Thursday, December 15, 2011

What if I....



15 MINUTES TO PLAY TODAY....
 

 
I was looking at my Grandmother's work today and thinking about how she laid pieces on top of sheets and would sew a few down as she went along.  Building a quilt as she went along SLOWLY. bit by bit... I was admiring her stitches,

and thought,

What If I played on my new Bernina and tried out some satin stitches...

Just for 15minutes to get acquainted with the machine...

I grabbed some wool batting and some scraps and laid them out randomly, set my Machine to a short running WIDE zig zag...and stitched them all down in place getting the feel for how quickly the machine needed to fill in the seams...

15 minutes to practice will get you over your fears of trying something new.

Making 13"square was quick, and allowed to me practice, make mistakes, and get better at the technique.
Flipping it over and LOOKING at that, also inspired me! You never know what you will find if you ALWAYS DO THE SAME THINGS over and over...

And now I have a new Giftie for myself!  I think I will hang on to it to remind me to play...


18 comments:

Nifty Quilts said...

Cool!

Helen said...

Miss B is very happy now! ;))

Miki Willa said...

The back is almost as cool as the front. How are you liking your new Bernina? It is quite different from the Juki, but they each have their charms. Love the pillow.

Encyclopedia said...

I love it. Uh oh I see a satin stitched made fabric quilt as you go king size in the making.

mary e said...

congrats on having 15 mins to play this time of the year!!! simply love your fabric picks and your technique of craziness quilting. didn't know about your bernina, how lovely!!! :>)

Encyclopedia said...

And I must say perhaps there will be a pillow in my future. Wink.

Lisa said...

That pillow just sparkles! Great idea. Might have to try this little number myself.

sheila 77 said...

Just love that pillow. The work you produce in your 15 minutes play is amazing. Fabric mix is great, I like the plain with the patterned.

Chris said...

Pillow love! and it gives me an idea of a great quick christmas present too!

Sandy said...

Very cool!

elizabeth said...

I am always thinking if reasons not to satin stitch but maybe after 15 minutes I would not be so intimidated : ). I have my swap mini quilt and can't add my pic here,so I will email a pic to you later. I would love to join this blog next time there is an opening!

Kathy said...

Yummy pillow! Hard to believe YOU need a reminder to play! It seems to happen automatically for you. But you certainly can keep the pillow because it is PRETTY!

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MariQuilts said...

It's amazing what a little play time will get you...it looks great.

Sewing In CT said...

The blues are so pretty! I've wanted to try doing that type of thing - i think i will try it after the holidays. i also like the idea of the quilting as you go! The dimensions are wonderful.

JaneB said...

I love that close up of your grandmother's stitching. You are so lucky to have that heritage to inspire you. Your pillow is great. I've never been a big fan of satin stitches because mine look sort of like thread sausages. What kind of thread are you using?

em's scrapbag said...

Thank you for sharing your grandmothers work and the inspiration it inspired in you. Lovely!

Shelly said...

Haha! I recognize that cat head fabric!!!!