August 3, 2015
Jeannie it is!
We’ve had some fun stitching this weekend.
This is the back. Yes, it is Dupioni Silk. Yes, that is some seriously tiny stitching.
On the top I’m using Superior Tiara 50 wt, variegated silk thread. In the bobbin it’s Superior Kimono 100 wt silk.
I love quilting.
I love teaching too, so I’m actively working on applying to teach at shows next year.
The teaching part is going to, somehow, include a retreat. This is something that’s been on my mind for a few years now and I have a group of quilters to figure this out with. If you’re interested in a 3 day retreat please feel free to contact me and we can get this on the schedule.
July 30, 2015
The B 790 and all its amazing features will be adorning my sewing table sometime this weekend.
There are New Features to explore, such as the stitch creator, and that new bobbin system.
There is a new stitch count to raise.
And, she needs a name.
PS – Now you all know that I love working with rulers on my home sewing machine. I’ve seen their potential in the domestic sewing machine world for years.
There’s been a lot of chatter about the BERNINA Ruler Foot, #96. BERNINA is not officially releasing it yet, they are redesigning it for the home sewing machine user. There’s a problem with the height of the foot and potential for the needle bar to hit it, with some force, when the foot is in the highest position. If you’re like me, and I know a lot of you are, instead of using the hand wheel to drop the needle into the quilt to pick up the thread, I tap the heel of the foot pedal. This sends the needle down with some force, that has the potential to cause some damage. This damage will not be covered under warranty.
It’s for this reason that I, personally, wouldn’t purchase and use an aftermarket foot for the machine.
The further chatter has included the question, “why would BERNINA be worried about my machine?” Well there are so many reasons. The one I’m going to focus on for now is two-fold: one on the business end, the other on the consumer relationship end. First the business end: they know that the consumer is wanting to use rulers on the home sewing machine and they have taken the time to do the testing with the foot for all possible outcomes. The possibility for real damage to the machine exists and BERNINA, therefore is taking the proactive approach to saying we don’t recommend this, and here’s why.
The second part is relational, if BERNINA chose not to make us aware of the potential damage to the machine, we then, as the consumers would be really ticked off with the company should a whole lot of us purchase the Ruler Foot, use it and then, in some weird, freakish way, damage the machine. As much as they can, BERNINA wants to maintain a good relationship with its consumer base.
It’s never easy for any business to maintain a good relationship with its consumer base however, in this case the company is trying to do so. I have to give them kudos for taking the time to do the testing before hand. For my part as the consumer, this little bit of education and a little personal experience are going a long way to Waiting for a ruler foot that will work with the domestic sewing machines. The personal experience comes in the form of sitting at my machine and going through the steps to bring the bobbin thread up. I had the #24 foot attached, and used the hand wheel to drop the needle down to pick up the bobbin thread. I did this on purpose to see where the needle bar stops and why there would be any concern at all. With the foot was in the highest position, the needle bar comes right to the top of the #24 foot. If I’d used the foot pedal with the #96 foot, the needle bar would have hit the top of the foot with some force.
So, I’m waiting. Impatiently, but I’m waiting.
July 28, 2015
Creative energy is catching. It’s beautiful to watch and enter into. For two evenings the fabric, thread, sewing machines, and great creativity came out. Step, by careful step these newbie quilters along with Vanessa of Crafty Gemini, and a couple of more experienced quilters, plotted fabric acquisition, patterns, pieced, and quilted small quilts. One of the guys was going a bit bigger, more for a lap size/wall hanging with half square triangles.
Pictured above is Big Dave with his first quilt, he cut all of that fabric by himself, fussy cutting the print to get it to go in a specific direction.
The day before I left for Hamilton I looked all over for my camera case so I could travel with the camera. I’m still looking. It’s here. Somewhere. So photos are limited.
I did get to meet Jenny and chat with her for a bit. The night before this Jenny and her husband biked into town on their recumbent bikes. The last thing I heard was Rob Appell riding one of them.
