The Doll Days of August

Making quilts for dolls is a lot of fun. I get to experiment with colors and also use up some of those “cut but didn’t work” pieces from other projects.

These were made from the pink/purple scrap bin. Even used some of my Dresden Plate leftovers. Toss in some lace and you get what I am calling the Ball and Chain Series.

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The Pillow.

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So far I have five finished. Here are front and back photos. Twice the fun.

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And now some close-up’s.

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You are probably wondering why I named them Ball and Chain. This little ball and chain keeps the pillow matched up with the quilt.

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Next, I moved on to Zebras. Zebra fabric. I really love this fabric.

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I added the lace and different color fabric trim. Matching pillow, of course.

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I used the black and white zebra fabric for the back. Cuteness overload.

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Then I made this quilt I call the Red Flower quilt. I fussy cut the flower for the center.

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Used Michael Miller Clown Stripes as my starting Log Cabin border.

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Not only did I fussy cut the red flower but I also “fussy sewed” to line up the stripes.

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Then added my favorite polka dots.

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Quilting was done with a fast simple meandering stipple design.

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I knew I wanted to add lace and ribbon. Selected this double sided lace from my lace stash. Been there for YEARS. Happy to use some of it.

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Binding was done with the red and black floral fabric. I had hoped to fussy cut more of the red but this was the best I could get.

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This photo shows the fabric I used for the back. Didn’t want to go all wild with a lot of different fabrics. The front is busy enough. :D

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Red Flower quilt measures 24″ by 24″. Perfect for 18″ dolls and could also be used for a new baby.

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Hope you have enjoyed my Doll Days of August.

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My Back-To-School quilt is finished. Working on the pillow. Photos soon, maybe tomorrow.


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9 comments on “The Doll Days of August

  1. abbie2001 says:

    Your Doll Days of August are fantastic and as usual you show us your great artistic side. I only wish I could do half as good as you do.

  2. LOVE the zebra fabric! Not the stripes, the actual funny zebras. Where’d you get it? I would love to make a me-sized blanky out of that!

  3. digipicsphotography says:

    That zebra fabric is way cute!

  4. Lennette says:

    Oh my gosh Donna, I absolutely love your Ball and Chain doll quilts with pillows!!!! They are ADORABLE!!!!! I especially LOVE LOVE LOVE the zebra one!!!! I think that’s just the cutest thing I’ve ever seen!!!!! Makes me wish my daughters were still little playing with dolls!!!! All I can say is you’d better still be making these when I finally get a granddaughter!!!!!!

  5. gaby says:

    ooh soo cute! I want to play with dolls again!!!

  6. LisaD in upstate NY says:

    All beautiful and/or adorable. I especially like the zebra with the lace. Your new blog page heading is wonderful. I remember when you used that fabric. It’s so nostalgic. Isn’t it wonderful to be retired and to find creative and productive ways to keep your mind sharp and enjoy life? I retired 3 years ago, had been making jewelry – stringing, wire working, and then I discovered seed beads. Absolutely a blast designing and weaving with those beads. Keep on doing what you’re doing! LisaD in upstate NY

  7. Crystal says:

    I can just imagine the look of delight on the face of a young “mommy” when she receives one of these sweet sets for her doll “baby”! :-)

  8. don_mae says:

    Thank you, everyone. Your comments mean a lot to me. They keep me going, creating and wanting to show you what I make. :D

    I love that zebra fabric too. I have two more cut and ready to sew.

    Debra, I think I got it at JoAnn’s. I bought so much fabric last month that it is all a blur. I told hubby it was either food or fabric. He went without dinner a couple times. LOL!!

    LisaD, I know what you mean about seed beads. So addicting. Have fun creating.

  9. Cool. I’ll have a look for it next time I am in Palmdale. Its so freaking cute!

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