Monday, September 17, 2018

My Greenleaf Dollhouse Camper

Last fall I got the bug to make another miniature project, (here are some posts  that include my 2009 dollhouse project) and I had seen some cute travel trailer kits on line.

  I ended up buying one from Greenleaf:  the kit includes pieces you pop out of pre-cut pieces of wood, and you sand, paint, and glue the thing together before decorating.  The kit was not complicated, though the directions are very minimal.  Unfortunately, I warped the thin pieces of balsa that are supposed to form the roof by trying to wallpaper them, so my camper is "open air."

Of course, the best part of the project is decorating.  I wanted a pink and aqua decor.  Recently I finished up this project, and got to assemble all the little details I'd collected.

I imagine this space as a cozy get-away.

 I think this seating area needs a few more items: some books and maybe a plant or two.

 Here are the pillows I made next to my ipad keyboard for scale.  This kit is 1:12 inches.

I also dispensed with the wheels and trailer hitch, instead I perched it on some clearance napkin rings.  My camper is all about the interior.  

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Progress Report on the Big Scrappy Quilt

I've been working on my king-sized scrap quilt.  This pattern, Wild Child, is from Bonnie Hunter's book String Fling.  I've experimented with various methods of making the many (1440 to be exact) half-square triangles that this quilt will require.  


Cutting strips and sewing them together along both long sides, and then cutting the half-square triangles, as illustrated above, has proven to be the fastest and most accurate method. I just line up the center line on my 2.5 inch square ruler with the seam line, and then cut.

When I make the light blocks, I'm going to reduce the scrappiness of the background fabrics going forward.  This pattern is already very busy, so a more controlled palette of cream fabrics will make the quilt a little more controlled and increase the contrasts.  

While I'm sewing I often listen to free audio books on from  Librivox.  They have an app I've downloaded to my phone, and they have a catalogue of titles read by volunteer readers.  All the books are in the public domain, so they are mostly classics.  I've enjoyed listening to novels by Thomas Hardy, Edith Wharton, and the Bront√ęs.  I'm currently listening to Willa Cather's O Pioneers!  While I sew, my mind can be anywhere, time traveling among people of the past.

Sweater Genesis

  A few years ago I learned to harvest yarn from old wool sweaters.  I don't do it so much anymore, with the exception of if I find...