Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Down Under Doll Quilt Swap #1

Swap Quilt #1 ~ hopefully of many more to come as I have really enjoyed piecing and quilting the doll quilt.

I have quilted this doll quilt with a diagonal grid intersecting in the center of each square (cross hatching).  The squares created by the diagonal stitching lines are small, measuring just 1 inch each. 

As this is a small project, 24 inches x 24 inches, basting was quick and easy, as was the quilting.  I was able to baste this mini quilt on my work table, which takes the hard work out of this task.  Furthermore, the squares of the quilt top are small, therefore no quilting lines were marked.  When stitching small distances without marking, that is, from diagonal corner to corner through a block, it helps to look at the point that you are stitching to rather than looking at the actual stitching/needle.

I cannot wait to send this off to my secret partner.

41 comments:

  1. It's wonderful, and you've got a lucky partner!!!

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  2. Such an adorable little quilt. Makes me want to cut up some tiny squares and start piecing. :)

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  3. Lucky, lucky partner! I'm in this swap but what are the chances? Still, I'm happy that someone will get to treasure your cute little quilt. I guess I can wish!

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  4. Rita - I just love this one. What a treasure this is for your secret partner!!

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  5. I'm in love. It's just perfect.

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  6. Perfectly beautiful front and back -- you're partner is a lucky person!

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  7. What fun quilts! I like the colors, the pattern, the quilting, the whole quilt.

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  8. It's so beautiful - love the quilting!

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  9. Wow Rita, this one hits you square in the eye, absolutely stunning! Aren't doll quilts fun..I'm having a ball making mine at the moment. Oh, and your back is adorable too, lucky partner. xo

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  10. such a striking little quilt! Your partner is very lucky indeed!

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  11. A beautiful doll quilt. Or two, I would say. Loved both sides! Your partner is a lucky one...

    ; )

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  12. Adorable. Really like the way the fabrics and the pattern come together. Thank you for the note about quilting diagonal lines.

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  13. Very cute small quilts. I have been in several doll quilt swaps, but every quilt I have received has has little, or very shoddy quilting. I have torn each one apart, and requilted them. I guess I'm swapping with the wrong folks, lol. Yours is wonderful!!

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  14. your partner will love it for sure. it's so precious!!!

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  15. It is absolutely perfect! So beautiful!

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  16. That's beautiful, I'm sure your partner will LOVE it!

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  17. Rita, it is absolutely gorgeous!!!!

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  18. It's beautiful! Out of curiosity--how do you usually mark your crosshatching? I've only just finished my first machine quilt (well, have about 30 more minutes of binding that I hope to finish tonight) and I struggled with keeping my lines straight. Maybe I did them too far apart (about 4 inches apart)? I used painters tape to mark my lines, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't accidentally sew across the tape once or twice. ;)

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  19. I wish I was she/he on the receiving end! I did a Trip Around the World Color Splash wall hanging and am in the process of quilting it the same way but it's not coming out half as good as yours! Send me some of your expertise, please, via the internet lines :-)

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  20. Love your quilts...they are both beautiful.

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  21. Very cute! I love coming here for inspiration. I still have two doll quilts to make for my niece's American Girl dolls. :)

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  22. Your trip around the world is absolutely gorgeous!

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  23. Wow! That's SOOO adorable!!! You have such a fantastic sense of color!

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  24. i just love all the bright colours

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  25. So Cute! Very cheery. Love the back. Wish I was your swap partner!

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  26. Oh my goodness! This little quilt is just stunning! What a lucky lady your partner is! :o)

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  27. What a darling little doll quilt! The back could easily be used as the front! I love it.

    MGM

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  28. Congratulations, your quilt made this week's Top 5 Hits at Singing With Birds. Come check it out, and have a great weekend!

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  29. That is just darling. I love how you pieced the back.

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  30. Love this and I am sure your lucky partner will too!

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  31. this is absolutely gorgeous!!! i LOVE IT ALOT ALOT! ^______^

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  32. By the time I started quilting (less than a year ago), FMF was already scarce. To be honest, I couldn't figure out why people were going crazy - I didn't think it was THAT great. In my defense, most people had started to use it sparingly, and there have been very few things sewn (quilts or sewing in general) with ONLY FMF.

    Until this quilt. I am in love. LOVE. And I hate myself for my past negative thoughts.

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  33. I would love to make this quilt..do you have a pattern? Also, how did you keep your FMQ lines straight? I am wanting to make this a twin size for my daughter for her birthday and do it in pinks...Thanks for any help!

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