quilting


B790_StandardThe 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.

Stay tuned!

Happy Quilting!

Teri

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.

 

Big Dave Mifsud made his first quilt. @missouriquiltco

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

Superior Threads Tiara Silk threa setI 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.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

piecing basketWith your hand in the cookie jar.
With your pants down.
Oh I could go on and on with this.

Quilting is fun. When the fun stops it’s time to think about what’s going on.
Usually when the quilting stops being fun for me I’m in the middle of learning something new and am banging my head against the nearest wall wondering if things with this quilt could possibly get any worse. And sometimes yes it can get worse because there is more to learn and I’m not there yet.

A good friend once said: we don’t need new teaching, we need reminders. Another good friend is an organization geek. She freely admits this and I can see a direct correlation between her organization and her success. It’s a beautiful thing to watch. She’s very respectful of her own time, giving her full attention to the project she is working on in that moment be it a contract for a quilt related gig, writing patterns, paperwork, making a quilt. She will often set a time limit to work on that particular project, work completely on that project for that time. Once the timer goes she’ll move onto the next, again giving her full attention. This allows her to touch many of her projects during the course of the day and meet and/or exceed goals. She does give herself some flexibility in that.
dance bang head 1975This is inspiring me in my own work in ways that I’ve never thought possible. I’m starting check lists for projects not only to keep the organized but to keep me on task. There’s a good article in this issue of Gen Q – a follow up to an article in the previous issue. Note taking isn’t working for me right now. And I’ve found myself doing something that I find really, really annoying. Bang. Head. Here!

In creating the check list I’m finding that I do indeed understand but what’s happening is I’m moving ahead without checking the next step and sometimes making sure I’ve done the first step correctly.
bendy bag the other sideI did that with the Bendy Bag too, just plowed ahead without going back to read the directions and just confirm the next part of the process. And these are projects where it’s all in the details. With quilt making – it’s all in the details.
What I’m seeing is, this is stuff I’ve known all along. I’ve just needed good reminders. That when I give over to using check lists, and following processes the work flow all the way around is better, there is a good order and I function better.

What are the things that you do that help you function better?
Do you give yourself permission to be flexible?
What are your best organization tips?

Happy Quilting!

Teri

daiwabo fabricsThe other night my friend and I had a discussion about value. Color value. She is an artist who takes actual classes, paints, quilts, plays viola, you get the drift. Part of the conversation drifted to the new job and one component that I am struggling with, less and less, but still struggling. There is a learning curve with every new thing we take on, this is mine at this moment.
While I don’t have formal training as an artist I get color intuitively, I know the basics: the color wheel, how to use it, how to show others how to use it; I know what works for me and how to help new quilters select fabric and thread for quilts. This is what’s irritating about this particular struggle, I feel like I *should* get this, easily. Surprise! I don’t.
After a bit of conversation over dinner what I’m having a difficult time with is separating out the value. So we have a solution that I’m going to try out soon. The fascinating thing though is that while I’m struggling with this it’s what I’m working on right now for the book. And the funny things is that I get it! So you can see why this makes no sense. Ha!
Aside: we had dinner at The Bayou in Mt. Vernon, such good Cajun food!

I’m off to work for the day at the day job. Have a quilterly day!

rock in burr grinderAs a quilter I know it’s important to listen to the needs of the quilts as I’m working piecing and quilting them. It takes time to learn how to listen and trust that the quilt is giving us good information. Reality is it’s learning and informing our brains to know what works and what doesn’t, a good bit of this is subjective (our own personal taste) and some is objective (developing and applying an understanding of color and other principles of art).
One of the simplest things is using the fabrics in the quilt, the shapes, textures, and colors to select colors and patterns for the quilting. I say it’s simple because it’s what I do. It’s what I showed quilters when they asked for help in the quilt shop. It’s what I share when I teach free motion machine quilting. The fabric designers have done some serious work and we can take what they’ve done and let it inspire us.

One of my biggest goals to listen to and meet the needs of my students and write this book.  As I’m listening to the members of the Clamshell Quilt Guild and the Warwick Valley Quilt Guild I’m hearing a lot that is informing how I move forward as a teacher and with this book. Earlier this year I put the book on hold for a few reasons, as I write this I’m beginning to see that I needed several experiences and conversations to wrap my head around a few concepts that were niggling at the back of my head and have recently become clear. As I’m writing this morning I’m having a strong urge to take a red pen to my introduction. Words that I thought were important are becoming less so.
JOURNEYAnd I’m going to be honest here: there is a level of fear. Kind of like entering my first quilt show and doing my first lecture and teaching my first machine quilting classes. Screwing this up is a total possibility and it’s a risk i’m going to move forward with taking. This morning my mind is reeling with possibilities in part because of the two lectures and class I just taught. I’m going to have that same class, with some tweaking with  the Warwick Guild.
I can not thank these quilters enough for allowing me to be part of their journey. More importantly I’m grateful for you all being part of my quilting journey. I love quilting and teaching and writing so much.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

JOURNEYWaking up at 4 a.m. because my face hurts from this silly summer cold I have is ridiculous. And I knew it was time to get up because my mind was thinking about the things I need to do. I have a book review to do for Generation Q Magazine that needs photographs to demo technique. What I’d like to do is take pics of a friend using the technique. I’ll bet I can make that happen pretty quickly here. Then there is the work for MSQC and this and that and I’m making pillows for my sister.

One more round of stitching and this one is yours

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My word of the year is Journey. While I’ve been writing more on my other blog about the Journey of it all I thought I’d take a moment and write here. The journey of quilting is something akin to a quilter puddling thread onto a quilt top to see how it looks. We pull several yards off and let it fall where it may. It gives us a sense of how the color will look on our quilts with no straight line in sight. Bliss. Sometimes we think we’re not moving forward however in all reality we’re backtracking to create beautiful feathery designs. Sometimes we think we’re moving forward and out comes our friend the seam ripper. Something goes haywire and out have those must come. It’s a bang head here moment and while it feels frustrating there is often something beautiful that comes from it…better stitching, a better understanding of tension, better color choices, better needle selection.

The quilting journey is the life I love to lead. I love to see what happens when I thread up the machine and just go. Last week I made. I need to finish the directions and a couple of diagrams to go with it.

Next week the quilting Journey takes me to the Clamshell Quilt Guild; the following week the Warwick Valley Quilt Guild. I’m thrilled to bits that I get to talk about quilting and teach. Did I mention that I love to teach? Next weeks class is “Go with the Flow”. Yep. Hopefully I’ll remember to bring my camera and take pictures. I’m giggling already because it rarely happens that I take pictures during class.

I’m loving this quilting journey! I love that I get to quilt, teach, write, edit, buy fabric (as a job), be a BERNINA Ambassador and get to know so many amazing quilters. I love that I get to learn something from them and add their wisdom and experience to what I know/teach/do.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

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