BlueflowerTreasures

July 23, 2008

My disappearing nine-patch block

I don’t remember where I saw this first, but I really liked the look and the simplicity of it.  So I gave it a whirl and I’m very happy.

In the beginning, there was a basic nine patch block.

Next, I boldly cut it into quarters.

Then, I rotated and rearranged until I was pleased with the layout.  Finally, I sewed the quarter sections together, and voila!  A very pretty quilt block.

I have about 9 more blocks partially pieced into nine-patches.  I’m still deciding whether to do each final block the same or try to randomize the arrangement.  I’m also still deciding why I’m doing this in the first place.  I could make it a baby quilt for our new little one, but maybe there are too many floral prints for a baby boy?  Or maybe a lap quilt for me?  Nothing bigger than that, though…or it’ll never get done.

BTW, the fabrics are mostly Katie Jump Rope and Ginger Blossom, with a few random prints from my stash thrown in to get a scrappy look.

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May 19, 2008

Mama has a new bag

Filed under: sewing — Tags: , , , , , , , — Lady M Quilts @ 10:06 am

Ever heard the saying “the cobbler’s children have no shoes”?  That’s what it’s been like (a bit) around here.  This handbag making mama was carrying a purse that I made over a year ago and it was showing its age quite a lot.  I’ve been wanting to make myself a new bag using the Katie Jump Rope fabrics.  And last week I got my hands on a pattern for the Run Mama Run bag and decided to test it with KJR. 

The original pattern yields quite a large bag, almost a tote, really, and far too big for my everyday use.  You all know what happens when one carries too large a purse…everything ends up in there and then nothing can be found.  So I downsized the pattern, by hand, because I didn’t want to take all five of my dear blessings out to the copy store.  Dear hubby had accepted a last minute invite to a baseball game and wasn’t home yesterday when I decided to do this.  I trimmed a little here, a little there and started laying out fabric and cutting.

This pattern has several pieces, but it is fairly straighforward.  My biggest pet peeve about bag patterns does make an appearance in this pattern:  the pattern for the outer and the lining are the same size.  I think this is because the bag *can* be made to be reversible, but I do think that there should be an explanation on how to make the lining smaller for a traditional bag.  I find it very annoying when a lining won’t sit properly flat in the bottom of the bag because there is too much of it.

I did make a cutting error…when I downsized the pattern, I forgot to downsize the width of my straps when I cut them, so they were too wide.  I just put little pleats at the bottom, which I actually like, but it wasn’t part of the original pattern.

Here is my lovely model with my new bag:

The other problem I ran into was that for some reason the outer bag fabric developed a few wrinkles during the process.  I used fusible fleece (which I’ve used many times before without a problem) for the outer and all looked good until I turned the bag.  I’ve steamed it a bit and some of the wrinkles left, but I guess I need to get more steamy.

        

One thing I do like about this bag is that it stands up by itself.  I was worried that because I narrowed the width, it would be too narrow to do this, but there it is, standing up.

I put pockets on both sides, one is divided to hold my cell phone and keys.  The other is long and will hold my yearly planner calendar thingie.

         

Did I mention it’s still a little big for me?  That’s my new wallet way down there.  Looks a little lost.  I’ll probably trek off to the copy center later this week.   I really like this pattern, the style and looks appeal to me, but I need something smaller…just big enough for my wallet, phone, keys.  This version will be great to use when I need to also take a couple of diapers or a book or bottle of water.

Speaking of wallets, I made a new one of those for me, too.  Below, the old one is on the top, my bright shiny new one is on the bottom.  (duh, right?)

My wallet pattern is based on the tutorial at that*darn*kat (the link is over there  –> ).  This time, I added a zipper compartment instead of more card slots.  If I had any cash, it would be artfully peeking out from behind either the cards or the zipper compartment.

       

So, that is how I spent my Sunday.  Now, its “clean-up Monday” at our house.  Mt. Laundry and Mt. Dishes await.  I have several sewing projects to do for local clients and a custom bag to start.  And I hope to post a review of a new book I snagged:  A is for Apron

Have a great Monday!!

May 16, 2008

The apron that needs a name

Filed under: sewing — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — Lady M Quilts @ 3:13 pm

I put together another of my fun, retro, strip pieced half aprons today.  The main floral print is Alexander Henry Birch Blossom and I found some great coordinates in the quilting section of Joann’s.  I just love how bright and springy this apron looks.  It’s listed at RetroFemme tonight.

