I’m participating in my first mystery quilt. It’s an interesting feeling to trust someone else’s decisions about a full size quilt. I love that Bonnie’s designs have detail, so I’m quite confident this will be another of her winning designs. Here’s the link to the mystery if you’d like more details: http://quiltville.blogspot.com/p/orca-bay-mystery.html
One of my challenges with this project is that I’m using a new-to-me vintage sewing machine. It’s a 1984 Bernina 801S Sport that I’ve only cleaned and oiled. I know Part 1 will take me a little extra time and care as I get familiar with this machine.
Part 1 is 224 QSTs (Hour Glass blocks) that finish at 2″. Mine will be black and white. I don’t have enough black and neutral scraps to make them scrappy so I’m using yardage from my stash. My preferred template for any shape in a quilt is using Inklingo. (If you want more details about Inklingo templates, here’s a link for a blog post with pics and information on the Orca Bay Mystery quilt and QSTs: http://www.lindafranz.com/blog/quiltville-mystery-orca-bay/
I’m only going to print the template on the white fabric. I decided to use the 7×10 inch size, that yields 12 finished QSTs per sheet. I need 19 sheets for this project. This is what the printed white fabric looks like layered on the black, with sewn pairs ready to be cut and trimmed, along with a few already sewn and trimmed (Sorry about image quality. Camera’s seems to be dying!):
I could have done continuous line stitching instead of starting, stopping and back stitching to lock the seams. I didn’t because I wanted to get to know the Bernina intimately.
These are the test QSTs, front and back to show how I pressed them:
Every single one had perfectly matched centers (I LOVE the accuracy I get with Inklingo). A few were undersized until I found my perfect scant quart inch seam on this sewing machine. I MUST get an open toed embroidery foot for this machine. It was much more of a struggle than it needed to be to see the stitching line thru the small slit in the presser foot! (Just call me squinty eyes… tee hee.)
I need some help with blog stuff. Can anyone explain to me how to make the links as a highlighted word in wordpress instead of posting the whole url? I used to know how to do it! TIA…
’til later, Jillian