Thursday, January 7, 2010

My First Bernina Quilt - Michael Miller Zoology with a Minky Back




Well, I finished my first quilt on the Bernina. I can`t believe it.  It was so much fun.  It measures about 40X40".  I wasn't sure who it was for until I say my daughter's reaction to it.  She is eighteen months so when I opened it up she was at eye level.  She started pointing to all of the animals and was naming them,  "shuuu", "muu" (?).  She tried to kiss them multiple times. hehe  Then I showed her the back and she went "ahhhh" and hugged it.  She also said "shoft". I had it sitting on a chair in the living room a little later and when I heard a noise and went to investigate she had taken it off the chair and was laying cuddled up in it on the hardwood floor pretending to sleep. She looked at me and put her finger over her mouth and made a "shhh" sound.  Way too cute!!  Now I am just waiting for the fabric to make one for my soon-to-be four year old. (although I did make her something in the meantime which will be posted later today) :)

I pieced the top using  the 1/4" foot, quilted through the top and binding using my walking foot,  and then attached the minky...(yes, the ultra slippery minky) using the walking foot.  I used a "stitch in the ditch" method.  Because of the  1/4" foot the seams were easy to sew and turned out perfect.  After I had it all cut out I realized that I had made a mistake in cutting so I ended up using applique for each of the centre squares, but I think it turned out ok. :) I tried to attach the binding using the machine, but decided to do it by hand in the end.

The fabrics are a combination of Michael Miller and Amy Butler.  The dark brown animals is Michael Miller, Zoology. One of my all time favourites!  The blue and green polka dots and stripes are from Amy Butler Lotus. (full moon polka dot and oxford stripe)














13 comments:

  1. What a fun quilt! Love it - great fabrics!!

    I also see some Mezzanine (my recent favorite)

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  2. I just realized that it's upside down. hahaha
    Yes, that is Mezzanine. Thanks BK I forgot the name.

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  3. I love the colours and the fabric! Beautiful! I hope your daughter enjoys it and learns to appreciate it as she gets older.

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  4. WOW....."boo ful" mama! Great job!!!

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  5. Oh my heart I could only dream to have this talent. This is truly awesome!!!!!!

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  6. That is really cute! I used to think quilting was a grandma thing but I've seen so many cool ones lately that it totally makes me want to start!

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  7. Wow, gorgeous. I wish I knew how to use a sewing machine. Now wondering if I can beg some ladies in town to teach me... ANy ideas on where to get info to learn?

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  8. The Any Key. You should check out the places that sell machines or even fabricland. I learned from books and my mother in law. The rest I picked up off youtube. Good stuff on there. You could start with a precut rag quilt. Super easy!

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  9. This is beautiful! I have been getting a lot of use of the of Zoology prints as well - so fun!

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