Doll Bed Finish

My aunt and uncle (who are in their early fifties) recently adopted 3 siblings that are all under 10! What?! Crazy. Just crazy. They’re some of the most generous, warm-hearted people I know and I’m really excited that we have little kids back in the family since all my other cousins are grown now.

The oldest is a girl who – after being passed around to 8 different foster homes in A YEAR – has a hard time expressing a lot of joy. However, she recently got an American Girl doll that she loves and her birthday is coming up. So, as a quilter, I immediately think, “Oh, doll quilt. Duh.” But then I asked my aunt what her doll was currently sleeping in, and she told me a shoe box. UNACCEPTABLE! So, of course, doll quilt turned into doll BED. So I got this sweet $30 canopy bed on Amazon that fits an 18″ doll (..because the American Girl stuff is expeeensiiive. No really, like $300 for a tiny bed) and made bedding and a quilt and little curtains.. I am SUPER PUMPED about this bed!

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My aunt told me that my new cousin loves pink and teal and lime green so I got some of the new Tula Pink Chipper and a couple of prints from the Bonnie Christie Succulence line. The bed came with a little mattress and little pillow but they were very sad, so I stitched a couple layers of batting onto the mattress and made it lime green and made a pillow case for the pillow.

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But, because I was SO PUMPED about doing this, I of course had to make another side to the pillow case.. Because.. What if the doll wasn’t feeling like chipmunks that day?

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Right? So now she has options.

Little pillows! Woo! Also, really quick stitch-in-the-ditch quilting. I didn’t think she’d care too much about my feathering skill .. moderate ability.

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Oh god, I didn’t realize you could see my dandelions in this picture.. 

For the actual quilt, I did an economy block using this tutorial  from Red Pepper Quilts. I didn’t LOVE it. The points looked great on each block, but then I had some issues lining them up when I put the rows together. I’ll probably paper piece if I ever do it again, but it totally worked for a doll quilt, and I loved fussy-cutting the chipmunks.

I went stupid-simple on the curtains and just finished the edges on big white pieces of fabric and sewed some ribbon on, wrapped it over the edge, and tied it to the posts. If I’d had more time planned ahead I would have done real curtains, but whatever, it works.

My aunt text me the next day and said that my cousin kept tucking her doll back in bed, getting her up, and making the little bed over and over. 🙂 I loved hearing that.

Happy crafting, everyone!

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.

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Dear Internet,
I’ve been a terrible blogger again.
Kinda. I’ve had pneumonia. If you’ve never had it, it’s very painful. And it makes me extra sad because one of my best friends just had a baby and I can’t go visit! So frustrating.

However, I did finish up her baby blanket in time for the shower and I didn’t get sick until right after. So, with out further rambling, baby quilt time.

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I didn’t take any pictures pre-wash, and I’m a little bummed because you can’t see the details too well of the insane amount of super-last-minute quilting that I did. But yay for pixelated heart. It turned out better than I thought it would.

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Quilty bits in the heart. I like the way the variegated thread looks. It blends and then pops up. Also grasshopper.
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I hid little hearts throughout the feathering. There’s an upside down one right in the middle. I probably did about 30 of them. I didn’t count. And I love the frogs in this old line. 
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You KNOW you love someone when you cut up a bunch of your Heather Ross for them.

I did a bunch of feathering throughout the heart and stippling around the white parts… which you can’t see well, because I’m bad at finishing quilts on time and I took these pictures as I was running out the door. There’s turtles, and ladybugs, and unicorns, and frogs. All the things! There’s a few different Heather Ross fabrics and some stuff I’d had stashed around and some extras I picked up from Joann’s, like some really cute white-on-whites.

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I also used a Heather Ross knit for the back and some extra minky because I apparently had not anticipated making a 40″x40″ baby quilt.But the puckering! Oh my word the puckering! I love the knit on the back because it made it soft without being fleece- or minky-hot, but it would pucker in the WEIRDEST places. I’d be going down the middle of a feather again and if I wasn’t RIGHT on top of the other thread, it would make a tiny little pucker the width of the thread. I probably notice it a lot more than anyone else would have, but it happened soooo much and I was very distraught until I sat myself down and had a talk that went something like this:

Me: It’s fine. It’s very small puckers.
Other me: But it’s so much!
Me: No one on earth is going to notice but you.
Other me: But, but.. I could take it all out!
Me: The baby shower is in less than a week. And babies love texture! It’s fine. It’s fine.

Also there might have been wine involved.

I’d definitely use a knit back again if I was doing a less dense quilting, and it worked out fine for the stippling – but on the feathers? Fuhgettaboutit. Awful, awful puckers. And I basted so well! Live and learn, live and learn.
Anyway, the proud new mama is very happy with it and has sent me a number of pictures already cuddling with it and her baby.

I’ll have another finish in a day or so that I’m REALLY pumped about. Until then, happy crafting, internet friends.

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.

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