BlueflowerTreasures

June 30, 2008

Joel Dewberry Aviary Custom Bag

Filed under: sewing — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Lady M Quilts @ 3:06 pm

I’m a heat wimp.  Which is why I’m glad I live in the Pacific Northwest, not far from Seattle.  Our average summer temp is around 75 or so.  Saturday, it was 90, Sunday 91.  Way too hot for this pregnant lady.  Today is better…only 83.  Thank the Good Lord, tomorrow it will be back into the 70’s and I can get out and work in our garden.  The weeds love the heat and are trying to take over.

The heat also is affecting my sewing.  My sewing room is a converted sun porch which faces west.  And of course, we do not have a/c.  Very few people here do.  My sewing room is a good 10 degrees hotter than the rest of the house, so I haven’t spent much time in there.  But I caught a break this morning when my little ones slept in and I was able to finish up the custom Aviary Bag before the room heated up.

Isn’t it beautiful??  It was a bit of a challenge (in a good way!).  I combined patterns for the Coming and Going Bag with a standard tote bag.   Getting things to fit together took some doing and a mock up bag that my girls claimed as soon as I snipped the last thread.  Then I decided I didn’t like the pockets and pulled it apart to redo them.  What do you all think?  Here are pics of the front and back (or back and front):

Finding just the right place to cut out the sparrow panel is always fun.  I wanted a bird on the front, and on the back and on the end.  It made my piece of sparrow print look like swiss cheese, but I did it:

And here are the infamous pockets.  The first time, the pockets lay flat against the lining and ended up being pretty tight…I tried putting my cell phone in one, a camera in another, etc and they started pulling the lining and the stitching.  So I redid them a bit bigger and pleated the bottom so they will hold everything without pulling.

Well, all that is left for this last custom order before my break is a wallet…I should be able to do that tomorrow and have the bag & wallet and a couple of other goodies in the mail on Wednesday.  Then I can start working on the, ahem, looonnnggg list of orders for my family.  First up will be some simple knit skirts for my oldest daughter, who goes off to Grandma’s and day camp next week.

 

June 24, 2008

Big Ol’ Catch-up Post

Of the several languages I studied, Latin was not one of them. But when I think about all the things that keep me away from my sewing room, I call them craftus interruptum. Almost definitely not accurate Latin, but a very precise picture of what happens sometimes in my life.

Then there is blogus interruptum. Things that keep me from blogging. Usually the same things that keep me from sewing.

All that to say…this is gonna be one of those great big catch-up posts, so get comfy and grab whatever you drink and here we go!

Jo-Ann’s had a big sale this past weekend and the weekend before. I was able to use several of the 50% off coupons floating around plus grabbed some stuff that was on sale. Here is some of my haul:

haul

Some fun quilting cottons across the top and more muslin and interfacing on the far right. Several cuts of snuggle flannel to make a gift for my neighbor’s new baby (since the crocheted blanket is going so very slowly). A pattern for maternity tops and thread, a tube turner and some fat quarters that caught my eye.

What’s not in this picture is the new 6×24 cutting ruler I had to buy three days ago when mine jumped off my cutting table, hit the leg of my rolling stool and broke into 3 pieces. Thankfully, I had one more 50% coupon.

Before all that shopping, I did finish some sewing. First up, the custom Mix It Up Apron using MM Ginger Blossom:


Very pretty, eh? I really love how these fabrics look together. I’m planning to make a couple more of these for my stores after my break (more on that in a bit).

Next up, I finished the skirt and dresses for my patient friend Bekah.

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Strawberry circle skirt. Being the picky sewist that I am, I wanted the strawberries to be upright all around the skirt. Plus the fabric was not quite wide enough for a full circle skirt. So, I cut four panels instead and sewed them together, making a circle. I think it looks great and it has lots of twirl potential.

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Two dresses from the same pattern. The left is AH Apples & Pears with MM Dumb Dots in pink for accents. The right is AH Kleo floral and bangle dots in sage. Very cute dresses, both fully lined and the hems are double sided…I don’t know the technical sewing term for it…but it gives the skirt a little extra weight and a nice clean look…no worry about the hem flipping up.

So, for this week, I’m working on the custom Aviary bag (we hammered out the details last week) and hopefully an apron or two for tomorrow night’s stocking at Beautiful Enchantments. We’ve had our store redesigned with lovely new colors and moved our stocking time to 9:30 pm EST on Wednesdays.
Please come check us out!

