Friday, October 24, 2008

doll quilts

A big event happened in my house this week...
my daughter started carrying her baby around...
and...AND....she using the few doll quilts we have to keep her baby warm.


oh. my. goodness.....be still my heart.

I started sewing another one on the double.
I expect our doll quilt stack to triple in the next week.

66 comments:

DiddleDaddleDesigns said...

Somebody is going to be busy, busy. Look at the little Patchwork Creation you have already started. Cute. Cute.
Teresa

BUMBLE BEANS said...

Great photo with her baby! awwww!
Mine never played with her babies, so I missed that!!!

Connie, Town Bees Beekeeper said...

Doesn't that baby need some clothes too?
Enjoy your blog and thanks for all the tutorials and the eye candy quilts and quilting.

cottagelover said...

So cute, I wish my granddaughters were younger so I could make those. Now they want the large ones.
Your little girl is very lovely.
Nanci

Tine said...

Aaaawww! Lucky you! I am so wanting my little girl to play with a doll, but she just wants to play outside jumping in rain-puddles and climbing trees. LOL!

nikki said...

oh my goodness,
beautiful start to the collection! So fun!
I just bought two ($5) baby dolls for my 15M twin daughters, because they like to carry them around and hug them (sometimes)...but mostly so I have an excuse to make tiny clothes and quilts for them...and of course a stroller blanket, hahahaha!
ENJOY!

NanaKaren said...

So, so cute! I have fond memories of those days with my own daughter. Grand-daughter too, who was "inspired" by her newborn baby brother (born when she was 20 months old). She watched everything her mama was doing while holding him. So sweet! Enjoy these times.....the years pass by SO quickly.
Hugs, Karen

Marie' said...

You are so lucky! My daughter hardly ever played with her dolls, and when she finally did, she was helping her friend deliver a baby. I had to discourage that, and the dolls have been in the toy box since.

lera said...

Blogger just ate my last comment and gave me some error message. Anyway ....

Be still my heart. I remember when Spenser first started to carry around dolls. So very sweet and tender.

Carter actually had his own doll when he was a toddler. My mother had one at her house and he couldn't part with it. She gave it to him. He loved that thing to pieces. Literally.

I am planning (LOL) to make Spenser a doll quilt for Christmas to go along with a little wooden doll bed that I bought from Ikea in January. Yes, I plan ahead. And then procrastinate like crazy.

nicolette said...

Sooo sweet!! Enjoy the doll quilt-stash-making!! Love the one in the photo!

rhiannon said...

Amanda how wonderful! Ella still loves hers!

Amy said...

I've been planting babies in Quinn's crib for some time now hoping that one of them will stick for just this reason!

Prairie Girl said...

My daughter is not quite at the baby carrying stage, but that's no reason I can't start some little quilts. I am a beginner so that would be a great way to get some practice in.

I just came across your blog and it's lovely! I will definitely be back :)

Sarah said...

how sweet! becareful....doll quilts are addicting!

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

How sweet! My girls love to use anything they can get their hands for the babies :) It's fun to watch their nurturing hearts.

Angie said...

Your production level is crazy! I love it.

Philigry said...

so sweet. Anna just started doing that too. i was thinking about making her a few quilts for christmas. It will be a good way to pratice my binding!

Kathie said...

oh my goodness how cute is that.
yes she will be requesting quilts made in her doll's favorite colors...I remember those days!
fun, treasure them
Kathie

Liz said...

I can't believe I didn't think of this before! My daughter loves babies and her grandma will be getting her a cradle for Christmas. I think she needs a quilt from Mama too. Thanks for making the lightbulb go on!

PunkiePie said...

I think I need to make one for my little girl and her many "babies". She will love it.

Thanks for the idea!
Jen :)

MichelleB said...

Too cute!

Gretchen said...

Lovely!

My kids like to make quilts for their Webkinz. I let them each pick out two fat quarters from JoAnn's (or the quilt shop) and the binding from my stash. They help sandwich it with a bit of leftover batting and then free motion quilt it.

I must say they are much braver with their choices than I am sometimes!

Can't wait to see what you come up with!

HobbyMommy said...

Oh lucky you.... My girl doesn't play with her baby; she dresses up all of her animals and dinosaurs with the baby clothes though... On occasion I dress up the baby doll because she looks all lonely and naked! Cute little patchwork you started!

nettie said...

so sweet. i LOVE the new red and aqua one, love it!

sarah, rsm said...

how cute is that! :)

Anina said...

Cute! And doll quilts are so much quicker to make than regular ones.

Mary Anne said...

Where did you get your daughter's baby. It looks just like the one my daughter (25 yrs old now) had and now my granddaughter plays with it. Granddaughter #2 is old enough for a doll and we can't find like we want.

Love the little doll quilts.

Thanks - Mary Anne
mac1998ny@yahoo.com

Julie said...

How cute. I already have a collection of doll quilts for her but I want to make more they are so cute. They can always be hung on the wall too if we end up with too many.

CAB said...

Very cute! What size is the doll quilt and what size are the little squares?

em's scrapbag said...

Well how fun is that. My DD loves babies also. Love making doll quilts. Have a great day!

another amy said...

Awww. I love doll quilts. (esp because they are finished so quickly!) Love the new project! I am doing (or rather I should say: planning)something with those same colors . . . seems like red and tiffany-blue are the new "it" combo. I'm so excited!

denice said...

amanda - as the mother of 6 daughters, i can appreciate what a great day this is! don't you just love little girls? and don't worry you will love big girls too.

pratima said...

sooo cute!!! love the colors in the doll quilt :)

nannergirl said...

