February 27, 2018

Mini Love - Spread the Love

The fabrics for the project in this post were given to me by Island Batik.

This post is very much a two-for-one 😊 When Bernie at Needle and Foot announced her mini quilt drive, Spread the Love, I really wanted to participate. How could you not want to when the quilts will go to A Doll Like Me? Amy, at A Doll Like Me, makes dolls with limb differences so that kids can have a doll that looks just like them. The mini quilts are perfect for wrapping the dolls up and giving an extra level of joy to these kids.

But, with a bunch of deadlines looming, I wasn't sure how I could fit in another quilt, even if it was just a mini quilt. And then I remembered that the second February challenge for the Island Batik ambassadors was called Mini Love, and the task is to make a mini quilt.

AHA!

Make my doll quilt out of the Island Batik fabrics and it would qualify for both 😊 The funny thing is, I made two doll quilts, since it's almost just as fast to make two identical quilts as it is to make one, so I guess I did have time to make one for each thing separately.

For the doll quilts, I dove into the stash builder rolls in my box from Island Batik, along with a couple of the prints from the Galentine's bundle and made these two bright, cheerful doll quilts. They're sure to chase away any dreary winter doldrums you might be feeling.
Doll quilts | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
 Today one of the kids I babysit brought a doll, which made the perfect  model.
Doll quilts | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
The quilts both use the same 8 fabrics, but the fabric placement is different in each one, so they're not quite identical. I worried that they'd be too wild and crazy, but I'm happy with them. I think they're perfect for kids.

The pinwheels finish at 8". The top and bottom borders are 4" wide and the side borders are 3" so the quilts are just barely rectangular.
Doll quilts | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com

Doll quilts | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
Aren't these fabrics gorgeous?
Doll quilts | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com

Doll quilts | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
This loopy quilting has become my go-to design lately. I love the look of it and it's super quick too! I quilted it on these with Aurifil 2600, which looks great on all of the different colours of the batiks.
Doll quilts | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
I usually prewash all of my fabrics, but since the stash builder rolls are pre-cut and I needed the full 5" width for the HSTs, I couldn't wash them. Talk about making me nervous! I washed the finished quilts with two colour catchers, just to be safe, but there were no problems. All of the colour stayed exactly where it was supposed to and the quilts look just as beautiful as in these pictures, just they're now wonderfully crinkly too 😊

Thanks, Bernie, for giving us the opportunity to serve these kids! And thank you, Island Batik, for giving me such beautiful fabrics to work with.

10 comments:

  1. Very nice, Leanne. Bright and cheery; perfect for a doll quilt! They will be much loved.

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  2. Absolutely awesome! I love your fun quilts, and I'm sure the children who received them will, too. Have a fabulous day!

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  3. These are so pretty Leanne. I am a lover of batiks and these tropical, bright quilts are very special. Great job - and, not they are not too wild - all of that color just looks happy to me. Thanks for making them and for linking up today!!

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  4. They look great and how wonderful to get dual use from the quilts!

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  5. Love your doll quilts. They are really fabulous colours for young kids and made for such a great cause. I enjoyed your post. :)

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  6. Those are great doll quilts. And how awesome to have a beautiful prop ☺

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  7. I loved it! What a pitty that my granddaughter does not play with dolls....

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  8. Oh my goodness, Leanne. These are so bright and cheerful. That you found the perfect model is just perfect!!!

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  9. Great projects, and the colors are so fun.

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  10. Cute doll quilts Leanne, two birds with one stone is always a good thing :)

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