Kaleidoscope Collections


talenti jar stops and startsThere are a myriad of ways to stop and start when quilting. My preferred method is burying the thread. What usually happens is the thread snips end up on the floor around my feet. No big deal there’s a mat for my office chair so I swoop them up and off to the bin they go. Yesterday a fascinating thing happened. I started counting the stops and starts in one block for Quantum Leap.
quantum leap back neon pink quiltingEach block is 7.5 inches square.
Each block has a kaleidoscope block with 8 wedges, so the original motif is repeated 8 times forming the kaleidoscope.
Each block is embroidered with a seed or bead stitch to give the kaleidoscope shapes presence. Jeanie carefully chose thread to highlight the block.

What that means for me as I quilt around each of the major shapes is that I can have as little as 1 stop/start (2 sets of thread buried) and as many as 8 (16 sets of thread buried). Depending on the block, shapes, colors etc well let’s just say that jar doesn’t quite tell yesterdays stop/start/bury the thread story. I’d tossed that much away when Debby’s blog post reminded me I have these jars.

quantum leap on machine

In the end all of the stop/starts will be worth it. In the meantime I’m reminded of how beautiful this quilt is.
I’m reminded why it’s important to have a sewing table at the appropriate height for my person. At 5′ tall the table the machine is sitting on is a wee bit high.

I’m off to do some blogging for the magazine and more quilting on this beauty.

If you’re going to be at Quilt Market stop by the Generation Q Magazine booth and say hello. I’ll be there most of the week.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

 

Today I’m sharing the back of Quantum Leap. Here are 7 individual blocks from the back. The quilting really shows from the back right now with the high contrasting colors. I’ll be excited to get to the border soon. Enjoy!

Happy Quilting!

Teri

QL back 7

Echo Quilting Rules!

QL back 4

I used Angela Huffman’s Ruler to get these straight lines

QL back 6

I like the effect of the echo quilting and the monofilament thread in the center

QL back 5

Echo quilting is highly effective…from the front it’s not nearly as noticeable as the background of the block is lime green

QL back 3

center of the block, will fill in the rest later

QL back 2

Echo Quilting and swirls

QL back 1

Using Angela’s Ruler started the triangle shapes in the corner of the block.

the back of the quilt Quantum Leapbut the quilting doesn’t matter

mmm well that’s not quite true: that the quilting is there is important for the overall look of the quilt
it’s important to quilt evenly across the surface for balance, design aesthetic
this block is heavily quilted – clearly but because I’ve used MonoPoly the quilting will not be prominent on the front of the quilt.

why? because what’s on the front of the quilt is something like this:my view in the morning

and the design here is the more important component than the quilting

Prolly before I go to Quilt Market I’ll have an exciting announcement.

Irritating isn’t it. That kind of teaser.

Yes, yes, I know. But it’ll be worth the wait!

 

Happy Quilting!

Teri

I’m on a mad dash to get 2 quilts done before Quilt Market – and that’s in between blogging for Gen Q, blogging for me, and working four days each week. Whew!!! It’s all good.
1 point 2 billion bubbles and countinghere’s what 1.2 billion bubbles looks like from the back of the quilt.

yes, dear friends, this is a wee bit of hyperbole but it’s the fun kind. And I like it

my view in the morningAs I stitch on Quantum Leap I get really excited. It doesn’t matter if I’m stitching with MonoPoly or Magnifico…it’s pretty. The beauty of this quilt is how much there is to see. Color and texture. I’m excited to get this one complete.

The other quilt will be 36 x 36. It’s from Paula Nadelstern’s new line that will be revealed at Quilt Market! Oh so fun. This is a great line.

I’m off to quilt and blog and meet with my Gen Q peeps and hold my sweeties hand!!!

Happy Quilting!

Teri

 

CAM01712The Walkway over the Hudson is one of my favorite places. Especially when I get to share it with dear friends. This area of the Hudson Valley is simply gorgeous and we’re getting closer to my favorite season – autumn. Oh how I love walking across here in the autumn. The ever changing colors get me all giddy and creative.

We started this day the Montgomery Place farm stand getting our fave apples, Pink Pearl, grapes, corn on the cob and a few other things. Then over to the wine & food fest. We left early this year. The bonus the Walkway over the Hudson.

Onto Hudson’s Ribs and Fish. The popovers! Oh! MY! A quick ride south and onto the Blue Pig for ice cream. We ate in silence enjoying every single mouthful of this delicacy. There is something beautiful about well made food.

