Thursday, December 08, 2011

Inspired by an antique doll quilt

After weeks of recovering Ihave a bit of my spirit back to make a little quilt.
One of my favourite quilt books is Childhood Treasures by Merikay Waldvogel.
You can find lot of very cute doll quilts in it. Actually every quilt in
this book is an inspiration. Kathie has already reproduced a few of the
doll quilts. Take a peek at her blog and you will be amazed!

I made this block maybe a year ago inspired by an antique quilt I found on the web. ( don't remember exactly where). I wanted to use it for this center. It is not my intention to reproduce this quilt exactly. I just want to achieve the same feel.

It’s is so good to play with my fabrics again, searching for the right piece, to feel them, and cut them into the right size is just fun!

Love the sound of my purring baby..

This looks nice..

and then OOPS.. wrong size. Why was I thinking that 6 x 7 = 45 ??????

Ok, I could cut them smaller with the correct math. Only then it doesn't have the look what I want.

I’m sidetracked: Who made this little heart on my pincushion for me :-) ?


Back to my doll quilt. I hear Gwen saying if it is to short add a piece, if it is too long cut it off. I love this quote, it makes everything so much easier. So this time I add a little. Thanks Gwen :-). Top is finished. Now the backing.
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Every time when I clean up my stash in my closet I have the intention to keep it that way. Seriously I do!!!! But somehow it doesn't happen. I have too much fabric and little space to store it. How do I find a nice backing in this closet?

Ahh found.
Ahhh too short..

I offer this beautiful red piece for the backing. To me it is hard to use a nice red for the backing. I want to use them for the front. I love red. I need to find one more piece .

Back to my closet. It’s really hard to dig through the fabrics.. Need to clean up this soon.

I putt my hand in a pile and this came out. HUH bears.

Hé you cutie..Yep, nothing for me but I'm going to fill the last space with this fabric.

Nice cup of tea..
I’m sidetracked by this quilt on the other page of the book. Beautiful border!

Backing is finished. Ready to baste top, batting and backing together.

Basting pieces of an old fabric on the border so the quilt fits in the hoop.

I’m going to quilt the center with a clamshell pattern. Easy to draw and easy to quilt.

What’s left is a nice color of quilting thread.

Let's go quilting!

Lucy

41 comments:

Kathie said...

Oh Lucy Love that block!!!!
I love the setting you chose for it. and clamshells for the quilting perfect choice!
have fun!!!!
Kathie

be*mused jan said...

Wonderful post, Lucy! You make me want to head into my sewing room and put something together right now...before breakfast!

sewprimitive karen said...

It's so wonderful! Loved the process :-) !!

Ruth said...

The little quilt is going to be adorable! I love the "add a piece" idea! Why not??

Betweens said...

Lucy I just loved how you posted your process on making your quilt. I love the quilters thoughts as she rummages through her wonderful stash for the right fabric
A good read and a lovely outcome love your doll quilt!

Ann said...

Hello Lucy, what a wonderful post and I love how you have shared the process of making this gorgeous block. You are such an inspiration. Beautiful fabrics ... the little pin heart on your pincushion is delightful, just the sort of thing my daughter would do for me. Take care and all the very best to you.

regan said...

A very sweet post! Glad you are feeling better!

Bonnie K Hunter said...

Love the bears for the back!! YES!! These things that "do not go" make me smile so much!

Bonnie

Quilt Enthusiast said...

Cozy and heartwarming. I vote for creativity. Closets
can look how they will but putting a quilt together and
rumpulling through the closet for the right piece of fabric is a heavenly chore.

taylorsoutback said...

So pretty and lovely applique work. Yes, Childhood Treasures is such a great book - just to sit and dream as you page through it...and then motivated to start creating...

Alice said...

Thanks, I always wondered how to mark clamshells!:) I'll have to try that.
Beautiful quilt, and I love all the added on bits and pieces.

Quilt Hollow said...

Absolutely delightful tiny quilt! It has been way too long since I've visited your blog Lucy...remember me?

Leeanne said...

