Thursday, January 9, 2014

Happy Birthday, my fabric relish!

So guess what day it is (or tomorrow for those night owls)? It's my blog's first birthday! Yay! It has been an amazing first year and want to share what got my blog for it's first birthday...

my new bff

Yep, that's a Juki! TL 2010 to be exact. And she is my new bff! She sews like a dream and fast as all get out! I had been saving for this machine for a few months and asked for only Amazon gift cards for Christmas to go towards it. Mr. Relish wanted me to wait until we move (we hope to move this spring and another story for another day!) and while that would make sense to most, it made absolutely no sense to me! So the day after Christmas when I was still debating which machine I wanted (it was between this Bother, this Juki and then the Juki I chose) and tallying my Amazon gift cards, Mr. Relish told me to just go ahead and get it. And so I did! Isn't he fantastic!

Unfortunately, there isn't room in my 1/2 room sewing space for her now, but she is happy on the formal dinning room table, which is only used twice a year for Thanksgiving dinner and then to wrap Christmas gifts. At least for right now, I think this is a great space since I will mostly use her to quilt and would need clear space anyway.

my new bff

As I briefly mentioned above, we do plan on putting our house on the market soon and knew I couldn't just have her out in all her glory, so I made her a pretty new dress. I really had made the panel as a 24 x 24 plus block pillow but decided it would look better as a cover and cut off several inches on the bottom then used that as the pocket for the other side.

my new bff

I basically just used the cover that came with the machine to make the new cover and added a 1/2 inch seam allowance. So in a nutshell, it is two 15 1/4 x 19 1/4 panels with rounded corners at the top and then one long 10 x 47 1/4 inch panel. I lined them with cotton batting and muslin on the inside. I serged the inside as well to keep it from fraying.

my new bff

I hand drew the embroidery design on the cover and stitched with perle cotton. It was my first time using perle and really enjoyed not having to separate the threads! I scanned my embroidery design in case anyone would like to use it and not comfortable with drawing it. You can download it here.

my new bff

I added the binding just as I do to my quilts. I used Anna Maria Horner's True Colors with some Road 15 text print mixed in and then of course some Black Essex Linen!

I found this cute little decoupage suit case a hobby lobby to house all the tools and feet that go with the machine. I also found a black little box to use a my little trash/thread catcher (see a few pictures above). Potential buyers won't be the wiser!

my new bff

So now to my blog's birthday celebration for you guys...

GIVEAWAY CLOSED -- I want to give one of my awesome followers a chance to win a 1 yard of fabric of their choice from one of my favorite fabric shops, Pink Castle Fabrics. I don't have any sponsors so this is all on me! If you want to do one full yard or two half yards, that is totally your call. Only thing I ask is no Kokka and only US addresses because of shipping cost. Even if you are not a US resident, please enter because you can always gift it to a fellow quilting friend in the US. :)

To enter, please leave me a comment, any comment! You don't have to be a follower, but it is greatly appreciated! I'll close the giveaway on Sunday 11:59 pm Central.--GIVEAWAY CLOSED

Thanks again to everyone that has cheered me on this year! xoxo
Melissa

 

59 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your new BFF and I love the cover as well.

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  2. What a pretty dress for your new baby girl and does she have a name yet? Can I copy that cute little embroidery on a similar cover for my new machine? It will be a pair of coveralls since my new guy is named Bert the brute. He is such a big brute compared to my ladylike little Miss Jane who always used to run around naked cause I was always sitting down to chat. Now she wears a pretty little dress while she sits on the shelf pouting. I told her she could stay and I wouldn't sell her into slavery to someone who doesn't love her and appreciate all her years of faithful service. I promised to spend time with her whenever Bert went out for an oil change and tune up. Thought I had really hurt her feelings but I pulled her out just today and it only took a moment til we had picked up like old friends. Hey, men have these kinds of relationships with their cars and we don't call them crazy. Cindy

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  3. You so deserve that lovely machine...She is a beauty! Congrats on one year! I look forward to many more!!

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  4. Congrats....and I love your machine cover!!

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  5. Congrats on the one year and the new machine!!

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  6. Congratulations on your first blogiversary! The machine is gorgeous, and so is the cover! I'm gonna start saving for that machine too. I've been eyeing it for the last six months, at least. Let's see, I have 7 more months to wait for my first blogiversary, but I'm going to do it too! I can't wait to see what you make with the juki and hear your review.

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  7. You're new bff looks nice......but I hear shes fast........my father always told me to sta away from girls like her! LOL

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  8. Happy 1 Year Blog Birthday!!! Congrats on the new machine, she is beautiful!

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  9. What a lovely cover!! Congrats on the bloggy birthday and the new machine :)

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  10. I adore the BFF stitching on the machine embroidery! What a great idea!

    Happy bloggy birthday to you and a warm welcome to your new machine!

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  11. Not sure which I love most, the machine or the cover! Enjoy them both.

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  12. Happy blog birthday. What a fab birthday gift, and how finely dressed she is. Congrats.

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  13. what a great machine, happy quilting and god luck to those of you in the USA with the draw, unfortunately I am in the UK

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  14. congratulations Melissa and I love your machine cover :-)

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  15. So exciting to have a new fabulous machine! Your cover is lovely.

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  16. What a great year your blog has had - happy blogiversary! That cover looks just awesome for your new machine - I love both sides. The back pocket is just wonderful!

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  17. That is such a cute sewing machine dress! Happy Blogiversary.

