maybe not quite so small

I finished the first doll quilt. I’m in serious love with this quilt that Jen showed from the Tokyo International Quilt Festival and so I thought I’d try a teeny tiny version of it. At first I
really wanted to totally recreate it as best I could, have lots of super tiny blocks, do the same quilting design, etc. It quickly became apparent making super elaborate tiny quilts wasn’t where I wanted to go. Then I was listening to this Alex Anderson podcast Jen sent me to on doll quilts and the gal she was interviewing was talking about how doll quilts were always made very quickly and were often quite basic because they were meant to be played with by children. And that sounded a lot more on the money to me. So I made bigger squares, did real simple machine quilting and used twill tape for binding. I always have a hard time with the intentionally imperfect look but I think it turned out cute. I dig it. It’s tiny though, 15″ x 18″. Next one should be bigger. One down!

Thanks for the Stitchette love the past 2 days! I’ve been to the post office 3 times since yesterday and they should be landing at their destinations shortly. Next on the horizon, the snowsuits. And then the make-a-long knitting patterns. Speaking of which, I’m looking for a very nitpicky knitter with some time on her hands, any takers?

61 thoughts on “maybe not quite so small

  1. Melissa says:

    I am loving your doll quilt nursery concept. That magazine photo you posted for a second time a few days ago is inspiring and I can’t wait to see your interpretation for the nursery. Please keep showing us the amazing little quilts you are creating!

  2. Annika says:

    I’d love to help with the knitting!
    The quilt is beautiful. I’ve been wanting to learn to quilt, but too intimidated — I think doll quilts may be the solution.

  3. tracy says:

    I adore the doll quilts, too, and have made some over the years. There is a book that you may want to take a peek at, called Little Quilts All Through the House, by Alice Berg, Mary Ellen Von Holt, and Sylvia Johnson. It was published in 1993, and is my most tattered-from-love book on my quilting shelf! These women introduced me to the whole idea of “Little Quilts” for decoration, and their book is a great reference. I LOVE (!!!) the little quilt you have made! I think I will get back in my sewing room, and see what I can do…
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent with all.

  4. melissa f. says:

    i was wondering about the doll vs mini quilt deal– thanks for clearing that up. the rustic quality of the doll quilt is really appealing and less freaky than the obsessiveness of the mini-quilt as decoration. this one is so good.

  5. Liesl says:

    Hillary, the concept is fabulous, and the quilt is adorable! Now I really want to do this in Little’s room, too. Mind if I borrow your idea? Hope you’re staying warm out there. Glad to see that satellite is behaving again.

  6. daria says:

    it’s fantastic in its small sweet slightly-wobblyness! I’ve got a doll quilt project planned for my girl’s birthday this spring, so I’m particularly looking forward to watching your tiny quilty vision unfold.

  7. sarah says:

    Love the tiny quilt! So cute!!!
    I’ve been knitting for 15+ years and am a *total* perfectionist. I’ve been known to frog half-finished (and occasionally completely finished) garments just because I felt it didn’t look quite as it should! My husband thinks I’m crazy. I have a feeling he may be right. Also, I can knit at work and no one cares…all this to say, I’d love to help you knit up some samples if you still need extra hands!

  8. June says:

    The doll quilt is fabulous–makes me want to be little doll so I can cuddle under the quilt.
    I’m a beginning knitter so I can’t help you with your project but I do look forward to seeing what it is.

  9. Michelle says:

    I see 30 comments already, so don’t know if you’re still looking, but I’d love to test knit some things for you. I do quite a bit of test knitting for other designers, so let me know if you want my help!

  10. sunshine says:

    sorry I wished I knitted well but I crochet well if you are ever in need of that. You can check out my blog and flickr to see the things I crochet if it ever comes that way. Take care sunshine

  11. michelle says:

    I love the quilt too! I have been really into crosses lately (like the red cross’s cross). I have been planning on making a patchwork pillow with a patchwork cross. You are such an inspiration! I better get on it!

  12. Alisha says:

    I’d like to know when the quilt tutorials will begin. The quilt is truly adorable and will be well loved by many a doll and little wee one. I’ve been trying to figure out how to make one for ages. Time to hit the library books for some help!

  13. Sharon says:

    Oh! How cute! I feel the copy-cat in me again! I’ve always considered myself a creative person, but ever since I’ve started reading your and others’ blogs, I have been a blatant copycat. So. I will be off making my doll quilt for my 1 and 1/2 girl who is “baby” crazy…

  14. maggie Smith says:

    Gosh this is so cute and you are so FAST!!! I don’t understand, with all the other stuff you’re doing plus being a mom….??
    I adore this concept for the room–this will be a Very Lucky little Girl!!!!
    xx, maggie

  15. Amy says:

    I am so glad to have read your posts about doll quilts lately. I have been obsessed with doll quilts and thought I was crazy..that I was the only one. Anyway, I love the one you made!..more obsession.

  16. Violetsrose says:

    Bigger? Make it any bigger and it wont be a doll quilt – it will be a cot quilt – I’ve done one for a dolls house which was 3″ by 5″ – now thats tiny!

  17. kate says:

    I’m totally inspired to make one. Your pattern is fabulous. My great-grandma used to make me doll quilts and I still have them. I use one of them sometimes as a dresser ‘scarf’.

  18. Nada Jones says:

    i love the doll quilt nursery idea!
    i made one of your make-a-long “Archie” dolls for Logan’s 2nd birthday last month, and wanted to tell that we both love it! he named him Isaac, and has been toting him around ever since… hopefully i’ll get my camera working soon and can add him to the flickr pool

  19. Lori says:

    Oh, Hillary! It is just so sweet! It’s giving me an urge to start sewing again. Miss Elsie needs some quilts and blankets for her dollies. I can’t wait to see your next one.

  20. Solidia says:

    Oh your quilt is so pretty! It is going to be perfect in your little girls room!! I think I might try my hand at one. Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂

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