By Melissa Thompson Maher
Former Editor’s Note and Disclaimer: We’ve been silent a good long while here at Generation Q, but we’re coming out of retirement on behalf of one of our own. Teri Lucas, our erstwhile community editor, has published her first book: Color, Thread & Free-Motion Quilting: Learn to Stitch With Reckless Abandon (C & T Publishing, July 2020, $27.95 hardcopy, $22.99 e-book). Teri is a trusted colleague and a dear friend, and we love just about everything she does. Ditto for her book. You’ve been told.
We are pleased as can be to lead off the blog tour for Teri’s inspiring book. Having supported her as the book grew from an idea into an outline and finally a draft, we feel a bit like midwives to see its beautiful cover emblazoned with her name. And it is no bit o’ fluff. Teri is a Thread Whisperer. She creates amazing free-motion quilting that meanders and marches across fabric, adding a back-story that enhances and uplifts the tale told by the quilt itself. And while she’s an artist, she’s also a technician. (Have you seen how small her quilted bubbles are?)
Happily for the rest of us, Teri is an effective teacher, too, and her book captures those lessons admirably so we non-FMQers can find our own reckless ways with thread. The book’s tone is encouraging and helpful, and every so often, her quirky sense of humor pops through as a reminder that for most of us, quilting is something we do for fun. If you don’t believe me, check out the Pepperoni Pizza motif she includes in her section on quilting designs.
Understandably, color is huuuge in Color, Thread & Free-Motion Quilting. Discussions of analogous, complementary, split-complementary and primary schemes can sometimes make your eyes glaze over but Teri makes them lively and simple, with homage to Joen Wolfrom, creator of the Studio Color Wheel. Teri’s Impractical Color Wheel exercise is a revelation, when it comes to really seeing how colors stack up–literally–on different colored backgrounds.
There’s a score of other bloggers lining up to tell you what they think about Teri’s book, so I’ll comment on just one stand-out aspect: an “aha” exercise where different colors of thread are stitched across pieced strips of black, various grays and white. You can almost see the thread color visually change as it travels across the gray-scale stack of fabric. Mind-blowing.
Oh! Almost forgot! We get to give away an e-copy of Teri’s book. To enter the random drawing, leave a comment telling us about your “comfort color,” the color you most often use for quilting. Winner will be chosen on Aug. 7.
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