Santa’s Serger 


Is that serger sitting in the corner of your studio, gathering dust?  It can be a great help during the gift-making season, particularly with challenging fabrics.

One such fabric is the very lovely jacquard wax batik from Ghana (I met Lisa from Cultured Expressions at a conference…check her online store for some amazing fabric).  I had purchased a sampler pack of assorted 7″ squares, and filed it away in that use-someday part of my stash (I bet you have one, too?). The fabric is very silky – read: slippery…and a looser weave than quilters’ cottons.

Bernina serger to the rescue! I threaded it with cones of black thread (this was the most time-consuming part of the project 🙄…), then serged rows of squares in a mostly-random fashion. Placing the rows on my design wall, I arranged to ensure variation of these lovely colors, and serged the towns together.  I didn’t worry about matching points here, a bit of wonkiness adds to the charm.

Done.  About one half-hour (NOT including threading).  A perfect wall-hanging that requires no quilting…there is so much variation in texture in the fabric squares that there is plenty of surface interest.

Of course, I then made single rows in long enough strips to give as scarves, too.

Tomorrow, the adventures of the serger continue with another scarf idea :).  What have YOU created with your serger?

Published by neonkittyquilts

Laurie is a fiber artist who combines her passion for animals and quilting by producing pet portraits though a technique she calls "Pet-lique." A frequent teacher at IQF's Open Studios and The City Quilter in NYC, she has been published in Quilting Arts magazine and The Canadian Quilter. Her art quilts have been juried into special exhibits in Houston and the National Juried Show of the CQA. She sits on the board of the Quilt Alliance and is an enthusiastic member of SAQA. Laurie lives in NYC and Connecticut with her husband, their two angelic German Shepherds and three mischievous felines.

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