Learn your Bernina Sewing Machine


I added the Bernina Workbooks – current and retired to a new page of this blog.

I love teaching off these books and I’ve been using them… oh… about… forever. 🙂

I even found a couple of workbooks for really old bernina’s.

That’s what a crazy-can’t-thow-anything-out kind of gal I am.

If your interested in the workbooks they are all located on their very own page.

psst – wanna hear a secret, even if you don’t have a bernina, the workbooks contain really good info about thread, needles and stablizers.

And that info, is good no matter what you sew on… unless it’s one of those handheld sewing machines that you find at walgreens. You know the one, it’s a cross between a stapler and sewing machine.

Workbooks — yes definitely worth a look see. 🙂

Happy Sewing! XO

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And then a medallion quilt was born


I’ve been busy doing lots of junk, but not really completing anything. Can you relate? 🙂

Sunday I had a fun play date with gaslight patternmy quilting friend. So fun! I had planned to work on a quilt using the pathways ruler. This ruler is very innovative and I love all the marking on it. It has cut out slots that makes it very easy to cut out drunkard path pieces.

This is the quilt I planned on making. Cute isn’t it. Sew Many Creations has the most adorable patterns. Wouldn’t it be a really fun class? I had cut of all my fabric before getting to my friends house, just gonna have fun and sew! YAY!

I get there and I realize I cut all 6 yards of fabric wrong! I cut 6 inch blocks instead of 7.5 inch blocks. EEK!!! okay… I make one block, trying to resize. It’s confusing and hard. No way I could teach a class how I’m re-sizing based on my mistakes. But I’m doing it.

All the time thinking… I’m going to have to re-do the sample because this isn’t going to be the same size. My block in the quilt will be much smaller than the one in the ‘real’ quilt.  I’m a big believer in sample must match class! medallian

I finally finished the block, after a 45 minute struggle. Here’s the block I made.  I like LOVE the block. I like the ruler. I think that lots of people will really love the ruler and make some cool quilts. But looking at my block and my mountain of cut fabric…  I’m thinking my fabric choice doesn’t have public appeal. I love it. Don’t think it will draw the students.

No worries – I’ll just move onto the next project. This little block can become a funky fun pillow. Maybe with little pom-pom trim around it. I could do a little sit-down ruler quilting work. Oh it could be cool.

Next project – This chevron babyUCLA-Urban-Chevrons-web from Nancy Mahoney Urban Chevrons it’s a free pattern. Love it! So darn fun. And the piecing is interesting. It uses 90degree triangles to make the chevron. I’ve taught a class that’s used half-square triangles to make the chevron and a rail fence. That was in another state and I just think with the alternating pattern/solid in the triangles would be a good class. Really working on quarter inch seams and sewing triangles together.

My only problem was I was talking way too much and we were laughing way to hard. My chevron rows moved over and I created imperfect chevrons. Oh for Pete’s sake! Another mess up… Then Jenn, brilliant Jenn, medalliansaid what about a medallion.

SO LOVE IT! Do you see my crazy chevron. It’s just off enough to be skinny/fat chevron. No class on this one. It’s going to be a crazy train wreck of a quilt with crazy fabric all thrown together! I have plans for a rouched row.

That’s my plan fRuffleCrushQuilt_1or tomorrow. I’m rouching a row and putting it on. I saw this pattern on craftsy.com. I think the ruffle/rouching is really interesting. I’ve wanted to play around with it for a while. Doesn’t this look like the perfect opportunity! My mom would call this a happy accident. I think that’s what I’ll call this accident of a medallion quilt. Happy Accident.

Tomorrow I’ll post about the ruffle border. Even if it’s just more of a train wreak. 🙂 Until then, Happy Quilting!!! my signature

Machine Embroidery Monograms – Creating it yourself.


I’m so excited to post this! I’m new to the whole world of monograms. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve used my embroidery and fonts to make labels for quilts, but never just to put a letter on it.

I grew up in AK and I have to say the whole time growing up I can’t recall a single person who had anything monogrammed.

I didn’t even realize it was a thing.

Fast forward and I’m living in the south deep south, monogramming is a crazy addictive thing that everyone does. Sometimes you’ll see girls with monogram boots, monogram top, monogram hair bow. That’s some monogram build-up. 🙂

So now I’m a monogram convert… yikes!

I really like making my own monograms in the software because I can create exactly what I want.

Here’s a tutorial that shows an easy way to make monograms in bernette embroidery customizer software.

This is what I use for monograms (and quilt labels – tutorial to come), but if you really start to get into the monogramming thing or want even more features, I would check out monogram wizard. Here’s the link to the Making Monograms Tutorial.

Enjoy and Happy Embroidery.

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Transferring Machine Embroidery Designs from Internet to machine. Here’s an easy way!


Today I sat down with a really nice lady and we did a private lesson on her embroidery machine. It was fun!

During this lesson I realized, that machine embroidery to her is just like the ipod to me.

It’s like this, I listen to my ipod daily when I’m quilting but, I hardly ever transfer new music from my itunes library and when I do want to add more songs, I can never remember how and have my teenager show me…. again.

Sometimes, I have to decide if getting new music is really worth the attitude he’s gonna throw. Blah – Teens!

Well, I’m not gonna throw any attitude at anyone, because when it comes to technology, if it’s not a sewing machine, I’m lost!

This got me thinking, I’m going to do a tutorial about transferring designs from internet purchase to cover tutorialembroidery machine, using a usb stick. That way – it’s out there and if anyone needs a little review on how to do it, it’s available…. attitude free! 🙂

Click below to get the transferring designs using bernette embroidery customizer software!

Tutorial – transferring designs using customizer

I hope this is useful. And if anyone knows of a tutorial on the ipod… let me know! Happy Embroidery and Quilting!

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10 Reason Why I love to Teach Quilting!

I was thinking about this on the way home from teaching a class today. Why do I love teaching quilting classes with the white hot passion of a million burning suns?

Okay, you’re right. Maybe that is over-stating or using poetic license.

It might be the happiness talking but, today was a good day with an awesome group of ladies and class was fun!

Here’s my top 10 (ten) reasons why I love teaching quilting classes.

  1. I set my own schedule
  2. The working environment
  3. When you get to work, everyone is excited to see you
  4. People are crazy funny, especially when they are learning new things and having fun
  5. I get to talk about quilting to people who are interested in quilting
  6. Job security – there’s not a lot of us out in the work place (I think there should be more quilting teachers!)
  7. Teacher discount on fabric/notions/goodies at the quilt shop
  8. I love inspiring students to stretch their creativity out of their comfort zone
  9. The quilting community
  10. Giving back thru sewing to various charity organizations.

Until I see you again, happy quilting!

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Hello World!

Just a quick note to say hello and introduce myself!

Welcome to my little place on the internet.

This is a place where I’m going to post all my quilty happy thoughts about being a happy quilting teacher. My dream since Mrs. Perry’s Home Economics class was to earn 100% of my living through quilting.

Quilting has always been my passion and my addiction! For years, I attended Quilters Anonymous meetings, but that group only encourages it! I think it’s safe to say, there is no cure for a quilting addiction! 🙂

If quilting and/or teaching quilting is your addiction too, then we have lots to talk about.

I’m really looking forward to connecting with other quilters/quilter teachers and having that awesome free-flow sharing of ideas and knowledge. YAY!

Anyway – I could go on all day, but this is just a quick little note and I gotta run.

Until I see you again, happy quilting!

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