Ready to Par-tay!!!!


Last year, when Ms Sweetie finally was able to join the family (and actually a long time before), I realized that pretty “quilties” were desperately needed for my machines…..well, at least most of them…..the ones that sat out and are used fairly regularly/the most. I have been reading, and told, how dust covers were not just something that would dress up the sewing area they, also, perform the necessary function of keeping them dust free and, let me tell you, living in a rural/farm area creates a ton of dust!!! I had, also decided that, rather than do a totally different cover for each machine, I would piece together a large quilt topper to be cut in to the appropriate sizes. Enter a beautiful jelly roll from Moda called “Cabbages and Roses”, some Kona solid in medium gray and shiny viskose thread from Sulky in pink. The strips became a “jelly roll 1600” and more than enough for all that was needed.  Most all sewing machines are pretty straight forward when it comes to some type of cover but the configuration of Ms S presented some unique/special challenges. So, always wanting to get the more difficult task out of the way first, I proceeded to create some type of paper pattern to work from. It came together easily and, with the addition of some Velcro to secure the front flap, Ms Sweetie went from this:IMG_2737to this…………….IMG_2736IMG_2732IMG_2734





Front flap, secured under left edge with Velcro closure.


And now Ms. Sweetie is beautiful and cozy……and (outdoor)  dust protected!

About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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45 Responses to Ready to Par-tay!!!!

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  2. Fran Wessel says:

    Need those measurements! I doubt I can match that quilting but S16 derserves a try!

  3. Kathie Dees says:

    Really like your cover for HQ16. Beautiful. I’d love to make one for mine.
    Kathie in CA

    • treadlemusic says:

      Kathie…….So glad you stopped by! I have promised a tutorial/pattern and am still working on one. Didn’t really plan on such so have to back track a bit in my mind as to the construction/measurements. Please, check back/follow my blog for future posts! Blessings and hugs, Doreen

  4. Wow! This is wonderful. Love your feathers, they”re awesome. I love the little detail or highlight quilting you did inside the feathers. the machine cozy is brilliant idea. Love it!


    • treadlemusic says:

      Thank you so much, Malini! I will have to admit that walking in to the room is a lot more inspiring than with all the make-shift drapey things I had before. At the end of my sewing each day, I’m, also, more apt to pick up/straighten up rather than leave the scraps, etc. So glad you stopped for a moment! These covers are a great opportunity to try a variety of different motifs (rather than on a whole quilt!). Thant’s the first time I have done feathers with the additional inside stitching. I rather like it also! Hugs, Doreen

  5. ivoryspring says:

    Woo hoo – very nice!!!

  6. Tamera in ND says:

    Any chance you took some pictures while you were making it? I would like to know how you accomplished this wonderful feat! As a fellow-owner of a Sweet Sixteen (Emily), I would love to make one!

  7. My machine would look so much prettier without the plastic cover it came with. Nice quilting details.

    • treadlemusic says:

      Hello! I am so glad you stopped by! My “covers” have been the practice ‘sandwiches’ created in the last months. Began to look pretty tacky. A couple of my machines have the plastic covers but I had come across some info many years ago that those aren’t the best cuz they can trap moisture inside, which, of course, wouldn’t be the best. Having said all that, yes, I have machines with those covers on them. Hopefully by next week all will be replaced with variations of this quilted idea. Hugs……

  8. ruthiequilts says:

    I love this Doreen! What a great way to take care of your new baby! And of course your quilting is fabulous!

  9. Rose says:

    Love this! I need to make one for mine. Great job! Love that pink thread feathers on the grey fabric too.

    • treadlemusic says:

      I am totally in love with the Sulky thread and Ms Sweetie seems to really like it, too. The pink/gray combo has always been a fave of mine (all the way back to the days of the “poodle skirt”…..oooooo, did I really admit that?!?). I’m using these machine covers as practice pieces for all those motifs I am trying to refine. Am about to finish one for Ms Juki then 4 more to go! Thanks for stopping by……hugs….

  10. Rhonda says:

    great cover and terrific quilting too!

  11. Jenny C says:

    lovely feathers – nice machine too!

  12. Oh dear Doreen, you’ve just put the old bath towel that I throw over my machine to shame ! Your cover is fab!!! Avis x

    • treadlemusic says:

      Ya know, I have been hearing a bit of that since I put that post up!!! I’ve been using all the little “test sandwiches” I’ve accumulated over the past few months. Was very nice to put them away!

  13. Amanda says:

    Fabulous quilting – it looks great.

  14. Jeanne says:

    Now we know the rest of the story – how beautiful! I need to do covers and this is one great idea! It is time I go shopping and find a jelly roll! ~Jeanne

  15. OK! I have ta’ make one for my machines!!! Look what you went and did! lol

    • treadlemusic says:

      You are too funny! Maybe I was “channeling” the desires of your machines!!!!!! There’s only one way to remedy this situation!!!!!! I think I may have started a machine uprising!!!!! LOL!!!

  16. And I bet she just loves her new blankie. So as I’m viewing your once again lovely craftsmanship (or craftswomanship), I’m thinking that I really need to toss the crocheted rooster cover from my toaster or take on a sewing project.

    Do you have any experience making a fabric shade? I have been unable to find a proper room darkening window covering for my bedroom windows (they are odd-sized) and have been contemplating making fabric roller shades. A seamstress told me I could disassemble a vinyl shade and somehow attach a fabric shade made of two fabrics fused together. Ever done that or heard of doing that? Any advice would be welcome. I know I could just Google it. But I’d rather hear from someone with expertise.

  17. love how this turned out….the gray is just perfect

  18. Deb says:

    It’s beautiful! Love the pink feathers against the grey fabric!

  19. Pat says:

    Wow! I love this – and what a great opportunity for feather practice! I need to make one for my Janome Horizon, and all the old Singers that sit patiently awaiting their turn to piece again.

  20. candy says:

    Nice! Can I put in my order?

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