Sometimes I am given scraps, or even a partially finished quilt, that just isn’t my style. But, it is an opportunity.
It pushes my creativity, design skills and problem solving abilities. It makes me a beginner again. It makes me learn.
Sometimes a not-my-style quilt is just what I need.
ps–Judy asks a good question: What was I actually given? AGAIN, I didn’t take a picture of the starting point. But, there were a few pinwheels finished, with a dark purple strip sewn to one side. There were several sets of squares (light purple and background) sewn together all the way around, ready to cut on the diagonal, trim and sew together into pinwheels. There was extra yardage of both purple fabrics. And a few odds and ends of both colors.
It was a day off from school so I, naturally, went to school for a few hours to catch up, and there was snow (YAY!) to shovel, but there was also some sewing time. I had this lovely small piece of paisley lawn. I don’t know the manufacturer, but it begged to be doll dresses.
I used this TUTORIAL for the American Girl (18″ doll) dress, and THIS ONE for the smaller (14″) doll dress. The matching bandana idea came from HERE.
Doll sewing is a fun creative change of pace from quilting. Not something I want to do every day, but once a month? Sure!
The top was made from a pile of miscellaneous scraps received in hand-me-down bags over several years. I was certain there was a quilt in there somewhere, but how to efficiently use so many different bits and pieces?
The answer was to incorporate a variety of block styles. There are six in all…can you find them?
HINT: One block only appears one time. I would change that if I did it again.