Me and my BERNINA’s!

Have I mentioned how much I love my BERNINA’s?  My second sewing machine I bought was a BERNINA and I have been in love with them ever since so when they came out with their longarm I was quite excited! I have a BERNINA 145S, BERNINA 750QE and The BERNINA Q20!

My cousin recently had twins, a boy and a girl!  Yeah!  Of course I had to make them quilts.  I went to the LQS,  The Quilt Block where Cynthia was ever so patient while I made my fabric choices.  LOL  It felt like I took forever… Once I had that decision made, it was on to the construction.

I chose an Atkinson pattern called Yellow Brick Rd.  Very simple and quick.  My BERNINA 750QE didn’t fail me!  How many of you love to hear the sound of your machine run?  For me it is very therapeutic and when I haven’t pieced in a while I get a little cranky.   LOVE the sound of the machine!

It is very exciting now because I get to finish my pieced tops on my BERNINA Longarm!  So I popped the two baby quilts on, ZIP, ZIP , added some Aurifil thread (yummy) and away I went.   There is a feature I want to point out that the BERNINA Longarm have that I have come to love!  BSR3!!  This is the basting stitch and I am in love with it.  You can program it to do 1,2 or 4 stitches per inch.  I baste the sides of my quilts AND when doing my show quilts have pinned some areas that  I am not ready to quilt!  Now  I do both with the BSR3!  I like the 2 stitches per inch for both of these.


This past week I taught a guild workshop in MD. and one of my students and I were talking about some of the decorative stitches on the BERNINA.  I am not a sewer so I think the only two stitches I have really used are the straight stitch and the zig zag.  We were specifically looking at the #4 stitch, which is a wavy line and thought it would be a great decorative stitch to sew the binding down with.  What do you think? What are your favorite stitches?


Love to hear what are your  favorite stitches!  Don’t be shy!

Quilt on, My Friends!





How many feet do you have?

As you may or may not know, I recently got the BERNINA longarm.  The first time I stitched on this machine, I was in love.  The stitches were exactly as they are on my BERNINA 750QE domestic machine.  Now, I am not a bells and whistles kind of gal so when I use a longarm it is all about the feel of it.  Needless to say, I love it.  And have fallen in love with some of those  bells and whistles.  I will be highlighting these in my journey  through my next competition piece.

I had the pleasure of traveling to Switzerland a couple of weeks ago to tour the BERNINA factory.  It was amazing.  Here are some pictures…

One of the questions I get asked a lot is can the Quilter’s Groove® rulers be used on the domestic machine.  The answer is yes but you want to make sure you use a ruler  foot.  BERNINA is in the process of creating one…. hang tight!  The one for  the longarm can damage your machine so please don’t use that one.

I really like the fact that my feet that I use  on my domestic machine can also be used on my longarm.      This means that there are so many to choose from… now I am sure there are some feet that you would use on your domestic machine that might not be applicable to the longarm but still, there are a lot of feet.  So finding one that you like to go around…. say appliqué,  is just a matter of experimenting to see which works best for you.

Do you have a favorite foot that you use in your machine quilting? I’d love to hear about it.

Here are the first two quilts that I finished on my new machine.

Can’t wait to start my next one!!  Want to follow along?  make sure you follow my blog for updates!

Quilt on, My Friends!


Inspired to Redesign!

I have been working/procrastinating on a quilt for a while now.  You all have seen it.  It has been finished for quite a while now and I have pretty much designed the quilting so why was I procrastinating loading it?

I realized that I wasn’t really happy with what I was going to put in the floral border.  I was planning on doing a basket weave since I just wanted to texturize it.

A Color of its Own

A Color of its Own

I recently watched Gina Perkes iquilt class,  machine Quilting on the Grid.  I was inspired to redesign the border of the quilt.  So I am currently marking the grid in the floral border.  If you aren’t familiar with you should check it out.  There are some fantastic quilt classes.  My Divide and Design class is on there as well as classses from quilting greats,  Bethanne Nemesh, Jodi Robinson, Gina Perkes just to name a few.

All of the designs that Gina shows can be done either on a domestic machine or longarm so the class is great for no matter how you quilt.  I am going to finish marking this top this weekend and once the batting arrives, I will start quilting.  I plan on posting some along the way photos so please make sure you follow my blog so you can join me on my quilting journey.

Quilt on, My Friends,