My name is Amanda Murphy and I’m a Quilting and Longarm Spokesperson for BERNINA. I wanted to share a new panel print that I designed to help teach free-motion quilting. It is available exclusively through participating BERNINA stores! I hope you like it!
In my studio I sew on the lovely BERNINA Q 24 Longarm Quilting Machine but you can also use this panel to practice on the BERNINA Q 20 Longarm Quilting Machine or on domestic machines. I frequently teach both domestic and long arm quilting and think it is important to design for both. There is also a workbook available from participating BERNINA stores so that you can practice tracing some of these designs before quilting.
I used Aurifil monofilament on the top of my quilt, with Aurifil 50 wt. cotton in the bobbin. With this combination, I haven’t had to adjust thread tension at all—plus it is hard to see my mistakes!
If you are a more advanced quilter, you can fill in some of the smaller spaces between the motifs with loops, pebbles, stilling or whatever your heart desires! Directions to quilt these motifs and more can also be found in my new book—the Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book, which gives you ideas for how to place these motifs in actual blocks. The two products really work well together.
There are actually two versions of the panel—the “training panel” is pictured above. It finishes at about 36″ x 52″. A smaller event panel is also available. It includes the simpler motifs and is designed to be cut up into placemats, pillows, or even made into a bag! Please share pictures with us on instagram using #berninausa and #berninalongarm, we’d love to see them.
Even though Quilting BERNINA-Style: Free-Motion Quilting Panels look like finished quilts, they really ARE practice panels. So keep that in mind because, with quilting, you get better and better with time. I hope that these panels will make the process more enjoyable for you by helping you figure out which patterns are your favorites and how to travel from motif to motif for a beautiful finish!
Stay tuned as I will share a few quilting techniques here on WeAllSew.
I have a “Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book” to give away to one awesome WeAllSew fan. All you have to do is post a comment below answering the following question:
Which Free-motion quilting technique would you like to learn more about?
A winner will be chosen on November 20, 2015 and announced later this month!