Piecing Urban Textures Fabric #3 and a Winner!

saqafabric9During my 7 hour drive back from Michigan, all I did was day dream about this pieced quilt top. Even before I unloaded the car, I warmed up my BERNINA 750 QE and added the yellow border fabric. This Graffiti fabric from Andover’s Urban Textures collection is really calling my name!

And speaking of calling names. The name of the winner of the Graffiti fabric give away is Cyndy. Congratulations! And thank you to everyone who stopped by and left a comment. With your support, I may actually finish the quilt.

You Don’t See This Very Often

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Fabrics for the quilt include 2 other designs on the left from Andover Fabrics.

It has been a loooooooong time since I’ve made a pieced quilt. I admit that fusing is my favorite way of creating art work. But when the SAQA Urban Textures fabric from Andover arrived in the mail, I took up the challenge: I would make a pieced quilt.

Scary, huh?

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My BERNINA 750 QE knows how to sew a 1/4″ seam better than I do!

The first task was to find a very simple pattern with very explicit directions. Thus the Cotton Tales Baby Blue pattern became my guide to the world of pieced quilts. (Thank you eQuilter for providing free patterns to those of us who can not make up our own!) Take a look at the pattern and see if you can imagine it in the blue and gold fabric. Over the next few days I’ll show you my progress…. or lack thereof.

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

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Tilty Town #10 by Laura Wasilowski

Have you checked out  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

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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!

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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

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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.