Monday, March 12, 2012

A New Design

Good Monday morning, everyone.

Seems we had a time change...  Is anyone awake yet? 

What I'm working on is a new design for the October issue of McCall's magazine.  The fabric is from P&B Textiles from their line called earthtones.

Here's all that new fabric that I was sooo anxious to cut into!

And here is a sneak peak at the new quilt...

While working on this my Janome started acting up and I decided to take the plunge and look at getting a new machine.  My mom and I were both dreaming of a Bernina.  My mom wound up with a 440 Quilter's Edition and she is IN LOVE!

I really got brave and decided on the B820 QE.  But I am not as in love with it as I really want to be, especially for the price.  So far I just wish I could sew on it.  There's hardly any machine on it - it's all computer.  This is really awesome and all that, but I really just want to sew!  I'm not sure this is going to work out for me and it really makes me miss my Janome.  I was thinking seriously about getting a Janome 7700 before this.  Anyone out there have any words of wisdom???

B 820 QE

I hope everyone has a great Monday!  Grab another cup of coffee and be glad for that extra sunshine this afternoon!

Until our corners meet again,

-- Alison


  1. I can't offer any sewing machine advice -- but I certainly like your "bubbly" quilt!

  2. I have no experience with the model you have but have been a Bernina owner since 1976 when I got my 830. Still have her, she is all metal and a workhorse. Bought my Bernina Virtuosa 160 in 1999 and works like a charm, just wish it had a wider throat for machine quilting. Looks like yours does. Somtimes it just takes getting used to all the bells and whistles of a new machine, your is a beauty.

  3. Well I have both a Bernina and a Janome and I think we like what we are use to. Like Betty Lou above I have a 1030 all metal workhorse that has been my best friend since I got her in the 80's ( my sister has the original 830 ).
    So when I got my Janome it took me a long time to bond with her. As I use it more and more I'm beginning to appreciate all that it can do , luckily I have a nice large sewing space where I have them both in use. And it is very common to have buyers remorse after such a large expenditure. Give yourself a little time to adjust and try and spend more time with your new machine so you can bond. As creatures of habit though I think it is hard to embrace the change. Good luck and
    Happy Sewing

  4. Cool new quilt! Love the circles and the colors you chose. Hope you find a comfort level with your new machine!

  5. Love those fabrics!! And the design you've used really show them off in all their glory. Nice!!

  6. Is this circle quilt done with raw edge applique or another form. I am wanting to do a circle quilt but just haven't decided on exactly what I want to do.

    1. On this quilt they are appliqued. The magazine requested that I construct it that way... easier . I would normally piece it.