"Tips For Sewing Doll Quilts"
Learning new techniques to keep dolly warm.
The basics of sewing doll quilts
It is important to start with a simple project. Too often a large project becomes too repetitive and time consuming and the “love for quilting” is quenched before it has a chance to come to life.
...Keep it simple. Smaller quilts require simple blocks and designs. Use squares 1 1/2" or larger.
...Finished quilt size will vary. They can range from 18-24” in either direction, based on the size of the doll and shape of the quilt. A wrap for dolly will be square. A cover for her bed will be rectangular.
...Be exact. Corners must match up and seam allowances must be even. Press the seams every time you sew the pieces together. The quilt top must lay flat when completed.
Do I need special quilting tools and equipment?
Yes! If you are new to quilting, these tools will ensure success.
...1/4" presser foot. Be exact. It is vital that your seams are accurate.
...Rotary cutter and rule. These are more accurate than scissors and will save time.
...A quilter’s square. You can ensure accuracy by “squaring up” after each pressing before adding another seam to what you just completed. Know from the beginning that your pieces are the same size.
...A walking sewing machine foot. Comes in handy when quilting through several levels of fabric or using satin or other slippery material. It provides a feed dog from the top that coordinates with the one built into your machine that works from underneath the fabric. This keeps fabrics from slipping and stitches stay straight.
Is there a “best” way to select fabrics and colors?
There is no rule that says you have to only use cotton when quilting, but the one rule you must follow is to not use stretchy fabrics. While it may seem interesting at the time, it is extremely difficult to stitch without stretching and to get it to lay flat.
Colors: My favorite way of selecting fabric is to find a large print that I really like. I will purchase 1/8 yard and find fabrics in the colors, shades, and hues of those in the print. I may not use the large print fabric, but I know that I will always like the color combinations, should I choose to incorporate it later.
Fabrics: How the quilt is used determines the type of fabrics I use. For a traditional quilt, I use all cottons. When making a picnic quilt, I use denims. If I make an heirloom quilt, I use batiste. For warmth, I use flannel or perhaps fur. Kids often borrow dolly’s blankets and texture is important to them. Be creative!