Friday, December 26, 2008

post Christmas post

As per my usual, I was up til after 11 p.m. Christmas Eve putting the finishing touches on one last present for Lu. Meet "Katherine" (named by Lu upon opening), a sweet patchwork-y dolly. I adapted the Black Apple Doll pattern (free pattern & video tutorial at Martha Stewart). I used Paint.Net to resize the pattern pieces (no copier handy here at home) until she was the desired size; her arm & leg patterns were sized to a different scale than her body for the skinnier leg.

For our photo shoot, dolly bundled up for the winter chill. ;) I used all stash prints for body & clothes and it was fun mix-matching the prints! I used 2 different Amy Butler fat quarters for her body and the first pull on skirt, and an American Jane scrap (left over from the table runner) for her legs. I had to adjust her leg thickness (or thinness rather) because I HAD to use this little apple green print!

I made her another little skirt, pink dotty print, for those days she's feeling especially winsome.

She has wool felt hair and a hand embroidered face. Her "blush" is also pink wool felt, running stitched in place.

Her caplet is plum wool felt, with a matching turned brim hat.

A pale green wool felt scarf completes her winter wear!

Lu absolutely LOVED her. And I LOVE her. I really want a funky one with pink or aqua felt hair. The pattern is already on the cutting table for another!

My mom loved her table runner too! It turned out SO cute. I really wanted to keep this one myself!
I used 11" strips of several jelly roll prints. I alternated the starting strip with a 5.5" cut instead to offset the prints. I used a fleece for batting because I couldn't get to the store (of course if I'm off of work then I'm guarunteed to be sick. This time I suspect flu. It's taken 5 days to feel sub-normal.) I backed the runner with apple green gingham, and the binding is a different American Jane blue dot.

Here's a better shot without so much sun (so you can see the yummy colors & prints).

This runner was my first foray into the world of stipple quilting by machine. It was fun! But hard. I need more practice. Mom doesn't care a whit that it's less than perfect, bless her.

Was Santa good to everyone out in blog land?


  1. Darling doll! And I loveLOVElove the table runner! Hugs, Heidi

  2. Such a darling doll, she is just precious. The table runner is wonderful, too. Thanks for the idea, dd#3 received a jelly roll for her birthday and was looking for ideas.

  3. Anonymous7:16 PM

    Fabulous doll and table runner!

  4. The doll is adorable! I love her skinny legs and outfits. Really nice table runner too. I like the way you put colors together.

  5. OMG! That doll is sooooo cute! I absolutely love her style sense too :0)

  6. That doll is awesome! And so the table runner!!!

  7. Your doll is sooooo cute!!!

  8. Hope you are feeling better. Oh my, I LOVE the doll and the runner!

  9. The doll is adorable and completely reminds of "Fanny", a book my daughter got for Christmas about a little girl who sews up her own version of the latest doll. So sweet!

  10. What a cute doll! Her clothes are adorable. :):):)



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