When Madame Samm first mentioned this new line of fabrics from Quilting Treasures, and I saw the pictures, I was in love! Every single one of those women just made me smile. So I was thrilled when Carla from Creatin In The Sticks agreed to be the cheerleader. I might possibly have been the first one to sign up - I e-mailed her so quick she probably didn't know what hit her. :)
I don't have a lot of imagination to come up with things to make but I just knew I wanted some of these women in my sewing room to keep me company. Unfortunately life sometimes give us a kick in the pants when we're least expecting it and when I came down with an extreme case of Sciatica, which put me in the bed for three weeks now, I was so disappointed. Oh - don't worry - I found I can even do a little sewing when on pain meds and my brain has turned to mush. :) When your brain is mush you just have to do something that doesn't require much thinking. Thinking can get you in trouble when you're on pain meds!
The first thing I did was make a cover for my sewing machine. It's a simple throw type cover but with these darling women I didn't want to cover up even one little piece of them with anything else.
I added a polka dot binding along with some large ric rac, which isn't really visible in this picture but trust me, is darling. :) I did a simple stippling pattern for the quilting and added some ties on the side. One of the nice things about this is that when I take it off to sew it slips right over the back of my sewing chair so it doesn't end up on the floor or tucked away in a corner so I forget where I put it!
Then I noticed my serger, sitting there all plain and sad. Well, more than plain - I had simply slipped a white pillowcase over it as a cover and it was pitiful. Really. Pitiful. It was almost crying because it felt so plain. So I made it a new cover too. Now the shape of a serger isn't exactly like a sewing machine - I tried just a plain rectangle but it didn't seem right, so I added a tuck in the top on each side to make it a bit more fitted and less likely to slide off.
I put a pocket on each side, one for the instruction book and the other for the various little tools you use with a serger. I didn't put ties on this one - the weight of the book and tools holds it in place nicely. Now my serger is much happier. Can't you just tell she's happy? :)
That only left my Featherweight. All alone. Naked.
So I made her a dress too. :)
I've never thought of my sewing room being "decorated". Until now. I mean, in the living areas of my home I'm constantly changing a pillow here, a picture there....but the sewing room has now taken on a whole new look. Which means I looked around and thought, what else? So I recovered my ironing table.
It's funny how a few new things make such a change - it's bright and cheerful and fun. The changes inspired me and since I've finished these I've even been cleaning out some drawers going through old patterns and fabrics. And everywhere I look I think of something else I could make out of this fabric for this room...I'm going to have to order more to do it but really, what's a girl to do? :)
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