Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Monday's Finish

✔Finally!  The Paper Doll quilts are done.  Both have had the binding sewn down and they are ready to be dressed... and re-dressed!  You may have noticed  that I opted out of putting faces on the dolls.  I don't think that will take away any of the fun and joy the girls will have while playing with them.

All I need now are the clothes.  Most of the clothing for the larger dolls were made by me and embellished and dolled up by my Mom.  She has several outfits for the smaller dolls ready for the iron-on velcro to be attached.  

Once I have the quilts and the clothing together I will do a photo shoot with a couple of little gals that are just a few months older than my little Maggie who will be 5 in July.  

❧With this project wrapped up I will be turning my attention to another custom memory quilt.

I don't have the clothing pieces yet, but my customer has requested a block pattern like this one...  (It looks like a lot of Y-seams but I will will be taking a stab at designing it so those aren't necessary.)

I am not 100% sure that I can use ALL of the clothing, but that remains to be seen.  I'll be honest, those sweaters scare me a little... My customer tells me that they are light-weight, more like jersey knit than a sweater.  If they are as she says they are, I will simply use fusible interfacing to stabilize them without a second thought.

Have YOU used a sweater in a memory quilt?

I'd love to hear from you with any suggestions you might have.  Leave a comment.

What other things will I be doing?  

❧  Well, since I have an open cutting and table and design wall... I will clean an organize the studio.  It is much needed and it is time!  I have been just shoving piles of fabric left over from the various quilts into my stash closet.  

❧  I will prep a few more postcard blocks for Fiona Sandwich's Summer Camp sewing challenge, including a fish block representing Dave's time fishing on our last trip. 

❧  I want to create a little ballerina outfit for the paper dolls, and perhaps play with some other clothing, so I will need the patterns in my hands.

Have a blessed week and quilty week!


Have you seen any of the Snowflake blocks from the Santa Fe Trail Sew Along? I love the variety and styles. 💗💜💙💛  The pattern is still available and free until July 22. And there is still time to link up a finished block for a chance to win a free fat quarter.  The next block will be published July 1.

Linking with:

Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt
Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts
To Do Tuesday at Chris Knits & Sews
Mid-week Makers at Quilt Fabrication
Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter
Stitch Sew & Show at Life in the Scrap Patch
Put Your Foot Down at For the Love of Geese


  1. Hi,
    The Paper Dolls quilt is awesome...have a great day!

  2. What sweet quilts! I am sure they will be a favorite snuggle and play item. Good luck with next week's goals! Thanks for linking up with To-Do!!

  3. Clever idea, the paper dolls quilt. I'm sure it will be a hit! That quilt block looks a bit like the Swoon block that was so popular a couple of years ago. I've not used a sweater in quilts, but I'm sure it can be done. Using a stabilizer is a good idea.

  4. The paper doll quilt turned out wonderfully. You are very talented.

  5. The paper doll quilts came out great!

  6. Hi Melva! Oh gosh, the paper doll quilts are fab!! I just adore the outfits. The Hawaiian shirt is the bomb. And the little outfit with the boots - too darn cute. It sounds to me like you are having oodles of fun creating the outfits - even more than the quilt, and your mom, too. I love every bit of it. Oh, and we did make a memory quilt using clothing. One piece was a sweater - kind of a thin one - and I put some stabilizer on the back. It was similar to a t-shirt quilt and it worked great. Good luck! ~smile~ Roseanne

  7. Such sweet quilts. How lovely it will be too see little girls playing with them. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

  8. Awww ... the Paper Dolls Quilt is sew cute! May the little girls and Maggie have tons of fun with this! The block for the memory quilt looks like it might be able to be done with a square in the center and a rectangle with snowball corners on the cross units and square half-snowball units with half square triangles and squares on the corners. Lots of piecing but no "y seams." I can do "y seams" but prefer not to do so, too ... :) Pat

  9. Such a great gift for a little girl, I love your creativity Melva! I have been finishing/cleaning up odds and ends this week. I actually cut two more blocks for Magic of Christmas yesterday...my first block cutting in months. I have one more alteration for Girl #1, and a custom blazer to do for Girls #2, and a couple of Book Recital gifts, then I can do what I want!