I hope that, like me, you were lucky enough to see family over the festive season? We had eldest son up for Christmas then just this past week, we had more visitors: second son and his girlfriend, N, came for a week.
Now, I managed to get N hooked on cross stitch a couple of years ago, and she’s been attempting to take her first steps in some machine patchworking recently too . . . but apparently not with great success. She bought herself a second hand basic Brother sewing machine and is having difficulty getting to grips with it, especially the pedal. It doesn’t have a speed control or any of the other useful gizmos you get on more expensive machines.
Anyway, she recently finished a new cross stitch project and, knowing they were coming to visit in January, asked if she could bring it along for me to finish as a cushion cover. I said “bring away!” but warned N, she would be the one doing the sewing, because I would take the time to teach her. And I did!
Juki is an excellent machine to learn to sew on because it has so many gadgets that make life easier, including the all important speed control for foot pedal. I did all the fabric prep, but N did all the piecing. I did the quilting, but N did the cushion cover assembly including button holes on the back (Juki has an intelligent automatic button hole option so it’s really a question of just letting Juki do the work). And, ta da!
Cushion cover is a perfect 17” square (although it looks a bit wonky in photo, it isn’t!). Not sure where N found the chart for the cross stitch design, but she obviously had fun stitching that. And I did a sort of “tetris” like quilting in black thread to keep the gaming theme going throughout.
Edit: to give credit where credit is due . . . the cross stitch design Cat Tetris is by SpaceNonasStitchery and for sale on etsy.