May 2021 Block Of The Month

Bernina Group BOM Block 5

For this month’s block, we are not focusing on any new skill builder techniques but we are revisiting methods from previous blocks as a refresher of what we have learned so far… this is an easy month so make lots of this block and make a table cloth or runner in your favorite fabrics… this will go fast!

Remember in Block 1 last January how we made flying geese four at a time using the square sewn method… this month we are going to make the triangles for our block using the same method…

you will need three fabrics, two prints and one back ground fabric which can be print or solid…

Cutting:
Cut one square from print A, 7-1/4 by 7-1/4 inches….

Cut one square from print B, 7-1/4 by 7-1/4 inches…

and finally from the back ground fabric, cut 8 squares 3-7/8 by 3-7/8 inches…

On all 8 of the 3-7/8 inch background squares, draw a line on the wrong side of the fabric, corner to corner diagonally… stitch a background square to each opposite corner of one of your 7-1/4 print squares and sew 1/4 inch on EACH SIDE of the line… cut apart and stitch one more back ground square to the last corner of the large square on each half… press toward the back ground fabric… these rectangles should measure 3-1/2 by 6-1/2 so square them up if need be… now assemble your block in any color way you like and enjoy!

your block should measure 12-1/2 by 12-1/2.. See you next month for Block 6…

April 2021 Block Of The Month

Bernina Group Block Of The Month Block 4 It is so much fun and it is so encouraging to see all the photos of the blocks being posted in the groups… thank you so much for sharing your beautiful blocks! Please keep posting photos!!

Today we are making block 4… it seems impossible that we are on our fourth month already but I hope this little BOM has helped you through a long winter and the Covid restrictions…

For this month’s block, you will need…

From three fabric prints or solids of your choice cut… Cut 4 background squares 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″

Cut 4 light color squares 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″

Cut 1 background square 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″

Cut 1 light color square 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″

Cut 2 dark color squares 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″

I think I spent more time cutting on this block than I did sewing it up!

Lay the Dark and Light 5 and 1/2 inch squares right sides together atop one another and matching all four sides very well, and stitch all around all four sides… do the same with the dark and background 5 and 1/2 inch squares… this is your skill builder for this month…

press to set the seams and cut both apart corner to corner both directions so you get four half square triangles from each one… press toward the dark fabric and square up all pieces to 3 and 1.2 inch squares…

Now lay the block out in pattern as you see me do in the video making sure you place all the pieces in the right order and sew the four rows together … now sew the block into two segments and finally the sew the center seam… check to make sure it is 12 and 1/2 inches … Have fun with this months block… See you for block 5 next month!

Week Two Of Our Clematis Sew Along

This week we will talk about fabrics, interfacings, hardware and all the supplies you need to make a cute little clematis bag…and we will do some cutting and fusing!

I get most of my hardware from emmalinebags.com

I get cork from fabricfunhouse.com and several other places…

My favorite on line places to shop for fabric, faux leather and threads are, fabric.com turquoisthreads.com and quiltingbythebay.com

Enjoy the video and ask any questions you may have in the comments…

Happy Sewing!

Not Two Stepping…. Back Stepping

Did you know you can back step with your Bernina ? We often do back stitching in many many applications and projects but if a decorative stitch is in use, and we come to an ending place and can’t use pattern end…we can back step…

Back stepping is the term used to get the needle to actually back step in the exact same needle holes it just stitched in a decorative stitch…

Turn up the music and Back Step!

 

Let’s Make A Pretty Clematis Wristlet

This will be a sew along type entry to my blog as it is in segments… I offered this sew along in the Facebook Groups, Bernina 7 series owners and Bernina Beginner 7 and 8 series embroidery… Everyone seemed to enjoy this so much so I hope this will brighten your day too…

The Clematis is a free pattern from Blue Calla and is very beginner friendly for bag making… Here is the link for the pattern,,,https://bluecallapatterns.com/collections/free-patterns/products/new-the-clematis-wristlet-free-pdf-sewing-pattern

I have made lots and lots of these little wristlets and my Bernina has never complained! If you have a domestic machine, even if it isn’t a Bernina, give this little bag a try…

Week two will be posted in a few days…

March Block Of The Month


Bernina Groups Block Of The Month Block 3

For this month’s block, we need four fabrics, a background and three other fabrics that contrast enough to make a bright cheery block…

The photo with this document will help I hope to get your fabrics in the order you want… you need the center square, and then the double strip middle on all four sides and you will need to cut the four 2 1/2 squares for the corner pieces from the same fabric your “inner” strip is for the
wagon wheel to show up…

so here is the cutting you will need to do…

Cut 1 square 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ for center patch
Cut 2 strips 2 1/2″ x 18″, one of each of the coordinating fabrics. You will need 18″ for the blocks so you may want to cut it just a little longer.
Cut 4 squares 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ for corner square in a square patches
Cut 12 white or background squares 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″
Cut 4 squares 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ from the same fabric you are using for the inside strip…
constructing the block…(follow the video too)

Sew the two 2 1/2″ x 18″ strips together. Press seam to the dark side or to the outside of block. Cut sewn stripe into 4 squares 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″. Set aside.

