Picture: 10 Years BSR - Carole Massard

From France

Rose Quilt with BSR lace petals

Picture: 10 Years BSR - Carole Massard


  • water soluble fabric
  • wooden embroidery hoop
  • embroidery thread in several shades of pink
  • embroidery thread in green for the leaves and binding
  • pearl cotton in green
  • 1 piece linen fabric a bit larger than finished project size 50cm x 50cm
  • fabric for leaves
  • backing fabric
  • batting
  • stabilizer – tear away
  • temporary adhesive spray
  • small sharp scissors
  • wash away marker pen
  • pencil
  • embroidery needle 75/11 – 90/14
  • pins

Picture: 10 Years BSR - Carole Massard

1. Trace the rose design onto the water soluble fabric and hoop it.

Picture: 10 Years BSR - Carole Massard

2. Using the BSR completely cover the surface of the design with the light pink thread even the areas between the design (only the thread will remain after dissolving the fabric).

3. Then continue in the same way with the gradation of pink threads to create a shaded effect.

Picture: 10 Years BSR - Carole Massard

4. On a piece of linen, reproduce the design, cutting out the petal areas. Using the reverse appliqué technique, stitch down the soluble fabric matching the design areas. Use presser foot #20 so you can see your stitching area perfectly and select stitch #45 on the BERNINA 440.

5. Place the finished linen design in water to remove the soluble fabric. Allow to dry then iron.

Picture: 10 Years BSR - Carole Massard

6. Appliqué the leaves and center stem (again with stitch #45). Embroider the smaller stems by hand with a pearl cotton using a tight stem stitch.

7. Prepare your quilt sandwich adding batting (avoiding the flower petals) and back using an aerosol temporary adhesive between layers.

8. Using the BSR again, stipple all over your work around the appliqué and reverse appliqué.

9. When finished, cut away the excess fabric from the back, square it off and bind.

Picture: 10 Years BSR - Carole Massard

Carole Massard - France

I live in La Cadiere d’Azur in the south of France. I work as an accountant in a small local company and for the past 25 years my passion has been embroidery and quilting. I am combining these hobbies more and more and since acquiring my BERNINA aurora 440, I now can do this by machine.

Previously I always quilted with the darning foot, found it comfortable and felt I had a good control on my freehand work using my foot control. Listening to my dealer insist I should be using my BSR, I finally tried it using the clear presser foot and then the half open presser foot. At first it was less regular than using my darning foot but progressively I found that I had a much more even stitch and could get very intricate work done. With the BSR, I am free to guide the work using only my hands and achieve perfection. Today I would never go back to my darning foot.

What I love about BSR

  1. Regular stitch length also for smaller work.
  2. Total control and not having to work with my foot control.
  3. Even stitch effects for machine-made lace.