Rulerwork on a baby quilt

I wanted to practice quilting with rulers so I made a simple baby quilt to use for my practice quilt.  I hadn’t used quilting rulers since last year so I needed to watch some videos to get some tips.  Amanda Murphy has rulerwork videos and tips on the Bernina site: weallsew.  Just search under artists for Amanda Murphy and you will see her quilting videos with rulers. She also has good tips on her facebook site: Quilting with Amanda Murphy.  I used the straight ruler, a scallop ruler, and a couple of circle rulers.  The straight ruler is great to make lines in different directions and the quilting looks great. It is hard for me to get a good straight line without using a ruler.  It was challenging using my scallop ruler with the space on my domestic machine.  The rulers are designed for long arm quilting but can be used on a domestic machine.  I had lots of fun with the circle rulers from Amanda Murphy.  I made interlocking circles and the orange peel design which I really like.  In the future I am going to try using these rulers more to make interesting border designs.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

Bernina Cosmos quilt project – post #3

Reverse applique with the pintuck fabric

I had fun with twin needles (size 2.0) and the Pintuck foot #31.  I used 2 different shades of green thread to make pintucks on a 10″ x 14″ piece of fabric. You need to use a larger piece of fabric since the fabric will shrink up when you sew the pintucks. What fun. I haven’t used a twin needles in several years and forgot how much fun it is to play with twin needles.  Using the circular attachment, I placed the pintuck fabric behind the block and stitched a circle.  I cut away the top fabric and used a decorative stitch to cover the raw edges.  I also added 2 decorative stitches to this block.  I also practiced inserting piping cord while making pintucks.  Very cool and easy to do.

The next block used the gathering foot #16 and the hemmer foot #63. I used the hemmer foot to make a narrow hem on my strip of print fabric before gathering the fabric using the gathering foot.  I added a decorative stitch over the seam where I attached the gathered strip to the curved block pieces.  I also added several decorative stitches to the block to add more color and interest.

I have 6 more blocks to complete before I can stitch the blocks together.  I am currently working on the blocks using piping techniques and paper piecing on a curve.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna


Bernina Cosmos online class – post #1

Decorative stitching block

Decorative stitching block

I saw this online class on the Heirloom Creations quilt shop’s website (located in South Dakota).  I have used this shop’s website in the past for  tutorials on using Bernina sewing machines(sewing  I really liked the circle designs in the Cosmos quilt class.  So I signed up last fall for the class.  The class uses lots of Bernina feet/attachments and decorative stitches.  I have learned so much about the feet and stitches on my machine.  So far I have completed 9 blocks (finished size will be about 10.5″).  My plan is to make a quilt with 12 blocks for a wall hanging.  I decided to make the quilt using fall colors.  I used the Cut-A-Round tool to make the circle shapes and stitched the curves together.  Here are the first two blocks that I made using decorative stitching.  I will add more detail to these blocks later before quilting.

Couching yarn and free motion cording

Couching yarn and free motion cording

Couched yarn and floss and embroidery design circle

All of the blocks have decorative stitches.  The next two blocks have decorative stitching and couching.  For couching yarn, I used the Bernina foot #12C and a zig zag stitch. I used a straight stitch to attach the variegated ribbon. Then I played around with cords and used a free motion foot #43 to apply the cord.  I had a lot of fun with the free motion cording.  I bought a bag full of lots of colors of cording so more fun sewing days ahead. I also used a decorative stitch to couch 3 strands of variegated thread. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna


Learning to use rulers in quilting

One of my learning goals for the year was to learn how to use the quilting rulers that I had purchased.  I have 3 rulers that I purchased from Gina Perkes (  One ruler is a straight edge (Audrey), scallop – small and large (Jane) and the arch ruler (Marilyn).  I had the ruler foot for my machine so I was ready to check out the internet for tutorials.

I went to the Bernina WeAllSew site (

-quilting/) and found some good tips on how to set up my machine to get started.  Amanda Murphy has a 4 part tutorial on Rulerwork quilting ideas on this site.  I didn’t have the same rulers as Amanda but I was able to do most of the blocks following the tutorial and then just did my own ideas with the different rulers that I had to complete all 4 parts.

It was fun to do.  The straight edge ruler was the easier to use. The small scallops ruler was a challenge to hold steady so that the ruler didn’t slip.  I plan to keep on practicing with the rulers on other small projects.

Keep having fun quilting and learning new things.  Donna

Learning new stitches and techniques on my sewing machine

One of my goals this year is to learn more techniques for sewing and quilting through the online classes that I have and other tutorials.  I have been using a sewing mastery website to learn more about my sewing machine.  I have used this site in the past to learn more about sewing machines when I was teaching customers how to use their new machines at the quilt shop.  I haven’t looked at this site in a couple of years.  Heirloom Creations is a quilt shop in South Dakota that has great tutorials on 3 different brands of sewing machines: Bernina, Pfaff, and Husqvarna Viking.  (  This site has great videos to explain the functions of the sewing machines.

Here are some of the things I learned how to do.  I found a basting stitch with 2 different lengths (3.8 and 6.0).  Super easy to remove and would be great to use around the quilt top edge before adding the binding.  Next I found the “long stitch” which allows you to alter decorative stitches. It stitches every other stitch so you get a whole new look to your decorative stitches. Very cool. I could also change the length density of decorative stitches to get a different look to decorative stitches that include satin stitches.  For appliqué stitches, you can use a blind appliqué stitch (#1331 on Bernina) or a blind hem stitch that you have reduced the width to 1.0 and shorten the length also.  Another interesting appliqué stitch is to use the stretch stitch (#18 on Bernina) and change length to 3.0 and width to 5.3.  I also played with using a double needle to stitch out some decorative stitches.  You can play with variegated thread or metallic thread using the double needle.  Can’t wait to play more.

Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Embellishment Sampler

This sampler was a fun project using different Bernina presser feet and attachments.   I tried lots of embellishment techniques that I hadn’t tried yet.  I loved using the circular attachment.  A very fun tool to make circles and add decorative stitches to the circles.  I also used texture magic to make one of the squares.  I used transfer artist paper to one square and then used embroidery designs to embellish that square.  I used the binder attachment to add the binding to the sampler.  Have fun sewing and crafting.   DonnaDSCN7430