“Floral Gatherings” Doll Quilt

30 03 2014

Does your local quilt shop offer candy . . . along with jelly rolls, layer cakes, honeycombs and charm packs? Moda has packaged mini charm squares (2 1/2″) as “candy.” It’s very hard to resist buying a package or two especially when they are displayed right by the cash register . . . and especially when your sister has an upcoming birthday and she needs a small quilt to hang on the dowel of a decorative shelf.

Liz's shelf

As you can see from the picture, Liz loves country decorations and muted colors with a homey feel. At the Cosmic Cow quilt shop in Lincoln, Nebraska, I found a “Floral Gatherings” candy package. You can view the color swatches here on the United Notions (Moda) page. The aged, almost Civil War era palette will be perfect for her living room.

The package contained a few more dark fabrics than lights, so I supplemented with some shirtings purchased at Country Sampler in Papillion, also adding a blue print to the mix. I paired each dark 2 1/2″ square with a light square, right sides together, and cut them in half diagonally. After sewing the Half Square Triangles together, I pressed the seams toward the dark side and arranged them on the design wall. Thankfully, there were enough HSTs in the right proportion to make diagonal rows of color.

Liz's quilt center

My personal shop hop in Lincoln and Omaha yielded a sampler print fat quarter for the backing. It is from the “Beach House” collection by Blackbird Designs for Moda (#2637).

Li'z quilt back

Liz said she would like a green border. Viola, I found a Judie Rothermel “The Mill Girls 1830-1850” print in my stash that blended nicely with “Floral Gatherings.” Border strips were cut 2 1/2″ wide. The quilt measures 15 3/4″ x 18 3/4.”

Liz's doll quilt

Using a polyester honey colored thread, I stitched diagonal lines in the ditch, around the interior patchwork, 1/4″ from the seam line in the border, and 1/4″ from the binding.

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I can’t wait to see a picture of the quilt hanging from Liz’s shelf!

It was really quick and easy to make a doll quilt. I am sure I was inspired by the doll quilts I saw at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, NE. Here are two that I particularly liked.

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Click here to view others in the Mary Campbell Ghormley collection. Scroll to Advanced Search; click on the dropdown box by IQSC Collections; scroll to and click Mary Campbell Ghormley Collection.

Have you made a doll sized quilt recently? If so, what design or pattern did you use?

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