Tuesday, September 27, 2016

But Wait ... There's More

Not all of the Bargello trials have become placemats.  Some are simply - little quilts.

Some are almost quilts ...

Some are still in the "not sure what it will be" stage.

I've learned some things. I'm still learning. This "Exploration" is not over yet.

Tuesday TA-dah

On my "Exploring Bargello" journey, fabric was cut and sewn and cut and sewn. And in the end ... A few little quilts were made.

Some might call these ... Placemats.

Each one is slightly different.

I was using leftover bits.

And, practicing my sit-down quilting.

I am part of the "some" that will call these little quilts ... Placemats!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Friday Finish

This is an OP quilt that I have been working on this week ... says the woman who no longer quilts for other people.

It has really needed to be quilted (for several ??? years).

My friend Donna asked me to do it for her sister (my friend, Missy). Honestly, I've been dying to get my hands on this quilt and get it DONE!!!

Exploring Bargello is on hold and will return to it's regularly scheduled place in my sewing room next week.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Sunday Morning

Good morning!
I'm still playing with strips and Bargello.

If I ever decide to clean up my cutting table, I might move on to other projects. Or maybe, more Bargello in other colors.  In the meantime, I'm cut and ready to stitch another one.

Loving this color combo.

And ... Because Pat mentioned it yesterday in the comments ...
This is my favorite sewing machine. I can go 80% of all my sewing on it, including sit-down quilting (not very well). Bigger throat space and faster motor.

The IKEA goose necked lamp sits in the back because the lighting in my new sewing room isn't great.  This machine only sews straight. And it does it really well! However, there are times when I need a zigzag for piecing "Frankenbatting" or  blanket stitch for machine appliqué. Then I switch to my 2nd favorite machine ... Bernina 1090 ... I can do 100% of all my sewing on it but the throat space is smaller and motor a little slower.

Handiquilter makes a similar machine. It's a piecing-machine ... as in, it's a fabulous piecing machine. Spring Water Deisigns (Columbia, MD) has them in the shop - stop in and try one out.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Continuing On ...

A little quilting on a couple of little quilts.

I've been practicing my "sit-down" quilting. Let's just say ... I'm not giving up my Handiquilter Avante!!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Happy Thursday

Late yesterday I sandwiched up and starting quilting one of my little Bargellos. I'm still practicing my "sit-down" quilting. 

Tomorrow ... there will be more.

In the meantime - I have continued stitching tumblers into "twosies". I think I have about 150 pairs - not nearly enough. This is supposed to be a fill-in project that should take a long time. 

I think mine may be going with me to MD in November. I should be ready by then for these twosies to become rows ... maybe.

No sewing today - shocker! Today I spent the day at Kid#2's school, working at the book fair.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Still Exploring

Today the serger was unpacked, set up and used for the first time here in my new sewing space.  AND ... I had all the parts and thread and it worked just great!  A bag was produced and will be gifted to a knitting friend tonight.  I knit on Wednesday evenings at Barnes and Noble.

A little more Bargello was also happening.

I've been playing with small pieces, trying out different color combinations - light to dark to light, light to dark, etc.  they all measure about 15"x20". I do seem to have a lot of green strips. So far, I have not cut yardage.

There will some quilting going on ... soon.