One of those FAQ’s that’ll make it to the Tutorials and Helpful Hints page “why do you use two layers of batting in your quilt and what do you use?”

I use two layers of batting in competition quilts, The layers help ensure that the stitches will lock in the batting rather than trying to sit on top or on the back of the quilt. It’s not 100% because stuff happens: eyelashes (speeding); icky tension (pokies top or back).

CAM01490The back/bottom layer is all about the structure, it’s there to help keep the quilt square. Low loft is my preference. If I’m using cotton batting I’m not using metallic thread – this is a personal choice. Cotton by it’s nature is a bit “grabby”. I’ve had the experience of the metallic being pulled to the back of the quilt. Uh, this is not where it belongs. Unless, of course, I’m using metallic in the bobbin, then it’s a whole other story.
Wool is one of my faves for structure and bonus: it has no memory. So when a quilt gets folded, boxed and sent off on it’s journey I can be sure that after a bit of time any folds will ease out over time and the quilt will hang well.

For the top I like wool or silk – the stitch definition with both of these is fantastic. Silk has a bit less loft than wool and shows of fine threads very well. Wool has a bit more loft giving great texture to areas left unquilted for any reason, i.e. fake trapunto.

I used silk batting in this piece to really define the stitches. You can see some loft, wool will be a bit puffier.

Feather Zone

When I quilted Feather Zone I used wool. The unquilted areas have a bit more loft.

What I’ll do after the first of the year is a stitch out on low loft cotton, mid-loft cotton, wool and silk for clear stitch definition.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

alex anderson selfieFriday Alex Anderson gave a talk at Steve’s Sew & Vac in King of Prussia, PA. I’d hoped to be able to go however it didn’t work out. I got the next best thing a selfie with Alex.
As I’ve mentioned I was there to teach a class based on Alex’s Quilt Basket Rendezvous so here’s how I managed to see Alex. BJ actually Saw Alex and wrote about it on her blog.

Jeanie of Kaleidoscope Collections taped an episode for The Quilt Show a while ago. Her episode debuts on Monday.  Our quilt, Feather Zone, has been made into a puzzle. How cool is this. You have the option of anywhere from 35 to 239 pieces.

Go quilt your world!

Teri

CAM00776CAM00777CAM00775 CAM00754 CAM00753 CAM00748 CAM00749 CAM00752 CAM00773   CAM00770  CAM00766 CAM00760   CAM00762 CAM00756After weeks of very long days and not  meeting an obligation I have a down day.  We’ve been members of the Botanical Garden for years, joining when our youngest nephew was coming to visit for a few days…unfortunately the weather when he and his parents were here was rather yucky and we never got to take him.  The nephew and my sweetie spent hours watching the trains on the internet.  It was rather sweet to watch.

We mCAM00755issed last year with my sweeties surgery and finally got to go today.  The time of day really changes the overall look of the gardens and the Train Show.  This year they have added a special exhibit about the artist and the creative process.  Each one of these buildings are made from leaves and twigs and acorns.  It’s such a neat thing to see all of these landmarks, some of which are gone, preserved for all to see in tactile form.  A trip to the Garden is one of those amazing, re-energizing respites in City Living.  We are so blessed to have this treasure and others around the City.  Since Autumn is my favorite season the colors right now are just inspiring.CAM00772  I’m also loving all of the details we get to see close up.

The rose making one last valiant attempt in blooming, nodding her full heavy head to the weight of winter clearly around the corner.CAM00771

And yes, you did read that I missed my deadline on finishing the quilt.  I am gutted on soCAM00768many levels.  The quilt is making the trip anyway and I’ll get to finish it later.  I can tell you this:  I have stitched bubbles for about 70 hours (probably longer) and have about 10+ hours to go.  It’s well worth it. Every.Single.Stitch.  Because I’m a curious sort I started counting stitches (well, actually checking the stitch count on the machine) to see how many stitches are in each section and oddly enough in a 1 x 8″ section plus a wee bit more there are over 6,000 stitches.  CAM00764The more I stitch the more I love this quilt and the more I admire Jeanie, her piecing skills are off the hook!

My next piece I’m working on I’ll share a bit more of and hopefully will get started this weekend.  It will be on chocolate Radiance with shades of red and pink.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

PS I’m working on several teaching dates for 2014 and 2015 as soon as everything is in place I’ll let ya’ll know!

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