Monday, January 7, 2013

Back to Crazy Quilting

Every now and than I simply have to get out bit and pieces of silks and put together a crazy quilt patch. I love to have that blank canvas and no pattern.....just follow what I feel as I go.
 I started this one last week. But this time I put together 5 blocks so I always have one to work on. This one will be made into a photo album for a very special lady. I will keep doing updates until it is finished.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Bed and Little Girl

Last night my husband surprised me with this bed. He boiled grape vine pieces and stripped the bark off.
We have been surprised by the lovely patina of the wood grain. I was excited to add the quilt and dust ruffle.
Here is the bed in the house. I will be sliding it a back into the back room.
So here it is....
I did replace the girl in white and wanted to show you the family laying flat. I love doing the fine stitching on felt.
The mothers clothes are made from wool jackets I felted in hot water and that the dryer at least 5 times. On the little girls dress I did cast on needle lace for the bottom. Their hair is from beautiful roving my precious friend Heather sent to me. I loved working with the hair on the girl and it was so easy to braid.
Here is a link for the cast on stitch.
That front door has to go! Now to doing something with the walls and making fun things for the inside and finishing the outhouse.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

My New Challenge...a doll house makeover

It has been such a long time since I have had the time to keep this excuses just the way life happened. I have done a lot of stitching and I will add some of the soon.
 Right now I have been given a challenge. A doll house.
 My husband took me to meet a most interesting neighbor that loves to play in his shop. In the corner of his shop was this house. I admired it and he pulled it out for me to see. He made this from 100 year old barn wood he reclaimed. I fell in love with it but it was just to look at. There was no way to do the inside. He had a light inside and really used it outside on his porch for Christmas. I came home wondering how I could use it because he needed to sell it.
 Several weeks passed and he thought he could hinge the roof for me. So home it came with me several days later. My first step was to cover the wooded chimney with river rock. I used a jewelery glue to do this. It took longer than I thought.
Here is it when I got that done.
Of course I knew I wanted to go around the porch with the rock too.
I cut out a piece of wall board the size I wanted for the fireplace and rocked that also. Since than my husband cut me a mantle.
  The Inside of the house is quite rough and so I am not sure what to do with the walls and floor. I would appreciate any suggestions. I love the primitive feel of the house and I do not want to lose that all. It also is in no real scale so I am winging what we make for the inside. Here is the table and benches my husband made for me for my birthday.
I spent the last week making a yoyo quilt. It took 47 circles that were 1 and 1/2 inches.
I decided to use the red check to make 2 pillows. I also took thin strips of felt to braid a rug.
A bed frame is being made in his shop in the evenings. I can soon show it to you.
Here is the inside

I made a few Wee People to go inside and you can see the baby and she is resting in a walnut shell bed.
Here are the other 4.

I do not like the little girl in white and so I am making a new one tonight. The baby has a lace dress made from the very limited amount of lace I have my husbands mother's antique lace collection.
The front door has to go.
 I will be adding more soon but I need suggestions.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Quiet Book is Finished!

I was so happy to get the book finished so my neighbor could have it for Easter for her granddaughter.I hope you all will enjoy this finished totally original creation.
 I wanted the back of the dolls to be as finished as the fronts. You can see the hair styles too.
 The ones with braids were a challenge but fun.
 This shows you most of the items that can be added and played with wherever Catie wants to. I did not include here the items in the kitchen because you can see that in the last posts.
 The yellow pocket is deep enough for the dolls. The other one holds all the pieces. I used Velcro to keep the pockets closed.

 Catie can use the front for daytime using the sun and clouds or she can.....
 Have it be night with the moon and stars.
 I did this whole book by hand and figured out how to secure it without a seam down the middle. Now on to a farm Quiet Book!

Sunday, April 10, 2011


   This is the cover. I have to stitch the name down. Both dogs and the bone are lose. She can move them to any page. She loves dogs. I am going to make flowers she can pretend to plant and take the in and put them in a vase. Catie wants this to have a moon and stars....should I make it a cute "Man in the Moon" or a real one? What would you do?
  The bedroom has been fun to make. I did the easel and you can take the painting out and there is another on that I sewed on the back. The paint palate and brush are lose and the girl can hold them. The dog can be moved also. Let's look at how to put the doll to bed.
She can Hug her plush pig (Catie's choice). I have decided to make one more doll and have a nightgown on her. The dolls are double felt also. I will post the back of one when I am finished. Catie comes to her grandma's every week and has been coming over to play with this and she also has been instructing me what to make next. That gets me in trouble because I always want to try..


My neighbor asked me to make something for her 5 year old granddaughter. She wanted something like a busy book. I really could not find a pattern for this age and so I am making it as I go. I loved paper dolls at that age and so decided to use felt as a medium to make them. These are the ones I have completed and the beach scene. The ball, sand bucket and fisf can be stored in the beach towel. The pink purse has a snap on it and you can put a treasure in it.

I had so much fun doing this kitchen. I wanted it to be fun.The mother was fun to make too.
Here I show what can be opened to make it fun for Catie. The fridge door opens and has shelves to tuck in food. So far I made vegetables but have a milk carton cut out and a few more things. I do anything like the door in double felt and all the smaller items too. I sew each one. Under the sink I have a knife so far and want to make dish soap and a pail. On the shelf above the stove is a water pitcher. The pan on the stove has Velcro to hold it there. In the oven is a casserole with a chicken leg baking. I want to make some more too.
Any doll fits behind the table.

As soon as I take some pictures I will add this weeks work. So what do you think?

Sunday, December 12, 2010


The last part of this order was for a teen boy. My friend requested a Bengal Tiger Ornament. This was a challenge....I started with their logo and built on it. It was like doing a paper snowflake when I cut the black felt. Stitching it took a steady hand. But I am well pleased with it.
The pillow was to be for the University of Alabama. I put it on a hounds tooth fabric in honor of "Bear Bryant". He usually wore a hat made from this fabric. It seemed like Roll Tide belonged on the other side......