Tuesday, 2 November 2021
Sunday, 24 October 2021
Thursday, 30 September 2021
Friday, 24 September 2021
After finishing my chair cover, I still felt like playing with all my quilt fabric scraps. I didn't want to make another quilt, but decided to make a new cover for my sewing machine, my old one here, was very faded and just didn't look nice anymore.
Using the vinyl cover that came with my machine as a template for measurements, I pieced together a few scrappy blocks from predominately Anna Maria Horner scraps, and quilted them with some batting and yardage from my stash. This was the easy part,
Assembling the pieces and stitching them teogether involved quite a bit of finangling through my machine. The top corners I actually ended up hand sewing in place, All seams were left exposed, so that I could bind them, again using a beautiful Anna Maria Horer Fabric.
I'm really pleased with how this has turned out. It definitely brightens up my sewing room, and protects my machine from dust and sunlight.
Friday, 10 September 2021
Earlier this week, while aimlessly browsing Instagram, I happened to come across a photo of an office chair, with a quilted seat cover. This immediately struck a chord with me, I couldn't believe I had never thought to do that to my perfectly functional but plain sewing chair. That afternoon, I pulled out my bag of Anna Maria Horner scraps ( I had a lot) and randomly started piecing strips, and squares together. For a little bit of variety, I also added some Amy Butler and Tula Pink scraps. All the fabrics are bright vibrant colours with bold designs and meld together perfectly into what I call a hot mess.
I ended up with two large scrappy quilt blocks, which I quilted with an organic (not perfectly even) diagonal cross hatch. Batting and backing fabrics were all from my stash.
I rounded the corners on the seat cover, than added a casing for elastic to be pulled through. I was so pleased with how this cover turned out. The chair back took a lot more work, a little cursing and a bit of unpicking, till I got the shape and fit right. Again I added a casing for the elastic to pull the base of the back in. Both seat cover and the back piece are fully removeable, though I don't think I ever want to take them off my chair now.
In a way it was mindless easy sewing, I certainly didn't need to be as precise with my sewing as I have needed to be with the clothes I've made lately, and I didn't really worry about what fabrics or colours were used where.
I am delighted with how it has turned out, and at how cheerful it looks, and am looking forward to more lockdown sewing in my sewing room.