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Friday, 31 January 2014

Sewing machine cover

So you remember I was whipping up a machine cover & mat for my sewing room?  Yeah that was a few months ago...

I had the cover all done and the binding sewn on the front, but I needed to sort out ties and I was avoiding the fabric shop so that delayed my plan. 

I was trying to resist temptation, and so was just physically keeping my distant from the place with the fabric. Have you seen my fabric addiction!! This was a justified strategy. But I had to go there to pick up some supplies for Christmas and so snuck some ribbon into my cart (I just love the satin texture for ties and binding). It still took me a little while to get to it (Christmas themed items took priority) but I finally finished off my sewing machine cover.


I had a tiny issue attaching the ribbon, just because I hadn't secured them before I tried to attach the binding, so when I was sewing the back side down I found a couple of the ribbons slipped out. I did some more scetchy seams in various colours - I tried to make it seem intentional... I actually really liek this, so might try this again.  It was my first try at doing all the binding by machine. Normally I machine stitch one side and then hand stitch the other so my seams are hidden.
 
 
Yeah, my seams are a bit wonky, so hidden is better. But wonky and sketchy seams are a great combination, in my humble opinion.  So yes.  Will do this method again.

Did I mention that the cover is double sided!! I feel pretty awesome about the cleverness of me right now ;-)
 
While I was at it I did the quilting on the mat (I did the piecing way back when) and added the binding straight away. That's a first for me. 

 
Quilting the cover I had an issue with it disturbing the line of the piecing. I ended up with very wonky patchwork. But with the mat I was fine! I don't know if it's that I wasn't running across the line as much, or if it was just that I was focused on it, so I kept pulling it to try and keep it straight, or if I was just calmer and slower (which I have heard can be a contributing factor). There are still sections that are a bit wibbly wobbly but I'm much happier with the finish on this.

So that's my little set! Took a little time, but I'm really happy with it. My sewing table now has some pretty decor. I'm actually inspired to make some more coordinating pieces. But I'll see if that inspiration goes any further before I blog about it ;-)
 
It's a bit much all together, isn't it.  The reverse side is calmer and is what I have visible on the table in real life.

And this is my first project to get linked in to making for me! I'm pretty excited!!!! Not only that, but this is the first TWO things on my finish-a-long list!! Yeah, I cheated. These were so close to finished that they probably shouldn't have been on the list at all.  But they have been sitting around for months!!

How are you all going with your selfish sewing? Have you started something? Mid way through? Re-discovering a lost treasure?  I just want us to be greedy and enjoy some indulgent private pleasure (does that sound dirty? I didn't mean it to, I swear!)

Talk to you soon!

E xx

26 comments:

  1. Lookin' good, Erin! Our piecing looks great, I love that postcard print. I have also been keeping my distance from the place with the fabric - such a difficult task haha!

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    1. I fell in love with the postcard print, and had to come up with a project to use it on! lol. Just staying away helps so much with the not buying. I appear to have poor impluse control when it coems to things like this. Not that I'm complaining! :-)
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  2. These look wonderful, Erin! I haven't been to one of those fabric places in a few weeks now. I'm kind of afraid to set foot in one now, I might binge!

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    1. Thanks, Anne! I admit, I did binge. the fabric calls to me, so how can I resist???
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  3. The mat looks fantastic, I love improv piecing.

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    1. How much fun is it, just to randomly stitch things together? I think this is possibly my favourite type of patchwork. And thanks for your kind words.
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  4. They look great!.. I love the straight line quilting, something that scares the heck out of me,...LOL

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    1. Oh my goodness! You have the most amazing free motion quilting EVER, you can not be intimidated by stright lines. Or in my cases "organic straight lines" :-) lol. Thanks, Marelize.
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  5. A lovely cover and the ribbons go beautifully. What a great idea to make a sewing mat, I might just have to make one myself!

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    1. Thanks, Sarah. I am addicted to that satin texture on things. I would love to bind all my quilts with it, but can't justify it. And the mat is actually really great, because I bought a nice wood table for my machine and the mat means I'm not worried about it getting marked/damaged. And it means I get to look at soemthign pretty :-)
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  6. It turned out adorable! Excellent job!

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  7. Hooray for getting things done! And they look so fun. And your machine looks so happy! Now I want a set! :)

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    1. It's definitley nice to have these out of the WIP pile. You should make soem too!! Seriously the easiest 3D project ever :-)
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  8. Looks great! Why did i not see it yesterday??

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    1. Thank you, Gil. I didn't bring it, because my car was loaded up with all the other half-doen projects I needed to work on :-) I can bring it next time :-D
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  9. They look awesome!!! Will have to get the pattern off you so I can make some for myself!!

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    1. Thanks, Cee. I didn't actually use a pattern. I just ran a tape measure across my machine to see how big it would need to be and then made, essentailly a place mat with side ties! It sounds a bit crazy when phrased like that, but I hope you know what I mean :-)
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  10. Pretty set! I like the quilting on it.

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  11. Such a cute set! Love your fabrics for it and that postcard print is awesome!
    I need to make a cover for my machine, i keep mine on our kitchen table and whenever i'm not in the room my two year old pulls all the thread from it! I think some selfish sewing is in order :)

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    1. Lol. Clearly you need protection! Mine just gets really dusty. We live near a quarry, so there is always something in the air. I will be watching for some selfish sewing to happen, miss Nicole.
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