Serged Top is done

Here are the questions I had before I started serging this quilt together and the answers to those questions:

  • Which serger will I use?  I used a serger at work (Pro-4DX) and my own serger at home.  I actually prefer the Pro-4DX over my own serger
  • Will I be able to finger press the seams, or should I use an iron? I did do some finger pressing, but as usual, the iron made a much nicer job of pressing the seam.
  • Will I be able to chain piece using a serger? Yes, there was no problem at all with chaining
  • Will it make the quilt “lumpy” at the seams? I don’t really see much different than when using a regular sewing machine
  • Will I be able to web or lattice the final blocks?  Absolutely! The first picture shows the first webbing, the second shows the top pieced together.

Would I serge a top together again?  I honestly don’t know.  I love how neat and tidy the back is, but I did not like how I “sliver” trimmed many of the seams with the blade of the serger.  At the moment, I think I would say, “no.”  But I’ve learned to “never say never.”

I was talking to one lady about serging a quilt top and she says that’s how she always pieces her top.  And she said that the person she gets to long-arm her quilts has not said anything positive or negative about it.

I’ll let you know what I think about quilting this top when the time comes.

When I was outside taking these pictures, I noticed that the tree in the front yard had most of the same colours as this quilt.  I held up the quilt and my husband took the photo for me.


Design Wall



Sudoku quilt is being quilted.  My Janome 8900 is at the doctor, so I only have one machine to work on.   Thus, there is no piecing happening at the moment.

Stash Report

We were away … and stopped in a couple of shops.  I bought a little bit of fabric: 4.8 yards.  My husband, dear man that he is thought I needed more.  He bought 5 yards of a cute flannel (for backing baby quilts) and 7 yards of fabric that will make a great back for some quilt with the weird colours that are in the fabric.  The fabric has a paisley pattern, so that’s why he thought I should have it. (Left picture is my husband’s purchase, mine are on the right).

I have not finished anything … so nothing to report there.  But, I swear that next year, I’ll start a column of my husband’s stash!

  • Fabric Used this week:  0 yards
  • Fabric Used this year:    209.1 yards
  • Fabric Added this Week:  4.8 yards plus husband’s 12 yards = 16.8 yards!!!!!!
  • Fabric Added this Year:  76.3  yards
  • Net Fabric Used for 2018: 132.8 yards 

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Only 5 UFOs left to complete this year!!!!

Happy Quilting!


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    • Hi Karen,
      It is a little difficult to find … she doesn’t have it linked on her page where she talks about it being a free pattern. But, if you go to the “shop” it’s there and posted as free. However, it sort-of makes me wonder if it’ll be free for a long time?
      Have fun with it!
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


  4. If the serging works for you, then do it. As a longarmer, as long as there’s not a huge amount of thread buildup and the seams are pressed in one direction, it really shouldn’t be a problem. You’ll yardage output/intake is inspiring. I just may start such a list next year – it would be fascinating to see which way the needle goes around here!

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    • Hi Susan,

      Thanks for your input on long-arming a serged quilt! This quilt doesn’t have any thread build-up, but the seams go every which way … so it might not be a great one for you to quilt!

      Every Sunday, Donna at has a linky party that you can report your stash! It certainly keeps me honest! I’m sure no one else really cares what I do or don’t buy, but it makes me think twice about buying more fabric!

      Happy Quilting! 🙂


  5. Such a bold quilt! I really love it. Not sure what the advantage is to serging blocks, but it was fascinating to hear about it. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss!

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    • Hi Jennifer,
      I’m not sure what the advantages is … other than way less threads on the back (and thus there will be less on the top) … we’ll have to see what happens when I quilt it!
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


    • Thank you!
      Knowing that I have to report my purchases on the blog makes me think twice about buying fabric. Plus, it does help that I only go shopping if I need something. Sometimes “need” has a changing definition! Ha! ha!
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


  6. Thanks for the tutorial on patchwork with a serger, I have tried with mine in the past but my sergers tension keeps playing up so I’d get some seams pulling in and had to cut the seams to spread them out again. Does make for a lovely tidy back LOL If I ever get a new serger I might try it again, mine is 20 years old LOL Love the quilt top and it looks lovely hung in front of that glorious tree. How I love the fall in Canada and the Northern Hemisphere. Cheers Glenda

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    • Hi Glenda,
      The serger I was working on at work is a Janome Pro 4DX. It is a fantastic serger and very very easy to thread! (Unlike most sergers). I’m even considering selling my air thread serger and buying the Pro 4DX.
      I’m glad you love the quilt in front of the tree. We live in southern British Columbia and we don’t get the colourful foliage that you see in the east – but this tree is outdoing itself this year!
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


  7. I’ve never thought about serging a quilt top; I found your post so interesting. I will look forward to reading your thoughts about quilting your top. I have an old serger that was given to me and I have never even plugged it in! I might need to change that! 🙂 Thanks for linking to MCM!

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  8. beautiful — I love the colors in your serged quilt! One of my first quilts was made with a serger. It was a class learning how to use the serger — I have a Viking 936 — which is ancient now! We made a rail fence quilt –came together quickly, backed with fleece and use a couching technique with wooly thread for a decorative binding!

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    • I can see how serging a rail fence would work. Hmmm, not so sure I’d want to use wooly thread for the binding, but I can see how it would be OK. My boss likes to use crochet cotton in the loopers – that can be pretty, too. But, I’ll likely go with a traditional binding for this one.
      Happy Quilting! 🙂

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  9. Hi Gail! I look forward to hearing about the quilting of your serged piece. I suspect you won’t really notice a difference . . . but then who knows? I love all the gray fabrics you chose – lots of cute shapes in there. ~smile~ Roseanne

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    • Hi Roseanne!
      I’ll probably start quilting it in the next few weeks …
      The gray fabrics are for a quilt that I’ve made before and may do a tutorial on in the near future. We’ll just have to wait and see!
      Happy Quilting! 🙂

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    • Hi Cynthia,
      Interesting … I don’t know who the lady uses for her longarmer, but if I ever see her again, I’ll ask her. Then I’ll contact the longarmer to see what they say!
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


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