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  18. I got my juki about 9 months ago and I couldn't be happier. Hopefully you'll like yours as much as I do. Congrats on your blogoversary! And I love you machine cover. I definitely see myself making one very soon!!

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  19. Happy Birthday, Dear Blog! I love your suitcase...may have to go to Hobby Lobby and check it out! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  20. ooooh Congrats on your blogiversary, and your new machine, how exciting!! Love the fabrics and cover design and Thank you for the embroidery pattern. (and that suitcase..such a super idea!)

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  21. Happy Birthday! I Love The Cover For Your New Baby, I Need To Do That For My Poor Serger, Who Keeps Getting.Moved Around Because I Don't Have Room For her

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  22. Happy Birthday. Thanks for the chance to win. Love the cover for your machine.
    Shawn

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  23. Congratulations!!
    I love your machine cover!
    I'm not in the US but I would love to gift this to a quilting friend!

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  24. Ooh! I love the idea of giving your blog a present!! Great gift, too!

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  25. Happy birthday Blog and congrats on the new BFF!

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  26. Congratulations on one year and on that beautiful new machine. I do follow you on Bloglovin, BTW. thriftstorecrafter@yahoo.com

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  27. I'm so glad to add your name to the short list of women I 'know' who really know how to celebrate themselves!!! What a wonderful machine, and I am sure you are going to be happy every time you use it (or even look at it!) in years to come. Good luck with your anticipated move. Also, I notice that you changed your picture to the one that your daughter took of you. I like it!
    Juliana at julianaellington@gmail.com

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  28. HELLO! CONGRATS>1 YEAR! CONGRATS ON YOUR JUKI!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  29. Happy Blog Birthday! Nice suitcase to hold your sewing supplies. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  30. ooo please count me in! congrats on the Juki! I can't wait to see what you create with it!

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  31. Congratulations on your first year anniversary and on the wonderful Christmas gift. I love machine cover especially the way you embroidered "BFF" on it.

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  32. W.I.P. W.I.P. hooray! Congratulations on your blogaversary. My first year blogging is also coming up next week!
    I adore your blog, please keep going for many many years!
    Esther
    esthersipatchandquilt at yahoo com
    ipatchandquilt dot wordpress dot com

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  33. Yes. You do have a special post today! Happy Birthday to The Fabric Relish! Wow-You have come a long way in one year! Congratulations! Love everything about your blog! Great content, sewing style, writing, pictures. It is a very nice place to visit! And.. Congratulations on your new sewing machine! Very pretty cover! That is sure to help get a nice offer on your house!

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  34. So jealous of your new BFF. She's beautiful and her cover is fabulous!

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  35. Yay, happy birthday. I can tell that you're going to have many hours of happy sewing.

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  36. Happy Birthday and Congratulations! Love your blog and I can't wait to see what you make with your BFF :) prismsaz@cox.net

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  37. Congratulations on your first year blogaversary! I love the pattern and fabric you chose for your pillow/sewing machine cover. Can you tell me the reason you purchased the Juki? I'm in the market for a new machine this year and am doing research on different machines. Thanks! k.castanette@hotmail.com

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  38. Congrats on your blogaversary and on your Juki! I love the dress and all the accessories you added to make Juki feel welcome in the dining room!

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    1. You Won!! Please email me your address and selection! myfabricrelish at gmail dot com

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  39. Oh my goodness! Congrats!! That is so exciting! I've been eyeing that machine too! It's a beauty! I'm so excited for you!

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  40. I have yet to make a sewing machine cover. Yours is so cute and I love the outside pocket on the front. Yeah, for Pink Castle; I like them, too.

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  41. Congratulations!! I love the cover you made your BFF

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  42. That is one beautiful machine, and your new "dress" is really great. I need to make a new dress for my old Featherweight, and yours in inspiring me. Congratulations on your new acquisition, and I'm glad to hear you're using your dining table for large projects. No need to keep an entire room just for a couple of times a year! I, too, use our large dining table for all kinds of project that need some open, flat space - it's wonderful! Happy Birthday to your blog - I sure do enjoy your posts!

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  43. Congrats! I love your dress for your Juki, you are so creative!

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  44. Congrats! Your machine cover is really pretty! I love the pocket and the embroidery touches!

    Susie
    legato1958@aol.com

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  45. Congrats on your new best friend!!! She's a beauty, no doubt :) So, what's her name??? She is certainly sporting a beautiful dress - love it! Your embroidery really adds the perfect touch. Perfect gift for your blog's first birthday! I've enjoyed following your blog for quite a while now and thoroughly enjoy it.

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  46. It's always a good day when you have a lovely machine like that!

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  47. Happy birthday! Your machine cover is great. Thanks for being so generous with the giveaway.

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  48. Congrats on the birthday! What a great machine and the cover you made is, is just over the top. Thanks for holding the giveaway.

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  49. Whoa, look at the size of that bed! Fun! Love the cover, too!
    kristal_shepherd(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  50. Oh my! You luck girl you. Love you new addition she is pretty and her dress you made her is totally awesome. Congratulations on one year! :-)

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  51. Love the embroidered sewing machine. What a cute cover.

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  52. Happy Birthday! I LOVE your new sewing machine cover.

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  53. Congrats on the machine. I just found your blog, I can't wait to read through it. I am new to sewing and have been searching like crazy for blogs that give me inspiration.

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  54. Happy Birthday Melissa! The cover you made for your machine is gorgeous! I love the patchwork, the pockets, the embroidery, everything! Have fun with your new BFF. It looks like a machine worthy of your talent! And thanks for the generous giveaway!

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