I happen to love doll quilts, too - both vintage and newly made. Here's the doll quilt that started my collection.
|16" Square c. 1940|
I found it at a local quilt show boutique about fifteen years ago. It was displayed on an old ironing board and I thought it was adorable.
Little did I know that it would be the start of a very specific collection and would also lead to my interest in making doll quilts.
The embroidery was done after the top was pieced and goes all the way through to the back - serving as the quilting.
I enjoy trying unusual techniques that I notice on old quilts so I made a replica to donate to the silent auction at my next guild show. I used some of my vintage fabrics and variegated pink thread as seen in the original. The embroidery took longer than I thought! I was happy that a quilter friend had the winning bid.
|My replica - 2001|
Sorry about the photo quality but it's the only one I have of the two quilts together (being shown at the guild.) The original is in front as I can see yellow patches in the corners.
Making small quilts is even more fun than collecting them. It's a satisfying way to try different techniques, color combinations and styles with a better chance of completion. Recently, I made this Joseph's Coat, the name being a reference to the biblical story of Joseph's Coat of Many Colors.
|c. 1900 Pennsylvania 82" square|
Whether vintage or newly created, a doll-sized quilt is versatile; it can be used on a wall or table top - at least until the chilly winter evenings come and dolly needs it.
Poor Andy (c. 1972) lost his left arm somewhere along the way but he remains cheerful!
Watch for more of my doll quilts in the coming weeks but.....
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