quilting


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

Quilt Basket Rendezvous for Steves sew and vacWoot! Woot!

I’ll be at Steve’s Sew & Vac teaching Alex Anderson’s Quilt Basket Rendezvous.

Will you be there? I’d love to see you.

Have a great quilterly day.

Teri

Ponder 1With the extensive blogroll on the side here you can see that I check in on and read a lot of blogs. There are more that I subscribe to including Seth Godin and Bernadette Jiwa of The Story of Telling and a few more. Bernadette wrote What Will Your Verse Be about the death of her hero Robin Williams. Side note – one of the best eulogies here: Russel Brand

There are a couple of things that Bernadette says about Robin that spoke to my heart:

He cared about doing that. He knew it mattered. He understood that he was here to contribute a verse and that doing it meant facing his fear of failure. I’m glad he did.

and

Despite his genius Robin Williams was no exception, he experienced the fear of not being good enough as we all do.

There is so much running through my mind right now: how he has been part of life for so long I can’t quite remember a time when he wasn’t there; he mattered; he gave life; brought us joy, touched our hearts. Oh I could go on. I could share how Dead Poet’s Society, Good Will Hunting, Mork & Mindy and Patch Adams touched my heart. I could touch on how depression and mental illness are so misunderstood. (they are) Robin’s mind and heart, his love and humor will remain for a long time.

I am a quilter. And I want to speak to quilters: what you do matters – whether or not it’s public. We wrap people up in love, make art for their walls, keep them warm, bring a smile to their faces, offer comfort in tough and downright ugly times. That’s what matters.

That fear of not being good enough – it’s there, right under the surface for all of us. There is no right or wrong way to deal with it, to express it, own it. I’d like to sit here and say just relax, it’s a quilt, it’s thread and fabric and batting. But it’s who we are, like Robin, on stage (quilt shows, blogs, magazines, patterns, fabric, thread collections) for all to see. And sometimes that fear  that we’re not good enough is realized in the comments other people make. I’m not calling out anyone in particular or referencing anything specific. Though with several recent events I could. Oh wait, I’ve called myself out before for being less than kind in my words.

It is exactly this fear that “giving quilters permission to do whatever they want” hopes to address. Seek your own path, find joy in your quilting, quilt for you, quilt because you enjoy it, quilt through the troubles, quilt through the fear, (and yes I speak to myself as much as I speak to you). Ask questions as much for what to do as what Not to do. Quilting is a journey of the heart and to the heart. And your heart is precious. Your mind is amazing.

I also want to say make quilts for here and now – not 100 years from now. That quilting for 100 years for now adds so much stress and anxiety to our quilt making. I do not care one whit if my quilts last 100 years, I quilt for here and now with as much passion, heart, soul, and joy as I have in this moment. Quilts are for now. They bring joy here and now.

Now go quilt your day. I’m going to write, try out new rulers, write some more, review a book or two, write another blog and send a big email and search for inexpensive plane ticket.

Go quilt your world!

Teri

red dupioni silk and kimonoToday

this moment

playing

discovering

enjoying

quilting

dupionikimono silk

kimono

hobbs tuscany silk/cotton blend

2 layers

quilterly bliss

play piece

smiling

off to quilt

have a happy Sunday

Teri

 

Quilt Basket Rendezvous for Steves sew and vacI’m teaching at Steve’s Sew & Vac Saturday August 16th.

I’m teaching a variation of Alex Anderson’s Quilt Basket Rendezvous.

The fun thing is Alex will be in the night before giving a talk at the shop. I wish I could be there for that however working on Friday at Hartsdale and the timing is just a bit off.

There are just a few spaces left in the class, so if you’re not doing anything next Saturday I’d love to see you in Philly!

 

Oh and here’s a bit of fun.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

Nancy posted this morning that MOST of her quilts have been returned to her!!!!

 

Nancy Rink’s fb status from Monday July 28, 2014.
I am MAD as Hell! Thieves broke into my studio over the weekend and stole virtually every quilt (see the album What the Thieves Stole). This is an oh so wonderful follow-up to the break in a week and a half ago in which one quilt was stolen. We had beefed up security but the thieves paid no attention. They just ripped the alarm from the door and busted the security lights. Am I paranoid or am I just being targeted?! I have posted images of the main quilts stolen (there are probably more) just in case you see or hear of anything. Please call the BPD or if you see or hear anything suspicious. I have trunk shows booked at guilds and it makes it very difficult to give a trunk show without my quilts.

