I'm back from the Clean & Sew I mentioned yesterday, and it was lots of fun! It was a small class, and we each had a new Bernina 830 to use. Wow! What a machine! It's not coming home with me (though I'd love that extra harp space for quilting
), but I'm so impressed with its capabilities. We had a crash course on some machine embroidery techniques and came away with a pillow, complete except for adding the buttons that close the flap in the back and which I've since sewn on.
The only machine embroidery I've ever done before today was free motion, so this was very different. We used some built-in decorative stitches, put them together into a "stitch recipe" (combination) for the design at the top right. Then we took a built-in embroidery motif and added a monogram for the bottom section. To form the feathers on the left, we used a built-in motif from a set designed Diane Gaudynski. Then we even used embroidery to make buttonholes for the back!
The quilt shop provided all of the materials, including the pillow form to put inside the piece we made, and while we were sewing/embroidering my own wonderful Bernina 630 was getting a "spa treatment". What a fun way to spend a day! :D