I got an email that made me Happy Dance in the car during my dinner break. And yes, I danced in my car, big grin on my face.  I’ll share the contents of the aforementioned email as soon as I have details.

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Got to visit with Jackie Kunkel of Canton Village Quilt Works at the New England Air Museum Flights and Fantasies Quilt Show yesterday. I went to see the show and get a signed copy of Michele Muska’s new book Quilting the new classics. This is a lovely book with a great variety of quilts and options and the quilting is great, just great.
Michelle Muskas book

Marie Bostwick signed a copy of her book ties that bind. Part of the Cobbled Court Quilt series. Love this series, it’s different and refreshing.

The best part seeing friends both long and new.  Leaving energized.
Then driving home in good time only to get slowed down in a couple of places that just made me nuts. But I quilted last night finishing the 1.2 million bubbles on Quantum Leap. Moving on to the final push on this quilt to get it done in time for Market.

And today quilting while listening to Jeter’s last professional baseball game. Such a great guy.

Quilting quilting quilting on to more quilting.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

Maria O City Quilter ClassJust 11 days ago I taught Let Your Foot Loose, be Fancy & Free at the City Quilter. It was a good day. The bonus was having Maria O. as a student. Maria is a fab quilter and teacher in her own right (she teaches at the City Quilter).  Maria posted this photo on fb of her finished, binding and all, sample from class. Oh my goodness!!!!  Swoon!
Maria certainly let her foot loose, changing thread weight and color on a whim! Letting the thread do the work for her to create an interesting piece. At the beginning of class she showed a quilt (she was delivering to someone) – the quilting is outstanding, tone on tone blending into the background.
This piece of hers oh yes, makes this teacher all kinds of giddy!

variegated silk so pretty

Susan asked, “Did you over stitch or did you add a line to make it look like the fabric turns?”

Great question Susan!

To answer completely I’ll show a photo of the whole piece first.

Well the answer is actually both. The first part of the answer is in how I drew the original lines of the whole cloth. I took the lid from my button tin and drew the original circle then added swooping lines  under it to create a “mountain” with the moon hanging low. I then drew in the lines for the star points, making them intentionally wonky. Why you might ask? Because every star has her own shape. CAM01738 (2)
Part of the visual has to do with the high contrast of the color: a bright cream to orange variegated 50 weight (Tiara Silk) silk thread next to a solid deep purple. By following the line of the original swoop and stitching densely that helps.
Since I outline stitched the area with the lighter thread and very close to the darker thread it looks like I stitched over in that area.

One thing you can see here that won’t be visible once the quilt is finished is the drawn line and how I almost got there. I was done stitching with that thread and wanted to move on somewhere else. Drawn lines are guidelines, not rules.

 

And a Whole Cloth Challenge Update. Lisa Calle and I had a bit of a chat the other day and I’d hoped to draft a quickie post over the weekend. We’re extending the challenge to the first week in December. We both have had a few things in our lives that have prevented us from having the time to finish our quilts. If you’ve finished your quilt both of us would love to post photos on our blogs so please send us photos. (note Lisa posted photos on this blog post.) If you’ve been thinking you’d like to make a whole cloth quilt there’s time!
Reminder:
it’s fat quarter size
design is your choice
fabric and thread and batting are your choice

Lisa and I are using Robert Kaufman Radiance.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

Jackie KunkelThis weekend is the quilt show at the New England Air Museum: Flights and Fantasies it’s called. Jackie Kunkle of Canton Village Quilt Works heads up this amazing show in Windsor Locks CT, a charming New England Town indeed.

I’d say if you get a chance go.

I just saw on fb Sue Reich’s exhibit of antique quilts all war related in one way or another. One of the quilts, red & white, has the words of the hymn, “Nearer my God to Thee” appliqued (I’m presuming at this moment). The entire hymn.

What flitted through my mind was another quilters comment, while one in particular it matters not who but that some quilters experience a need to have permission to pursue quilting in a way that makes sense to them. Precision piecing, modern quilting, traditional quilting, whole cloth, quilts with embroidery, hand work, machine work whatever.

Find your passion in quilting and pursue it with all of who you are!

Go visit these amazing quilts, see our history, be grounded, be rooted and then by all means be free.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

 

CAM01733I know I say this a lot, but, I love to quilt.

