I’m so excited! The Tuscan Garden quilt was featured on the Bernina blog, We All Sew. Here is the link to check it out:
Tuscan Garden Guest Room
I have added a pillow since the photo was posted on the blog.
Tuscan Garden Pillow
I plan to use these projects in my guest bedroom. Hum, “display” might be a better term than “use”. And I have started a wall hanging that will coordinate as well.
Yes, it is finished. Photos of the embroidered blocks for this basket quilt were in an earlier post and now the quilt has been sewn together and quilted.
It took me awhile (and several trips to the quilt shop for more fabric!) to decide how to set the blocks together…
Click on the photo for a close up view.
pieced and embroidered baskets
green basket block
purple basket with tulips
yellow basket with daffodils
pink basket with tulips
I don’t have an iPad….but I want one! Maybe if I make a purse/bag to carry an iPad, it will make it happen??
Lazy Girl Designs Candice purse is the perfect carrier for an iPad. Plus it has a zipper closure (my preference), and an outside pocket.
The outside of the bag is a pale green linen look fabric, and the trim and inside is batik. The large pocket-the one for the iPad that I don’t have (yet)-has a gusset making it ideal to hold bulky items. The embroidery is from OESD, Go Retro.
Oh, the inside pocket can also be used to carry an eReader, papers or anything. The instructions tell how to adjust the size for what ever you need.
And while I was stitching the purse on my 200/730, the 830 was embroidering blocks for the Tuscan Garden Quilt. Want a sneak peek?
Tuscan Garden Block 7
Tuscan Garden Block 1
Just because there isn’t any embroidery on the purses I just finished doesn’t mean that I wasn’t embroidering!! Both sewing machines were working hard and I was getting twice as much done. Really!
While I was sewing purses on the 200/730; the 830 was embroidering away creating blocks for a basket quilt I’m making using 1930′s reproduction fabric. Here are some of the embroidered blocks:
These embroidered basket blocks will alternate with pieced basket blocks in the quilt. You can see small parts of the pieced basket blocks in the photos.
The embroidered basket designs in the center of the blocks are from the book Crocheted Laces and Edgings for Bernina by Cindy Losekamp. The book has 75 embroidery designs with a 1930′s feel plus instructions to make laces, edgings and insertions using your decorative stitches. The flower frame is from OESD’s design pack Signs of Spring (design number HG653-48). The designs were combined using the Bernina V6 embroidery software.
Stay tuned for photos of the finished quilt!
It’s time to decorate for the holidays and here is a table runner I just completed that will dress up my kitchen table.
The design idea is from the Bernina USA web site, Tuscan Tile Work Table Runner created by Jeanne Delpit.
Christmas Table Runner
I used the Bernina bias binder to create the gold bias strips and to bind the runner. The designs are from the 2011 OESD Holiday Collection 3. Yenmet gold metallic thread was used in the embroidery. I love the glitz! Notice that the quilting includes stippling, cross hatch and tacking.
Here are some more photos.
Table Runner center
Table Runner end
Half square triangles, and lots of them! All made from batik fabrics.
The plan is to make as many triangle squares as you will need for your quilt, take them to the guild meeting, mix together with everyone else’s triangle squares and take home the same number of triangle squares as you brought. BUT you will have a bigger assortment of fabrics than what you came with. Then create a quilt using the triangle squares.
Triangle Paper from Quilttime was used so all triangle squares would be consistent in size.
Challenge quilt idea
I used the Quilter program in the Bernina V6 embroidery software to come up with some ideas. Here is my favorite so far, but it’s subject to change!! It all depends on what my assortment looks like.
Each year OESD creates Christmas designs which are available at your Bernina dealer. For 2011, the first design set includes embroidery silhouette designs and a pattern to make this wall hanging. The designs stitch out quickly because the large black areas are applique.
I didn’t alter the embroidery designs, so “Noel” is a bit large for the spot it needed to fit. I compensated by making another patch in that row smaller. Now, if I didn’t point that out to you, would you have noticed??
Yuletide Magic Fabric Collection from Benartex was used for the piecing.
Kits are available for this wall hanging at the Crafty Corner Quilt & Sewing Shoppe. Click on the link to the right to contact them about ordering a kit.
“Quilts of The Winter Solstice” by Jason Yenter contains beautiful quilt patterns using the Winter Solstice fabric line from In The Beginning Fabrics.
I recently completed Reflections of Winter using this book and pattern line. The quilt uses a variety of techniques including piecing, applique and paper piecing (to achieve the perfect points).
Reflections of Winter
I love the fabric colors and patterns, and especially the shiny gold accents.
You can view the quilt “in person” at the Crafty Corner and kits can be purchased from the Crafty Corner website (click on the link to the right).
This will be my Christmas quilt for 2011. Well, one of them anyway!!
Reflections of Winter close up
Ghosts and goblins and witches, oh my!
Time to create a Halloween wall hanging for my front door.
The witch embroidery design is from OESD Halloween 3 (pack 11930). I enlarged
the design to be 9×9 inches, changed the moon and witch to applique instead of
stitches, and added lettering.
The design is stitched on black felt with wool batting and
bound with the Bernina bias binder.
The stem stitch was used to hold the appliques in place. And
grey thread was used around the witch so that her broom and hat would show
against the black background.
Bring on the trick-or-treaters!!
P.S. This is my demo for Bernina club tomorrow morning. Shhhhhh, don’t tell anyone you saw it here first.
From the book “Pretty Little Cozies” (Lark Books). The cover stitched up quick and looks great.
I made a couple of changes. Instead of using pre-quilted fabric, I used two pieces of fabric with Insul-Bright between and quilted them in a diamond pattern.
The edges are finished with the Bernina Bias binder and the ties are made with the binder as well.
There was enough left over quilted fabric to make matching pot holders. This would make a great gift. (click on the images for a closer view)
Casserole Cover ties -half open
Casserole Cover open