Keeping the dust bunnies at bay

Update on 12/31/2008 – I’ve created a part 2 to this post that gives dimensions and shows how I pack everything underneath so you can make your own!

I’m seriously behind on my blogging. Life has managed to get in the way, and I think I’ve got an official backlog of posts waiting to happen, which feels good (I’ve been productive!) and bad (self-induced guilt for not blogging about it!).  This little number above I’ve had for about a month now.  My Bernina comes with a really sturdy and great canvas carrying bag, but ever since I got my super-huge craft table, I can afford the space to keep the machine out all the time.  Hooray!  Lest it get dusty, I chose to make a little cozy for the machine.

To make it, I threw together a bunch of scraps from the quilt for AJ along with some solid beige fabric from my stash. and sewed a box.  Then, some fusible fleece, a lining, and some out-of-the-package bias tape later, and I had my first-ever cozy.

Quick side note:  even though the beige doesn’t look so special, I’m so sad that this particular fabric is dwindling in my stash.  It has such a nice feel to it – kind of crisp and soft all at once, and not too firm… I’m not sure how to find more.  It was a random purchase long ago. It’s one of those I shudder to cut into, but only recently because I think I bought 6 yards of this long ago, and it’s taken a while to get through it.

Anyway, back to the matter at hand.  This guy is reversible:

Let’s talk about this side for a moment.  I have this Amy Butler fabric, and I think I’ve had it since the Lotus collection came out.  This fabric makes me crazy!  I instantly fell in love with it when it came out, but I can’t seem to figure out good ways to use it!  I don’t think it matches anything, even the other fabrics in her line that it’s supposed to match.  It’s like the red-headed stepchild in the Stashland, and is always too bright / too green / too… geometric (I never thought I’d utter those words!) to use anywhere.  So, it became a lining for this thing. And if you’re like me, you’ve already declared to yourself that you like the top version better.  And this, my friends, is why the green side will probably never see the light of day.

So – I still have some of this Lotus green left.  What should I use it with?  I know I could buy up some of the other AB green stuff within this line, but I’d love to hear some other thoughts.  Better yet, send some links to things you’ve made with it for inspiration!  I’d be grateful.

Posted by robyn on November 23rd, 2008 under bernina 440 qe, crafts, sewing

10 Responses to “Keeping the dust bunnies at bay”

  1. Carolyn Says:

    What about a lumbar pillow, or a chair pad or seat cover… I think it would look great as an accent pillow.

  2. MichelleB Says:

    I love the cozy – it’s adorable. I’m not sure what to tell you about the other fabric. I have far too much of that stuff in my stash, too.

  3. Lisa Clarke Says:

    I love the cozy – both sides, actually! i also like the idea of using the AB print for an accent pillow. I used it as part of a quilt, myself, but that was with a pile of other coordinating AB prints.

  4. CJ Says:

    Weird. I submitted a comment and NOTHING. So if you get my comments twice…that is why. Computers – ugh.
    I love the scrappy side! You can at least use the other side on March 17th. 😉
    Care to share the dimensions and save me some time? I soooo need to make a cover for my machine too.
    Here is what I made using the AB green Lotus;

  5. Stephanie Says:

    What a fabulous machine cover! I too love that wall flower fabric (though the mustard colored fabric really swooned me!). I just made a quilt block for a friend using the green wallflower fabric, linen, and the lime and grey polka dot from the Lotus line. I really really liked the fabrics with the linen. I’ll post it later this week or on flickr later today so you can see it.

    Stephanies last blog post..I just couldn’t buy her another Vera Bradley

  6. Erinn Says:

    The picture and your description of the beige fabric made me think it may be ecology cloth. Ecology cloth is definitely crisp, though I wouldn’t describe it as soft. Check it out. Loverly machine cover!

  7. sharon Says:

    Fantastic cover, I must make one for my new baby 🙂 I had one years and years ago with my first Bernina and although I’m going to keep the new on in the Horn cabinet, it has to be moved out when I do my work on the Pfaff, so great idea, thank you.
    ps I like the green side.

    sharons last blog post..2 exhibitions and a Christmas card

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