This, is your skill builder for this block….the Corner squares are small Square in a Square Blocks! There is a little waste in this block by this method but you will love the way your blocks come together. No wavy sides! First draw a diagonal line on the 12 background squares and the 4 small print squares with marking tool of your choice. On these blocks, I definitely would take the time to draw the lines. With your half-square triangles you can use guides like tape on your machine to follow instead of drawing all those lines, but then you usually true up and trim down your squares. We want these perfect as can be to begin with!

you will of course make four, one for each corner and then assemble the whole block in thirds…

follow the video and have fun with this block!

February Block Of The Month…

Did you have fun with January’s block? Well, here is block number two…it is a good time, spent with half square triangles…

This block will build your skills and confidence!

You will need four fabrics or comparable contrast scraps….

I used scraps but fat quarters work perfectly too….

Block 2 of the Bernina Group BOM 2021Cutting Instructions:

Cut 4 Green (or your color) squares 3 7/8″ x 3 7/8″( these are your outer block triangles )Cut 4 squares 3 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ ( these are the windmill blades )Cut 2 Center print squares 3 7/8″ x 3 7/8″Cut 6 White or background squares 3 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ All squares should be the same 3 7/8″ square. When you are making half-square triangles add 3/8″ to the size of the square size you need for piecing. For example we need a 3 1/2″ square to piece the block, so we would add the 3/8″ to that measurement.

Using a ruler and pencil, mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of each of white squares and two of the center print squares. With right sides together, match up two of the windmill blade squares with two of the center print squares. Match rest of the colored print squares with white background squares. Sew 1/4″ seam along each side of the marked pencil line. Repeat this with all of the squares.

Using your rotary cutter and ruler, cut each square right on the pencil line. IMPORTANT – If you don’t want to do what I did, Press open your half-square triangles. Usually you press all seams to the dark side. But to create less bulk you will be pressing a few to the white or background side. Trim off the dog ears and TRUE UP the half-square triangles. The squares should be 3 1/2″ square – you won’t have much to trim off. Use the diagonal markings on your mat or your ruler to line up the diagonal seams. You want the diagonal seam to be right in the center of the corner of each square. That way when you sew your 1/4″ seams, the points will be perfect.

Lay out the squares forming the windmill. Sew the squares together in rows. Press the seams of each row in opposite directions. This way they will nest together when you sew the rows together. Backside view of pressed seams. unless you pressed all your seams open, Note how each row has alternating seam directions. This will help all of those squares nestle together. Sew each row together matching points and seams. Your block is all finished

Have fun!

2021 BOM January Block

January Block of The Month Tutorial…
This first video is quite long, so please watch the entire video before you begin… the future month’s videos will not be this long, it’s just that I had to include more info for beginners and to get our quilt going… click the blue link below to access the video tutorial…
Bernina Group BOM quilt block number 1 January…
Fabric requirements:
Finished quilt measurement as pictured is 65″x 65″
Finished Block size is 12″ x 12″( 12 1/2 by 12 1/2 unfinished)
Background – 2 7/8 yards if you want to put your blocks on point as shown (2 1/8 yards if don’t). If you choose a different fabric for the corner/border blocks you will need 1 1/8 yards for those large triangles.
You can use a layer cake but you will still need about 1.5 yards of scraps or about 15, 16 fat quarters…
1 Yard for the Sashing ( Red in photo)
1/4 yard for the Squares in the Sashing (green in photo)
5/8 yard for binding
If you want to add a wide outer border, you will need fabric for that as well…
then you will need batting and backing….
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Block 1 or January Block …..
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Flying Geese Squares cut 2 squares measuring 5.25″ square
Flying Geese background fabric Squares cut 8 squares measuring 2 7/8″ square
Center square cut one 4.5″ square
side rectangle pieces, cut 4 rectangles measuring 2.5″ x 4.5″
Side background rectangles cut 4 measuring 2.5″ x 4.5″
I used cotton poly thread, an Organ 65/9 sharp needle, my 37D foot, single hole or zero mm stitch plate….
I sprayed terial magic on my fabric and pressed to get a nice crisp finish… you can use best press or niagra spray sizing or what ever will give you a good well starched fabric…
For the embroidery, I used a fusible poly mesh on the back of the center of my block and hooped a mid wt tear away… I used 40 weight embroidery thread on top and 60 weight bobbin thread…
I did not change any settings or tensions throughout this project…
here is the design I used… I reduced it to 3 1/4 inches by 3 5/16 inches in Embrilliance software…
https://www.embroiderys.com/vintage-sewing-machine-redwork-embroidery-designs/
you can use any design you would like as long as the size is approximate and can be adjusted to fit the center block square….
fusible poly mesh stabilizer and mid weight tear away are available from OESD…
Have fun, ask any questions and post photos!
Have fun with this block!