This will be my last stocking for a month. I’m taking the month of July off from business and custom sewing, to focus on family sewing and to spend time with my blessings, work in my garden and enjoy our summer weather. I’ll be stocking again in early August. But I will be posting here during the month! Showing off the lovely creations my children have been begging for. Maybe even a pic or two of the bounty of our garden. 🙂 And if the littlest one is cooperative, we’ll soon be able to share if our newest blessing will be a boy or a girl. 🙂 🙂

Hope you enjoyed the big ol’ catch-up post!

June 13, 2008

Retro Femme tonight

Filed under: sewing — Tags: , , , , , , , — Lady M Quilts @ 5:27 pm

I’ll do a big finished object post tomorrow (after I finish a couple more objects!), but here is what I’ve listed at Retro Femme tonight…

                   

The sun is finally shining and I’m going out to play with my children until their Daddy gets home.  I’ll see you all tomorrow…..

June 11, 2008

WIP Wednesday

Filed under: crochet, sewing — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , — Lady M Quilts @ 6:47 pm

Just thought I would share what’s in the working pile on my sewing table.  In no particular order:

This is a baby blanket I’m crocheting for my neighbor, who was due today, but had her baby boy a couple of days ago.  She doesn’t know I’m making it, so that buys me a little time.  I’ll be working on it while watching So You Think You Can Dance tonight.  The pattern is the Tiramisu Baby Blanket, I found it here.  The pattern calls for single crochet, but I wasn’t paying attention and started doing half-double crochet.  I decided to just keep going, because I’m not the fastest crocheter and doing it in hdc will just get it done that much sooner.

Next up:

This is the fabric and a half-drafted pattern for a diaper bag.  My midwife has asked if I would make up a couple things, a bag and maybe a changing pad and some bibs, and she will display them in her rooms.  Why I am drafting a new pattern when there are tons of bag patterns out there???  I’m not sure, but I’m doing it anyway.  My next appointment is in about 3 weeks, so I’ve got some time to work on this.

This next pile belongs to a VERY patient friend of mine.

The top two piles are the cut out pieces for dresses…simple tank dresses with full gathered skirts.  The bottom is a circle skirt that needs a hem and a waistband.  I really feel bad that these have been sitting on my table for about a month, so I’m going to finish them THIS WEEKEND, I promise, Bekah. 🙂

Two customs in the works:

Left is going to be a Mix It Up Apron, I just need to cut it out and sew it up now that I’ve finalized the layout.  The right is the Aviary bag.  The customer and I are having a blast discussing the details (like I sent her an email about some ideas, but didn’t attach the pics that showed what I was talking about, duh!).  I think we are really close to finalizing those details and then I’ll get started.

A diversion:

 

Last, but not least, being the sucker for new bag patterns that I am, when I saw this Kwik Sew (3612) pattern on a blog (jenjerpeach) I ordered it within minutes.  It came today and I dropped everything to start the big tote bag (view B) with the AH Kleo on the outside, the yellow floral for the inner.  I’ve only spent about 20 minutes on it sew far and I’m halfway done, so I think it’s going to be a quick thing.  The bag is huge and will make a great tote for the park or beach or pool.  When I have time, I’m going to try the pattern in a smaller size, see how it turns out. 

Retro Femme stocks this week.  We are doing a wonderful surprise auction box.  It’s a box filled with goodies from most of the vendors.  The surprise is you don’t know what’s in there.  The only clues are the name “one size fits all” and a small, very close up pic on the listing. 

For my listings, I’ll be putting up the bag in the bottom pic, plus an apron…I haven’t picked exactly which one yet.

Well, that’s all for now.  Thanks for visiting!

June 9, 2008

Unmotivated Monday

Filed under: random stuff, sewing — Tags: , , , , , , — Lady M Quilts @ 8:27 pm

Monday is not my favorite day, like many people, I’m sure.  On Mondays, my hubby goes to work very early, which means I have the honor and duty to get up with our toddler at the lovely hour of 5 am.  Ugh.  I much prefer the days when hubby goes to work later and so the honor and duty is his, and I can sleep in until 7. Which is a much more reasonable time to get up, especially after staying awake until almost midnight enjoying a quiet house, a good book and several cups of herbal tea.

I did have a productive weekend, just not in the sewing room.  I conquered Mt Dishes!!! For the first time in, well, a very long time, my kitchen counter was clear of all dirty dishes…for about 15 minutes.  But now that I’m on top of the mountain, I mean to stay there.  So as soon as I post this, off I will go to wash dishes…if the power stays on.  The wind is howling and we’ve already lost power once today…just for a little while, but I’d be far from surprised if it went off again tonight.

