All Covered Up!

by Nicole

I’m doing a happy dance over here! I finished the sewing machine cover for my partner in the Modern She Made swap!


When I first started working on the cover, I had this brilliant idea to make improv circles. I even tried one out with this mini. But, the improv circles had me going in circles. And with the deadline looming, I decided to let that idea go and try something else.

I kept the improv theme and went with log cabins. I was surprised that when I arranged the blocks, they formed a sort of circle, which was perfect since circles are required for the swap. Serendipity!


I added more circles by quilting spirals rippling out from the center of the blocks just in case my abstract circle doesn’t count.

I made the top of the cover into a rectangular log cabin. I’m thinking I might just have to try that in a quilt one day.


The cover attaches to the machine with ties on the side so that my partner can adjust the fit to her machine.


I’m so glad to be finished – and ahead of the deadline, I might add! Now, I just have to wrap it up and ship it off, along with the pouch I made as a little extra something.

msm pouch
Now that I’ve got this cover done, I can cross another thing off my list for the Small Projects Sew Along
  1. Sewing machine cover for partner in Modern She Made swap
  2. Pouch and/or sewing accessories for MSM partner
  3. Pouch for a friend for Mother’s Day (okay, so better late than never!)
  4. Cityscape wall hanging
  5. Preschool nap time mat covers
Two down, three to go! Not bad. 

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Heather D. May 22, 2012 - 2:46 pm

SO cool Nicole. I love it!

Kelly May 22, 2012 - 3:21 pm

Nicole that rocks!!

Jennifer May 22, 2012 - 3:22 pm

very pretty! love the quilting nicole! great job!

Lynne May 22, 2012 - 3:25 pm

Oh, my gosh! SUPER-cool! LOVE that color combination. It really turned out well.

Nice work!

Debbie May 22, 2012 - 3:33 pm

oh my – your cover is so fun! Love that you used a block and A HALF for the front – very cool! Love the colors and quilting too!

Francine Taylor May 22, 2012 - 3:42 pm


Kati May 22, 2012 - 3:47 pm

Absolutely love it!!!

Becky May 22, 2012 - 3:51 pm

Love the colors and the quilting!!

heartsease54 May 22, 2012 - 4:03 pm

This turned out wonderful, love the quilting.

Toni May 22, 2012 - 4:54 pm

Your partner is VERY lucky! It's beautiful!

karen May 22, 2012 - 4:57 pm

It's perfect Nicole!!

iluvmybugs May 22, 2012 - 6:31 pm

Nicole, this is the prettiest sewing machine cover ever (and the pouch is adorable as well)!!!

beth lehman May 22, 2012 - 6:43 pm

nicole – it's fantastic!!

Katy Cameron May 22, 2012 - 7:47 pm

Wow, it looks absolutely fab, so if, per chance, your partner loses her mind and doesn't want it, I'll give it a home :oD

Jenny May 22, 2012 - 7:51 pm

What a lucky partner! I think I love grey paired with any color. Beautiful work!

Cherie May 22, 2012 - 8:33 pm

That looks amazing! You have one lucky partner there. The pouch is so cute =D

I'm hosting a new swap over at my blog if anyone is interested please pop over for a look =D

regan May 22, 2012 - 9:21 pm

Oh, this is awesome in every way! I love the orange with the grey, the half-'circle', and the elongated log cabin…..and yeah…..that should be in a quilt! I love this!

Michele May 22, 2012 - 9:35 pm

Gorgeous! Your partner is going to flip!

Paige May 23, 2012 - 12:17 am

Not bad at all! I love the machine cover. Great colors and the spiral quilting really suits it!

West Michigan Quilter May 23, 2012 - 1:15 am

I love your sewing machine cover. The colors are great and I love the quilting. Wish I were your partner.

Megan May 23, 2012 - 10:43 am

I love this orange and grey combination, and beautiful quilting. Your partner will be so excited to receive this I'm sure.

CitricSugar May 23, 2012 - 4:37 pm

Oh, wow. I love this and I'm not just saying that because it's my colours. 🙂 Your partner is very lucky!

m @ random musings June 2, 2012 - 12:11 pm

I think this may just be the best interpretation of a log cabin pattern I've seen! I love the how the orange combo takes the (already modern interpretation of) log cabin to another level. Can you share how to quilt the spirals? is this something that can be done with a walking foot or is free motion required? much thanks!

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