Hi everyone! I have a few more finishes to share with you for the Spread the Love event. Remember this doll quilt drive is in support of A Doll Like Me, and will run through the end of the month. I have a box filled with donations for Amy and plan to send it off tomorrow.
In the box are a number of doll quilts (made by me as well as a couple of local guild members) and three hospital gowns. Amy has asked for the gowns because she wants to include one with the doll when she knows the child has a hospital stay in their near future. What a cute idea and how therapeutic it is for the child to dress his or her doll in a gown when she will also be wearing one. You can see the gowns up above from the front. I used this free pattern to cut the gowns out and used a simple narrow, double fold bias tape for the neck and ties in the back. They can be made out of a fat quarter or similarly sized scrap and take no time at all.
Next on the list of projects to mail is this I Spy Quilt. I mentioned it a couple of weeks ago and finally got it quilted and bound. I used a black and whit polka dot fabric for the binding but it is pretty wonky. I do love the variety of fun fabrics used and think it will be a cute on for a child to play with.
The backing is a piece of fabric I have had in my stash for years. It has lots of animals scattered about and will be another fun one for a game of I Spy.
This Fire Truck Quilt is one of my favorites – you know I am a sucker for anything with a vintage look to it! The red and yellow combination is so sweet.
Determined to use only fabrics from my stash, I used red and yellow scraps for the quilt, sashing, backing and binding. It came together nicely and will surely be loved by its new owner when Amy decides to send it off to a child.
Just an update on the progress of this doll quilt drive. I have recorded more than 135 quilts finished and shipping at this point. Promises of many more are made. How amazing is that???
Here is a photo of some projects made by my sisters. Flannel blankets, a hospital gown, ruffles and flowers, trucks and cement mixers — perfect for A Doll Like Me!! I am so happy they wanted to make and contribute these.
Finally, I have had a few readers ask if there is a way to contribute to A Doll Like Me financially. Because of the costs of shipping, the fabric and accessories to make the doll, stuffing for the dolls, and most especially the need to fund dolls for families who cannot afford one, there is a Go Fund Me account. If you feel you would like to contribute, that is wonderful. Donations can be in any amount, don’t feel it has to be a large amount of money; five or ten dollar donations add up and are very helpful. The quilting community has given so much to Amy’s cause so please don’t feel pressured to make a monetary gift.
Remember if you are making quilts, you can email me for the shipping information. Any questions? Leave a comment and I will get right back to you. Thanks everyone!
Come back on Wednesday the 21st because I will be sharing the blogger bundle for February. Curated by Kitty Wilkin of Night Quilter, it does not disappoint!!
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Wow, what a wonderful response from so many quilters! And Bernie, your own quilts and gowns are just the cutest! I love the fire trucks 🙂
Thank you Louise. The response is nothing short of amazing!! I am so happy for Amy and proud of our community of online quilters. 🙂
It occurs to me that this will be a wonderful donation recipient to keep in mind long after February is over as a way to use up pieces of fabric after finishing a full size quilt. A perfect why to keep from getting any further into the scrap hoarding. I love how you added the little tie for a bit more doll modesty in the hospital gown!!
For sure. I just found a few patterns for doll clothes for 18” dolls and think I will try making a few outfits. Takes a village, right?
Absolutely wonderful Bernie. I’m just waiting for my friend to finish her quilts and I will post them off together. It is such a pleasure to support such a deserving cause.
This is just so super, Bernie! I hope to make a few more quilts, and I need to get some gowns done too. Oh, a curated bundle by Kitty — I’m looking forward to seeing that!
Worthy cause! I can only imagine the delight on the childs face to receive these. Im so proud of you and all the others who have made doll quilts and made us all aware of A Doll Like Me!
This is WONDERFUL. I too have been bitten by the doll quilt bug and can’t stop making them. Please send me the address where to send them off to. Right now I have finished 8 and a few more in the works. It is refreshing to make small things and have them done in a day or two. Thanks for bringing this to our collective attention. Go QUILTERS.
