Making a start: Doll Quilt

by Kate on April 7, 2011

I am lucky enough to work with a very experienced patch worker (another Kate), one who hand pieces and hand quilts every single quilt. They are remarkable and I am really looking forward to the day (read: when the kids are a lot older) when I have enough time to dedicate to hand piecing and hand quilting.

Anyway, a few weeks ago I mentioned to Kate that I was participating in a doll quilt swap and she remarked that she had some very old books based on Amish and traditional quilt designs and “would I be interested in borrowing them?”. Would I ever.

I now have the books in my possession and they are fantastic. Each book contains a variety of traditional (but simple) doll quilts, they look very ‘doable’.

I always planned to do something a little more traditional in this round of the Down Under Doll Quilt Swap but have become SO excited by these little books, that I want to make them all.

And in the spirit with which they were shared with me, I would like to share them with you. Each month, I will make a different doll quilt and write up a tutorial on the how’s and the what’s.

The first tutorial will be up on Wednesday 13th April.

I have selected the fabric for the first doll quilt, which will be sent to my secret partner in the down under doll quilt swap. Speaking of which, here are the participants in round two.

Kirsty, Rita, Shannon, Kristine, Christie, Melissa, Amy, Nova, Janine, Mel, Lorraine, Sarah, Mary Jane, Bianca, Sarah, Belinda, Tracy, Jo, Bek, Leah, Kirsten, Sonia, Louise, Pam, Lucy, Jenny, Rachael, Sally, Michelle, Lydia, Leah, Mandy, Debra and Anorina.

For more creative spaces, head over to Kirst’s place.

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1 Suz April 7, 2011 at 6:47 am

Great…This will be fun, joining in with your doll quilts!


2 Vic April 7, 2011 at 8:38 am

Have fun!


3 Cathy Underhill AU April 7, 2011 at 10:44 am

I will look forward to your tutes Kate, these fabrics are divine. xo


4 Kate April 7, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Thanks Cathy! I think it should be a fun project x


5 gret April 7, 2011 at 11:35 am

Lovely idea, can’t wait to see them.


6 Naturally Carol April 7, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Sounds like fun..isn’t it great when you get excited about the next project..I love that feeling of anticipation!


7 Michelle @ The Crafty Little Fox April 7, 2011 at 1:27 pm

So lovely to start a project. Enjoy yourself.


8 Kelly April 7, 2011 at 1:33 pm

I love the mix of fabrics that you have chosen – pretty and cheery. Will look forward to seeing the dolls quilts all finished.


9 Kristine April 7, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Do you mean the lovely Kate who works at Patchwork on Central and used to work at Patchwork House? Many years ago she gave me a divine vintage sleepwear pattern book that she’d found in an opp shop. I still have it safely stashed away and used it to make an old fashioned dressing gown – an early Townmouse prototype. Will look forward to seeing your doll quilt creations.


10 Kate April 7, 2011 at 4:26 pm

That’s the one. I adore her, she is a wonderful lady x


11 Kirsten N April 7, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Looking forward to seeing the quilts:)


12 Dolores April 7, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Lovely choice of fabrics. I’m looking forward to seeing what becomes of it and also following along on your tutorials. I would love to join the swap in the future (read: when I make considerable progress on my to-do list).


13 Melissa April 7, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Gorgeous choice of fabrics there Kate, and thanks for all the links i’ve enjoyed checking out those blogs! x


14 Kate April 7, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Some lovely spaces, I am looking forward to seeing all the mini’s!


15 mary-jane April 7, 2011 at 8:14 pm

OOh how exciting!!! Can’t wait to see the results!


16 Kelley April 8, 2011 at 2:48 am

Oh, but if you watch tv, spend time in doctor waiting rooms, take your kids to sports/swimming/dance/etc lessons…you have time to hand piece or quilt! I’m looking forward to the how’s and what’s. Thank you! :)


17 karlyn April 8, 2011 at 6:15 pm

ooooh some very precious pieces in there, can’t wait to see it.


18 Karen April 9, 2011 at 7:03 am

Great idea! looking forward to seeing your creations each month.


19 Seaweedandraine April 12, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Aaahhhh Seeds :) Gotta love them. And matched with those cute dots and the purple square pattern – what could be better! I am guessing that you use a doll quilt for … a doll?


20 Kate April 12, 2011 at 4:35 pm

You don’t really use them for anything…well you can use them as doll blankets but I generally make them just to try new techniques etc.


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