BlueflowerTreasures

August 19, 2008

Wait! I can’t catch up!!

Filed under: random stuff, sewing — Tags: , , , , , , — Lady M Quilts @ 5:48 pm

There are times when my life (and probably yours, too) feels like an old-fashioned carousel ride.  It keeps spinning and I’m trying to catch up and jump on, but I just can’t run fast enough to get on a horse, let alone grab the brass ring.   Just when I think I’m getting close, the ride speeds up or I stumble and I get farther behind.

I didn’t step foot in my sewing room for almost a week.  We had several days of above average temps (around 90 degrees), which makes my west facing, used to be a sunporch, sewing room into a sauna…minus the steam and naked people.  One day, just for fun, I put a thermometer in there…105 degrees.  No way was this pregnant lady about to spend more than a few seconds there!

But the heat did bless us with this…a gorgeous sunset

Then, over the weekend, I was visited by a tummy bug.  I will spare you the details, but I was totally useless all weekend.  Thank the Lord above that I was the only one honored with this visitor.

Yesterday, I surveyed the wreckage of my house.  And decided that even though the balance of clean to dirty dishes was tipped way to the dirty side and that parts of the rug crunched when walked upon, the thing that really needed to be done first was to organize our home library and homeschool area.  Hmm, could I be nesting already?  I have reached the third trimester of my pregnancy, yeah!!

Today, I had a grand plan to spend the first couple hours of my day (while the baby was still sleeping) sewing…or at least getting my messy sewing room ready to sew.  Alas, the baby woke up early.  Then, I spent the first half hour of my day unclogging the toilet.  My sweet husband had already left for work, so the job fell to me.  

Finally, I was able to spend a few minutes on a huge job I’ve been wanting to get to for a while:  taking & posting photos of all the fabrics I have available for custom orders.  This is a huge undertaking, and I’m going to be doing it in little bites.  I took 9 pictures before the camera batteries ran out (note to self: find the battery charger).  And I opened a new photobucket album for my fabric pics.  I debated between pb and flickr, but picked pb because if I wanted to add another flickr album, I’d have to upgrade.  Since I’ve spent a little too much on fabric recently, I decided to go the free route.

Then I made a little button to put on my sidebar. 

Pretty cute, eh?

So, I did finish rehemming a friend’s linen shirt.  I put away all the (home)school supplies I’ve been gathering.  I shelved about half of the book the toddler pulled off the shelves when I was busy elsewhere.  I went to a long overdue eye appointment (yeah, it’s been over five years…).  I picked veggies (cukes, beans & tomatoes) from our garden for dinner.  And made dinner.  I’m done for the day.  Ugh.

Tomorrow, I will spend time picking, shredding and freezing zuchini and figuring out the easiest way to make pickles without a pressure canner.  I need to return some overdue books to the library and stop by the optometrist, because when I went today, I left my wallet at home and funny thing, they won’t order my new glasses until I pay for them.

I will try to take another set of fabric photos and finish another A is for Apron apron for the Retro Femme stocking on Friday.  I need to call a repair person for our fridge, which occasionally leaks water out the bottom.   I need to do some laundry and start packing for our annual trip to the beach next week.  Making sure that 6 other people have enough clean clothes for 5 days at the beach when the weather is doing a hot today, cold tomorrow thing will be fun. 

If I can do all that, I will start on a set of Bible covers for a local customer.  I want to try out the new Amy Butler Birdie Sling bag pattern I just received. 

HA!  What are my chances??  Can someone push the button to stop the carousel??

August 4, 2008

Getting Back to Business

Filed under: sewing — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , — Lady M Quilts @ 7:11 pm

My break is over…and not only was it too short (aren’t vacations always too short?)…I didn’t accomplish half of what I wanted to.  Sigh.  At least I have another month before we start homeschooling and three months before the baby is born.  Maybe, just maybe, I can cross off a lot of projects from my sewing to-do list before our newest son makes his entrance.

