“Inspired by Libby” Quilt Exhibit

When invited to make an auction quilt for a special exhibit called Inspired by Libby, Laura Wasilowski responded with an enthusiastic “Of course I will!!” Drawing on Libby Lehman’s Leaves in Living Color for inspiration, she created this beautiful piece of art.


How to Make Realistic-Looking 3-D Tree Rings (and other shapes)

Learn how to create three-dimensional stitched pieces as Barbara Schneider shows how to make molded, free-motion-stitched tree rings.


How to Use Zippers as Embellishments in Art Quilts

Zippers started appearing in my work in 2007, and now they have become part of my signature style. I have two techniques to share with you: 1) sewing with zipper trim, and 2) inserting a zipper into an art quilt.


Made to Create Pillow Featuring Zipper Foot with Guide #14 and Double-Cording Foot #59/60

A while back I told you about the Made to Create pillows made by BERNINA Educators, each one featuring a different set of presser feet or accessories. Today I’m going to show you mine and tell you a little about the feet I used.


What Size Zipper Should You Choose?

You have your pattern, fabric and thread and you’re standing in front of the zipper display. What size zipper should you choose? Here are some tips to help you select the right length.


retro birds

Made to Create Pillow Featuring Embroidery Machine Applique

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Sweet appliqued birdies flock together on the front of Elva Mungai’s Made to Create pillow, which features Retro Birds Embroidery Collection #21001.


Jewel Box quilt

Quilts Made Modern: The Modern Quilt Studio, Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle

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Big, bold, simple designs that often use solid colors have become the hallmark of the modern quilts by Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle or the Modern Quilt Studio, Oak Park, IL (formerly Fun Quilts).


sewing machine blind hem

How to Stitch a Drapery Hem

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The final step in making custom draperies is hemming each panel with a hem that finishes the edge but also adds weight to help the drapery hang well. A deep, double-turned blind hem is the answer.


Inspired by Libby quilts

“Inspired by Libby” Quilt Exhibit

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When invited to make an auction quilt for a special exhibit called Inspired by Libby, Laura Wasilowski responded with an enthusiastic “Of course I will!!” Drawing on Libby Lehman’s Leaves in Living Color for inspiration, she created this beautiful piece of art.


six tips for sewing pleather

6 Tips for Sewing Pleather

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It’s all about pleather! I love designing handbags, and I’ve developed my own techniques for using pleather to sew leather straps. You can make them, too! Here are some tips that will give you the confidence to tackle sewing pleather with ease!!


DIY Mini Piping

How to Make Mini Piping

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Did you know that the Clear Applique Foot #23 is also great for making mini-piping?


perfect quilt binding

The 80/20 Rule Applied to Quilting: Perfect Bindings

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Have you ever thought what makes an award-winning quilt different from the rest?


BERNINA University 2014

BERNINA University 2014 in Nashville TN

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Can Jo squeeze the education and excitement of BERNINA University 2014 into just 25 photos?


gathering foot

Made to Create Pillow Featuring Gathering Foot #16 and Button Sew-On Foot #18

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Wide Gathering Foot #16 partners with Button Sew-On Foot #18 to create a uniquely textured and embellished pillow front.


Patchwork Foot #97/97D

NEW! Patchwork Foot #97/97D for 7 mm Feed Machines – FREE Video Tutorial

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The newest accessory from BERNINA made its debut last week at our annual dealer event, BERNINA University – Patchwork Foot #97/97D, a quarter-inch foot designed especially for use with machines that have a 7 mm-wide feed. It was a huge hit!