September 25, 2017

Christmas Quilt Tutorial/ Pattern Request

I was contacted by another quilter asking if I have a pattern for my Christmas Quilt because she wanted to make one like it. How sweet is that?! I have never written a quilt pattern, but thought I would put together a tutorial and try my hand at writing a pattern so I could help her out.  So I created a tutorial/pattern for this Christmas quilt. A "tut-tern" or "pat-torial" - LOL.

I should start off my saying that I am a scrap quilter. My stash consists primarily of fat quarters.  I only buy yardage of solid white, gray etc. for backgrounds .When I need more I go buy a couple of yards.

All this is to say that estimating the yardage requirements for this quilt is a little difficult for me.  I looked at some quilt fabric calculators online but they all seemed to be for quilts based on blocks that repeat. So I will do my best, but if you try this quilt please be aware that my fabric calculations may be off.  :)

After some trial and error with creating a pdf download, I have decided to write this as a tutorial here on the blog. Look for the tutorial in the upcoming post!

If you try it I'd love to see your quilt. And if you find any mistakes please let me know so I can update it.
Feel free to email me with any questions.



August 31, 2017

Glitter House And Glitter Camper

You may remember this house when it was under construction as shown in this post.  Here it is all frosted with glitter.  The paint color is called "melon pink" but it looks orange.  I so like the contrast of the gray for the roof and fence.  This is an original pattern I made after being inspired by so many cute houses with towers on the internet.

And here it is with the lights on.  I always like to see them illuminated.  :)

Now how about something that IS pink?

And how about a glitter CAMPER?

This is a pattern from Kelly Vivanco that I found online. Here is a link to it on Pinterest.  This one has been a bear to photograph.  I have struggled to get the lighting and the angles right. You can see the shape well in these pics, but he pink is much more vibrant in real life. 

The pattern has legs and a bottom strip for the awning, but I felt like that obscured the front of the camper too much so I left them off.

One more for size reference.  It's pretty tiny!

The rounded edges were a new challenge and I think I would make some modifications to the pattern if I make this one again. But I think it will be a sweet addition to our Christmas Village this year.

I hope you have had a creative week and I'd love to see your work.  :)
Thanks for stopping by.


August 10, 2017

Halloween Glitter House Minus The Glitter

Halloween Glitter House with fence

Hello everyone! It's been a busy few weeks around here. I have been involved in some projects around the house instead of working on little houses.  :)  But today I am sharing this Halloween house now that it is all finished.  This is another pattern by Howard Lamey. He is so generous in sharing patterns and techniques.  I was also inspired by the amazing Halloween houses by my friend and fellow blogger Lucy at With Glue and Glitter. I enjoyed creating this house - quite a departure from the Christmas themed houses I usually make.  This house has no glitter on it, just different paint effects - with the exception of the tiny Jack-o-lantern beside the door. Got to have a little glitter!

Halloween House lit

I enjoyed distressing the fence. I started with a store bought fence, took it apart, added some texture and then painted it with a little black and brown acrylic. 

I added some "moss" from the floral department at the craft store to the roof and the yard.

 This pic shows a close up of the roof. I cut some shingles from cardboard, painted them and then added some moss to the roof. This moss came in a flat sheet with a peel off backing that allows you to stick it on.  The adhesive was VERY strong! Sometimes it was difficult to get off my fingers but I like the effect.

I created the sconces on either side of the door from cardboard.  In this view you can see that they are dimensional.  I also added some texture to the purple paint for the door frame.

I used an orange velum for the door and window.  I like the way it glows when the house is lit up.
Overall this his turned out to be quite a fun project!  

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you found time to be creative this week.  :)