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)