So, 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.
But 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.
The 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.
Life 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.
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.
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.
So, as often happens, I’m scrolling through fb and find something really cool.
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Today’s words of wisdom, Just Show Up. I’ll talk more about this later in the week. For now,
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I’ll be in Lancaster on Saturday at the AQS Show. One place I’ll be stopping is to get a photo of the Indigo and Oatmeal quilt that I made for SewBatik.
Well, I must get a quilt done.
Well The Indigo Kings Puzzle is nearly finished.
I posted this the other day thinking the bronzy color would work for the quilt. After asking a couple of friends I decided on a shade of white. The rest of the quilting is subtle, so this color, and a sore thumb would easily compare. At one point yesterday whilst stitching the oatmeal batik 97% of the quilt was in the harp of the machine as I stitched from one corner of the quilt to the diagonal corner. I’ll do this one more time, while it’s a lot of quilt to the right of the needle the stitching path lends itself to making this easier.
As a general rule I’m all about adding color to quilts. Color is the best thing since sliced cheese, or grated cheese, sliced bread. Because color is awesome.
But sometimes the character of the quilt demands that the quilting go to the background and let the fabric speak. This is one of those quilts. The quilting is subtle to let the fabric speak. Sometimes the character of the quilt demands a lot of quilting, this is one of those quilts, the quilting is simple: ribbon candy and echoed loops.
Because this quilt will hang in the SewBatik booths there are two layers of batting so that the quilt will hang well. This quilt has a cotton layer, and a wool layer, once the quilt is washed it’ll loosen up and drape well over a bed, or sofa, or person.
Oh, did I tell you the fascinating character of this quilt. While piecing one section got turned around consistently across the quilt. Grrrr. This happens. One of the pieces was smack dab in the center of the quilt. Seam ripper in hand that sucker came out, got turned around, and stitched back in. Yeah, that. Whew. I feel better now.
A good seam ripper is a quilters best friend. And now in the ickiness of this storm, there is one more blog to write, then Quilting! I’m quilting!
Debby and I have a long standing joke wherein we copy each other’s homework. When Debby was working on going to teach in Russia she made a quilt with the words “Bang Head Here” . Click on the link to read an interview and more on the quilt. Shortly after she posted the quilt we talked about the idea now whirling about my head and she couldn’t wait to see it. So, my own version of “Bang Head Here” complete with an arrow pointing to a brick wall (see yesterday’s blog post for the photo) came to life. Someone at a quilt show pointed this out to Debby, that I’d made this quilt using her idea. Shock! Horror! Debby assured her that this was fine.
I’ve been admiring Debby’s ribbon candy on quilts for a while. I like the effect, and the ease of stitching. So on the quilt I’m doing for SewBatik I am, once again, copying Debby’s homework by stitching ribbon candy into selected sections of this quilt.
Debby commented on one of the photos, “my work here is done.” Yep, she finally won me over to ribbon candy and I’m having fun. The space that I’m working in narrows and widens over the surface of the quilt so there is variation in the motif over the surface. That said, I’m loving the effect.
Of course, for me, the seam ripper was out in the first six inches of stitching. Trying to fill the space as it was the ribbon candy wasn’t having the desired effect. By visually dividing the space it’s easier to stitch, and looks better. I’m hoping to get a decent shot later today.
This So Fine thread (50 wt) from Superior is doing exactly what I knew it would, it stands out just enough from the Indigo and blends in well. Weird right? It’s like I planned it.
I’m on the third bobbin. and ready to get more stitching done this morning. Last night as I stitched I had this amazing moment of “this quilt will be flat when I’m finished”. It’s one of those moments as a quilter that just, well, you know. It’s one of those moments. I’m off to revel in more of that moment.
By Teri Lucas Community Editor, and quilter Quilting for others is something I rarely do. However, when Diane Magidson of SewBatik asked me to quilt a beautiful red and oatmeal batik quilt for the SewBatik booth at the recent Road to California show, I was, well, giddy. While simple in color, the complexity of the…
via In the Zone: A Quilting Process Tale — Generation Q Magazine
Good morning friends! Over on the Generation Q Magazine page we posted an “In the Zone” process piece that focuses on what happens when the quilting on a quilt goes haywire. In it there is a tutorial for stitching out feathers without an intended spine. This is the post that explains quilting the red and oatmeal quilt for SewBatik.
I’m now quilting the Indigo and oatmeal quilt. I’m posting pics on Instagram. I’ve had the seam ripper out once already, only once though. The color is subtle, which works for the quilt. Though I will tell you this quilter will struggle greatly if any ripping has to happen because the thread on the back is an exact match to the Indigo. I’ll post on Instagram later.
I’m thinking of asking my sweetie to modify the table I’m quilting on so that I can sink the sewing machine to quilt on a flat surface. I’m going to think that one through because it’s a work, and a lovely table.
While I was in Savannah I got sick. The technical term: convention crud, it’s been a while since having a cold and this one kind of did me in. Taking two multi-hour naps in one day should have given me a bit of a clue, right? Being tired from being sick, and wanting to get the quilt pieced and quilted, mistakes were made. I posted a photo of the within a few minutes I got a text letting me know something was pieced in the wrong way. I looked over the quilt found the all of the pieces that were pieced in the wrong direction, and fixed them. Including one that is in that is in the main body of the quilt. That took a little bit of work, but to quote a friend, “HUZZAH!” it’s fixed.
The quilt is now basted, and waiting it’s turn in the quilting queue. I’m doing one of the smaller quilts first to get into the quilterly groove and then I’ll tackle this one. I have a cone of So Fine 438 Mulberry. The color is in the same tone as the Indigo, rich and deep but is just the lovelies shade of purple. The quilting will show, it’ll be subtle.
When I quilted the Red/Oatmeal I used two layers of batting the first a layer of wool as it has great stitch definition; the second a layer of a cotton/silk batting as it offers structure. As the quilt hangs it looks stiff, as though it wouldn’t drape well on a bed. The batting will relax if it ever gets washed. I did not have time to do that prior to sending the quilt off. So the structure and stitch definition are part of that. The quilts will travel, and hang in booth, these things need to last. The quilt is also quilted pretty densely, however the thread is fine. Using two layers of batting helps assure that the tension will remain good through the whole quilt.
If these quilts ever get used on a bed they will be WARM! wool and silk are breathable, and keep a body or two warm, without being uncomfortable. When I finally get around to making a quilt for my sweetie again I’ll be using two layers of batting.
Throughout the next week or so I’ll be posting sneak peeks on Instagram of the quilts in progress. https://www.instagram.com/terilucas/ @terilucas
Have a fab quilty day,
PS I’ve started with 12 bobbins…who wants to guess?