Thursday, November 16, 2017

"A Little Sweetness" doll quilt

Have you seen the new “A Little Sweetness” collection by Tasha Noel for Riley Blake Designs?  This precious line features little girl dresses with bows, aprons, ruffles and polka dots in Tasha’s signature colors.  These dainty dresses just beg to be fussy cut and made into a doll quilt . . . so that’s what I did!


I ordered three fat quarters and some backing fabric from one of my dear sponsors, Stitches ‘N Giggles.  I paired these Tasha Noel pieces with a mint green print I had in my stash. That delicate mint floral is from Elea Lutz’s “Milk, Sugar & Flower” collection.  I still didn’t have a pattern in mind, but I was happy with this fabric combination and knew something would come to mind! 



One evening I turned to Lori Holt’s Farm Girl Vintage book for quilty inspiration and decided that 6 1/2” churn dash blocks would be perfect for fussy cutting and highlighting this sweet fabric. I made a test block, fell in love, and fussy cut five more 2 1/2” dress squares for the blocks. This kind of playful sewing really nourishes the soul!


I used Elea’s mint floral for the sashing and borders, and another “Milk, Sugar & Flower” stripe for the binding. For backing I used Tasha's main white dress print. The finished size of this doll quilt is 15 1/2” x 22 1/2”.




I used two pretty Aurifil thread colors to quilt this project: 2835 (medium mint) and 2423 (baby pink).  In my bobbin I used 2021 (natural white). I began by quilting 1/8” from the seams of the sashing and border pieces. Then I quilted soft squares on point, in both mint and pink, to highlight the blocks.


I will be gifting this doll quilt to a new baby girl who has a big sister. It’s my hope that when the baby gets older, she and her sister will have fun playing with their dollies, and that this quilt will be part of that play. There’s not a bigger reward for a quilter, is there?



Stitches 'N Giggles carries the "A Little Sweetness" collection featured here, as well as many other fabric collections, notions and the Farm Girl Vintage book! Shop owner Lori is offering my readers free shipping on all orders over $50 now through Sunday, November 19. Just use the coupon code: carriedaway

To see some other projects I've made from Tasha Noel and Elea Lutz collections, please visit these links:


Have a great day and be sure to make time to get carried away quilting!

~Taunja



9 comments:

  1. It is so pretty. Wonderful idea. Thanks for inspiration.

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    1. Thank you so much! I appreciate you stopping by and your kind words! :)

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  2. Oh Taunja I adore this! It is so sweet and a perfect little dollie quilt. And inexpensive to make! Maybe I should only do dollie quilts. Ha! In the 1980's I remember reading of a quilter who only made traditional miniature quilts with the tiniest of pieces. They were so beautiful on her walls. I was pricing fabric to make your Window Garden quilt with Barbara Brackman's Morris Earthly Paradise for my brother. I am having quilter's sticker shock! Ha! I wish quilting with all of these lovely fabrics was more affordable for more women. Many if not most women could not afford the hobby. I wonder if it was that way in the 1800's and early 1900's. Was it only wealthier women or women of means who could quilt? Maybe Barbara Brackman would know! She has so much knowledge of quilting of that time! Best wishes and Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. It's so funny that you say that, because I thought the same thing! I could save myself so much money, making dollie quilts from all my scraps, for many years! I'm guessing that's why so many women made quilts out of feed sacks and worn out clothing. There is a monetary investment, to be sure, but when we make them right, they last a lifetime and bring so much joy. I hope all is well, Karen. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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  3. Absolutely ADORABLE! What a lucky little girl to be getting such a treasure! XOXOXO

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    1. Thanks so much Barbara! I hope all is well with you! Happy early Thanksgiving!

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  4. Yes, absolutely adorable. I love the little quilt and those dresses!!

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    1. Me too!! Just a darling little connection!! Happy Thanksgiving Rosemary!

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