The Busy Bean

Quilts for Dolls

It’s been pretty quiet around here. I’m working on costumes for my daughter’s dance studio. That’s right. Dance costumes for lots of cute little performers. I don’t have much to show for it. Nothing sewn so far, but lots and lots of cutting going on.

Instead, I’ll share with you a fun project, my progress on the Doll Quilt Swap.

I started out with a traditional dresden plate (my first try at it) for the sun. This is one of my secret partner’s favorite quilt blocks. Threw in some flying geese (another traditional favorite) and went from there.

1st Dresden

{the stack of fabric in the back corner there is for the dance concert}

She also likes the look of applique, and I love the gorgeous trees floating around out there, so I thought I’d try that. It totally worked. Here it is ready to be quilted.

DQS10 Ready to Quilt

And now after the quilting. I tried to do a lot of variety, a blanket stitch around the sun, swirls on the tree trunk, leaves just outlined in a straight stitch so they’ll fray a little, and then basic stippling on the white space. I also threw another dresden plate on the back, this time a sunflower instead of a sun, to use as my quilt label.

DQS10 Quilting Done!

I worked on the binding today while I sat at the doctor after getting my allergy shot. I’m almost finished with that, then I’ll be ready to post the front! The nurse looked at it and said, “That’s a whole lot of work for a doll!” Sure, but most of the recipients in this swap actually hang them on the wall. But you know what? If the doll is special to the child who plays with it, maybe all our dolls should have quilts with this much love put in.

That’ll go on my “to make” list for the special dolls in my daughters’ lives.

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2 Thoughts on “Quilts for Dolls

  1. Sarah on March 16, 2011 at 4:18 pm said:

    This is seriously gorgeous. I have never quilted before, but as my daughter sits over my shoulder telling she wants one, I may have to try something like this!

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