Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The Bernina 780 - Medallion Pillow

I hope everyone had a fabulous holiday and enjoyed the beauty of Christmas!

I'm back with one more project that I did with the Bernina 780.  Yes, in response to an email that was sent to me, I did pretty much just sew for two weeks.  There was no cleaning or cooking.  (What a silly question.)  I had a Bernina 780!!!!

This time I did a little bit more with the embroidery.  The motif is taken from a medallion in my Bella collection for Blend Fabrics and converted using Bernina's DesignerPlus software.  You can see all the details in my video.


I used the 780's fancy stitches to add detail around the edge of the middle panel.  I also used the endless embroidery option for quilting - you can see it a little in the bright pink border.  The endless embroidery option allows you to take ANY of the hundreds of stitches on the 780 and size it up to use for a continuous embroidery design.  It is a great option for creating a unique quillting motif - particularly for borders.




I used the Stitch Regulator to go around the circles in the outer border, accentuating their shapes.


And I used the buttonhole feature - it makes perfect buttonholes every time!


Let's giveaway three fat quarters of Bella, plus a couple of patterns this time!  To enter tell me what your favoriate holiday cookie is!  One entry per person and the deadline will be this Thursday night (the 27th).

Thanks so much for following along with me and happy sewing!
Amanda

57 Comments:

At December 25, 2012 at 10:51 PM , Blogger Judy1522 said...

My favorite holiday cookie currently is lavender shortbread with a touch of lemon.

 
At December 25, 2012 at 11:08 PM , Blogger Pepe Patchwork said...

My favorite holiday cookie is chocolate macarons!!!

 
At December 25, 2012 at 11:44 PM , Blogger Altax said...

Looks Great!!! Merry Christmas.

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At December 25, 2012 at 11:49 PM , Blogger hueisei said...

I love Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies :D
Thanks for the chance to win :D

 
At December 26, 2012 at 1:16 AM , Blogger Kimberly Cassie @ Quilty Doodads said...

BEAUTIFUL! I wish I had your talent and determination. My favorite holiday cookie are Magic Cookie Bars. They are made with graham crackers, butterscotch chips, chocolate chips, pecans, condensed milk and coconut....Yum....I think there are a few left in the kitchen. Thanks for the giveaway!

 
At December 26, 2012 at 1:19 AM , Blogger GranChris said...

Looks great! I would say sugar cookies. Can't go wrong there.

 
At December 26, 2012 at 1:30 AM , Blogger Christine M said...

I don't know if you class it as a cookie but I love making almond bread for Christmas.

 
At December 26, 2012 at 1:57 AM , Blogger Pat said...

The pillow is beautiful. My favorite cookie is "Chocolate Nut Revels" which is a chocolate/chopped nuts mixture is reveled with a white vanilla mixture. Yummy!!

 
At December 26, 2012 at 2:02 AM , Blogger charlotte said...

What a pretty little pillow. The embroidery is lovely. Gingerbread cookies are still a favorite here.

 
At December 26, 2012 at 2:06 AM , Blogger Steve Finnell said...

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At December 26, 2012 at 2:29 AM , Blogger Mouster1 said...

What a beautiful pillow! My favorite holiday cookie is the sugar cookie. Fun to decorate all the cute shapes. Thanks for the giveaway!

 
At December 26, 2012 at 2:30 AM , Blogger Tabatha said...

Wow, I can't believe the number of quality projects you created in two weeks, BRAVO! This pillow is absolutely GORGEOUS, which I could *afford* that Bernina {drool}.

My favorite cookie is peanutbutter -- crunchy!

Tabatha from BendingPins.com
BendingPins (at) gmail.com

 
At December 26, 2012 at 2:55 AM , Blogger Mary W Quilts said...

Gotto love a Bernina! Favorite Christmas cookie is a sugar cookie with red and green crystal sprinkles. Yummy and crunchy. Mary

 
At December 26, 2012 at 3:06 AM , Blogger Julie said...

Peanut Butter Blossoms - the ones with the Hershey KISS in the center! Yummy.

 
At December 26, 2012 at 3:55 AM , Blogger chefpa said...

Thumbprint cookies filled with homemade raspberry jam....yum! Belated merry Christmas and thanks for the chance to win some beautiful Bella!

 
At December 26, 2012 at 4:18 AM , Blogger Melissa said...

Beautiful! i love those cookies with the Hershey kiss on top the best, but I am not one to turn down any type of cookie! :)

 
At December 26, 2012 at 4:42 AM , Blogger JCnNC said...

Favorite cookie this year is definitely Christmas Noels. Tks for this wonderful opportunity.

 
At December 26, 2012 at 4:57 AM , Blogger Fan4may said...

I love sugar cookies for decorating! Fan4may at aol dot com

 
At December 26, 2012 at 5:15 AM , Blogger Sallie said...

Cinnamon polar bears. What a beautiful pillow! Thanks for the giveaway!

 
At December 26, 2012 at 5:24 AM , Blogger Margaret said...

Good old-fashioned sugar cookies. They are the best. Love your pillow. A Berninia machine is on my bucket list. I hope to have one before I kick the bucket.

