Quilted Block of the Month August week 2

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
The congratulatory messages on my new position with Floriani are simply awe inspiring.

Now onto our regularly scheduled program:center square


Oh I do remember giving  you this update sometime during the week in Instagram. Debby was stitching this motif on a postcard, and I was inspired by it. I’m not entirely certain that Debby posted this anywhere publicly so just know that I have permission to copy her homework at any time. Cool, eh? With this project you have permission to copy my homework. If you’re playing along please feel free to send me pictures and I’ll share them here on the blog.
Remember I tend to show all the stuff that I’m not happy with because I’m still learning how to machine quilt. 2017-08-11 19.29.52

Bernina 24 foot on ruler



The free-hand embroidery foot is aboutt 1/4” from needle center to the outer edge of the foot. I chose a spot roughly in the center of the square to start stitching a circle. Once the circle closed I very slowly started curving out until the edge of the foot was on the center circle. I kept stitching around, and around, and around, and around, and around and around. Once I reached the edge the ditch helped me keep the curves consistent. Using 80 weight thread in the bobbin means that there is little thready build up, and the fabric doesn’t distort.


I’m going to show this one in a very quick vid.

This should give you an idea of how this motif is stitched out. This one looks like a wonky log cabin block, however it’s stitched from the outside in. On the quilt itself I simply winged it. In the video I used a ruler to make the lines. Going from the outside in is what helps create the visual twist.

in block stitching square 2
It’s interesting how thread looks on different color. 80 weight thread is the best!
in block stitching square 3
I like the different texture with the straight lines in the square and the ribbon candy in the border.
in block stitching square
This is the first square I stitched in. While I’ve done this before I wasn’t quite remembering the rhythm of the stitching. It came back after the first full round.

square ribbon candy

Stay tuned next week for the next installment of the Quilted Block of the Month.
Quilted Block of the Month August week one

Happy Quilting,







Chocolate Swirl part 2

Chocolate Swirl cross hatching I love answering questions about the quilting process.
Yesterday I was asked (on facebook) – I thought I’d share here

chocolate swirl with 24 foot
The BERNINA Free-hand Embroidery Foot known in my world as the Quilting Foot

That cross hatch (it’s kinda wonky here but this isn’t a competition piece so I’m okay with that) is simply marked on the cloth using a Generals Chalk Pencil and an Omni-Grid Ruler.
I placed the 45 degree line along the edge of the Radiance – connecting with the lower left hand corner. Then marked all of the other lines, on a 1/2″ grid, based on that first line.
When I stitched it – it’s all done free hand. I’m not using a ruler for the lines (although it might be handy) or the BERNINA Stitch Regulator to get my stitches even (although I could).
In class speeding violations are issued when a quilter races their machine.
A good medium speed gives the control to be able to get good, even stitches.
By that medium speed I mean something that’s comfortable to move the quilt under the needle. I once and often describe it as a 50’s/70’s rhythm. Kind of like our heart beat at rest.

I am going to add in extra stitching here…that will be revealed in a day or two.
Have a great day!