I had a rather industrious weekend playing with my new Bernina Q20 & in fact finished a custom Kitty Cat Quilt. It turned out just purrfect LOL. My client wanted atmosphere lines in the background (wavy lines) & minimal quilting elsewhere because she was concerned about quilting over the 3-D ears. I think she will be happy with the tail (spiral) character quilting I did along with the collars on each kitty. Check it out below.:
I'm loving my new Bernina Q20 long arm, the stitch quality & speed is awesome. I love the feature also that shows me when my bobbin is running low. The bobbin sensor came in handy for the green background area of the Kitty Cat Quilt where I used up so much thread!
Stay tuned for more Q20 love, Forgive me, I'm obsessed. 😍
Happy Thursday! It's been a eventful week for me with a Trunk Show on Monday for Halton Hills Quilter's Guild & the arrival of my new Bernina Q20 Long Arm Machine on Tuesday. I have been giving myself a crash course on learning it this week & loving every minute of it.
Why I decided to buy a new long arm you ask?
I know there are many other reasons that this machine will be an amazing asset to my long arm business & I will share more features in the near future on this blog & on YouTube. If you are considering bring a quilt to me, I want to reassure you that my very modest prices are not increasing as this was a personal decision to make my quilting so much easier for me. Have a look at my Studio Tour below and check out my new Bernina Q20 (my new baby), she's beautiful and I need to name her, suggestions are welcome lol. Have a great day!
Happy Spring 😀 For most of us spring is a great time of the year to clean, refresh & renew. For me I am cleaning out my studio/loft to make room for a new long arm arriving today! I'm so excited to have taken the leap of faith to purchase a new Bernina Q20 Long Arm with a Studio 10' frame from Creekbank Sewing In Mountforest. I purchased it because I am dedicated, devoted & a true believer in the quality & craftsmanship that goes into all that Bernina manufactures. Check out the video below & I'll show off my studio once my long arm is all set up. Have a great day!
If you are wondering what I've been up to, sometimes I wonder too? I have been behind the scenes getting ready for in person & virtual classes (more info to come soon!) Also working on a new ruler class. I was just playing with the Amanda Murphy rulers yesterday (along with other brands). I have a little show & tell of what I've been up to below. I have more exciting news to share with you later so please keep on watching for my blog posts. Keep well and Sew Happy!
Today is all about fun & sewing with your sewing machine & finishing up the Valentines Ear Bud Pouch. The prep work is behind us! I’m using my Bernina 350 sewing machine, the #37- ¼” foot & the #4 zipper foot. Check out yesterday’s post below if you missed the cutting instructions.
Tip: Remove pins, engage needle down function & move the zipper open as you go, this helps to allow for a straight line of sewing.
Your Valentines Ear Bud Pouch project is complete. Think about your fabric stash & what colours you have to make a Valentines gift for someone special.
A ¼” foot, zipper foot & a Bernina sewing machine is all you need to make someone’s day. A little chocolate would'nt hurt either!❤️
Wishing you a Happy Valentines Day, I hope someone is sweet to you!
Do you need a small Valentines Day gift suitable for young & young at heart?
You can create one of these heart shaped mini pouches, they’re fast, easy & so useful. These pouches are fantastic for the storage of ear buds (earplugs), jewellery, lip balm, coins &/or pop some chocolates in it for treats on the go. I used my Bernina 350 sewing machine & found myself addicted to making these!
Note: This is part 1 of a 2 part series of blog posts. Make sure you visit again tomorrow for part 2.
For today’s post we will be making the dark green one as shown.
What Will Be Needed
My cutting is complete! I’m ready & excited for tomorrows post when we get to the sewing with a #37- ¼” foot, #4 zipper foot & my Bernina 350 sewing machine. Hope you can set aside time to visit tomorrow.❤️
Hi yah, finally have this tutorial uploaded to you tube. A great project to ease into 2022 and so easy!
Note book covers. Also works for MOLESKINS. We all need pretty & practical right?
Have a look at my video, a great gift for all ages, men, women & children. Anybody working on Christmas gifts for 2022? Lol no pressure! 😋 Have a great day, enjoy, like & subscribe.
Hi to all who have been wondering what the heck Robin has been up too?
I've been up to a lot including my youngest daughter Mallory's wedding on Nov 21, 2021 and a new baby in the family with my eldest Katie Dec 1. 2021 and oh yah Christmas 2021!
I thought today it would be nice to share some pictures of some Wedding DIY's .
Mallory, Katie, friends, family & myself worked hard on Michael & Mallory's wedding day to make it special. I'll share pics below with commentary below the pics.
Some background information Mallory was to be married in May of 2020 & then Covid 19 shut us all down in March of 2020. Mallory & Michael were finally able to have their long awaited wedding Nov 21, 2022 after cancelling 3 dates... a heart breaking experience to put it mildly however everyone is safe & healthy so that is what is important.
Below is a bridal purse I made for Mallory for her first shower held at the home of the Casey's ( the grooms parents in the fall of 2019). Hosted by Michael's mom Susan & sisters of the groom Alison & Lauren.
