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Showing posts with label curvalicious. Show all posts
Showing posts with label curvalicious. Show all posts

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Free Spirit Curvalicious Runner ~

Almost sounds like it could be a title to a new movie, huh?!  I think this is my newest favorite, now!  {same ol story!} lol

I'll give you a heads up ~ this post has alot of pics, and info, too.

While it's fun to post the results {they are below}, I also I thought I would revisit a few process pics of couching non-free motion style, which I've used on the table runners I've featured lately.  Enter Foot #39:
  1. In case you didn't know:  A "C" letter on Bernina feet means "coded" and all "C" feet allow for a WIDER stitch, which is specifically geared for 9mm machines {mid-range price and higher}, but ~ these wider feet {such as the one I've shown above}  also work nicely on any 5.5mm machine as well!  In fact, all of these feet, whether coded or not, are interchangeable with ALL Bernina machines {with exception of machines made 10-12 years ago}. 
  2.  FYI Coded feet cost more!  There is more metal, more to the foot, and so this cost varies by $7-10 depending on the foot.
  3. With every Bernina Mastery Class I teach, this is one of the littlest known facts of buying {ANY} machine, when comparing, or when actually buying a Bernina.  Just a little thing... with big consequences... because, if you ever decide to UPGRADE... you may have to re-purchase some of the larger {Coded} "C" feet, in order to take advantage of the larger width capacity.  Because they will cost more, it's definitely a 'heads up' if you are in a purchasing mode.
TIP: I like to thread my foot OFF the machine.  Just makes it easier in my opinion.  Make sure you leave a generous tail of thread, so you don't pull it back out of the hole, while putting your foot back on the machine.
Choose your pretty thread:
For this couching technique, use these settings:
  1. Set a zig zag stitch.
  2. width 1.0 {this is just enough width to cover the width of this type of cord, k?  If you use a slightly thicker cord that still freely flows through the hole of this foot, you may want to go to a wider width setting.
  3. length 3.0 to 3.5.  My personal opinion is that this is a setting range that adequately secures the cord, but doesn't COVER IT UP!  Otherwise... why do it at all, or use a pretty thread?  After all... you want the thread to SHOW up, and be the 'look at me' {aren't I pretty} kind of thing!!
  4. And choose a top thread that blends with the thicker thread. {or contrast it if you'd like ~ i didn't}
Now: let the foot do the work for you. The red vertical line on this Bernina foot #39 is your best guide on this tour.  Try to keep your eyes focused on the red guide, and not entirely on the thread.  The only thing your hands should be guiding is the fabric, and ever so slightly, the thread.  Just be sure to keep it in front of the foot as you are sewing.
And for the feathers on this piece, I first chalked a line with my "sewline" chalk pencils, {one of several colors I have; they are 'must have' tools in my studio}, and this was the base line I free-handed onto the fabric.
And my favorite foot for quilting feathers:  the #24 free motion, or 'open-toe' free motion foot.  Why?  Because of all the free motion feet, {and I have them all}, this one gives me {personal opinion here} the BEST open view, for precise placement of stitches/feathers.
And my favorite {and one of the BEST} inspirational source?  Patsy Thompson, of course!  Fabulous book! - {you won't be sorry you bought it} as well as any of her DVD's... which is how I learned to stitch feathers.
And now, bring on the trims, ribbons, and fun! {NOTE: I stitched the ribbons first before free motion quilting anything}
I pinned them in place first, and used the 39 foot to couch on some razzle dazzle thread on the very outside edge of each side of the ribbon.
Oh yeah, forgot to say, that I added 'hyper-quilting' {Patsy Thompson's term} in the feathers.  I tried a different hyper-quilting motif in each set of feathers.  But I kept the threads the same color, so they have a consistent look as well.

{picture below of the back side} ~ I've stuck with my favorite threads; Superior Threads Masterpiece for the bottom thread, and their Rainbow tri-lobal polyesters for the top thread.  I like the tension to look good on the back, and this means you drop {or lower} your top tension, usually I lower it one full number, or slightly more. Also notice in the pic below, the zig zag stitching in the top of the pic?  That's the proper length and width settings I was referring to earlier; they look like that:
And now a couching finish inside the binding edge... with what is called the bulky overlock foot, Bernina Foot #12. This is the uncoded version... I also have the CODED version {21C} because it's that valuable to me, and I use them both, as the larger one accommodates thicker cords, as well.
A great foot to have!  Look at what else it can do:
Above all, take your time, be precise! This foot does the job very well for you. Especially if you are only doing straight lines {like in the binding here}, or it's good with very gentle, soft curves. I also like to use a polyester in my top for strength, as it is penetrating a fairly thick cord, and 90/14 needle {which I used on this entire piece}.

