Tuesday, September 6, 2011

{Post #795} Blue I Spy and Tuscany Runner

I am about to do something drastic...live without my sewing machine for about a week.  I just found that there is a sewing machine repair/maintenance place about 5 minutes from my house (as opposed to over an hour away, where I used to take it).  So I am going to take it in after I finish this post.

I've been a busy sewing bee.  I decided to finish an old project (UFO) and start a new one.  There was an I Spy quilt top languishing in my sewing room for over a year.  I am giving it as a surprise, but I don't think the family even knows I have a blog.  I learned a new free-motion quilting pattern and it turned out fantastic.  It's hard to get a good pic of the quilting, but here it is washed and dried.

It looks odd because I took the picture at an angle to hopefully capture more of the texture after it was washed and dried.  Here are a couple close-up pics before it was quilted.  Don't you love the monkeys??  They are having a GOOD time!

Some of the squares are one fabric, and a handful of them are 4 different fabrics pieced together.

Here is a picture of the whole thing, before quilting.  It measures about 40" square.

Then, in preparation for being w/o my machine for a while, I cleaned off all the little scraps on my cutting table.  Once it was cleaned off and all the strips and squares were in their proper places, I picked one of my all-time favorite fabrics that I just have a bit of, that I never used because it was one of my favorite fabrics and I didn't have much of it, and I plunged in and cut up that fabric to make a table runner!  Those of you with a hoarded stash know what I mean.  You can't bear to cut it because there isn't much, but the print is big, oh, the drama. 

The piecing is finished, and here is a close-up and a pic of the whole thing, which measures about 18" x 48" (I think)...

Hope to have this on my fall table this year, so I will quilt it soon.  Now off to deliver my machine to be spruced up and then back home to shampoo my bedroom carpet (nothing but fun around here, my friends).  After that I am going to inventory and declutter my pantry and big freezer.  I know, you're all jealous.  Go sew something!



julieQ said...

What a very cute I spy quilt!! Sorry you have to do without your machine...that would probably be a good thing for me to do...get my machine serviced! Love your table runner!

Gypsy Quilter said...

Love the table runner. I really would like to do something similar. But, now that you mention de-cluttering the pantry and cleaning the freezer . . . well I have to add that to my list also. I'll sew when the snow flies!

Me and My Stitches said...

Oh my...a week without your machine? Not good! The lady who cleans mine knows that I can't do without it and she will do it the same day for me as long as I plan ahead! She knows I would have serious withdrawals!

Michelle said...

Great job on the quilting on your I Spy quilt! Isn't it fun? I need to take my machine in too...have to fit that in to my sewing schedule. :P