those patterns. I was okay with that for oh! so many reasons. Then I saw a few patterns that I thought, Hey I can give this a try, and if it doesn’t work out, then I know for sure that sewing garments isn’t part of my sewing repertoire. Yes, yes, I know, Classes exist, and I could take them. A bespoke wardrobe isn’t in my future.
received_10213038617108542But trying a few new to me things is always a good idea and helps stretch those creative muscles. I’ve had a couple of pieces of batik rayons maturing gracefully over the last couple of years, with the intention of making them into quilts. yes this is possible. So when I saw the next pattern I’m going to show you my whole life just feel into place, the heavens opened, the sun shone, the heavenly choirs greeted me with a chorus of Hallelujah’s and shouts of Eureka! could be hear for miles around.

 

 

 

 

IMG_20170512_121848_935The City Stroll Wrap Skirt.

I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed but I’m short, or vertically challenged either way ya go. I’m just over five feet tall, so I shop in the petite section of the store because, short. In the late spring through mid-fall I like to wear knee length skirts, or skorts. Skorts are easier to wear to work as they’re kinda no fuss, no muss. The skirt should go right down to the top of my knee, which will make me happy. Now I just need to find a shirt to go with it.

I cut most of this out (one more piece) and hope to have it done in time for Quilt Market. We’ll see what happens. I’m going to use a 60 wt polyester thread top and bobbin, and a microtex needle. Well I’m off to challenge myself with something new, old, new again?

Have a totally fab day.

Happy Quilting Stitching,

Teri

Lancaster Quilt Show, A recap

Lancaster Quilt Show, A recap

20170401_111104Life is good. Getting to see this quilt from a distance was good. As always there are things I would do differently. Like ribbon candy in the white, and tighter on the other stitching. But ya know what? I love this quilt.
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Bruce took a moment to get a photo with me. Note his name tag says Diane. This is sweet. So very sweet.

Linda Lease had two chairs in her booth. Missing “The Doctor is In 5 cents” shingle. There is a moment when a soul connects to soul, the chairs providing the opportunity and those occupying the chairs taking good advantage.  The moment over far too soon. Linda’s eloquent words shared on her facebook page.

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The quilts stunning as always.

Shruti Rohit Dandekar‘s beautiful portrait of one of her children. The eyes and sweet face, oh my! Shruti is an author and BERNINA Brand Ambassador in India. Visit her website to see more of her work.

I did bring the camera with me, however it once again remained safely in my backpack. I spent more time talking with people Kim Niedzwiecki, Kelly Ashton, Giovanna and Renee. After the show we had a dinner with Julie and her husband at a place in Manheim called the Cat’s Meow. Such a great day. I had a bit of a scare on the way home. Don’t worry I just freaked myself out momentarily. After chatting with Giovanna for a bit we went back in to the show floor to say good bye to a few people and to do a quick shop I wanted thread and batting. After I bought the batting I put my credit card in my pocket. While my sweetie drove I had this moment where I didn’t remember where it was. So I checked my pocket, weird. Maybe I put it in my purse. Nope. I start freaking out just a wee bit. I figure I’ll deal with it when I get home because if I dropped it somewhere the worst that can happen is…yeah. So I get home and really dig into the pocket, which I discover is deeper than I thought. The card is there, safe and secure.

I’m off to do some stitching on this lazy, beautiful Sunday morning. Rumor has it some thread followed me home. That’ll wait until tomorrow. Seems I left it in the car. Not quite sure how I did that.

Happy Quilting,

Teri