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