Hi sewing friends – I’m so honored and excited to be a part of Baby Lock’s Love of Sewing Challenge, introducing the new, updated Destiny II sewing and embroidery machine. I never in a million years imagined that I would have one of these amazing machines. I’m so thankful to Baby Lock for providing one for me to sew and create with at home as part of this challenge. I can’t say enough how much I have loved learning more and trying the new-to-me functions that are available. And I definitely love it for doing what I do most: piecing quilts! Later this week I’ll be featuring the feet and settings on this machine (as well as tips for all piecers) to get that perfect ¼″ seam allowance.
Previously I’ve been sewing on a Baby Lock Crescendo, which I’ve LOVED. It is a large, sturdy machine with a wide variety of options and stitches as well as a large throat space, automatic needle-threader, automatic thread-cutting, etc. The Crescendo is very similar to the Destiny II machine, except for one big feature – the Destiny includes embroidery functions. This is a whole new world to me and I’m blown away by all of the options and features that are available for making custom embroidery designs. I’m still at the bottom of the learning-curve, but beyond excited to learn more and put this capability to good use!
I love that one of Baby Lock’s missions is to help instill a love of sewing for anyone who wants to learn and to provide the tools to help you succeed at whatever level you’re at. The current Love of Sewing Challenge is made up of 16 different women in the sewing world, from a variety of backgrounds and expertise, each sharing a different project showcasing a skill as well as feature of this new machine.
This week I’m going to be talking about feet and features that help with accurate piecing. I’ll be sharing specific feet to this Baby Lock machine, but I think there will be some good universal tips and tricks to help with your own piecing, regardless what machine you use.
We’re also going to make a fun mini-quilt project – this is a fun little skill-builder for learning basic patchwork-piecing as well as playing with half-square triangles. I was trying to think of something perfect that sums up my feelings about sewing, and since we’re the in middle of the most gray, overcast, blah time of the year, I decided on Sewing is my Sunshine – since sewing is definitely my favorite pick-me-up during these gray months.
I also chose a spring-y color palette to match my sunshine quote. We were challenged to use fabrics with gold and I chose these Riley Blake Designs gold sparkle prints, as well as coordinating pastels from collections When Skies are Grey, Wonderland II, and Bunnies and Cream.
Here are the fabric requirements if you want to play along and make your own mini quilt. (post edit: Typo above. We need 32 total 2 ½″ x 2 ½″ squares – 16 light and 16 dark. sorry.) This is a good pattern for using up leftovers and scraps. We’re cutting the center piece for the embroidery slightly large and then we’ll square it up to the right size after the embroidery is done.
The words were designed by my sister, Laura Miller. (You can see more of her prints and work at Laura Miller Studios.) I used the incredible IQ Designer technology built into the Destiny II to scan this design into the machine and created a unique machine embroidered print. It still blows my mind just a little. You can see more of how this works on Lindsay’s post at the Cottage Mama here.
I’m sharing the Sewing is my Sunshine graphic as a free-printable for everyone! You can use it as a pattern for hand embroidery or just print it and frame it! The free download is available here.
I’ll be sharing all of the details on assembling this little patchwork mini quilt as well as tips and tricks for getting a perfect ¼″ seam allowance in Part 2 of this challenge. You can find Part 2 here!
In the meantime, here’s my YouTube video debut sharing a little bit more of the machine.
I’m such a novice when it comes to video – fortunately I have a 12-year-old who’s way more tech savvy than I am. 😉 Who knows, maybe we’ll team up for more!