Wednesday, March 29, 2017


Well, the doll show wasn't a total loss!  It was a learning experience, though.  Most of the shoppers were looking for antique dolls, which we didn't have.  Someone bought my favorite new doll quilt - the bow tie quilt.  I guess I'll make another one.

Our table
I took my Mom's doll with me so I could look for new hair for him.  Here's his picture with the old hair.

I found a vendor who had lots of wigs as well as other doll items.  I got him a wig and when I got home, I took his hair off as well as the cap protecting his brain.

Here he is with the new brain protector!  😏

I love how he looks with his new hair!  It isn't glued on yet, but is just sitting on top of his head.

While there I purchased some shoes and socks for him.  Aren't they spiffy?  Such cute loafers!

I also got a smaller doll re-strung - a porcelain doll that I had purchased at a thrift shop.

BTW, I decided to name Mom's doll "Albert" after his (and my) grandpa.

Friday, March 24, 2017


I found out about a doll show when I was looking for a place to get new hair for this doll.  This was my mother's doll and I'm guessing he was new about 1920.  Yes, HE is a boy doll!  Doesn't he look cute wrapped up in this quilt, which, BTW,  I got in Lori's doll quilt exchange in 2014?

Ready to go to Doll Show

Here he is sitting up on the quilt in the clothes I made for him.  When I inherited him, he was wearing a dress!  So I made him these overalls and also some flannel pajamas.

When I found out about the doll/toy show, my quilting friend and I decided to be a vendor.  I have 2 complete doll beds, a bunch of doll quilts, the porcelain doll in the blue dress below, and some other items I'm hoping to sell.  My friend has some dolls and toys to sell.  I had a pattern and some fabric that I got at an estate sale, so I decided to make it up - the yellow dress (30s style and fabric) below.

Lastly, here are the bottom border triangles for my DJ quilt that I have done so far.  I'm taking a short break before I make more.  

Bottom Row 1-6 & 8

Next, the last Moda Block of the Week.  These blocks finish at 6" and there will be 48 of them.

And last weeks BOW.

I love the background fabric and will try to purchase a couple yards when it is out in the stores.

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, March 19, 2017


I finished a patriotic lap quilt that will go to a veteran.  The guild I belong to has taken on this project with Serenity Hospice.  On Monday our members donated 7 patriotic quilts!  (I just now noticed the backward block!)  Oh, well....

I finished my bow tie doll quilt by stitching in the ditch around each block.

The backing is some fabric that I have had for quite a while.  I really like it and it is CW fabric, but doesn't really look like CW fabric and doesn't seem to fit into many quilts, so I'm glad I got to use it for this doll quilt.

Then, I decided I needed to get back to my Dear Jane quilt.  I finished the triangles on the right side.

Right side triangles
Right Side 12, 5, 6, 11, 13

Bottom Row 5 and 6
Total triangles finished is 6!

On my walk a couple days ago we saw these deer in front of the biggest tree in the neighborhood.  The native americans used to meet under this tree over 100 years ago when there was a trail that they followed along the creek in the ravene just down to the right from the tree.  I just love this tree and the deer!

Happy quilting!

Friday, March 10, 2017


I finished the top of the bow-tie doll quilt.  It measures 15" x 17".

The pink and brown HST doll quilts are totally finished.

Small one measures 13" x 15 1/2".  Larger one measures 15 1/4" x 17".

I saw a new BOW (block of the week) being offered by Moda designers and decided it was something I could keep up with.  Each Wednesday a new block will be presented on the blog of one of the 6 designers for Moda, including Betsy Chutchian, Jo Morton, Lynn Hagmeier, Lisa Bongean, Jan Patek and Moda.  Click here to get to Betsy's post that explains everything.  

These are the bundle of Betsy's new fabrics that I ordered from her.

This is the first block, which was designed by Lynn.  All the patterns are free and measure 6" finished.  You can start this any time, even after a couple months as the patterns will still be up and there will be 48 of them.

I love the background fabric.  It's from Betsy's new line - Rachel Remembered.  

Saturday, March 4, 2017


I found these two little bow tie blocks when I was digging around in a bin.  I'm pretty sure that Barb sent them with the bow tie swap last fall.  They are so cute that I decided to make a doll quilt using them and more that I'm making.  The will measure 2" finished.

 Here is what I have so far.  I have 32 and I'm not sure how many I will need - I need to decide exactly how big I will make the doll quilt.  I think they'll make a cute quilt.

I'm also making some pink and brown HST doll quilts.  The HST blocks on top  finish at 1 1/2" and the HST blocks on the lower quilt finish at 1 1/4"  Once I got started, I just couldn't stop!

Several months ago a friend from my quilt guild asked us to collect the scraps we get from trimming blocks because she uses them to make doggie beds for a shelter.  So I decided to start saving them.  I've been doing it since around Christmas and I forgot to take them to our last meeting.

This bag is almost totally full of trimmings.  I save just about everything that's usable and these are less than 1".

I decided to weigh the bag and it weighs 1 lb. 9 1/2 oz!  One yard of fabric weighs about 6 oz. and costs about $11.

That means that this bag of scraps is worth about $46.75!  Yikes!!  I'm glad that someone will be able to use the scraps instead of just throwing them away!  Do any of you save these and what do you do with them?