A mini finished Friday

This week I finished up my two doll quilts for the Oregon Ballet Theater fundraiser that the Portland Modern Quilt Guild organized.. and broke my digital SLR.  So for today’s post you get the joy of seeing my doll quilts through the lens of my iPhone.  I apologize in advance…

pink yellow star doll quilt

For both quilts I used my stash of 3 inch squares but backed and quilted each one differently.  For the challenge we were give some minky plush fabric, which I used for backing this yellow and pink quilt.  It is lovely and soft but a bugger to quilt.  I tried doing some free motion on this quilt but the stretch of the backing fabric made it impossible.  So I unpicked the mess and went with my trusty straight lines.

aqua wonky star doll quilt

For my second quilt I used a standard cotton fabric backing and did my first attempt at free motion quilting.  I pebbled this sucker to within an inch of its life.  I really liked the flow of doing pebbles but I find the idea of doing a whole quilt this way daunting.  I think I have found my next challenge.

The back of this quilt is so much fun… because it is for a Ballet fundraiser I had to use this old fabric from my stash…

quilt back

Yep those are pigs in tutus.  This is the photo where I really wish my camera was working so you could really see the joy that is ballet dancing pigs.

I am borrowing a friends Digital SLR while mine is being fixed, so I promise this is the only post with dodgy photos.

Playing with dolls – wip Wednesday

Recently the Portland Modern Quilt Guild set it’s members a challenge to make Doll Quilts to help raise money for the  Oregon Ballet Theater.  I had never made a doll quilt before and it seems like a great way to practice my free motion quilting while helping out a good cause.

So I started with some 3 inch squares and came up with these…

Doll quilt wonky star

Aqua star doll quilt

What is so strange about both this little quilts is that they have made 3 inch blocks seem too big.  I am going to have to go smaller – which scares me a little, but should be interesting.

I have also started playing with some 1001 Peeps scraps I had and have this little wip on my design wall.

1001 Peeps doll quilt

Just in case you were wondering why I am supporting this cause so vigorously…

206652_17937208024_2981_nYes that is me in my bright pink tutu!