Machine embroidery – bobbin work

It’s been quite a busy time again, as usual. I just posted new digital longarm designs to my website and I started to quilt my paper pieced quilt. That in itself is a new adventure as I am quilting it on a new to me system, the Bernina QMatic in my daughter’s shop, Cozy Quilt. The first session was all about finding out about how the system works. I had expert advice from Tammy who works in the shop, but I still only managed to get one block done in that first session. I am sure I’ll get better at it as I get more familiar with the system.

I’ve also been experimenting with bobbin work on my own Bernina at home. I’ve wanted to try it for a long time and had ideas for designs swirling in my head for some time. As you know, heavier threads such as razzle dazzle can’t fit through the needle and have to be wound on the bobbin.  This, of course, has to be stitched from the back of the project and I was looking for an easy method to transfer the design to the reverse side. I found it when I discovered Sulky Sticky Fabri-solvy. It is very thin, but has a paper backing and can be run through a printer. The paper is then removed and the Fabri-solvy will stick to the back of the project and you can stitch over the lines with regular thread in the needle.  Here is a picture of a little test sample.

xmas branch

Isn’t it pretty? It will be combined with other techniques and become a Christmas wall hanging.

Until next time.



Little setbacks and Counting Stars

Do you ever make a list of things that you want to accomplish within a certain time frame? You are convinced that goal is very doable and then reality hits. My advice: don’t update your software when you are in a hurry. Unfortunately, I did not listed to my own advice.  It started when I upgraded to Windows 10 and also upgraded my drawing and embroidery software. Although I know that certain things are done differently, I guess my fingers are just quicker than my brain and I keep trying it the old way. I keep using certain key strokes and then find out that I should have used different ones. Sometimes I even close the program by mistake and then feel so silly, because my now I should know better. On top of that there are the new features that require the help menu. The result is that everything takes so much longer and my to do list is in shambles.  So what is a person to do? Make a new list, of course, and the first item on that list is: Post a link to Daniela of Cozy Quilt Design’s August Strip Club quilt pattern.  It is lovely. Here it is:

If for some reason you can’t see the video, you can also find it on YouTube under Cozy Quilt Design.

Talk to you again next time.





One UFO finished

First of all  I want to wish all the new subscribers a very warm welcome. I hope you enjoy my blog and look forward to a long relationship. Please feel free to leave comments or suggest new topics. And if you ask questions I’ll do my best to answer them. Of course I don’t pretend to know everything, but I’m very good at finding things out.

A while back I may have mentioned that I made a list of things that needed my attention, organization or maintenance and I had planned to get it all done before the end of the year. Well, it was the plan anyway, but it is now 6 months later and I am about halfway done. I always seem to under estimate how long things take, but I am making progress and I just finished a quilt that I abandoned 10 years ago.  What I remember is that at that time I fell in love with a new line of fabric, Growing Wild, with water lilies, irises, poppies, and other flowers in lovely colors. What’s not to like! I designed and made a quilt top in no time and then it became a UFO (unfinished object). My interests changed as I became more and more involved in designing quilting patterns. But now after all these years I finished it and I’m glad I did.

Here it is. I called it In full Bloom.

in full bloom

The blocks were fussy cut and the colors are more vibrant than those in the picture.

Here is a close up of one of the blocks. Amazing how different the colors are of 2 pictures of the same quilt:

in full bloom close up

The fabric for the back features water lilies, but unfortunately I did not have enough and had to piece large blue strips on the sides.

The back:

in full bloom fabric

I designed the quilting, FL-019 Water Lilies, especially for this quilt and it is available on my website at, but it took me 10 years before I finally did the quilting.


The quilt pattern (for piecing) is available at Cozy Quilt shop, but the picture on the pattern was done in different fabrics because by the time someone made a sample to test the pattern the Growing Wild fabric was already sold out. Lesson learned: When you see fabric you like, better buy it right away because the following week it may be gone. Here is a picture of the pattern:


I found one more quilt top stuck away on a shelf. I may quilt and finish that one too. Another item that was not on my to do list. I guess that is why it is taking me so long to finish that list. I keep finding other things to do.

Have a great weekend everyone and Happy Mother’s Day wishes to all the Moms.

Until next time.



Tranquility Place quilting designs


Tranquility Place was the result of a cooperative effort between my daughter, Daniela, owner of Cozy Creative Center,  and myself. I blogged about the quilt earlier this year, but today I would like to show you the digital quilting designs I came up with for this quilt.  I like designing for specific quilts or blocks. It gives me a starting point instead of staring at a blank computer screen and wondering what to come up with next. Normally, the customer has to send me photos or drawings of the different blocks with the measurements so I can recreate the blocks and the basic layout of the quilt in either Electric Quilt or CorelDraw. That in itself is sometimes quite a job, but for Tranquility Place it was unnecessary as I had designed the quilt myself (with a few changes and additions by Daniela). I kept the basic layout as a backdrop and started drawing over it and kept changing and refining the design until it fit and I was happy with the design.

Here is an example of the backdrop together with my drawing


A quarter block was first which I then copied and mirrored.



I then repeated the double block to make the first row of the center.


That row was repeated three more times to fill the center with every other row mirrored vertically.


Finally there is a series of borders, shown partially below.


What? You’re not making a Tranquility Place quilt? No problem, the designs can be used on many different quilts, or would even make a lovely whole cloth quilt. Just be aware, that they are digitized designs for all popular computerized long arm machines. They can be ordered as a package or as individual files on my website.

The quilt pattern can be ordered from www.cozycreative center.

NOTE: All images and designs are copyright protected.