BERNINA Longarm…. Basting stitch

Hi all,

I had a request the other day to see how I do the basting with my BERNINA longarm.  So bear with me….  I need to purchase a tripod adapter for my iPhone so videoing will be easier.

When I am working on a quilt of my own, I will make a minimum of 3 passes through the quilt.  My first pass will be all of my dividing lines and stitch in the ditch work.  If you are saying to yourself… dividing lines?  Here is a link to my DVD  Divide and Design.   Or if you like online classes… here is my iQuilt class.   There are times where the SID and dividing lines don’t quite secure the quilt enough and I will baste it.  Before I got my BERNINA I used flower head pins to baste but now I use BSR 3.

Here is how I do it..

I absolutely love how easy it is to baste as I move along… I also use this stitch to baste around the edges of my quilt.

Hope you get a chance to try the BERNINA for yourself.

Have you been thinking about taking an IQuilt class…. now is a great time..

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Divide and Design

Mastering the Mini 

What will you create?

Lisa

My Quilting Project….

So I have taken some time to get back to my quilting.  It feels like its been ages.   I’d have to look but I think I finished piecing this 2 years ago.  I ‘m sure Facebook will remind me at some point . LOL  I remember piecing this center…. it just about killed me trying to make the corners work…

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So it is loaded on my machine and this is where I’m at…

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doing some grid based quilting…. ala Gina Perkes…. also using my ProPebble ruler 1-2  to make the arcs…

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Here is a great picture of the texture it adds.

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Getting ready to add some dividing lines in the pink area.  I then used the wonderful basting stitch on my BERNINA longarm to baste until I’m ready for the design work.

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Some ditch work using Aurifil’s Monofilament thread…. love it.

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And my favorite ditching ruler… the ProMini!

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Now I did some remarking on the scroll work before  I loaded it… I used my Fine Line Blue washout pen.  Now, many of you have heard that I struggle with following a line so I used this as my practice…. LOL  I concentrated on looking where I wanted to go and now where my needle was.  It worked fairly well… I was pleased.  Please don’t point out my wobbles… I know they are there and I am NOT taking them out.  LOL

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Last Christmas, I was working on a tuffet.  I wanted it to be red and white like a candy cane… ok, it looks more like a peppermint.  I learned a lot.  Sharyn Cole’s iquilt class helped tremendously.  I recommend ordering her kit and then order the class.

Here is my peppermint…

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What will you create?

Lisa

This and That….

I hope you all liked the New York Beauty block!  Louise Duff sent me her version and I absolutely love it.  Thank you for sharing!!

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In December, I decided to make a tuffet… I was going to make mine look like a candy cane and chose red and white batiks….. i got the piecing done and then just stopped… I wasn’t sure I liked my fabric etc etc….. another unfinished project.  Well, I was really happy to see Sharyn Cole  from the Tuffet Source has an iQuilt class.  I am just about finished taking it and I am going to finish my darn tuffet and can’t wait.   Here is a sample from her home page….. do you think I can convince her to gift that one to me….. I love it.

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There has been a lot of talk about the  changes going on in our industry.  (and there have been a lot)  Quilt shops closing, quilting magazines ceasing printing, AQS to stop publishing books…. its a lot to take in and can be a little scary for those of us that make our living in this industry.

We need to pull together and unite…. modern, traditional, leather, longarmers, domestic quilters, hand quilters etc…. we are all the same…. we are people who create… our mode of creating does not matter.  Let’s support each other, lift each other up and help each other out!   If WE as the creators, support each others small businesses…. we will succeed and all be stronger in the long run.

Change can be scary but it is necessary to grow…. and we all want our industry to grow and be strong… think of it as a plant… sometimes you have to cut off parts of the plant to have it grow big and strong… this is how I view what is going on in the industry. With the advance of social media, online classes etc… we have to evolve or get left behind.

My friend, Linda Thielfoldt, wrote a good blog post about this subject.   Make sure you read it and the comments.  I want to now find someone to mentor…. so if you know of a young one in my area…. let me know.

I’d love to know your thoughts on this so make sure you leave a comment.

What will you create??

Lisa

 

 

New York Beauty… con’t

Here is where we left off on Tuesday… its worth repeating… if you don’t like your dividing lines (the scrolls on this design that are dividing up the areas) you won’t like your end product!!

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You all know that I love feathers so that is what I decided to go with…. however, this design would look good if you skipped over the design work and just did fills…

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I added some  feather and some little pebbles along the scrolls.

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I then decided ribbon candy would look good in the 1/4 circle.  What do you think?  it will make the unquilted areas there pop.   I added some more feathers on the top scrolls as well.  I love straight lines next to feathers so that is the fill I did around the outside but since I didn’t want to be precise when I got to the feathers…. I stippled next to the feathers.  ( I do the straight lines first then go back and stipple over them.)  I put also used some pebbles and a curvy fill.

I like to use a couple of different fills as it lends some more interest to the quilt.

What do you think?  Do you have a New York Beauty you would like to share?  We would all love to see it. Send it to Lisahcalle@me.com

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I positioned the mirror in different corners.  I love all of them… which is your favorite?

Jean Greco sent me the next two pictures.  Thank you!  I think we all learn best from each other when we share..

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What will you create?

Lisa

New York Beauty!!

Hi all,

This post is a little late.  But better late then never.  :)

New York Beauty…. I think I am going to be making one of these now.

I thought for this one, I would go a little more in depth of my thought process so bear with me…

 

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I wanted to start by dividing this block but I didn’t want to just go with curves or straight lines.  I love how scrolls can look especially when they intertwine and go behind things… The first thing I started with was the middle diamond.  I was unsure of how this beauty was set with the other blocks so thought this was a safe way to  go regardless of how they were set.

