Doll quilts start

After thinking quilty thoughts during my vacation and after a week to resettle, it is time to get to projects, especially those with due dates. Both my guilds are making doll quilts for the Oregon Ballet to sell during performances of the Nutcracker, and the quilts are due at this month’s meetings.

Improv fabric

Improv fabric

When I mentioned ballet related doll quilts, a friend who was making a pink and yellow quilt offered her cutaway pieces. I like making improv fabric, so it was a good place to start.

How random are you when you make improv fabric? I find it hard to just grab and sew. I also wonder at what point to measure and trim. I hate to waste time making more than I need, but find the constant measuring annoying. I also get annoyed when a particularly good combination gets trimmed off in making the needed shape.

I’m thinking to make hearts and stars. Every child who takes ballet thinks about being a star, and hearts are always in favor.

heart quilt blocks

So I have some blocks made and need to decide on sashing (pink, yellow, or aqua). A larger heart block will get borders. And if I have time I’ll make some star blocks.

There are more doll quilts in my near future.  Members of my traditional quilt guild have been asked to fill a gap created by the death of a member who used to make 500 each year.  I plan to make five and hope to make ten. They will be due at the December meeting–that’s “plenty” of time, eh?

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4 responses to “Doll quilts start

  1. quilt32

    What a nice idea to sell the quilts at the Nutcracker performances.

    The lady who made 500 doll quilts a year will be hard to replace. What a wonderful legacy.

  2. Your doll quilts look darling… I need to get mine finished too. I have the tops done but the backing snuggle fabric is scaring me a little.

  3. Great idea – and your blocks look beautiful! Good luck with the fundraising!

  4. FIVE HUNDRED?? Oh, my. Yes, more will be in your future. I think you are off to a good start with the motifs of heart and star–the hearts are looking great. Okay, so you said what I’m always thinking in improv–that I’m always cutting off my favorite parts. Guess I’m just not a free-enough bird to do this stuff!

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