Friday, February 16, 2018

Sharing some love

It isn't often that I have *four* quilts to show off at once, but today I do! A few weeks ago, Bernie at Needle and Foot announced a new service project to collect doll quilts for A Doll Like Me,  the project of a lovely person named Amy who makes specialty dolls for children who are not represented by currently-available dolls, because they have limb differences or other physical issues.  Who could resist such a fun, happy project, especially after reading Amy's story?  Not me, so here are the four little quilts I made to share:


As you can see, I have a helper to show off these doll quilts.  This was my older daughter's doll, which inexplicably still lives at my house.  Even though I'm an old person I still enjoyed bringing her out to play.  And she makes such a nice model!  All these pictures were taken on a rainy day, so they may be a little washed out, but I think their cheerfulness makes up for it.

Don't worry, these were washed after the photo shoot!

Each one of these deserves a small description of it's own, don't you think?  Let's start with this one:


Those of you who have made Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilts will recognize the units making up this little quilt.  I "adopted" these 4-patches from another quilter who gave up on making the quilt, then I didn't make the quilt either.  But I still had these units, so I put them on point and then cut some aqua setting triangles and made the little top.  I quilted it with aqua thread in a simple cross hatch.  It worked out great!  I love how the aqua and pink hsts seem to make little butterflies across the top.  This is the biggest quilt at about 23 inches square.


The blue and yellow quilt is very busy, but it works, somehow.  This was made from thrifted blocks that I didn't even know were in the bag of scraps until I emptied it. There were all the four-patches and a larger block that I used in the center, which you can see if you look carefully.  I actually like how it blends in so nicely. There was also a small piece of the yellow and an even smaller piece of the blue in the bag, so I was only able to use those on the sides.  This little quilt was also quilted in a cross hatch with yellow thread. It finished at about 18 by 22.


Next is the applique quilt.  I made this applique panel years ago in a class about machine applique.  This was supposed to be a center with pieced blocks around it, but you can see what happened there. I promise that all of the pieces are very securely attached!  The panel was actually bigger, and I cut it down to about 20 by 23, then echo quilted the background and quilted in a bunch of details on the flowers and leaves.  I'm actually really thrilled with how this turned out and  hope some little person really loves it.


Finally, this might be my favorite little quilt!  Super-cute ninjas!  Because you know, not all little girls like flowers and such, and some little boys might need quilts, too. I made this one as a quilt-as-you-go strip quilt and it's the only one of the four that actually uses all new fabrics. The size was limited by the ninja piece, so it finished at 18 by 20, which is the smallest of the quilts, but is still a good size for the dolls.  Especially if the doll is particularly fierce!

The backings for these quilts were all small pieces that I had in my stash, and all except the ninjas got a floral backing.  Flowers just seemed wrong for those tiny warriors.


Each of the quilts also has a machine binding, so they can be washed over and over again.  I did have kids of my own, and I remember how much laundry was involved! All of the bindings except the black one came from my basket of bindings made from leftover off-cuts from backings and small pieces, too.

I also made a few hospital gowns to go along with the quilts, using THIS free pattern.


These are much more stylish than real hospital gowns and were easy enough to make.  I even made my own bias binding for the necks and ties, but only because I was too lazy to go to the store.  They will certainly make hospital visits a little more fun, for both the dolls and for their owners.

I had a lot of fun making these little quilts and am thrilled to send them on to some tiny humans to go with their special dolls.  I quilted all kinds of good thoughts into these little quilts and I packed those thoughts and some prayers into the box with them as I sent them winging on their way to Amy.  If you are in need of a feel-good project, consider making up a few little quilts or gowns.  Nothing but good can come from it!


Hope all of you have a lovely weekend.  I am probably not sewing much this weekend, but I am strongly considering making brownies as we will have rain today, snow on Saturday, and then rain again on Sunday.  I'll need the brownies to keep my spirits up!




Sharing at crazymomquilts, Confessions of  Fabric Addict, Finished or Not Friday, and Oh Scrap!

22 comments:

  1. Mari, your doll quilts are just adorable and remind me that I intended to make some! Of course the ninja quilt is my favorite too! Wishing I was in Delaware this weekend so I could come over for a brownie. Pugs and kisses, Nancy

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  2. What a thoughtful charity. Your quilts are sweet and the perfect use of bits and bobs.

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  3. I love reading about these little doll quilts. Yours are so much fun made of scraps and forgotten blocks. I used those little ninjas in a quilt top I made a few years ago. It's nice to see them make a reappearance.

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  4. Wonderful little quilts. That is such a great project to sew for.

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  5. Oh, Mari, your doll quilts are the sweetest! I love the variety. Such a great use of orphan blocks, too. And the teeny hospital gowns are a wonderful addition. Your model makes the whole blog post extra special, especially the last photo with her tucked under the HST quilt. Perfection!

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  6. Aww... Mari. Not only are the quilts adorable, I love how you did the photo shoot with the doll modeling them. The ninjas are adorable and the gowns are lovely. Applique too - you hide your talents so well :-)
    On the surface it appears that we quilters are doing something good for these differently abled kids. But in all honesty, what these kids (and Amy) are giving to us is just as valuable - a chance to put our leftovers, orphans and scraps to good use and a warm fuzzy feeling that is priceless.

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    1. For sure Preeti - this project definitely goes both ways. Lots of love to spread around.

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  7. Nicely put❤️ Thank you so much.

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  8. These are beautiful...love those gowns. That ninja though 😍

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  9. These little quilts are fabulous! Way to go!

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  10. Mari -- Thank you so much!! These are just awesome. Amy says about 1/3 of her dolls go to little boys so it is wonderful to include fabrics that might be enjoyed by boys and girls both. Those ninjas just make me smile. The hospital gowns are wonderful too.
    Thank you for sharing this project with your readers. :-)

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  11. All four are adorable! Though my favorite is the ninja one. My little girl was so not into flowers, but really enjoyed ninjas. So you are right on point there. Congrats on a fabulous set of finishes.

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  12. gorgeous quilts, the ninja is very much my favourite quilt too. And will make a great quilt for either a boy or girl

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  13. These are just WONDERFUL - and the gowns are such a grand bonus. What a terrific project to be part of!

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  14. Great Mari, You made beautiful doll quilts for a great cause. Congratulations

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  15. a bonus with the gowns. awesome

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  16. They're all so lovely and I enjoyed the stories behind them. The gowns are a nice touch. Bless you.

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  17. Lovely lovely lovely, and what a great way to use up the blocks and appliqué, it was great reading about where they came from. I love how you included a boy quilt, I don't have much in boy fabrics, shame, I did find one remnant though. I now have the UK address and will be sending my contribution soon.

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  18. Mari, this is so nice, I love the idea and your little quilts and gowns are precious. Thank you for sharing, I'm going to investigate.

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  19. These are so cool, Mari, and I love the variety of style and the fact that three of them started out in a different quilt life. The gowns are so sweet--and your own bias binding! Wow!

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  20. Oh, wow! Look at you go! They are too, too sweet....and those hospital gowns! You’re amazing!

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  21. I really love the adaptation of the leftover pieces from a Bonnie Hunter Mystery. It so so darn cute in those colors!

    I am visiting from https://dreamworthyquilts.blogspot.com/ but am currently logged into a different google account.

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