Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Doll Quilts

Just recently I was encouraged to join a doll quilt swap by a new internet friend. I think she caught on to the fact that I really want to stretch myself with projects this year---push myself to learn more. 
I've told her that I have no gift for making up quilt patterns on my own, but I'm hoping to get more comfortable with that this year. I'm hoping my QuiltCon trip with help too.
I've never made doll quilts and I'm not sure why. There are tons of patterns available and they are super quick. This size might be the perfect place to practice with my own designs. 
For now though, I found two patterns that I liked and decided to make them both and then decide which one to send to my partner. 
The first is called Fresh Traditions. I used a lot of the scraps from my Scrappy Trip Along quilt. I've never been a pro at lining up triangles. This quilt isn't perfect, but it turned out so pretty!

I used one of my favorite Sarah Jane fabrics for the backing and quilted a diamond shape to mimic the pinwheel feel. 

The second one I made used the Slant Doll Quilt pattern. I love this one. It's super easy and took me less than an afternoon to make. I was able to showcase some of my favorite Tula Pink scraps and some of my favorite more girly prints. 

Again, for the back I used a Sarah Jane flowered print from her Children at Play line. I'd been hoarding this one for a while and waiting for the perfect project. 

I've decided to send off the blue Fresh Traditions one and am hoping it finds a happy home. The little pink lovely quilt will stay here and probably be adopted by Mia to go with one of her many dolls or stuffed animals. 
I've got a few more projects up my sleeve to share with you soon!

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