Inspired by Libby #9

libbysleaves13I hate to disappoint anyone but I’ve got a change in store for you. Usually I add hand embroidery to a project before the the machine work. Stitchery is added through just the batting and top layer without the backing fabric attached.

libbysleaves14But for my Inspired by Libby quilt, the machine quilting comes first. Why? Because of that nasty thing called “time”. The quilt is due very soon and my time for hand stitching is limited. So the majority of the stitching will be done by machine, then some hand work will be added later. I’ll show you the completed project soon…..I hope!

Lots of Info for You


Tilty Town #10 by Laura Wasilowski

Have you checked outĀ  the We All Sew Blog? You’ll find informative tutorials, projects, and tips about machine quilting. And most recently, you’ll see my guest blog about adding machine stitchery to small art quilts like Tilty Town #10 using my BERNINA 750 QE. It’s so wonderful owning a sewing machine that works like a dream. My BERNINA completes me!

Quilt Show Sightings


Pat and Sue dropped by the Artfabrik booth.

One of the best things about a trip to the AQS show in Paducah is seeing old friends. It was a week full of reunions! Here you see award winning quilters, Pat Holly and her sister, Sue Nickels. They won the BERNINA of America Best Home Machine Workmanship Award with their quilt, The Two of Us!


Detail of The Two of Us by Pat Holly and Sue Nichels.

Want to quilt like them? Then please check out the Holly Girls Quilt Retreat. Pat Holly and Sue Nickels are holding a retreat at the White Birch Lodge in Elk Rapids, Michigan. There are 5 sessions in September and October. A perfect time to enjoy the fall colors and the fellowship of other quilters.

Free on Friday: A Little Obsessed


Free-motion stitching on my BERNINA is a delight.

For the past few weeks I’ve been a little obsessed with my sewing machine. Here you see machine stitching skirting the Size 3 couched threads making up the sun. My BERNINA 750 QE is working like a gem and I can’t wait to fire it up every day. The stitching is a thing of beauty!

Want to see how obsessed I and other BERNINA owners are about their machines. Watch this video and you’ll see what I mean. The BERNINA interviews.

Want to win a skein of our hand-dyed Size 3 pearl cotton threads? Please leave a comment on today’s blog and you can become an obsessed stitcher too.

Be Prepared! Things Shift


Quilt top placed on wool batting and cotton backing fabric.

As an older mature woman I know that things shift. And that’s why I am planning ahead with my next large quilt. Here’s a view of the edge. Notice the extra batting and backing around the side of the quilt top? I machine stitch from the center of the quilt out. When you do that, things may shift. That’s why I need that extra batting and backing fabric. Next step? Machine quilting. I’m itching to stitch on my BERNINA 750 QE!

And don’t forget about theĀ sale on all the Craftsy classes. It goes through midnight (MT) Monday, March 17 and everything is on sale!

Have You Tried This Combination?

bluenotedetail3Like you, I love the decorative stitches on my sewing machine. And like you, I was desperate to find ways to use them on my art quilts. And now I know how.

bluenotedetail1aIn 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.)