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
Last week I decided to do a bit of selfish sewing and make my family a Christmas quilt. I tend to do all my Christmas sewing the last week in November. Three years ago it was the advent calendar. Last year it was the tree skirt. I guess I’m pretty motivated by a December 1st deadline.
Due to my self imposed short deadline, I chose one of my favorite quick and easy layouts – 5″ squares. And to make it even easier, I used mostly charm packs from Aneela Hoey’s Cherry Christmas line.
I really love Aneela’s artwork. The designs on the fabric are so pretty and holiday, but in an understated way. For some reason, I decided I just needed to add the black text print from Violet Craft’s Madrona Road into the mix. This led to the addition of a few other prints, including some pearl bracelets by Lizzy House, dots from Sarah Jane‘s Children at play, and a Kei Honeycomb.
I really love that punch that the black prints add.
A bit of sizing details…I used 4 charm packs and 40 additional cut squares (5″ x 5″ each). The quilt is 13 columns by 16 rows. It measures around 59″ x 72″.
I quilted using a wavy line. On my machine, I use the Running Stitch (Bernina 440QE stitch #4, looks like a zigzag), max out the width and set the length to 4. Although this led to some kind of boring hours of quilting, I love the finished effect.
The back is a flannel from Bonnie and Camille‘s line Vintage Modern. I used 4 yards with a tiny amount left over. I did prewash the flannel…I knew it would shrink a lot more than the cotton on the front. The binding is also from Bonnie and Camille, but their new line Marmalade. I just couldn’t resist it for a Christmas quilt.
So now I’m enjoying some snuggles under the quilt, at least until Spring!
December 3, 2012 43 Comments
I love making pillows. Sometimes when I get new fabric in the mail I just start itching to cut into it immediately, but I don’t really need anymore giant projects in the works. That’s how I felt when a few of the prints from October Afternoon’s Seaside collection arrived last week.
I combined these 4 prints with other 12 other fabrics in my stash. Inspired by the colors in the collection, I added in more yellow, green, turquoise, red and navy. I feel like my stash doesn’t have a lot of “vintagey” prints, but some of the Denyse Schmidt for JoAnns prints really worked as well as some American Jane Punctuation prints I have been saving.
From each fabric, I cut 4 squares 2.5″ x 2.5″, resulting in 64 squares. The pillow is 8 squares across by 8 squares down, with a finished size of 16″ x 16″.
I decided to do something a bit out of the ordinary for my quilting. I used my walking foot, but selected one of the decorative stitches from my sewing machine.
I just love the vintage patchwork look of this pillow. The back is a Riley Blake fabric called Go Fly a Kite. I’ve had it for a little while, waiting on the right project. The binding is the top fabric from the Seaside fabric stack.
Things will probably be a bit quiet the rest of the week on my blog as I enjoy some peaceful time with my family. Have a great week everyone!
August 8, 2012 25 Comments