Saturday, August 31, 2013

Dolls, dolls and more dolls!

One of the blogs I follow belongs to Lurline. She has pretty little thinks posted and today she wrote about a dolly quilt she is going to make. The dolls are based on a Brandon Mably's quilt "Paper Dolls". Pop on over to Lurline's blog for a look at this adorable quilt and the block that she has made!

Over the years I've made two small doll quilts so I thought I would share them with you today. I drafted my own patterns for both. The first is called "Ragamuffins". My father had given me a book on decorating with quilts and in one of the pictures there was a lovely quilt on a bed but what caught my eye was a tiny navy and red doll quilt on the wall. I can't put my hands on my book just at this moment but when I find it I'll post a picture of the quilt that inspired this one.

Ragamuffins, 2005

The blocks are 3". I had a lot of fun pulling little scraps of old fashioned looking fabric. It is hand appliqued and hand quilted but the piecing was done by machine.

The second quilt was inspired by the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz. I wanted a quilt made of tin women and so I made one!  I call it "Tin Ladies".

Tin Ladies, 2005

The blocks were machine pieced. I cut each patch and pieced it - these were not paper pieced! The quilting was done by hand. The cornerstones are little pink flowers that were fussy cut. The blocks measure 3 1/4" x 4 3/4". It was another fun little quilt to make and I loved sorting through some of my old Civil War prints for the girls.

I had fun with the hand quilting the girls - notice the "chesticles"!

And here you can see the little pink flowers in the cornerstones!

Looks like Annie is bored to tears! She should take up quilting!

Until I post again, happy sewing!


  1. Oh I'm crazy about your Ragamuffin quilt! So cute!

  2. Nice to see you are playing with your dollies too, lol! Just lovely.
    Hugs - Lurline xx

    1. Thanks Lurline! I guess we're never too old to play with dolls!