Oh Scrap – Teresa Silva

Today’s Stop on the Oh Scrap blog hop is

Teresa Silva of Quilting is my Bliss.

Teresa quilted the Splendid Scraps quilt shown above.

Teresa Silva, Maggi Honeyman,  Natalia Bonner, and Abby Latimer are the magic makers-machine quilters that brought my quilt tops to life., Thank you for that!

Both Teresa and Natalia have quilting books that overflow with inspiration.

The real artistry in the quilt world is the quilting. The stitching of the quilt top, batting and backing, the quilt sandwich that is secured together with the finest of stitches and design.

Funny Story:

in the late 1980’s Gary and I went to the Texas State Fair for some Fletcher’s corny dogs. Gary had his corny dog and I came home with a Gammil Quilting machine. I was going to save so much money by quilting my own quilt tops and maybe even quilt for other people. What a joke!!

This was before there was any classes, training or support on how to use such a gigantic piece of furniture. Once the machine jammed and I called around looking for help with no luck. The guy at the sew and vac said he had never worked on that kind of machine but bring it in and he would see what he could do. At this point, a few months had passed and I was so pregnant that even if the machine worked I wouldn’t be able to reach the handles.

It is State Fair time again, we tracked back to the state fair with a 5 yr old, 3 yr old and a 6 month baby. Headed directly to the Gammill booth for some direction.They were so kind and bought it back from me for exactly what I had paid for it the year before. They would pick it up from my house on their way out from the show. I needed the bedroom now for baby #3 and who was going to have time to quilt with 3 kids under 6?

We all paid a visit to Fletcher’s Corny dog stand and came home with corny dogs, great memories and a pocketful of $$.

The above story conveys how much I think the quilting makes the quilt and that is not a talent that is in my wheelhouse.

March 16th- Pat Sloan

March 17th- Corey Yoder

March 18th- Barbara Brackman

March 19th-Alison Dale of Fabric Expressions

March 20th- Melissa Corry

March 21st- Carrie Nelson of Moda Fabrics

March 22nd- Sherri McConnell – A Quilting Life

March 23rd-Kimberly at The Fat Quarter Shop


March 24th – Teresa Silva- Quilting is my Bliss

March 25th- Jane Davidson – QuiltJane

March 26th- Martingale Publishing





  1. Little Quiltsong says:

    I so enjoyed the story you shared – and the heart warming ending. I’m really looking forward to your new book.

  2. Terri L Gartman says:

    Just picked up my copy of your book and I’ve been working a block I saw online somewhere for my rainbow scrap challenge for last year. Still have a few more blocks to make. Imagine my surprise when I see your stair step pattern and find out it is one and the same! Mine look totally different with all one color in the 2 1/2″ squares. I love your quilt and have tons of these scraps as well. So excited to have a name for this block and a new way to set the blocks together! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Sue H says:

    What a great story! Also speaks volumes for Gammill. I don’t have a long-arm machine but a few friends of mine do and they stand behind their Gammill.

    My daughter bought your book for me for my birthday. I’m super-excited to start a new, scrappy quilt!

  4. Jane Cleveland says:

    I picked up your book today and it’s amazing!! You know how the litmus test for buying a Quilt book is if you’ll maybe make two or three quilts? Well I want to make them all! They really are beautiful, with a little original twist on each one that takes it to the next level. Well done, Lissa!!

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