Doll Quilt Finish

Much earlier in the year, as I was working on my Doll Quilt Swap, I made a bunch of disappearing 9-patch blocks.  I was considering them for the background to the dresden plates, but decided on the plainer background, because the plates were lost on this busy background.  I put it aside and didn’t really even share it here.  I wasn’t sure how I wanted to finish it…but did begin collecting perle cottons for appliqué maybe, and hand quilting.  I decided last week (inspired by the Festival) that hand quilting circles was my plan!

I used a variety of colors, from the colorful top, and a variety of circles from the kitchen.  I learned how to properly hide knots, and really enjoyed the process!

Do you hand quilt at all?  I’m curious to know if it’s an addiction…seems like it could be!

I had a lot of fun working on this, but I’m not sold on hand quilting anything larger yet.  This one measures 17″ x 22″, and my fingers were very sore afterward.

Today I hope to hear from the rest of the winners and finish up my Festival duties.  The Sewing Summit, is moving forward – we signed our venue contract last week, and got more details up on the site!

Happy Quilting,


By |2019-10-22T11:12:39-06:00November 9th, 2010|finished quilt|34 Comments


  1. Linda November 9, 2010 at 7:44 am - Reply

    Love the colors and the quilting!

  2. Becky M November 9, 2010 at 7:54 am - Reply

    I still haven’t learned how to properly hide knots. Any goo resources or tips?
    The quilt came out beautifully, the colors are great.

  3. Kim V November 9, 2010 at 8:12 am - Reply

    It looks great! I love the different colored circles!

  4. amylouwho November 9, 2010 at 8:14 am - Reply

    this is so cute!! i want to make a doll quilt to match alison’s quilt. I’ve done a bit of handquilting when i was much younger at my grandma’s. i think i might enjoy the slowness of it now. i didn’t fully appreciate it then.

  5. Lois Grebowski November 9, 2010 at 8:28 am - Reply

    I love how you used the perle cotton! gives it some style!

  6. Tove November 9, 2010 at 8:29 am - Reply

    I love your disappearing nine patch it beautiful! I love the colors! As for hand quilting that’s all I used to do until my hand and arm said no more. Hand quilting is hard all on ones tendons(sp) tendenitis and carpal tunnel are the two favorites that hand quilting can cause. Particularly is one already has a tenanacy toward them. But if it weren’t for those little annoying and painful problems hand quilting would be my life. I loved the time and energy I put in and the extra personal touch that it adds to a quilt. I have found that machine quilting my projects myself is impowering in a different way. I love them both.

  7. Terriaw November 9, 2010 at 8:41 am - Reply

    What a pretty doll quilt! I love doing disappearing 9-patches. Great block for these sweet fabrics. Now those hand quilted circles – they are so fun on this quilt! I have done a little bit of hand quilting, but it was hard on my hands so it probably won’t become an obsession for me. I would rather sew hexagons or knit.

  8. liveacolorfullife November 9, 2010 at 9:00 am - Reply

    The circles in perle cotton were a great idea. I used to hand quilt all the time, then quit. But I’d like to try it again in big stitch and perle cotton like you did. Goes faster and looks great!

  9. Jocelyn November 9, 2010 at 9:03 am - Reply

    Very sweet.

  10. jodi November 9, 2010 at 9:14 am - Reply

    That is sooo pretty! Love the circles – great idea!

  11. Kristina November 9, 2010 at 9:21 am - Reply

    yes, I do hand quilt, because I cannot machine quilt, it gets all plucky and wrong. I would love to learn machine quilting… but I also love hand quilting in the evenings snuggled under my the quilt I am working on :-)

  12. Vicki November 9, 2010 at 9:55 am - Reply

    Lovely! I like to hand quilt small things, but then sometimes they sit for a while. I hand quilted part of a baby quilt for one of my nieces and I really really don’t want to hand quilt anything larger–it would take forever!

  13. emily November 9, 2010 at 9:57 am - Reply

    Lovely! I love those circles of stitching! :) It turned out great!

  14. Megan November 9, 2010 at 10:05 am - Reply

    Lovely! I just finished quilting a baby quilt by hand and I loved it…although I had a few issues with some knots here and there. Any tips?

    By the way, love the circles! That is the design I had picked out for my next baby quilt quilting.

  15. heather@tripleblessing November 9, 2010 at 10:40 am - Reply

    I don’t hand quilt but my mom does. I don’t have the patience. :)
    I just finished a top made out of “happy.” Isn’t it so fun to work with??

