Friday, September 14, 2012

So Close to Finished ...

A miniature is hardly ever finished. There's always some tweaking that can be done. The quilt shop room box is at that stage. More can be done, but it can wait. I spent a good bit of today inhaling rubber cement fumes as I arranged the quilts and sample blocks on the walls. 

The photos are a bit dark on the outside, as daylight was fading as I took these. The LED lights make the interior bright and cheerful. The bricks on the outside are printed cotton fabric. The raw wood box was primed with gesso. The fabric was glued in place with diluted white glue (two parts glue, one part water). When that dried thoroughly, it got two coats of satin finish clear polyacrylic. Although the bricks are a bit large for 1:12 scale, it makes a satisfying finish to the outside.

Inside, the  shop is shaping up. I discovered a nice open spot in the middle of the shop that is crying out for a round table heaped with sale or seasonal items. The customer with the shopping bag is waiting patiently!

Back in the corner, I found room for a wastebasket. Check the scene out the window in this and other pictures. Notice the shadow of the window on the sky? Bad news. Am thinking about putting translucent plastic on the window, as I did on the door. It will indicate light outside, but it won't be possible to see through it. Hate to lose the view, but shadows on the sky are annoying.

There is a channel that runs across the bottom of the box and up the two sides to hold a piece of Plexiglas. A fourth piece of channel slips over the top to complete the frame. I have no plans to do much dusting in this cluttered scene!

Now for the big reveal -- the working fan! I used Casey's idea for the ornament twirler. It rotates slowly, just as one would want. Wouldn't care to have bits of fabric blowing all over! For some reason, the camera kept adding rolling black bars to the picture, only while filming the fan, but I think you'll get the idea. Update: See a better video here.

So, still tweaking to be done, but for now, all is well in the quilt shop.


  1. That looks stunning Kathie! I loved enlarging all your photos to have a closer look at all the little details you've added... I was like a kid looking in a window of a candy shop ;)
    I wasn't able to see your working fan video though, maybe it didn't load for me for some reason but there was no video to click on in the space you'd created for it to go :( I'd really love to see how you made a working fan, I have brought a little 12v motor to try with myself but am lost on what to do next!
    Sending hugs,
    Mins xxx

    1. Thank you, Mins. Do you see some icons beneath the black box for the video? Click on the one at the left with the little triangle in it. That should start the video.

  2. Kathie, estoy fascinada por tu tienda de patchwork ! las luces led estupendas, las ventanas y el cielo muy reales, me gusta la escalera con la zona de costura, la distribucion de estanterias y mostradores... un gran trabajo. Muchas horas y mucho arte. FELICITACIONES ! Mariajo

  3. Just stunning! Can't really see that it needs anything else, I love it! I would also like to know how you made the fan turn so slowly and steadily?
    Idske xx

  4. Es preciosa!!!! Muy bonita puesta en escena,una ambientación de lo más agradable y un montón de detalles bonitos en los que perderse!!!! Enhorabuena!!

  5. It's an absolutely gorgeous shop. I love all the details inside. Wonderful work.
    Hugs, Drora

  6. Thank you! I'll try to do a tutorial on the fan in the near future.

  7. Your little store looks fantastic! Keep your chin up, and remember you're almost done :)
    Hugs from Canada,

  8. Absolutely gorgeous! I'm gathering to do some sort of quilt/craft roombox and this is such an inspiration! You've done a wonderful job! Thank you for sharing!

  9. Thank you, Ruth and FabShab. :)