Hi! It's been a while since I had a chance to chat with you guys. I took a much needed break after the stitch-along to get caught up with work and family. I've been doing a lot of curriculum development and event planning for the non-profit I started working for this past spring. We host science events for elementary-aged kids, so the summer months are pretty busy with festivals and library series to keep the kids engaged over summer break.
In terms of sewing news, my machine broke. :( Yup, my little powerhouse of a Bernina finally stopped working properly after 10+ years of ownership. I'm pretty bummed right now since I know I won't have the funds to replace or upgrade it anytime soon, but I'm hoping that there might be a chance to repair it for a reasonable cost. After doing some initial checking it seems like just getting it in to have it looked at is going to cost at least $160 for servicing. Repairs and parts are on top of that once they figure out what's wrong. I was stunned to be quoted such a high price to be honest, especially since my machine isn't computerized. Does that seem like a reasonable amount to those of you who have had servicing/ repairs?
Well anyways, before my machine broke I did have the chance to do some new sewing. I made a pillow for my brother-in-law who just graduated from optometry school. I had seen this cool novelty print from the Geekly Chic collection just prior to starting the project and knew that it was meant to be:
The full meaning of the title of this post finally reveals itself! ; )
I worked with fabric strips in his school colors, black and red, to create the string blocks for the front. I think this design has kind of a fun, optical illusion-like quality to it. Totally appropriate!
I really wanted to make the pillowcase indestructible and completely washable since my sister and brother-in-law are expecting their first child at the end of the summer (yay!). I quilted the front and fully lined and interfaced the inside to give it a little more structure and wearability. I also added a full zip to the back to make it super easy to swap out the insert.
I also decided to add a little personalized embroidery to the back of the pillow to really make it special. I thought it might be fun for my brother-in-law to see his new title all stitched-up, kind of like one of those desk plaques--only soft and huggable lol! He tells me he plans to use the pillow in his new office.
I couldn't be more proud of my brother-in-law for this awesome accomplishment! Congrats Kory!