March 27, 2008

a quiet week

Filed under: random stuff — Tags: , , , — Lady M Quilts @ 2:32 pm

I’m not feeling well this week so I’m not getting much sewing or crafting done.  I’m working on a couple of things for next week, including a crocheted handbag, but most of my energy is being taken up by keeping the house clean “enough” and the laundry caught up enough that everyone has clean underwear. 

I’ll be stocking at a new congo next week called Beautiful Enchantments.  Lots of darling stuff for moms and babies.  Some members will be stocking tomorrow, so come see what they have to offer:


March 25, 2008

An Etsy Treasury & Street Team

Filed under: sewing — Tags: , , , , — Lady M Quilts @ 3:12 pm

I’ve joined some of my fellow SewingMamas in an Etsy Street team.  We have a blog and today, one of our members was able to score a treasury for us!  Please take a moment to visit our treasury and see what we’re made of.


March 21, 2008

They’re done and that’s what counts

Filed under: sewing — Tags: , , , , , , , — Lady M Quilts @ 11:56 am

I’ve had a couple of “those” days this week.  It’s been a huge challenge to find the time and energy to sew.  But I did manage to finish and list the two aprons at Retro Femme for tonight’s stocking at 10 PM EDT.

The sewing wasn’t so hard, actually, but the picture taking was torture.  My camera batteries were low and I couldn’t find the spare set.  The sun kept hiding behind clouds.  I couldn’t get the exposure and colors “just right” for the black apron.  Finally, when I felt like the next thing I’d do would be to throw my camera through a window (okay, not really, but you know what I mean), I stopped and listed them anyway, icky pictures and all.  Hopefully, their true loveliness will show through, because they turned out just how I imagined them.  How cool is that!!


I’d thought about trying to pull something else together for tonight’s stocking, but it just isn’t going to happen.  It’s Easter weekend, I don’t have the eggs ready for the hunt tomorrow, the house is, well, a mess, dishes are waiting, and I have several custom orders to work on for next week. 

Whenever I can find a few minutes during the day, I’ll be listing the hairsticks at Etsy.  That will catch me up for my goal of listing 10 items at Etsy this week.

Have a great and joyous Easter!

March 19, 2008

Wednesday’s Etsy stuff & a sneak peek WIP

Filed under: random stuff, sewing — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , — Lady M Quilts @ 10:35 pm

It’s 11:35 PM, still Wednesday here.  It was a long day.  Thank the Lord its almost over.

Here are today’s Etsy listings:


And many many thanks to my dear friend who was kind enough to be my first Etsy buyer.  Still plenty for the rest of you. 🙂

I’m working on a couple of aprons for Friday’s Retro Femme stocking.  I saw this uber cute coffee cup fabric at the quilt shop and bought a small bit.  I just think these cups are so fun:

There are 8? different cups.  This chai tea latte is gracing a black twill square chef’s style apron.  It will have long skinny ties that can wrap all around to the front…the waistband & ties will be the same blue dots and the pocket border and the hem.

This cup is french vanilla latte, and I thought that bright yellow dots, a ruffle and a black waistband and ties would suit it perfectly.

The pictures aren’t great, it’s very dark in my sewing room at night, but hopefully they are good enough to show where I’m going. 

Another item I’m getting ready to list is a lovely afghan my mom crocheted.  I always thought she didn’t like to crochet…I was wrong, she simply prefers to knit, you see.  This afghan is 6 18″ square blocks with what my mom called a pinapple motif.  She used Red Heart yarn, which gets so nice and soft after a few washings, but is still sturdy and durable.  The blocks are cream and the border is dark chocolate brown.  I need to block it and get some good pictures of it before I can list it. 

Well, folks, that’s all for tonight.  It’s after midnight now, and we busy moms need every minute of sleep we can get, right?  Plus, the sooner I go to bed, the sooner morning will come and we will all find out who won the Katie Jump Rope Quilt!!  Please let it be me!!

Nature Walk

Filed under: random stuff — Tags: , , — Lady M Quilts @ 10:29 am

I know this is a craft blog, but I needed to get some fresh air this morning and took a walk around my yard.  I thought I’d share what I saw with you.  While you are reading this, I’m back to sewing.

Hope you enjoyed them!

March 18, 2008

Tuesday’s Etsy listings & Unsubscribe day

Filed under: random stuff — Tags: , , , , — Lady M Quilts @ 7:18 pm

I had two goals today:  list two more items at Etsy and unsubscribe from most of the “I was interested once, but that day is long gone” emails I received each day.  And I did both.

