Yesterday I showed my first doll quilt of 2014 which was predominantly purple and white. I wanted each quilt to have a unique colorway, so for the second quilt I went with blue and yellow .
A simple pillow (5x3-ish) accompanies this queen size doll quilt (approximately 18x18).
- What did I name the quilt? Meet Me in the Middle
- Why? Because in the very center of the quilt is a blue scrap that says "Hawaii". I would love to meet someone there! Blue skies, golden sand. Yeah, that's my style.
- Who will receive this quilt? Some little girl in a foreign country.
- What inspired the fabric choices? I was having the winter blues when I started it, and craving sunshine. Here in Maryland, the winter just never quit. Well, maybe by June .
- Which fabrics were Barbara's? All of them.
- What is the name of pattern? I'm not sure. I just put rail fence blocks together and made a framed rectangle in the middle.
- What did I learn from making it? Two things: (1) Don't use fabrics that you don't love or really, really like. I "settled" on some of these scraps out of thrift. Now I rate the fabrics in my stash on a 1-10 scale. I won't buy or use anything that isn't a 7 or higher on the "like" scale, unless I make something for an animal shelter. (2) My first attempt at free motion quilting was pathetic. But these doll quilts are for learning on and I learned that I needed a darning foot (which I eventually purchased) and a lot more practice.
- When did I start the quilt and when did I finish it? February and June (?). I know it dragged on and on because I wasn't in love with it. But the beauty of a little project like this is that it can be finished quickly once the mind is made up to just do it.