I got to work on my nine patch quilt yesterday. It seemed to come together a lot quicker than I expected. I think because of my new machine. It feeds beautifully and sews so nicely. I'm having a lot of fun with this machine. Only one suggestion, Bernina. Could you please put a clock on the lcd screen? I tend to lose track of time while I'm sewing and it would be a nice reminder if I knew how late it was getting so I wouldn't be so tired the next day. Here are some pictures of the process. And please, if you are a quilter, please scroll down to the bottom as I have some quilting questions.
"I'm not stepping on your quilt, mom. I'm stepping in the holes."
The completed quilt top.
Now for some questions. The pieces are laid out diagonally so that the edge is on the bias. Does this make a difference for how I bind it? Do I have to bind it with binding cut on the bias or can I just use strips of fabric cut with the grain? Also, I used a 1/2-inch seam because I'm just a lot more comfortable with the extra seam. Why do quilters always use a 1/4-inch seam? I'm planning on basting this one with straight lines – just because it seems to fit the style. Has anyone ever used freemotion quilting on a quilt like this? How does it look? Does it take away from the simple design?