As part of Alyssa Lyncher's, Pin It! Sew It!, I've completed my version of a sewing machine cover by Ellison Lane Quilts. Tutorial found here. Her version: My version: I measured the cover to fit my Bernina 820 (the Hoss) and the measurements were RIGHT ON. As in, next time I'll add another 1/2" to 1" for a little more clearance. I also created mine to have closed ends and used Malka Dubrawsky's, Stitch in Color, for the patchwork sewing machine. I just love the fabrics. The tutorial was easy to follow and Ellison Lane Quilts has some pretty awesome tutorials. You should check out her blog. Thanks to Alyssa for starting the Pin It! Sew It! linkup. It's always fun to see what others 're'create.
I finally got back to my Dick and Jane quilt! I’ve pieced the back as shown to the left. Not a great photo. This is a pretty big quilt for me. The front measures 80 x 80 and the back is 85 x 85.
The quilt front was blogged here. Now it’s time to decide how I want to quilt it. Hmmm. 😦
I’ve posted on Angela Walters’ forum here hoping for some tips. She has an awesome blog, QuiltingIsMyTherapy. If I were to say one person turned me on to modern quilting, it would be Angela. I just love the way she quilts.
This is the second month of My Precious QAL hosted by KelbySews. I am new to QALs but have really enjoyed this one. It’s great seeing all the fantastic fabrics and patterns everyone is using. Some incredible inspiration out there. I started by using my Dick and Jane fabrics in a quilt top blogged here. I’ve put it down temporarily and will get back to it in July. I plan to finish the back and hopefully quilt it before July’s Precious QAL link date. This month I actually was torn between using Kate Spain’s Terrain, Bonnie and Camille’s Bliss, and Denyse Schmidt’s Flea Market Fancy. The Terrain is cut, I actually started on the Flea Market Fancy, but I’m showing the Bliss. Problem with decisions much?
Bonnie and Camille have some really precious fabric lines. When Bliss came out I had to have some even though I had no idea what I would make at the time. My daughter was expecting my first grandchild, but it was a boy, so no Bliss for him. Then my nephew gave me a new great-niece and I had the perfect excuse.
I decided to use half square triangles and I tell you, if I had it to do over, I would give Thangles a try. These babies are not as simple as they appear. They love to stretch out of shape on me. And finding a placement that I loved was a little time consuming, but this is what I came up with.
Now I have to decide on a border and binding and I’m having a difficult time with that. I’ve changed my mind at least three times and now have three more fabrics I’m trying to choose from.
What do you think? I could not get the colors to show well in my photos. This is close as I could get. The colors on all three fabrics are really good matches. The blue is not the electric blue it appears here and has a tiny pale blue (almost white) pattern. I originally liked the blue because there is so little of it in the main quilt. The red dot is dead on and matches the red dot in the Bliss fabrics. I’m tempted to use it as an accent even if I go with one of the other colors. And the pink blends really well with the fabrics. The fabric at the top of the photo is a companion fabric that I will use for a backing.
If you have a suggestion, I would love to hear it.
P.S. I had intended to submit a bag done in Flea Market Fancy, but found that all Charms are not created equal. Obviously Free Spirit Fabric‘s charm squares are right under 6″, while Moda’s charm squares (which I was using to create the lining) is 5″ square. So now I have to rethink my lining.
Learn something new every day! 😀