Last week I posted photos of the making of the quilt blocks for the Quilting Queen. Here are some photos of the details that finish this piece.
Making the shoes:
attaching to foot; painting grommets to match
her sensible shoes
Every queen needs a crown:
and the tools of her trade:
needle and thread
And scissors, of course. I bought a pair of vintage Barbie scissors on ebay. They were wonderful – they opened and closed
just like real scissors. When I tried to
place them in her hands they broke in two places.
So I had to make my own. I started by tracing my own scissors, then shrinking them down. I cut them from cardboard....
Then foiled them silver.
The last step was to make the base and label.
And she is complete!
And I am happy to say she has found a home with one of my very favorite collectors!
TAODA had an exhibit titled “Block Party” at the International Quilt Festival in Houston.
The idea was to use a quilt block somewhere in the doll. I immediately thought of a ‘quilting lady’
proudly wearing her creation. I thought
she should be dressed in a garment using multiple quilt blocks and that’s when
the “Quilting Queen” idea was born. Now,
I am not a quilter so this was definitely a challenge.
I found lots of help on the internet. I decided I should use a technique called
paper piecing, which made working with these small pieces of fabric do-able.
The first block I chose was log cabin because I read it was
the easiest one to begin with.
sewing from the back
log cabin in progress
I made 32 of these and they formed the bottom tier of her
The next block I chose was spools. Another 32 of these will form the top tier of her skirt.
you can see my queenly inspiration on the bottom right :-)
The middle tier of her skirt: 32 pineapple blocks
quilting "in the ditch"
Her sleeves consist of fan and Roman square blocks. There are 44 blocks in the sleeves.
It's coming together:
Her bodice is a single floral appliqué block.
Every queen needs a mantle, right? Her mantle is 76 blocks of Ohio star (24 star, 52 plain).
And the finished mantle:
In total, there are 165 patterned
blocks in the Quilting Queen's ensemble. In the words of a popular song:
Does that make me crazy? Possibly….. ;-)
Next week I'll post photos of the little details that finish the piece.