February 2013

Multi-sized Block Layout

Each month, Barb Vlack coordinates a design challenge at www.doyoueq.com. This is an Electric Quilt software project, and each month’s challenge is designed to require the designer to learn a different feature of the software. This month’s challenge is to design a quilt using blocks of different sizes.  This requires not only choosing blocks that play well with each other, but also deciding how to set them in the quilt design. This is my design, appropriately called “Spring is Coming!”



The large block is a pattern called “Starlight” and is block 3858 in Block Base software. The smaller block is a design I drew to complement the larger blocks. They are very busy together so I used a setting with a lot of  open space so they would not overwhelm each other. I used spring colors because it is a cold, rainy and dreary day here in Northern California. I am anxious for spring to come, can you tell?

Until next time,


Heavy Cross Block

Aurifil Thread’s Designer of the Month BOM for February is Marie-Claude Picon-Iperti of France. In this interesting block of the month, each designer’s block must be inspired by a rock music song. Marie-Claude’s block is called “Heavy Cross” and was inspired by the song of the same name performed by the rock band “Gossip.” If you are not familiar with the song, it is the background music used in Dior’s “J’adore” perfume commercial which was filmed at Chateau Versailles. The designers must also use fabrics from Pat Bravo’s new fabric line called Rock and Romance. This is Marie-Claude’s block:




This is my “Heavy Cross” block made from Marie-Claude’s pattern:


Iron Cross

I have to admit my seam ripper was called into action several times while I was making this block, but I am happy with the way it turned out. It is very interesting visually and would be a nice addition to a star sampler quilt. If you would like the pattern, visit http://auribuzz.wordpress.com/2013/02/06/february-designer-of-the-month-is-marie-claude-picon-iperti/.

Until next time,


In Love With This Machine!


When I was at Quilt Festival in Houston in November, I made the jump and upgraded my sewing machine to this beauty, Bernina’s 750QE. I upgraded from my 25-year-old Bernina 1010, which has been an absolute workhorse, to this computerized marvel. A nine millimeter stitch, dual feed, built-in walking foot, 12 inch harp, stitch regulator, an amazing light, lightening fast bobbin winder, newly designed bobbin system, thread cutter, automatic needle threader and an amazing number of decorative stitches. I secretly suspect this machine could sew a quilt together without me being in the room. Sweet!