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Down Under Doll Quilt Swap 2b

Back in May I had a fabulous time taking part in the 2nd Down Under Doll Quilt Swap. My partner never got around to sending me mine, which I really didn’t mind as the pleasure for me was in the making and the giving as Lydia loved what I made for her and it even hangs in her sewing room. Kate the wonderful organiser of the swap sent me some gorgeous goodies instead, which was so great of her.

Well, this story is about the lovely Sarah. Sarah also took part in the DUDQS2 and was so upset that I didn’t receive one she insisted on sending me something. I’d already received something from Kate and it didn’t feel right that I should end up better than everyone else so in the end we agreed to do our own little swap. How exciting, another swap!

I love traditional patterns using modern, bright fabrics and a doll quilt is a perfect size for needle turn appliqué. The last doll quilt was set on a white background and this time I wanted to use a bold, saturated background, like Kona Cerise. I then tried to pick co-ordinating appliqué fabrics that all featured some white so they didn’t get lost. Most of the fabrics are the gorgeous Terrain. The green and white stripe is From Little Things and the little bit of candy coloured stripe is from my stash. My colour inspiration was this piece of gorgeous Amy Butler

The pattern is by the amazingly talented Michele Hill and is from one of her gorgeous William Morris books. I love how different the same block looks done in the different fabrics. Here is a pic of Michele’s from the book:

I kept the quilting very simple; straight machined lines. The binding options threw me a bit. Any of the prints took away from the appliqué and I really wasn’t excited by the idea of using the solid. So in the end I didn’t do any. It does look remarkably like a placemat when I have it on the table though!

Well, a lovely gal like Sarah deserves to get some goodies along with her doll quilt and I had a couple of tutorials I was wanting to try. First I tried out this cute Heather Bailey pincushion pattern from the All People Quilt website. Then I tried out this gorgeous Lots of Pink Here sewing kit tutorial.

These fabrics are all Sarah Fielke’s From Little Things using the stripe from the doll quilt.

Fingers crossed Sarah that you like your parcel xx

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