Bernina 550 QE Firmware Update Fixes!

This is for those with a Bernina electronic machine — update your firmware! Hubbs updated my machine this weekend and the problems I’ve had with the lack of responsiveness when attempting to reverse have been solved! My machine is more responsive now and seems to be running smoother or maybe that’s because I cleaned and oiled it. ;D  I have one caveat however, since the firmware update the cleaning icon won’t go away despite my actions, this was supposed to have been fixed, I’ll have to check my manual to ensure I’ve done everything correctly. Check out the list of updates in this PDF.

Besides receiving the Gracie Queen quilt frame on Friday, I also received my fabric swap package from my partner, Crafty Oz Girl! I had requested Denyse Schmidt fabrics from Joanne’s and she sent prints I didn’t have in my stash, hurrah! Some of these we can’t get here in Canada so they’re much appreciated! She also sent some yummy chocolate, batting tape and dots to put on my rulers so they don’t slip. Thank you Yvette!

Goodies from Crafty Oz Girl

 

Works on hold

Works in progress hold until the Grace Start-Right quilt frame and Juki TL-2000Qi arrive:

         

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

From left to right: Les Fleurs Bleu, Parcheesie, Chicopee Log Cabin, Birds & Berries crib quilt. (Click image for larger view.)

My actual WIP is the Star Blossoms quilt, I’m almost finished cutting the thousand little pieces that go into it. Maybe I’ll even get to do a little sewing today between bathing the pugs!

I received my copy of Simply Fat Quarters yesterday and there’s a few patterns in there I’d love to make including Carousel, pictured on the cover and Poppy.

I also subscribed to the Fons & Porter magazine, “Love of Quilting” on my iPad so I don’t have to wait for the postal service to delivery my copy 3 weeks after everyone else has it.

 

Chiopee Log Cabin Quilt Finished

I finished up my Chicopee Log Cabin (a.k.a. All Grown Up) quilt yesterday, hurrah! With the border, it’s 83″ x 83″, my biggest quilt yet. I really like the feel of this quilt, very casual, I can see it being a favorite quilt that gets used all the time and handed down. What do you think, is it a guy’s quilt?

I now have three quilts ready when my quilt frame arrives and, I’ve started another quilt using Birds and Berries by Lauren & Jessi Jung. Not quite sure yet but I’m working on 9-patches and will wing it from there.

Happy Friday everyone!

WIPs Galore!

All quilting is suspended until I have my quilting frame & machine (and a LOT of practice), which leaves me with many WIPs and new projects. As mentioned yesterday I’ve been invited by Heather & Megan of Quilt Story to participate in their Holiday Tutorials Thursdays so one of my WIPS is to work on my tutorial!

One new project I started last weekend is what I consider a “guy’s” quilt using Chicopee by Denyse Schmidt, Robert Kaufman Essex linen and log cabins. Love the fabrics in this line! I’m using Superior Threads’ Kimono Silk for piecing and quilting which gives me super flat and strong seams!

   

Another project I’m working on is a baby quilt for one of my girlfriends, she is currently 6 months along so I only have four months left to work on it. I don’t know if she’s having a girl or boy (I’m guessing girl) but thought I’d play it safe  by making it for a boy or a girl by using two Aneela Hoey embroidery patterns from her new book, Little Stitches. Her designs are so sweet and book is fabulous, great for embroidery beginners like myself.

Last but not least, I’ve been hankering to make a bear’s paw quilt and have decided to once again pull out Backyard Baby fabric by Patty Sloniger. I’m not a big child’s fabric fan but I adore this line, it’s obviously for kids without being too cutesy.

On a side note, I’ve started using my Sony NEX 5-N instead of my iPad, I really need to use all of the features available, it’s a great camera but I need to work on my white balance as well as other things.

In case you haven’t noticed, I have new a hair style, it’s very similar to the last style. I’ve decided that I really, really love short hair (so does DH!), so easy to care for, I haven’t had to use a blow dryer or straightener in months, which is so much healthier! I just need to ignore my parent’s and strangers comments — my Dad loves long hair but he doesn’t have to take care of it. ;D

Have a great week, keep on sewing!

Linking up with The Needle and Thread Network and Freshly Pieced.
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced   

A pound of scraps

Oddly, scraps stress me out, so as per Tara‘s suggestion I decided to go through my scrap bins and sell some in my Etsy Shop.

Bending Pins: One Pound Scrap Pack

Click any image to enlarge.

      
Pack includes Kona solids, Art Gallery solids, Tula Pink, Joel Dewberry, Patricia Bravo, Denyse Schmidt and others in blues and turquoise. Or, if you have something you’d like to swap, drop me a line!

Who doesn’t love a Dresden Plate?

Flea Market Fancy Dresden Plate

Who doesn’t love a Dresden Plate pillow created with Flea Market Fancy? I love the Dresden Plate, it’s so easy to whip up and the results are satisfying. I’m working on a blue version to go with our new duvet cover from Ikea. The pillow above is backed with the same blue floral print as is in the centre of the plate with a simple envelope closure for easy washing. The feather cushion was purchased at Ikea for $6 and measures 20″ square.

Dresden Plate

New hair cut, sorry about the crappy pic.

New Ikea Duvet Cover

DH picked out this fresh, spring floral duvet cover which came with matching pillow cases, we selected two more in navy blue. While we were there, I grabbed two feather accent cushions with the intension of making covers for them. When we got home, I went through my stash looking for fabric to match, here’s what I came up with (click on photos for larger view):

Flea Market Fancy   Flora by Lauren & Jessi Jung      Flora by Lauren & Jessi Jung   Flea Market Fancy

I think all these fabrics go well with the Ikea print but for me, the two fabrics that really stand out in the crowd are #1 and #2 although the blue floral print, #3, really echos the blue flowers in the print. Now I have to find a pattern or make something up. 😀

In just 27 days we’ll be on a flight to Germany. We’ll be spending a week in Bremen with my Mother-in-Law then flying to Munich and driving into the alps to Austria and perhaps Switzerland. While there, I’ll be blogging with my iPad and bringing you along. This vacation can’t come soon enough!

Happy Saturday!!