In the meantime, I’ve listed a couple things at Beautiful Enchantments.   The Waldorf apron and a new tote I made today.  I’m really liking this tote…I will definitely be making other totes like this.

            

If I can, I’m going to make a little zipper pouch tomorrow, using some very cute Japanese hedgehog canvas and deep chocolate corduroy, with a turquoise ribbon trim.  Check back to see if I can get it done!

July 7, 2008

A is for Apron: Waldorf

Filed under: A is for Apron, sewing — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Lady M Quilts @ 6:06 pm

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As I was cleaning up my sewing room in preparation for my month of family sewing, I found this apron, all cut out and ready to go, it just needed stitching up.  It seemed the work of just a few minutes to put it together.  This is the Waldorf apron, designed by Erin Harris, from A is for Apron.

Here is my version, in Amy Butler’s Brown Lacework:

Here are the changes I made:

* I used wider bias tape.  I did this for two reasons.  The first one was that I wanted to really highlight the pink in the flowers.  The second was that it was what I had and I’m trying to use what I have this month.

* I added a muslin lining.  Again, for two reasons.  The first is to further protect the user’s clothing.  The second and more important is that I’ve have terrible luck with bias binding staying on a single layer of fabric after multiple washings…it tends to pull off. 

I’m thinking of adding a pocket to this…but can’t decide.

The directions in the book for this apron were much better than the Josephine apron.  No skipped steps, but some were a little fussy for an experienced sewist…taking two steps to do something that could be done in one.  For example, when sewing the ties, the instructions say to sew along the long edge (right sides are folded together).  Then the next step says go back and sew the 45 degree angle on one end.  I did this all at once.  Minor stuff and easily combined for those with experience.

This is also the first pattern from this book that I used an actual enlarged pattern.  I took the book to our local office supply store, made a photo copy of the pattern page and they scanned it and reprinted it at a 400% increase.  Each extra large copy cost about $3, so I’m doing two or three at a time.

Overall, I’m very happy with this apron.

March 6, 2008

Thursday already!?!

Wow, this week is flying by.  And I haven’t gotten much sewing done, either.  Tuesday, the “phone guy” came to see why my dsl line was having lots of errors, when it was working at all.  We’ve had trouble since we moved here last summer, and had someone come out last fall.  That phone guy replaced the ancient jack in the kitchen (the only jack in the entire house!) and that helped a bit.  But I finally got fed up this week with the on again-off again dsl line and the static on our phone line and called the phone company to send someone.

This guy was a bit more thorough.  He went down into the basement and discovered the problem.   There is a place were the phone line, which is stapled to the ceiling as it comes across from the phone box outside over to the kitchen wall, was spliced.  It looks like there was once a leak in the furnace duct nearby that overheated and melted the phone line.  Someone had tried to fix it, but without cutting away the burned wire!  (I though about getting a picture, but felt silly about saying to the phone guy “wait, I need a pic for my blog!)  So the phone guy cut away all the burned wires and put a new modern splice and voila! fast stable internet and no phone static! 

Yesterday we went to visit my mom, who lives about two hours away.  We took the ferry Walla Walla across to Seattle.  Here was the view as we came into the dock.

I love Seattle.  I was born here and so were my parents and my children.  I worked for many years in one of those tall buildings.  And I met my hubby on a tour boat,which is in the picture, but hard to see.  It’s one of those small white boats at the far left.   This is my town. 🙂  And this is the best view of the city, from the water on a sunny day.

Here is my week’s work in progress.

Yep, two projects, lol!  The apron is almost done, I just have to make the other tie and attach them to the waistband.  The fabrics are from one of my favorite designers, Alexander Henry.  They are Sweet Treats, Just Desserts and Petit Fours.  The other pile is going to be an Amy Butler Frenchy Bag, reduced to 75%.  I’m hoping to add some lovely clear turquoise drop beads (not pictured) that match these Michele D’Amore Metro Blues fabrics, as a trim.  I’m going for an evening or dressy bag.  A bit of an experiment. 🙂  I’ll be listing these and a couple of hairsticks at Retro Femme for tomorrow’s stocking.

