BlueflowerTreasures

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!

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 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.  

 

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.

Thanks!

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!!

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. 🙂

February 12, 2008

My other craft…crochet

Filed under: crochet — Tags: , , — Lady M Quilts @ 10:15 am

My mom and I are a true pair of opposites, which made my teen years very hard for both of us.  This opposite-ness extends to yarn.  My mom can knit with her eyes closed.  She makes lovely cable knit blankets for my children…huge big blankets that keep them warm each night.  Sweaters, hats, mittens…if it can be knitted, she can do it.  But when it comes to crochet, she throws up her talented hands and says “oh, no, all those loops, I just can’t keep track”.

I can’t knit.  I can’t do calculus either.  I took calc twice in college, flunked the first time, passed by about 2 points the next time.  Must be the same part of the brain for calculus and knitting.  On the other hand, I love to crochet.  The rhythm of it, the many different stitches and designs, the quickness of it. 

Here are some things I made for Christmas gifts (and to sell…some are still at my Etsy store 🙂 ):

Sets of crocheted bowls with ribbon accents…great for holding paper clips or candy

A scarf with a fun design on the ends:

For a Retro Femme stocking, I made this little bag.  It’s so cute and lined and has a simple vintage button closure.  Nobody bought it 😦 .  I’ll be listing it at Etsy.

And my latest fun crochet thing:  net grocery bags.  These are so fun to make and so useful!  This one is currenty listed at Retro Femme, and I’ve started another one in blue.

As always, thanks for looking! 

February 11, 2008

More fun stuff I’ve made recently…and not so recently

Filed under: sewing — Tags: , , — Lady M Quilts @ 9:52 pm

This was the first “coming and going” bag I made, and the very first thing I sold when I joined Retro Femme.  The pattern is from that*darn*kat.  She has a great wallet tutorial, too.

 

This apron pattern is so pretty, but not as flattering on my tall and curvy proportions as I would like.  I’ll be doing some tweaking on it soon.

A great shoulder bag/tote from the Amy Butler Frenchy bag pattern.  Hmm, it’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these, maybe I should dig it out…

I’ve also been making lots of skirts for me.  I just need to take some pictures. 🙂

Thanks for looking!

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