Kaleidoscope Collections


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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CAM00513Quilters as mentioned here I found the screen to see the stitch count on my machine!  I’ve often wondered, and there is no way to tell, how many stitches there are on my 1080’s.  With the quilts stitched from piecing to binding over the years and all those tiny bubbles from @play I’m sure the counter would be in the millions.  Perhaps with those bubbles on @play I may have topped the billion stitches?  A quilter can dream!

CAM00650So curiosity got the better of me yesterday, I wrote down the start number on one 1 x 7″ strip where I’m quilting bubbles.  (if I haven’t mentioned this before Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero has mad skills as a piecer!)  When I got to the end I checked the stitch count, quilted another strip, checked the stitch count.  After the 3rd I checked the average: over 6,000 stitches per strip.  Since I can’t count how many bubbles there are I can count the stitches.  More to the point the BERNINA 780 counts the stitches for me.  I’d be a little like that owl in the tootsie pop commercial stopping at, “one, two, three!”

Congratulations to my friend Debby Brown! Handi Quilter released 4 teaching videos that Debby taped over the summer.  Check out Debby’s blog for details. I’m so excited for her.

Have a happy Sunday!

Teri

 

CAM00513Sing it with me now, “Tiny Bubbles
I’m still stitching tiny bubbles.
Tiny Bubbles here, tiny bubbles there.
Tiny Bubbles

Everywhere!

CAM00650I’m stitching tiny bubbles.  And occasionally checking in on my stitch count.  It’s fun to stitch for a while and watch the stitch count go up.  As of the time of this post I’m 3,000 stitches shy of 350,000 stitches.  More than likely by the end of this quilt I’ll be very close to if not over 1 Million stitches.

CAM00649And then there’s this feature that I love so very much.

By pressing the “i” this screen comes up.

I can then press the “save” button and save the stitch that I’m working on right now allowing me to turn the machine off, go away for a very long time, turn the machine on and have my settings stay right where I need them.

This is stinkin’ cool!!!

Happy Quilting!

Teri

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I am working on Quantum Leap.  Nothing like a due date to get motivation to set in.  It’s due to Jeanie on my birthday!  YAY.  I love that part.  I’m celebrating this quilt as I go along and this will be a great way to celebrate my birthday.CAM00517

To stitch out the 3.5 million pebbles I am using 2 different colors of Magnifico and may use a 3rd once I stitch it out on my practice piece – thanks Jeanie – to see how it looks.  If it does what I think I’ll be madly in love with it.  Oh heavens me I am madly in love with this quilt.

I’ve been sharing a few photos like this oneFB_IMG_13812779448808075

and this one

FB_IMG_13815283992797648I do like to sip a little wine when I quilt. it’s relaxing and tasty.  Don’t let the camera angle fool ya, it’s all good…the wine and the quilt are not really in close proximity to one another.  Especially that red.  ;)

FB_IMG_13815427076871322Over the course of quilting each of these scissors end up on the floor, usually falling when I’m paying attention to the quilting and not what’s under the machine.  The quilt sometimes snuggles under the tray shoving the scissors onto the floor fighting for more room and winning.

Those are just 3 of the many pair (including Paula Reids Batt Snips) that I have around…and yes dear quilters you do see my very favorite BERNINA seam ripper.  I love my BERNINA seam ripper….it’s so fine and get’s into the tiny stitches when I need it.  What isn’t pictured is the needle threader and needle to bury threads.

Oh and you can see the light that is in the bobbin area of the 780.  Yep, that’s one feature I love!!!

 

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