In the time I’ve been writing this post, I’ve also: checked on my children’s chores, started a load of laundry, put the baby down for his nap and taught my 6 year how to add with regrouping (carrying for us older people).  Now it’s time to sew!!

February 15, 2008

Best laid plans…

Filed under: random stuff, sewing — Tags: , , , , — Lady M Quilts @ 1:33 pm

As usual, I accomplished less than I hoped to.  Of the three projects I wanted to list at WeepingWillows today, only one made it.  This is not a surprise to me.  Life as a homeschooling mom of five under nine is rich in experiences like this.

Part of what derailed me yesterday was our neighborhood goose.  We live in a semi-rural area.  The closest neighbors have a goose, who wanders through our yard on the way to and from the pond nearby.  We rent and our landlord isn’t too keen on fencing our 1+ acre lot just to keep out a goose, so I spent quite a bit of time yesterday hustling the goose through the yard so my children could play outside.  The goose now starts to get very upset when he? sees me coming and I have taken to arming myself with the broom to avoid being bitten…again.

It turns out the some of my children have been accidently feeding the bird by leaving goldfish crackers “swimming” in our yard.  My husband had a firm discussion with the aforementioned children last night, as leaving food outside is not allowed, for just this reason. 

Our oldest son was one of the culprits and part of his reaping was having to clean goose poop off his shoe.  (Reaping comes from “you reap what you sow”)

Onto what I managed to get done:

I really like my version of the Amy Butler Frenchy Bag.  If this doesn’t sell, I’ll definitely use it myself.  But if I does, I have plenty of this fabric to make another one…so don’t worry about depriving me if you are thinking about purchasing it.  It’s listed at WeepingWillows.

Well, we have some errands to run and then I need to tidy up my sewing room.  I have four simple tank top-style long dresses to make for a friend from church that I want to get a good start on this weekend and I’ll need the full length of my cutting table for them.  Maybe I’ll even get it clean enough to take a few pics.

February 14, 2008

Tonight’s Work in Progress

Filed under: crochet, sewing — Tags: , , , , , — Lady M Quilts @ 12:43 am

It’s actually after midnight, so I should be saying “last night’s work”, but here it is regardless.

These items are all destined for Weeping Willows, one of the hyenacart congos I belong to.  We stock each Friday afternoon, but I only stock every-other Friday, because my other congo stocks on the other every-other Friday.  This week is WW.  I have four items planned.  I would like to have them all finished tomorrow, or rather later today, but that may be pushing it.   I do have a few other things to occupy my time.  Have I mentioned I have five children under 9 and I homeschool them?

First up and closest to being done is this Amy Butler Frenchy Bag with tweaks.  I changed a few things, the most obvious being flaring out the top panel and making the straps longer.  I like purses to hang from my shoulder, I need my hands for other things.  On the inside, I’ve made the dividers into pockets. 

 

Hmm, you can’t see the fabric on the outside of the bag.  Well, it involves circles and the colors brown and pink.  There’s a glimpse of it in the handles.  Stop by tomorrow and I’ll post a picture when it’s done.

Next is the beginnings of another grocery string-net bag, this one in a pretty blue cotton yarn.  I’m planning to make this one a wee bit bigger than the other one I showed.  I’m almost done with the increases and ready to start climbing the sides.

It might look a little small, but this stretches alot. 

Last, and farthest from being done and in fact so far from being done it’s not even cut out yet, is an apron and pot grabber set from this wonderful strutting chicken fabric.  I have this in blue, and now yellow.  It comes in green, too, which I’m sure will soon take up residence in my fabric stash.

Time for bed, so that I can get up in 6 hours and start a new day!

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