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Getting crazy with the PFAFF Passport 3.0

 

Crazy quilting, decorative stitches, Inspira placemat form and the bias binding foot

I’ve always wanted to do crazy patchwork! I’ve been meaning to take on a project like this for a long time. I researched this fun method of quilting and I’m ready to get started. I’m making placemats as a first crazy patchwork project. They’re small and will give me a chance to learn as I go without committing to a full quilt. With 100 stitches available on the PFAFF Passport 3.0, I won’t have any problem embellishing my crazy patchwork.

I’m using an Inspira placemat form, it’s fusible and will allow me to do crazy patchwork on one side, and when finished I can fuse one piece of fabric to the back before I put on the binding.

The first thing I did was cut an odd shape with straight edges for the center. I didn’t use a template. After cutting the first shape I then secured it with a straight stitch using the ¼” foot.

 

A random shape with straight edges for the center of the crazy patchwork placemat.
A random shape with straight edges for the center of the crazy patchwork placemat.

 

Then, I randomly grabbed strips and pieces from my scrap bin and started added pieces. Face down, ¼” seam then flip. I kept adding pieces until the placemat form was full. My one touch thread snips on the PFAFF Passport 3.0 kept this process running smoothly and quickly.

 

Start building a crazy patchwork placemat by randomly choosing fabrics to build your way around your center cut.
Start building a crazy patchwork placemat by randomly choosing fabrics to build your way around your center cut.

Now the fun part, going over all of the seams with decorative stitches! The PFAFF Passport 3.0 has 100 stitches for me to choose from so I won’t have any problems filling these seams. Decorative stitches is a great way to get creative and the Passport makes it easy to let loose as I can easily see the stitches available to me on this pull out panel at the side of machine. I love all the information available at my fingertips!

 

100 stitches available on the PFAFF Passport 3.0 sewing machine
100 stitches available on the PFAFF Passport 3.0 sewing machine

After choosing a stitch I can touch the information button and the PFAFF Passport 3.0 will let me know which sewing foot will work best for this stitch! It takes all the guesswork out leaving behind a great stitch and finish.

 

Recommended sewing foot information at the touch of my fingers
Recommended sewing foot information at the touch of my fingers

 

Just two of the 100 stitches available on the PFAFF Passport 3.0 sewing machine
Just two of the 100 stitches available on the PFAFF Passport 3.0 sewing machine

I cut the backing larger than the Inspira form, so that after it’s pressed on I can trim it to fit perfectly.

As for the binding, I wanted to try applying it with the bias binder foot. The foot works great. Here are a couple of tips after a bit of trial and error:

  1. After making the bias tape, pull it an inch or so if it’s sticking out the back of the sewing foot, it can be trimmed off later.
  2. Go slow, this is not a race and it’s still faster than sewing the binding on by hand.

 

Learning to use your Bias Binding Foot will save you time in the long run
Learning to use your Bias Binding Foot will save you time in the long run

I’m pleased with the finished result. Next time I’m going to move needle a bit to the left since that’s so easy to do with my PFAFF Passport 3.0 sewing machine.

 

The completed binding applied to a crazy patchwork placemat using a bias binder foot
The completed binding applied to a crazy patchwork placemat using a bias binder foot

I’ve had the perfect week, being able to stitch every day with my PFAFF Passport 3.0 sewing machine has made it an even better week. Starting the new year off with new techniques is setting me up to have a successful quilting year. It was fun getting a little bit crazy with my PFAFF Passport 3.0 sewing machine.

 
 

I fell in love with the art of quilting in my late 40s and it opened a whole new world of creativity and friendships. Thanks to this extraordinary way of life, I met amazing women and men I've come to love and call friends. I'm a blogger, long arm quilter, machine embroiderer, and a freelance educator teaching across Canada.

2 Comments

  1. Amy Caldwell

    Great use of scraps. This would be the perfect project to explore more of the decorative stitches on my elna 7300

  2. Pam

    What a great use for scraps! And what beautiful results

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