What a pretty wee quilt, I too have the same problem with backings, you need backing but oh that is such a nice piece to have 'hiding' on the back!
Nice humorous post, with fabric in tea and the endless sidetracking we all do!

Shari said...

What a wonderful post! Love all the details and the gentle humour. Thanks for sharing so much. And I do just absolutely love your little quilt!

Anna said...

Lovely, likes me a lot everything

Ruby's said...

Beautiful pattern and enchanting process discussion. I can relate to the closet cleaning thing. :)
Happy quilting.
Ruby

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David said...

Love your quilt Lucy. Following you through the process has been really interesting and inspiring. I also like Gwen's quote! In a stitching class, a few years ago, CA Wells, told me something very similar. I was about to unstitch a loop on the design as I found it not nice enough and she told me : "Well David, there are two possibilities : spending the rest of your life making loops again and again or accepting the way it is, live your life and be happy! your choice" From then on... I have cooled down a bit about perfectness ;-)

12:48 AM

ann hermes said...

You may have seen the tulip block on my blog some time ago. I just recently posted another picture since I put it out at the holidays. www.notesfromthequiltlab.blogspot.com/

Janet said...

What a great block and a fun project Lucy. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, it made me feel like I wanted to play with fabric too.

Diane said...

Perfection is highly overrated (this, coming from a perfectionist). Those glitches really do add interest to a quilt. I just love your quilts, Lucy!

Nifty Quilts said...

This looks so great! Have fun quilting it! Your design will really add a nice touch.

Sharon said...

This is so pretty. I love how you finished the border without a seam ripper and stress. It really is much easier to just add a piece. This looks fabulous.

Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

Another beautiful Tulip block!

cityquilter said...

very, very nice lucy! recently i added some poison green and turkey red to my stash so you have inspired me! and clamshells? i'm doing them too...LOL

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Oh I've enjoyed your post...your thought process and the beautiful pictures to go with it...Makes me want to get a hand quilting project going!...been too long since I've done one.

Please post more about this project...can't wait to see the progression.

orangepflege said...

OH my! that was really wonderful.
24-betreuung

Janet said...

This doll quilt is so charming! You have perfectly captured the feel of the one in the book. The applique block is lovely. I'm so glad you're feeling better and enjoying your fabrics and stitching again. The clamshell quilting is lovely. I will have to try it.
Sweet little heart - a simple gift from someone to make you smile :0)

carol said...

Can I come play in your fabric closet? I can't even begin to imagine sitting on the floor just running my hands through it all...your blog has inspired me to dust off my beginner quilting skills and work on a stash as big as yours. Love your blog :)

not so zen -quilts in Paris said...

Lucy, what a lovely post, and, no worries about the cupboard, better soewhat messy rather than perfect, and no quilts been made...
All the best for2012, keep calm and carry on, Will in Paris

Karen said...

I love, love, love the little doll quilt you are working on. The clamshell quilting will work very well.

qltmom9 said...

LOVELY~
What pencil did you use to draw out your clamshells, please?

Penny from S.C. said...

I have the same problem - no place to store my fabric so its in boxes all over the place. No wonder I can't find anything! You did pretty well finding a nice backing for this, love the applique piece. Thanks for sharing!

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Lucy. Stopped by to enjoy your blog. You show some very lovely quilts. Liked your knit ball ornaments, too. Your tulip block is beautiful, nice fabrics. I'm an appliqué fan. Happy holiday stitching!
best from Tunisia,
nadia

Kim said...

Beautiful Quilting. Your photographs are marvelous too.

Ulla's Quilt World said...

Hi! Greetings from Finland! Your quilts are so fantastic! It's so nice to find other quilters all around the world! www.quiltworld2.blogspot.com
Yours, Ulla

Nyla said...

Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing your small quilt journey with us! I so enjoyed the few minutes I spent here!

Richard Healey said...

That is a realy pretty block well done.

Libby said...

I just read this post and it made my morning!! Especially the picture of your tea:)
Love your little quilt! That little gray sashing is so so sweet!

IRIS said...

so beautiful!!

delia in rb said...

hello
inspired by antique quilts blog has the same block as its header.
delia in rb