Archive | July 2016

New Quilting Machine Cover

I’m sure you’ve heard the old saying, “Preacher’s kids are always the worst…”  Well, here’s how I’ve been covering my sit-down quilting machine since I got it in 2014.  For shame!   20160720_184802

While surfing around YouTube, I came across a video from the Crafty Gemini where she shows how to make an easy sewing machine cover.  I figured it was about time and decided to give it a go.  I had some green fabric with lots of sewing sayings on it but I only had enough of it for the ends and top.  I needed an complimentary fabric for the side panels so  I searched around the web and discovered the green is from the Moda Bobbins and Bits line from Pat Sloan.  An Etsy search landed me at Raccoon Hollow Fabrics and I found a really cute daisy fabric from the same line so I ordered it.  The shop owner, Dee, sent me an email immediately telling me the order would ship in the morning (this was on a Sunday night mind you), and she included a complimentary 4″ strip of dots from the same line.  Perfect!  Piping! YAY  Don’t you LOVE freebies!  It’s like Christmas!  I highly recommend this shop.  The customer service was excellent and the shipping was fast.

This was kind of a patchwork job on the padding.  I only had enough fusible fleece for the end panels, the top is Pellon ShapeFlex and the sides are Pellon Flex Foam 1-Sided Fusible Stabilizer.  I got this at WalMart for $7.99 a yard and let me tell you, it quilts up BEAUTIFULLY!   I quilted it on the very machine I’m making the cover for.  The thread is  King Tut variegated Sands of Time.

To make the piping, I only had enough fabric and cording for the ends of the cover which was fine.  To get a good result when making and attaching piping, I like to use the old-school adjustable zipper foot as opposed to the one that comes with my machine.  This type of foot allows me to get right up beside the cording to make a tight seam against the rope.

I have to say, I’m thrilled with how this turned out!  It really cheers up my sewing area.  The piping added that extra pop that really brings the whole thing together, don’t you think?  🙂

I think my dog is as excited about this as I am.  She’s overcome!

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Nursery Material & Other Projects

Here’s what’s keeping me busy this week.  Note: There are affiliate links in this post.(Google makes me say that.)

The nursery fabric arrived and I’m excited to get to it.  Unfortunately, I forgot to order the bumper pads so they are on their way now from Amazon.  And for some strange reason, I don’t have the pattern pieces for the bumpers or the crib skirt in the pattern envelope.  No worry, they are pretty straight forward as far as cutting rectangles to fit the bumper pads and more rectangles to create the skirt.  I normally use the Pellon from an old bed skirt as the base of the crib skirt.  I’ve got to dig around and see if I’ve got something that will work.

I found this Spice It Up kitchen embroidery design pack from Urban Threads and I absolutely loved it!  The pack has 4-5 designs and this one stitched up beautifully.  I’m very happy with how it turned out.

My DIL asked me to make her a new nursing cover for the baby due in October.  I chose a gorgeous Joel Dewberry fabric in the colors she said she liked.  I’ve never made one of these before but it was pretty easy.  This will be my go-to for baby shower gifts from now on.  Instead of boning, I chose rigilene.  It is so much easier to use and sew through. Quilt clips are the perfect tool to hold it to the fabric as it’s sewn vs. pins.

And for some reason yesterday, it occurred to me that we’re on the downhill slide to Christmas – ACK!  I had a couple of red hand towels left from last year so I whipped up the first of two I’m going to have on hand to take as hostess gifts for parties.  I wrap a bottle of wine, add a ribbon and show up with a gift!  That’s how I make sure we get invited each year.  🙂

I also started a gift for my granddaughter.  She was born on Christmas so this will be her birthday present – she will be 3.  This is from the Lil’ Red Riding Hood panel from Moda.  I saw this made up in my local quilt shop and it was so cute!  I’ll need to get a baby bed to complete the gift.
20160710_081309This was my first attempt at a stuffie and I had to reference a class I’m enrolled in on Craftsy, Fusible Applique with Wendy Gratz  where she demonstrates how to do a ladder stitch to close up a stuffing hole.  This is a fabulous class.  It contains the patterns for all the animals seen on the quilt behind her too.  And you can turn them into pillows too like that adorable bear.
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And my final make is also from Urban Threads.  I thought this Ima Little Teapot stitch out was just too adorable!  Please excuse the crosshairs on the shirt.  They have almost faded and should be completely gone in a few hours.  This too is for my granddaughter.  I washed the shirt before stitching to prevent distortion from shrinking in the wash.

So that’s it!  Hope everyone enjoys what’s left of the weekend!

New Pants – Simplicity 1069

Simplicity Pattern 1069I love the big blousy pants that are popular now.  Simplicity 1069, View A fits the bill perfectly.  It has a tie at the waist as a design element but I didn’t make that.  They fit like palazzos with a zipper up the back.

I found this fabric at Joann – it’s one of their signature fabrics and it’s a woven Rayon Challis in Ocean so it’s very flowey, drapey, extremely soft and loose.  A perfect lightweight fabric for the hot and humid summers here in South Texas.  I love this paisley print.  It’s hard to see here but the background is a rich deep blue and the paisley is a beautiful teal. A rotary cutter was a must with this fabric because it would shift just by looking at it!

I added one of my old labels.  Oh, I just ordered new ones from Dutch Label Shop.  If you order some, use coupon code girlsinthegarden (all one word lower case) by 23 July 16 for 15% off. They have a really cool interface to help you design your labels.

This pattern turned out so comfy and pretty!  I’ve already worn them to work a couple of times.

I also made a pair of shorts, View C using Gertie’s Strawberries in rayon challis too!  Love them!  Just hanging loose at our coast house!