Instant gratification…well, almost.
For the last little while, I have felt ‘quilted out’ and the thought of starting another quilt did not inspire me at all. Having said that, I have had the burning desire lately to try my hand at minis or doll quilts, so what better time than the present, especially since it’s my friend Lucie’s birthday on the 1st of May and for the last couple of years, we’ve tried to include at least one hand made item with our gifts.
I ♥ the look of nine patch quilts so I decided to ‘shop’ in my stash cupboards to see if anything inspired me. I decided to use my red 19th Century and Civil War fabrics for this particular project. I even used some turkey reds and decided to go with shirting fabrics for the connecting blocks.
It started out like this…
And I was having so much fun, I ended up with these!
It was just as easy to work on three at once so that’s what I did. I decided that the most neutral-toned one would be for Lucie.
I finished hand quilting it last night and put the binding on this morning.
The finished mini/doll quilt measures 19” square. Each block is 3” finished and the border is 2” finished.
I think I could become hooked on making these mini/doll quilts. There is quite a bit of work involved, especially if they are hand quilted, but the gratification is instant…well almost.
Not only are they great for display purposes…
They also seem to placate my desire for patchwork and my favorite part…handquilting!