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?

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