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.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Rain Rain Rain

Today was the rainiest day I've seen since moving to Florida.  It poured ALL day.

Sew ... what does one do when it's a very rainy day? Yup ... you guessed it!  SEW DAY!

After a teeny bit of home-love (you might call it house work), I spent the afternoon in my happy place.

Exploring Bargello - That's my current mission. I'm planning to make several (lots?) of Bargello quilts.  It started with this ...

Stitched and cut and restitched ...

And then there was this ...

Which became ...

And then ...

That one still needs to be stitched together.
There are so many possibilities. Each one has been such a surprise. These will get quilted. 
And ... There will be more!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Friday Almost Finish

The 2nd (of 2) class samples is almost done.  Tonight will be TV binding time! Although the photos show the quilt on the frame ... it is, in fact, quilted and 1/2 bound.

I really had no idea how I was going to quilt this pretty quilt. Even once loaded I didn't know. Not until I grabbed the handle bars did I really know what I wanted to do.  That happens a lot.

I'm really happy with how it's turning out. If I get it bound tonight ... tomorrow it will be heading to MD.