A fun day at the Sewing Center

I was more than ready to get out and meet some people after being cooped up for weeks in meeting those quilt deadlines.  And whom could I meet that are more pleasant than these ladies of the Rogers Sewing Center?

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We spent a few hours at the Sewing Center exploring and enjoying some Bernina Stitch Regulator fun!  For me, the BSR is almost the best thing since mechanically sliced bread!  And it was gratifying to me to see other enjoying it as much as I do!

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There were some ladies that I met for the first time, and there were those I have met before and hadn’t seen for a while.  So, it was great to catch up with what’s new in their lives.  There’s just something special about being friends with these sewing ladies —

bsr-event4[Rhonda is the maker of the heirloom christening gown I had shown on this blog a few weeks ago, and look at what is the newest baby at the Sewing Center – the Bernina 830!!!]

bsr-event6[More pictures from this little gathering will appear in Bernina’s “Through the Needle” in 2009.  Stay tuned!]

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Meanwhile, here are some sayings to warm the hearts of my quilting, sewing, and crafty friends:

1. May your bobbin always be full!

2. One quilting project, like one cookie, is never enough!

3. Quilts made with love age with time, but never lose their warmth.

4.  Warning:  This vehicle stops at all fabric shops.

5.  When I give to you, what I make with my hands, I share with my heart.

(Go to www.goldenthimble.com for more sayings)

Bernina’s THROUGH THE NEEDLE (Issue 28)

I received my complimentary copies of “Through the Needle” over the weekend. Bernina didn’t just send me one or two copies – I received SIX copies (I smell a giveaway once things settle down for me)!!! And kudos to the editorial staff for a job well done. The magazine turned out to be very eye-catching!

I had seen the draft sent to me for final review, but it is NOTHING like seeing the real thing:

Here are more pillow shots:

Back of pillow – the fabric was one of those that I just couldn’t pass up at the quilt shop:

Click here if you happened to miss the previous post.

[Through the Needle will feature another article on me sometime next year. Stay tuned! I think it’s going to be really fun working on that project. This project will be done with the help of Rogers Sewing Center. You may contact Rogers Sewing Center for more information. You may also contact me should you be interested in a custom-made pillow like the one shown.]

Making something we can ACTUALLY use…?!

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I received my pillow back from Bernina that is going to appear in their “Through the Needle” issue coming out in November. I was told this issue debuted in the Houston Quilt Market over the weekend. I will post more pictures when I receive my complimentary copies of the magazine:

It is another project with the whole-cloth theme except the main motifs were done by machine embroidery. I had also monogrammed an S for our family last name to give it a more personal and custom look. The background quilting was free-motion quilted with the Bernina Stitch Regulator.

What am I going to do with the pillow? It will be used as a decorative pillow to be looked at admiringly, and occasionally to be handled with clean hands. :) My husband aptly asked me upon completion of the project a while back, “When are you going to make something we can actually use?”. You know what, he had a point…

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have a lovely Tuesday! As always, I love reading your comments. So, if you are able, do let me know when you’ve been by so that I can visit you back!

“Where they make the sausage” and News!

Hello Everyone,  I hope that you have had a great weekend.   I also hope that your Monday is going to be a GREAT one! :)

I did get to squeeze in a few stitches on my “Spanning three centuries” wholecloth quilt.  I am logging the time and see how long it takes me to finish this quilt.  So far I have logged about 5 hours.  I am always surprised how fast time passes by whenever I do feather quilting.  Here is the first “where they make the sausage” picture – nothing fancy.  As you can see, the markings are still there, threads aren’t buried into the quilt batt, no background quilting to fill in the negative space…

All this is brought to you and made possible by the Bernina Stitch Regulator:

Other news — stay tuned for some new patterns coming out in a couple of months using new fabric collections.  I am showing you sneak peek of two patterns:

Improved bananas!

Sorry for another partial picture, but I did finish and send off my pillow project by the end of last week.  I thought that my “bouncing bananas” (the half-moon thingies) background stitches IMPROVED since I last did them for a quilt:

There is nothing more heartening than improved stitches to a quilter.  Improved stitches = more comely work! So, I am quite satisfied with the result!

This week, I am working on a cutwork project using machine embroidery.  Never done that in my whole sewing life.  We’ll see how it goes, and I will be sure to report back!

Have a great week, y’all!

A bit o’ “Behind the Scenes”

After days of playing around, I finally hunkered down and worked on another deadline. This is for a quilted pillow project that will appear in Bernina’s November issue of “Through the Needle” (as always, only a partial shot of the final project before it’s officially published):


You can see that the quilt sandwich is still in the hoop from having the motif machine embroidered. That’s basically how I have gone about making these for the machine embroidery aspect of the projects. Click on the pictures if you are interested to read the posts written about them:

A tip for doing monogram using machine embroidery – always use the same thread for both the top and bobbin threads – the result is flawless that way!

Have a fabulous day, everyone!

The ripple effect of my first throw pillow

I had made this pillow as a class sample for a Bernina Stitch Regulator class I am teaching at Rogers Sewing Center:

There is only one not-so-good thing that came out of this pillow: I never got to keep and enjoy it at home as its adopted home for now is the Sewing Center. I am showing you a closeup – I hope you can see the echoes around the heart – they are quilted at roughly 1/8″ apart:

BUT… I have had many many good things happen to me because of this pillow.

1. I learned how to make a throw pillow. Can you believe I have NEVER made a throw pillow until this one?

2. I have made lots of sewing friends, and I love it when they bring their finished pillows to show me in subsequent classes. One of these wonderful ladies that I have really enjoyed getting to know is Wanda. Look at how Wanda is beaming with pride because her pillow turned out exactly like mine. You see, she claims she wants to do EVERYTHING I do — and honestly I don’t know if that’s such a wise idea because I think she is extremely talented herself :) Wanda made two of these pillows as Mother’s Day gifts for her mother and mother-in-law. I am telling you, she is one sweet lady! Oh, please ignore my bad hairdo because I had a bad hair day that day — focus on Wanda and her pillow:

3. I will have an article featuring a similar pillow project, scheduled to appear in the November 2008 issue of Bernina’s “Through the Needle” magazine! I thought that’s pretty cool!

4. I hope I would be able to continue helping and encouraging many more to enjoy their BSR and really put that nifty technology to create some very beautiful heirloom items!

Be sure to come back on Friday if you are interested in seeing more of my Lady Carlyle collection. I am overwhelmed by the compliments I have received on the Lady Carlyle teapot. Before I say anything more and spoil tomorrow’s Show-and-Tell fun, I’d better key off for now. Have a beautiful day, my blogging friends!

UPDATE: Song of Williamsburg

The “Song of Williamsburg” pattern is now available for purchase. This is a fun and rather quick project for free-motion quilting, especially if you have the BSR (Bernina Stitch Regulator). Since I am a quilter as well as needleworker, the motif was designed with the idea that it can also be used for embroidery, crewel, or even shadow work.

Have been a city girl, I now have the fortunate opportunity to live closer to the “country”. Hopefully one day, I would be able to move to the real countryside. Nonetheless, I have learned to appreciate my friends with wings that would perch on my deck rails or come to say hi at the window in my informal dining area. Because of my growing fascination with birds, I am working on a series of bird motifs for heirloom quilting. Watch for my next “Flying Beauty” pattern to come within a month or two!

Happy Crafting, Everyone!