For those of you who regularly follow Sew Very Crafty you will know that I recently purchased a new sewing machine. I purchased a Janome Memory Craft 9450 QCP and it needs a new quilted sewing machine cover. I purchased it at Sewing Machines Plus and got a great deal. In the mean time, I came across a terrific pattern from Amanda at Jedi Craft Girl and just had to make it. It’s a quilt. You also know that I am not much of a quilter but I just had to have this. I really took my time in making this little quilt so that it would come out the way that I wanted it to and it did. I was so pleased with how it turned out. If you like quilting and want loads of quilt designs head over to Jedi Craft Girl and check out her site.
Amanda chose a Riley Blake fabric called Paperdoll. I chose another Riley Blake fabric bundle called Sew Kewpie that I purchased at Fabric.com. It is so cute that I just had to have it. You don’t need to get your fabrics from fabric.com you could head to your local quilt shop, JOANN Fabric & Craft Stores or onlinefabricstore.net to get exactly what you need for your quilted sewing machine cover. This post contains affiliate links that if you click on them and make a purchase I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
What you will Need:
- The letters you can get here.
- 1 Fat quarter quilting bundle of fabrics of your choice
- 1/4 yd solid white Fabric
- 3/4 yd of fabric for binding and ties
- 1 yd for backing
- 1 yd of quilt batting
- Heat n Bond
- Standard sewing supplies
Step 1: Cut your Fabrics
- 2 pieces of solid white fabric that measures 5 1/2″ x 21 1/2″
- 24 3 1/2″ squares from the darkest fabric in the bundle
- 50 2″ squares from the lightest fabric in the bundle
- 50 2″ squares from the remaining prints in the bundle
- 3 — 2 1/2″ x WOF (Width of Fabric) strips
- 4 — 4″ x 24″ strips
Step 2: Applique the Letters
Take your letters and trace around them on the heat n bond paper side. You will notice that they are backward. This is correct. Cut the letters out in squares. Place the squares on the wrong side of the darkest fabric and press. Cut out the letters. Remove the paper backing and place the letters evenly and centered on the solid white fabrics. The letters will now be the right way. Press again. Topstitch around the letters in a matching thread to secure.
Step 3: Sew the 2″ Squares
Stitch all of the 2″ squares in 4 patch units like a 2″ x 2″ checkerboard using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press the seams to the dark side. Each 4 patch unit should have two of the lightest color fabrics and two print fabrics as shown.
Step 4: Stitch the Rows together
Stitch each row by alternating a 4 patch square and a 3 1/2″ square so that there are seven squares across. Alternate which square starts first in the rows. For example, one row will begin with the 3 1/2″ square and one will begin with the 4 patch. You will have 7 rows starting with the 4 patch in row one and the 3 1/2″ square in row two and so forth.
Step 5: Stitch the Quilt Front Together
With right sides together place row one together with the white strip that says SEW and stitch using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press the seam toward the patched row. Place row two on the other side of the same white strip and stitch using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Again press the seam toward the patched row. Stitch the next 4 rows together in the same way alternating the beginning square. When you get to row seven add the second white strip in the same way you added the first. Then add the final patchwork row. The front is now complete.
Step 6: Layer the Quilt
Place the backing on your work surface wrong sides up. Place the quilt batting on top of the batting and the quilt top on top of the batting like a quilt sandwich. The backing and the binding should be larger than the front. Pin or use temporary spray adhesive to keep the layers together. I used Spray N Bond Basting adhesive.
Step 7: Quilt the Quilt
There are any number of ways to quilt a quilt. If you are a beginner like me the easiest way is to quilt along the lines of the patches but I am going to try to free motion a random pattern on my quilt by lowering my feed dogs and using a free motion quilting foot that came with my machine. Starting in the center of my quilt and moving to the edges avoided puckering. I just made large loops all over the quilt. I was surprised at how well it came out.
Step 8: Create the Straps
Prepare the ties by cutting four 4″x 24″ strips. Fold each piece lengthwise right sides together and press. Clip the bottom off at and angle creating a point. Stitch along the raw edges of the side and point using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Turn right sides out and press well. Topstitch all the way around the tie for a more professional look.
Step 9: Create the Binding Strips
Press the strips in half long ways. Open the strips and stitch the 2 1/2″ strips of fabric together on the bias or on the diagonal. You are going to do this by placing the ends right sides together like a plus sign as shown. Then you will stitch a diagonal from corner to corner to give you a diagonal seam. This prevents bulk in your binding.
Step 10: Bind the Quilt
I am not going to attempt to describe how to bind this quilt. Instead, I am attaching this video for you to watch that will describe the process better than I can. Once you have finished with the binding you have finished with the quilted sewing machine cover.
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