May 1, 2015

Rock Candy Quilt in Miss Kate {A Finish!}

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Meet Miss Kate in her diamonds!  To get some template practice in while preparing for the GRAVITY Quilt Along, I began Rock Candy, a pattern by Jaybird Quilts that uses the Sidekick Ruler.  She's this week's only finish!

I've never been super impressed with the generic walking foot I purchased for my old Bernina 830.  It doesn't pull the fabric through very well, and I really have to push it through which results in tiny and sometimes uneven stitches.  This is why nearly all of my quilting is free motion meandering even though some quilts just call for straight-line stitching.

Does anyone know if the original Bernina walking foot would function better?  

The backing is a red and white print from the Miss Kate line.  I forgot to take pictures of it before I hung it on my sewing room wall.  Yep, this is a keeper!  I've been inspired by Camille Roskelley's sewing room quilt collage to make some cheerful quilts for my happy space!

The binding is a fun dot fabric from my leftover binding stash.  See, I do use scraps!

Quilt Stats:
  • Pattern:  Rock Candy by Jaybird Quilts
  • Size:  20.5" x 23"
  • Fabric:  Miss Kate by Bonnie & Camille, Kona Snow.
  • Batting:  80/20 cotton poly fusible
  • Quilting:  Straight lines on Mrs.Bernina, my old 830 which was my grandmother's.
  • Binding:  Unknown red/white dots.
  • Value:  Super cheerful!
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Shannon said...

Yeah for using scraps! You've gotten a lot done this week. This will look great on the wall.

Cassandra said...

Such a cute little quilt! You made great fabric choices for this project- so cheerful! For what it's worth, I have a Bernina 1008 with a Bernina walking foot, and it does a great job feeding evenly with a consistent stitch length.

Laura said...

I used to have a Bernina 830. It is the machine I learned to quilt on. I took some quilt as you go classes using the Bernina walking foot, and it worked ok, but was loud and hard to get a good quarter inch seam using it.

Now I have a Bernina 1260, and I think the clunky walking foot is its worst feature. The Bernina tech said the walking foot has been improved on its new machines, but I haven't tried it.

The last Bernina walking foot I bought was about $100. Maybe they would let you try one before you buy it to make sure it is worth the cost.

SuperMomNoCape said...

What a sweet mini quilt. I like the idea of a wall of mini quilts! said...

Pretty! I use a Bernina 350 and got it with the walking foot about 5 years ago. It works great for me.

Carie @ Space for the Butterflies said...

Oh isn't that pretty - it will be lovely on a wall of mini quilts!

Quilts By Laurel said...

This is so cute and I love the fabrics! :)

Vicki in MN said...

You did an awesome job on it, I love your choice of fabrics! Sorry I am no help on the Bernina foot, I am a Janome girl!

Anonymous said...

That's a great combination of fabrics. I like the boldness of this one.

Anonymous said...

Your Rock Candy runner looks great! I really like the red/white polka dot binding. Very cute!

legato1958 said...

This is SEW PRETTY! Love the fabrics!

Unknown said...

I love your mini with that optical effect. I do not know if you did that on purpose, but that is together with the beautiful colors for me what makes your mini so beautiful and interesting.

Hope you solve your problems with the walking foot.

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

I have my grandma's old Bernina 830 too! I bought two of the Bernina walking feet over the years and did not think they worked very well--apparently there is a small spring inside them that wears out. I retired my old Bernina 830 and bought a Pfaff with a built in walking foot that works much better! Good luck and the quilt is gorgeous!

Renee said...

This is gorgeous! Love that you kept the shape, instead of squaring it off.

Little Black Cat Quilting said...

Such a pretty little mini! :) It will be a great addition to your sewing room wall.