My cousin, Josh Cook, published a really cool work of fiction, An Exaggerated Murder. This is one intelligently written murder mystery. (If you are easily offended by salty, blue language, walk away from the book) Josh’s command of the English language is stunning. His use of some cool literary tools to achieves the mind racing of his main character, Trike Augustine. One of the best bits of reading in a very long time.
July 21, 2015
Tomorrow morning I head to Hamilton, MO for a staff retreat with Missouri Star Quilt Co. It’ll be fun to meet people, in person, I’ve been working working with for a few months. I’m just as excited to meet this crew as I was to meet the GenQ crew for the first time. As much as I love working from right here in NY there is something amazing about meeting people in real life.
The cool thing about the quilting community is that, while the on-line community is active and vibrant it’s my opinion that quilters will always find a way to gather and be physically present with one another. We will always have new quilters, always have very experienced quilters, and the entire range in between. The twain meets and offers support and encouragement to one another. The new quilters bring a breath of fresh air and an opportunity for an old quilter like me (and I mean in terms of experience here, rather than age) to nurture, support and teach. It’s a beautiful cycle.
I’m looking forward to this trip for oh so many reasons. Most importantly getting together with the quilting community.
July 14, 2015
Over the last few days links to a Salon article have come up in my fb newsfeed. So with a little digging I found the original NY Times article. My immediate response is would this ever happen in an article on men’s sports! My guess is the editor would have laughed him right out of the room, probably taking is press credentials as he left. I don’t mind being impressed when someone who is vertically challenged makes it in world of sports, because it means they’ve done the work to get there and have proven their skill level. I’d have thought by now with Serena more than proving her skill level that her “body type” and “body image” would be not part of the conversation. Given the comments by other athletes this is clearly not the case, their concern for body image, not everyone can be model thin and “girlie”, it is an unreasonable expectation of genetics.
What I’m impressed with is that these women have made it. They have worked hard, played hard, learned how to practice, practice, practice. They’ve learned how to move through defeat, because you know they don’t always win and show up for the next big game. They don’t give up. They listen to coaches, watch other players and look for ways to improve their skill. They do the work.
Who gives a rat’s ample booty what their body looks like? Some of these women are “older”, meaning in their 30’s, and still competing! We all know our bodies change, our metabolism changes over the years and these women are still doing the work and competing! Think about this too, Misty Copeland was just named principle dancer at 32, in a field of 20 somethings. This woman show up to do the work! I’m more impressed with all of these women showing up to do the work than their body type.
As quilters, it’s the same thing our body type doesn’t matter. We’re quilters. We can show up to quilt every.single.day. There are teachers, authors and pattern writers who will help us but ultimately we have to show up and do the work to complete the quilts we want to complete. We have to show up. We have to do the work. Nobody is going to write the book for me or make the quilts for the book (well that’s not true I’m sure I could get help with that). Nobody is going to quilt my competition quilts for me (yes, yes there are quilters for hire and I think they’re amazing). There are no tips, tricks or hints that will ever improve my skill unless I show up at the mat, ruler in one hand, rotary cutter in the other and do the work. My machine quilting skill will only improve when I practice, with the good stuff, and learn how to balance tension, learn about color and take the risk of putting my work out there for others to see.
I think it’s important that we change the discussion from body image and type to Wow this woman has some serious skill! Let’s forget what our bodies look like and improve our skills, recognize the skills in other quilters, other women, and do the work to get where we want to go. Let’s show up like Serena, Maria, Misty, and every single quilter who works in the industry in one way or another. Quilters come in all shapes and sizes, just like quilts.
July 12, 2015
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Previously purchased fabric. Isn’t it just yummy?
I went into a quilt shop yesterday and didn’t buy anything.
Do you know of a cure for this malady?
July 11, 2015
I had to laugh yesterday. I logged into NetworkedBlogs to check something, clicked one button and discovered several of my blogs never posted to facebook or twitter @terificreations, feeds. Yes, I need to check this more often. I’ve enjoyed the comments and thank you to those who do.
So today I’m just going to say thank you for reading this blog, A Quilters Heart, and the Generation Q blog. You all are pretty awesome.