Friday, March 10, 2017

Time for the bar....

  I am very lucky.  I have the chance to work for 3 amazing fabric/quilt shops.  I teach BERNINA club at Pins and Needles in Mt Kisco,  next week I will teach and demo at Christie's Quilting Boutique in Norwalk Ct and I teach a class called Friday Frenzy twice a month at Quilt Basket in Pawling NY.    Each shop is different,  but each shop is wonderful.  And each shop has BERNINA machines.  So for me, each shop feels like home.
I was supposed to teach today at Quilt Basket, but it snowed.   So I decided to work on my project for the April Fabric Frenzy class.    Friday Frenzy classes are 2 hours and we make easy to sew, fun projects.  Our project for April is the Fold and Stitch Bloom Wreath

This pattern is from Poorhouse Designs.  She has several versions of this wreath or table topper.  They are all made the same way, just using different shapes.  This one uses hexagons.

I love using my BERNINA for the project, because you can use some of your decorative stitches.  I put my 34D foot on, and did this quick and easy feather stitch.  
The hexagons have a stiff interfacing inside, but my BERNINA sewed through them perfectly.
The last part of the pattern says to hand stitch the edges of the hexagons together, to form the flower...
Hand stitch?  I don't think so.  First of all, by the time I found a needle, found my glasses, threaded the needle... etc etc etc, I can have this done.  I went to my BERNINA and found this stitch called "Bar Tack".
It's a great stitch that just goes back and forth then does a securing stitch.  Just to hold 2 things together.   I used it on the edges of the hexagons.

And it's done... well it needs to be pressed, but then I had this problem
I didn't have the heart to move her, she looked so cozy on this snowy day.  
The Friday Frenzy class is being held on April 7 at Quilt Basket in Pawling NY from 10-12.  Or there is a Sunday version  April 2nd, from 12-2.  
Quilt Basket has the patterns and precut hexagons for this project.  
Stay safe in the snow everyone and happy sewing

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