I am loving this whole cloth challenge.
I am loving the process of creating.

I like that after several hours of quilting the piece looks very, very different.

I like that silk thread allows me to add teeny tiny stitching and detail work.

I love that with each stitch the piece takes on a whole new look. It’s exciting to watch what happens.

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I like how adding a bit of King Tut – a 40 weight 3 ply, variegated cotton thread in orange/yellow & purple added a sense of light and helped create movement in the quilt.

When I got to this point last night I thought maybe I’d finish the background in a similar color to the Radiance, but as I look at it now, I think not. There is more to add to this quilt top.

CAM01729Paula Nadelstern‘s visit was quite delightful. The quilts were hung in a way that she was able to take the attendees on a tour, talking about each quilt and her process. One thing that I love that she says when anyone asks her how long it took to make her quilts, “as long as I’ve been quilting”. It’s experience. The experience of this quilt leads to the next and the next and the next. We learn as we go along.

If you get the chance to see any of the trunk shows that Benartex puts together with Paula please go see it. These trunk shows are amazing!

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I was invited to dinner that same evening with this delightful quilter, Luke Haynes. I must admit to getting all giddy when helping to show one of his quilts – with Joe Cunningham. Oh my goodness. Two quilters that I admire. A lot.

Well I’m off to do a little more blogging and quilting before heading out to work.

Have a fab quilterly day!

Teri

At The City Quilter!  11 happy students and one happy teacher (cue the music, ear worm please)

After class i found two more things that make me. Happy!  The current issue of Generation Q Magazine, rumor has it that the Quilt as Desired article is fab.

CAM01725Then i found Megan’s book, Quilting isn’t Funny! .

Then i saw this!

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Great Day! !!

at play greg caseI get to teach tomorrow at the City Quilter.

Last I knew there is one space left.

We’re going to play with design and thread, Let(ting) our Foot Loose, being Fancy & Free.

Let’s see what kind of fun and trouble we can get into .

I’m hoping I remember to bring my camera and take a few pictures.

I’ve gotta be the worst picture taking teacher.

Doesn’t mean I don’t love my students.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

 

whole cloth challenge circle completeThere is nothing quite so comforting as listening to the sewing machine as I quilt. It’s a beautiful sound.

As I look at this update and think about the comments on facebook and think about another project I’m working on (I think a lot!). So the question I get a lot is, “what comes next?” or “do you plan your quilting?”

CAM01719Photo aside: This is the same quilt taken in different light.

I probably do know what comes next and I probably plan however there is nothing on paper. How’s that for an answer? Priceless eh?!
I am sharing process on here with this quilt as it’s part of the Whole Cloth Challenge with Lisa Calle. Thinking that Chocolate Swirl was it – I worked on that for a while (and will finish that eventually) Nope. That wasn’t it. Then I started quilting the dupioni silk. Nope that’s not it. This grape Radiance that Olde City Quilts sent me with an order I placed a while ago kept whispering to me. It’s the same color I used for Moon Over Manhattan. You know, Little Miss Sassy Pants. I got to thinking about Olde City Quilts. How Judy lived in Montana (if I remember correctly). My image of Montana is big sky, mountains and wide open spaces. And the Big Sky reminds me of the moon. And I love the moon. The moon reflects the light of the sun, Radiance reflects light. Hmm I see a correlation here. The more I thought and stared at this fabric the more the idea settled that I wanted to do a play on Moon.

From Moon Over Manhattan I have the fabric, moon shape and the lone star (it is intentionally wonky)
From Montana I have the mountains and big, open sky.
From my thread drawer I have the silk thread and color
From my imagination I have the quilting.

So when someone asked what comes next? My answer, “Lime green” may have seemed a little odd. In my mind it made perfect sense. It’s one of my favorite colors and it will pop against the grape. I finished with the lime green last night and moved onto black. I am so thrilled that Superior makes silk in a variety of colors. I won’t know what the finished quilt will look like until the quilting is finished.

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Ellen McBurney, one of my readers and a member of The Quilt Show, is auctioning this quilt titled: Libby and Ricky Converging to raise money for Libby Lehmans ongoing medical expenses.
Here is a link to the ebay auction.

The quilt is lovely.

 

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