Hint:  Use a slightly lengthened straight stitch, and the cord won't be smashed down like it would with a zig zag stitch.} This works much exactly like the #43 Bernina free motion couching foot, but it isn't free motion!
It's foot #12!  {wore out the number ~ so ya know it's WELL used!}
And there you go!  {Go get ya some of this foot and those cords/threads!}  I've used many different colors of Razzle... can you have too many?!  {Answer is no!}


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Curvalicious Buttons ~

Yes! {And Amen!}  Finish #4:

This quilted table runner may be my most favorite, {so far!}

And all because of the buttons!  Well, maybe not  all... but certainly this button fringe charmed me.
... or perhaps it would be the elegant ribbon trim... {it's been hangin' out in my stash for awhile now!}
or the fresh, soft-white cotton thread {King Tut} for quilting?
those satiny... shiny, pretty threads & cords...
... beautifully modern and contemporary fabrics...
And turning those leftovers into sweet finishes ~ no doubt{feels sooo good}

Reunited with old fabrics made new again with embellishments, and quilting.  And I remembered how much I loved making this pattern. {I should do more!}  Did I really just say that?  Yup.  I did.  A quilter's burden, to be sure.  We love fabric, and patterns, and inspiration... abounds.
Back to work I go today.  It's been a lovely, and ever-so-sweet time at home.  I have one more reveal of finish {#5}, and then along with some new items I've made, I'm prepping for another give-a-way for this weekend!  

Happy Grand New Year!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


One of the creative pattern designers I have been attracted to for many years, especially as a beginner quilter, is Cheryl Wittmayer's company  "Sew-Be-It!.  Her patterns are great for beginner quilters, and a wonderful 'jumping off' palette of designs to really help you get started with free motion quilting!  I hope you will visit her web site and see if there isn't something to suit your sense of design style!

Ahh yes... love the title ... who wouldn't?  It's just simply... "curvalicious!"   And feel free to add any other superlatives that rhyme!  It was not only fun to make, but challenged me a bit with curved piecing... and so I got to learn something new... and use a favorite foot to get those gorgeous ribbons stitched on it just right.  It's so easy to sew them on too... I used my edge-stitch foot; that would be Bernina's #10 foot! One of the most versatile feet you can put your money into... allows you to sew perfectly placed stitches along any edge or seam and don't forget to use the needle position to give yourself  "the edge!" (sorry - pun is intended!).  Stitch with confidence as the guide (blade) in the front of the foot serves as the perfect reference point as you guide your needle along the edge of any ribbon, seam, or hem.  Great for stitching in the ditch applications, too.  It's a MUST HAVE in your sewing accessories box!  I love to teach that foot in mastery classes at Bernina, and show all the fun techniques it can do.  If you're unsure... and don't know if you'd really like a foot or accessory?  Try taking a look at the Bernina FEETURES books.  There are usually at least 6-10 pages of color pictures, techniques, diagrams.... for each foot! Don't forget you can try out the foot at your Bernina dealer!  Take a look at the book in the store, ask the staff to attach the foot on a machine, and try it out for yourself, first!

Add your own special touch with favorite ribbons --- how about a bit of ...VELVET... anyone?!  (Smiles!)  They kind of end of look like their very own fabric!  (Which they are, of course!)

I hope you will consider taking a feather class, and I hope to teach one at Bernina Silver Thimble this coming February... stay tuned for details!
More fun threadplay... feathers anyone?!!!  What a wonderful way to practice!!!  The center line of the block seam is a great reference point... jump off into feathers!!!  Not sure where to begin, or how it flows together? It would behoove you to check out one of my favorite resources... and one of the best teachers: Patsy Thompson.  Her website is here. You will find that her videos are very well done, as are her books; her website is full of great, free information, as well as some introductory videos, just so you know what you're getting!! And that is how I began quilting this colorful Happy Excursion!  Now my feathers aren't anything to write home about.. and notice they don't show on the patterned fabric much... but that's a GOOD thing... as this was a learning project, and I had so much FUN!  And that experience... those happy hours applying my newborn skills were priceless in the confidence it gave me in my pursuit.. of excellence!

Brocade...narrow... wide... patterned... all things bright and beautiful... that would have been a great name for this quilt!

I kept the binding pretty 'plain' in comparison.  This quilt sure didn't need much more design, color or texture.  Just keeping it simply CURVY and DELICIOUS, soft and inviting! EnJOY.
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