Thursday, 23 June 2016

Patchwork Stars in Cream and Red

You may have noticed that my miniature making of late has switched focus from food to patchwork quilts. This is completely due to the fact that since having my son in January, I find it impossible to get my polymer clay out and get mini-making. It's just not feasible with a small baby who might need you to stop at any moment. Whereas with patchwork done by hand, you can just put it down whenever and it's fine when you come back. I hope to continue making dollhouse food at some point, but don't want to give up on miniatures altogether. So for now, here is my latest patchwork creation in 12th scale.

cream red dollhouse quilt

I went back to triangles for this one, but stuck with a fairly traditional design. It's the same one I used on my own 'real life' sized cushions a few weeks ago. It's almost the same colour scheme.

Real sized cushion

But much, much tinier, as the tape measure shows.

12th scale dollhouse quilt

Monday, 20 June 2016

Black is the new ... black

I flirted with triangles but then came back to my first love which is hexagons. 
I'm talking about patchwork of course!

Here is my latest dollhouse quilt in 12th scale to feature hexagons. I went for grey tones for something a little different to my usual colour palette.

grey dollhouse quilt

grey hexagon doll quilt

Friday, 10 June 2016

In which I discover a new shape ... triangles!

A quick glance through the sewing posts on this blog will tell you I'm a little obsessed with hexagons. Well this week I branched out and discovered a new shape - triangles! Aren't I brave?

A new dollhouse miniature quilt in 12th scale featuring teeny, tiny triangles.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Miniature Hexagon Quilts

I made some new 12th scale dollhouse miniature quilts this week.

I stuck with my old favourite, the hexagon, but they are slightly larger than usual 
so the quilts came together much more quickly.

A pink mini quilt.

pink dollhouse quilt

pink hexagons

 And a green one.

green dollhouse quilt

green hexagons

Each one took a couple of days to make. It usually takes me a couple of weeks 
so that was very satisfying.

Friday, 27 May 2016

I finally made something for myself!

We finally finished decorating our lounge just before Christmas year, about a month before baby Andrew arrived (phew!). Only now have I recently gotten round to making some patchwork cushions that go with the new decor. It was truly a strange thing to make something for myself for once. I usually make stuff as gifts or for my Etsy shop.

The walls are a cheerful creamy yellow and the curtains are a reddish burgundy so this patchwork design goes quite nicely with that and our brown sofa. I also made some plain burgundy cushions to go with the patchwork ones.

I made 4 cushions in total (2 patchwork and 2 plain) which took me all day to sew on the sewing machine because baby Andrew was not cooperating. Such is life, at least I finally got it done! I made them with envelope openings and from cotton so they will be easily washable. A definite must now the household includes a 4 month old!

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Blue Cubes Quilt

Here is my latest dollhouse miniature patchwork quilt. I rather like the optical illusion of cubes this design has. It's currently available in my Etsy shop

blue dollhouse quilt

This mini quilt measures 6 and 7/8th" by 6 and 1/4" (17.5 x 16cm) and fits a 12th scale double bed. Each little patch is just over 1/2" long.
blue diamond quilt

Each little patch was individually hand sewn using the English paper piecing technique.

blue diamonds quilt

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Quilts quilts quilts

All 12th scale dollhouse miniature quilts are currently available for $30-35.00 at Little Time Wasters right now. Each quilt is suitable for a 12th scale double bed and is hand sewn patchwork. I cut out each tiny patch individually. I'm currently obsessed with hexagons and diamonds.It's a fiddly job, but I enjoy it.

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Pretty Pink Dollhouse Miniature Quilt

I'm finding it tough to make miniature food while caring for a new-born. It's not a craft you can easily pick up and put down at a moment's notice when your little one decides he desperately needs a feed/change/cuddle right NOW! Babies are impatient little things.

But when I get the chance I like to keep my fingers busy even if it is for 5 minute chunks of time. So here is my latest dollhouse miniature quilt. I started made most of this while still pregnant, but recently completed it and have made it available in my Etsy shop.

The whole quilt measures 7.5" x 7" (18.75 x 17.5cm) and fits a 12th scale double bed. Each diamond patch measures 3/4" in length and 1/2" in width. It's not hexagons for once!

Friday, 4 March 2016

Autumn miniature quilt

So it's not quite autumn yet, but I really enjoy autumnal colours, so that was the theme for my latest dollhouse miniature quilt in 12th scale. Believe it or not, I started making this quilt last summer, but then being pregnant and having a serious deadline to finish my home renovations got in the way. But here it is at last, finished and for sale!
I'm back to English paper piecing as although fiddly, I do find it quite relaxing. I guess you'd call it therapeutic! Each little hexagon side measures 1/4 inch. The whole quilt measures 7" x 6.75" (16.9cm) and fits a 12th scale double bed.

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Little Time Wasters is back!

After a couple of months hiatus, Little Time Wasters is back. I've reopened the Etsy shop as I now feel life is settled enough that I can at least get to the post office once a week. Hurrah! So swing on by to see what cute miniatures are to be found. I hope to add new stock eventually, assuming the little one will ever take a nap of more than 30 minutes.

Oh yes, did I mention, I had a baby! He took his sweet time and didn't arrive until mid January in the end, all 9lbs 15.5oz of him. He didn't give his mother an easy time and but I'm starting to feel vaguely normal now. He's very healthy and continues to grow at an astonishing pace. He won't be a miniature for very much longer.