A little(?) behind…….


Handi Quilter bobbin winder


HQ bobbin winder all “dressed up”

I had hoped to have a pattern ready for the machine cover that covers Ms. Sweetie but……where has the week gone???? I finished the last 2 covers and thought all was wellIMG_2747 IMG_2748IMG_2749but, I was still hearing some whimpering coming from my sewing room. Whatever could it be and why???? I mean, the gals are party ready and looking good in their quilted ensembles (perfect for this deep freeze we’re in right now!). But, where……….and then I spied this little forlorn one in a quiet little corner. Just like Cinderella, she had been overlooked and not gotten the proper attire for the ball!!! And so, out came the remainder of the jelly-roll-1600 fabric, the backing and batting. The measuring, cutting and quilting is done, now on to the fitting…..and the unveil……And with the designated “escort”…….IMG_2782And just in time for the weekend~~on to the next project on “the list”……….


About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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48 Responses to A little(?) behind…….

  1. candy says:

    When I saw the title of your post, my first thought was “I was I HAD a little behind!” 🙂 Your covers are great! I’ve been threatenig to do that for years. Maybe this summer…….

    • candy says:

      I meant to say WISH not was. Will I ever learn to type ?

    • treadlemusic says:

      Well, so far you’re the only one who ‘picked up’ on the double meaning (possible)!!!!! Those of us who sit and sew have an ongoing struggle with this…..LOL! I’m so glad I finally got to these. I knew it would be a great boost to the appearance of my sewing area but I didn’t count on now much of a boost it would be to me! I am in no way fanatical on neatness but since finishing these, when I finish sewing for the day, I straighten up the worst of the chaos so I’m ready to begin the next time I come to the area. Definitely a great feeling. I do hope you make the time for this project for your machine(s). Hugs…….

  2. I love all your covers. I really need to cover Jan even if only to make her stylish.

  3. I really like your creativity, in the quilted covers and the way you wrote this post. Well done, you Energizer Bunny. You continue to amaze me with all you accomplish.

  4. KrisR says:

    You crack me up…..Cinderella story and all! They look fab. I really should do something like this also as it gets very dusty in my neck of the woods. And, it is so nice to come out into a clean quilt area – isn’t it? Maybe once the dog days of summer subside I’ll get busy and do a ‘little house spruce up’!

    • treadlemusic says:

      Oh, Girl! And I’m sittin’ here thinking that I need the heat turned UP!!! The sound of the wind outside is something else!!!! Cold and blustery!! I think I’ll find some warm looking fabric to cut up!! LOL! Hugs……

  5. Cinderella is my fave. Love how you made slits for spindles to dance at the ball.

    • treadlemusic says:

      That ‘slit’ started out so simple but, then I thought, that’s an area way too small to finish with binding, so……how ’bout a “simple” double welt finish!!!!! Ugh!!! It’s been years since I’ve done one and the old memory didn’t kick in quite like I had hoped. I used to do welts on all the (horse) show wear that I did for YEARS!!!!! “Use it or lose it” is a very true statement, I guess!!!! And, now, there truly is happy quiet abounding in the sewing room…….and they lived happily ever after………

  6. Cathy Tomm says:

    Great covers. I am starting to think I should make some covers. I have a number of machines around and when I do not use one it is so dusty so quickly. But I too would forget one or two machines.

    • treadlemusic says:

      Cathy, This project really “snowballed”! My house seems to be quite dusty and I, first, thought of the long-arm (which doesn’t get used every day just most) but then I looked at the serger and the Bernina…..hmmmmmm. Each has a use that is needed periodically and I do have the room to have them setting out. Wow, the dust. Not only on the machine but the thread (I always leave the cones on the serger)! Well, one thing led to another and, well, here we are!!!!! Thanks so much for your comment! Blessings, Doreen

  7. Deb says:

    They look so nice and cozy… I like how they are similar yet each has their own flair!

  8. mtetar says:

    I thought I seen all Machines Cover, but nothing like this one of yours. Great Job, and nicely made. http://projectsbyMtetar.wordpress.com

  9. Those covers are just so pretty. Love the newest one too.

  10. Your new cover is gorgeous! However, I have no idea what the little machine does. Can you enlighten me? Avis x

  11. Pat says:

    These are quite simply the most beautiful machine covers I’ve seen. The colors, the quilting, everything about them is perfect! You’ve set the bar quite high my friend, my machines are whimpering now, their dresses all look like Cinderella before her transformation for the prince’s ball!

