Monday, April 28, 2014

Getting to know you, getting to know all about you....

Getting to like you, getting to hope you like me.... Okay okay, enough of the showtunes, but seriously- I am falling in love with my Bernina 750QI.  This machine has been so much fun to play with- and so darn fancy with so many features that I find myself being a bit overwhelmed by it all if I don't stop and try just one new thing at a time.  So I decided to see how it quilted without trying the stitch regulator yet- just regular free motion quilting.  I wanted to see if it felt at all like my Activa 210 that I have grown so accustomed to in the past 5 years.  I was pleased as punch to find that the feeling of quilting was just about the same (just a lot more space and the new machine is sooo much smoother and faster) - which made me instantly comfortable and at ease.  I really have enjoyed quilting this little block I made up a while back- just for fun.  I am not done yet, just enjoying a little bit at a time, enjoying doing something familiar on this very new and unfamiliar machine.  Enjoying getting to know her slowly and at a pace that feels right.  Can't wait to see how the stitch regulator feels now.  That will be my next try.  Stay tuned! 

Monday, April 14, 2014

It was a very good day to be me!

Last Friday was a very good day to be me- I got to pick up my beautiful new BERNINA 750 QE from Lori, the owner of Ralphs Sew & Vac my local BERNINA dealer.  The perks of ambassadorship are many, let me count the ways!  I now have 10 glorious inches of throat space to move my quilt around when free motion quilting.  I now have a stitch regulator, and functions like a knee presser, automatic thread cutter, tons of decorative stitches, a 9mm wide stitch width... you name it!  So far my very favorite feature hands down though has been that extra large bobbin- I started with a 105 yard spool of thread, and filled the bobbin once, and I am just about equally out of thread and bobbin at the same time- never changing the bobbin... amazing.   That type of upgrade is a real time saver- especially when free motion quilting I HATE stopping to change/fill bobbins.  Yes indeed, I am a lucky girl to get to play with this stunning machine over the next year.  I am just starting to get to know her but stay tuned for lots more fun as we get acquainted.

here are some fun pictures of me getting to pick her up and take a quick lesson at Ralphs.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Puzzle Quilting Tutorial

I recently had the pleasure of joining in on a Webinar for BERNINA.  I will share the link as soon as it is available.  I talked about my puzzle quilt on the Webinar and a few people asked about it.   I made a tutorial a few years back for it, but fear it is lost in the depths of my blog.  For anyone who might be interested in learning this stitch design here is the link to the tutorial.  Enjoy!