Ready for a give-away? One commenter, chosen at random will receive a digital copy of Teri Lucas’ new book, Color, Thread & Free-Motion Quilting, published by C&T Publishing. Comment below what your favorite thread is – I’d love to know! Let me tell you about Teri’s book…
I was thrilled to be asked to review Teri’s book! I have gotten to know Teri both online and in-person at the Houston Market. When I have a geeky question about my BERNINA or thread, needles, tension, or the sewing industry, she’s my go-to girl. I just plain-old like Teri – she’s full of knowledge, willing to share and breaks the rules in the most fun ways. Oh, and she’s been in the magazine/publishing/editing realm for a long time. She’s a gem.
The subtitle for the book makes you crack a smile: Learn to Stitch with Reckless Abandon – isn’t that exactly how you want to feel? I love thread, I’ve got quite a stash. Teri makes the case for exploring the impact of thread on your quilt. Many quilters take great care to choosing fabric and colors, yet go to default mode with their quilting thread choices. Teri makes a great case for getting to know your threads.
There is a fun chapter about “The Impractical Color Wheel” which amusingly, I found quite practical. She suggests you try a range of threads on each of 6 colors to see the effect of various thread colors on each. Some really surprised me. By creating an impractical color wheel, you’ll be much less likely to be ripping out entire sections of stitching, making your impractical color wheel a useful resource.I appreciate Teri’s tone – super encouraging and wise. She gently walks you through how to use a Color Tool, what the “rules” are and when to break them, and provides a nuanced approach to thread weight, fiber and ply that will help you make great thread choices. The end of the book includes a library of 36 illustrations of useful designs to choose from for your own quilts.
Every good book review should include the writer’s favorite part. I’m a simple creature; by far my favorite part was the eye candy! Throughout the book Teri includes photos of her work and her samples, all of it gorgeous. Take a gander at Teri’s work and you will see how much impact thread makes. Like this whole cloth quilt:
All in all, the message is play, explore, use your seam ripper liberally and without shame, and, do that wild abandon thing. Her advice supports the desire all quilters have – make it personal. There isn’t a lot out there on the effect of thread on our quilts. This is a great resource that you’ll want by your side.
So, comment with your favorite thread below and Teri will randomly choose an e-book winner for each day. The blog hop continues through Aug 6th and you can comment each day if you wish:
7/28 Melissa Thompson Maher Generation Q Magazine genenerationqmagazine.com
7/29 Susan Emory blog.michaelmillerfabrics.com
7/30 ME! quiltskipper.com
7/31 Teri Lucas terificreations.com
8/1 Paula Reid battsintheattic.com
8/3 Teresa Coates Teresacoates.com
8/4 Scott Hansen bluenickelstudios.com
8/5 Linda Pearl onequiltingcircle.com
8/6 Teri wrapping up
AMUSING EPILOGUE: Last weekend I started to quilt a piece I’d made the week before. I didn’t have the thread color I wanted so went shopping at my local quilt shop. The best color was in a brand that I did not care for, but, against my better judgement, I chose it. It did nothing but fray and break about every 24″ of stitching.
I worked through my mental checklist; all my choices and settings were dead-on. I wrote Teri who suggested a MicroTex needle, the exact needle I never would have chosen because of the slubby nature of the thread. It worked like a charm. Who knew? Teri’s book is full of information you need to keep you from having to rip out your stitching!