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.]

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Making something we can ACTUALLY use…?!

Remember this?


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!

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!