So Many Stitches

Before rampant holiday sewing set in, my older daughter’s school hosted a craft fair as a fundraiser for the school.  Local artisans were invited to come and sell their goods as well as donate one item to be auctioned off.  I was thrilled to participate.  I worked like mad to be able to produce a decent offering.  I started with baby and kid quilts.

This is a small, hand-tied double hourglass quilt made of vintage reproduction fabrics.  I made this with wool batting, creating a nice and lofty quilt.

Then came the castle quilt.  I think this one is my favorite.

This is how it looked before quilting.  Obviously, this design is borrowed heavily from Lizzy House, the wonderful fabric designer behind Castle Peeps, which you can see in the border.

Here we are, all quilted.   Can you see the quilted “grass” and “stones” that make up the tower?  I had a lot of fun with this one.

Then there was this one:

I imagined a little girl who likes pink, but likes other colors too.

And then I really started having fun.  A bunting quilt made with “Hullabaloo”

I really wish I had a picture of this one washed and crinkly.  I really loved these prints.

In the middle of all this, I started thinking about how so many girls at Suzannah’s school talk about their American Girl dolls.  I realized that these dolls need their own quilts and that they’d be a good thing to offer for sale.

I really had fun making such small quilts.  All that fun color made me so happy while stitching.  This was my first dresden plate, and I loved every minute of making it.  Above, you can see a simple doll’s quilt made from Sarah Jane’s At Play border print.  I quickly stitched over the balloon strings and bound it.  Lastly…

Far, far away, tiny laundry line, Snow White, and a few fabrics to frame it.  It was the first to be sold.  I will look forward to many more doll quilts in the future.

 

 

With Needle & Floss

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Just as it was time to start putting all the Christmas decorations away for another year, my older daughter Suzannah mentioned wanting to make a doll. So naturally, we stopped everything and started gathering materials for a quick doll-making project. I remembered seeing a really sweet segment on Martha Stewart ages ago with just the sort of doll that Suzannah wanted to make.

Suzannah cut out the pattern, and we sewed the doll pieces together. Thee 1/8th inch seams were a challenge, but we persevered and she turned the pieces right sides out and stuffed them full of poly-fill. She hand-sewed the arms and legs onto the body and she was so proud of herself. I gave Suzannah a water soluble marking pen and she drew on a lovely face. Pictured above is Suzannah stitching on eyelashes and a nose according to what she had drawn. We will be selecting some yarn for hair this week and I’ve been informed it will be purple. Really?  Does it really have to purple?  Yes, it does.   So, until she has hair, I’m sworn not to photograph her….stay tuned for the final product…