Monday, January 2, 2017

Something New

While I finished the Dresden Christmas runner in time for the holidays, the two matching placemats still need the quilting completed and binding attached.  Hopefully there will be a window of time later this week to complete them and put them away for next year.
As hoped, the chunky candlesticks and little angel did a great job of hiding the less-than-stellar machine quilting around the center of the dresden plates, and I've pretty much decided that a redo of those portions can wait - maybe forever!

Meanwhile our almost-6-year-old granddaughter received one of the 18" dolls for Christmas, and since her birthday is coming up in a little over three weeks, we decided she needed a doll bed, bedding and a quilt for her new friend.  So, while my husband works on constructing the bed, I've begun stitching the quilt.  Here is the top which was my New Years Eve project -
I just love this sweet older bear fabric
and the Bear Paw blocks seemed perfect

All the fabrics came from stash and scraps.  That narrow inner border was a short piece of leftover binding - just enough to slice into narrow strips and go around the blocks - I just love when that happens!  There's a piece of 1980s(?) Springs Mills Strawberry Shortcake fabric that will become the back, with hopefully enough of both the bear and Strawberry fabrics left for a couple of matching pillowcases.  I'll be making a mattress, pillow, the pillowcase(s) a sheet, and hopefully a pair of pajamas to complete her little ensemble.  All in pinks - her favorite color.

A good beginning for the year, I think.   We'll have our last family Christmas get together later today, then it will really feel like the new year has begun!

7 comments:

  1. so cute, it will be perfect I am sure for her doll bed. Grandparents are the best I think, maybe we have more time. I hope you will show the furniture your husband makes. Love the table runner. Happy New Year from Iowa, USA

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  2. A new holiday tradition, making sure you cover the Dresden centers with something pretty :). I love the way you and your husband took off with ideas for the doll, not just a quilt but everything that doll could possibly hope for. Your granddaughter will treasure them forever.

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  3. The table runner is beautiful! And the doll quilt it adorable! I can't wait to see the whole bed ready for her birthday! She will be so excited,

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  4. Beautiful table runner! Such a cute doll quilt, your granddaughter is going to love it. A happy new year to you and yours!

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  5. Awwwww...how cute! Makes me wish my granddaughters and daughter were little again. I have some snippets of Strawberry Shortcake fabric and Holly Hobbie. My daughter still has Strawberry Shortcake and Lemon Forgottherestofhername in her box of old barbies and doll clothes I made when she was little. Granddaughters have most of their things too except I didn't have a talented husband who can make a bed so I made a bed out of a basket that fell apart from so much use! That teddy bear fabric seems even more vintage...maybe 70s??? I have a pile of old teddy fabric in the donation quilt pile.

    Oh, and I certainly wouldn't even bother with redoing anything on those dresden centers since they look perfect under the candlesticks and angel.

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  6. The table runner looks lovely. It's hard to go back so I don't think I'd bother. The little doll quilt is adorable and will be fun with the rest of the bedding and bed. It will be a treasure for your granddaughter to have.

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  7. How festive the first photos are! And lol I made a doll quilt lickety-split when my oldest grand got her first 18 inch doll too! :) I have a feeling I was just as excited as she was about that doll!

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