In a flash of inspiration, I decided to combine the decorative stitches on my BERNINA 750 QE with my hand embroidery stitches. You can read all about it here, on the WeAllSew blog. (BTW. This is a great blog with lots of info for us BERNINA lovers.)
Now that the hand embroidery and backing are on my Tilty Town #1 quilt, the machine quilting begins. My BERNINA 750QE, in free-motion mode, easily goes through all the layers: quilt top, wool batting, Timtex, and backing fabric.
The machine stitching with a wool batt and Timtex gives the quilt a trapunto look. Areas with stitching are flat and areas without machine stitching puff up. It’s hard to see in this photo, but thanks to the lofty wool batting, there is a definite bas-relief to this quilt. (I’ll show you the completed quilt tomorrow.)That’s what sets quilting aside form other art forms; the stitch makes the relief.
Have you ever attended a reunion where you loved every moment? That’s what happened to me early this month when I attended the BERNINA Ambassador’s Reunion in Aurora, IL. It was 3 days of chatting with fellow teachers, learning about the wonderful quality of these sewing machines, and creating fun projects.
There were 3 different classes held in the BERNINA Creative Center. One class was using the B820 as a long arm machine, which I’ve never done. It was quite a treat!
We also learned about all the new bells and whistles for the 780. Here you see a peeper keeper that I’m making using an embroidery hoop. In another class we made a pillow with decorative stitches. (Which must remain a mystery as it is a gift.) Tomorrow I’ll show you some of the great things I picked up from the BERNINA staff. They really know their stuff!
Remember when you had to use this sewing machine? The tension was never right. Not to mention that the Civil War was raging and the price of cotton was out of sight! I am so happy those days are over.
Today we have sweet machines like my Bernina 750QE. Here you see it stitching away on a new piece for Radical Elements. Radical Elements is a SAQA exhibit that premiers next year and my Bernina 750 QE is working hard to make me look good for the show. It’s a secret so I can’t show you what I’m really making. But there will be a journal that travels with the quilts that explains the whole process. You can read all about it at the premier in the Washington DC area in May, 2014.