Picture: 10 Years BSR - Shruti Rohit Dandekar

From Sangli, India

Norbert the dragon


The following are all ONE fat quarter size (18” x 22”)

  • White Solid Cotton Fabric
  • Coloured printed or hand dyed Cotton Fabric for the background
  • Batting – Fusible, low loft
  • Backing Fabric
  • Freezer Paper
  • Temporary marking pen. I used a Frixion Marker. The color of the frixion marker returns after the fabric is exposed to cold temperatures. But since in this case, the lines were going to be drawn upon again, it did not matter.
  • Textile Markers. I used Edding Textile Pens that are used with the Bernina Paintwork Tool
  • Watercolor Pencils. I used Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils.
  • Fabric Medium. I used Liquitex Fabric Medium
  • Thread. Assorted shades according to your design.
  • Quiting needles or SUK needle size 90/14


Transferring the sketch to the fabric

Picture: 10 Years BSR - Shruti Rohit Dandekar

  1. To start, Iron the shiny side of the Freezer Paper on to the back side of the solid white fabric. This will hold the fabric stiff while we finish sketching. The freezer paper will be peeled off after we have finished sketching.
  2. If you are doing a free hand sketch : Using the temporary marker, draw the desired sketch on the fabric. If you are copying an image : Use a light box to trace the image onto the white fabric using the temporary marker.
  3. You can use water / iron (as per manufacturer’s instructions) to erase mistakes. Once the image is finalized, use the relevant colored Textile Marker to draw it.
  4. Fill in the color with the Water Color Pencils.
  5. Once you are satisfied with the results, use the Fabric Medium to coat the drawing. Use a painting brush to coat just ONE colour at a time to prevent colours from mixing. Follow with an iron to set the colours. Use a pressing cloth or a sheet of parchment paper to prevent the colours and medium from damaging the iron surface.

Picture: 10 Years BSR - Shruti Rohit Dandekar

Putting together the Quilt Top

  1. Lay the Background Fabric RIGHT SIDE UP and lay the White Solid Fabric on top of it RIGHT SIDE UP.
  2. Pin baste them together. Take care to smooth out any wrinkles. Ironing them together helps them ‘stick’
  3. Use a thread color that matches the outline of the sketch (black in this case) on the top. The thread in the bobbin can match the Backing Fabric so that you do not have to change it often.
  4. Attach the Bernina Stitch Regulator to the machine and keeping stitch length at 1.5, stitch along the outline of the drawing.
  5. After you have completed the entire outline, using a pair of sharp scissors, cut away the excess white fabric.

Picture: 10 Years BSR - Shruti Rohit Dandekar

Thread Painting & Quilting

  1. Baste your quilt with the top, fusible batting and the backing fabric.
  2. Once again, with the BSR, start painting the drawing with thread. Use coloured thread to highlight and emphasize parts of the sketch and add dimension to it.
  3. Once the drawing is complete, use a thread of your choice to quilt the back ground in a design of your choice.
  4. Finish the quilt edge. I used a satin stitch for the same. You can choose to bind it using a single or double fold binding.
  5. After finishing the quilt, use a Textile Pen of a colour matching with the background fabric to colour any white fabric that is visible along the edge that we have cut away earlier.

What I love about BSR

I always thought I did not need a Stitch Regulator. After all, I had done some fabulous Free Motion Quilting on my Bernina 330, even my Bernette e56 for that matter. The first time I used the BSR was only after I brought home Ross, my Bernina 710 in May this year. And that one moment changed my quilting beliefs and not to forget, my quilting results!

I had done a lot of quilting before, but the ease that the BSR offers is unparalleled. We do not realize it when we work, but when we are NOT using the BSR, we have to be 100% aware of the speed at which our hands move as well as the pressure that we put on the foot pedal. This causes the muscles in the back and the legs to have some tension. I only realized this after I started using the BSR! What a relief it was! No matter what is the size of the quilt, your muscles are much more relaxed, just because you KNOW you do not have to worry about matching the speed of your hands to the pressure of your foot. I find myself finishing quilts faster when I’m using the BSR!

I held a quilting retreat at my studio a few months back. We used many different machines that included Bernette e56, London 5, Bernina 330, Bernina 450 & Bernina 710. In the beginning everyone was ready to use the machine they were assigned and also loved it. I taught them Machine Trapunto and let them try the BSR on the Bernina 710. After that, they waited for their turn to use the machine and in the end everyone only used the Bernina 450 & the Bernina 710 to finish their quilts!


  1. When using the BSR I make sure that the thread on top & the bottom is of the same weight and same brand. This makes sure that the tension is perfect and none of the threads show on the other side.
  2. When I do thread painting with the BSR and I am using a short stitch length (1.5), I usually add TWO layers of interfacing under the fabric instead of the usual one layer. This helps me prevent puckering if I choose to densely quilt in a part of the quilt and sparsely in the other part.

Picture: 10 Years BSR - Shruti Rohit Dandekar

Shruti Rohit Dandekar - Sangli, India

The first time I quilted with the BSR, two things changes fundamentally, my attitude to quilting and the quality of my work.