Monday, April 28, 2014

Handmade Birthday Club, April Edition

I had a great time making a birthday gift for my friend, Courtney. I feel a certain kinship with Courtney. She likes gardening, I like gardening; she has a Bernina, I have a Bernina; she's raising all boys, I raised all boys; she likes aqua, I like aqua...you get the picture here, right?

I started with some aqua fabric scraps and some Essex Yarn Dyed linen in Flax. I decided to make a sewing machine cover for her main gift and then to add a few more things after it was finished. 

quilted sewing machine cover
Making the sewing machine cover was a quick and easy project. It was just really a simple mini quilt with some ties sewn into the binding. 
Recently, Alex Veronelli of Aurifil fame, sent me some linen threads to try.  I have to say they were lovely to sew with and gave the project the look  I was hoping to achieve by matchstick quilting this project. I not only used 4 colors of the Aurifil linen thread, but also used Aurifil 50 wt., Aurifil 12 wt. wool and a Coats and Clark Outdoor Poly weight thread. The quilting took a bit longer but gave this sewing machine cover a beautiful texture.

aurifil thread

Lined and bound with a print from Flea Market fancy. I used the same fabric for the ties, too.
sewing machine cover

matchstick quilting
For an additional little gift I made an alphabet block "C" into a very large pot holder. I used two layers of Ultra Brite and two layers of batting to make sure heat would not transfer through it and burn anyone.
alphabet block c
I rounded out the gift with some garden seeds, kleenex, sticky tabs, a note pad, some mini sharpies and my favorite Ritter milk chocolate covered biscuit.
alphabet block, sewing machine cover

I've already heard from Courtney and she loved everything, so that put a smile on my face.

6 comments:

Leanne said...

I love your quilting and linen thread sounds wonderful.

Cynthia said...

You made some beautiful gifts, lucky Courtney!

Karens Quilts, Crows and Cardinals said...

Diane what a beautifully creative gift - and an awesome way to show off those threads...

Thank you for sharing and Lovin' that Aurifil shared your post on FB.

Take care,
Karen
PS. I have a 3 spool Mako Cotton 50Wt giveaway going on right now -- with fabric (in case you might need more Aurifil ;)

Flying Blind... said...

What an amazing set of gifts!!!

Flying Blind... said...

What an amazing set of gifts!!!

s2toot said...

Inspired by the thread, but mostly by the quilting and your wonderful gifting skills <3