2021 Block Of The Month Quilt

This is just a fun idea I had to help us all get past the long winter months and confines of covid and I hope you enjoy this little mystery quilt BOM…

There are twelve blocks and each block is 12 inches finished and they are all set on point… there are some fun techniques to learn and this is a way to use up scraps if you wish….

So here we go with block number one…the video is a bit long but it has most of the info you need to be successful in getting started and actually finishing your quilt…I will take you all the way from piecing the blocks to setting, quilting and binding your quilt…

Let’s get started on a great adventure together…

Let’s Make A Cute Project Bag

Project bags have become all the rage in the past year or so and are very helpful in organizing small or large projects such as cross stitch and quilting, any kind of hand work or just a place to put sewing supplies if you are traveling to class or a retreat…
No matter what you use them for, project bags are a lot of fun to make and are so useful when finished… enjoy!

Keepin Yur Needles Safe!

My last blog post was a tutorial on stitching an ITH ( in the hoop) project that was partially done in the hoop and then finished up on the sewing machine….

This weeks post is a tutorial on a really cute little needle organizer made entirely in the hoop…

Sometimes I am in the middle of one project and have to take a temporary detour and patch jeans real quick or put in a hem or something that requires a different size needle… so I needed a place to put my used (but not used up) needle while I stitch with a different size needle… this little organizer is perfect….

have fun with this one… I used cork and just regular quilting cotton to make this handy organizer…

This design is found at Stitchsoup.com here is the link…https://www.stitchsoup.com/collections/in-the-hoop-projects/products/needle-organizer

About Me….

I am a lover of needlework… I have been all my life and totally enjoy the smell, feel and colors of threads and fabrics…. I live on a small rural hobby farm in southern Iowa on the beautiful plains of the Midwest… I sometimes imagine that Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family came through near here in their big covered wagon traveling south ….Lewis and Clark were near here as well and the Mormon Trail is just eleven miles from where I live…
This is a beautiful place, but that is what the word Iowa means, “The Beautiful Land”…
I am married and have three grown children and nine wonderful grandchildren…
I love to garden and cook and of course sew… I am a Bernina gal through and through and am so thankful to own a 770 QEE… I love to do machine embroidery and specialty needlework…I quilt, am a garment sewer, I love making beautiful bags and my Bernina never fails me…
I also enjoy breeding and showing AKC Pugs and Pomeranians…
Thank you for visiting my blog, may your day be filled with wonderful blessings!

Some Bunny To Love, ITH

In The Hoop Project

An in the hoop embroidery project means a project will be applique’d or embroidered in the hoop… some ITH projects are done entirely in the hoop and some are done partially in the hoop and then finished on the sewing machine.

ITH designs are easy and fun and you just sit and watch your embroidery machine construct the project for you!

This project is an ITH design from Sweet Pea… it comes in two sizes and in this video I am making the larger size.

I’m using cotton fabrics, thermolamb fleece, cotton thread and Embroidery thread…I have a 90/14 needle in the machine and I am using Vilene water soluable stabilizer…

I printed off the PDF file that was in the design file I downloaded and simply followed the steps…

There are many many different kinds of ITH designs, even quilt blocks!

Have fun!

Part 1

Part 2

Don’t Be Afraid! Using The BSR!

Bernina has a wonderful foot you can purchase, ( mine came with my machine) that will actually make your free motion quilting look more professional than you can even imagine! The stitches will be exactly the same distance apart and all you have to do is move the fabric!

