Saturday, February 16, 2013

Doll Quilt Swap 13

Just wanted to share the little quilt I make for Doll Quilt Swap 13! When you are given a partner you are also given their likes and dislikes. My partner said she liked optical illusion quilts. That threw me a little bit because I've never made something like that before. So I set to work to find a pattern that I could figure out!
I decided to try this paper pieced star I found on Craftsy called Good Luck Star. I love stars and I love how it had a rounded affect. I have only tried paper piecing once, so I knew it could be a challenge, but I was up for it. I chose bright fun colors and decided on a text background fabric.
 It took a few tries to get comfortable with the process of paper piecing. It's like doing everything backwards! But the result of paper piecing really is amazing. I can see why people get hooked on it. It allows you to be so precise and make really incredible art that you wouldn't be able to otherwise.
On the back I wanted to keep that same rounded effect so I stitched some curves to a point. This was a little tricky too, but I used paper as a pattern and it worked out.
For the quilting I followed the lines of each section of the star. I appliqued a hexagon in the center of the star and then outlined that. It worked out really cool in the center!
 Along the scrappy border I did a simple up and down continuous pattern. And outlined the red outline.
For extra goodies I gave my partner the triple zip pouch that I just made for the Triple-Zip Along, a little bag of hugs and kisses and a red tape measure.

All in all it was a great project! I enjoyed working on my paper piecing skills, working with fabulous fabrics and getting a project completed! What can I say, swaps are fun!


Carla said...

I can imagine your partner squeeling!
Beautiful work

Swedish Scrapper said...

JUst allaround gorgeous!

Little Lady Patchwork said...


Tina said...

I am her partner and I was jumping up and down-I had so much fun and can't seem to get the quilt out of my hands! I love it so much! The colors, the design and the talent that went into this design is amazing.

I am so glad that I had Ellie as my partner-she is the best!

The zipper bag and goodies are so cool!

I am like a kid at Christmas-I might even have to take my quilt to bed with me-it is wonderful!

Julie said...

Fabulous colours - I would be delighted to receive this in the post.

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