Well, I’ve finally gone to the dark side. The place all garment makers think they’ll never go. The place where you cut perfectly good fabric into tiny little pieces, only to stitch them back together again…quilting!
I have a big quilting project in the back of my mind, but wanted to tackle something a bit simpler first. Before Summer hit, we had evaporative cooling installed in the house. It’s the lovely kind that means you can leave all the windows open, but it does work with ‘damp air’. One of the vents blows directly onto my sewing machines and I was a bit worried they’d rust up, so thought some pretty covers were in order.
So where to start? As much as I love reading blogs, I love using real books to get me going on new skills, so I did a bit of searching and Practical Guide to Patchwork (affiliate link) by Elizabeth Hartman kept popping up as the place to start. I’ve been following Elizabeth’s blog, Oh Fransson for years, so it seemed like the perfect book. After picking up my copy I read it through and felt ready to go! I measured up my machines and had a bit of fun with the maths to work out what size to cut all my pieces…yep, I’m nerdy like that!
The symmetry of quilting is quite beautiful! The gorgeous Tilda fabric used for this project was kindly supplied by the lovely ladies at Sew Creative Supplies. They are an Australian online sewing supply store and have a great selection of fabric, notions and bag hardware. I used this set from the Tilda Corner Shop Collection.
I added a piece of firm interfacing to the top of each cover to that it sits nicely. The overlocker cover could probably also do with some in the sides. The shape of overlockers is so tricky to cover nicely. The inside of the covers in lined with bemsilk dress lining. I had it lying around and my thinking was that it would stop the overlocker threads sticking to the inside.
I got a bit fancy with the sewing machine cover and cut out a notch for the cords. Binding around the edge of this was easier than I thought. Here’s a tute I used to bind the inside corners.
I liked the matchy-matchy of it all, so whipped up a macthing pin cushion and thread basket too. The pin cushion is a simple rectangle and I made the thread basket using this idea, also adding the loop to hold my scissors and finishing the outside with some scraps using the quilt-as-you-go method.
This project has taken a couple of months all up. I must admit having two kids takes up a lot more of my time than I thought it would. How do they manage to coordinate so that their naps are NEVER at the same time?!