Fast Forward Quilt Along, Part One

Hello, BERNINA-lovers! I’m BERNINA Expert Amanda Murphy and this month – in fact this very post – we are debuting the first installment of my latest quilt along – Fast Forward!


Fast Forward

I named this piece Fast-Forward because that is what I feel like happened to our lives over these past few, very challenging years. I feel like the world changed so fast in that time, and we were just along for the ride – hence the name “fast-forward”.

I wanted the quilt to be modern and aspirational, but attainable at the same time.  Over the next few months, I’ll be walking you through the process of quilting this piece, breaking it down step-by-step.


Detail of Fast Forward.  You CAN quilt this; I’ll show you how!

I pieced my version of fast-forward on the lovely BERNINA 475 QE.


My lovely house guest, the BERNINA 475.

Some of my favorite BERNINA 475 QE features are:

  • The stitch quality – ok, I know that goes without saying for a BERNINA but I’ll say it anyway:) because we all forget how amazing it is
  • 5mm precision – A BERNINA engineer explained to me why 5mm machines are unbelievably precise and after piecing on the 475 QE I’m a true believer
  • 3” color touch screen that is so much like my other BERNINAs
  • Adjustable presser foot pressure
  • Jumbo bobbin
  • BERNINA hook system
  • Free hand system

I might add that this BERNINA 475 QE does not leave dirty dishes in the sink or make extra laundry.  She really is the perfect guest.


Some of my favorite features of the BERNINA 475 QE, clockwise from the top left: the jumbo bobbin, color touch screen, BERNINA hook system, and the free hand system.

So WHY am I filming on the BERINA 475 and why does this quilt-along start in May???  Because BERNINA has an amazing promotion going on this month where they are GIVING AWAY a 475 with every purchase of a Q24 on a frame and Q20 on a frame or table. I KNOW!!!!  It is crazy and I have been sitting on pins and needles waiting to tell you guys!  I do love me a Q Series – in my opinion, there is no better machine in the world for quilting.


Okay, so let’s get piecing.  These are the colors I chose from my Cotton Shot line from Contempo of Benartex.  Last month I posted a supply list with three additional color story options.  You can also choose your own palette.  (I’d recommend using a blender like Cotton Shot or solids for the backgrounds regardless because part of the charm of this quilt is that it is hard to figure out how it is pieced and the lack of pattern in the background fabric hides the seams that are there.)


My colors for Fast Forward, featuring Cotton Shot for Benartex.


My fabric cut out and ready to go!

Download the first month’s instructions below!

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I’d recommend setting up your machine with the following items:

  • 1/4 inch piecing foot – I used the #37 that comes with the BERNINA 475QE; if I had been using my 790 Plus I would have used my #97D dual feed foot
  • A quality cotton thread – I used Aurifil 50 wt.
  • 80/12 quilting needle
  • Slide-on tray
  • Center stitch plate if you own one – I didn’t have one that fit the 475 QE because she didn’t bring one with her and she STILL stitched perfectly (let’s give a round of applause to the BERNINA engineers)
  • Spool pin to match the thread – I like the tiniest one with my large Aurifil spools because it fits in the top
  • Free hand system

I made a video showing my piecing tips for this month that you can watch here:

Next month we’ll put the quilt together and in July we will start quilting.  We will be using three sets of my Good Measure Quilting Templates for the quilting: Every Angle, Every Circle, and Every Ribbon Candy.  The straight line template from my Jubilee set is optional but nice to have on hand as well.  We will also use my Measuring Gauge.  I filmed tutorials of the quilting for you on the BERNINA Q24 on the Pro Frame, but I’ll also be telling you how to modify the quilting order for a domestic machine or sit-down longarm.

Post your progress on social media and don’t forget to tag @berninausa and @amandamurphydesign because we can’t wait to see what you make!

Happy piecing to all of you!


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11 comments on “Fast Forward Quilt Along, Part One”

  • Hi there–this looks so fun and modern! I am wondering if this can be done with a domestic Bernina for the quilting part? I have a 570QE. I’m asking because rulers in the description are all for longarm use?

    • One of the (many) great things about owning a domestic BERNINA is that you have the ability to use longarm thickness rulers with the #72 or #72S foot! Same goes for the older machines with the classic version of the foot. (Longarm rulers are easier to use because they are thicker, making you much less likely to hop onto your ruler.)

        • As an Expert for BERNINA I’m really not familiar with Babylock machines. To check, put a quilt sandwich on top of the machine bed, bring the ruler foot down, and then measure the clearance behind the foot to see what thickness ruler your machine can accommodate. My rulers are approximately 6mm thick. This is called longarm thickness because it is what you’d need for a longarm, but an advantage of domestic BERNINAs is that they can also use that thickness. (Some models of other brands can also use that thickness, but it is model-specific.)

  • The cutting and sewing instructions for the small flying geese units state to make 5 of fabrics D + E, and 6 of fabric F.
    Looking at the quilt picture, I see 6 each of fabrics D, E and F.
    So, which is correct? The picture or the instructions?

    • Both are correct! We haven’t gotten to assembly yet but when we do you’ll see that 1 of each for the Flying Geese for fabrics D, E, and F are actually made from two half-square triangles because of the way the quilt is put together.

    • P.S. For those who have been looking for Cotton Shot fabric, these are BERNINA of America that have bought a significant amount from Benartex in the first half of this year:

      Aurora Sewing Center – East Aurora, NY
      B-Sew Inn – Muskogee, OK
      Bobbin & Bolt – Richmond, VA
      Chestnut Ridge Sewing – Millersburg, OH
      Hoover’s Bernina Sew – Mifflinburg, PA
      Idaho Sewing & Vacuum – Boise, ID
      Rossville Quilts – Rossville, IN
      Material Girls – La Plata, MD
      Montavilla Sewing Centers – Portland, OR
      Nuttall’s – Salt Lake City, UT
      Once Upon A Quilt – Ft.Lauderdale, FL
      Paramount Sewing & Vacuum – Eugene, OR
      PJ’S Quilting & Longarm Studio – North Fort Myers, FL
      Quality Sewing & Vacuum – Kirkland, WA
      Quilters Quest – Downer’s Grove, IL
      Rocking Bobbin Quilt Shop – Garland, TX
      Sew Much Fun! – Lowell, NC
      Sew Smart – Wausau, WI
      Sew Special Quilts – San Antonio, TX
      Sewing Machines Plus! – Mandan, ND
      Sewing Studio – Hudson,IL
      Stitchin’ Heaven – Quitman, TX
      Sun Valley Quilts – Sun City, AZ
      The French Seam – Stuttgart, AR
      The Presser Foot – Longmont, CO
      The Stitchers Quest – Mary Esther, FL

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