This past spring I took a trip that many quilters might compare to a child’s journey through Disney Land. Yes, being the BERNINA Ambassador has given me the opportunity to experience the sights and quiet sounds of the BERNINA factory situated in Steckborn Switzerland. This quilter’s magical kingdom is located on the shore of Lake Constance, just across from Germany.
It’s not every day that you find yourself standing across from H.P. Ueltschi, the owner, and also the grandson of the founder Fritz Gegauf. I embraced his presence and found him to be both kind and delightful. Moreover, through my short visit with him I discovered that we both share a love for golf!
I was overwhelmed entering the factory. I was astonished how clean, and I mean clean, this facility appeared. It sparkled, and yes you could serve dinner on the floors! And quiet! You would think the noise level of machines running would produce at least some sound, but nope. You barely heard a thing. Clean and quiet, two beautiful words to most women..lol
After taking in everything presented before me in the factory, I then had a day of creating a video and then one day doing a print ad campaign. During the four days the crew was awesome! Those around me were so insightful and supportive as I grasped the process of all that shooting a video encompasses. More than one take had me wondering how Jennifer Aniston does it! Same expression, same tone, but tilt the head a little to the right…oh my word!
The days flew by, and four days with a German crew had me wishing I taken their language instead of french in high school. But the entire adventure was something I will never forget. Witnessing the process of building a video was fascinating, although the thought of viewing myself in the final product had me less than thrilled. Most of all, observing all the facets of the factory has me appreciating my BERNINA even more.
So here I am today, October, in the USA. As I turn on my machine I find myself loving it more and more with each use. The use of this machine is like operating a brand new, car with all the bells and whistles. Your driving a Cadillac. Now, envision you have to hop into a Datsun B210 that’s rusted, and leaves a cloud of black smoke as you hit the gas. You desire the Cadillac, right?! Well, welcome to the BERNINA Q20. I am in awe how light and smooth it maneuvers. No heavy clanking or roughness. It sails, just as a new Cadillac would down the highway. Bells, and whistles…my most recent quilt, which I know I talk about often, is in need of a little SID around the appliqué. No problem with the Q2o, it so efficient and simple to complete. I am still adapting to the ease in which I can change the feet. I mean it takes mere seconds; and its interchangeable between the Q20 and my domestic machine. Does it get any better than that?!
I wanted to share a quick video. Realistically my quilting isn’t quite that speedy; in my dreams I quilt that fast. But eventually I wake up from la la land, and realize my true pace and accept that it will take me awhile to finish this piece.
I used Aurifil’s Monofilament thread…. It’s thread is so fine that it fades into the seams. And although it’s a beautiful thing, please refrain from using my name in a hostile way when you discover you may have trouble seeing it to thread the needle. Below is a good example of the thread magically disappearing into the seam.
Now that I have expressed that I still have SID to get done; remember slow and steady wins the race. I ask, how do you accomplish your SID? Would you say ruler or no ruler? I can’t wait to hear what my fellow quilters have to say!