beauty


dance bang head 1948I read “Compared to. . .” by Seth Godin and said, “there’s a quilt related blog if I’ve ever read one.” More than likely there were different words and it’s barely 6 AM here, and I’m just taking my very first sips of my morning Joe I seek your indulgence for a few moments.

Comparison is, as a human being, rather natural. A mom of a toddler aged boy shared the story of her boy and another same aged boy comparing anatomical differences at 3. Comparisons start early in life, and probably continue through until our days of dwelling in the local bone orchard. There are places where comparing is good, comparing thread is good. I like comparing thread. There are quilters who do not agree with my thread choices and that’s okay. I know why prefer the threads I prefer. Because I’ve compared them, on the machines I use and they work. And the threads I don’t prefer, some people do prefer them. Because they’ve compared them, on their machines and they work, for them.

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This is my preferred thimble. Because it was my Gramma’s. That is all

Comparing thread, machines, needles, rulers, cutting mats, storage ideas is great. These are useful TOOLS. They are inanimate objects where some comparison is necessary. In the quilt world this comparison has something of a subjective air about it, and it’s important that it does, as what we are doing is highly personal. I like my current cutting mats and have been eyeing another brand but seriously do not want to invest money in a new cutting mat right now so there will be no cutting mat comparisons anytime soon. Though I want to compare them. And Rulers. I’ve been flirting with new rulers for a long time. Again, the investment for comparison is higher than I’d like at the moment, so no comparison there. I have compared seam rippers and know my preferred brands. Yes, brands.

In an effort to find a particular blog post I found “I figure I’m about 1/2 way there” and had an idea for a quilt at the same time. And in my mind flashed a quilt I’ve been working on and why it’s working. And “You are enough” is whispered in my ear.

The thing about comparing is learning to know what to compare and when to compare it. Remember too, that Masters were once Novices. A novice comparing themselves to a Master is a good thing only when they are looking for the places to improve their own skill, looking for the right questions to ask, seeking direction. A Master will not compare their work to a Novices, they will be reminded of the learning curve, how hard things were at one time, and how they learned along the way. The Master will offer insight and encourage.

There is a further level to this, if we want to acknowledge clear differences between our work and a Master’s work, that’s fine. This is an appreciation of hard work, and skill, that is not in any way to diminish our own work. Acknowledging someone’s hard work, and effort, that’s good. Saying our work is crap because it doesn’t meet the skill level we see, eh, not so much. Wanna compare time invested in developing said skill? Great! I’m all for it. Time invested is objective, not subjective.

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The quilting I did 6 years ago is very different from the quilting I do now. I can compare my work and appreciate how different the quilting is now. I can see growth and changes. I can see the quilting taking a direction.

Where were you 5 years ago?
How has your quilting changed?
Is there anything that surprises you?
What’s the most significant change?
Write yourself a note to take stock of your work and see how it’s changed.
And give yourself the reminder that comparisons belong to the things we use, not our person.

Happy Quilting,

Teri

Sometimes gifts come in fun and beautiful ways. Debby Brown, friend, quilter, quilting teacher and Handi Quilter Educator. Debby is a quilting bestie, offering encouragement, sage advice and good honest opinions when asked. A darned fined quilter, indeed. I do admire Debby.
gift 1The other day Debby and I were chatting and she asked if the mail arrived.  It had not. Yesterday she asked again, and my husband handed me a box. Inside a little gift, a tiramisu, a little pick me up of sorts: an adorable fat-eighth, a sparkly pen that will stay with my planner (which I love by the way. Deco-Bob thread (I’ve been wanting to try this one), Wonderfil Tutto (a nod to the article I have in the current issue of Generation Q Magazine). Did you notice that the Tutto is orange? She knows that orange is one of my very favorite colors! 
Did you notice that the colors on the front of this issue are purple and orange? Oh my goodness! I totally have to thank Lisa Lauch, our Creative Director, for that. Though I don’t think she really knows that purple and orange are my faves!!

chuao chocolate – mmm chocolate and lip balm, who doesn’t need a good lip balm every now and again. And the sweetest bit: a Longaberger basket. I love Longaberger baskets and I have several around the house that once belonged to Joy. I’d own a few more, they are spendy and worth every, single, hand-crafted inch of their spendiness.
gift 2This little pick me up has a purpose and it is received with the joy in which it was intended.
Thanks so much Debby.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

