Rice Pillow Love


So the weekend was great.  Juno was fantabulous.  Really.  Fatty and I went to our favorite Mexican joint then to the bookstore before the movie.  This is our standard date night and it has been a long time since we had one.  So good.  I like date night.  It just makes me happy.

During the day, I had my class on the Bernina Stitch Regulator (BSR).  Yes, I have a Bernina.  I know, I all thought I had a Babylock.  Well, I do.  And as much as I love that machine, it has spent too much time in the shop within the past year.  I think that is because I use it for utilitarian, everyday sewing so much more than I use it for embroidery.  Anyhow, I have been on the look out for a back-up machine for awhile.  What I ended up with is now my primary machine, with the Ellageo taking back up status.  I got a great deal on the Bernina Aurora 430 back in November.  I didn't open the box until January.  I know that is plain crazy, but I just didn't have time for a learning curve with all the holiday gifts hanging over my head.

So I started the new year with a new machine.  And I love it.  I have been using it for my x quilt (5 x's down, 4 to go, in case you were wondering) and did my first batch of applique t-shirts on it without too many problems.  Good, right?  Well, after my BSR class, it is even better.  It is great.  I can now free motion quilt (which never worked so well on the Babylock).  Look and see:


It's not the best, but look!  I stitched a house with a tree free hand and then wrote with thread.  So cool!


I also drew a bicycle for fatty.  If you look closely, you can see my name upside down, stitched with a double needle.  Fun stuff, I tell you.


And here is some bobbin work - the fancy, glittery thread goes in the bobbin and you use regular thread up top.  So cool!  Glitter and loops, for you, Daria.

It is safe to say that I am addicted to the free motion thing now.  I need to practice a TON more, but then, watch out!  The project ideas are swimming in my head.  Of course, I am going to play it safe and use the walking foot for the string x quilt - I think it begs for straight lines.  Then it's pillows and potholders with free motion.  I can't wait!



wow, erin! It all looks like so much fun. I love the freehand stitching and that bike!!

can't wait to see more!

Mellissa - wondermommy

That does look like a lot of fun! I can't wait to see the projects that come from your free motion quilting.

TD wool design

your practice work is fantastic. it will be fun to see all those ideas come to life! enjoy :) and a real date? good for you! happy week!


Oooh that really does look like great fun! My machine does that but I haven't tried it yet. (and I have had mine for two years now!) I am inspired.

Mama Urchin

I'm afraid of the free motion quilting. I need to take a class.


I got my Bernina Aurora 440 on Friday! Have not tried out the BSR yet, but I'm sure I will enjoy it too! I love your quilting! Look forward to see what you come up with in the future.


how cool! can't wait to see what youdo with that machine!


Ooo, fun stuff! I need to start a Bernina fund - I REALLY want one.


Holy WOW! I seriously LOVE the way that looks. That house and tree? Amazing.

Sarah Jackson

That's so so cool. I love it. I've been looking for a new machine and now I'm very tempted to go that route the next time my Bernina dealer has a big sale.

linda p

hooray! lots of women in my class had the bsr-- alone it costs more than my machine!! but, it seems like a pretty nifty foot to have. have fun with it!


yay! look at you rocking the freestyle fancy stitching! amazing as always. looks like a lot of fun. enjoy the new skills. :)


So fun! I'm not too fabulous at free motion, but it is lots of fun when I've practiced it. Can't WAIT to see all the great stuff you make!


That is some serious coolness, right there. I wish I could do that.


yay for free motion quilting! I love the bike and the tree + house. so so good! a good machine really makes a difference, doesn't it?


Congratulations! Aurora 430, how I love thee! I didn't get the BSR with mine, but I love that I can add it someday if I ever get the itch to try free-motion. And I like that there's a compatible eembroidery unit that I can add later, too. It was the perfect machine for me. And I'm so excited that you have one now, too! Love, Grace


that is so fun - i took a class on that, too - it's addictive!


Looks like fun! Avery and I were at JoAnn's a few weeks ago and she was drawn like a magnet to the fancy embroidery machines. My MIL has a Bernina and Avery recently made a skirt with it, came home and told me how "way cool" Grandma's sewing machine was. It might be time to trade up from my ancient, second hand Singer.


Oh wow - I love the freeform sewing machine! I love it! I can't wait to see the next sewing wonder!

I so enjoyed Juno too this weekend! I blogged about it yesterday too and went out and bought the soundtrack on Saturday!


Youre doing a GREAT job already!


I am dumbfounded and amazed. Who knew you could do all of that with a machine. Not I said the newbie crafter!

Kay Snyder

You have inspired me to try freehand on my Singer. I scored a mint condition Singer Slantomatic 500 for $20 at my thrift store and am just now getting around to trying it out over my standard oldy, loving it though. Can't wait to see what you come up with doing the freehand thing...


this is over the top.
can't wait to see what you create with your new friend.

natasha s

my dream machine,i am a teensy,okay,a hugely bit green over here.:0)
i love the bicycle.
take care,


that looks like so much fun!


oh that is fabulous! lucky you with a new machine! and sneaky keeping it from us for so long!

Julie @ Letter9

Very cool. Once I figure out the free motion think I've got these great toddler art smocks planned. OH I CAN'T WAIT!

Love the bicycle, by the way.


OH, that looks like so much fun!


Oh how fun! I can't wait to see more sewing action. :)


It looks all so wonderful! I bought a new sewing machine and still have so much to figure out. I think it’s time to give it a go!


so cool erin! i think i might see one of these in my future (far in the future), this looks so fun. and i LOVE that bicycle for fatty!


That looks like you are going to have so much fun!

I have tagged you because I think you are such amazing inspiration! I hope that you will play along and list 7 things about you - link back to me - and chose a few others YOU think are amazing! Just check out my blog!


hi erin!
I keep hearing about how good Juno is-must go see it!
your free motion work is just so cool. you are awesome :)
have a great day!


Oh, you're always a step or two ahead of me! I haven't seen Juno yet, but can't wait.
Guess what? I finally broke down and put a Babylock Imagine on layaway. It's almost out of hock... yay! After I get rolling with that, the savings will all go into my Bernina fund. Not sure which one yet. Have to figure out which model will do all my requirements.
Congratulations on your new machine. How much fun are you going to have?!

meg duerksen

that is awesome.
i didn't even know that there are machines that do that stuff! wow.
your blog is so much fun.


Love that free motion quilting!!! Yours looks great and it looks like a lot of fun! (wonder if my Janome can do that? probably not…)


I love my bsr foot too! My creations still look like a 5 or 6 year old did them but it is so much fun to draw with stitches! Yours look great!

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