Sunday, April 5, 2015

Violet :: Doll Softie

I do not make many dolls, however it is one of my favourite things to make!

This is Violet, she is my 4th handmade doll.  She was inspired by Sew, Mama, Sew softies contest.  Any excuse to make a doll.

I hand embroidered her face, I mark the placement roughly with a pencil, then free hand stitch the details.  The rosy cheeks are coloured on with crayon.

Violet has a hand knit sweater, with buttons to match her eyes, under her sweater is a dress, which pulls together her green eyes and purple hair.

However, if she decides to go without clothing she is still ready to go anywhere.

Here she is with her sisters.  The one on the right is Candy Cane.  Unfortunately, the one in the middle remains nameless.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Starburst Quilt

In May of 2013 I won fabric!  Better off Thread was generous enough to ship me her beautiful scraps of Anna Maria Horner - Little Folks voile.

And I did it!  I made a quilt with it!  It may have taken almost two years, but it is done, and I am so happy!

This will be a wall quilt.  I have three quilts that I alternate on my wall, changing with the season/holiday and this one will now join their ranks.

I chose to practice different quilting techniques on this one.  I used matching thread, so it does not stand out on the front, and did a combination of free motion and straight line quilting.  I love the way a quilt looks when it is densely quilted.  

Below is a picture of the back (because it will be hung on the wall, I did not worry about what fabric was on the back).  It is still hard to make out the detail in this picture, but you can tell it is there.

Back of Quilt
I am very happy that I finally dug my heels in and completed this project.  Time to enjoy!!

I am linking up with A Lovely Year of Finishes - January Finishes at Sew Bittersweet Designs.  I joined in at the beginning of the month from my Flickr Album.

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