Wednesday, January 16, 2013

In Your Words


Share.

That's my word for 2013, my mantra, if you will.  (I explained why over here.)

When I read about this challenge, I wanted my word to be somewhere I would see it regularly, where it would have the possibility to imprint on my subconscious even if I weren't deliberately thinking about it.


And that's when this idea popped into my head!

I have often bemoaned the idea that I quilt in fits and starts - churning out a quilt in a day or going whole months without touching my machine at all.  I've figured out that inertia is my friend or enemy.  When I am actually quilting, I can hardly think of anything else and hate to stop; however, once stopped, I find it overwhelming to start again.

True confession:  I'm also not the world's best housekeeper.  Not even close.  So frequently, after one of these bouts of not quilting, I have to get out the vacuum and dust my machine.  Not because of the lint or the loose threads, but because of actual dust.

So what could be a more perfect project?  I made a dust cover for my machine that has my word of the year on it!


I've been meaning to make one of these covers for years, although I wondered if covering the thing up would make it even less likely for me to get started.  I'm hoping, though, that the word on the outside will be a reminder to uncover it and rediscover that feeling.  I'm also hoping that I will be more likely to get sewing if I know I don't have to dust first!

For the background I used one of my all time favorite fabrics with words on it.  It was hard to cut into what little I have left, but I'm glad it will be so visible.


And for those days when I'm feeling a little more sassy, I lined it with this fun fabric that I've never been quite sure what to do with.  Kind of like a mood ring for my sewing room!


It's the last day of the hop, so be sure to visit the other bloggers hopping today here:

Quiltin' Jenny  (Jenny- that's me!)
(Rosemary B.) at “that other blog
Dachsies With Moxie  (Agnes B.)
Sew Many Yarns (Lyndsey M.)
The German Mom  (Tina S.)
Christa Quilts (Christa W.)
Sew We Quilt  (Mdm. Samm)

Thanks to Madame Samm and to Linda from Buzzing and Bumbling for being our awesome cheerleader and keeping us all organized. 



96 comments:

  1. Oh, I love your background fabric!

    And the share as a sewing machine cover is a wonderful thought!

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  2. Oh my gosh this is just too cute - love that it is reversable - great fabrics!

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  3. Your lining is just cheeky enough that I'd be showing that side often. I Love your concept of "share" and thanks for sharing. Jane

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  4. Wonderful word, share! Something we all need to do.

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  5. Wonderful cover! What fun fabric you used and of course a great word! I want to make a cover for my machine as well. Thank you for sharing your word and cover with us, awesome job!

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com
    your sister with dust bunnies, hehe

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  6. Thanks for sharing your sewing machine covers. Lovely! :-)

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  7. Great word and I love your fabric choice! Thanks for SHARE-ing!

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  8. I have been meaning to make one of these for ages, it is gorgeous, well done!

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  9. This is lovely - I too sew in fits and starts but am finding these blog hops really useful to get my sewing mojo working!

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  10. Great sewing machine cover and wonderful blog-hop project!

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  11. What a great project!
    I love the fabric too!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  12. I love the Idea of putting SHARE on your machine cover ( if only we could share the machine)

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  13. Beautiful job on the machine cover. It looks awesome.

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  14. In my opinion like those other 'bad' words, Dust is a 4 letter word....
    Great solution to the problem of dust on your machine! :) Much easier than dusting!!! :) :) :)

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  15. Nice sewing machine cover. Love the fabric.

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  16. I wish I made that pillow when my sun was younger, he never wanted to share his toys.

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  17. Love the fabric...love the cover. I want to make one for my machine this year. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  18. I love this fabric cover for your machine..very nostalgic..whos is it? fabric collection..Ok, is this a reversible cover with Share on it..or did you make 2 covers and you have 2 machines...help me lol

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    1. It is a reversible cover. The cream fabric with the inspirational words all over it is from the Laurel Burch Holiday Collection for Clothworks. It is several years old.

      The "sassy" fabric is called "Housework Whenever" by Sharon Yenter for In the Beginning Fabrics. It's from 2009.

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  19. Are we twin sisters?? I have bouts like that too!

    Love your machine cover!

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  20. Your machine cover is sew fantastic and the lining it´s awesome. I love your word, it should be a word for everyone to have as a favorite
    Thanks for sharing

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  21. The fabric cover for your machine is fantastic, love the lining. Thank you for sharing :)

    Happy Quilting,
    cindy at quiltdoodledesigns dot com

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  22. love that fabric -- great project

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  23. Love your machine cover and the word you chose! I also like the actual letters....the curly ends. Very nice!

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    1. Thanks! I tried to copy the style of the letters on the background fabric. I like how it turned out as well and will use it again.

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  24. Cute cover. I need to make one. I'd have a difficult time cutting into that fabric too!

    Thanks for SHARING! Great word.

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  25. Your machine cover is wonderful! I should get busy and make one myself! Great job!

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  26. Super cute project. Thank you for shareing it with us
    conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  27. A very excellent use of your special fabric. Share is a fantastic word for 2013.

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  28. What a great machine cover!! I love the fabric

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  29. I love the dust cover. It inspires me to make one for my machine too.

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  30. PERFECT!!!! I should put my word on a cover... love it! This has been great fun to be on the hop with everyone.

    My day is also today!

    Pat Sloan
    "The Voice of Quilting"
    http://blog.PatSloan.com

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  31. Rosemary B here: Ohhhhh I love this.
    Very pretty. I love the interior fabric! I would use that side all the time. Soooo true hahaha
    I love this, oh yeah, I already said that.
    Thanks so much for sharing your creativity Jenny!!

