Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Wow, Running


I'm running to get some of these runners finished up.

Blogging motivates me and whenever I can make things happen I try to take advantage!  The new section in my side bar for celebrating completed projects is looking kinda forlorn; reproaching me actually. :(  Sew I decided to make 52 asterisks and make sure I have something for every week.  Last week was embarrassing, only my sink curtains!  :(

And my feet dragging and tripping over my shoe laces is because I have let my free motion quilting skills lapse. :(  It is sew true that if you don't use it, then you WILL lose it.  The runners, therefore serve a purpose other than just pretty.

I loosened the wrong screw on my walking foot and I haven't taken it in to have it put back together but Mini is only too happy to use my old walking foot and do the first lap in this race.  She is a sweety and hasn't smirked once at Nina.  She is just content to have her corner and her stack of little patches to run through.  I should spring for a new light bulb for her though.

This wee runner is outlined with straight stitching and is made from a package of coordinating squares.

Nina has lots of lights and quite a few bells and whistles, including the BSR, Bernina Stitch Regulator.  But I learned to fmq without one and I rather like having the needle space free and clear of obstructions. I'm sure I will use it as it apparently really shines for the those teeny tiny stipples.

But I was sew happy to just warm up with some flowing movement.  Felt good!  I have a ways to go to pick up those dormant  fmq skills but I have finally gotten off the starting block and I'm happy to be back in the race.
This larger runner will be a very big hot pad for pot lucks.  I can see lots of close straight line stitching for this design but then that wouldn't be practicing my fmq now would it!  What if...

Now I need to run over to The Needle and Thread Network and see what all my fellow runners are doing this week!

7 comments:

MarveLes Art Studios said...

i love what you are doing! and it's looks really, really... fabulous, ms elle! you have lots to be accomplished about... looooking forward to mooooorrrre!

Createology said...

Love your running runners. The colors are bright and cheerful and should bring a very satisfied smile to your face. Great accomplishments dear...

Chris Forster said...

Elle . . . you make me laugh . . .
I used to raise chickens until my husband sold them all when I was a way one day . . . never thought to name my machine . . . well, I have 11 and use 3 regularly . . . I would probably call my Bernina something inappropriate . . . but how do you get her to cooperate while fmq?

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Wow, this is impressive. I don't have free motion and can't drop my feed dogs. But I love what you did with that runner. And the colors of both these are lovely.

Mary Ann said...

That large runner for potlucks sounds like a good idea. I need one of those:) FMQ is not in my skill set as I've never done it and I don't think my old machine would stand for it...she might go on strike.

Mary Ann said...

That large runner for potlucks sounds like a good idea. I need one of those:) FMQ is not in my skill set as I've never done it and I don't think my old machine would stand for it...she might go on strike.

Mrs.Pickles said...

lots of lovely work going on :)