June 19, 2010

June update

Filed under: sewing — Tags: , , — Lady M Quilts @ 8:57 am

It’s a rainy, cool Saturday here.  My dear husband has taken our older five children off to Northwest Trek, a nearby drive through type nature preserve.  I put the toddler down early for his nap and I’m looking forward to several quiet and uninterrupted hours of sewing.

Before I get started, though, I wanted to take a few minutes to update this poor, neglected blog.

Things without pictures:  I’ve been rearranging and reorganizing my sewing space.  I’ve taken over more of the room, with a larger table and more lighting.  I’m making upcycled curtains and as soon as I’ve got the last set done, I’ll have pictures.

I’ve been giving sewing lessons to a couple young ladies.  It’s been a lot of fun and I’m considering doing formal lessons for other homeschooled teens in the fall.  For example, Sewing 101 would cover how the machine works, how to choose fabrics, seam finishes and sewing techniques, how to follow a simple pattern, etc.  The session would last about 6-8 weeks, 2 hours each week and we would make a couple of simple projects, like a grocery tote bag, a-line skirt and/or an apron.

One thing I do have a picture of is the doll quilt I did for the Spring Doll Quilt Swap at sewingmamas.

I saw this idea in a book of contemporary quilts.  The squares are zig-zag appliqued onto the quilt after it’s sandwiched, so the zig-zags are visible on the back.

What I’m working on now:

A baby quilt for a sweet baby girl at our church.

Tablecloth and placemats for a friend with a  huge table. 🙂

Three twirly dresses for a custom order.

Summer skirts and capris for my girls and shorts for the boys.

Well, time to get busy and make the most of this quiet day!

January 6, 2010

Disappearing Nine-Patch Table Runner

Filed under: sewing — Tags: , , , — Lady M Quilts @ 9:06 am

This is the table runner I made for my father and his wife for Christmas.  I used my current favorite easy quilt block, the disappearing nine patch.  The runner is approximately 18″ by 40″.  My camera cut off the end…

I used only fabrics from my stash! Yeah!  The other challenge with this gift was to make it fast.  I had a hard time deciding what to make for them and only came up with this idea at the last minute.  So this runner went from an idea at breakfast to completely finished by bedtime the same day.

The main colors are browns and reds, which are the same colors in their main rooms of their home.

For the quilting, I free-motioned all over.  I haven’t done much quilting, and it shows.  But I’m improving!!

On the back, I put a row of blocks down the middle.  I wanted it to be reversible…bright and bold on the front and more subdued on the back.

Next up on the sewing table is a quilt I bought at a thrift store.  It was tied, but I really like the colors and the size is perfect for my 5 year old daughter’s bed.  I’m machine quilting it and it’s about half done.  Hopefully I can get it finished soon!

But today, my mom is coming over to visit, so I have to get some dishes done and the hide-a-bed couch vacuumed.  It’s been a while since we pulled the bed out and I’m quite sure there will be debris lurking down there!

Have a great day!

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