Queen of Gadgets blog hop

blog hop

Queen of sewing Gadgets? To be honest you could probably look in any of our sewing spaces and claim we are all “Queens of Gadgets”. Who doesn’t love a good sewing gadget and a good blog hop? Add into that Carol from Just Let Me Quilt and you know it’s going to be a blast. Thank you Carol for allowing me into another fun hop, you da bomb!!! You can find the link to Carol’s blog in the list at the bottom of this post.

What is my favorite gadget?

At the moment I would have to say it is my Bernette B79 sewing/embroidery machine. If you are new to machine embroidery you need something that is easy to learn and this machine is a perfect fit.

sewing room wall quilt, bernette b79

For the August Island Batik challenge I made this cute wall hanging with sewing gadgets.

The Bernette stitches beautifully and if I didn’t also have its sister machine, the B77 sewing only machine I would have no qualm using it for my quilting as well. But it gets better, you can quilt in the hoop too!

applique sewing machine, quilted mug rug

For instance, this cute mug rug for my sister, first I quilted it in the hoop using a design Hearts, Stars and Circles from Kreative Kiwi.

Next, using a Sewing Room Applique design bundle from Designs by Juju I added this cute sewing machine. My sister loved it by the way.

Birthday Party

My newest fondness is free standing lace though, I get all googly eyed over it.

My great niece Miss Ella recently had a birthday and I actually volunteered to make unicorns for her. That is until I found some other designs I couldn’t resist.

Unicorn with varigated thread.


This is the back of an envelope. You do all of your stitching on water soluable stabilizer.

freestanding lace
freestanding lace

Then you rinse it out and allow the fsl to dry. These are bookmarks I made for the girls that attended the party.

freestanding lace

Unlike me, be sure to trim threads off before you share a finish online for the world to see. In my defense, I am a newbie at machine embroidery and frankly happy things are turning out. Still, this envelope is very elegant and perfect for an American Girl birthday party.

freestanding lace

That is it for me today. Thank you for stopping by and I hope you continue on with the fun and…

Visit other hoppers

September 19

Creatin’ in the Sticks

Annie’s Musings

Days Filled With Joy

Quilting Gail

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs


September 20


For The Love Of Geese

Food for Thought

Karrin’s Crazy World

Patchouli Moon Studio

September 21


Selina Quilts

Samelia’s Mum

Just Sew Quilter

That Fabric Feeling

Songbird Designs

Just Because Quilts September 22

Ms P Designs USA

Quilted Delights

Words & Stitches


Quilt Schmilt

Crazy’boutquilts September 23

Just Let Me Quilt

Quilt Doodle Designs

DayBrook Designs

Lianne Makes Stuff

Homespun Hannah’s Blog

Time 4 Stitchn

Lynn’s Blog

Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life


  1. You are really doing well with your embroidery machine. You make me want to get mine out and make up a few things! I know the girls loved their gifts!

    • Denise

      The envelopes and bookmarks were such a cute addition to the party. Of course they fell short in popularity behind their own American Girl doll to take home and all the other things she had lined up for them. The machine is fun and I continuously look for ways to use it. For instance, I can no longer do needle turn applique and this machine does the applique for me, though you are limited on designs. It is great for making quilt labels!

  2. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work, and for me the introduction to the Bernette sewing/embroidery machine!

    • Denise

      I absolutely love that machine. It looks great, works beautifully and has more functions than I need.

  3. Joan

    What a sweet little machine. I bought a bigger Bernina a couple years back, but I haven’t even hooked up the embroidery unit yet. Now you have me inspired to get it out and use it. I love your embroideries!

    • Denise

      Oh girl, let me tell you you are missing out if you do not use it. There are a lot of free designs as well as reasonably priced designs out there. Just make sure you stock up on thumb drives like you do Elmer’s Washable Glue Sticks. Oh wait, that is me who stocks up on them. I did leave a comment on your blog as anonymous. for some reason I could not leave my name.

    • Denise

      There are so many amazing fsl designs out there. As time allows I will find more I cannot live without.

  4. geneblack

    My embroidery machine is giving an error. I really need to get it fixed. I remember when all I wanted to do was FSL.

    • Denise

      The list of to-do’s with this machine is long. I have purchased and downloaded applique designs, quilt motifs, quilt patterns, you name it.

  5. Annie

    It shows that you are enjoying your embroidery machine! Cute makes and the lacy envelope is gorgeous. I’ll bet Miss Ella and her friends will have all kinds of ideas of things for you to embroider for them.

    • Denise

      I’m sure she will, but more likely grammy will have me making things for her.

  6. Carol Kussart

    Such neat projects! I absolutely love that wall hanging! Thanks for sharing!

    • Denise

      Awe, thank you.

  7. Love those embroidery pieces you are doing. I need to get some embroidery things done on my machine….labels for 3 quilts is first! I really love the elegant envelope.

    • Denise

      I love the machine for quilt labels, I dont know how I’ve lived without it. I was thinking about making a ton of the back section of the envelopes and stitching them to silk.

  8. Such pretty embroidery. I never had an embroidery machine and I don’t want to have ton learn how to use one, so I will stick with machine stitches and hand embroidery for myself, but I have seen some pretty designs for those machines out there.

    • Denise

      It’s the learning curve involved in so many things that I stay away. Since I no longer have the finger strength for hand applique, counted cross stitch or embroidery this machine has opened up more of my creative side.

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