Friday, April 29, 2011

Give-Away Coming!

I see that I have written 95 posts. Five more and I reach 100 and that 100th post will be to announce a give-away! You'll have be patient and wait to see what it is. Oh, wait. This one makes 96. We're that much closer!

One Patch Series: Evening Garden

This is the third quilt in the series.

Here is a close-up photo.

One Patch Series: Citron Vert

This second little quilt showcases many of my favorite green fabrics. It's a dark and cloudy day so the colors aren't showing as bright as they really are.

I am putting the binding on a third quilt and I'll post photos of it today or tomorrow.

Friday, April 22, 2011

One Patch Series: Spring Storm

Here is the first doll quilt in this new series. The name was suggested by the fabrics--the blue polka dots reminds me of raindrops and the white/beige print of mud puddles. I quilted it in on the diagonal to represent rain falling. We've had a lot of rain this spring so it seemed right. Of course, today is a bright and sunny day!

The blocks are 1 1/2 squares and the quilt is 11 x 13 1/2. It is hand pieced and hand quilted. Here is a closeup of some of the blocks.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Quilt Names

I really like the idea of making quilts in a series, but I've realized I'm going to need to come up with names for them. Of course I could always call them "One Patch: No. 1, One Patch: No. 2" and so on, but how boring is that! One suggestion I thought of is to look through some books of poetry for phrases that might work. Another is to decide on some colors and think about what those colors mean to me. If you have any ideas to share about how to come up with some creative names, I'd love to hear them!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Starting a Series

I've collected photographs of quilts, including doll quilts, for many years but I can't say where I've gotten each one as I neglected to keep a record. This is one. I don't even know what size it is.

I'm using it as a model to make a series of quilts. The first one will be a soft beige and white print with a blue polka dot print. As I work on it I'm thinking of others I may want to make next.

The squares will be 1 1/2" square.

Folk Art Bird on a House

I had fun making this one. It's based on a quilt in Bird in Hand by Renee Plains and is 20" x 22".

Monday, April 11, 2011

Wall of Doll Quilts

A friend of mine asked me what I was going to do with all the doll quilts I was making. I showed her this photo and told her this was my goal. The photo is from the book Collecting American Country.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Four Houses Doll Quilt

The houses are 5 inches square and the quilt is 14 inches by 14 inches.

Pink Triangles Doll Quilt

I made this sweet little quilt from some of the extra triangles I had cut out for the Cake Crumbs quilt. The blocks are 2 inches square. The quilt is 10 inches x 12 inches. I think it would be fun to make a series of these using various colors--red prints with solids red, yellows and golds with solid yellow, or a mix of solid colors and black.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Four Houses Doll Quilt Top

I've just completed this top and hope to get it and the Folk Bird and House doll quilt top quilted this weekend. Photos to follow!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Too Many Pieces

I cut out the fabrics to make a full sized Cake Stand quilt and realized too late that I cut too many triangles and squares. I'm thinking about how I can use these for a doll quilt. The Cake Stand quilt, which is actually Cake Crumbs, is from Roberta Horton's book Scrap Quilts: The Art of Making Do. Here is the link to her website where you can see some photos of her fabulous quilts!

I also have finished appliqueing a folk doll quilt, this one based on a quilt in Bird in Hand by Renee Plains and plan to quilt and bind it in the next couple of weeks. I keep debating whether or not to add a border to it and that's delaying me.