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Showing posts with label Bernina #39 foot. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bernina #39 foot. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

zippered pouches ~ peaceful n' thoughtful

good morning ~

here's the continuing love story i'm having with making the zippy pouches, using jelly roll fabric cuts.  this time from basic grey in neutrals.  {such a fun change for me!}

because... as i was cleaning up studio from last week's sewing fiesta, i found some great ribbons and buttons to use for this color way of designs.
and it was satisfying to use a foot that is a dream to put to work sewing on buttons ~ it's the bernina #18 button-sew-on foot.  and i love it!  
my bernina machine has a special "button-sew-on" stitch, too.  it automatically drops the feed dogs, and all you do is press the foot pedal... that is, after ensuring your needle and width fits the two holes in the buttons.  the machine stops automatically when it is finished, and it takes securing stitches, too, leaving some 'wiggle-room' space for the button, should it be used on a shirt for practical needs.
it's a pretty "peaceful" process!
and, as you can see below, i added the word "be" to this bag, as in "be peaceful."  {yes and amen!}

and just a simple little checkered ribbon for the pull:

this is the second bag in the same color way, except for the addition of the turquoise batik.  love this!!  especially since i was able to use scraps leftover from making rachel's placemats.
button~button... who's got the button? it's a dive into a pretty jar full of buttony goodness to find it~!
 one thing about doing two bags at the same time, in the same colorway... i stitched the zipper enclosures at the same time.... leaving a nice big tail at the back and the front to keep from unnecessary thread entanglements!  {i don't appreciate that drama!}  hint:  make sure at least one side of the feed dogs is solidly under at least most of the fabric.  hold onto the thread tails when you begin, too... {and a straight-stitch plate is very nice for this part of the sewing}.
tips:  line up your ruler with the center seam and point of the bag, in order to ensure a great seam meet-up.  



i free motion quilted the words, "she is thoughtful" on this bag, using magnifico thread ~ my favorite.

did you happen to catch the additional embellishment using silver dazzle thread {also from superior threads}? using that favorite and oh-so-easy, and quite lovely #39 couching foot ~ aka the clear embroidery foot from bernina.  i think it adds that special touch... {but it may be just me?!} you know if you've been reading my blog... i use this alot.  alot!   too bad it was a cloudy day, and the metallic thread isn't picking up the shine, like it does for real.
and they make a lovely duo of zippy strippy bags:
 my zippy pouches are now listed in the etsy store, too! 

so thanks for hanging out with me and my bags!!  lol
blessings on your day!
xo
leslie

Saturday, June 14, 2014

custom dinner napkins ~


hi friends ~ happy weekend to ya all ~

here's a new idea for custom-created napkins.  these particular ones i made to complement the classic round placemats, too. {can you say wedding gift?!}

cut on a curve ~ curved "piecing" if you will, and then layered with a lovely silver razzle dazzle thread.  {love the look}.



so i'll be playing with this idea some more, and i'll be showing you exactly how i make them.  {very simple}!

stay tuned!
xo
leslie

Monday, May 5, 2014

count it all joy ~

morning glories ~

i love how this turned out, and i can't wait to make more! many of you know know how much i enjoy exploring the written and quilted letter ~ this project was no exception.  

a very plain turquoise, but absolutely drop-dead gorgeous hand dyed becomes the canvas for the quilting, with the words done in a golden yellow magnifico thread, red daisies, and purple ribbon accents and centers.  finished with my signature stitching style of binding finish, with metallic thread in golden yellow to bring out the major theme of the piece, couched into the binding with the bernina #39 foot.

i will tell you the real key to writing, quilting style:

practice!!!

and i've done it enough so that i share this tip, also.  you must know how to stitch the words and letters backwards, as well.

i go forward, and when each phrase/word is finished, i repeat going in a backwards direction.  that's it.

and it helps tremendously to do it ~ practice it ~ on paper until you are comfortable with the process.

and of course, it's very important that you are very comfortable with free motion by the time you progress to letters.  {in my opinion}.  at least ~ that's my story of how it progressed for me, personally.




 and a little change up in pattern, for the reverse side:
every stitch.  
{even the "unstitching"} 
is counting it all joy!

