Hurray, hurray, my new Bernina has arrived! At the end I got the B 720 and the free space right to the needle is absolutely perfect.
So over the last weekend I made a dust protection cover for the new machine. There is a cover provided by Bernina, but it is dark blue. But I need bright colors in my sewing room! Bright color fabrics = Kaffe Fassett Collective designs. I got out my stash collection and started cutting from each fabric a 4 1/2 inch square. At the end I cut double so many squares as needed. The idea was to make a rectangle of 6 x 7 squares.
After a busy afternoon with cutting, piecing and pressing – the dust protection top is ready to quilt.
This is a perfect small project to try out the new Bernina B 720 with the walking foot. I have used two different quilting threads. The red/pink variegated quilting thread is from King Tut, and the yellow one is from Gutermann Sulky.
Added some straps using a bias tape to knot the dust cover on the sides.
And a few colorful shots from the garden. This winter has been very mild, and we have had hardly any cold weather. Since weeks we have nice and warm sunny days, sometimes with some wind. Spring is here.
I started writing this blog post before the pandemic spread of the corona virus. At the moment our area is secure, but this can change any moment. My trip to Prague to visit my Mum has been cancelled – which I approve. If each of us can help a little, we all together can achieve a lot. So, I shouldn’t let sewing machine wait for a long time, it is time to sew. Get out the best of the situation!
Time flies, in this post I have blogged about my fabric choices for the Sugaridoo/Bernina quilt along. In the meantime, I have received instructions to make three different rows. 3 done, 9 more rows to go, only that I have to wait till autumn for the quilt design release. A very long time!
Part 1 – row 5 : Hashtag, it is the row with yellow fabric. This one was real fun piecing. Straight forward tutorial, good cutting and piecing directions. Irene also has videos for each row, but I am “old school” and prefer instructions on paper to a video tutorial.
Part 2 – row 1 : On Point, it is the row with the pink fabric. The row instructions and the tutorial were for paper piecing with freezer paper. Somehow I didn’t want to paper piece the row in sections and sew various blocks/units together. Instead, I used my 60º triangle ruler and made my own calculations. The design is the same and the On Point row is in one piece, only a bit higher than the original. I will cut the row when I have all rows pieced and before I sew the quilt top together.
Part 3 – row 12 : Tetris, it is the row with purple fabric. Once more easy to follow and straightforward instructions. This row is to practice an accurate 1/4 inch seam allowance. There are 40 seams in the row’s length. So any little inaccuracy will show on the length. I was very confident, this can’t be a problem for me. But because I sew a scant a bit under 1/4 inch, it all added up. And the row is longer. My options are : check well the size of each section. Get the seam ripper into action and increase the seam allowance. Or wait till I assemble the entire quilt top and decide what to do. No rush at the moment!
Stay tuned to the continuation of the Suigaridoo/Bernina quilt along. The new row designs get released end of each month.
Over Christmas I have started a new quilt and finally I managed to piece the top. I have used a pattern by Emily Dennis from her great book Modern Quilts. It is not a one-to-one copy of the Block by Block Sampler. Some blocks were not my favourite ones plus I have changed the quilt size.
The original quilt design is 60 x 66 inches. My quilt top is 56 x 67 inches as I prefer rectangular quilt shapes to the square ones. I have also used other block layout. I had so much fun selecting the fabric colors, cutting and piecing each block.
Once more I have used only solid fabrics, most of them are Kona solids by Robert Kaufman.
A detail quilt top view
This week I want to visit the Bernina representative in my area (2 hours drive) to try out the Bernina 720 and 770QE. I am so happy with my Bernina 440QE, I have had it for at least 10 years now and it is time to move on, to a higher level. What I like on the 720/770 is the larger space to the right of the needle. 3 inches more space make a big difference. This is the reason I am piecing so many blocks and not quilting. I want to leave it for the new machine!
Happy quilting !
Before flying to Prague over the weekend, I have made a quilted grey cushion cover as a Christmas present for my Mum. The pattern is Santa Fe from the Fat Quarter Shop blog.
I must admit, that it was a mistake to choose at late night the fabrics for this cushion cover. The light grey fabric for the middle half-square triangles doesn’t have enough contrast to the white fabric.
Well, there is always something new to learn with each new quilting project.
I like the pattern and will make some more next year. But will be more careful with the colours and intensity of each hue.
On the following two photos you can se the optical difference when the cushion cover is moved 90°. The cushion cover is 20″ x 20″.
Quilted in straight lines using the walking foot.
Cushion cover size : 20″ x 20″ with an envelope closure
Quilting thread : Aurifil Mako 40/2 color 2600
Wishing all a Merry Christmas and a very happy year 2020! And looking forward to new quilting a sewing projects!
Well, hello everyone! It has been some time since my last post. This late summer and autumn, I took time off from sewing and patchwork, but enjoyed reading instead. I have found some great books and couldn’t stop reading them. I was a very regular customer in the wonderful bookstores in the city center of Prague. Not only did I get books in my native language Czech but also in German and English.
Autumn has arrived and let the outdoor temperatures drop. And I have finally finished piecing the rest of the Summer Sampler 2019 blocks. I could check my skills in different piecing techniques. Accurate cutting and piecing. Improvisational piecing, sewing curves, foundation paper piecing, hexagons, flying geese, half rectangle blocks.
So, here the last batch of photos before I start piecing the quilt top. Summer Sampler 2019 blocks #14 – #21 :
Even though there are two alternative finishings in the Quilt Along, I will make my design. Both quilts designs are very large. Far too large to quilt on a normal sewing machine.
Till next time, happy quilting barbora