Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Dolly Quilt by The Lil Red Hen

This little dolly quilt was made by Lil Red Hen at
EMZ Piney Post Blogspot
  It's just adorable!!  I believe the block pattern is
called Court House Steps.
It's about 15 inches square.
The hubs & I counted 108 different fabrics....
that's a large fabric stash!
  I love the teeny puppy print.
Her hand quilting stitches are tiny,
perfectly straight & evenly spaced.
The mitered corners are perfect too.
 Beautifully made & I love it.
Thank you so much Charlotte!
Lil Red Hen EMZ Piney Post

Happy Quilting!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Bedding & Braided Rug For The Fairy House

I've finished the bedding and a braided rug
for the fairy house upper floor.

The hubs made some sturdy bottoms
for the little beds, to replace the rather
flimsy ones.

I got out some blue ticking & 30's
reproductions fat quarters from my stash.
The painting on the furniture & the fairies on
the walls have bold colors & thought these
would coordinate well.
I had some lady bug buttons in the button tin &
 decided to use them.  It made a lumpy bed, but
maybe the fairies won't mind.
I made little hand stitched quilts
using 4 nine patch blocks
Flannel for the quilting & a
coordinating fabric for the back,
Red matching binding.
The quilts are so small I didn't quilt them.
I used 3 strips to make the quilt for the 
cradle, it's teeny tiny.
Fabric strips for the braided rug.

The rug is a 6 3/4 inch circle.

 Signs of spring here in the Ozarks!
 Gee, being retired is fun!!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Decorating The Inside Of The Hillbilly Fairy Dollhouse

 In my mind, a proper fairy house should be decorated
with moss, vines, have rustic twig furniture & found
objects, but this dollhouse is for a little girl to "play"
with, so I have "forced" myself to keep simplicity and
practicality in mind.  This house is 24 inches tall by
14 1/2 inches wide including the porch.  The rooms
are 18 1/2 inches wide by 10 3/4 deep.
I like the simple rustic interior and decided not to
paint or wallpaper.  I had some decoupage German
scraps of little fairies that I glued around the walls.
Then I applied 2 coats of clear satin varnish to the
interior and ceilings for durability.  Water will find
it's way into the dollhouse.  How can you serve tea
without some water?
The little fairies add a splash of color
and are in keeping with the theme.
When the hubs brought the house indoors,
it had a ladybug on the roof.
 That gave me an idea.
I had a few scrap lady bugs left over from a prior
project, so I dotted them around in secret places.
These ladies are marching along the ceiling
 of the kitchen.

It's plain and simple.  When my daughter
and nieces played in the Blue dollhouse, the
 curtains were often in a heap on the floor as 
they got in the way......I have a feeling the 
fairies will be flying through the windows 
so, no curtains.   The Blue House  
The colorful bedding and braided rugs
 I'm working on will brighten it up!
 A few things to do in the kitchen too.
The hubs gave me a surprise......apparently there was
just enough wood for another house!

He was very proud.  He'd found a fairy door
knocker at Hobby Lobby.  How cute is that!
 This one has a sliding latch.
This house is slightly larger at 28 inches tall by
16 inches wide including the porch.  
 Rooms are 19 1/2 inches by 10 3/4 inches.
Thank ya' hubs.  You're a keeper!
I have the perfect furniture for this one.
Eventually I'll get to the fairies.
Hopefully, I can figure the directions out.
In the mean time, take a peak at Peggy Flavin's
latest lovely fairies........she is my inspiration!
Spring has arrived in Missouri.
Yee Haw!