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tiny things tuesday

Let’s talk about how tiny things are so much more awesome than anything else in the world. Why are tiny things so funny and cute? I’m not sure if it’s just me, and it’s definitely rubbing off on my kids now too. Together we ohh and ahh, squeal in silly voices at just about anything that is scaled down to a tiny size. It’s ridiculous and I don’t care. Tiny and detailed object are even better.
Here’s a sampling of my favorite tiny things at the moment:
mouse in sweater
This traveler mouse by Johana, available on Etsy, is absurdly tiny. Take a look at her other critters too- some wearing glasses, sweaters, carrying books…

felt bear necklacePeace felt warrior necklace also on Etsy by catrabbitplush. The beauty is in the clever details and the size- about 6 cm by 6 cm.

firebird
Made by the talented Alice Mary Lynch, a commissioned piece titled ‘the firebird’ wears a skirt made from a traditional Russian vintage costume, red tulle petticoat, embroidered socks, plaited golden hair and vintage feather brooch with multi-coloured stones. Very impressive work.

small character dolls
I’ve been following Jess Quinn’s blog for awhile now, she also has an Etsy shop. I’m so inspired with her mad/rad art, sewing and creative skills. I wish I lived in England so I could attend one of the shows where she sells her dolls and be starstruck.

crocheted cactus
These little cacti are reason enough to learn how to crochet. Who wouldn’t want one of these as a gift!? The pattern is available at Little Things Blogged if you’d like to give it a try. I will be attempting to make these very soon.

felt cat with purse
I think it’s the somewhat mournful gaze- not to mention the accessories- that got me on this fat cat. I don’t have any details though, the website is all in Russian.

So, go ahead and adore all that’s tiny on this terrific tiny Tuesday!

tutorial: cowboy boot quilt pattern

It just keeps coming back to cowboys. I made this quilt awhile back, for my mom’s B & B, Slot Canyons Inn, in Escalante Utah- the heart of cowboy country. Since then, I continually get asked for the cowboy boot quilt pattern. So, here it is folks. As you can see I prefer the bold colors and patterns. But if you decide to make your own, then feel free to color it up any way you like, pardner. Here’s the block piecing part of the pattern. You can see the joining-of-the-blocks steps here.
And, I’m making another one of these boot quilts- shrinking the pattern a bit too because what’s better than tiny cowboy boots?
cowboy boot quilt44Cowboy Boot materials and cutting for a 4 boots x 4 boots quilt version:

Block size: 7 1/2″ X 7 3/4″ Quilt size: 41 1/4 X 42 1/2
Requirements are based on a 40″ fabric width
Light Print: 1 1/8 yds. for 2 borders 2″ X 37 3/4″ (top and bottom),
2 borders 2″ X 35 3/4″ (sides),
3 sashes 1 1/4″ X 34 3/4″,
12 sashes 1 1/4″ X 8 1/4″,
60 O, 8 P, 8 PR, 32 S
Stripe: 1 3/8 yds. 2 borders 2 1/2″ X 44 3/4″ (sides),
2 borders 3 1/2″ X 43 3/4″ (top and bottom),
binding 1 1/2″ x 5 yds.
Lg Print Scraps: 1/2 yd. 16 N
Sm Print Scraps: 3/8 yd. 8 Q, 8 QR, 8 R, 8 Rr, 8 T, 8 Tr
Lining: 2 3/4
Batting 4″ wider and longer than quilt top

boot instructionsNote that for each boot block, you need 1 N cut from a large-scale print, 1 Q (or Qr) and 1 R (or Rr) cut from the same small-scale print, and 1 T (or Tr) cut from another small-scale print.

Prewash fabrics. Damp dry and press. Prepare templates by printing the above and below patterns so the bottom of the P & PR and the middle of the N piece measures 7″. Cut patches as listed in the box (directions) above. All border strips and the long sash include 2″ extra length for insurance plus 1/4″ seam allowances. The short sashes are the exact length required.

boot block copyMake 8 blocks like the block diagram above, and 8 blocks that are reversed. Follow the steps below to complete the squares:

P to Q copySew the P and Q sections together, then press the seams flat with an iron.

N to O copySew the P/Q section to the N/O section and press with an iron.

piecing together copy1. Sew O to R.
2. Sew S to R, sew S to T.
3. Press seams.
4. Sew R section to T section and press.

piecing the boot copy1. Sew P section to N section, press seams.
2. Sew P/N to R/T section, press seams.
Repeat this process for all 16 squares.

cowboy boot

the final weeks of summer


Got some pictures taken and goods listed on etsy this week. A lovely, sunny, late summer afternoon watching the bees work on the flowers as the sun warms your back. Better enjoy it while we can, before we know it- the snow will fly.