Hi Bernie, Please send me Amy’s address. I have a quilt sewn and quilted, just no binding yet. I recently did a post about the process on making the flimsy but haven’t blogged about the finish yet. Thanks!
Thank you Janice! I will send off an email with mailing info for you. 🙂
Please send me the mailing address as I plan to make doll quilts supporting this cause on an ongoing basis. Finishing up a project right now and then will get to it!! Thank you.
That is wonderful! Thanks so much. I will email mailing info to you in just a minute.
I just found out about this great project from your link on “Confessions of a Fabric Addict” – and I’ve managed to make a few quilts. I’ll need Amy’s address as well. Thanks!
Hi Bernie! So pleased with the response for the doll quilts! I have one ready to go, so would appreciate getting the shipping info from you when you get a chance.
Thanks for letting us know about this great opportunity!
Hey, Bernie. Haven’t heard from you about the address to send my doll quilt to. No pressure, but thought maybe things got lost in the shuffle. Thx again!
Shoot, I am sorry Elizabeth. Sending you a proper email right now! Thank you for pinging me again. 🙂
Sadly, my doll quilt sewing this weekend just got bumped because my daughter came home with a note that she needs her costume for the school play on Monday. Thanks for the notice, School! I don’t sew THAT fast!
BUT! My target for the doll quilts is 6 – one each from me and my 5 kids, that they will help make because they need to learn service while they’re young. So please go ahead and send me the address and they’ll be sent as soon as I can get them done. Thanks for hosting this! What a great cause – Amy is amazing for making those dolls!
Trina, no problem. Amy has an ongoing need for this so as you and the kids make the doll quilts, she will happily use them. Good luck with the costume sewing for school this weekend!
You are on a roll Bernie! The gowns are just precious.
My stash has leftovers from baby shower quilts. I would like to put them to good use for A Doll Like Me. Please send me the shipping address. Thank you for making us aware of a do good quilty cause!
I would love to supply hospital gowns for the dolls; this is one precious and blessed project all around. Please let me know where to send the gowns and how to appropriately link to the source for including this on my blog. I found you through KAHolly. You are blessed to be a blessing to so many; thank you for any help that you can provide.
Bernie, count me in, and anyone else I can persuade to join me in my group. I will need the dimensions for the quilts, as well as the address of where to send gowns and quilts.
I wanted you to know that I received TWO thank you notes from Dignity Health and the caregivers for the quilt I sent to you for Covered in Love. What a nice gesture for those people to take the time to sign a card and send another letter. It took me very little time to create a quilt top, but I know it made a difference for the family of their loved one, to be able to have the quilt that covered their dying family member as they passed, and to keep it as another memory. Thank you for bringing this endeavour to our attention. Jill in PHoenix/Calgary
Thank you Jill!! That would be wonderful. I will send you an email with specifics.
Happy to hear you received a thank you. Mercy Hospital is really grateful for the quilts that have been donated. The response has been wonderful. The need is on-going so if anyone you know wants to join in, please share the project with them. Take care.
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I love the hospital gowns and will look through my stash for appropriate fqs when I get home. Are these supposed to be mild prints like you used here, that sort of look like actual gowns, or can they be any wild print or design? What a great thing you are doing. I love the story of A Doll Like Me, and it’s so great to see how the doll quilt drive went.
Susan, I think you should make the gowns with whatever fabric appeals to you. The kids will enjoy them for sure! Thanks so much. 🙂
Bernie, your darling quilts and hospital gowns are just the cutest additions to “A Doll Like Me!” My daughter called yesterday to let me know that Amy’s remarkable journey was broadcasting on CBS, and since I am a retired medical and school social worker who also makes dolls and quilts; she knew I would be inspired! Does Amy need more hospital gowns and/or doll quilts. I notice that some of the dolls wear knit (jersey) hats too? Please e-mail and address for Amy so I might be able to forward gowns/quilts. Thank you