Remember a few weeks ago that I mentioned I had some news. I’m teaching at Connections Quilt Festival November 9, 10, and 11. And! Bonus! The Generation Q Magazine Quilt as Desired Exhibit will be there!
And it is totally fab-u-lous. Over the last ten months I’ve been searching for a day job. I’ve had a few interviews that led to continued looking. Looking is good. Interviewing is a bit challenging. It’s weird, I can talk quilts all day long and not get remotely freaked, but talking about me. Weird right?!
So in just ten short days I will be heading to Knoxville, TN for a couple of days of training.
I am going to be working as an Educator for Floriani. I’ll start out shadowing several teachers, work my way to team teaching, and eventually on my own for the events. I’ll get to do the traveling and teaching that I love AND BONUS, I get to learn more! I’ll share this stuff in all the usual places, including scheduled events as I get on the schedule.
I am staying with Generation Q Magazine. So no worries there. 😀
I’m teaching at Quilt Market.Enrollment is now open! I’m teaching two classes Creating Consumer Confidence Machine Sales and Creating Confidence in the In-Store Talent. Tracy Mooney, Maddie Kertay, Ebony Love, Heather Kubiak (this is one I want to attend on the legalities of our business!), Morna Golletz, and other great talent will all be there offing our experience. Cheryl Sleboda has four business related classes at Quilt Festival. You can also check with her to see if she has mentoring appointments open.
Quilt Basket: Pawling, NY Saturday September 16th If the Foot Fits Use it 11, and 1. I’ll offer quilting suggestions so bring your quilts! Twilight is there, stop in to see it!
Dutchess Heritage Quilt Show – Featured Quilter/Speaker This opportunity to share my work at this show makes me so happy. Twilight in the Bronx won a ribbon at this show. I’ll be spending some time in the BERNINA booth more on that soon. @play is visiting that store stop in and see it!
I chatted with a friend yesterday that was full of reminders, good reminders. In the quilt life we need good teaching, teachers, and good reminders.
Here’s a few good reminders:
You can machine quilt. It takes a little time to find the best way for you to do it, however You can machine quilt.
You can make quilts that make YOU happy. It takes a little time to find the fabrics that make your heart sing, it’s possible, and glorious.
You can cut well. Finding the rotary cutter, ruler, mats, and other tools take a bit of time. You’re worth the time and investment to find the right tools.
Seam rippers were invented for a reason.
There’s more than one way to quilt and whatever we choose is the right one.
machine quilting whole cloth quilts of my own design, check!
competing – check (yes, this makes me happy)
teaching is the best experience!
writing is fun
I’m unique, and interesting, and weird.
Comparative thinking is part of what we do, it’s self-damaging, and getting over that is the one of the best things we can do for each other.
I’m available to come teach here’s the link to my classes. If your guild would like to hire me to come lecture and teach or you have any questions please contact me terificreations at gmail dot com.
Maddie Kertay, and Cheryl Sleboda encouraged me to submit classes for Fall Quilt Market. After some thought I submitted three classes, and two are accepted. First up on Saturday October 28 is Creating Consumer Confidence—Machine Sales; the second is Sunday October 29th Creating Confidence in the In-Store Talent. Having worked in quilt shops on and off for the last 9 years I’ve watched, experienced, and listened to the needs of the shops, owners, employees, and the customer. Each is important, playing a key role in the success of the shop. Thank you to Quilts, Inc for seeing the value in these classes, and to Maddie and Cheryl for encouraging me to submit these classes. Maddie, will be teaching as will Ebony Love, Pepper Cory, Tracy Mooney, Dave Gilleland, Teresa Coates and so many great people. (Some will be Schoolhouse presentations or Take & Teach classes.) I look forward to seeing you there.
Debby has shared, and we’ve talked about1000 Postcards for Peace. I have the first one made, and decided about fifteen minutes ago, to make two more in the next few days. I don’t yet know where they are going, however I’ll be making postcards. The why isn’t as important as there are things in life that call for a moment of something (hopefully) good. Please feel free to join us in this effort.
Last week I started this Opal Dahlia designed by Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero by Hoffman Fabrics. After several false quilting starts, including thinking I wanted to stitch an overall meander, I settled on this:
It took a little bit to get here, sometimes ya know that something simple is good, but what that simple is isn’t quite clear. With a little focus this will be finished tomorrow before I focus on a few other things.
Slowly, ever so slowly, there are changes happening here. Much ado about character on the blog lately. This conversation will continue. Character and confidence work hand in hand, they build each other, and with that. when we show up to do the work our creativity increases. All of this takes practice. I’ve struggled with confidence in quilting. Oh hell, I just struggle with confidence sometimes.
I have, with some hard work, and a husband who believes in me, some really great friends grown in that area. There’s room to grow. Of course there is, and that’s the best thing ever. There is room to grow. There is room to grow in quilting, there is room to grow in teaching, there is room to grow in confidence.
Whether I get it or not I’ve applied to offer three seminars later this year. If I do get to offer them then I’ll be expanding the type of work I offer. It’s a bit of a leap, however sometimes ya gotta take a leap off a cliff so you can fly.
And the winner is:
#6 – Jean Congdon! Congratulations. I’ll contact you for your address.
Teaching people how to use their sewing machines is almost as fun as teaching quilters how to best use their machines for quilt making. It is in teaching Machine Guide Classes that new machine owners learn what they can do with their new machine from basic maintenance to making a blind hem and a buttonhole. It wasn’t until I started sewing in machines (sewing on them with several different stitches, sometimes they need a wee nip of oil) that I learned how (remembered how?) to do a buttonhole on the non-computerized machines. It must be remembered because I did make them on my old Singer, and in home ec class. For years though it did befuddle me, because – Quilting!
Most times these classes are pretty straightforward. Every now & again someone just gets excited about learning About their machine. What can it do? How can I do this? I want to do this again! How does that work? Oh my goodness this makes the classes so fun. I just love watching people “get it”!
Getting to know your machine is such a huge part of quilting – the better you know your machine the easier it is to quilt. A basic understanding of tension, and where to change it makes a huge difference when free motion machine quilting through all of the layers of a quilt. Knowing how to adjust the tension is necessary. For most sewing (piecing, garment construction, home dec) the machine tension should stay at the preset, whatever this is. Most machines are between 3 and 5, with most around a 4. On the more computerized machines the tension adjustment is in different, preset increments, however it’s still towards a higher or lower number. For quilting with a walking foot, the preset *should* be fine, however because stitching through the layers, with the interplay of batting and everything else, make sure to check now and again. For Free-Motion quilting this is where understanding machine tension is necessary.
I’m going to pause here and tell you something very, very, important: You are smart, and intelligent, and can DO This.
If tension seems a problem when I get started making sure the machine is threaded properly is key, try re-threading first. When free-motion quilting basically if you’re seeing the bobbin thread come up to the top, the top tension is too tight – move the tension dial towards a lower number; if the top thread is showing on the back – move the tension dial towards a higher number. Towards is key here, the adjustment may not be a big move, frequently a small adjustment goes a long way. Sometimes adjusting the tension doesn’t work, that’s when we look at a couple of other things 1) needle and 2) speed. That’s a blog post for another day.
There is a lot of information in that class, particularly on the high end, computerized machines. One thing I realized a few weeks ago, when quilters are kind of uncomfortable with their machines, is that if you own a smart phone or some kind of tablet, you’ll be able to use your machine well. We don’t need to understand all of the features, we just need to be able to use them to our best advantage.