Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Just playing....

You know I absolutely had to play with my new Bernina yesterday, it had been calling me all weekend.

In many ways this machine is very similar to my Janome; the way it is threaded, the location of the buttons and the bobbin winder all function very similarly. It certainly does not feel like a complete stranger to me.

My first project on this machine was always going to be something small. I am still waiting for the custom made plastic insert that will surround the machine so that it can be lowered into my Horn Sewing Cabinet, thereby giving me a large flat workspace.

Confetti Baby Quilt
Quilt measures 24 inches x 24 inches

This little quilt, inspired by this image, was made yesterday. The top was pieced in the morning, and subsequently basted and quilted. It was pieced with the new machine, and after some initial bobbin hiccups it quilted like a dream! Truly, it made a huge difference to the ease of quilting, and the correct stitch definition and length was so much easier to maintain.

Crinkled washed and tumble dried texture.

This picture was taken with the early morning sun shining across the top of the quilt and shows the quilting design quite clearly. I quilted it with a squared off spiral starting in the center of the quilt, but deviating from the spiral just around two of the confetti blocks. I used a walking foot and just normal cotton thread that matches the top of the quilt.

The Confetti Baby Quilt/Stroller Blanket has been added to my Etsy Store together with the Jaffa quilt which I finished earlier this week.



It seems the Bernina and I are going to get along famously.

32 comments:

  1. This is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your quilting adventures with us! Wish I could get a new machine.
    Have a great day.

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  2. I'm curious (nice quilt, btw), did your Janome have a stitch regulator? Did you use the BSR on the Bernina? Was it easy to figure out? I have a Bernina that I love and I more often will have someone else quilt my quilts for me, but for the smaller things, I was just wondering how it compares.

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  3. {Sigh.} Another beautiful quilt -- you're such an inspiration. Congrats on your new machine!!!

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  4. Beautiful quilt. Always nice to have a new machine.

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  5. How fun to play with your new toy! Looks like it works like a dream! Lovely little quilt :-)

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  6. Ha ha, I looked at your pic of your new baby quilt and thought...oooh that looks like confetti....then I read what you had named it!!!! I love it. Jaffa quilt is just gorgeous too xo

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  7. What a fun little quilt! What fun you had with your new machine.

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  8. Rather silly question, but are you binding with your new machine. I've got a Bernina Activa PE230 and would love to not have to bind by hand. I'm sure my #10 foot can help, but I'm wondering how you're tackling it!

    Amy

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  9. That is gorgeous ! You and your new machine are going to be great friends .

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  10. A lovely little quilt. Great quilting too!
    Glad you are having fun with your new 'baby'. I'd love to see how it fits with your sewing table to make a big flat surface. Sounds like heaven!
    Andi :-)

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  11. I couldn't have been so patient - I would have ripped open the box straight away. Seems to me that you and your Bernina are getting long fine and will have lots of happy times together.

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  12. Very cute little quilt!!! I'm always nervous using a new piece of equipment so yay that your Bernina works wonderfully for your :)

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  13. i had no doubt that the bernina would be amazing and that you would do amazing things with it...this little confetti quilt is so cute

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  14. So cute. Thanks you for sharing. Glad you are having fun with your machine. One question, where do you get your custom labels?

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  15. I have had the Aurora 440 for about two years now and I absolutely love it. We are totally bonded. I hope you enjoy your new machine as much I enjoy mine.

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  16. Great quilts and awesome machine! I wish I had one that nice!

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  17. Good to hear you are getting along with the machine. I would love to see that quiting on a larger scale, but you would probably have to do it free motion instead of constantly turning the quilt!

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  18. Congrats on the new machine. She's a beauty!

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  19. I love my bernina!! Couldn't live without her. You might love the giveaway over at my blog..yummy fabric!!

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  20. I love my Bernina too!! It is a great machine. The baby quilt is so cute. Love & blessings from NC!

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  21. Lucky you! Congratulations on the new machine:-) I'm currently saving for the same bernina, but it's not cheap! I hope you will be happy with it:-)
    And I love all your quilts! They are so bright and happy:-)

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  22. Congratulations with your first quilt:)
    By "walking foot", do you mean the #50? Because this one is extra!!! But not for large batting...
    Will you use the BSR? Personally, I'm hesitating... I do my stippling well without so why should I change?!
    I also love the Bernina because of all her accessories;)

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  23. Cute little quilt. I love my machine and I haven't even scratched the surface after a year. Maybe I can learn some things from you on your new machine.

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  24. Can you talk about why you went from a Janome to a Bernina? I'm looking to buy my first big girl sewing machine and I'm overwhelmed with all the options!

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  25. looks like you are having lots of fun with your new toy... i'll try to not be too jealous over here!

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  26. Ohhhhh, lucky you with this new machine! Very envious! My sister has one just the same, I have sewn on it for 20 minutes, a pure dream of joy. :)

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  27. That is such a cute quilt for a baby girl! Nice to see the bright colours too.

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  28. God to hear you are getting along! I have ordered a 440 - still freaked out that I actually did it! Can't wait to have a go with it.

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