 
At December 26, 2012 at 5:25 AM , Blogger Linda V said...

Sugar cookies are my favorites. Thanks for the chance to win.

 
At December 26, 2012 at 5:32 AM , Blogger Joyce said...

Peanut butter cookies with a chocolate kiss in the center...yum!

 
At December 26, 2012 at 6:01 AM , Blogger Kathryn said...

Just lovely!! I love my Chocolate Crinklew. they are like mini Brownie bites.

 
At December 26, 2012 at 6:04 AM , Blogger Allison C said...

I love my grandmother's cutout sugar cookies with lots of sprinkles which I have been craving hardcore these past few days. I'm pregnant and far too sick to even think about cooking, but that doesn't stop me from craving food.

 
At December 26, 2012 at 6:31 AM , Blogger Sandy D said...

Great cushions love them.I love gumdrop cookies.I only make them at christmas.

 
At December 26, 2012 at 6:33 AM , Blogger Sylvia Anderson said...

I think this is a beautiful pillow, loaded with lots of bright, happy colors, and my favorite cookie is a Lemon Bar by Ina Gartan that fills your mouth with tart and tangy sunshine.

 
At December 26, 2012 at 6:45 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favorite are Madeline's with Just a tad of powdered sugar.Beautiful work on the pillow.

 
At December 26, 2012 at 6:59 AM , Blogger rush said...

my favorite ANY TIME cookie is the original tollhouse chocolate chip cookies. nothing else will do! love the embroidery detail on your pillow.

 
At December 26, 2012 at 7:01 AM , Blogger Tina O. said...

I love a cookie called Hello Dollies.

 
At December 26, 2012 at 7:16 AM , Blogger Katherine said...

Death by Chocolate chocolate chip cookies!

 
At December 26, 2012 at 7:20 AM , Blogger Alicia said...

I LOVE sugar cookies, but only the home made kind, not the ones that come from the store. But I also have a weakness for Snickerdoodles, which is kind of like a sugar cookie, just with cinnamon instead of frosting. Then again, there are these scrumptious little cookies, called "Elfin Shortbread" I quadruple the batches of these because they are so yummy, and so small, that means small calories right? ( http://www.ellesnewenglandkitchen.com/blog/2008/9/29/holiday-baking-elfin-shortbread-cookies-first-in-a-series.html) Also, my friend makes these cookies, called "Iraq and back" cookies. They are amazing. They have that name because someone mailed them all the way to IRAQ for their sailor, and the Sailor came home, and the cookies followed. They still tasted good. I kind of just like the name of those, but when it all boils down to it, these cookies are all mostly just variations of flour sugar and butter. I guess you cannot go wrong with that!

Merry Christmas!

 
At December 26, 2012 at 7:34 AM , Blogger Gill said...

I love shortbread!

 
At December 26, 2012 at 7:45 AM , Blogger Jeanne Gwin said...

Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies with tons of Cream Cheese frosting on them. Terrible calorie intake but hey, once a year, right? I love the pillow Amanda, you are going to convince me yet that I want an embroidery machine. And of course I love Bella!!

 
At December 26, 2012 at 8:02 AM , Blogger Karen O said...

My favorite holiday cookie is what we call Pecan Puffs. They are also known as Russian tea cakes. etc.

 
At December 26, 2012 at 8:13 AM , Blogger VickiT said...

That really looks like an awesome machine Amanda.

My most favorite cookie is the Cutout Sugar Cookie with yummy frosting on them.

 
At December 26, 2012 at 8:30 AM , Blogger Quilting Babcia said...

One of my favorites is Kolacky, a Polish cream cheese cookie with a fruit filling in the center, generally either prune or apricot. The apricot ones are always the kids' favorite!

 
At December 26, 2012 at 8:32 AM , Blogger { HeatherK @ AReformedHeath'n } said...

My favorite is sugar cookies with buttercream and sprinkles :) I'm always trying new ones each year, but I come back to that standard time and time again--and since I hate rolling them out, they stay a Christmas cookie.

 
At December 26, 2012 at 8:43 AM , Blogger Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

My favorite Christmas cookie is the Sour Cream Raisen Cookie. It is a very crisp rolled out sugar cookie with golden raisens.

 
At December 26, 2012 at 8:58 AM , Blogger ~Diana said...

I love butterballs!

You are giving me machine envy! How do you like it day to day?

 
At December 26, 2012 at 9:09 AM , Blogger Quilt n Queen said...

Merry Christmas Amanda! A beautiful pillow from beautiful fabrics. The Bernina 780 sure is an amazing machine. Thanks for sharing all the videos and projects. My favorite holiday cookie is shortbreads...yum!! Happy new year and happy stitching, Pauline

 
At December 26, 2012 at 9:17 AM , Blogger Bonie Pfrimmer said...

Beautiful pillows... My favorite cookie is called Russian Tea Cakes. My mom used to make them special at Christmas time.

 
At December 26, 2012 at 10:39 AM , Blogger scottylover said...

Gorgeous pillow! Thanks for sharing!

