Venus and a sewing machine cover
I decided to make a practical gift for a practical friend who sews: a sewing machine cover. A tutorial at sewdelicious was my guide.
Although I love the pieced look of Ros’ cover, since I had this great Keep Calm fabric, I used it as panels rather than piecing charm squares per the tutorial (front and back panels: 10 1/4″ x 18 1/2″; top panel: 8″ x 18 1/2″; side panels: 8″ x 10″). I joined the front, top and back panels and quilted it as one unit. I then assembled as in the tutorial. I used muslin as a backing when I quilted the panels, so I skipped making the lining.
It’s hard to see, but I added a handle on top. For the first time, I machine-stitched the binding down following Rita’s (of Red Pepper Quilt) tutorial. I figured since no one would see the other side of the binding on this project, any wobbles would be safely hidden. The front side of the binding looks great and it took a whole lot less time. However, the back isn’t as nicely finished as I like–I need more practice with that technique before I’ll try it on a quilt.
Since Venus photobombed my first picture, I thought I’d give her a close-up. She’s showing off her holiday garb.