This machine was a gift from my parents in March of 2004. I don’t name my machines, but I am almost sentimental enough about this one to do so. I have the original manual and attachments too. Flying home from Florida with it as carry-on luggage was an adventure. The airport security stopped me in line. When I said it was a sewing machine, I was able to proceed with no problem. Whew!
Scrappy Duo is a great stash busting pattern that uses strip piecing and two rulers: Easy Angle and Companion Angle. There is another benefit because you get a bonus quilt from the original project. That's why it's called Scrappy Duo!
Okay I'm a little biased about my home state. When I designed this quilt, I chose blocks with names that have special significance. Those two blocks are named Snowball and Friendship Star. Also, flying geese are a common sight here in Minnesota. This quilt had to have a border with flying geese.
I guess this table runner is like a fine wine and needed time to age. I designed the center pinwheel block but then the writing of the pattern took quite a while longer. The method of sewing with triangles is clever, fun and so easy. I figured out a way to cut the strip piecing time in half. Go me! Machine quilted by The Scribbler.
I chose daiwabo and taupe prints for my son’s college graduation quilt because of their subtleness and complexity. These are two words which describe the facets of Mike’s personality. Plus I wanted a very masculine look, which I think I achieved. Machine quilted my Angie Jurmu.
My name is Chris Barnard and I have been quilting for 20 years and teaching quilt classes for 10 years. My goal, besides sharing my passion for quilting, is to inspire people to begin quilting or finish quilts already started.