Doll Quilts, etc.

Here are a couple of mini quilts I finished yesterday. I made them for my oldest daughter who is turning 3 in a few days. I have been getting a little crazy with the presents. Don't ask me why I think a 3-year-old needs all the junk I have been making and buying for her--I couldn't tell you. Anyway, for Christmas we got her a dollhouse, and I have been watching her use her own big blanket and some burp rags as blankets for the dolls. So for her birthday I decided to make a mini quilt to go on the bed in her dollhouse.

This is the first one I made. Since it was so small (9 x 12) I decided applique was the quickest method to use. I ironed fusible web onto the back of a few strips of fabric, peeled the backing off and cut the strips into random square-ish shapes. Then I ironed them on and stitched them all down with a straight stitch. I quilted it with little baby flowers, but sadly you can't really see them. Oh only took about 10 minutes total to load and quilt it. If only all the quilts I made were that fast!

Then, being the obsessive girl that I am, of course I had to "try it on" the bed the minute I had it done. This involved sneaking into my little girls room while she was sleeping and snatching the little bed out of the dollhouse so I could see if it fit. Close enough! Then this morning I slapped it on the bed and snapped a few pictures when she wasn't looking. I love being sneaky!

So after I had cut all the pieces for the first quilt, I still had a few strips left over that already had the fusible web on the back, so I figured why waste it? I'll put it on the back! Then I had an even better idea--I'll make two quilts! (Cause two quilts are always better than one, right?). So I cut some of the strips up at random angles and ironed them on. I decided to just quilt around the shapes for this one. Binding these was not difficult, but it is frustrating that when you make a quilt this small, the imperfections seem to be multiplied by a factor of 1000. It drives me a little crazy that I couldn't get the binding not to look wavy and crooked...but what do you do?

While I was making this quilt I had it in my head that it would be for the living room--I was thinking it would be good as a throw for the little couch...but really...what 3-year-old knows what a "throw" is? Ha ha. I know I am funny. The dollhouse came with a little purple scrap of fabric that we assumed was supposed to be a rug, but she uses it as a blanket of sorts for when Tinkerbell falls asleep on the I thought maybe she could use this quilt as a rug. Whatever.

So I also made Miss Madi a couple other apron and a dress. The apron because she has recently become my little helper in the kitchen (and is perhaps the messiest child alive) and because she looks a little silly wearing one of my aprons...way too big for her. I just sort of made this up as I went along. I got the fabric at Hobby Lobby--it's duck cloth but it isn't too heavy or stiff and after I washed it it felt really nice. It only took me about an hour and a half total to make, and it looks a lot like mine. I think she is going to love it.

The dress...well she is the queen of wearing dresses. She loves to twirl. I have made several little dresses for her in the past, and they are all getting too I was planning on making a few more this spring. A couple weeks ago we were in the laundry room and she was looking at the little red dress on the Clothesline wall hanging and she said, "Mom, I want to wear that dress." So I made one in her size. I already had the red polka dot fabric that I actually bought last year with the intention of making her a little dress...but I decided I didn't want her to look like Mini Mouse so I stashed it. Well I was more than happy to pull it out last week to make this dress! I love it when I already have exactly the fabric I want/need! I sort of used McCalls 5836 as the pattern. But pretty much the only thing I followed was the bodice pattern. I added more length and width to the skirt, gathered it all instead of making pleats and made up my own straps. Easy easy. Finished it in a couple of hours. I am considering adding some ruffles along the top edge of the bodice, but we'll see if that gets done in time for her birthday. Now all I need to do is make that princess cake, and we'll be all ready for the big THREE!