This one is a little different to what I have made previously, as I sewed most of this by machine without using my beloved English paper piecing technique. I'm pleased for the most part although it's not quite as precise as I manage when sewing by hand. The difference is I made this in more or less one evening, whereas my paper-pieced quilts take a couple of weeks at least.
Unfortunately I'm a bit annoyed some of the patches aren't as square as I would have liked. It's just difficult to get enough precision on the machine compared to sewing by hand. As a result this quilt is available in my Etsy shop at a discount.
Having learnt to knit I was procrastinating researching new techniques online, when I came upon this adorable dollhouse miniature site on Etsy - Las Minis de Auzillio. It's knitting but on a teeny, tiny scale. This is beyond adorable:
Having learnt to knit the most basic of things, I can't imagine how anyone can knit on such a small scale and so precisely. It's so cute it makes my head hurt! Go and visit Las Minis de Auzilio for even more knitted miniature pieces.
It's the 70th Anniversary of VE Day today, which stands for Victory in Europe and marks the end of the Second World War. I remember as a young girl celebrating the 50th anniversary in school and not really getting it, but enjoying the fact we had lots of veterans (in other words grandparents!) come to school and I seem to remember there was a lot of cake.
WWII era dollhouse miniatures by PoppetsDollyBits
But in all seriousness, I'm thankful we still acknowledge the importance of remembering VE Day and we acknowledge those who fought, supported the war effort or otherwise did their bit for peace in Europe. I'm a little sad when I realise we're running out of WWII veterans to thank (and not just veterans, but anyone who lived through it and supported the effort) but then again I'm happy we haven't had another war of such a large scale to create another war generation.
So take a minute today to remember all that was and hope we've learnt some lessons from it. And if you know anyone who was involved, spend time listening to their stories and thank them!
It's not quite barbecue weather here. Some days you might get away with it, others day not. And with a bank holiday on the horizons, it's sure to rain! But never mind that. I'm going to get myself in the mood for barbecue season anyway with some miniature food jewellery.
It's the time of year when my garden is really starting to take shape. Our garden is very much a work in progress. When we moved here 18 months ago, it was pretty much a dumping ground, full of rubble and rotten wood and asbestos (wonderful!). We have finally cleared it all out after filling three skips and seemingly infinite journeys to the tip. And now the grass is finally growing and looking green. My little veggie plot is starting to do something too. I will have spinach soon!
Everyone needs a bit of green space, and dollhouses are no different.
Here are some of the best dollhouse miniature gardens I was able to find this morning.
I'm getting myself inspired to build a fairy garden of my own.
Get ready for a laugh. I decided to learn to knit recently. I figured, I have taught myself how to make miniature from polymer clay, I have taught myself how to sew patchwork and quilting in real life and miniature, I can teach myself to knit. This may have been a mistake! I am wasting a lot of wool. I bought pretty cheap wool as I figured this would be the case at first. Here is my first ever attempt at knitting.
I am not some super clever person who started off doing curved knitting because she is just that awesome. No. The curve is purely accidental. I think I had my wool tensioned too tight and I struggled to poke the needle through the loops and kept splitting my rather cheap wool. This resulted in a approximately 20-30 more stitches per row than when I started! Also the holes, the many holes. But I'm not too bothered about that since it's obvious they become fewer and fewer the further along I got.
Here is my second attempt. After a few rows of knitting, I did some purling for the first time ever (that's where it looks bulkier). And it wasn't terrible. And the whole thing is nearly parallel - I only mysteriously added a couple of stitches over the whole length of the thing. Hurrah for visible improvements!
I found this site gives very useful instructional videos which are basic and clear enough for me to follow. It breaks it down to four easy steps (cast on, knit stitch, purl stich and cast off) which is the maximum level of complexity I can handle right now!
This tutorial was particularly helpful for my extra stitches problem.
Because I am a glutton for punishment, I will continue on until I either see some improvement, or I lose my rag completely! If I ever make something worthwhile, I'll let you know. Fingers (and needles!) crossed.