I needed a cover for Viv, my vintage Singer 301 sewing machine. I also needed to practice my free-motion quilting, and I needed a small project to fill the time until I get an order from Connecting Threads so I can finish a couple other things.
Viv may be old and a little battle scarred, but she's a trooper. She is a good piecer and does probably the easiest and most true 1/4-inch seam. She's also portable (there's a recessed handle at the top) and relatively lightweight compared to my other two machines.
So I've been working on this cover for Viv for a couple days and finished it up last night. I think it came out pretty cute!
I was originally going to make a cover that had open sides and just tied closed, but decided at the last minute to enclose the whole thing.
It was a little fiddly to sew in the rectangles, pivoting at the corners and such, but I managed. In hindsight, I probably should have fused on some interfacing to the backs of the side pieces to give them a little more stability. It also would have been nice to have a hole at the top for the handle to come through, if I wanted to carry it covered. Tweaks to keep in mind for the next version.
I practiced quilting some of Elizabeth's curlicues in the red strips (those are fun!), and some double loop meandering over the aprons, along with some fairly craptastic waves in the black and white parts on the ends.
Meanwhile, I've been listening to a lot of music. I also may have watched the Twilight movie (twice) over the weekend on the FX Channel. While it is no cinematic masterpiece, I have to say there is some really good music in that movie.
Okay, that's kind of like saying that one reads a certain men's magazine for the articles, but I think you know what I mean. Case in point:
Supermassive Black Hole by Muse
Spotlight by Mutemath
Full Moon by The Black Ghosts
Tremble for my Beloved by Collective Soul
Those are all pretty rock intensive songs. On the softer side, however, I also love Bella's Lullaby by Carter Burwell. This video is a version by a different pianist who I think does a wonderful job expressing the emotion of the song without being heavy-handed about it. Enjoy!