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  32. Fun fabric and perfect for you machine cover! Thanks for sharing today!

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  33. Really fun fabric and your cover is a treasure. This is such a creative and fun hop. Judy C

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  34. Great idea on so many levels. Just keep signing up for the occasional blog hop and that will give you mini goals for getting that beautiful dust cover removed.

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  35. I love your fabric - what a good choice. And I emphasize with the cutting into a favorite thing:)

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  36. I love the line on the fabric, "When I learned to sew I forgot how to cook." That's me exactly! Who has time to cook when you're caught up in all the inertia? Great project.

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  37. What fun fabric. No wonder you could hardly cut into it. I had to laugh at your word "Share". I can't tell you how many times I said that raising kids. I was a broken record! :-)

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  38. Love your lettering :D Thank you for sharing and joining in the fun.

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  39. Love that fabric- what a brilliant way to use it! Now I have to make a machine cover or two- housekeeping is not my "thing" either but I don;t want my babies to get cold!

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  40. Terrific! Love the fabrics and the lettering is awesome. I'm working on one for my machine too.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  41. Love the machine cover and I need to make one!!! Thanks for sharing.

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  42. Hi!!! Love the fabrics!!! I need to make a cover for mine too!!! Thanks for the fun!!!

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  43. I just made a cover for mine...but I love the fabric that you chose for your cover. How clever.

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  44. I love your sewing machine cover. It's wonderful. I think it will call out to you to sew more. Good luck!

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  45. I love your cover and you fabric is amazing. I'm about to make a cover for mine because of the same problem..dust. I wish I could say I was a brilliant housekeeper but it's never going to happen. Life is far too short!

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  46. Lovely! Here is to you not needing it because you are sewing too much! =) I understand being overwhelmed. It can grab at me, too.

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  47. Love your cover and the word SHARE is prefect. Thanks for sharing! Judith, Texas

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  48. This is such a great cover! Love it!

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  49. great word. i love your cover, the font you've done Share in is gorgeous!

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  50. I love the lining fabric. So fun!

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  51. Your cover is wonderful, so glad you shared!

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  52. That is a very clever idea.....put your word on your sewing machine cover to "remind" you. I keep saying I'm going to make one of these. I may just follow your lead & put my word on it. Thanks for sharing.

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  53. Cute use of your words. I have been wanting to make a cover for my machine too but just keep thinking about it. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  54. A sewing machine cover is my next project, I love the fabric on the back and you picked a great word.

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  55. Wonderful machine cover and I hope it gets taken off often as you do lovely work and it would be a shame not to do some ;-)

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  56. Great project! Love the sewing fabric.

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  57. Love your project! Thanks for sharing!

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  58. Sharing, it is something we all do when we blog. Great project and that you for sharing.

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  59. This is on my list of I need to make things! Love how yours turned out :)

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  60. That is such a great idea to have your word of the year on the cover of your sewing machine. I've been thinking of making a cover, but it seems to be pushed to the bottom of my list. I'm inspired by your project!

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  61. Terrific sewing machine cover! Share is a word we all need to do daily.

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  62. It's a wonderful word, and a great project! I could use a dust cover over my whole life, lol.

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  63. I adore that sassy fabric! Would love to know what brand/designer so I might be able to get some myself... :-)

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    1. Thanks! The "sassy" fabric is called "Housework Whenever" by Sharon Yenter for In the Beginning Fabrics. It's from 2009.

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  64. I have not seen that fabric in the shops just yet, it dose look fun though. Great cover for your machine , thanks for sharing with us today
    in stitches

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  65. That is an awesome cover!! Great fabric!

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  66. That is so me. Quilt and quilt and then nothing. I love your machine cover. Thanks for sharing. really enjoyed your blog and your reasons for your word.

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  67. I love it!!!! Very motivational

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  68. Beautiful quilting! Thanks for SHAREing.

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  69. I, too, want to make a cover for my sewing machine. Congrats on getting your finished. I laughed hearing your story about dusting!! Isn't dusting one of the worst chores, ever?

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  70. Cute sewing machine cover. What a great idea.
    blessings, denise :D

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  71. That is a great cover. Will remind you of your part in this fun hop!

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  72. I love this! What a perfect idea. :) blessings, marlene

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  73. What a great project! I always have to invite company to get my house clean. Otherwise, there are too many fun things to do!

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  74. fun project, fun word. Thanks for sharing

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  75. I should make a cover for my machine. I love that it has a fun lining fabric. Thank you for SHARE-ing your project!

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  76. I like your word for 2013. Your sewing machine cover looks great and the lining fabric is so much fun!

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  77. I love your word - I think we all need to do more sharing!
    Your cover is great! Thanks for sharing :)

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  78. Sharing is the word I am teaching my grand daughter this month. She is almost 2, and an only child so far. It is never too soon to learn. Love your sassy fabric.

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  79. What a great cover and now no more of those nasty bunnies! I also love the sassy material you choose for the interior of your cover!

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  80. I love your word and the fact that you will now have a dust free machine and more time to sew. Thanks or sharing.

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  81. I have a cover half way done.. and cannot seem to finish it. I am making it from scratch, measured my machine, etc., so it may be that I am not confident in my design. Did you use a pattern for yours?

    I think having a cover might have me using it more, as you said, it will be clean when I go to sit down and I can just start. They DO get dusty! I'm hoping your momentum will inspire me. I want to get this done!

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  82. Love your word. And how you used it. Share your talents. That is so awesome. Thank you for "Share"ing!

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