Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Doll Quilt Swap 13

I finished my Doll Quilt Swap mini this past weekend. I wanted to do something fun and whimsical and my partner liked bright and cheerful colors. I also challenged myself to not cut into any folded fabric, to work completely from my scrap bags, because probably like you, mine are always overflowing!

I started with a sketch of a rolling hill and a sun and then started pulling scraps. I sorted them light to dark and then just started sewing them all together randomly. Once I had a semi-large piece I moved onto the next color, repeated and then joined them together in order to create the basis of the landscape.



I did the same for the cloud and cut out a cloud shape from my improv patchwork piece. I added the yellow scraps as the rays of the sun and attached everything down with raw edge appliqué.
I decided to quilt it predominantly with the "rays" of the sun to emphasize the brightness and to give continuity to the abstactness of the improv piecing. I did some fun swirly quilting in the cloud, sun, and rays to add some texture and bring those pieces out as well.
Hopefully she likes it as much as I do. She hasn't commented on it so we will see... I should do improv piecing more often. Great use of scraps and its so liberating!!
I have lots more to show, I've been busy, so stay tuned!

 

5 comments:

  1. That is a special doll quilt! I love it. I have made lots of doll quilts, but not like yours. Mine are traditional. It's great to use scraps up, however, they seem to multiply faster than one can use them!

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  2. This is really amazing.
    I've never joined a swap because I'm much too chicken but I repeatedly see bloggers commenting about their partner not commenting or giving much information. I just don't understand why someone would join and then not make it easy on the other person. I know she'll love it.

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  3. Loving the scrappy landscape and the quilting!

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  4. Amazing!That is a great quilt. The textures you created are amazing!

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  5. That's so pretty! I really love the way you quilted the cloud! :)

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