Doll in tree with quilt

Happy third week in July from New York!

My little granddaughter Avi turned 3 years old on July 3. Her momma let me know that Avi had her heart set on a bitty baby doll with its own pacifier or bottle. Love Amazon – I found a perfect little purple-clad baby with both accessories included. Yippee! Sadly, I wasn’t able to attend Avi’s birthday party, but this gift has been bothering me since I ordered it…doesn’t a baby doll need a blanket too?? Clearly.

With my son off to tennis camp yesterday, I sat down in my sewing room, hauled out my purple scraps and set about creating a surprise “just because” gift for Avi’s newest toy. The birthday girl and her mom are modern kind of girls, so I dropped back into easy pixelated mode and created a purple powered present.

Behold, my first ever doll quilt top!



After assembling the purple and white scraps, I found some yardage of this modern and fun fabric in my stash. I’ll use a bit of it for the backing. The purple daisy print is Hubba Hubba by Me & My Sister Design for Moda. I’m planning to practice my daisy quilting pattern skills using my Bernina later tonight.

It turns out that the only doll I have in my home is a Raggedy Ann that my mother made for me more than 30 years ago. RA usually sits on my cutting table, but I took her outside for a photo shoot with the new doll quilt top late Sunday evening.


Wouldn’t you want to climb a tree if you’d been trapped inside for 30 years??? I thought so.


I’m pretty sure that the neighbors think I’m “eccentric”…..

In other quilting updates, I’m making fast progress on True Blue – finally! The blocks are all completed. I just have to:

  1. Attach two more rows
  2. Create a skinny border (pieces are all cut — hurray!)
  3. Attached said skinny border
  4. Build a piano key border (strips already cut, yay!)
  5. Attach piano keys
  6. Find/create a backing
  7. Drop it of at Ms. G’s and make it her problem — tag you are (almost) it, Ms. G!

Now that I type this out, it seems like a lot of work left to do, but believe it or not, I feel like the end is in sight for this project.


I’ve learned a life lesson with this quilt. Would make a lot of different fabric choices if I could start all over again…file this project under “it’s the thought that counts” quilt.

This monster project should must be done before I leave for my Ohio trip in August. Keep your fingers crossed for me.


16 thoughts on “Doll in tree with quilt

  1. LINDA says:

    Thanks for your neat Post today! Love your purple quilt! Love your True Blue Quilt even more! I think it turned out so well!

  2. rl2b2017 says:

    Hi Sandy! I l.o.v.e the doll quilt! And how perfect that you made it in all shades of purple, and that backing!!! Hubba Hubba is just the best, and I can’t wait to see your daisy quilting. I have a daisy ruler that I’ve been meaning to find a quilt to use it on . . . RA looks fab sitting on the quit in the tree. I used to have one but have no idea where she and Andy might be. I don’t see anything to change on True Blue – looks great to me. Happy Monday! ~smile~ Roseanne

    • sandradny says:

      Daisy ruler you say? And you had an Andy doll??? I need to discuss my partnerless RA with my mother!

    • sandradny says:

      Abbie — I can’t wait to get pics of Avi and her baby! True Blue is moving smartly along. I’m mindlessly sewing piano keys at night…

  3. Gray Barn Designs says:

    I am just loving true blue! You can give it to me if you don’t think it is “friend worthy”! You are on to something with this doll quilt, I am going to make a few…they double as table toppers!

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