  12. jennyklyon says:

    The covers are so lovely! You have lots of machines dear!

    • treadlemusic says:

      Yes I do. I did give away a Bernina when I bought the Bernina 440QE, but I still have my Elna (38 y.o.!), a small White (for workshops-light weight!) and a needle-felting machine by Husqvarna. The serger still comes in handy even though I no longer make bridalgowns/formal wearl

  13. What beautiful ‘cozies’ for all your machines. That little project is on my list but I too did not have plans for my bobbin spooler…Hmmmm

  14. ruthiequilts says:

    You have my same sewing machine!!! I love my QE!!! The girls all look lovely, and I don’t see anyone standing at the sidelines at the ball anymore! They look great!

    • treadlemusic says:

      I have been using the QE a bit these days but, truthfully, over the past year (since I started the FMQ ‘thing’ with Leah Day, especially) I have had it put away and use my Juki exclusively! It is awesome for FMQ!!!!! If I hadn’t gotten the long/mid arm I would still be using that machine! And, yup, all the gals are thrilled and so am I!!!!

      • ruthiequilts says:

        That’s so cool! I want to get a mid-long arm in the next few years… It’s a pain pushing the quilts through the little throat space.

        • treadlemusic says:

          When I began this quilting journey, I never dreamed I would have one of these machines. I know that when I bought the Juki TL2010Q I felt like stitching larger quilts were so much easier (the ‘harp” is 9″ wide and much taller than my QE. After I got that the Bernina really got pushed in to the shadows and really has stayed there. If you have an opportunity to check that machine out, you may be pleasantly surprised at its sewing space. I believe there is an identical machine made by Brother (check here: http://www.brother-usa.com/Homesewing/ModelDetail.aspx?ProductID=PQ1500S#.UQhtYGcxDrM ). I absolutely love my Juki and the price was so right!!!!!! Many hugs…….

          • ruthiequilts says:

            Thanks Doreen! I do all my piecing on my Bernina, and I can’t see that changing, but I’ll definitely look into the Brother and Juki for the mid-long arm option!!!

            • treadlemusic says:

              Here is the link for the Juki dealer I got mine from: http://www.raichert.com/TL2010Q/tl2010.html Yes, the location is Phoenix!!!! But I had free shipping and a super good price. The tech (on the phone at time of purchase) was so helpful and gave his name in case of future questions. There have been no problems with this solid machine. Amazon has both this Juki model and the Brother on their site with prices. The piecing stitches are amazing, straight and the machine is so quiet!!!!! Doesn’t have the internal, complex mechanism that the 440/computer machines have.

              • ruthiequilts says:

                Thanks again Doreen! I’ll go have a look! It will be awhile before I’m ready for one, but it’s great to have a resource! It sounds like you got great customer service!

                • treadlemusic says:

                  I did….up front. Haven’t needed a thing since! Still purring away and the “insides” are so easy to clean the lint out. Because there aren’t all the moving/extra parts needed for the “fancy stuff” the innards are few and the mechanism is very simple! When it comes time, let me know if you have further questions……Remember, I’m here for ya!!! Hugs……

  15. Malini says:

    Love your sewing room cover. Your have done an awesome! And your sewing room looks so organized.

    • treadlemusic says:

      It is a lot better since I had to get busy and make room for the last machine. I kinda started in that corner and pretty soon I had the whole place pulled apart! LOL! Thanks for your sweet words! Blessings, Doreen

  16. Sylvia says:

    I love your covers! I do hope you have a pattern for the Sweet 16 as I would love to make one too. Have a great day!

    • treadlemusic says:

      I don’t really but am trying to pull one together for a post. We all have many $$$ invested and there must be some care given….it’s our responsibility!!!!! Hehehe!! Hugs, Doreen

  17. The covers are so cute and such a wonderful idea

  18. Sartenada says:

    Wonderful. so beautiful. I showed this post to my wife and she loves these covers very much.

    Happy week-end!

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