Thursday, January 26, 2012

Wrap It Up

I have an earworm of that Fabulous Thunderbirds song quoted in the title.  What I did to my sewing machine was cover it up, not wrap it up, exactly, but somehow that song floated into my head.  It could be that I was listening to Stevie Ray Vaughan Live at Carnegie Hall while I worked on this, and, tangentially, his brother Jimmie Vaughan was the lead guitarist in The Fabulous Thunderbirds.  My mind likes to travel down bunny trails like that.

Anyway, the Silver Singer went to visit the repair shop on Tuesday and was back less than 24 hours later, in fine form.  He said those mechanisms often seized up on a machine when the fancy stitches weren't used often.  Must have been a pretty simple fix to unstick it, and I'm grateful for that.

Silver, Model 600 Touch & Sew, on the left -
and Tammy, my Golden T&S 603E, on the right.
So I wrapped—er, covered it up today with this quilted cover, using up some scraps and stash in the process.  I did a little straight line and loopy quilting on it.  

The side panels are backed with fusible fleece and not quilted.  It was helpful to review this tutorial on Flickr for making a custom fitted cover, but I kept it pretty simple and didn't need to make any holes for a handle, etc.

While I had the Juki threaded and ready for free-motion quilting the sewing machine cover, I went ahead and practiced the leaves for this month's Free Motion Quilting Challenge.  

This pattern is rather forgiving, in that being less than precise, shall we say, just sort of adds to the organic charm.  

At least that's what I'm telling myself.  ;)

The sewing machine cover is my third finish for January, and I am linking once again to Such a Sew and Sew's A Stitch in Time 2012 Finishes.  Elizabeth is having an open linky every month, and each finish counts as an entry for a giveaway.  For January, it's a jelly roll of Good Fortune by Kate Spain, sponsored by the Fat Quarter Shop!  Have a look by clicking the button below, and join the fun.  I think it's a great way to keep track of your completed projects for the year and stay motivated as well.

And swing by Confessions of a Fabric Addict to see some other finishes worth whooping about this week, and add your own!


  1. Pretty cover! I think your quilting is fabulous. I still can't wrap my head around it. ☺ What a great idea to stay motivated with sewing. Good luck!

    Happy Thursday! ☺

  2. I like the way you extended the straight lines away from the circle. Pretty snazzy cover!

    Yes...bunny trails...I know all about that:-P

  3. What a fabulous machine cover! That's something I would not have thought to make. Your FMQ is really good. The leaves make for such beautiful quilting.

  4. Absolutely fantastic, love it :)

  5. I love your loops! They are beautiful! And what a pretty machine cover! So glad that Silver was a quick fix! Your repair shop must be fabulous!

    Again, thanks for linking up and for the really kind shout-out!

    xo -E

  6. Every machine should have a little glamor cover! Love your older machines - aren't they powerhorses?

  7. Love that cover P . It looks terrific. I keep thinking about making one but procrastination keeps stopping me.

    Your leaves look gorgeous too. You're becoming quite the FM quilter!

  8. Your machine's really styling now!

    Whoop Whoop! for a quick trip to the Dr too!

  9. Oh that cover is sooo cute, I want one :)

  10. Pretty sewing machine cover! Simple and nice. I wanted to make one for mine too.. :)

  11. Nice finish. I saw this linked up on Such a Sew and Sew with my complete. So I hoped on over and am now following your blog. Great Finish.

  12. Your cut up log cabin worked terrifically! I like your contrasting straight stitching coming out of the circle. What a clever idea, I don't think I would've ever come up with it. Great finish, P.!

  13. Love that cover. I've been meaning to make one or two for my vintage (people powered) sewing machines. I even have the fabrics.

  14. That is one beautiful cover, P.! I really need to make one myself..... I get tired of cleaning the dust off my machine - one of the perils of living in an old house! Whoop whoop!!


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