Friday, August 20, 2010

'30s Inspired Doll Quilt

It was great to ease back into sewing this week with a couple small but fun projects.  First, I made some desperately needed potholders, which I blogged about here.  I have used those babies every day since then, not just for pulling pans out of the oven but also as hot pads, as well as something to set my hot cereal bowl on...so I can hold it in my lap...while I sit and eat it in front of the computer.  And yes, I eat hot cereal every morning for breakfast, even in 90-degree weather.  You can do that when your AC is set at the "Igloo" setting all summer because you married a polar bear.  And now you know a little too much about our quirky household.

I made a little doll quilt (or table runner?) out of the '30s reproduction fabrics I won in Kristen's giveaway a couple weeks ago.  She had an unfortunate coffee-spilling incident and could no longer use the affected and now prewashed squares in her project, so she generously gave them away.  She even tucked in a couple pieces of bonus fabric as well!  Thanks again, Kristen!
I sewed all the little squares into eight 9-patches and set them together with a white square in between. Then I used some of the extra fabric for a border. 
The backing...well, I rooted through my fabrics and came up with this vintage feed/flour sack I found at the thrift store earlier this year.  I know, it's pretty funky with the purple and blue dots.  Kind of looks like two Slurpees collided on the sidewalk.  But look at that, it works with what's left of the '30s fabric.  I should be able to cobble together an interesting backing from these three.  They're actually brighter and not as dusty looking as they appear here.
I'm toying with the idea of hand-quilting or maybe tying it.  Unless I decide to make it a table runner, in which case I'll probably just machine quilt it. 

I'll be linking to Sew and Tell Friday.  Swing on over and see what other fabulous creations are listed at amylouwhoThanks so much for visiting! 

17 comments:

Thrifted Treasure said...

It's gorgeous!!! I would really love to make my boys a quilt but totally lack the patience to do it!

JKP said...

I love the purple and blue polka dot slurpee collided fabric! Purple and blue are two of my favorite colors! What a great little project. I have to say, I haven't had a chance to sit down at my sewing machine since early July (or maybe mid-July), except to run some stitches along a ripped out seam on B's pants (his knee brace has torn more than one good seam lately). I'm hoping to spend a little time with it this weekend.

Anonymous said...

I love the quilt - the colors remind of me springtime. Enjoyed the vintage family pictures too. lak

Kristen said...

Oh this is so perfect! Thanks for taking those scraps off my hand and making something beautiful!

Haylee said...

I love it! You did a beautiful job.

Leslie said...

hand quilting would looks so lovely on this. i love reproductions.

Sarah Craig said...

Sweet little quilt! It would be a good project for hand quilting because of its size - but I imagine however you quilt it, it will be lovely! Had you thought about embroidering little lazy-dazy flowers in the center of the big white squares?

Michelle said...

Adorable! The 9 patches are perfect for the repro fabric. They are so classic. Your backing choices are fabulous. I love the funky feedsack fabric.

Jenny said...

wow, you really put those giveaway fabrics to quick use! yipee, it looks fabulous..and your feedsack is a great match!! i tell you...that sterlite container of fabric may be small, but it is MIGHTY!!

Elizabeth said...

P., that is so absolutely adorable. I love the 30's fabrics and the colors. Nice job!

xo -E

trish said...

How cute!! :o)

amylouwho said...

that is adorable. One of my first completed quilts was made out of repro fabrics!

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

A repro quilt is on my wish list of quilts to make. You inspired me to make pot holders this week and so no doubt a repro quilt will now be on the cards.

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery (and does not make me a stalker) Love your quilt . All that white with the repro really looks sweet.

Ivory Spring said...

Cute, cute, cute!! I love the fabrics.

Pokey said...

I love these sweet vintage squares, they are great! It always makes me want to dig in to my small collection of reproduction prints. Can't wait to see the finish (it would be on my table for sure!)
:-} pokey

Seams Inspired with Larri said...

Beautiful! I love the vintage vibe this quilt has. I hope to achieve that with my doll quilts...one day. Great potholders too! :o) Stopping over from Sew & Tell. Happy Sewing! :o)

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Miri said...

This is just darling!

Thank you so much for the Versatile Bloggers award! I've just posted about it...I'm catching up on blogs today!