Monday, January 26, 2015

It's A Sterling Life on Berkeley Square class

The first class of the "Sterling Life" project was held this past Saturday at the Bernina Sewing Center in Tampa, FL.  It will be an ongoing class this year with the final class in the fall.

Here is my sample so far...

This is a pretty intense project but it has been well worth the effort as I have learned so much!  I have not added all of the crystals - just a few for my sample to give them an idea of what it will look like.

I decided to make it exactly as the original because I have no idea what I was doing when I started and I thought if I kept to the original colors and supply list, then I would not waste so much fabric and time making mistakes.

However the ladies who signed up for the class had some other color combinations in mind and it was easier to help them out after I had finished the center block.

Basic formula to the design:
#1: Select the color for the background

#2: Select a light and dark of 3 colors for the flower designs.  Make sure there is enough contrast so they do not blend together.

#3:  Make a chart of your color choices and snip and glue a piece of fabric to the chart denoting which is the dark/light pink, yellow/golden yellow and orange and light orange.  Here is a sample of one for a table runner I am currently working on.

With that in mind, here is the first design stitch out from the ladies who were in the first class.

I love this color combo!

This one was a surprise as I didn't help her pick out her fabric!

The first brave soul to purchase her fabric!

This is my favorite color combo!

This is stunning with the crisp, black background!

 A  pastel color combo.

Similar to mine but the background has more of a purple tone to it.

I had to split the large class into two (too much stress for me AND A schedule conflict for four ladies) Look for more color combos with the second class of Part I after February 11th!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Cutting the Sterling Life Flower Borders.

One of my customers is going to create a table runner instead of the center block design for this class. I decided that I would take a break from houses and make up one myself for my home.

I decided that it would really help me understand how to select the fabric if I had a color/sample chart to add small snips of my color choices.  Here is a picture of the page I created.  It may not be professional looking but you get the idea!

I started cutting out the designs and I knew that Bernina had posted a video to demonstrate how to use the cutwork tool and is perfect for taking the fear out of making your first cut.  Check it out!

Then I took a few pictures of my cutting this afternoon to illustrate how I cut out one of the designs from the Flower Border.

Hoop the stabilizer and stitch out color #1. 

The stitch out is the exact size of the cut fabric shapes in my chart above.

Spray the stabilizer and the back of your fabric pieces.  Here I layered 3 cut pieces  ( one extra...just in case).

The files are so well digitized, that they include both a shaped outline for the cut fabric AND a basting stitch to hold them in place.  No need for the top layer of a stabilizer as you see in the video above.

Cut out the designs by following the prompts on the screen.  Each time you turn the dial and change the number, you are changing the angle of the blade.

I hope this mini tutorial will help those you who are new to using the cutting tool.  If you have any questions, please ask!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

A Lovely Year of Finishes

Happy New Year!  The first few weeks of the new year have certainly been hectic enough.  Even though I missed out on the deadline to enter for this month's prizes, this is one challenge that I hope to take on in this new year and finish some of my projects!  
                                                        A Lovely Year of Finishes

I will post my first project shortly after I take a picture of it!