Sunday, February 14, 2010

I added another machine to the collection last week.  

I've wanted a Bernina 730 for ages, and this one was at the local sewing machine shop.  It's not in pristine condition, having come from a school; it must have had a very hard life judging from the chipped paint, bent foot and missing accessories.  But it still sews a beautiful stitch, so it's worth having.  I just love the shape of the early Berninas, very stylish.

I sewed some more Lady of the Lake blocks, I have 16 made now.  This is the way I've decided to press the seams.

I haven't been able to figure out a way that all the seams between blocks interlock nicely, but with this method there are only 4 seams that go the same way and I can live with that.

I press all the triangle seams open, to reduce the bulk, then add the two strips of 3 triangles at either end.

Then I add the sets of 5 triangles across the top and bottom.

And I twirl two of the intersections so that the seams between blocks nest together.

I was making each block from just two fabrics, I always think that it should be easier if you don't have to make decisions as you piece.  But then I get bored, and I'm tempted into making a few scrap blocks, and before you know it, the only blocks I like are the scrappy ones.

I like these so much I don't think I'll make anymore in just two fabrics.  Scrap is so much better.

15 comments:

sewprimitive karen 6:22 AM  

How nice to get an early Bernina. One of these days...

Nancy Anne 7:26 AM  

Thanks for the pressing info. I've been wanting to tackle a Lady of the Lake but all those intersections were keeping me from it. And I forgot to say thank you yesterday for the recipe. I've got it copied out (and saved on the computer) all ready for this summer. Sounds delish!

Country Log Cabin Quilter 7:57 AM  

It looks like a good workhorse machine! Thanks for showing how you press the seams. I have a problem with that sometimes and there usually aren't any suggestions on the best way to do it.

pdudgeon 10:13 AM  

thanks from me too. this is another of those 'someday' patterns for me!

Tazzie 2:36 PM  

Love me some vintage Bernina. Those machines were definitely made to last - at my kids school they have Bernina's there too, but Amy tells me they don't 'feel like your machine Mum'. I'm sure your 'new' Bernie will have a nice quiet life now it's not in a school any more.

I'm so enjoying seeing your lady of the lake blocks. It's all I can do not to grab my scrap triangles and start making some of my own. I've told myself I have to finish something before I can start something new.

Have a great week!
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

Jenni 4:34 PM  

I can see what you mean about the scrappy blocks. Somehow it always works, doesn't it? Thanks for the pressing info - I try a lot harder these days to get it to work out, but not as well as you do.

Meggie 12:13 AM  

I am definitely a scrappy kind of girl!! Love these blocks.
You are a worthy Haven for Lost Machines!

Stephanie Newman 1:19 PM  

Ooooh always good to make room for a vintage or new Bernina!
Doesn't the 530 have style?
Have fun with it, and your piecing.

MARCIE 6:40 PM  

Oh the 730 was my first machine! I loved it and used it for 30 years before I got a new one. Now my daughter sews with it--it is still going strong! And those little twirls are very useful. I find myself using them in places where I didn't expect to, like you did in your block.

Mary 11:04 PM  

I like that scrappy block best too. One day I'd like to make a Lady of the Lake, I have a photo of a brown/pink version that I just fell in love with.

Anonymous,  7:32 PM  

Have you ever tried zucchini bread ( sorta like banana bread)? My family loves it and you can freeze it and have it later.
Linda Kay

julieQ 6:10 PM  

I love the way you made the block lay flat. Nice machine that you found!

Maggie A 1:58 AM  

Beautiful colours for the Lady quilt

MJinMichigan 7:14 PM  

Thanks for showing the pressing. In the past I've hsitated to press seams open but have been doing it more and more recently.

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