Today’s Etsy listings:


I also spent time today researching a unit study on the 50 states for our homeschool, mailing out several packages of fabric I sold yesterday, and compiling a list of fabrics I’ve reserved through a co-op.  That list is a wee bit longer than I thought, so I really hope this daily Etsy listing thing works.

Tomorrow I’ll get started and hopefully mostly finished with this week’s RetroFemme listings.  A bag and two aprons.  If you like coffee, you’ll want to see what I’m planning…check back tomorrow evening.

March 17, 2008

Someday…a buyer will come…

Filed under: random stuff, sewing — Tags: , , , , , , — Lady M Quilts @ 3:03 pm

My daughters were watching some princess or another movie yesterday…the one with the “some day my prince will come” song.  Was it Cinderella?  Anyway, my thought was “someday, my first etsy buyer will come”. 

In an effort to attract that buyer, I am focusing on getting more items stocked into my Etsy store this week.  My goal is two items a day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.  Today I put up these two:


Tomorrow I will add two more from my backstock (what a nice way to say “things I made but haven’t sold yet”).  I might also make some more coasters and hairsticks.

Tonight, though, I’m going to try to finish a skirt for me I started yesterday.  It just needs the waistband and hem done.

I spent most of my day climbing Mt. Laundry.  With 7 people in our family, that mountain is ever present and my goal is simply to be on top of it rather than buried underneath.  Or as my dear hubby says:  as long as I have clean undies, all is good. 🙂

March 16, 2008

I won! I won!

Filed under: sewing — Tags: , , , , , — Lady M Quilts @ 8:26 am

A rare Sunday post from me to say:


I enter giveaways all the time and never expect or really even hope to win.  So I was so excited to see that I’d won a giveaway!!  I won 2 patterns from SewSensible.   I picked the Faith and DressTop patterns.  They both look fun and also easy to modify to fit the different personalities of my girls.


She has several other super cute patterns, go check them out!!

March 14, 2008

Friday’s Post

Filed under: sewing — Tags: , , , , , — Lady M Quilts @ 11:11 am

What a title, eh??

The Rocketeer is home and set up.  I’m thinking I’ll call her Sally.  Here she is when we first got home yesterday:

I played around with the stitches and different feet last night for a bit.  She can do some neat things, but the best part is the sound she makes.  She really does purr.  The sound reminds me of when I was a little girl, listening to my mom sew my clothes on a machine just a few years newer than this one.  I still have that machine, it just needs a miracle…two different sewing techs have been unable to figure out it’s tension problems.

Here is what I did this morning with Sally.  We made coasters.  I found the pattern here…I’ve seen them before, but didn’t have the exact instructions.  But yesterday I saw a post at a new blog called Rainlight Designs and decided they would be a perfect first project for Sally. As you sew around the edge of the coaster, you are sewing through 6 layers of fabric.  Which was no trouble at all for Sally.

I whipped up 8 of these, 2 sets of 4, for the Weeping Willows stocking at 3 pm EDT today…which is noon my time and only about 2 hours after I got up!  My hubby is home from work today and is kindly watching the tribe and doing the dishes….what a guy!….while I sew.  I got them listed with about 10 minutes to spare, whew!

I also listed an apron at WW.  I’d listed this a few weeks ago, but it didn’t sell.  I decided it was too plain.  So I jazzed it up.  A little applique, a bright red pocket and red ric rac.  The red ric rac looked so good, I added some yellow.  Maybe it’s brightness will catch someone’s eye this time?



Better, yes??

Well, that’s all for today, I think.  Since hubby is home, we are going to tackle some home projects…mainly the continuing effort to organize the basement.  Ugh.

March 13, 2008

Giving Away a Quilt! Wow!

Filed under: random stuff — Tags: , , — Lady M Quilts @ 7:40 pm

Here’s just a quick peek at the quilt I hope will soon be adorning a bed near me. 🙂


One my current favorite fabrics is the Katie Jump Rope line by  Denyse Schmidt for Free Spirit fabrics.  I have a few precious yards which I am thinking about using, but it will probably by *quite some time* before I cut into them. 

So I would be thrilled to no end to win the quilt made from these lovely fabrics that Old Red Barn is giving away to celebrate the 200th post over there!  All you have to do to enter is leave a comment, by March 19th.  So hurry!

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