{that's the real joy}.  even when you fail, 
struggle, or muddle through... count it all joy!
in life, and in quilting.
james 1:2 "my brothers {and sisters}.. count it all joy when you fall into various trials... "
soli deo gloria.
xo
leslie

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

make life sweet ~ sweetwater placemats



hi everyone ~

i finally had time to delve into this charming yardage i've had on the back burner; it's "noteworthy" by sweetwater for moda fabrics.  and so i combined my love of writing and text onto the classic round placemat shape:
when i was teaching recently, at the local Quilt-A-Way quilt shop here in Great Falls, this book really caught my eye: "Sweetwater's Simple Home."  i've always liked their style, and i was tickled to come home with the book after a wonderful day of teaching there.


the threads i chose to put to the task at hand, are left to right: razzle dazzle {for couching}, magnifico {for quilting} and masterpiece {for bobbin thread} for both construction, quilting, and couching.
once the fabrics were layered with the batting, i loaded up the machine with the 40 wt pink-red magnifico thread {100% polyester} with white masterpiece {100% ELS cotton} in the bobbin.  i lowered my top tension from a 4.0 to a 2.5. i could have used matching red thread for the bobbin, but i chose not to because i wanted it to be subtle texture from the backside.  lowering the tension also helps that balance of colors from the top to the back, and keeps the threads more in the middle of the batting and fabric quilt sandwich .

 i also used my fave needle; the 90/14 titanium topstitch needle {all threads and needles by superiorthreads.com}
and i found this page in my new book to be inspiration for the quilting motif:
to start, i folded the circle in the center.  i used a pressing tool, like the one shown below but of course, your finger/nail works fine, too!
my reason for doing this is to have a crease to mark the center of the circle, so i could get a pleasing placement for the writing lines, and hopefully eliminate any slanted lines/stitching.
my favorite pen, the "frixion" pen, that writes like a pen, and erases magically with the touch of an iron:
i marked 3.5" from the top of the center line, to make my top line, and the same to go below the center line.  i just wanted three lines, fairly centered within the circle of fabric, and also, you can audition your writing if spacing is an issue you are concerned about.  and i am.  i don't mind a bit of a slant, or whimsical altered letter, but i did really want it to be pretty much centered, but also very "light and free-styling" {if that makes any sense!}
i quilted the words first, and then a random type of "scribble" and "sketchy" straight stitching around the perimeter. {i also altered the straight stitch to a longer length so the stitching would "show off" too.


as i've said before on the blog, my go-to starch is right here, and i use it at these stages of quilting, too:
{it helps to make my sewing life sweet!}

to make the straight lines stay flat and where they belonged, i engaged my handy-dandy dual feed on my bernina 830.  love it! {and looks like i need to clean up a few fuzzies, too!}
i also used my #37 patchwork foot, too, for the quilting around the perimeter, as it has a place for the dual feed to attach too {it's not just for your patchwork ya know!} but you could also attach a walking foot which would work just as good:
i'm going at a pretty good clip, making sure my lines cross, and around and around... i go!
i cut bias fabric for the binding, and attached it, using my patchwork foot.  


then, i couched on the razzle dazzle thread, right into the binding seam, using the Bernina #39 foot, which also stitches the binding down at the same time it adds the beautiful thread embellishment.  {see the foot, and #39 tutorial here}
and i decided to add a heart at the bottom, too, just for fun:
the back side:
"sweet!"
yup.  
make life sweet!
xo
leslie

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

decorative thread applique ~ and a giveaway

hello!

since recently becoming enamored to magnifico thread, i've been itchin' to stitch! that is, to see how it looks with decorative stitching techniques ~ and it's also a good reason for me to play with some of the thousand+ decorative stitches on my bernina 830 machine!  i love this thread so much, but sadly, i cannot purchase it locally.  but there's no reason for a sad face! 

tada!  thread of the month club is here to save the day!!  {sing it mighty dog!}  lol  ... {in case you don't remember that cartoon!}

anyway!   i {finally}  signed up for a wonderful offering that superior has implemented; it's called the magnifico thread-of-the-month club! 



did you know that they have a thread of the month club for every type of thread they sell??!!!  it goes for the spools, and the cones, too!  there are pretty sweet advantages to joining up with a club like this:
like free shipping, {including add-on items} for one!

FREE SHIPPING to U.S. and Canada addresses. See below for details.
each month, we will send a different selection of our threads personally chosen by Mother Superior.
Open enrollment. Start anytime. Cancel anytime. No sign-up or cancellation fees.
Members-only specials offered each month.
and with my free shipping, i added a set of twelve spools  called 'crayon', seen below {love the selection of colors!} 
i'm also trying "so fine" thread for the first time, too; a 50 wt polyester instead of the 50 wt masterpiece.   it's $3 less than masterpiece.  and i'm using it in my bobbin:
this is the pattern; it's by laura heine of billings montana, who owns and operates a gorgeous quilt shop "fiberworks" ~ i do so look forward to going into this shop; the sad truth is that i just don't get there very often. {a good thing for my pocketbook!}  i'll show the pattern when i finish the quilt and post about it.

