Now retreat has come and gone and its back to reality.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
The first new knot I learned was when you want to tie that knot right at the eye of the needle to keep your thread from sliding through - a must when working with silk thread. Using one of the handy dandy needle threaders, pull the thread through the eye - it is a loop. Take that loop and pull the needle (point end first) through the loop and it forms a tight knot right at the eye. Now how easy is that?
The other method is a little harder to explain but works like a charm when you are knotting off your thread. On the back side of the fabric, make a very small stitch, leaving the needle in the fabric. This only works if you are working with a single thread - not doubled. Take the thread coming out the right side of the needle eye and cross it over to the left side, going under the needle at the pointed end. Now take the thread coming out the left side of the eye and cross it over to the right side, also going under the needle at the pointed in. Then just pull the needle on through the fabric and you have a very nice flat knot.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
This quilt was made using the basketweave pattern in the January/February 2007 Fons and Porter magazine. It was a fun one to make and I appliqued the little birdie in the corner to put in the borders, but liked it better as the label and decided to put it on the front of the quilt. I will be teaching this quilt pattern to my quilt club in March, so I better hang on to this one for a bit.
I will be going to quilt retreat on Thursday !!!! 4 days of someone else cooking and cleaning up after me and all I have to do is quilt and chat with my friends. I have already started packing - my machine and projects that is. Clothes can wait until the last minute - I do have my priorities!
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
I do enjoy reading others blogs though and seeing the projects they are working on. Its amazing how many women are quilting and all the beautiful quilts that are being made.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Here is a picture of a Cathedral Window quilt I have made. Its kind of in the shadows as it is hanging on a branch of an ancient oak tree. I am trying to come up with a nice picture to put on the front of my pattern. Not sure if this can be lightened up or not, but I love the outdoor look. What do you think?
I have been invited to conduct a workshop on my technique for making Cathedral Window quilts and am both excited and nervous. The workshop is not until October, so I have lots of time to fret about it.
Here's a close up of the quilt. My pattern shows how to do all the foundation sewing on the machine - including sewing the tabs down before you sew in the colorful patches in the "window".
I am currently working on a couple of applique border quilts and a New York Beauty quilt that I call Christmas Beauty because it is in Christmas colors. I have always wanted a special quilt just for Christmas. I am going to a quilters retreat at the end of this month and plan to work on the Christmas Beauty at retreat. I already have my project bag packed with the blocks arcs that I have already made and all the other block pieces. Can you tell I am excited?
Have a good day everyone!
Thursday, January 10, 2008
My name is Teresa and I have been quilting for awhile now - maybe 15 years, maybe longer. I come from a family of quilters, in that my fathers mother and sisters quilt, and my own mother is a master quilter. I love all aspects of quilting from the design, fabric selection, cutting out the pieces, sewing them together, making the quilting sandwich, hand or machine quilting and finally binding it off. What a sense of accomplishment when you had the finishing touch - the label.
I enjoy doing my quilt design on EQ6 and even when I have a purchased pattern or one in a magazine, I like to recreate it in EQ6 just to play with the colors and sizes. I have three patterns published and my favorite is my Cathedral Window pattern, which I call "You-Can-Do-It" Catherdral Window. This is because I developed a technique where all the sewing can be done on the machine, with the exception of sewing the little color patches into the quilt "windows" which I prefer to do by hand. My technique makes a very sturdy quilt as well, but retains the look and feel of the quilts made the traditional way.
I work full time for now at a University in the research area, but am looking forward to retirement in a few years and then hopefully I can move into developing more patterns and conducting workshops. I love to teach quilting and introduce newbies to the quilting world.
I have two daughters, Jennie and Ellen, and both have become quilters in their own rights. My newest inductee into the quilting world is my neice Joy, and she and I went fabric shopping last night for her very first quilt. More on this later....
I also have a wonderful husband who lets me talk quilting, and never complains on how much fabric I buy or money I spend on my gadgets. He even encourages me to enjoy my hobby and I love him dearly for being so supportive of my passion.
I hope to hear from some of you and will try to post some pictures and other things once I know better what I am doing. Until then, Happy Quilting!