I’m sharing this little tutorial for you to see how easy it is and to encourage you to give this foot a try…

Have fun sewing today

Make A Machine Embroidered Greeting Card

Did you know there are design files you can purchase that are greeting cards? Well, there sure are! You can use your embroidery machine to create lovely greeting cards of any kind….❤️

Materials needed….

cut away stabilizer ( to fit oval hoop)

3/16 wide double stick permanent tape

Card Stock in your choice of color, texture ect…

rulers and rotory cutter and scissors

Two colors of embroidery thread in your choice…

60 weight bobbin thread

a 65/9 universal needle

I used design number 12557-22 Valentine’s Card from OESD

https://www.embroideryonline.com/products/designs/non-licensed-individual-designs/Valentines-Card1/

I used https://www.greetingsisland.com/ to design and print the inside message on my card

print off the pdf file in the zip folder that you dowload when you purchase your design and follow the steps … I have a video below to help you too….

Have fun and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Luxe Fleece Neck Warmer

Lots of fun and warm too!

Luxe Fleece Embroidered Neck Warmer

You can use regular fleece or any fabric with similar stretch…

I used design M23263 from Embroidery Library

You will need three colors of thread if you use this design

You will need sticky back tear away stabilizer

You will need cut away stabilizer

regular sewing thread to finish

Due to the thickness of the luxe fleece I did not use my high tension yellow bobbin… I just used my regular black bobbin and filled it with 60 wt. bobbin thread…

Cut the fleece 12 by 22 with the most stretch going the 22 inch length… measure in from the left end 8 inches and then six inches up to find center and put a pin … this is the center of your design…

Hoop the sticky back tear away stabilizer, burp the hoop and take off the paper … fold the fleece lengthwise with right sides together and lay on the stabilizer so the pin is in the center of the hoop and use your top and bottom center hoop markings to line up the fleece and lightly press down …unfold and press the other side…

Load your design… I rotated my design just a little bit to make the rose sit in an upright position…

float the cut away under your hoop, lay the wss stabilizer on top of your fleece..stitch a basting box and stitch out your design…

when finished, remove basting stitches, cut the cut away close to stitching being careful and remove wss from top.

fold neck warmer lengthwise rst. stitch using 1/2 inch seam…

finger press seam open… reach in and without twisting, grab the other end of the seam and pull through to match the lengthwise seam ends… stitch a few inches leaving an opening to turn the neck warmer right side out and close the opening using a ladder stitch…

the lengthwise seam goes down the center of the neck warmer and the end seam is center back…

Have fun!

Needle Eyes And What They See…

If you are seeing loops, or skipped stitches in your embroidery or sewing projects or having thread breakage, it might be your needle…Using the correct needle and correct stabilizer, sewing at a reasonable speed, and knowing the requirements for the fabric you are using is not a hard task if you think it through…

If you are stitching on denim, what needle would you use? what stabilizer if it is embroidery?Are you using good quality thread or old, dried out and brittle thread? Are you using metallic thread and can’t get ten stitches sewn without breakage?

The eye of a needle is a fascinating thing… needle eyes are round, long, oval and short… points are sharp, ball point, knit designed, denim designed, leather designed…you name it…Thread actually goes through the eye of a needle several times before it becomes a stitch in your project …

The way a spool of thread is wound is also a point to remember when trouble shooting stitching issues…Metallic thread must come off the spool straight and must have a needle eye big enough to allow it to move through forward and backward several times, and metallic thread does not like friction so a much slower speed is required…

I store all my thread in a dark, dry and dust free place… sunlight and the rise and fall of humidity in a room, seasons changing from spring (moist) to winter (dry) and just the amount of dust in the room, fabric makes a lot of lint dust…all affect how your thread will behave…Below is a suggested guide for needle use… the cover photo shows some various needle eye sizes…

Have fun sewing, it should be a wonderful experience….

The Elephant In The Room!!

When I got my bernina and handed over all that cash, I decided that what ever I wanted to do I was going to try it… My 770QE has never let me down…I did think that someday I would upgrade, and so with that in mind, I only purchased two extra hoops, the jumbo hoop and the mega hoop…that way, I would not need to buy them once I had the space to accomodate the jumbo hoop… I have never found anything I can not stitch in my jumbo hoop even though I can not access all of it….This tutorial is just some ideas and suggestions on how to hoop and stitch a project that is big, thick, padded and fluffy!The embroidery design I am using in this video is from Embroidery Weekly, file number EW219_pencil sketch elephants….size 7 by 12

inches..https://www.embweekly.co.za/designs/pencil-sketch-elephants/

Below is a Towel set done the same way….