I was so happy to receive so many encouraging comments from you dear readers yesterday. I spent a good amount of time checking out links that were recommended, as well as watching YouTube videos on how to use the Bernina 740. I learned a lot, and decided I just need to jump in and start sewing.
What better excuse than Valentine's Day fast approaching and me needing a new seasonal table topper? I recalled that I had some Valentine's fabric from a couple of older Sandy Gervais collections, and sure enough, I rummaged around until I found it.
I am really enjoying making square in a square blocks lately. My Penny Pincher project is going well, and I thought I would make some small Square in a Square blocks and turn them into a Valentine's table topper.
My blocks were 4 3/4" unfinished, kind of a weird size, but it doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things. Here is my arrangement prior to sewing the blocks together.
Nine square in a square blocks surrounded by red fabric, and four cute square in a square blocks with a Valentine envelope motif surrounded by white fabric. Setting squares in a white background red heart print, a narrow border, and done. I did the straight line machine quilting a half inch apart diagonally across the top.
And best of all---I did it all on my new Bernina 740. That machine sews like a dream. I used the 1/4" presser foot, the dual feed feature and a single hole throat plate that is supposed to make your stitching more even. It was all easy, all good. The machine has an automatic thread cutting feature that I absolutely love.
Thanks again for all your suggestions, links to educational websites and encouragement. You all are the best. I appreciate you more than I can say!
Would you all believe this is my 2000th post? I can hardly believe it myself. I started the Sister's Choice quilting blog in February 2007. Ten years later and I am still here. 2000 times I have shared my life and sewing projects with you and it has been a great experience all the way around. Thanks for sticking with me!