In case any of my followers want to know what's going on behind the scenes when there is radio silence from me. Trust me nothing is ever silent in my world! I believe life is for living & pursuing passions. Therefore behind the scenes there is always a behive of creative activity! Just a few minutes ago at 630am I was responding to Bernina Blog comments. Last evening I was working on my Bernina Q20 & a customer quilt. I was also prepping for a Thread Painting Class at Creekbank Sewing this Tuesday and reviewing my new Crumb Pieced Star In a Star Pattern (soon to be available on my website). So yes radio silence is non existent!
Some photos of the "Behive" are shown below
Oh yes & I forgot to mention, I have a mini tutorial to prep for monday with my tiny sewing group. We are making chicken mittens.
Oh darn, I have a demo Monday night I better get on it. But that's after I take in the St Jacobs Market today! Have a great weekend everyone. Stay warm, it's starting to feel like fall! brrr🍁
Hi everyone, I know by now the kidlets are heading back to school. I am embarking on a new adventure too!
I am excited, honoured and thrilled to announce that I am officially a BERNINA Ambassador! It's been quite a few months in the making with lot's of emails & E conferences back & forth to BERNINA in Switzerland. I will be writing on a monthly basis for the BERNINA International Blog or BERNINA Blog and sharing projects, techniques and my enthusiasm for all things BERNINA!
I have loved BERNINA's since about 2000 & can't get enough of their machines, accessories and features. As most of you know, I recently purchased a new Q20 BERNINA Long Arm Machine which is a dream machine, no exaggeration! Please have a look at my introductory BERNINA blog post here
I hope you will also join me in this journey, I'll post on FB, Instagram, YouTube and on this blog as usual except their will be lots more content to share and projects to inspire on a monthly basis. Don't worry I will share links to the BERNINA Blog so that you can find out what I'm up too! Wish me luck! lol
I would love to see your comments, suggestions, ideas or whatever you have to say. Show me some love! Support a fellow Canadian 🇨🇦 Thanks also for your continued support and for following me always!
Today I'm relaxing & putting away my "stuff" after teaching & showing a mini trunk show at a very successful "Long Arm Convention" at Creekbank Sewing in Mount Forest Ontario- June 9 &10. Below is a "selfie" of my sister Alison & myself at the Convention.
Lot's of great participants, wonderful staff & customers were treated to two days of jamm packed information including Sharon Fisher's Demo on Q'matics (Bernina Computerized Machine Quilting) & her trunk show of Q Matic designs on gorgeous quilts. Sharon also discussed thread & batting choices. Vernon (owner of Creekbank) discussed info on needles, technical & thread info.. I was responsible for teaching ruler work on the Q20 with studio frame and to show my mini trunk show of quilts. I was demoing on my new pattern "Interlocked" It is now available for purchase (along with fabric kits) at Creekbank Sewing Mount Forest & on my shop page here.
Oh & i got a wee bit of shopping done as well. I'll share a picture of that below :
The day included a lovely lunch, refreshments & a loot bag of goodies. The staff at Creekbank clearly worked hard to put this together with much appreciation ! A lot of work went into getting ready and lots of talking & demonstrating over 2 days but also lots of fun to see participants inspired & excited about upcoming projects. To all those who participated I personally want to Thank You for without you we would not have had such a great turnout and it would not have been possible to share all this info with everyone. Lots of class registrations took place which is excellent and its looking like we are going to enjoy a fun summer & fall going forward with full classes! Please call the store at 519-323-2693 if you are interested in any classes and/or want to get on their mailing list.
Hope you are enjoying a restful weekend ! 😊☀️
My new pattern Interlocked is available now in my shop page. The reason I designed this quilt was 5 fold.... 1. I wanted to practise with my new Bernina Q20 Long Arm, 2. I wanted a sampler style quilt to try out my Amanda Murphy Good Measure Rulers, 3. I am demonstrating at Creekbank Sewing Center's Long Arm Convention today June 9th and tomorrow June 10th and needed a demo sample , 4. It's so much fun to design and play with fantastic sewing resources and 5. I hope quilters will be inspired to try a pattern that allows them some space to show off their quilting, be it by hand or machine !
About the pattern Interlocked:
This pattern makes a 48” x 48” quilt, perfect for a baby, crib quilt, wall quilt, play mat or a lovely lap quilt. It’s also a great size to practise free motion quilting or ruler work on both domestic & long arm quilting machines. The piecing is simple & the interlocked design is dynamic. Make it modern with fabric & quilting designs or make it traditional, the choice is yours to make. Featured at Creekbank Sewing Center, Mount Forest “Long Arm Convention”.
You can purchase the pattern for download here or if you want to attend the Longarm Convention tomorrow, please call Creekbank Sewing at 519-323-2693. *Note it's for all quilters not just for long armers as the demos , info & mini trunk shows x 2 (Sharon Fisher & myself) relate to all quilters*
Thanks for reading this post, Have a Happy Thursday!😊
I'm excited to announce that I will be teaching this summer & into the fall at Creekbank Sewing Centre in Mountforest . A wonderful store with excellent staff & owners who care about their customers being inspired!
I'm starting off with a bang! My first time ever demonstrating & talking about ruler work on a Longarm at their upcoming LONGARM CONVENTION June 9th & 10th. Have you been pondering ruler work, free motion quilting or long arms? This event is for you. Call the store at 519-323-2693 to register. The day includes lunch, lots of info, door prizes ( I have donated 12 of my original pattern "Interlocked" as door prizes) & so much more. The price is right and it's a whole day of fun! All the details directly from their newsletter is shown below:
Inviting all Quilters to
Creekbank for our Longarm
Have you got the quilting machine and the quilts, yet find yourself currently stuck on how to get started quilting?
This event is designed to give you knowledge and inspiration to get started.
Focus is on how and where to quilt and how to grow and exceed beyond your own expectations.
Inspirational Demo Lectures Topics cover • Thread needles and tension troubleshooting • Batting choices and options for specific quilts • Quilting styles and types to go with your quilt • Free-motion quilting more confidently • Free-motion and rulerwork combined • Free-motion, rulerwork and or enhanced by Q-matic
quilting. • Questions and answer period • Demos in groups of 8-10 people to accommodate •
Mini-trunk show by Sharon Fisher • Mini-trunk show by Robin Bogaert
Date: Thursday June 9 or Friday June 10 Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm Cost: $65
Includes lunch and thread samples and handouts.
Other highlights: • Special pricing on full
rolls of batting • Special price on
Glide thread • Door prizes
084696 Southgate Township Rd 08 • RR#2 Mount Forest • N0G 2L0 • Tel: 519 323 2693
Have a fantastic weekend & I hope to see you next week at the Longarm Convention!
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!
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 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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