This cloth doll was made from Teresa Cato's book. I painted the head first and then made the body and her clothes, shoes, and pocketbook. The bodice of the dress was so difficult to fit that I ended up sewing it on the doll by hand. By the time I made and turned three hands, I had two that were usable. The skirt and jacket were easy to make and so was the pocketbook. The shoes didn't fit on the first try but did by the second try. I'm still not in love with them. I have to go through my stuff and see if I have a different piece of fabric that would work. If I don't find anything I really like, I'll change the shape of the front of the shoes and add a button or some embroidery.
Today I finished the second coat and hat. Now Adina and Eva's dolls can be warm this winter. Next, I have to make Davey's pajamas and maybe a bathrobe if I have enough time. I also ordered two outfits for him from American Girl. He's a Bitty Baby Twin doll.
Adina and Eva asked me to make their dolls winter coats for Christmas and make outfits for Davey, Eva's Bitty Baby Twin doll. So far, I've made one coat and hat and have another coat and hat almost finished. All it needs is the handwork, snaps, buttons, and the lining for the crown of the hat. The pattern is an Indigo Junction pattern for an unlined coat and hat. I added the linings. The coat and hat fit nicely and I will make another doll coat for Emily's doll when she is old enough to play with dolls.
One of the quilting groups that I belong to does a charity project for children each Christmas. For this year's project we were to buy a bed pillow and make two pillowcases, one from Christmas fabric and the other from fabric that a child would like.
I bought four pillows and made eight pillowcases this week. Especially thrilling for me was that I got this finished two weeks before the due date and that all of the fabric that I needed for this project came from my stash. I didn't have to buy any fabric or thread, just the pillows. I hope that the children like my choices.
The Dear Jane quilt has taken over all of my free time during the day. I seem to gravitate toward these little blocks. I guess that it's the charm of working with little bits of fabric rather than cutting yardage. I also love the challenge of piecing the blocks. Some of them have more than twenty little pieces. At this moment I'm approaching the one hundred block spot, only sixty-nine more blocks to go. Then its on to the triangles around the perimeter. The triangles also have many pieces per triangle. My hope now is to post more regularly. Happy sewing to all!
Lately, all I want to do is make blocks for my Dear Jane quilt. I love looking at a block and then trying to figure out how to cut and sew the blocks. For the most part, the blocks aren't too difficult. The pieces are small so they do take care to cut them correctly and sew them correctly, also. These are some of the blocks that I've done recently. So far I have almost seventy blocks sewn.
The pattern for this shawl can be gotten on Ravelry. I followed the directions which were
not too difficult and bought the yarn that was suggested, Madelinetosh Light. After looking for yarn in several places, I bought what I needed at WOOLBEARERS in Mt. Holly, New Jersey. The shawl blocked out to the specified size with really very little stretching. I enjoyed making this shawl and am pleased with the results.