Doll Quilt Swap

March 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.


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On Whipup last week, Maitreya joked that doll quilts were taking over the world. It certainly does seem that way! To wit:

Hillary of Wee Wonderfuls has grand plans to cover the room of her baby-to-be in doll quilts. She’s already made several cuties, like this one, this one, and this one.

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.

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.



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  1. […] Doll Quilt Swap […]

  2. Oooh, I really want to do this swap. I am in the middle of a move right now but I will think on it and see if I can squeeze another project in. The idea is AWESOME!

  3. Ok, jumping first swap!!

  4. I would love to join but unfortunately over 8 months pregnant and can’t commit to finishing in time. I will keep watching to see how everyone goes and if you do another one I might join in.
    Great Idea.

  5. […] week I was left a comment by losabia who has initiated a doll quilt swap. I think it is a great idea. Basically you need to make a completed quilt that is about 18″ x […]

  6. […] swaps, Sewing/Crafts, Quilting. trackback I’ve been scouring the the Web for ideas for our Doll Quilt Swap. I do love the simple charm of the square-patches-and-borders approach that many quilters  take, […]

  7. I sent you my info! I’m way too excited!

  8. I would love to participate! I will e-mail you my info!

  9. I’d like to try! but I’m new to this. I’ll send you my info

  10. Oh this sounds too cute! I’ll send you my info!

  11. darn it, I missed the deadline! Next time, next time, next time!

  12. AkK! I always find the coolest swaps the week after they closed. I am so bummed! Looks like so much fun.

  13. have to agree with Lucy. I am a day late and a dollar short. bummer

  14. I really, really wish I hadn’t missed this.

  15. […] as temperamental as usual. Between picnics, I’m working on finishing up my quilt for the doll quilt swap. I am going to attempt machine quilting tonight — this was also waiting for the sewing […]

  16. When are you planning for the next one to start?

  17. Signups to start beginning in June, with an eye to sending by the end of July!

  18. […] take to the beach with me in a few weeks. Maybe I’ll work on a baby doll quilt like this or this, or maybe I’ll try my hand at some embroidery on a few dishtowels for my kitchen. Anyway, […]

  19. when is the next doll swap. i would like to join.

  20. I’d love to join too.

  21. Hi – Is there another swap in the works for 2008? I would LOVE to get in on one :)
    Smiles, DianeM

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