Urban 9 Patch Finished & Quilted

This was a fun block to make, I really enjoyed the process and the instructions were easy to follow. The Quick Curve Ruler works best with a regular 45″ rotary cutter with the straight handle.  I found the ergonomic handle rotary cutter didn’t work as well. My Bernina needs a good cleaning, my free motion quilting was a little rusty but I tried some new things , “l” loops on the outer turquoise fabric, spirals in the fuchsia tonal fabric and meandering daises in the middle.

Disregard the stitching in the corners, I’m going to rip that out and leave them clean. Click photos for close-ups.

Dragonfly Garden

Dragonfly Garden

Today I started and completed another pillow cover.  I’m really happy with the way it turned out, especially the composition. This will be one of the first items in my Etsy shop when I open it but I need to build up more stock first.

I made buttonholes for the first time on my Bernina 550 QE and I have to say they’re spectacular, better than the Sapphire!

Saturday I managed to perfect my asterisk block and another mod pinwheel.

Craftsy January BOM

paper pieced pinwheel

What did you do this weekend? Did you manage to get any sewing done?

My Sister’s Quilt Finished!

I finished my sister’s quilt yesterday at about 1:00, DH didn’t want to be in the photo so I had to crop him out. This is the second quilt I’ve made, still haven’t tackled a full size bed quilt yet, perhaps in 2012. I quilted in a meandering pattern which I found difficult because my Bernina 550 QE isn’t sunk into the table, it just sits on top so I really had to wrestle with it. I’m going to have to figure something out for the next quilt I make because it created a few problems, especially when I had to stop and readjust the fabric. I pointed the flaws out to hubby but he said no one would ever notice — except me of course. But after a roll in the washer and dryer, I’m sure it’ll be better.

Quilt front

Quilt back

I got a lot of free motion quilting practice out of this exercise even though it was a bit of a chore. I tried using the stitch in the ditch sole on my walking foot when attaching the binding but found I was more accurate with the open sole. There are far too many different fabrics in this quilt to mention them all but I’m sure many of you will recognize a lot of them.

As promised, I made the offset square pincushion using the tutorial at PlanetJune, but not for the wrist. If you are not sure how to sew this offset square, start off larger, I made my squares 5″x5″ which was much more manageable. After making the blue one I thought there needed to be contrast between the top and bottom squares to show off the funky shape. I’m not finished the yellow/orange pincushion yet as I need a fun button and I have none in my stash.

Offset Square Pincushion

Offset Square Pincusion

Today I’m starting on another pillow, one with applique using this tutorial from Don’t Look Now.