May 28, 2012

A Bit of Silliness - Back at the Sewing Machine

After a bit of a break from my studio and my sewing machine, I am back at it.  The above two small pieces, 12 x 12 inches, were created this last week for the SAQA auction and the New Pieces May challenge.  The left hand piece is titled “Stitch Sampler.”  I just felt like playing with some of my machine’s decorative stitches and this is the result.  It took a surprisingly long time.  After covering the fabric with stitches, I then cut the piece apart, separated them with the black and white strips then applied a beautiful variegated bias strip stitched down with a twin needle.  That is the secret for achieving absolute parallel stitching.

The second piece, “May’s Green Grass Turns to Gold,” is just plain silly.  The fabric required for the New Pieces May challenge is the black and white or white and black ANT print.  I chose to use both of them to create the cow munching on green and gold “grass.”  A few ladies in the know might realize that this little quilt is also for another challenge.  I have finally begun to realize that I need to get several projects combined in to one.  There is just not enough time in the day for more.

This week will be a busy one with an end of the class luncheon for Italian, Quilt Judging at the San Mateo County Fair, The Moonlight Quilters of  Santa Rosa and teaching.  Oh, I also need to complete a new class sample!  Busy is good.