The Care and Feeding of Your Longarm Quilter

You’ve cut and pieced and pressed, made blocks and rows, added borders, and now you’ve got this awesome quilt top. You know what the next step is, but…  Making tops is rewarding, but you find the quilting process overwhelming or tedious. You happily quilt smaller pieces, but that king size quilt you made for your favorite…

Quilting Fuel: Easy Does It

We stuck our heads out of the window, and yes,  it’s still summer, and still hot. Even so, we might want a meal that’s more than a cold salad, from time to time. Today, we bring you two easy recipes for dinner and dessert. The sooner you’re done cooking, the sooner you can get back…

Fabulous Feet for Fashion Divas

Dear Sewing Friends, we know that quilts are not the only sewing projects you love. We’ve devoted time and space to quilters and machine embroiderers, but what about you awesome garment makers? We have not forgotten you! The Bernina Babes know that you’re out there,  sewing an adorable dress for a daughter or granddaughter, finishing…

On a Wild Geese Chase

  Coming in for a landing in the next installment of our Block of the Month series is the Flying Geese pattern. Another traditional quilt pattern dating back to at least the early 1800’s, the Flying Geese pattern consists of a three triangles, one large and two smaller. While this seems pretty simple, it’s definitely…

Quilting Fuel: Summer Treats

Quilters, it’s been so hot here in New Mexico, and in the Southwest in general, that visions of cool deliciousness are shimmering in our brains like a mirage. Let’s take a break from quilting and head for that oasis on the horizon. The camels are getting grumpy, anyway, and so are we. Our first recipe is…

Fabulous Precuts: Yummy Strips

Quilters, the best thing about precuts is right there in the name: a lot of the cutting is done before you even bring that lovely collection of fabrics home!  If the thought of spending your sewing time cutting 2-1/2″ strips sends you up the wall, then these strip sets are a dream come true! The strips measure…

One Row Leads to Another…

Summertime, and quilters are hitting the road. And whether you’re traveling to see friends and family, or to visit a place you’ve never been, we know that one of the highlights of your trip will be the chance to visit new quilt shops. So, if you’re out and about between June 21st and September 6th,…

Copy That!

“How do I save my embroidery designs?” is one of the questions we hear the most. You’ve spent big bucks on some beautiful embroidery designs, and you want to be able to find them easily when you need them.  You also want to keep your designs safe in the long run; in the worst case…

Closing the Barn Door

The next pattern in our Block of the Month series is the Hole in the Barn Door. This particular block is known by many other names,  the most common being Churn Dash. Like many of our blocks, it originated in the early 1800’s. Another nine-patch variation, this block is a wonderful basic pattern for quilters to…

Quilters Abroad

We’ve all heard the saying that travel broadens the mind–it introduces you to new places, people, foods, and ideas. Even if you return with less money in your pocket, you’ve gotten wonderful experiences and memories in exchange. Quilters, you can take it one step farther, and return home with new ideas and inspirations for your…

Quilting Fuel

Woman cannot quilt on bread alone–you need other delicious foods for those moments when your blood sugar is low and your seams have gone awry. So from time to time we’ll share some of our favorite recipes, and hopefully you and your bee, or even your long-suffering family, will enjoy a different kind of yummy…

Design Dilemmas

Continuing with our Enlightened Embroidery series, we‘ll take a look at choosing the correct design to match your fabric.  First, let’s start with some basic vocabulary and definitions. The Anatomy of an Embroidery Design Size:  The height and width of the design measured in either inches or millimeters. Stitch count:  Stitch count refers to the…