I made a similar apron last month from my mostest favorite collection (at least just now) of fabric:  Katie Jump Rope.  In case you didn’t see that post, here it is:

Now, I need a catchy name for this apron. Something with two words, the blank blank apron. Something fun but not cutesy (cuz’ I’m not cutesy, lol). I’m thinking of someday selling this pattern, so I need a name that is catchy and fun and retro and memorable. Any ideas?

I put up a custom slot for this apron at RF, too, with Michael Miller Ginger Blossom as a choice.  And two more slots for Semi-Custom Coming & Going Bags.  I may be very busy soon (I hope!).

Thanks for looking and thanks for any name ideas!

May 1, 2008

Hard work brings reward

Filed under: sewing — Tags: , , , , , , — Lady M Quilts @ 11:09 am

I was feeling a bit better today and so ensued a battle:  should I sew or clean? I have a RetroFemme stocking tomorrow and plenty of local sewing to do.  But my house…just imagine the mess five young children can make in a small house in just a couple hours.  And it had been a couple days since we’d picked up or vacuumed and even longer since all the dishes have been done at once.  So the older children and I worked for a couple hours and things look much better.  Still a few dishes waiting and I’m going to wait til after lunch to vac the dining room, but at least I won’t be embarassed with the electrician comes tomorrow to fix our dining room light.

Now, though, all my energy is gone.  Too bad, because my hard work was rewarded by fluffy mail!  Some long awaited fabrics arrived today!

Several prints from Michael Miller’s Ginger Blossom line acros the top, four more prints from my current favorite fabric line, Katie Jump Rope, across the bottom and a random piece of white dots on green hiding in the left corner.   I’m going to dredge up the energy to get these into the washer, because I’ve got big plans for them!! 

 

April 18, 2008

Katie Jump Rope half apron

Filed under: sewing — Tags: , , , , — Lady M Quilts @ 4:38 pm

I did it!  I managed to finish this apron.  I’ve been thinking about this one for quite a while.  I drafted the pattern myself, though I’m sure others have made very similar aprons.  It was a real fight to finish it in time for tonight’s Retro Femme stocking, but I did! and with 90 minutes to spare, lol!

I’m just so pleased at how this turned out.  It’s so much fun when something comes together just the way you hoped! 

Next up, the other Sparrows bag and finishing some items for my “local” sewing.  I hope to get a lot done tomorrow, since my husband will be home to help with the children.  All I need now is for my tummy to settle down…

UPDATE:  This lovely apron sold out in less than 10 seconds!  woohoo!! 🙂

 

April 17, 2008

The end is near??

Filed under: random stuff, sewing — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Lady M Quilts @ 3:47 pm

If history truly repeats itself, I only have 2 or 3 more weeks of feeling like a overcooked noodle with the tummy flu.  The good news is that we were able to hear the heartbeat at my visit with the midwife on Tuesday. In the rare moments that I feel a bit of energy and lessening of queasiness, I usually head straight to my sewing room, ignoring the piles of laundry and dishes. 

I have two custom orders for the coming & going bag, both with the Sparrows fabric from Joel Dewberry.  The first is done and in the mail:

    

The other one is started and should be done this weekend.  I’ve listed two more semi-custom slots for this bag at Beautiful Enchantments, which stocks at 2pm eastern on Friday.  There are other fabric choices available: Metro Blues and Katie Jump Rope.

Speaking of Katie, I’m (still) working on a patchy, retro apron with this fun prints.  If I can manage to be upright for a couple of hours tonight, I’ll list it at Retro Femme tomorrow.

Thanks to all 3 🙂 of you who still visit me and I hope to be up to full speed again soon!

 

April 7, 2008

Announcing…

Filed under: crochet, random stuff, sewing — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , — Lady M Quilts @ 8:18 am

I’m still here!  I haven’t been sewing hardly at all for the last couple of weeks, but I did manage to crochet a lovely bag that I listed at RetroFemme last week:

As to the reason I’ve been under the weather and not sewing much, it’s nothing too surprising for us.  A pretty regular occurance around here.  We are expecting a new baby!, around the middle of November, if all goes as we hope and pray it will.  This makes baby number six for us and we are just as happy and excited as we were when our first was on the way.

Though I will say, I was a little more excited when I wasn’t suffering from round the clock “morning” sickness and then a bad cold on top of it! 

I do have sewing plans for this week.  A custom bag from the Joel Dewberry Sparrows line.  An apron from Katie Jump Rope.  A dress for my oldest daughter.   Listing a few more things at Etsy.  Hoping I can keep the saltine cracker crumbs off the fabric. 🙂

And a little giveaway on Thursday for my birthday.  Check back for more details tomorrow.

 

 

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