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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

It's Been Awhile

I hope all has been well with everyone!  I haven't posted in awhile as I am sure you've noticed.  My household has been very busy of late and things are starting to settle down a bit - yeah!   Even though I haven't posted, I've still been busy sewing.  Since I last dropped in, I've made window treatments for my daughter's new home and have volunteered at my grandson's school and helped with making pillows for a senior citizen's home.   All while these things were going on, in the back of my mind I knew I had volunteered to participate in another swap at the quilting guild for which I am a member.  The guild didn't specify what we were to make this time, but it couldn't be a pincushion, or a mug rug, or potholders.  Initially I thought about making a wristlet, and I did -



Although it was fun to make and has some nice detail, being zippered and pleated and colorful and all, but it just didn't really seem fitting for a quilter.  So I wracked my brain trying to come up with something . . . but it wasn't until yesterday, after scouring over blogs and websites, that I found something that gave me inspiration.  I happened to have taken a look at Martha Stewart's site and found this:



The above is a very simple sewing machine cover made with a tea towel and some purchased ties.  So I took the idea and ran with it.  I selected fabric from my own stash and measured and wrote down the dimensions of  my sewing machine and began cutting and piecing and sewing.  Here's my version:








My version (cover) is quilted within the pieced border of triangles and rectangles; I made my own ties, and have added beads at the bottom for embellishment.  Even though my gift is simple and understated, I feel so much better about it.  It's colorful and the print fabric I selected does have a sewing motif of buttons and various sewing notions.  The swap is tomorrow - wish me luck.

I'm so happy to post again--it's been too long.  Until next time!


Denise

4 comments:

  1. I have been intending to make a machine cover for over a year now but have never gotten around to it. You are the inspiration I needed to get off of my tush and just do it!! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Regina, thanks for stopping by and commenting. Funny thing is, I haven't made one for my machine yet. This project was so much fun, however, I'll be squeezing in another one in between upcoming projects.

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  2. It sure HAS been too long, but I totally understand! That silly little thing called "Life" gets in the way at every turn! :-)

    What a cute and thoughtful gift!!! I like the way it complements the chair seat! The recipient will no doubt be pleased as punch! I thought the little pouch was cute, too, but the sewing machine cover really does hit the nail on the head where a quilter is concerned...unless they're making a ton of money on their quilts and need an extra place to stash the cash! :-) :-) :-)

    Welcome back!!!

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  3. I'm glad you like the gift. It seems I'm one of those individuals that come up with ideas under pressure. I do it every time. I can have several weeks notice and draw a blank. Then at the eleventh hour I come up with the idea or discover something I like well enough to make. Oh well - I was still able to check it off my "To Do" list. Thanks for stopping by.

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