Aurifil April 2015 Designer

Hi there

I have the honor of being the Aurifil Designer for April 2015.

Aurifil April 2015 Aurifil Designer John Kubiniec

My block – Secret Garden – uses fabric from the Tree of Life fabric line by Mary Koval for Windham Fabrics.


Aurifil Quilt

It is a quick and easy mini quilt and I did simple straight line quilting on my BERNINA 750 QE.



Check out the other mini-quilts that Pat Sloan made from the January, February, and March Designers.

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Check out my interview on the Aurifil Blog and find out how you can win some great Aurifil Thread!


Learning the Longarm


I recently returned from a trip to Lake Mary, FL and the BERNINA Sewing Centre.  Melody and Steve Hicks have a wonderful store.

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They have a wonderful classroom that has a great media set-up.


It was a fun filled couple of days.


On Friday we had a few informational sessions for people who were interested in learning about the new BERNINA Q 24 Longarm.

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On Saturday we had a morning session on using Rulers on the Longarm machine – everyone discovered that it really is easy to incorporate ruler work into your longarm quilting.  In the afternoon we had a session on Modern Magic – quilting modern quilts.  There were to highpoint of this session – the first was talking about possible quilting designs for quilts that the participants brought in, the second was when we looked at fabric designs as inspiration for quilting designs.
If you are even in the Orlando area make sure you stop in and visit.


And – finally  – take some time out from creating and find some time for learning. Find some classes in your local area or find a conference happening where you can take part in some classes to increase your skills and spark your imagination.

Longarm Rollout – Aurora Sewing Center

This past weekend I was at the Aurora Sewing Center in East Aurora NY.


Barb Perry has a great store and a great staff – and they had a wonderful event to roll out the new BERNINA Q24 Longarm in Western New York.


The event took place on Saturday and Sunday and featured a number of different demonstrations on various machines as well as some fun take-away projects that those attending could make.


They just finished giving the store a facelift – and they did a great job. If you are ever in the East Aurora area be sure and stop in and visit – to try out the longarm and to shop for some wonderful fabric.



The Longarm – here it is!


As many of you know, I had the priviledge of traveling to Switzerland to do testing on the new BERNINA Q24 and Q20 Longarms.  I recently traveled to Chicago, to the USA Headquarters of BERNINA for dealer training on the new longarm machine.


A wonderful time was enjoyed by all the dealers present as they learned the ins and outs of the machine.


Look for coming to a local BERNINA dealer in the near future.


Big Rig Goes Scrappy and Bonnie’s Sharing the News!

I am working away in Switzerland on the new BERNINA Longarm – I know you all feel so sorry for me (NOT!)

But, wouldn’t  you know that when I am here the new McCall’s Magazine is coming out with one of my quilts in it!
Hop on over to Bonnie Hunter’s blog and find out how you can get a free copy of the magazine!!!