FB_IMG_13812779448808075Working for a couple of hours on a Gen Q project, then some of my own stuff.
Including this beauty, which has been neglected.
And there are blogs for Gen Q, prep for Steve’s Sew & Vac and BU prep.
Oh dearie me! I am so HAPPY!

Catch ya later!


PS watch this space I have a special announcement for my New York City peeps

PS version 2 I have added a class at Hartsdale on Saturday August 23rd

Quilt Expo bookmarkWell, last night was something of a surprise.  Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero tagged me in a facebook post letting me know that our quilt, Feather Zone, was chosen as the quilt on the bookmark for Quilt Expo in September. This is so cool. So.stinkin’.cool. Feather Zone will most likely be at Quilt Expo with Jeanie in the Kaleidoscope Collections booth. We had no idea this would happen.  Thank you Wisconsin Public Television and Quilt Expo!

tilde-competition-overall-3.jpegAnd then I got a text from Keith letting me know that at the Tucson Quilters Guild Annual Show  Tilde won a First place ribbon in the “Two person Piecing/Applique” category and Exemplary Machine Applique. Woohoo! Way to go Keith. Cristy Fincher (Sharon Schambers daughter) posted a photo on Instagram (follow me at terilucas). You may remember that the central motif is from Sharon Schambers “Fresno”. I love it when something I’ve quilted brings other people great joy.

You all know that teaching machine quilting is one of my very favorite things in life aside from quilting itself. I love that moment when I see everything coming together, the quilters body relaxes, the machine slows down and the quilting just happens. Those are indeed magical moments. I love too helping quilters figure out how to problems solve what’s going on with their machine.
I’m also happy to share with you that I’m scheduled to teach Free Motion Machine Quilting at Brooklyn General February 15th and 22nd. I’d love to have you as a student if you’re in the area!

I’m also teaching at the Minnesota Quilt Show June 12 – 14. Looking at the faculty list I’m really excited.  This is a new to me show and I’m looking forward to it and meeting up with friends and quilters!

I’m working on one day guild event in NJ.

Happy Quilting!




CAM00677Well, I’ll be quiet here until about November 18th.  I am in the middle of quilting the quilt pictured here which will take every free moment I have between now and then.  I’m quilting Quantum Leap (pieced by Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero)
There will be lots and lots of bubbles – I can tell you the stitch count on the machine is somewhere between 5500 and 6000 per 1 x 7″ section.  I’m enjoying watching the stitch count on the machine go up! up! up!

I can tell you that I learned something truly fascinating about the 7 Series the other day.  I needed to have a board replaced because of a hum – I thought the crickets were particularly loud this summer and didn’t realize the hum until after I closed the windows.  CAM00649 I saved settings so that when the machine booted up I would be able to just get stitching.  (see the yellow highlighting around the disc) As you can see I have a photo of the settings so what mattered to me was getting the board replaced, not so much information.  The tech called me to the work room and asked me about this because when he went to do the straight stitch this is what came up.

(Isn’t it cool that the screen shows the foot, needle down, the tension setting, the presser foot pressure and that the feed dogs are up!)  Well even though he had to replace one board, my settings were saved in another area of the computer part of the machine!  Better quilting through technology!  Okay, maybe not better quilting…I’m still in control of that but certainly easier!
I’ll be back soon!Happy Quilting,TeriPS I’ll be coming back with a couple of tutorials…so stay tuned!

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


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!


CAM00240One of the Friars used to say, “Blessed are the Surprise-able for they shall be surprised”.  As quilters I think we’re among the surprise-able when we work on our quilts no matter how much we plan there is always a level of surprise when the quilt is complete. There is always something that happens along the way that I don’t expect.  Oh wait, the whole process is a bit of a surprise for me because I don’t really plan much along the way.  It’s kind of freeing to work this way.

