Nigel's words ring in my ears - measure twice, cut once. I measure almost once and cut three times! SCREAM!! Will I ever learn to measure properly the first time? I get so excited about what I'm doing and I "just know" it will work itself out. And it does - after I work it out myself with re-cuts! Anyway, here's the completed sewing machine cover. Somewhat different because it was about 4 inches too long and 4 inches too deep! But......I LOVE the end product! I had an absolute blast putting it all together and I'm seriously considering making some for my Etsy shop (http://www.fursdonhouse.etsy.com/). You have to admit - this is much nicer than those plastic covers that come with the machine!
Okay. Okay. Here are the photos! Hope you enjoy them!
Front Side of Cover - Isabella Cat meowing at a Blue Moon!
Detail - Little Blue Bird of Happiness! Found at a local antiques mall with the certain knowledge that "one day" I would use it for something. Now I know what that "something" was!
Back side of cover - Little Dutch girl cutting flowers! Notice the scissors in her hand! I saved that off another piece I was working on. Again, I had no idea what it would be for at the time, but it was way too cute just to throw away!! The girl is one of my Gran's appliques! I have quite a few of them, all in different colors. She made several small quilts of them for my girls when they were growing up. I added the small white buttons. It's very humbling to work on something that Gran created. I feel closer to her, a part of her. And of course this is where I got much of my own creativity from.
Detail - Button Flowers! I could make these all day! Loads of fun and super easy!
Right side of cover - Fancy boots! Couldn't resist! Isabel sewed the boot buttons on by herself! She's a GREAT help! And my inspiration for all things fun and happy!
Left side of cover - The measuring tape is actually a ribbon cut from an old worn-out dress belonging to one (or both) of my girls! The felt flowers are from my failed "first attempt" (but not the last!) at making luggage tags. I like them much better here. Don't you?
And finally - the top of the cover! This was actually the first piece I started working on last year - when it was going to be a curtain valance! I love the blues and greens of these fabrics and knew I had to do something that included them.
So what do you think? I'd love to hear from you! Jan