Let’s see…I did get the two custom bags sent out.  Here are the final posed pics…aren’t they lovely?

    

I’ve already heard from the new owner of the Ginger Blossom (on the left) bag…she was thrilled…and I’m thrilled that she is so happy!  The other bag is going to Canada, and hopefully it’s new owner will also be very happy with her bag and accessories.

Next up…I’m finalizing details for the JD Aviary bag and I’m starting tomorrow on a Mix It Up apron for a customer in the UK.  I’m thinking the layout will be something like this:

The top fabric will also be the waistband and there will be another stripe of the multi-color dots (Vintage Dots) on the very bottom.  I’ve changed around the layout about ten times, but I’m pretty sure I like this one the best and will start cutting it out tomorrow.

There is one other thing I’ve been working on:

I’m about 18 weeks along now…my last three babies have come at 39 weeks, so if this wee one follows the trend, I’m just about, nearly, almost halfway through this pregnancy.  I’ve haven’t for sure felt any movement yet…but soon, I think.  And I’m also out of my “regular clothes”…which means I will be sewing up some maternity skirts in the next few days.  Since my last baby, I’ve stopped wearing pants and at any rate, my maternity wardrobe, which has seen much service these last ten years, is in dire need of a injection of new things…maybe even some shirts, too…we’ll see.

Off to the dishes and then bed!  Five a.m. will be here sooner than I’d like.

 

June 4, 2008

Double Tagged

Filed under: random stuff, sewing — Tags: , , , , , , — Lady M Quilts @ 3:35 pm

I’ve been double tagged (does that mean I’m a real blogger now?) by summersadie and by see mommy sew.  Since I’m taking a sewing break today, I thought I’d post my answers.

#1…What was I doing 10 years ago?

I was working full time, attending college almost full time and having long discussions with my husband about what we really wanted to do with our lives.  We decided to start our family and leave the rat race behind for a simple, children filled life.

#2…5 things on my to-do list for today?

The same 5 are there almost every day: dishes, laundry, homeschool, sewing and gardening.  Today, only some dishes and laundry got done:  I slept wrong last night and have been dealing with a pinched nerve or something that is making my right arm alternate between pain and tingling numbness…so I’ve been resting and using the heating pad today, more than anything else.

#3…Snacks I enjoy

Pretzels, M&M’s, popcorn, chips & quacamole.

#4…Things I would do if i was a billionaire

Yikes, the list would be endless, but start with paying off all our debt and that of our parents.  Build a house on acreage for our growing family.  Donations to causes that we long to support, but can’t.  Travel with our children.  More donations to great causes.  A really really nice embrodiery machine. 🙂

#5…Places I have lived

Born in Seattle, WA.  Grew up 20 miles away in Mountlake Terrace.  Spent a year in Sweden as an exchange student in high school.  Spent 18 long months living in San Diego before I came to my senses and came home to WA.  Bothell, then Lynnwood, then Marysville, then Tacoma and now Port Orchard…all in WA.   The good Lord willing, I’ll never leave WA state.

Okay, my right arm is getting tingly again, and according to the tag “rules”, I’m supposed to pick people to tag.  Well, I’m going to take a shortcut and say that if you would like to share your answers to the above questions, consider yourself “tagged” and leave a comment with a link to your post, ok?

Sometime before bed, I’ll be listing a couple things at Beautiful Enchantments for Friday stocking:  the Josephine apron and the Circangle purse.  Tomorrow, I’ll hopefully be back to sewing, I have two wallets to finish up and I’m working on a skirt and a couple of dresses for a friend’s daughter.

Thanks for visiting!

 

June 3, 2008

Design Decisions

Filed under: sewing — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Lady M Quilts @ 9:18 am

I’ve been comissioned to make a custom bag from the Joel Dewberry Sparrows line.  The customer wants a bag that is a rectangle…the side would be about 9″ tall and 14″ wide.  I’ve been tinkering around with a few ideas and come up with these:

First off, showcasing the sparrow print with a center square on-point, with brown sunburst diamonds at each corner, with orange sunburst as the side panels.

Next, two variations on the same theme of wide stripes, one set horizontal, the other vertical, still with the orange sunburst for the side panels:

    

For the lining, it could be either the chocolate or the orange rose pattern, see here next to the sparrows to show scale:

Decisions, decisions…

Meanwhile, I’m finishing up two custom coming & going bags with matching wallets…here a couple quick peeks:

 

I’ll have better pics when I finish the matching wallets in the next day or so.  

 

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