Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Princess Parade and Printer Cover

Today was a pretty good day. Sent off my latest Love Quilt square. Pressed another finish so it's totally done and I could take a photo. Plus I got my hair cut and colored, always a way to feel brand new.

The LQ Square is for Hailey G, who wanted bright colored princesses, especially orange and purple. I picked out the "Princess Parade" pattern from Country Cottage Needleworks. Of course, the design called for beautiful, muted, pastel hand-dyed floss. Hand-dyed doesn't work for LQ squares since the quilts need to be machine-washable. So I picked some brighter shades of regular DMC. The fabric in the photo may look like light blue, but it's really white. I made the clouds blue to compensate. I think it will work pretty well for the theme.



And I found a use for my "Sisters" Stitchery. My poor printer stays in a corner and doesn't get much use. Quite the dust catcher, so I decided to make a dust cover for it. I used this simple tutorial for an ottoman slip cover. No piecing of the fabric, just four 'darts' and a hem. Then I used Stitch Witchery to fuse the stitching to the top center and added a blanket stitch around the edges. Certainly not perfect, but definitely does the trick. And definitely an improvement over the old pillowcase that I had draped over it before. I understand the construction principles now and I think my next such cover will be better.

26 comments:

The Sampler Girl said...

Oh my gosh - those princesses are too cute!!

Tanya :)

Margaret said...

I love your square -- it should be perfect! It's just wonderful! Love how you made a dust cover for your printer too! So cool!

Jackie said...

LOVE the princesses!

Jan said...

What a clever idea for the printer! The princesses are adorable.

ArchangelDecker said...

How awesome is that?! I love it! :)

Theresa said...

Love your finishes!!!!!! That printer cover is so clever~~

mainely stitching said...

GREAT!

Carol said...

I'm sure little Hailey will love her princess square, Annie. That is so nice of you to stitch a square--something I should really look into.

I'll bet that is the first piece of stitching ever used as part of a printer cover--great idea! I need to stop using my printer so much for freebies and just learn to save them on my computer. Thanks for the link to the ottoman slip cover, too. I have one in my family room that is really showing its age!

Glad your hair cut and color was a success :)

Miss 376 said...

Great cover and a great way to use one of your stitched pieces.

Kirsten said...

Now these princesses really can bright up a day. For those who don't have a new haircut... ;-)
I just love the printer cover. Again I'm amazed about the beauty of the stitching! I think it's the areas with "filling" stitches that make it looking so much richer than line stitching alone would do.

Annette said...

Ow Annie, What a great idea to make a printer cover, I've never seen it, but i love the idea!! The pretty Pink fabric and stitchery on it... beautifull!!!
And your Prinses stitch piece... love it.. So Girlie Girlie... love it

Siobhan said...

You are soooo creative!! The princess square is adorable--I'm sure it will be treasured. What a neat idea for a printer cover, too.

Nancy said...

Your Princess Parade should definitely bring a smile to Hailey's face! How cute. Very clever work on the printer cover!

Hetti said...

Wow, what a very nice cover idea Annie.It suits perfect!
And I love your Princess Parade, so cute,
Hetti

Deb said...

Love those princesses and what a cool idea with the printer cover! I think that I need to make one of those because it always seems to be a dust catcher as it's not used that much. Great idea!

staci said...

Sounds like you had quite a good and productive day! A printer cover, what a great idea!

♥ Nia said...

Can you believe that I'm 31 and I've never colored my hair? :p Yeap, never had the courage to do it =) heheheh

Wow! I love those colors! :D
Colorful, bright, girly and adorable!!! =)
Great idea with the printer cover ;)

Hugs&Smiles to you

Gina E. said...

Hi Annie,
I've finally got a newer computer and am able to see allmy favorite blogs. Yours was first on the list to have a look at! I won't comment on everything; suffice to say I love all your work as always! I use one of my embroidered tabletops to cover my computer when I'm not using it. Sounds awful, but at least I can admire it every day instead of having it in a cupboard where I don't see it.

Thanks for your comments about my mug rugs and other work. Always nice to see you visiting :-)

Mounette said...

Ton blog me plait beaucoup, j'aime le choix de tes broderies
Bonne continuation

Farm Girl said...

Your princesses are sweet - I love how you so cleverly change the colours, you have such a knack for making it look bright and cheery.
You printer cover finish is awesome, I really love that embroidery design. Have a great weekend Annie,
Hugs, Nicky

Pumpkin said...

What a sweet finish! You did a great job with the color changes :o)

BRILLIANT!!!! Love that idea Annie!

Donna said...

A new hairdo sounds great. I think I need one too. You choose nice colors.

Nelli said...

Wonderful!

Sandra said...

Wow! Love your printer cover! I was thinking about making one for the school's printer and for the keyboards and monitors, but I have ten computers, besides I'm not sure I'll be in the same department next year...

The princess parade looks fantastic! You did a great job with changing the floss colors.

nima said...

Lovely cross stitched square.

the printer cover looks neat and perfect...beautiful finishing

Yiotas Cross Stitch said...

love the princess parade and what a lovely idea to use a stitchery cover for your printer, well done!