I pulled out a not-so-old UFO this week to finish up. Remember this one, from Angela Pingel’s book A Quilter’s Mixology? It was set aside while I was finishing up some other deadlines and now it’s back at the machine.
I knew from the start that I wanted to do straight line quilting. Sort of a tedious process though. I am halfway done and hope to finish today. There’s this little feature on the Bernina 750QE that I am loving. I can have a short attention span when it comes to straight line quilting. I never want to turn the machine off after I’ve set up all the stitch length, tension and pressure foot settings just how I like them for a current quilting project. This machine has a button that puts it into “Eco Mode”.
It’s like putting the machine to sleep or power save, but when you press the button again – magic! – you are just where you left off. This is definitely one of those features that I never thought I would need, but I find myself using constantly. And now, to push that handy little button and get back to work.
October 23, 2014 14 Comments
Today I’m thrilled to be the next stop on Corey Yoder of Little Miss Shabby’s blog tour celebrating her new book, Playful Petals. I first “met” (virtually of course!) Corey in my very first online quilting bee back in 2009. I was pretty new to quilting and I couldn’t believe I was invited to be in a bee. It didn’t take me long to realize Corey was amazing. I mean, REALLY, SUPER talented. Everything she made was to the highest quality. I could have been intimidated. Honestly, I was. But I also was motivated to try harder and do my best. I tell you this story because when I found out Corey had a book coming out, there was NO doubt in my mind it would be the highest quality designs and patterns. I was not disappointed.
Ok, another revelation. I didn’t know Petals were a thing. I’ve seen the shape before, and I’ve appliquéd a bit, but the entire Petal premise of this book was new to me. I love trying new things so this has been exciting.
Playful Petals is a collection of 9 quilt projects and 9 “mini” projects that accompany each quilt (think pillows), all of which use appliquéd Petals in different ways. Corey starts out the book with some really great information on appliqué basics (a must read), piecing, fabric, and finishing. (about 30 pages) The book then moves on to the projects.
I really loved so many of the patterns in this book. I decided to make the mini version of the Starflower Quilt. Here’s the full version:
And here’s the mini version:
Rather than make a pillow, I decided on a mini quilt to begin a mini quilt wall in my sewing room. That is, if my daughter doesn’t see it and snatch it for her dolls first. I followed Corey’s appliqué instructions in the book and easily put my quilt top together.
I stitched a blanket stitch around the petals (stitch #720 on my Bernina 750QE). I am the s-l-o-w-e-s-t blanket stitch stitcher in town. I used some of that new Aurifil Thread from the Favorite Things box!
I quilted a free motion meandering in the white background space. I love the texture it gave the quilt, combined with the appliqué. I quilted straight lines, 1/4″ apart in the outer wide turquoise border. I finished it off with a light gray plus print for the binding, from Cotton + Steel. I love how it turned out! Big thanks to Corey for once again motivating me to try something new.
You can keep up with more projects from Playful Petals on the below blogs:
September 15: Amy @ Stitchery Dickery Dock
September 16: Melissa @ Happy Quilting
September 17: Jessica @ Quilty Habit
September 18: Faith @ Fresh Lemons Quilts – Me!
September 19: Amy @ Diary of a Quilter
September 22: Sherri @ A Quilting Life
September 23: Amber @ Gigi’s Thimble
September 24: Lori @ Bee in My Bonnet
September 25: Amanda @ Crazy Mom Quilts
September 26: Lee @ Freshly Pieced
The blog tour will end with a giveaway on Corey’s blog, Little Miss Shabby.
September 18, 2014 10 Comments
I feel like it’s been awhile since I’ve shared a finished quilt in this space. After many, many, many hours of quilting straight lines, this one is finally complete. This Color Block Quilt is based off my Rainchino Rails quilt.
I wrote this pattern back in 2011 for Fat Quarterly. For my Color Block version, I eliminated the white sashing and just increased the width of the strips by 1″. You can still buy the issue with the pattern on the Fat Quarterly website.
I debated between mixing up my fabrics or dividing them into sections, and I’m happy I ended up doing the latter. I just love color blocking! I mentioned in my last post about this quilt, I quilted straight lines using the edge of my foot as a guide. I used the dual feed on my Bernina 750QE for the entire thing – about 170 lines!
You may recall in my post on straight line quilting that I was getting “off” results from the walking foot – but I encourage you to check back at that post. It’s all working fabulously now, just tweaked my settings a bit.
The backing is a beautiful Fig Tree & Co print from their California Girl line. The binding is from Zen Chic’s Comma line. This quilt measures 60″ x 68″. It’s actually a gift, going to a very special home in the next few weeks. I can’t wait to send it off!
May 13, 2014 27 Comments
A quick post today to show that I have not been lazing around, but am truly working on finishing up my next quilt. I always procrastinate when it’s time to baste because I really just do not enjoy it. With small items like pillows, I spray baste. But when it comes to quilts, I just don’t get the same finish quality as when I pin baste. But I do know others that have great success with spray basting, so I always say you should do what works best for you.
I had always planned on doing straight line quilting on this one. When I received the Bernina 750, I knew it didn’t come with a walking foot. I asked during my training if I could use the walking foot from my 440 with it and found out yes, I could. But I might not want to because the 750 has a dual feed system that can be used for straight line quilting.
I will go ahead and tell you that in my head I thought “SURE. Right. There is NO.WAY. the dual feed can compare to the walking foot when it comes to quilting.” You see, I love the walking foot on my 440. The first time I used it after buying that machine, it was like the clouds parted and the sun shined directly on me.
Then, at quilt guild last week, my friend Catherine assured me that the dual feed on the 750 works great for quilting. Yep, I was still skeptical because I am really stubborn like that.
So I thought I would do a little test. I set up my machine with the dual feed. I followed the recommended pressure foot settings for quilting from my manual. You can see on the screen above, I changed the pressure from 50 (the default) to -10, as recommended. I switched my needle to a 90/14 Machine Quilting needle and got to work. I stitched a line with the dual feed setup. Then I switched to my walking foot. Below, the dual feed line is on the left and the walking foot line is on the right.
Ok, here it goes. I.Was.Wrong. Yep, the dual feed did an amazing job! And not so much the walking foot. I will say once I saw how good the dual feed was doing, I didn’t spend a ton of time tweaking my settings to try to make the walking foot look as good (messing with pressure foot settings and such).
*** Update *** This morning I spent some time testing settings again with the walking foot. With the right settings, the walking foot worked great, just as nicely as the dual feed. Below is a photo and the settings I used.
Fabric and batting: Art Gallery Pure Elements Solid / Quilter’s Dream Cotton Request Loft
Dual Feed: Stitch Length 3.0 / Foot 1D / Foot Pressure -10
Walking Foot: Stitch Length 3.0 / Bernina Walking Foot / Foot Pressure 55
You can see the main difference is the pressure foot settings. I decreased it significantly from the default setting of 50 for quilting with the dual feed. I increased it just slightly for the walking foot. (This will depend on your type of fabric and batting. I use a very low loft batting.)
So there you go! Now I have the option of using both the walking foot AND the dual feed – I just need to check and double check my settings before getting started.
So I’m going to spend much of today continuing with my straight lines. Over and over again. It always takes longer than I remembered, but it’s turning out great!
April 29, 2014 40 Comments