Posts Written On March 2012

Embroidered Bunny Doll Quilt Top

Here in the Pacific NW, it has been dreary and raining for the past week.  We got a little bit of sun last week, but I was still so jealous of the warm spring weather everyone else seemed to be enjoying.  Anyway, to cheer myself up, I decided to make a springy little doll quilt.

Marjorie’s Cottage Quilt was what I had in mind, but for a kit quilt top, I wanted something with a simpler design and easier embroidery.  The bunnies in the center were copied from an old embroidered baby quilt I saw on ebay several years ago.  It was a whole cloth summer quilt with no piecing — just the bunny motif in the middle.  Initially, I was going to set this quilt like Marjorie’s, but after I embroidered the bunnies, I changed my mind and decided make it diagonal.  Because of this, the square in the middle is cut with bias edges, which was kind of a drag, and something I will certainly correct in the kit.

Vintage Double Wedding Ring quilt pieces form the patchwork sections of the quilt.  The pattern is super easy; it’s like a strippy quilt in that you don’t have to pay much attention to how many little pieces are in each section.  The original DWR pieces are close enough to the size I need that I didn’t have to trace and cut.  Because the pieces are slightly wider on one end, I just flip them one way or the other as I’m sewing to keep the strip fairly straight, and then I trim it down.  I like the look of the uneven seams.

For the tinting on these small quilts, I like to use Prismacolor colored pencils.  They can get into smaller spaces, they don’t crumble, and because they are soft and slightly waxy, they apply really well to fabric.  I plan to purchase pencils to put in the kits, although I’ll probably cut them up since they are sort of pricey and only a tiny bit of color is required.

The top measures about 23″ x 23″, and contains approximately 200 of the print pieces.  I would definitely quilt this with black embroidery floss, probably similar to the quilting on the finished Cottage Quilt.



Feedsack Charm Doll Quilt Top – Little “O”

The only place I could find this pattern is on the first page of Maggie Malone’s “5,000 Quilt Block Designs.”  She calls it “Big O”, but the name doesn’t have a reference to any publication.  I thought I should change the name for this little quilt.

The pattern reminds me of Kansas Dugout (here is mine — also made with feedsacks), but Kansas Dugout has many set-in pieces and is usually hand sewn.  Little “O” is pretty simple to sew on the machine, even in this reduced size, because you only have to sew one partial seam (Thanks, Dottie!).  I drew several different layouts, but finally decided on this one with blocks in vertical rows separated by sashing; then vertical rows offset and sewn together without sashing.   To me, this mixes up the blocks and makes the quilt more interesting, but it’s still relatively easy to put together.

The quilt has 46 blocks made with 184 different feedsack prints, plus a feedsack border.  For the background fabric, I used a vintage muslin with a slightly coarser weave, which is very similar to the feedsacks.  The blocks finish at 2″ and the top measures 17″ x 21″, although it’s actually 1/2″ bigger all around than this photo because I like to add extra to the border for ease in quilting.  I’m happy with the way this turned out, because I love the scrappy look of it, and the scale of the blocks is pretty good.

This is my newest quilt kit, and I had a lot of fun selecting all the feedsack prints.  I have so many scraps now that I will probably design another doll quilt using feedsacks.  Right now, I have to go round up all the photos I took when I was making this top, and write the stupid directions.



Happy Childhood Quilt – Aileen Bullard

The Happy Childhood Quilt pattern, which was designed by Aileen Bullard, appeared in the Kansas City Star in 1932.  It is an appliqued quilt, and many of the elements in the blocks are designed for the use of bias tape.  I have another old pattern that calls for bias tape, and I think it’s a clever technique, although I have never tried it.

There are certainly similarities between this quilt, and the Brother-Sister quilts I posted yesterday.  They both use several of the same toys (although the designs are somewhat different), and the trees are repeated the most, just like in the Brother quilt.  On this quilt, I like the addition of the child’s name on the top of the quilt.


Brother-Sister Quilts – Nancy Page Quilt Club

The Brother-Sister Quilts were published as a newspaper series in 1933 by Florence LaGanke, under the pseudonym, Nancy Page Quilt Club.  There are 14 blocks in all, 7 meant for use in the brother’s quilt (with blocks repeated and the tree as a border) and 7 in the sister’s quilt (blocks repeated and the pram as a border).  The second image shows the suggested layout of the brother quilt.

This quilt reminds me a lot of the KC Star Happy Childhood quilt from 1932, which I will post next.  Instead of duplicating blocks on these quilts, I think I would borrow some of the Happy Childhood blocks and also mix up some of the blocks in the brother-sister quilts.  Although a boy might not want dolls on his quilt, any of the brother blocks would also work for a girl.  Click on the gallery images to enlarge.


Pieced Scottie Quilt Top – 1940s prints

Thank you everyone for your nice comments about the shop.  I have been working very hard this past week on the little doll kits.

The plan for this Scottie quilt top was to make kits, but I wasn’t happy with it because the scale was all wrong.  I was concerned about the number of pieces, and not making it too difficult to sew, but I think it would have looked much better with smaller scotties.  The top below is 19″ x 22″ and the square pieces finish about 3/4″. Because of the size problem, I decided to go ahead and sell this as a kit with a finished top and the other fabrics necessary to complete the quilt.  It sold right away, so maybe I’ll try cutting a version with smaller dogs (1/2″ finished squares), and probably change the pattern to remove the tiny printed triangle under his neck.

This might be a larger problem for me, as many of the quilt patterns I would like to make into beginner or intermediate kits (a house, for instance), and which have easy straight seams, become much more challenging when the pattern is shrunk to doll quilt proportions.  I’ll just have to keep working at it.  If they don’t seem kit worthy,  I guess I can always try to sell the tops.



QisforQuilter Etsy Shop is Open

First of all, I want to thank everyone for all of the nice comments on my Baby Aster quilt top instructions.  I added the two suggestions from Joyce and Mickie to state the dimensions (good catch, Mickie), and put a level of difficulty (great idea, Joyce).  The kit is all put together and ready to go.

I was so nervous, but I finally pressed the “publish” button on my Etsy shop.  You’ll notice if you visit the shop that I never did manage to get 24 items made; I only have 15 aprons and one measly quilt kit.  It’s actually pretty time consuming to put those kits together, but (with the exception of writing instructions) I love working on them.

The snowball instructions are almost complete, and I’ve drafted several new doll quilt patterns I’m pretty excited about — a heart quilt based on Emily’s bride quilt, a couple of adapted Anne Orr grid-type patterns using the vintage fabric from the barely started Anne Orr quilt top I purchased last year,  and a feedsack quilt using a variation of the Kansas Dugout pattern.

So, here is the one and only quilt kit for now.