Monday, April 19, 2010

Storybook Trims Doll Quilt - Ta Da!

My Storybook Trims doll quilt top is finished!
It measures 16" x 19", at this point.
Here is a closer view of the top half, that has been finished for a couple of weeks...
And this is the bottom that I finished this past weekend!.

The last stitchery was the bee with the flower. The transfer design was not particularly sharp, so I needed to stitch it with natural light and rested eyes. I ended up doing it a bit free hand, just following the picture. The face is not as 'charming' as the one I did on a baby shirt, but I think the quilt is charming enough, without re-doing it.

I am going to dive right into quilting it, as soon as I find my hand quilting thread, (or give up and buy another spool.) I am following Martha's technique of using flannel as the batting, and I am backing it with more of the flour sack that I used for the borders and the stitcheries.

I have been reading up on different ways to quilt beyond 'in the ditch' and I think that I have settled on something that won't be beyond my skill set.

I think that I should have settled on the design before I basted it into a 'sandwich', though. I may decide that outlining or 'in the ditch' is just the thing!

9 comments:

Gaynell said...

I like it very much! Thanks for sharing!!

Kate said...

Not really following the ditch thing but then half the time I don't know what the heck your talking about. (Just kidding)

Your quilt is so charming! I would love to learn how to do this stuff. Next winter... maybe next winter. :)

Lynne said...

This is just too cute for words! I think my favorite patch is the horse. But, I always loved horses (and had one) as a young girl.

Do you mean ditch as in going around the outside of the whole image instead of each detail?

Martha said...

Wow! This turned out so darling -- You must be really pleased. My favorite block is the baby birds, but I had a hard time choosing.

I never hand quilt in the ditch because the quilting stitches don't show. Another very common and easy approach is to quilt just inside the seam allowance of each piece. Whatever you do, I know it's going to turn out fabulous.

Great job, Jan!

Anonymous said...

Opal loved the bumblebee shirt, and so did I!

Iron Needles said...

Very, very nice. Well, according to Martha, what I thought was 'stitching in ditch' wasn't. Which isn't surprising that I didn't know what I was talking about. I quilted about 1/8-1/4" in from the seams for the baby quilts we pieced.

Which reminds me...I still need to get on that last one, don't I...

Miri said...

Adorable! Just charming!Can't wait to see how you quilt it.

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

I love this little quilt top! It is so CHARMING! I love handwork, embroidery, etc. Hope I'll get to do a little more this summer! V.

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

Beautiful! Naturally the pony is my favorite! C