We are so excited to introduce you to Teresa Silva! We've shared many pictures from Teresa's Facebook Page "Quilting is my Bliss", which is also the name of her business.
How long have you owned your Innova?
I bought my Innova in December of 2013.
What size do you have?
22” Autopilot with Lightning Stitch with a 12 foot table.
How did you get started quilting?
I decided to start longarm quilting in January of 2011. It came about kind of by accident actually. I told my husband one day I think I want to buy a longarm machine. He looked at me like I was crazy, but he still let me give it a try. He’s been so supportive in my quilting journey. I bought my first longarm in January of 2011 and taught myself how to quilt by watching others online and taking a few online Craftsy Classes from Angela Walters. I was quilting pantographs for customers within 5 months of buying my longarm. I then became quite bored with that and decided to try a little custom quilting. My business just grew from there and I’ve had such great opportunities to work on some beautiful quilts. In December of 2013 I decided my machine was not right for me….so I talked to the Innova Dealer, Jack Boersma. He told me how wonderful Innovas are and I went and took a test drive. I knew this was the machine for me. I upgraded to a 22” throat space from an 18” and decided to get the Autopilot. I have loved every minute of it! The service has been great.
Do you have a favorite technique or style that you like to quilt/use?
My favorite type of quilting is hands down Modern quilting! I do love a good feather too…in a modern way of course but Modern Designs are what I really love to quilt.
How often do you use your longarm?
I use my longarm every day unless I’m out of town or sick! Longarm quilting is very addictive.
What inspires you the most about quilting?
I think the thing that inspires me the most is the quilting community. I love that everyone is so willing to help and teach each other new ways and give inspiration to others. I like to be inspired by others and I also hope others are inspired by my work. It’s very fun to share on Instagram, Facebook and Blogs. I have met some wonderful friends through my quilting.
What are your favorite quilt trends right now?
My very favorite fabrics would be anything by Tula Pink of course! She’s my number one fabric choice. I make a quilt out of every line of fabric she has and I will not give those quilts away. They are collectibles you might say! My favorite patterns are by Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts. She writes a great pattern and has made some genius rulers that make your quilts go together perfectly. My favorite quilting style is definitely Angela Walters type modern quilting. Angela is such an awesome artist and is so sweet and helpful to others. Such a very valued inspiration to all of us!
Have you used your longarm to make or quilt something other than a quilt?
I mainly use my longarm for quilting for customers, but I have quilted fabrics to make bags on my longarm. So much faster than a regular domestic sewing machine.
If you’re interested in Teresa quilting for you please send her an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org