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.
Janet Bodin was born in Houston, Texas. After living in Mexico City and Rome, she returned to Texas where she graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio. She now lives in Houston with her husband and two daughters.
Janet has exhibited in numerous galleries and juried exhibitions, including the International Quilt Festival, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, the Santa Fe International Figurative Art Experience, and the Kansas City Doll Fair. Her dolls have won awards locally and nationally. Her work has been in various publications including Art Doll Quarterly, Contemporary Doll Collector, Quilting Arts, Soft Dolls and Animals, and the books 500 Handmade Dolls and Deeper into the Woods.
Janet is a member of the Original Doll Artists Council of America, the Texas Association of Original Doll Artists, Houston Area Fiber Artists, the Mixed Media Artists of Houston, the Material Girls of Houston Cloth Doll Club, and the Houston, Galveston, and Brazosport Art Leagues.