Remember that Christmas Star Strip Quilt that I started a couple years ago? All I had to do was add the final border using 5" samplers. Well, I finally got that border on! I just might have this quilt finished to use this year! LOL
Christmas Star Strip
I searched through my pantos and found a tree and star that I'll use. This will be a great quilt to do for the first time using the new Bernina frame! I have the panto printed and ready to glue together. Hmmm...wonder if I can get this loaded and done in the next few days. No promises!! haha
After waiting for new windows to be installed in our home, several days to clean up the residue from the window installation, repainting the area that the frame will reside and adjoining area, we have finally put together the Bernina frame and it is settling into it's new home!!!!
Frame back view
Frame front view
It's larger than the Start Right frame and so much sturdier! This frame fills the whole room from end to end and I literally have to go around the post to get from one side to another! I've only played with it a bit on a test fabric, but soon I'll load a quilt. Hubby redid the switches on Bailey15 for me and now they are set up exactly as I wanted! I have speed control on all 3 switches. Whup! Whup!!
Good news...I've sold the Start Right frame to a new quilter who plans to use her domestic machine on the frame. So happy for her and her new journey.
So looking forward to quilting on my new frame..........
I worked on 3 projects while at the retreat over the weekend. One I finished, one I made a bit of progress, one I put aside after completing one of the BOM instructions for when I could concentrate.
There were requests at last year's retreat for me to bring my embroidery machine so some ladies could sew out a few contour designs. (see the post prior to this one.) I made up a couple of small sample tops for the ladies and they chose what and how many they wished to sew out. Here's the samples.
I used variegated on the blue contours. It shows up better in real life. The dragonflies were a real hit! I digitized these myself and no, they are not available for sale.
So, what did I get done? The quilt top for a quilt along from a FB group, Quilty Friends Quilt Along.
Flowers In The Wind
Debating whether to add another border or not.
I got another month's paper piecing from Carol Doak done. Oops, there are actually 6 of those smaller diamonds. It's done, but I didn't get it in the picture. I still have to concentrate on paper piecing, so trying to get much of this done at retreat doesn't work well for me! I certainly don't want to miss anything going on around me!!
December Scrap Scramble
The last thing I worked on I cannot show. It will be a surprise for the recipient, so can't let the cat out of the bag about it. But I did get several blocks completed at retreat.
We'll be doing some painting inside the house for a while, so I won't be able to get at my sewing and quilting for a while. Darn! But after the painting is done, I can put up my new Bernina frame. So looking forward to using that frame with Bailey15.
WooHoo! Another retreat coming soon! I'm packing up stuff to work on and once again, my sewing room is a mess! Imagine that!
I'll be taking 2 machines this year. Last year several ladies requested to do some embroidery after seeing the Odyssey Quilt top.
Altho I got permission from the digitizer (my Bernina Dealer) to use his designs, I decided to create my own. Those who participate will sew out the designs to use however they wish, but no one gets the digital designs. Here's an image of the designs I created. And in case anyone is wondering, no, I do not sell my designs.
In here are several projects to work on, along with my pillow and quilt for the bed. That Tutto bag for my Bernina 830 sure comes in handy for retreats!!!
My Juki is packed up and ready for it's first trip to a retreat.
And I'll be putting my Bernina 630e in these bags, since the Juki is in the bag I usually use to haul the 630. The 630 will be doing the embroidery.
Almost ready! We'll see how much I get done at this retreat!
Label made, check. Binding on, check. Washed, check. Finally I am done with this quilt and it will soon be out of my house and on it's way to Project Linus.
The quilting shows up better after washing and I love the wrinkly look of washed quilts. Many don't, but to me it adds to the quilt appeal and comfort. Here's pictures of before washed and after washed, plus a closeup of the after washed quilting.
Closeup of after washing
I decided to try my hand at taking pictures outside. I draped the quilt over the fence and shot towards the back yard. Worked pretty well, I think.