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 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 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!!

February 28, 2008

Going to SewExpo in Two Days!!!

Filed under: crochet, sewing — Tags: , , , , , , , — Lady M Quilts @ 12:44 pm

I had a wretched headache yesterday.  The ibuprofen I took only brought the pain down to a level where I could be up and about.  Putting together two logical thoughts in a row was impossible.  I knew better than to try to sew or do anything that requires remembering what you’re doing.  So I did housework, laundry and watched a friend of our neighbor corner the swan and take him to his new home far away.  🙂  The swan was beautiful, but once he starting charging at my children, wings spread and trumpeting loudly…well, either the neighbor did something or animal control would. 

Later last night, I was feeling a bit better and tackled some simple sewing.  First up was curtains for my fabric stash.  My sewing room is a converted sun porch with windows on three sides, with the fourth open to the living room.   I like having the blinds open all the time, but of course I don’t want my fabric to fade.  So I made some very simple curtains from a bolt of $1/yd Walmart fabric I bought before I knew what good fabric was, lol!

This is just a teeny part of my stash, but it is the easiest to take a picture of.  These half height bookcases support my cutting table.

Next I made a new cover for my ironing board.  I just laid the board on the fabric, traced around it, adding a few inches so it would wrap all around the board and a couple of inches underneath (something my old cover didn’t do well).  I did a quick turned hem all around, leaving an opening for the string I reused from the old cover and it came out perfectly.  Now, if I can just keep this one from getting fusible gunk on it…..

 You can see it below, along with some of the tote bags and scrubbies I’m making for a swap.  The board fabric is Alexander Henry Picnic, my mostest favorite fabric (at least right now!).

Today and tomorrow I will be working on finishing up the swap items (must mail by Saturday) and continuing to work on my friend’s jumpers.

But on Saturday, it’s my day away!  I’ll be spending the day at “the nation’s largest sewing show!”, the Sewing & Stitchery Expo  in Puyallup, WA.  This is my third year going and it’s just so much fun!!  All kinds of new products to look at, classes to take and all the major sewing machine companies are there.  Which is part of my excitement this year, as I’m starting to shop for an embroidery machine.  It will be a while before I buy one, but the Expo is the perfect place to see all the different models on the same day at the same place!

I’m also going to try to list a few things on Etsy over the next couple of days…a few hairsticks and an apron and a couple of bags, so check my Etsy store to see what’s new there.

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