Last fall 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 skirt.
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.
I'm not a quilter so I'm always amazed at what beautiful results some people create but quilting at that scale is ridiculously difficult. Wow!!!!ReplyDelete