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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, 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
 

Monday, October 14, 2013

winner ~a fall decoration ~

happy monday morning!

i had a busy, productive, wonderful, and sweet weekend! baking... quilting... worship... and football {of course!}  i hope you did too!  i completed a special order for a christmas  runner, and enjoyed my time in the christmas fabric bin.  {now i'd better straighten it out again!}  yikes, but i made a mess, cutting, fusing and trying out different versions of letters, before i settled on these: 

i wanted the quilting to be subtle and blend in, so both the patterned/lettered fabric and the fusible letters would stand out more, so i chose to quilt this with superior's bottom line polyester 60 weight thread in both top and bobbin.  it was a dream to use.  i don't often use the lightweight threads in my free motion, as i like the quilting threads to show, but not this time. 
 i switched to king tut thread {40 weight, 10% ELS cotton} for the straight line stitching in the border, and then applied gold and red metallics {the thick threads} like razzle dazzle, couched into the seams with my bernina #39 foot.
 my pictures are not so great ~ one of those low light days,  and it's really difficult to photograph the color red.  so it goes!

and now to the business at hand... the winner of the posted autumn quilt:  happy cottage quilter!
happy autumn!  thank you~thank you for the wonderful comments.   

enJOY your day! 
xo
leslie


Saturday, June 8, 2013

beautiful fabric by laura gunn ~ my oval runner

oh my gosh!  can you say "i feel good?!"  ... i do!!!  although i am still coughing and a little tired, i feel so enthused for this beautiful spring day!!  the rain has stopped, and the sun has appeared ~ and hey ~ i even feel like i could do some cleaning?!!!  lol

so!  here is a piece i also finished a couple weekends ago... yes, my friends... more laura gunn fabric!  isn't this beautiful?  i know - i know ~ i say that alot, don't i?  well, can't help it i guess!
keeping it simple... allowing the fabric to 'show off' with just some straight line {kinda sorta} quilting with my bernina #39 foot, and the important supporting role and ever-so-versatile, razzle dazzle thread from superior threads.  love this stuff!!!


...not the greatest light {since it was raining!}... but here's the finished piece. 
enjoy your day!  i know i am, as i am so happily 'putzing' between cleaning, and the gorgeous outdoors!  i think i need to go and take some pictures ... somewhere!  i hear glacier park calling our name... maybe not this weekend... but SOON!

blessings abundant,
leslie

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

a placemat series with fabric by Laura Gunn

hi everyone ~

i've been going round and round ~ with some fabric that is.  it's been a favorite of mine for awhile now.  so much so, i've put off doing anything with it. couldn't make a decision, actually.  sound familiar?  well, i decided it was time to dash into that stash.  and i made a serious dent into it, i'm happy to say. and not only that, but i like the results, too.  these are fabrics designed by laura gunn, produced by michael miller.
 i kept the quilting simple and clean to show off the dramatic large flower print in this piece. the threads:  superior's tri-lobal polyester, and ricky tims razzle dazzle {the thicker metallic thread}.
 and added kaffe fasset stripey fabric to the back, which makes them wonderfully reversible, and i like the look of the quilting motif from the back, too. 

finished with my 'go-to' style of finishing the seam binding, stitching in the ditch with my favorite bernina foot, the #39, where i place the metallic thread precisely in the seam, using a very narrow zig zag.  {see my previous posted tutorial here from 1/31/11}  and if you'd like to know what a 'coded' foot {by Bernina} then check out my post on that subject, right here. and if you've read my blog for long... you know i've used this foot so many times... all you need to do is to type in 'bernina #39' in the search box to find the many quilts i've made using this super-easy technique.

i had ordered one yard of each of these fabrics from hawthorne threads.  and one of the reasons i get it from this company, is that i cannot get them in my hometown, and i do love these modern prints.  which is why i decided not to cut them up, and leave their designs 'intact' mostly, in a classic round shape for placemats.  so doggone pretty!

 love the birds!  {i saved a couple for future projects/fusing}

 the red in the picture below is much darker than it should be, but this fabric is a ruby red, with a subtle stripe, and just a hint of orange --- love it with the bird print.
 {i always have trouble photographing reds}
these placemats are a classic 16" round shape. i've cut alot of bias binding!  but it's all good ~ and even better ~ they are listed in my etsy shop! {as well as a few other new things}.


thanks for coming by to visit  ~
leslie
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