Where oh where is that bargello?

Do you see it TC?

No, I don't see it anywhere!

Here it is!
I love making the strip tubes for the bargello. They make Faith-Ann stitch her little heart out, but she does such a lovely job with them. It's almost like making my own fabric.

I'll be honest, I've been a little afraid to get back in the saddle with Faith-Ann. I'm so happy and grateful that Tom rebuilt her motor, but I was nervous that something of her spark, her unique flair would be gone. I sort of liked her puttering ways and quiet determination to get through a seam, any seam. However, I'm happy to report that she is better than ever, and plowed through the last few seams for the table runner with ease.

Ready to quilt, captain!
I tried to hang the table runner up on the air conditioner, but it was just too big! Very proud of how it turned out, despite a few hiccups on my part. It was a really neat pattern to work with, and I'm looking forward to quilting it and getting it on my coffee table. It actually turned out much larger than I was expecting, I think it will juuust fit on the coffee table.

Place mats!
I've got the binding and backing all ready to be cut and sewn, and plenty of batting lying around (I think!) to finish these either this weekend or next. not quite sure how I want to quilt it... I'll probably chicken out and just follow the intersections with maybe a couple flairs. The real question is whether or not I'm going to use Gideon to do the quilting!

Close up of the middle.
I will try him on one of the placemats; I don't doubt his power, I'm just a bit of a worry wart when it comes to testing these things. He did beautifully when I tested him after his rewiring, I just want to be sure he's up to extended use. What better way to test than with these bargellos? I'm not incredibly attached to them, so it's not the end of the world if I have to pick out some stitches.

That's all for today! I'll be back on Sunday with some finished placemats and a table runner, or perhaps I'll try to make some progress with the Just Takes 2 quilt--who knows!


  1. The table runner and mats look great! Do you have a walking foot for Gideon or another machine. If you're going to do a straight stitch from intersection to intersection, the walking foot will help a lot to keep all the layers lined up like they should be. I'm still working on catching up on JT2 too.

    1. Thanks Ann! And I do have a walking foot for Gideon; I'm 99% certain the one I have for my Janome will fit him as well. The magic of low-shank machines, I suppose! And if the foot won't fit him, I'll just use the Janome. A little less fun, but I'll have some pretties for the apartment one way or the other. :)


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