Every once in a while I need to do a bit more planning….mmm planning is the wrong word.  I need to see what the thread looks like on a quilt to get a sense for the overall effect.  Thankfully this time I have a practice piece to play with thank you Jeanie!  This quilt is special, really, really special.  A bit of background, when Jeanie and I won a first place ribbon for Feather Zone I sent her some Robert Kaufman Radiance – turns out it’s prepared for dying which means that Jeanie can put it through the printer to get whatever color she wants.  And it’s pretty, really pretty.




2 – pink


3 – orangy red


4 – blue (teal)

See, Oops I’m not really giving you enough to see the whole thing. Oh I’m a tease, I know.  I can’t quite help it.  Until I’m a bit closer to being done I don’t want to share the whole quilt.  Jeanie and I emailed and phoned to talk about the next step.  Our arrangement is this: Jeanie comes up with the concept, and pieces and I choose the batting, thread and stitching design.  Along the way we check in with each other to affirm where we’re going.  Sometimes the emails fly back and forth.  This time it’s all about the color.  The quilting will be dense but will be mostly in the background of the quilt.  I’m bubbling away here.  Bubbles, bubbles everywhere.  I love quilting bubbles.  I needed to know how the colors would play on the surface before starting the stitching so here are 3 of the 4 colors I tried out before settling on the blue.  I thought the orangy red would work well, uhm not so much.  I liked the pink but it started overwhelming the dots. So we’re going with. . . the teal blue and the green in 1.  The colors head more toward the background.  Originally planned to use the teal in number 4 for the border however that’s changed and I’m going to use Twist that will fade to the background.

Having a piece to play on has been priceless it means a little less flying blind.  The rest of the quilt remains a bit of a mystery and i like it.  With quilting I like a few surprises.

Happy Quilting!


gray radiance 001Road tripping is always a delight.  Road tripping with 3 friends is priceless.  Our first stop: Ladyfingers Sewing in Oley PA.  Well our first “stop” was Wegmans for provisions, ie chocolate and fruit.  I just missed Gail, however I did not miss one of my very favorite fabric lines, Robert Kaufmans Radiance.  I picked up these beautiful gray pieces.  I have plans, plans I say.  I may pair them with the cheddar orange dupioni silk and I may not.  We’ll just have to see what happens.  The color choices may seem odd for this quilter however I’m planning thread play on each one of the pieces of gray that I have.  I’m not sure of size yet, that will come later.

Arriving at the quilt show I was delighted to see Jan Magee, the Editor of  The Quilt Life.  The Quilt Life is quite refreshing for a quilt magazine and, I think, is leading the way in encouraging quilters to really grow their skills as quilt makers.  I’ve written a couple of times for them and plan to submit again soon.  Unfortunately I didn’t get a photo with Jan.

AQS Lancaster 002I did get a photo with Alex Anderson.

Alex has been part of my quilting  journey nearly from the beginning.  Now that she and Ricky have The Quilt Show.  We get to see more of her joy and exuberance in personality.  I really love how different The Quilt Show is compared to SQ.

One of the gals brought home a new Bernina 350 Special Edition with the cool skin on the front.  Alex signed it.  How cool is that?

lime and gray yarn 001Before heading over to the show on Saturday we stopped at Kitchen Kettle Village to shop at The Olde Country Store, Zooks and the Village Shops.  My first stop: the Lancaster Yarn Shop.  Oh my!!  This shop is delightful, friendly staff and lots of beautiful yarn.  First of all how can you go wrong when the shopping bags are lime green with metallic purple writing?  So stinkin’ cute!  And then I picked up this lime green and gray kettle dyed yarn.  And this time I have a plan.  A friend showed me a herringbone infinity scarf.  I can’t wait to start stitching this.  I want to finish a couple of other projects first though.

AQS Lancaster 016When I saw this quilt the first time I stopped in my tracks and had to take a photo.

Then saw the artist, Sue Reno.