In case you are interested in the pattern, the above purse pattern featured here
Once we FINALLY got a confirmed date of Nov 21, 2021..... we decided to have a couples "I DO BBQ" shower hosted by Mallory's sister & maid of honour Katie in September. We served popcorn & veggie appetizers , racks of ribs, corn on the cob, mac & cheese, salads , fruit & cookies to keep it casual, comforting & family friendly.
Some decor DIY's will be shown below:
FINALLY onto the wedding.....
Mallory did not want a limited combination of colours for her wedding, as an artist she wanted an all colour wedding. She wanted all coloured flowers, all coloured napkins & some of her art featured. We started to work on the Napkins in 2019 because at that time we figured on 140 guests and 140 napkins. Mallory chose K Fassett fabric for the napkins and we decided to serge them all with a rolled hem. Lots of cutting, serging, ironing & folding insued.
Caveat... I wish I took more pictures of the whole room to see these gorgeous napkins, but a wedding day is so busy & such a beautiful blurr, so we have to settle with what we got until the professional photos come in.
Flowers... as you can see in the image above, Mallory decided on a plethora of flowers for the table & personally collected along with family & friends, a whole bunch of small bud vases. Most of the vases came from donations & thrift shopping.
Signage.... As artist's Mike & Mal wanted to have little easels on each table as a placeholder. Mike & Mal designed & painted these mini paintings & had a chart printed for the welcome area showing pictures of the placeholder paintings. This was a unique & artistic method for guests to find their table. Each little graphic has meaning to Mike & Mal & are symbols of significance in their &/or their guests lives.
As a little personal embroidery touch & a way to dress up the "sweetheart table" for Mike & Mal, I machine embroidered a Mr & Mrs sign for the back of their chairs & also embroidered a Mr & Mrs established sign for their table.
Sweets.... Mallory & Mike had asked 2 years ago if I would make their wedding cake. I pretty much had design license with it. So I decided on 3 layers - chocolate expresso marble bottom tier, raspberry vanilla middle tier & a salted caramel top tier. The bottom was coloured burgundy like Michael's suit with brushes of gold, the middle tier was a fault line cake with edges of gold & multicolour buttercream flowers in the gap/fault & the top tier was stippled with buttercream & had some buttercream flowers piped where the hexagon plexi topper poked into the cake centre. I scattered some pearl dragees & gold hearts on the cake for a little more embellishment & meaning.
As a little extra something special, I made sugar cookies in vanilla & chocolate very much like their wedding invitation with white & gold lettering showing "at last, "Love", "M & M 11.21.21", "Mr & Mrs" "We Do" etc. I was thinking since we could not invite children to the wedding, guests were encouraged to takesome home as gifts for their little people.
Art.... Mal decided to showcase 3 modern abstract paintings at the wedding to give the wedding some context as to who the wedding was for. In my (probably biased) opinion, two very talented artists. These are now part of the Bogaert family permanent art collection.
Hair & Makeup.... we kept it all in the family again & hair & makeup was done by our beautiful cousins Jenny & Tiffany. Mallory, Katie, Alison, Susan & myself all felt very beautiful heading out to this long awaited family wedding. I don't have too many pictures yet. Mallory is pictured below & looks gorgeous!
The Quilt... I only have two daughters & in 2017 my eldest daughter got married, the link to those DIY's is here
Of course a quilt is a wedding gift especially for my own children . Mike & Mal's wedding quilt is pictured below. I have named it "Painters Pallette" as the entire colour wheel in solid cotton is encorporated in it.
It is entirely paper pieced and it was bar none, the most difficult quilt I have completed to date, it turned out great but was a significant challenge. I also quilted it on my long arm machine.
Heartfelt congratulations go too... Mr & Mrs Michael Casey & Mallory Bogaert! We love you so much.
I will update this blog post as more photos become available but this is it for now , phew!
Very Special Thanks to: Mr & Mrs Casey (the grooms parents), Bridesmaids: Katie, Lauren, Alison, Alexa, Myranda, Kristina, Makenzie, Cameron's Flowers Kitchener, Darryl P. MC, Jennifer B & Tiffany P (hair & makeup), Mallory & Michael of course, The Cambridge Mill, C. Hillier, S. Casey, R. Bogaert (Decor) to friends & family who donated, collected stuff for us & attended the showers & the wedding! You showered Michael & Mallory with your love. It takes a village and you made this day sensational ❤️ Love to all!
Today I’m discussing spiral designs , single spirals you can morphe into flowers & continuous designs , the spiral is so versatile for FMQ. Check it out here on www.quiltsocial.com
Join me Monday Dec 6 when I talk all about free motion quilting & great tips to master it, designs to try & awesome tools to get you started.
I will be a quest blogger all week at www.quiltsocial.com Dec 6-10
Have a great week & keep free motion quilting!
Hi I'm Robin and I am a professional long arm quilter, pattern designer and teacher. I am passionate about all things quilty!
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