Friday, December 21, 2012

Tis the Season....

....to sew my heart out, but not be able to share anything with you!  My nieces read my blog, my kids follow me on IG, my SIL reads my blog. It's hopeless, any surprise would be ruined if I published photos before the big day.

Sewing machine cover by Poppyprint

Now that the VMQG has held their Christmas meeting I can share one recent make with you, though. I love this one. It's a little beyond the intention of the scrap swap we did (last month we all brought a sandwich baggie filled with our own scraps with our name concealed inside. Then we grabbed a bag off the table to take home and spend a couple of hours making something out of the scraps to gift back to the scrap owner).   I might have spent more than a couple of hours.

Sewing machine cover by Poppyprint

I made this machine cover for my lovely friend Berene. In the summer, she bought a Pfaff QE 4.0, the same machine I have. It was my plan to make her a cover for it (since she sews at her dining table) for her fall birthday, but I didn't manage it. This swap was a perfect opportunity and I was happy to score Berene's scraps! All of the wonky stars, patches and the strip along the top of the machine were in her scrap bag. The medium grey Kona were all scraps of mine from this quilt (which, by the way, is now quilted and bound - photos as soon as the rain stops here. I'm thinking maybe May).

Sewing machine cover by Poppyprint

Having the same machine made sizing a breeze.  The panel across the top of the machine has a piece of heavy weight interfacing under it so that the front and back sides drape vertically from the top of the machine. These geometric quilting lines are a triple stitch that I love using for stand out lines - here I used a 28wt Aurifil that has a lovely sheen. The cover is quilted with a fun backing fabric that I've enjoyed using on the back of various projects over the past couple of years (yikes, I'm almost out!).

Sewing machine cover by Poppyprint

The cover was finished just in the nick of time, so I didn't have a chance to take any photos - thanks for taking and sharing these ones Berene!

I plan to make another appearance prior to Christmas, but if you're taking a blog-reading break, then I'll take this opportunity to wish you and your family a wonderful holiday! xox

27 comments:

Christine M said...

What an amazing machine cover! I'm sure Berene loved it.

Leanne said...

Merry Christmas to you and a wonderful new year too. What a lovely sewing machine cover!

Corrie said...

Your comments seem to indicate that I (your SIL) might get something for Xmas sewed by you. Yipee! You could post it and I promise not to look. Ha ha. Hmmm I wonder what it might be. I hope the back is a nice as the front because you know I always like the back best. Looking forward to 7 a.m. on the 25th at your house!

paulette said...

Gorgeous machine covers!! Brilliant idea! Merry Christmas and the best ever holiday!! Enjoy those kids!!
Big HUG!
P

Katie B. said...

Nice! Love the way you quilted it.

ania121971 said...

Merry Christmas♥♥♥

Holly said...

It's a beautiful sewing machine cover, but I'd expect no less from you, Krista! Have a great holiday and I'll see you in January!

PinkGranny said...

I like it! It is so much nicer than some of the machine covers I have seen. She will like it a lot.

Merry Christmas Krista, I hope your family has a wonderful time together.

Flying Blind... said...

Oh you did great, as always!

Britt-Inger said...

The machine cover is awesome. I love it and I think I maybe should make one for my Horizon. Thanks for the idea you have given me

Nina Lise@Mrs Moen said...

What a fun idea for a swap and with such a beautiful outcome! Happy holidays in case I miss your next post:)

Svetlana said...

wow, it's gorgeous!!! Love all that heavy stitching.

Kristie said...

So cute :). And for another one of my favorite people :)

What Comes Next? said...

Berene had a lovely bag of scraps for you to work with and you turned them into a gorgeous machine cover. Merry Christmas!

Beach Angel said...

What a lovely cover and an lucky friend.

Carol Browne said...

That is snazzy and CUTE! Happy Christmas to you and your family and I'll see you next year!

Elsa said...

Love the machine cover!
We had a swap at our guild too (PMQG) ~ everyone made the most amazing things. I got a lovely table runner ~ love swaps ~ so fun to see what people make!

Kirsty@Bonjour said...

This is seriously cute. You are a really great present giver, you know.
Now, what say you about the Pfaff? I am looking at getting a new machine when I get home and I was looking at the Pfaff and the Janome Horizon 8900 (the upgrade of the 7700). Are you happy with yours?

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Tis the season for sewing machine covers. One of my guilds had that as a swap earlier this month.

CitricSugar said...

Merry Christmas!

That is just gorgeous! And I totally comiserate on not being able to show gifts until after Christmas. It's almost frustrating to not be able to show progress photos or to be working on something but can' t prove it, lol.

Helen Percy Lystra said...

Love the machine cover but I'm most taken with those wonky stars. A friend gave me instructions on how to do something similar but I lost it; I'll have to study yours.

Lysa said...

What a beautiful present! Lucky Berene, she must be sew happy with it. See what I did there, wink, wink!

Dianne said...

You can translate a bag of my scraps anyday you like!! This is lovely and I just know that Berene was thrilled with it.

QuiltNut Creations said...

Beautiful! Such a great gift.

sewtakeahike said...

really lovely, Krista! And that lining fabric is so awesome!

Live a Colorful Life said...

This is so wonderful! Happy sew lucky indeed!!

rubyslipperz said...

LUCKY DUCK!! Lady who got to have your wonderful creation! Maybe you have a pattern... in the works?

hugZ,
annie