Doll Quilt SwapMarch 30, 2007 at 1:30 am | Posted in Doll Quilt Swap, Quilting, Sewing/Crafts, swaps | 25 Comments
edit: We’re soliciting feedback for this swap and recommendations for the NEXT ROUND of the Doll Quilt Swap here! Thank you in advance for your ideas.
(pic from womenfolk.com)
On Whipup last week, Maitreya joked that doll quilts were taking over the world. It certainly does seem that way! To wit:
And speaking of Hillary, the lovely Vicki of Turkey Feathers sent her this beautiful doll quilt, and – AND! is GIVING AWAY another one to a lucky someone on April Fool’s Day, and that’s no joke! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post.
Amy at Ibby Bee has also made some very pretty quilts, too.
So…let’s all get swept up in the doll quilt zeitgeist, shall we? (you know you want to) and have a DOLL QUILT SWAP!! They’re so sweet, and they’re much quicker to make and easier to handle than a bed- or even crib-sized quilt. If you’re a newbie quilter, this is a perfect way to develop your quilting chops. If you’re a seasoned seamstress, you can try out a new technique (applique, anyone?) or maybe hand quilting or machine quilting. And, you probably have all the material you need in your scrap bag.
Construction: Pieced, appliqued, wholecloth (like my favorite one, from Liesl of disdressed), or yo-yos; quilted by hand or machine; and bound (see below for a link to a great binding tutorial). Embellish at will. Embroidery? Rickrack? Buttons? None? You decide.
Fabrics: Let’s do natural fibers: cotton, linen, or wool, please!
Size: At least 18″ in the smallest dimension, up to, let’s say…24″ in the longest.
Deadlines: SIGN UP by Friday, April 6th, and matchups will be sent out by Sunday, April 8th (my birthday!), at noon. SEND YOUR COMPLETED QUILT OUT to your partner no later than Monday, April 30th.
Patterns and tutorials: Of course you may choose your own patterns, but here are a couple of ideas if you’re stumped.
- Country Lane’s site has free patterns for two cute little quilts.
- Womenfolk.com’s America’s Children and Baby Quilts links to pages with doll quilt history and patterns.
- Heather Bailey (HELLOmynameisHeather) has wonderful tutorials for both yo-yo construction and quilt binding.
Signup: Please send an e-mail to me (e-mail address is near the top right, just under the search box) listing your:
- full name
- mailing address
- blog url, if you have one
I was so excited about this idea that I drove right past the DHL place tonight on my way to drop off a shipment! I hope to have great response, and of course a lot of fun with all of you. I’ll set up a flickr group to post pics and make a button for you to grab this weekend.
Feel free to comment with doll quilt links and other recommendations. This is my first time hosting a swap and I’m sure I have plenty to learn.