A photo posted by Teri Lucas (@terilucas) on

The photo is from my instagram account while shoveling the snow yesterday.
Yesterday was a snow day as my boss made the decision that the roads were too bad to travel. I spent the day writing for my book and shoveling on and off. The muscles in my upper body let me know, with no uncertainty that they did not like this exercise in futility. My sweetie and my sister appreciated my effort making the whole thing worth it. Spending the day writing and catching up with a few people in a very meaningful way.
In chatting with one quilter about something she’s doing in her business I got silly excited by the color and because she’s so excited about where this is going.
In chatting with the next quilter I got some good feedback on a descriptive analogy I wrote. She reminded me to add something, making it all the better.
The third quilter, for the umpteenth time gave me a word to hold on to. It’s fascinating that in a myriad of words that this one stands out. It does and I added it to my list of ideas for the front cover. And it’s something to give consideration to as I write, including the idea/concept in the body of the work. The word resonates that much.
The fourth quilter started sending text messages with pictures, emailing and reminders of something so important. Something I don’t always see because of the limited interaction I have with my students. The timing on this conversation could not have been better.

Next Monday I’m participating in a blog hop for a book by Julie Booth. I love doing book reviews.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

fridge words

Waking up early has it’s benefits. I’m sitting at my dining room table sipping coffee, looking out my kitchen window and watching a beautiful sunrise creep up over the trees and telephone wires. The winter colors are much more subtle than summer but beautiful and inspiring none the less. Color ranging from a light to mid gray into peach and orange against the black of the trees. Sigh. This is why I love sunrise and sunset. It’s full of color that makes me happy. While I would have preferred to sleep this morning enjoying coffee and the sunrise bring a smile to my face and get me thinking about quilting.

I have magnetic words on my fridge. Have for years. Every once in a while I notice them and rearrange them. As I did so this morning the thought came to mind that I’d like to get a magnetic board for the quilt room and have words on there to rearrange an play with. That’s a some day, down the road kind of want. words on fridge writer

The image on the left is the current arrangement of some of the inspiring words. The image on the right is more editorial type words from some company. I find it rather amusing that these words fit one component of my quilting life that I just love: content, branding, style, words, print, copy, proposal, create. I can tell you this I love Melissa and Jake and every editor I’ve worked with over the last few years. So much so that I personally declare Tuesday December 16 National Publisher and Editor Day. If you’re a writer of any sort send your publisher and editor a Thank you note, in a text, an email, hand written, on their facebook wall.

thank youAs we get closer to the end of 2014 I would like to take this opportunity to

Thank You

for reading TerfiCreations.

I am grateful that you stop by and read the words I write. Thank you for coming along on this Journey of quilt making.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

Quantum Leap for blog

Quantum Leap photo by Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero

Here I am at Quilt Market, the trade show for the industry. This is where all of the new and trendy stuff just is. I’ve been posting pics of facebook for both Generation Q Magazine and myself. To say that I am having fun would be an understatement. To say that I’m working hard would be an understatement. My feet ache, my arms are sore and my mind is swimming and my heart full.

badge with author ribbon

Here’s the big news

While today is the final day of Market there are moments of generosity that took my breath away and moved me to tears. Yep, tears.
it’s hard to say thank you for a gift of art from a cancer survivor
the gift of joy from another cancer survivor
the gift of generosity and kindness and concern for how others are treated
the generosity of teachers and shop owners and vendors.

the “welcome to the family!” from an unexpected source and

the joy of explaining “Days for Girls” As soon as I have the time, I’ll write more about this and how GenQ  is organizing an event to help out this organization,

I finished Quantum Leap. Barely. Just in time for Jeanie to be able to hang it in her booth. It’ll come back to me eventually so that I can bind it again and for a little tweaking. Overall I love this quilt. We had our moments let me tell you.

And for my big news.

I am going to write a book.
Yep. I know a few of you have guessed this. I was waiting to share this wee bit of news for a  bit longer but when Roxane Cerda said, “hey go get your author ribbon at the C&T booth” I realized that this is time to just admit it and get down to the business of writing.

I am so stinkin’ excited. This is with the company that I have always wanted to pitch and work with. There are a lot of great companies out there that would be fabulous to work with but this, this is the dream. There may be gaps in the blogging and I know you’ll understand. There will definitely be gaps in what I can share of the work I’m doing. I’m not the first quilt blogger turned book author and won’t be the last.

Happy Quilting!

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

Aurifil smilieEnjoy

the

weekend

i’ll be quilting and working

and quilting some more after work Meadowlark chevron vines

what about you?

there’s a few more days before

Just a few more days to enter the drawing for some of Melanie’s Meadowlark fabric!

Happy Quilting!

Teri

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