Here’s a little make using some fabric kindly sent to me by Heal’s. This department store institution and window-shopping favourite of mine has just relaunched their fabric department, with designs by Zandra Rhodes, Cressida Bell and Malika Favre amongst more. The fabrics are all sold by the metre as well as ready-made into soft furnishings and accessories to buy; you can see the product range here.
I didn’t have much of each fabric so decided to patchwork them as I thought the prints looked so pretty together, and create a much needed sewing machine cover to keep the dust/cats out, and temptation away while I’m working at home.
I did this by cutting each piece into strips, using the width of my ruler as a guide…
…then sewing all the short ends together to make a long strip…
… then cutting the strip down into eight even pieces and sewing the long ends together.
I used leftover grey flannel for the sides and back, sandwiched with some fluffy wadding I had lying around, and quilted in simple straight lines down the ‘ditches’ between the rows. It felt so soft and snuggly at this stage I considered just making it a tiny useless lap quilt!
Finally I bound the edge and added some ribbon to tie it around my machine. It was good to have a little project to practice patchwork and quilting on, as I’ve just undertaken another quilt project – for a gift, so secret right now.
Thanks, Heal’s, for a bright and pretty new addition to my sewing room! I look forward to popping into store to check out the new fabric collection in person.