On Friday I managed to get stuck in and complete a quilting project that I had started at the beginning of March. The project I had in mind was small to help me gain a bit of confidence and try out some basic quilting techniques. Since buying my own sewing machine I knew that it wasn't long before I needed to pass my Mum’s Frister Rossmann sewing machine back to her. With my parents visiting over Easter I had a deadline to meet. I knew I wanted to get the machine serviced before giving it back but also I wanted to make a special thank you present using my new machine. I decided to make a new sewing machine cover as the current soft cover for the sewing machine was starting to fall to bits.
In a post I wrote in March, Quilting and patchwork update, you may have
spotted that I had started to put together some 9 square patches using blue fabrics, these were going to be
the basis of the cover and I had ambitions of elaborately quilting it! Well time got the better of me and I managed to add a few more patchwork pieces to the collection so I had enough to complete the cover. On Friday I pieced the patchwork squares together with a blue border, or sashing using the technical term! I tried to square off the sections of fabric as I went to make sure all the edges were neat. I added in the blue backing (the same as the sashing) and cut a piece of wadding to to fit.
In the end as I didn't have lots of time to practice some
different quilting techniques so I just did a simple 'quilt in the
ditch' of the four rectangular sections. I was quite shocked at what I
had managed to achieve for my first attempt! Here it is laid out in full, I just used a rectangle shape that would match the height (to cover both sides of the sewing machine) and length of the sewing machine.
You can see a bit of the 'in the ditch' quilting I did and see the
pink piggy in the fabric I used. Plus some lovely blue ribbon to secure
the cover onto the sewing machine.
Here is the front of the cover....when you put the wrong sides
together and tie the bows it almost looks like a cushion cover...
Here is the cover on the machine from the front.
and a side view too...can you see the pink piggy?
To make it a bit of a surprise I packaged up the cover in brown paper and ribbon and gave it to my Mum.
A simple parcel that contained my first quilting project!
I pleased to say that my Mum was overjoyed at the surprise present and impressed with my first attempt at quilting.
I was really proud of what I had managed in a short time frame and I enjoyed seeing the project come together. With a bit of careful planning, and a lot more practice, I hope that I can one day make a larger scale quilt project. But for now maybe I'll try the basics and make sampler quilt pieces so I can practice different quilting styles.
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