I have a baby quilt I have to do for a friend’s new grandson, arriving mid November, and have decided to do my very first rag quilt. I have bought the fabric, a lovely collection of “Cozy Cottons” by Robert Kaufman for the project. I may still add some more pieces of fabric for this quilt. What do you think of my fabric choice??
I have been given lots of tips from my colleagues in the store, but decided I needed a chart to show just how many squares I need, depending on how big the squares are to be. That way I could follow the chart and cut just the right amount of blocks. It is a great reference sheet to go shopping with when deciding how much fabric to buy. I will add batting, sew an X across each square, sew them all together with a 1/2″ seam and then clip, clip, clip the seams. I am ready to get started!!
I will post pictures of my finished quilt!!
Here is the chart.
Until next time,
Look what is happening in our classrooms at both the Surrey/Langley and Abbotsford locations.
We are happy to announce Jean Jones, owner of Sophisticat Fibre Art Studio, has once again returned to teach for us this fall. She has many classes on the agenda, from Rotary Cutting, Beginner Quilting, to Borders, Bindings and using a walking foot. Jean has also added Mini Quilt of the month club, a Sewing mat class as well as her own design “9-4″ Quilt. We thought it would be a fun idea to lend her a new model Babylock, the Babylock Lyric, to use making one of her samples for class. Jean’s review is below and we thank her for stepping out of her comfort zone and use a machine she has never quilted with before and write us this review.
This week I am test-driving a Babylock Lyric. Perfect timing as I was just ready to start a new project, a sample for an upcoming class. So far I am very impressed. It has all the features we quilters love. Needle up/down, thread cutter, great needle threader, slide speed control, start/stop button for sewing without the foot pedal.
One thing I really appreciate is that the needle hole in the 1/4″ piecing foot is large enough to accommodate slight shifts in the needle position, to get a more accurate 1/4″. On most machines this isn’t possible, the needle space is very tight.
The fabric feeds well all the way through, and stitches are beautifully straight and consistent.
Next I’ll be using the walking foot for quilting, let’s see how that performs!
After my little quilt top went together so well on the Babylock Lyric, I wanted to see how it would perform when it came to quilting with the walking foot. Again, I’m impressed!
The feed dogs had a great strong grip on the quilt, top and bottom, and fed the quilt sandwich through with perfect, even, straight stitches. I used a heavier variegated thread on top with a finer thread in the bobbin, but with the automatic tension adjustment this was not a problem.
As with any machine, when you are used to how one performs there are differences to get used to, but there were very little here. There is a button that needs pushing at the right point in the threading process, but this locks the tension to complete the needle threading and bobbin uptake without a problem.
The other thing I had to get used to was a slightly lower clearance under the walking foot than I am used to. Perhaps that is why the feed dogs did such a great job. In any case, the use of the knee lift raised the presser foot extra high, to slide the quilt sandwich in with ease.
All in all, this is a great little machine for a quilter, with all the bells and whistles and accessories you could want included.
We would like to thank Jean for agreeing to use the new Babylock Lyric and writing up this review. We have this machine and many other Babylocks in the stores for you to come and take for a test drive. You will be pleasantly surprised.
One of our most popular teachers, Jean Jones, is here yet again with another fabulous quilting class: Perfectly Bound.
It’s the finishing touches that make all the difference! Take your quilts from so-so to fabulous when you learn how easy perfect bindings are. Jean will teach you how to apply bindings to both straight and curved quilt edges, how to turn corners cleanly, and join the binding ends invisibly. If time allows she will also take a look at binding quilts that are not square (e.g. Hexagons) and turning inside corners. This class is suitable for those who have taken beginner quilting as well as experienced quilters.
This class is sold out in Abbotsford already, but we still have room in our Surrey/Langley location:
Surrey/Langley: Tuesday, May 13; 5:00–9:00
Abbotsford: Friday June 13, 10:00-2:00 SOLD OUT
One 4–hour class $32.00 plus supplies.
To register, click HERE or call us at 604-575-9028.
Factory Certified Bernina, Husqvarna, and Baby Lock Technician
Here at A Great Notion, we are proud to say that we have not only the Fraser Valley’s ONLY factory certified Bernina technician, but the only factory certified Husqvarna and Baby Lock technician as well.
Keith Atkinson has been repairing Sewing, Serger, Embroidery, and Quilting machines for 19 years and has earned himself the reputation of being the “go-to” repair person for all machine brands in the Fraser Valley. He is the tech that services machines that other local techs can’t fix! Keith services machines for several local school districts and maintains over 600 machines each year for schools alone. He has completed training with Bernina Canada, Husqvarna Canada, and Baby Lock Canada.
When Keith or one of our two other techs service your machine, they pay attention to even the smallest details. Each machine is thoroughly cleaned (inside and out!), lubricated, the tension is calibrated, all parts are inspected to make sure they are functioning properly and are at their best, and more! Keith makes sure that your machine is properly maintained and produces the best stitch possible. For a complete list of what our techs do in a standard servicing, please click HERE.
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Drop in and meet Donna Robinson of Baby Lock Canada!
Donna will be in both stores to show off the new Baby Lock machines – Sewing, Embroidery, Sergers, and Quilting Machines. Don’t miss it! She’ll have lots of great info and there will be Christmas goodies too.
Surrey/Langley: Thursday, Dec. 5th, 2:00 – 8:00 FREE
Abbotsford: Thursday, Dec. 12th, 2:00 – 8:00 FREE