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

 

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!

Teri

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!

Teri

 

 

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!

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