Sue and I have been friends on facebook for a few years and the last couple of AQS shows we stand on line and chat while waiting to pick up our quilts.  This year was, delightfully, a bit different.  We talked for a bit, went to see her quilt and Sue shared the process a bit with a family admiring her quilt.  The silk used comes from a particular town in India where Sue studied in the 1970’s and again on a recent visit.  The ornamental ginger leaf is dyed using a cyanotype process (a type of  light reactive dye – left in the sun for a period of time for the desired effect).  The family asked great questions about how Sue put the quilt together.

Sue and I talked a bit more about her quilt after the family left.  I really love the groundedness and freedom of this quilt.  It speaks to roots and growth.  At least in my mind.

I am once again grateful to see Tilde hanging in a show.  I have a few more shows to enter Tilde into before shipping her off to Keith as he AQS Lancaster 003has a couple of shows to enter into.  Thank you John Anderson for taking this photo.   John also took the photo of Alex & me.

I was able to share with quilters about the making of this quilt a few different times, which is always a pleasure.

Tilde is one of my favorite quilts to date.

Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero and I did the great quilt hand off with a long conversation at the Superior Threads booth.  I can share that the quilt Jeanie pieces is off the hook gorgeous uses Radiance as well as some commercial batiks.  I know roughly how many hours she has invested in the quilt so far and know I’ll probably meet her in hours quilting.   We won’t know until later when we’ll be able to share the quilt, it just depends on when I get it finished and which show we decide to enter first.   A very special thank you to Gina Reddin who spent a good 20 minutes with us offering a few great suggestions.

Happy Quilting!







Feather ZoneQuilting a kaleidoscope is one of the very best ways to practice machine quilting.

There are a variety of ways Jennie quilt floating triangleto figure out the stitching path and to quilt them.  The variety ends up being infinite.  It’s a great way to figure out how to make the quilting show or have it fade to the background.

When I quilted “Feather Zone” this was the first time I was able to stitch up one side and down the other of the feathers.  With a few more hours of practice I would be able to do this with the muscle memory developed by stitching and stitching and stitching.

Having the shapes printed out like this and making my usual on the fly decisions regarding how I wanted the center spines to look made the process easier.  This is why many quilters like stencils (by hand or on a domestic) and pantos (on a long arm) because the stitching path is clearly defined, being careful to follow the stitching path is essential to an overall well stitched quilt.  One of my students asked me to quilt her Stack & Whack quilt some time ago and I love going back to look at this quilt.  It always makes me happy in part because she was happy with the end result of the quilt.  By stitching the S&W hexagons as though they were kaleidoscope images I had a lot of fun with the quilt.  Each block is quilted uniquely and I was able to use the ditch to easily move from one block to the next.  The butternut/interlocking circles is one of my favorite designs.  I like the effect on the black next to the very straight geometric lines of the hexagons.  I used a chalk powder and a stencil to accomplish that look.

kaleidoscope bang 1As so often happens in a post I digress.  Last night I installed Kaleidoscope Kreator 3 along with the filigree, Feathers and Snowflakes Template Packs.


It didn’t take long before I uploaded a photo of a the stitching on a recent quilt.kal bang 5 kal bang 6 With just a simple change of how many wedges are in a particular shape the image changes completely.  The two Kaleidoscope on the right and left of this text are the same section of stitching with a simple change of the number of wedges in the “lace” template.  While they are quite similar there are clear differences.




kal feather tilde 1I took an image of Tilde and started playing with one of the Feather templates.

Printing something like this out the adding machine stitching not only around the feathers but in the feathers, creating more detail is no only a great way to practice quilting but create beautiful one of a kind pieces for gift giving.

Seeing the kaleidoscopes above gets me thinking about how I can figure out how to stitch new shapes leaving negative space here and there.  I can see something like these being printed on card stock and stitched through with an empty needle.  A little chalk powder and a machine stitching template is born.  With the image saved on my computer I have a road map for color placement and knowing where I’d have stops and starts.

The possibilities are just mind boggling.

Happy Quilting!



Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 284 other followers