This morning I want to share my progress on the doll quilts I am making for the February Spread the Love event. If you haven’t yet read about this creative and inspiring event, please hop over here and read this post. Then come back for more!
So far I have two quilts finished, one ready to quilt, and another still in pieces on the design wall. The first one I made was a simple patchwork. I had a charm pack of solid colors from Connecting Threads. I cut the charms into four pieces and arranged them on the diagonal. I had some cute polka dot scraps that are from the Henry Glass line, Modern Tykes which made a cute border. Quilting was simple lines following the seams and a few loops in the border.
I had a cute striped sheet and used a piece of it as the backing. My only regret with this quilt is the size. At 16″ x 18″, it is a bit on the small size.
For this quilt I had some Joel Dewberry fabric that has been sitting on the shelf. A long while back, I started making City Sampler blocks from the Tula Pink book. But I don’t like the blocks. I have learned so much about color since starting that project and I know I will never finish these as a quilt. So I picked one, placed it in the center and built around it. It looks so cute that I will likely make more with these leftover blocks.
The backing is an older Moda print from my stash. This quilt is a bit bigger, 17 x 21 inches, but I still think it is a bit small. I quilted a rectangular spiral with my walking foot. I think these doll quilts are the perfect projects to practice my quilting. Whether it be free motion or walking foot, the small size is just right.
I decided to make this I-Spy quilt next. Last year I won a a set of I-Spy charms from a giveaway over at Val’s Quilting Studio. It was fun to pick through and use some for this little quilt. I arranged several rows of blocks and added a narrow rows of black and red polka dot fabrics. Hopefully the child receiving this will enjoy playing I-Spy and looking for the fun objects contained in the quilt! It needed width so I put a larger border of black on the sides. It still needs a narrow black border at the top and bottom to finish it off. It should finish at 21 x 24 inches and for whatever reason, this seems like a nice, generous size.
I want to thank everyone for your excitement about this project. The gift of your time and creativity will be much appreciated by the families that receive your quilt with their doll. A couple of readers showed interest in also making some doll clothes for Amy. I checked with her and she would happily welcome doll clothes made to fit an 18″ doll. I have seen patterns available both at Jo-Ann’s and occasionally at thrift stores. One thing Amy mentioned is she would especially like pajamas and hospital gowns for the dolls. Remember, she is providing ‘a doll like me’ and some of these children have more than their fair share of hospital stays and periods of recuperation. Having their doll wear a hospital gown would be another way the doll is like the child.
Also, I have set up a process for quilters in the UK. My sister lives outside of London and she is happy to be a central point for any quilts. So, this means if you are a quilter in the UK and want to participate, you would mail your quilt to my sister. She will gather them and then send them to Amy in Wisconsin. I am very happy about this because otherwise, the shipping expense might prevent a quilter from being able to participate. If you know of quilters in the UK who might want to participate, please share this event with them! If you are in the UK and want more info, email me or leave a comment.
Keep the questions coming, either by commenting on this post or emailing me at needleandfoot at gmail dot com. Thanks so much for participating! I can’t wait to see some doll quilts. Have a great weekend!
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Very cool quilts. Amazing cause. Have a fun day!!
Thank you Angela! Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂
I’ve been reading your posts about the doll quilts, and plan to participate! I definitely have orphan blocks that could be put to a good use this way. I read the comments from your first post and see that 22 x 24 is a good size for the doll quilts – does that sound right, Bernie? Thanks for telling us all about this sweet charity!
Hi Diann, Yes to the size – anything about that size is great. Thank you for helping out with this. I am so excited about it!!
This is a very sweet endeavor to participate in. It is so great that we can use our talents to provide
treasures for kids. Your quilts are sweet. The smaller quilts will be great for the little kiddos
Thank you Rosemary. I am enjoying sewing for the kids ☺️
I’m not crying. I have allergies!
This is amazing. Simply amazing.
Haha- my sister had the same allergic response when reading your Facebook page yesterday. Unfortunately she was at work and had to go to the restroom and get herself together – these allergies must be fierce right about now.☺️❤️
Yes, yes, yes. I’ve been looking for a charity project to get me excited. This is it! I’ll be sending some her way.
How nice to hear from you- it’s been a little while! Isn’t it the best feeling to help in an area that is meaningful to you? Hurray! I look forward to seeing the little quilts you make. Happy sewing!
These are so darling. A great use for those I Spy charms, too. And the floral backing! (swooning) These are going to make some children very happy!
I hope so! I am going to quilt the I-Spy project today. Superbowl isn’t a big deal for me — It mostly means I will have some sewing time this afternoon!
Your sister has such a kind heart to help gather quilts from the UK! I was definitely curious what size quilt would be appropriate, so thanks for sharing your process for helping determine that.
She is happy to help out. She isn’t one for sewing and this is an avenue for her to be able to support the project and Amy’s work.
As for size, Amy is pretty flexible. As long as it works for an 18″ doll and isn’t terribly big (so shipping costs remain reasonable.)
Thank you Yvonne!
What a great project! And what a great way to use up some orphan blocks and practice your quilting. It’s a win-win 🙂 And having your sister accept the quilts donated in the UK is a great way to work around those pesky shipping costs.
Thank you Leanne!! If you decide you would like to participate, we will have a Canadian central location soon to help defray shipping expense for our awesome quilters in the north! Let me know if you are interested ☺️
Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap! It is such a good cause and a great way to put those leftover bit to use.
For sure!! I am happy to use up all sorts of fabric I have had and love the idea of children playing with my little quilts. 🙂
Will anyone be keeping count of the numbers of quilts received in total from this drive?
Yes- I am keeping track as best I can and am also working with Amy on it. So far we are at approximately 90 doll quilts!!
I love this idea!! I just came across this via Diary of a Quilt post on FB today. Is February 28th the last day you will accept doll quilts? Thanks!
Hi Rose: The quilts will be accepted at any time. The only deadline that I have is for the prize drawing. All quilts finished during the month of February are eligible as one entry into the prize drawing held on March 1st. But truly, you can continue to make them. Amy loves having them to ship with her dolls. If you finish any this month, email me a picture and I will enter you. Also I will provide Amy’s shipping info at that time. Thank you so much!!