Has anyone got a quilt in progress that you love and can't wait until it's finished, but it keeps getting held back for some reason? I have one of those, and I'm super happy that I finished the top and can show it off today. Here are some fancy ladies who really want to meet you:
Happy dance! This is the finished top for a project that I started in 2015. Yes, three years ago! Making these blocks was my RSC project for the year, so all of the dresses are made from scraps. Some of those were ugly bits, too, but they work great as dresses.
The pattern for these is Paper Dolls by Cozy Quarters, and it is available HERE. (I adapted the dolls some, so mine are a little different from the pattern.) I love all of these dolls, and I feel like each of them has her own personality. Some of them are based on real people, but some of them just came about because of the scraps I had. I had a lot of fun giving them each a hairstyle and thinking up their backstories. Kind of like we used to with real paper dolls, remember?
I don't know why it took me so long to finish this top when I have such positive feelings for these blocks. When I did finally start to put it together, I had a brainstorm and added the quotation that's in the top, which delayed things a bit more. The quotation is done in freezer paper applique, stitched down by hand. Yep, that took a while! It was fun to do, though. The letters are also all scraps.
Some of you will recognize the quotation as an excerpt from the Christian New Testament, but it's not meant as a religious statement-- or a political one, either. I just felt like it added a positive note to the quilt and made it more interesting. Plus, I really do feel that women have to support, encourage, and help other women. If we won't help each other, who will?
You may have noticed that it was hard to get a picture of the whole quilt top. This baby turned out much larger than anticipated! Each of the doll blocks finishes at 8 by 10 inches, and the whole top is about 66 by 95. This is way bigger than I had planned back in 2015! I'm going to have to rig up something to get a full picture once it's quilted.
Speaking of quilting. . .
Can it be? Yes, that is the backing and batting for this quilt! I plan to quilt this myself and hopefully have it finished sometime before the end of September. No real reason for that deadline, but it seems doable to me. I'll have to get some more practice with the walking foot before that happens, but I've been working on it. It will be nice to have a project to quilt that I'm excited about.
So there we are! The project from 2015 is now ready for quilting (after a really good pressing, because it was starting to rain when I took these pictures.) I am breathing a happy sigh of relief and looking forward to a finished quilt for this fall.
Hope you all have a lovely weekend! Sunday is Mother's Day in the US, so a very happy day to all mothers of every kind. I even have some flowers for you:
Happy Mother's Day all, and happy weekend!
Sharing at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Finished or Not Friday, crazymomquilts, and soscrappy for RSC18.