Thursday, August 30, 2012

Berta's Wedding Quilt ~ A Labor of Love


Berta's Beautiful Wedding Quilt

My friend Berta made the gorgeous white silk dupioni wedding quilt for her little sister.  She gave me permission to post the pictures I took of it on my blog for you see.   I'm sorry that I didn't take more pictures of this spectacular quilt.   Double click on each picture to enlarge it for better viewing. 

Berta wrote out her instructions of how she made her quilt using her Bernina Embroidery V6 Software and her 830 machine.

Bride, Bridesmaids and Flower girls
1.  I took the photos into Microsoft Works Word Processor and made each the size I wanted.

2.  I then printed the photos onto "Printed Treasurer" (used my Joann's 40% coupon) the sew on version not the iron on.

I would like to add that the picture of the bridesmaids helping dress the bride reminded me of Disney's Cinderella.   That is why I placed the blue birds and ribbons on that picture.
Bride and Berta

3. Trimmed each photo leaving a 1/4 inch of white border. 

4. Sewed the prepared Dupioni to each side of the photo using the white 1/4 inch border as my guide.  Then I sewed a strip of the Dupioni across the top  and the bottom.  I made this large enough to fit in the Jumbo hoop and later cut it down to a 12 inch block.                       
5.  In the Software I loaded the photo into Art Canvas and made it the size I wanted.
Bride and Flower girls

6.  Took in over into the Embroidery Canvas side.
7.  Digitized a line around the photo--Single outline stitch which I took into Object Properties and made the stitch length 10 for a basting stitch.

Bride and Groom
8.  Used my MM ruler and measured my picture in the sewn Dupioni block to be sure my basting stitch and picture in the software were perfect size.   Adjusted if necessary.   Printed a template and cut out the center of the basting stitches to be sure it fit perfectly around the actual picture in the block.

9.  This let me see where the floral designs etc would fall around the picture.  When done I saved all but the picture.

The Wedding Cake
I wanted some of the design to barely fall on the pictures to somewhat disguise the seams.   I then inserted in the designs--Hatched In Africa Heirloom Daisy - and placed them sometimes deleting portions  or  mirror imaging  or adding pieces etc. until I liked what I saw.   Thus framing the pictures. 

Signing the marriage license
pictures cropped, turned and joined together
I  did not stitch out the basting stitches around the pictures but brought them into the sewing machine --I have the Bernina 830 with the virtual positioning but you could do the same thing by printing out a template and see where  the corners hit. I then skipped the first stitching sequence.
These were my little sisters original wedding pictures and it was for her 55th anniversary.  I had fun cropping out her Orchid on the bible from one of the bride and groom pictures and enlarged it to the size of the other pictures.   There were 2 pictures of them signing the marriage license.  Cropped each picture and turned them so that they would face each other and brought them into Microsoft Works Word and combined into one picture.

Roberta B.

Thanks Berta for sharing your quilt and instructions.  This quilt was also featured in the August 2012 Software Sampler.   You can see a clip below from Software Sampler.



Saturday, August 4, 2012

The Seafair Tradition


Seafair began as a plan on 1951-52  to celebrate Seattle's centennial and promote the best things about Seattle and the Pacific Northwest.   If you live here, you look forward to Seafair and the fun it brings every year.  Seafair is always the last week of July and first week of August.  Hopefully we are blessed with beautiful sunny weather for Seafair.  There are the Seafair Pirates landing at Alki Beach, the US Navy fleet comes to town with tours available on the many ships, various community festivals and parades and the big Tourchlight Parade on Saturday evening through the streets of downtown Seattle.  Other events include the Torchlight Run, a Triathlon, a Marathon and half Marathon.  The Milk Carton Derby on Greenlake with various races.  There is a Parade of Ships on Elliott Bay with a Parade of Flight overhead of Vintage and contemporary aircraft.  The final day Seafair features the F1 Prop limited and H1 Unlimited Hydroplane races on Lake Washington and the Blue Angles and the Boeing Air Show. 

Each year we celebrate our Anniversary with Seafair.  Mom thought it wasn't the best date I could choose for a wedding but we've had many great Anniversaries.