March 16, 2018

Jane's Ladder quilt in Nest by Lella Boutique

Today I had the pleasure of sharing a quilt at the Moda Bake Shop- a website full of free patterns that use Moda precuts. If you haven't been there before, you are sure to find all sorts of delights!

Mine uses a Charm Pack, and I called the pattern "Jane's Ladder" as it's a variation of the traditional Jacob's Ladder quilt block. I inverted the colors in block B and alternated them for a fun diagonal design.


The first time I saw Lella Boutique's newest line "Nest" by Vanessa Goertzen on Instagram, I gasped. It has some of my favorite colors, and I love birds! If you don't believe that, I spent my Christmas money last year buying bird feeders, seed, and filling our backyard with places they could come visit. I have a clear feeder attached to the window to my sewing space, and I just adore my sweet little visitors! One day I'll get to be a bird for a bit and I'll spend all day flying and singing and living in a sweet cozy little nest.

I love the large floral in the line and put the light blue one on the back. Flowers and dots combined are my favorite. I also really love the little pearly chains that I used for binding. As usual, bravissima Vanessa!

Head over to the Bake Shop to print off your free copy of the pattern. It's easy and fun! I included instructions for a throw size as well, which would require a Layer Cake instead of a Charm Pack.

I feel like this pattern would work really well for a baby boy quilt. I'm always happy to find fabric and patterns that work well for boys!

Thanks so much for having me Moda Bake Shop! 

March 2, 2018

Sewing Machine Reviews- Husqvarna Opal 650 and Juki TL 2010Q

Occasionally I get asked about sewing machines, so I thought I'd post all my thoughts about mine here for reference. These two machines are the only ones I've ever used, so I don't have much to compare them to, but I can tell you everything I know about them!

My first ever machine is a Husqvarna. My parents bought it for me in 2013 as a gift. My mom has an older Husqvarna, and I love that we have the same kind. If you're in the states, I know you can purchase them at Joann, or a local dealer.

Image via Husqvarna


She (I call her Opal) has sooo many pretty stitches. Truly any stitch you would ever want. I use the scallops and waves often for quilting (with a walking foot, sold separately) and it's a nice way to add texture without the intimidating free motion foot. You could embellish almost anything with all the beautiful stitches.
I like the clear 1/4" foot with the metal edge (also sold separately) and can do very accurate piecing on this one.

It has a start/stop button option which, honestly, I don't understand fully, but I know it does something pretty nifty! I think there may be other fancy options on this machine that I'm not taking advantage of as well.

It comes with a button hole foot and makes them automatically. I've only ever used this once, but it was very clever.


She is fairly wimpy when it comes to bulky seams. I wouldn't even try to sew a heavy duty bag or something on this one.

It has a pretty slow top speed. This drives me nuts when quilting and I just need it to go WAY FASTER.

Not much throat space for quilting big quilts.

Small plastic bobbins that run out quickly.

In 2016 I bought a Juki TL 2010Q. I didn't know much about it, but a local friend was selling hers and I knew I needed a faster machine with more throat space. It has turned out to be a wonderful machine. It's not computerized, which could be considered a good or a bad thing! They can be purchased many places, including here at good old Amazon. This is an affiliate link, so if you decide to purchase there, the price remains the same for you, but I receive a small portion of the payment.

Image via Amazon


It's so fast! You can adjust the top speed (from turtle to rabbit- cute) and the top speed is remarkable.

It's very strong and will take any seam.

It has a foot pedal operated thread cutter, you just press "backwards". To me this is a FANTASTIC feature. It saves a lot of movement, time, and thread.

Another great feature is the knee operated presser foot lifter. Also very useful when you need both hands to position fabric.

Large throat space for quilting big quilts. 

Large metal bobbins that fill quickly and last a long time. 


It only has one, straight stitch. Not even a zig zag option. You can only adjust the stitch length, tension, and speed.

The light on it is quite dim. You will need additional lighting for this one.

This may be a consideration for those with napping babies or people sensitive to noises- the automatic thread cutter is fairly loud and jarring.

The free motion foot isn't open toe, so it's hard for me to see what's going on, though it works well.

So there you have it. As you can see, the Juki has a lot more pros for me personally, but I can't live without the pretty stitches on my other one. It's quite possible that there exists a machine out there with all the features I love from both machines (Bernina? Janome?), I just haven't looked into it. If you know of one that is fast and strong, has stitch options, and has a foot thread cutter, please let me know! Maybe one day I'll sell these and consolidate.

As I posted on Instagram this week, I've been updating my sewing space with a new swivel chair and adjustable-height table. It has been really nice so far! I will post about those next.