My favorite cookies are M & M cookies from my mother in law's recipe. They are crisp cookies, not soft & chewy. Didn't make any this year, but they are good any time! ;)

Sandy A

 
At December 26, 2012 at 10:52 AM , Blogger Rebecca Grace said...

Our favorite holiday cookies are the Crackled Molasses Sugar Cookies. The recipe came from the CAFETERIA of my mother's elementary school in Robbinsdale, Minnesota. Yes, back when she was a little girl, the food in the school cafeteria was so good that kids came home and complained "why don't your cookies taste as good as the ones at school, Mom?" So the PTA put out a whole spiral-bound cookbook as a fundraiser, containing all of the favorite school cafeteria recipes sized down for home cooking. ;-)

Your pillow is lovely, Amanda, and I love how you digitized one of your fabric motifs! Gorgeous!

 
At December 26, 2012 at 11:32 AM , Blogger Carrie P. said...

such a pretty pillow.
my favorite cookie is a homemade ginger snap.

 
At December 26, 2012 at 11:41 AM , Blogger Nancy said...

Your pillow is gorgeous!
My favorite cookie would be gingerbread/gingerbread cookie.

 
At December 26, 2012 at 11:50 AM , Anonymous Kaye M. tkmattson@hotmail.com said...

My favorite Christmas cookie is Double Chocolate Crumble Bar. They have chocolate and peanut butter in them and taste great! Your pillow is gorgeous! You've had such fun with that new Bernina!

 
At December 26, 2012 at 12:16 PM , Blogger Mom who loves to sew said...

My favorite cookie is something my Mom made and her Mom too.....for probably 75 years combined. They are called Queen's Biscuits. The biscuit cookie is baked in sesame seeds. My Mom always made about 15 different kinds of cookies for family and friends and started about 2 weeks before Christmas. Everything was stored in tins and always remained so fresh. The whole process was such an ordeal....but something we always looked forward to. Unfortunately, my Mom in now 91 and has no recollection of any of her baking....but I at least have those fond memories.

 
At December 26, 2012 at 2:02 PM , Blogger Helen L said...

Love your pillow and the wonderful embroidery on it. And I just got some FQ's of your New line> so lovely!! And my favorite christmas cookie? Probably the basic sugar cookie that can be cut out and decorated in so many different and fun ways!! Just did about 50 or more on christmas eve and it was fun!!

 
At December 26, 2012 at 5:03 PM , Blogger Sharmond said...

Beautiful pillow. Love your designs! I like old fashion sugar cookies!

 
At December 26, 2012 at 6:03 PM , Blogger Lyn said...

Oatmeal chocolate chip (or almost any cookie with chocolate/cocoa in it!)

 
At December 26, 2012 at 7:19 PM , Blogger Cecilia said...

My favorite cookie is oatmeal raisin. I love your pillow! It is beautiful. I don't think I would get any cleaning or cooking done if I had a 780. :-)

 
At December 26, 2012 at 7:35 PM , Blogger LisaT said...

I enjoy making an almond shortbread cookie; easy on the sugar then with a tiny bit of icing and sliced almonds.

 
At December 26, 2012 at 8:04 PM , Blogger Eileen said...

Every Christmas season I bake tons of cookies, but the pecan tarts are my favorite!

 
At December 26, 2012 at 8:13 PM , Blogger robin said...

I love Date cookies. :)

 
At December 26, 2012 at 8:39 PM , Anonymous Ellee said...

Oatmeal with mini m&ms! No raisins, please. soparkaveataoldotcom

 
At December 27, 2012 at 12:20 AM , Blogger mary mahoo said...

Shortbread!

 
At December 30, 2012 at 3:13 PM , Blogger Sandy Chavez said...

I know I am too late, but my favorite Christmas cookie is our traditional New Mexican biscochito (also the state cookie) - Beautiful tutorial... really really really want a 780.

 

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I hope everyone had a fabulous holiday and enjoyed the beauty of Christmas!

I'm back with one more project that I did with the Bernina 780.  Yes, in response to an email that was sent to me, I did pretty much just sew for two weeks.  There was no cleaning or cooking.  (What a silly question.)  I had a Bernina 780!!!!

This time I did a little bit more with the embroidery.  The motif is taken from a medallion in my Bella collection for Blend Fabrics and converted using Bernina's DesignerPlus software.  You can see all the details in my video.


I used the 780's fancy stitches to add detail around the edge of the middle panel.  I also used the endless embroidery option for quilting - you can see it a little in the bright pink border.  The endless embroidery option allows you to take ANY of the hundreds of stitches on the 780 and size it up to use for a continuous embroidery design.  It is a great option for creating a unique quillting motif - particularly for borders.




I used the Stitch Regulator to go around the circles in the outer border, accentuating their shapes.


And I used the buttonhole feature - it makes perfect buttonholes every time!


Let's giveaway three fat quarters of Bella, plus a couple of patterns this time!  To enter tell me what your favoriate holiday cookie is!  One entry per person and the deadline will be this Thursday night (the 27th).

Thanks so much for following along with me and happy sewing!
Amanda
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