Wednesday, May 23, 2012

WIP and Doll Quilts

It looks like we are off to a great start for the Blog Hop.  Kelsey and Erin wrote awesome posts today along with equally awesome tutorials!  Check out their posts if you haven't been for a visit yet and don't forget to mark your calendars to visit Nik and Alyssa (my new twitter buddy) on Thursday.

This week was also exciting for me because my HST doll quilt was the quilt story on Quilt Story on Monday.  I am a regular reader of their blog and have always loved seeing the quilts they choose to highlight so I was so flattered when they asked to feature mine!  (My 7 year old wanted to know if this quilt is famous because it was also in the top 10 of the Viewer's Choice at the Festival Of Half Square Triangles at Canoe Ridge Creations last month.)

I got in a bit of sewing over the weekend - I made these two little doll quilts.  The quilt in the above photo is one I made a while ago but it is a favorite in our house and so well-loved that seeing it in play everyday reminds me how much little girls love nice things for their dolls.  The girls used the quilt to turn an old, inexpensive nightstand from Ikea (I think it is the Rast) into a bunk bed for their dolls - they also used some of my husband's old shirts (that had way too many holes in them) to make a mattress.

For the heart quilt, I just randomly pieced together a bunch of yellow and pink scraps and then cut the heart freehand and zig zag stitched it to the background fabric.  I FMQ'd a meandering stitch with pink thread inside the heart and then also using my FMQ foot, I outlined the heart 3 times.  Then I switched to the walking foot to add some random lines.  

I really liked the circle quilt (it was inspired by this lovely quilt from Cluck Cluck Sew) so today I started a lap size version.  

My oldest daughter was in sewing with me while I was making the doll quilt and helped me cut out the fabric behind the circles (after you sew the circle to the square and cut in fourths.)  She then started playing around with those scraps while I was finishing the quilt and here is what she ended up making (if you can't tell, they are butterflies and she told me she plans on adding a binding.)  Not surprisingly, she was more than happy to cut out the same little pieces from the lap size quilt tonight.  And, the background fabric and the backing are also made from old ripped shirts - thumbs up for upcycling!

Since this is a WIP post, I'll also mention my ongoing WIP which is the basket of yarn I have been pondering on my way to the sewing machine.  I've again been taking pics of my past crochet projects to find inspiration to start a new one before the yarn gets too dusty.

These are washcloths made with organic cotton yarn that I love using everyday for my little one.

This is a scarf I made with a basketweave stitch - I love love love the yarn I used - so soft and a beautiful color - only problem is I have no idea what it is so I can't buy it again.

Circle Quilt
Patchwork Prism 
Patchwork Square Quilt with the squares leftover from this
Small stuff for the little one including bibs and some easy skirts to wear over onesies for the summer (which means the older girls will want some easy skirts as well)
Crochet . . .

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  1. Those doll quilts are adorable!

  2. Those quilts are adorable! I have 2 little girls so doll quilts are very popular in our house, too. I especially love the heart one!

    Thanks for organizing the Blog Hop. I can't wait to "meet" some new quilty friends!

  3. Such great projects there! Loving the doll quilts =D

    I'm hosting a new swap over at my blog if anyone is interested please pop over for a look =D

  4. Okay, those doll quilts are ridiculously cute. I need a daughter asap. LOL I don't have any kids yet, but I can't wait to have (hopefully!) some daughters so I can have an excuse to make little sewing projects with them. I don't even have any nieces, sheesh! Congrats on getting your HST quilt on quilt story. :) Very cool!

  5. That basketweave scarf looks wonderful. I've never seen anything like that, so pretty!

  6. Wow, you've been busy! Love your little quilt - congrats on the feature!

  7. Your crochet is so beautiful. And yippee skippee for being on Quilt Story!!

  8. The granny square pillow ROCKS!!!

  9. Hi Beth,
    Did you want to host a TGIFF? if so, can you please email M-R or i?

  10. love the doll quilts and your daughter's quilt is really cute!

  11. The doll quilts,and your daughters quilt are all super adorable! Congrats for being on Quilt Story :)

  12. That circle quilt is amazing. I love the way it looks, and it can also be used as a wall hanging. Gotta love doll quilts!


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