Friday, May 14, 2021

Only a little quilting ...

First up I want to thank my lovely readers that stop by and visit with me, and I love reading any comments that come my way. Just a little info that may affect some of you - I had a reminder this week that the Feedburner email blog service is shutting down soon - I'm not too sure how many people use Feedburner to read my blog, but for people that are looking to continue reading via email, I've popped a link in the sidebar to join an email service with Bloglovin'. I can't give you any information on how it works as I don't personally use an email service, but I do keep my list of blogs I read on Bloglovin', and that works out well for me. 

Anyway, onward with the content:

Last week I mentioned I was going to start putting together the rag-doll Tilly for my little granddaughter:

I decided that I'd like to put one of the clothing items together first as another practice piece, and I'm very happy with how it came together. This is the romper, as pictured in the top right corner on the pattern:

It was such a fun little garment to sew, the instructions were so great! I found the fabric at the Aldi a week or two ago, it didn't seem quite as nice quality as some of the quilting fabrics we can get, but it was perfect for toys!

So, filled with confidence, I started putting Tilly together:

This has been quite a learning experience for me - I'm not used to working on dimensional items, so envisioning how things will look when they're turned through etc has been a bit of a head scratcher, but I'm getting there. The picture above was before I started filling Tilly with stuffing, and the one below I'm still in progress:

I need to get some more fibre-fill tomorrow so I can add a bit more to the head/body and then I can get busy on the arms and legs. I'm looking forward to making some more of the cute little garments too - so much fun!

There has been a little quilting going on too - sometimes I just didn't feel like working on the sewing machine, so I put a few more stitches in the wholecloth quilt:

No matter how much machine quilting I do, I know hand quilting will always be my first love, it's not for everyone, but I find it very relaxing. (Please note that's not a stain on the bottom right of the photo - it's the shadow from my phone - I really do lack great photography skills!)

I think that's everything I wanted to share with you today, so I'll leave off here and check back in with you next week. Chatter soon! xox


Pam said...

Cute doll and clothes

Beverly said...

I have followed your blog for years and was so happy when you started posting every week. I get your blog from another blog that follows you. I just click on the button on the side bar and read and see your pictures. I love Tilly and her clothes. You will enjoy making a dolly and her clothes for your sweet granddaughter and she will love that you made it when she is old enough to understand. I am certainly enjoying your quilts and the hand quilting is lovely.

Janet said...

Wow, what a precious toy for your grand daughter. You know it is going to be a favorite. How fun to find the fabrics and then stitch them up. They are looking perfect to me.

Is your whole cloth stamped or did you mark it? You do such perfect work, that is why I'm asking.

Yes, hand work is very relaxing and satisfying too, whether quilting, appliqueing or embroidery.

Thank you for sharing, I just love seeing your work.

Jean McGee said...

I love the rag doll you made for Mary, she will love it, your sewing skills are many and varied Tara, such a clever lady. The hand quilting project you are working on is just beautiful, such tiny stitches.


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