  16. andi November 9, 2010 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous little quilt.
    I love having some hand quilting to do for those times when I’m not with my sewing machine.
    It’s especially lovely in the colder weather when you have the quilt over our knees to keep warm!

  17. andi November 9, 2010 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous little quilt.
    I love having some hand quilting to do for those times when I’m not with my sewing machine.
    It’s especially lovely in the colder weather when you have the quilt over our knees to keep warm!

  18. Susan November 9, 2010 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    Yes, I love hand quilting – especially in the winter and usually on small manageable items!

  19. Charming's Mama November 9, 2010 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    I love to hand quilt, I find it very cathartic, I just wish it didn’t take so long to do.

    Lovely little quilt and I like the circles, great idea.

  20. Tracee November 9, 2010 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    I love hand quilting in winter, very sweet little quilt.

  21. Allie November 9, 2010 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    Amy it’s just darling! I love hand quilting, and there are a few tricks to make it easier. I use a leather thimble, it’s just an adhesive dot that sticks and can be re-used time after time. And for pulling the needle through, I use a finger cot – from the office supply store – really helps with the tugging. I like to hand quilt LARGE quilts!

  22. Jody Edwards November 9, 2010 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    I love the fabrics! I have a bunch of “Happy” charm squares, they are a fun line! :) Love your quilt! I don’t hand quilt, in fact, I don’t know how to do any hand quilting, or anything more than tying a quilt, really, because I’m so new, but I’m looking forward to learning! :)

  23. Julie Fukuda November 9, 2010 at 5:42 pm - Reply

    Very cute. I always hand quilt everything.(no machine)

  24. Lindsay November 9, 2010 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    very cute amy! I havent tried hand quilting anything yet, but i love your circles! I would imagine though if you only quilted and did a lot of traveling you could get a bunch of hand quilting done. Perhaps i will try it next time we go on a trip when I can’t bring my machine. i like the look of handquilting though, it looks so whimsical.

  25. Ginny Brown November 9, 2010 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    Hand quilting can become an addiction!! I quilted at least 3 hours almost every night for about 20 years–loved every minute of it. I found it to be most relaxing and rewarding. But–I had carpel tunnel surgery last Friday on my right wrist and will have it on the left in a few weeks!! Now most of my quilting is done on my sewing machine, if it is a small project or by someone with a long arm. At 81, the carpel tunnel and arthritis make hand quilting almost impossible.

  26. liz November 9, 2010 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    Love the quilt and the bright colours! and the circles for the quilting are brilliant. I’m just learning machine quilting. My dream studio set up (outside of quilting all the time, instead of having to go to work to pay for fabric…and the rest of life) would be 1 large project on the quilt frame to do in bits and pieces – cause I can’t do more than an hour at a time, and other projects on the go – making tops and machine quilting. I would like to keep the handquilting for special one of a kind projects.

  27. Ellen in Texas November 9, 2010 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    Your quilt looks great! Yes, hand quilting is addicting. I make small wall-hanging size quilts just so I can hand quilt them. (I would never have the patience to hand quilt a large bed size quilt.)

  28. Colleen November 9, 2010 at 8:07 pm - Reply

    I love using pearl cottons on wall hangings because you can be so graphic. On a flag quilt I quilted words on the strips in large block letters. I did spirls on a kaleidescope wall hanging.

  29. Susan McKey November 9, 2010 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    I learned by hand piecing and quilting. I would hand quilt everything I did if there were 48 hours in a day. I LOVE hand quilting. Such control! Such possibility! If I were really smart I’d figure out how to design a machine that quilts with the same control and satisfaction as one can do by hand… I love what you’ve done, btw. best…Susan

  30. Susan Mallery November 10, 2010 at 7:10 am - Reply

    That is really a fun quilt, Amy! I love the circles! They look like bubbles, and bubbles are always fun.

  31. Mary C in WA November 10, 2010 at 11:39 am - Reply

    I think if the pearl cotton stitching were on a bigger quilt it would be what my mother called “toe catchers”. No offence to your quilting, your stitches are even. I like the circles on the D9P.

  32. Jan November 10, 2010 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    Your little quilt is so cute and I love the circles. Very well worth the effort!!!

  33. Cassey November 10, 2010 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    I really like this! It looks awesome! I may be trying this very soon thanks for sharing!

  34. Cheryl Arkison November 10, 2010 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    I’m just getting into it. I’m not sure how I feel about the perle cotton yet.

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