And if  YOU the thief is reading this, please don’t bother to break in again. There is NOTHING more for you to get. We have moved virtually everything out of the studio and are searching for a new location. Also, thanks for the pee and poop you left in the toilet!!! F&^$#*$!!

And from Tuesday July 29th:

$1000 REWARD FOR STOLEN QUILTS
Yesterday I was mad as hell. Today–well, I’m still mad, but am thinking a bit more clearly. So I’ve decided to offer a $1000 reward to whoever facilitates the return of my stolen quilts. (to see all of them, check out my photo album titled “What the Thieves Stole). These are two of the quilts. They all have labels on them and were stolen from my studio in Bakersfield, CA some time between 5:00 PM Friday 7/25 and 9:00 AM Monday 7/28. Contact me via FB or call me at if you know the whereabouts of my precious quilts.

Please take a look at the quilts below, if you see them please contact Nancy with the numbers provided or the Bakersfield PD. Please be smart and 1) do not attempt to purchase the quilts and 2) do not attempt to confront the people who stole these.

Teri

 

Nancy Rink stolen quilt 1Nancy Rink stolen quilt 18Nancy Rink stolen quilt 17Nancy Rink Stolen quilt 16Nancy Rink stolen quilt 15Nancy Rink stolen quilt 14Nancy rink stolen quilt 13Nancy Rink stolen quilt 11Nancy Rink stolen quilt 10Nancy Rink stolen quilt 9Nancy Rink stolen quilt 8Nancy Rink stolen quilt 7Nancy Rink stolen quilt 6Nancy Rink stolen quilt 5Nancy Rink stolen quilt 4Nancy Rink stolen quilt 3Nancy Rink stolen quilt 2

Debby HandiQuilter Teri BERNINA

Debby Brown Handi Quilter Educator   – Teri Lucas BERNINA Ambassador

Going to quilt shows is just as much fun as ever when I can see this gal, Debby Brown.

The Quilt Basket Booth was located right under an air handling duct – blowing cool, COLD air down. Which I loved, however standing under it for hour upon hour Debby was COLD, hence the wearing of her Handi Quilter Sweater. I donned my BERNINA shirt this morning so here we are Fierce Competitors by day and good friends by night. Oh, bah, we’re good friends anyway. American Made Solids

The Quilt Basket is in the process of making the move from their current location in Wappingers Falls to Pawling – opening mid-August. They carry the entire line of the American Made Solids I came home with gray, black, lime and purple. Please don’t ask me the exact colors because, I really don’t know. I just had to have them. These are $6 per yard and have a lovely hand. I’m looking forward to doing some quilting with them in the very near future.

I very nearly purchased a thimble from TJ Lane. I was so close. Please, dear friends, don’t drop your teeth. I loved the look and feel of these thimbles when I was a hand quilter and wanted one then. They were on my “I MUST GET THIS TO QUILT LIST” way back when. These things are GORGEOUS! Amazing and beautiful and functional and did I mention Gorgeous? Who wouldn’t want to own something so very beautiful?

Traveling to a variety of shows you get to see some of the same vendors and begin to get to know them. I love Linda Pillion-Lease’s jewelry. I bought a button necklace from her that I still treasure. Today chatting with her was really different and I hope to interview her on my blog very, very soon. I listened to her tell the story of her art pieces, incorporating fabric and her jewelry. I was/am so moved that I hugged her before I left the booth. I can be a bit of a hugger if I know  you well, if not eh not so much hugging gets into personal space and well that whole introvert thing just gets me almost every time. When I hug I hug with my whole heart. The beauty I saw in her pieces and the story she told . . . . it’s a gift. . . .a personal beautiful journey. Oh damn words are going to fail me now.

I did spend some time in the quilts however did not get photos. Not for lack of trying. When I went in there were so many quilters vying for pictures of the quilts that moved me I just quit trying. I’m okay with that. Really. One thing I did walk away with a clear sense of. . . hand work is NOT a dying art. It never will be. There are so many quilters who love that part of the quilting world that it is here to stay. While hand quilters feel fewer and far between they are not. There were plenty of ribbon winners at Quilt Odyssey. While part of me rails at having separate categories for hand and machine quilting I get it – they are different and should be judged in a show accordingly. That said, they are both beautiful ways to quilt. And while I “gave up hand quilting for Lent” I can still pick up a thimble, needle, thread and get stitching.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

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