Category Archives: Quilting

Tuscan Garden


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.


Quilt Completed!

Quilt Completed!

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

pieced and embroidered baskets

yellow basket

green basket block

basket with tulips

purple basket with tulips

block with daffodils

yellow basket with daffodils

basket with tulips

pink basket with tulips

blue basket

blue basket

quilt back

My favorite part, the label. Created with Bernina V6 software.

the label

I’m ready for an iPad

I’m ready for an iPad

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:

830 Embroidering

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!

Christmas Table Runner

Christmas Table Runner
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

Quilt Guild Challenge


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.


Yuletide Magic


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.