Here’s that finish I so totally needed! It’s a sewing machine cover for my secret Urban Home Goods swap partner.
I just hope it fits! This sewing machine cover style allows for wiggle room, but I had a really tough time choosing measurements because of some discrepancies which I shall not disclose for fear of revealing my partner’s identity.
After piecing the top, finishing this machine cover was lots like finishing a quilt. I wanted to use this half yard of Dolce “Rita” print as the backing, but a half yard was not quite enough. Stitching a solid aqua border around the backing allowed me to use the half yard and provided a wrap-around aqua binding for the front.
Since I didn’t have matching thread that would hide my stitches, I opted for a zigzag finish on the binding. Zigzag is so forgiving!
Hand-stitched twill ties to the back, and it’s done. This was a nice small canvas for practicing machine quilting. I know there are a few wavy lines, but I hope my partner won’t mind. I did my very honest best.
This is my first time piecing with white. I know, I know, it’s because I’m such a linen lover! When I originally started the hourglass piecing, I went without solids and paired print with print. While the blocks were pretty alone, they looked just awful as a group. Oops. I did start over with the white, which is what Rita from Red Pepper Quilts used as well. Soooooo much better. Happily, one of the rejected hourglasses became an easy pincushion.
See, I just sewed the sides of the square block together with raw edges exposed. Matching sewing machine cover and pincushion… I like it! I hope she does too! And now that my work is done, I’m glad to be anticipating receiving my own surprise package sometime soon. Yah!