I then drew one wavy line on each side going “under the piecing”.  I know, it’s another start and stop or traveling in the ditch to make it work but I think its worth it.  I then echoed back.  I’m normally not worried about making both sides match perfectly.  (life is too short for that) I then added the two scrolls coming from the middle of the diamond.

When I divide up a quilt, I need to LOVE the it.  So much so that if that were the only thing I was going to quilt, I’d be happy with it.

The center or bottom right area, I divided up with come curves.  Looks like a fan.  I would also stitch in the ditch everything.

Stay tuned for what happens next……

What will you create?

Lisa

PS:  I would love to see your New York Beauty’s ….. send them to Lisahcalle@me.com

Friendship Star.. take?

Hi all,

I am trying to get caught up and organized after that sale.  It was a whirlwind and the feedback on the new site and new packaging was great.  Thank you.

I did not get a chance to draw up a new design but Dagmar Eu was kind enough to send me her design and I must say I really like it.

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I am hoping to get back to drawing and quilting… I actually came close to turning on my machine but it hasn’t happened.  I am determined to work on my quilt next week, I need to get it off the frame to do a couple of samples.  This means that I at least have to baste it.

The thought of basting the whole quilt to take it off use to send shivers down my spine but now with the BERNINA longarm…. no more.  The basting stitch is wonderful.  I like the 2 stitches per inch when I am basting and it does it like a dream.  I ‘ll keep you posted but in the mean time, I am going to ask you for your help…. the New York Beauty block is up next and I would love to get some pictures of what you all have done with it.  Can you all send me some pics?  email them to me at lisahcalle@me.com with your name and the date done and i will make sure that is embedded in the pic.

What will you create?

Lisa

Friendship Star – Take 1

Today is the last day for the 15% off sale over at lisahcalle.com!  Don’t miss out!

I have skipped over the Hunter’s Star since the Lemoyne star was so much like it.  I am going to slow down on these posts as I want to actually have some time to quilt my next competition piece.  So I will be posting progress pictures of that.  I am hoping you all will give me some motivation to finish it… or at least get a move on it. LOL   So I will post blocks pictures on Monday and Friday and see how that goes.  I’d love it if you all participated.  Any takers?  If you send me Friendship star pics I can post them on Friday.   I know short notice so, no pressure.

Here we ago…

Step 1 :  Divide up your block.  This is the first thing I would stitch… along with all of my stitch in the ditch work.  As you probably have noticed I use a lot of ProEchoes  in all different sizes because its nice to have a lot of different curves to chose from.  Remember they are on sale right now…. just saying…

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Step 2: Add some design work… no surprise what I chose.

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Step 3:   decided to add a chain of pebbles… this is where the ProPebble 1/4 comes in handy.

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Step 4:  I’ve added some extra curves in to frame the pebbles and straight-line stitching with the ProLine 16.  Then I added some sand stipple right next to the feathers which help them pop.  I also added some partial circles (using the Propebble 3/4 in the corner… once they are next to the other blocks they will form a circle.

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Step 5:  finished up with some more straight line fill on the outside of the feather echo and then some more sand stipple in the corners.  Some crosshatching in the center ( 1/2″) and some circles in the triangles.

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Here’s a peak of what a couple of blocks would look like together.

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Hope you like it.

What will you create?

Lisa

Storm at Sea – Take 3

Here is the last design for the storm at  sea… let me know what you think..

Step 1:  I used some wavy lines and scrolls to divide up this block.

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Step 2:  Some fun continuous curves…

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Step 3:  Straight line echoing around the exterior…

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Here is the view of the “quilt”

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I’d say this is lightly quilted for me.  LOL

Next up is the Hunter’s Star block!

 

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What will you create?

Lisa

Storm at Sea – Take 2

Ok, here we go with our second try… don’t forget about the sale  going on over at lisahcalle.com

Step 1:    I decided to use some scrolls to divide this time.  It adds a lot of movement to the quilt.

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Step 2: I went back to feathers and love how this looks.

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Step 3:  So far this is how I would stitch it out as well.  added some straight lines  and circles to the dark patches.

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Since the these blocks are normally set next to each other I wanted to know how the quilt would look…

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Love how this one turned out.

What will you create??

Lisa

 

Storm at Sea – Take 1

Before we get to the Storm at Sea block,  We are celebrating our new packaging and new website… make sure you visit our website for 15% off storewide- now through August 1 2016.  The sale will show up in the cart.

This block was fun to do and I know want to make one….

Step 1:  Divide up the block… this is one of the reasons I like to have so many ProEcho’s and ProCircles to choose from!

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Step 2:  Since it is storm at sea… I thought I would use some ferns vs feathers.  If I were doing it again… I’d choose feathers.  I also used the ProPebbles to add some little circles.

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Step 3: Added some straight line echoing to the dark pieces as well as some crosshatching and straight line fill.

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Step 4:  Some more crosshatching….

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Step 5:   I used the sand stipple  and an 1/8″ straight line fill.. Again, I think I’d use feathers if I were going to stitch this out.

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As for stitching this out, I would stitch out step 1 first… it would look really cool to use an Aurifil 12 wt thread!  Those lines would really stick out.  :)  I would then stitch out the ferns, move to the crosshatch and straight lines and finish with the sand stipple.  The reason I would stitch it all out at the same time as I want to maintain even quilting throughout  so as to not distort the blocks/quilt.

 

What will you create??

Lisa