then it's time to stabilize, stabilize!  without a good stabilizer, decorative stitching, especially with heavier motifs, just does not stitch out nearly as neat and nice. 

my favorite is this one: a heavyweight tear-away by oesd {sold at my local bernina shop in great falls}.  i lightly spray 505 on the back of the fabric, and then pin the stabilizer just in the corners, to keep it from getting unruly on me as i slide it under my needle.
and once again, it's time to audition threads. blue, red, orange, purple!  which one{s} will i choose?
the orange is pretty and since it's a neon color, {yes, i love these, too!} ~ it will highlight the flower petal edges... which appeals to me.  i kind of have a creative notion that they are 'glowing' against a dramatic sky, highlighted by the sun... {indulge me, k?!}

now, which color of superior's razzle dazzle?  hmmm... blue or orange?  the orange will blend with the petals... the blue will stand out a bit more, and it will also bring out the tones of the background blue/sky feel of the fabric.  {as i see it!}  regardless of the choice, it will ALL be pretty!

and ya gotta have an open-toe foot! visibility, and ease of use make this the bernina #20 foot the champion of decorative stitching enthusiasts! {like me!}
i chose decorative stitch #419 on my bernina 830.  i'm going to taper it to begin with, which means that as i start at the tips of the petals, i begin with a 3.0 width, and as i am stitching, {no need to stop with berninas}... i gradually widen my stitch out to a 6.0 {or so} width.  i could go up to 9.0 on my bernina 830, but i decided against that. the look i want is just for accent - not to overpower. and that... is what it's all about ~ what i like!  

notice too, i've changed my needle position so it's oriented in the far right setting. {that is key to achieving easy and  exact placement of the stitching}
starting at 3.0 width, and turning the knob as i am also stitching, tapering to gradually increase to 6.0 width {seen below}
engaging the needle position to the far right enables me to achieve perfect alignment along the exact edge of the applique fabric, seen below.  i also use the #20 foot to guide my stitching placement as i sew, by keeping my eye on the needle, and the edge of the right-hand, inside edge of the toe of the foot!  {that's a mouthful!}.

in hindsight! i believe it would have been more attractive {and professional looking} had i thought to begin part way up, in the middle of the shape... not at the point.  it's a smoother transition, and one will avoid nasty bulk at the points as you start and stop with your stitching.  and because there are so many threads in play at those points, it can get bulky, and a tad bit unsightly.  oh well.  that's how i'll learn! 

and another hint.  switch to a small straight stitch and adjust the length to a very tiny length, such as 1.0 to  begin and finish your stitching.  

and once i've stitched a half-inch with that small straight stitch to start, i then touch the decorative stitch, and start into stitching it.  that way you won't have thread unstitching itself... and it also looks far more attractive than backstitching with the decorative stitch, which is unsightly, and messy-looking, i think.  i do the same thing when i end, too, or when the stitch breaks and i need to start again.
once the petals are all stitched out, i flip over to the back. one of the best aspects of using a heavyweight stabilizer, is that when you stitch a heavy decorative stitch, it very easily tears away!  {love}

not necessary to tear away the stabilizer on the inside of the petals... although i could, {but i won't!}
and i won't because it's also going to get a layer of batting, and then some more stitching.  this second round of stitching is done with razzle dazzle, and my #39 clear motion embroidery foot, as i outline the shapes with the beautiful blue-aqua-pinky color of razzle dazzle thread.

{i almost changed my mind and went with that red thread!} it would have looked really good with the orange, too...

did you know i have a tutorial published about using the bernina #39 clear embroidery foot with the sweet couching technique it performs? 
view the tutorial  here!

my pictures don't do that neon orange thread justice!  it's much brighter with good light.  but hopefully that will happen when i'm finished.

all done.  for now!  {i love~love the blue thread!}
so... what do you think of my thread choices/colors?  i hope you found some inspiration, and hopefully some good information, too.  

thanks for hangin' out with me and my pal, 'magnifico' ~ and now it's time for the monthly superior giveaway too!

to enter, first, go to superiorthreads.com, and tell me {by commenting on this post} which set of 12 magnifico threads is your fave, or, if you'd like, let me know which thread of the month club you subscribe to, or would like to.

winner announced next monday ~ november 11th {veteran's day}. the prize is a $25 gift certificate to spend at superior threads

yay! it's good  for everyone, including international readers! {beautiful!} share this post on your facebook, website, or blog for an extra chance to win, and leave a comment here with the link that you did so!

joining up with  linky tuesday with free motion by the river, today, too!

thanks so much!
xo
leslie
 
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