My daughter has recently started carrying her baby dolls around. I've got a baby on the way and it warms my heart to know she's caring for her own little baby. I think a new doll quilt is a great idea. Thanks!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

So cute. I can remember some of my girls doing the same thing.

Katherine said...

awwwww... that is so sweet! Such lucky dolls to be wrapped up in one of your gorgeous creations.

Kieny The Dutchlady said...

That's so cute Amanda. Enjoy making the little quilts for your girl and her doll.

Karen said...

One of my granddaughters used to use wash cloths for doll blankets...that was until I went to visit last year. She asked me to make some blankets for her babies. This year it was a pillow, a dress, a doll with a matching dress, and a little bag...Can't wait to see what she'll want the next time I visit;)

Louise said...

You crack me up! Any excuse to create a new quilt big or small. I hope she loves it to bits!

Lucy said...

I'm so glad you posted about these -- I was just thinking of making a couple for my sister's grand daughter. She's finally into pretend play. I'm curious --- what size squares are you using in this patchwork -- 2" or so?

jacquie said...

***sigh*** so great! maybe i will be able to make doll quilts for granddaughters...someday.

sulu-design said...

I can just imagine how pleased you are, and how many doll quilts will come of this new development! Love that red and blue one.

serenitymeadow said...

Very sweet. You are one busy quilter!!!

Shannon said...

This is so adorable and precious.

Carrie said...

Hey there, I just discovered your blog this past week. You have some amazing stuff!! I quilt, but I aspire to be like you when I grow up! LOL

I'll definitely be back again!

Janice said...

I am VERY new to quilting, but I would love to do more (especially with a machine). How do you do your finishing stitches (keep the batting in place)? Do you free hand it with your machine or is there a special setting your machine has? I'm hoping you can help me.

Dandelion Quilts said...

How sweet.

Thomas said...

I happened on your blog today and loved it! Very inspiring though I'm not sure we could be friends since you seen to actually finish what you start! I'm only 50 so maybe I will growup some day...
thanks,
lvquiltergirl

Michelle said...

Awesome! My girls have been into babies lately, baby quilts and a baby bed is on the to-make list for Christmas!

Rebekah said...

how adorable and sweet. I see lots of doll quilts in your future :)

amandajean said...

mary anne,

we got the doll at a thrift store about a year ago. but I'll keep an eye out for another one.

aj

amandajean said...

cab,

the doll quilt will be about 12" x 16" finished. the squares are cut 2.5".

aj

amandajean said...

lucy,

the squares are cut 2.5" so they finish at 2".

aj

amandajean said...

janice,

there is a tutorial on my sidebar that is called free motion quilting. that shows how I quilt my quilts. (there is no sound, by the way.) i hope that answers your questions.

aj

house on hill road said...

so much sweetness!
{i sent your box on thursday - missed you this weekend.}

Dorothee said...

Santa will bring doll quilts this Christmas - at least that is the plan. All part of the down-sizing and reconnecting.

KCQuilter said...

How fun!!! Lucky you.

Hilary T said...

I am repainting/refurbishing the doll bed I had when I was a little to give my little girl for Christmas. I am super excited about making all the accessories - mattress and sheet, pillow and pillow case, and especially the baby doll quilt! She is just turning one next week, but does love to hold her babies.

a friend to knit with said...

if only libby still played with her dolls as much as she used to. i would be making her a million little quilts. darn it. where were you 7 years ago!!!! :)

Bonita said...

I found you blog about 4 days ago, what a godsend, so much stuff, that I needed to know, that I didn't know. I now know what to do with 4 & 6 inch sqs that I had been saving. I have put a (HOLD)on 8 other PhDs (Projectshalffinished)
Actually mine are 98% finished. I just like that word Phds. Now I'm working on the Ragged Sqs quilt, becuz I was INSPIRED, by a wonderful person, Thankyou to amandajean. You the Bomb!

Katherine said...

That is too cute. My 2 year old plays with her baby dolls non stop. I have pondered making a doll quilt for her. Along with a diaper for the baby...cause she pretends to change her dolls diapers :)

Alice Grace said...

Oh how precious! I made lots of doll clothes (mostly Barbie clothes) for my girls years ago. Wish I had known how to do quilts for them. Poor little girls had to use baby blankets worn from use by themselves when they were babies! : )

Cheryl A said...

Aww... The Monster insists on using her baby sister's blankie for her dolls. Of course, her babies have the same name as her sister. I started crying yesterday when she decided her dolly was hungry and needed mommy milk, then she pulled up her shirt to feed her...

Janice said...

Thank you for the help! The free motion tutorial was just the answer I was looking for. Thanks a bunch! I hope to be quilting before too long.

bingo~bonnie said...

what a wonderful sight to see a little one learning how to nurture and love a baby doll ;)

both of my 17 month old twins love to carry around babies and Olivia is forever kissing on hers... I even hear her when I'm not in the room going "MMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm" and I'll sneak in to look and she's smooching on her baby ;)

Love from Texas! ~bonnie

Lisa E. said...

I just wanted you to know that your little one and her doll quilts inspired me.

I struggle every year to find a gift for my niece, who is 9 this year. The only things I know she loves: pink, flowers and American Girl dolls, so I made her a doll quilt.

I'm so pleased with the way it is coming along. I used Moda's May Pole charms squares in a Roman Square pattern. Thank you for giving me such great ideas and the confidence to do a doll quilt. Yours are just so sweet that I couldn't resist.

I love your blog and read it everyday as part of my morning coffee routine....

Lisa