This is my last blog, at least for now, about the doll quilts that my quilt guild is collecting for Childhelp. Childhelp is a charity that gives dolls and teddy bears to children who’ve been abused. Here’s the link: http://www.emergencydolldispatch.org/donate.html.
As I mentioned in my last post, I was delighted to open up my bundle and find one of the quilt tops I had made and donated. I didn’t feel like I had time to finish them over the summer, so I donated the tops as they were. I was really excited to get the chance to finish one of mine and quilt it.
I found quilting motifs in ”501 Quilting Motifs: Designs for Hand or Machine Quilting,” by Quiltmaker Magazine.
I did the corners with these little flowers. I used purple thread for contrast. (As I’d learned from the other doll quilt, the more contrast the better if I want my design to pop.)
I quilted the center of the doll quilt with this pattern:
The picture in the pattern shows an eight-point design made of four rings, so to speak, with points – two outer rings and two inner rings with a total of eight points. I saw that if I followed the pattern, four of the points would have overlapped onto the yellow corners and not left room for the little flowers.
I started with the outer ring that had four points that fit in the center diamond. I used yellow thread, again for contrast.
Then, I quilted the second part of the design, the second outer ring. I eliminated the four points and just closed the curves where the points would have been, so that there wouldn’t be overlap onto the corners. I used a pale purple thread. I think the color shows up best in the third picture.
I did not quilt the inner layer of the design, the inner two rings. I thought it looked good as it was.
It’s cute, isn’t it? I wanted to make something special for the little girl who gets it.