Links, and a call for advice!

June 14, 2007 at 10:38 am | Posted in Doll Quilt Swap, quilting tips | 3 Comments

The quilters who volunteered to send early have already received their partner information so that they can get started right away. The rest of the partner assignments will be sent between Sunday and Wednesday, so you’ll have them soon!

In case you needed some inspiration or instruction, here are the links I posted last round. They include general quilt construction ideas and patterns for quilts and blocks.

  • -This one has great illustrations! If you’re a total newbie, you might want to start here
  • – More helpful tips!!
  • Country Lane’s site has free patterns for two cute little quilts.
  •’s America’s Children and Baby Quilts links to pages with doll quilt history and patterns.
  • Heather Bailey (HELLOmynameisHeather) has wonderful tutorials for both yo-yo construction and quilt binding.
  • – Marcia has great tips and patterns. There’s a “where do you want to go today?” drop-down menu with Lesson 1, Lesson 2, etc. You can also look at her free quilt block patterns – many are 4″.
  • You might have seen Hillary’s version of this quilt on Wee Wonderfuls. Instructions are here Better Homes and Gardens.
  • So for the advice part: One of the quilters in DQSI had a little trouble with her quilting and asked for advice. Two great tips were offered:

    • When quilting, start from the middle and work your way out. (If you do this, you won’t “trap” excess fabric in the center, which can cause tucks and large wrinkles.

    • Use a walking foot, also called an even feed foot, if you have one for machine quilting. This foot grabs the top fabric and moves it along at the same rate as the feed dogs on the bottom fabric. This really helps to feed all three layers of the quilt through the machine and helps to avoid tucks.

    I’d add this one:

    • You can never pin too much when basting your quilt. It can be a pain to stop and remove the pins, but it really helps to keep the layers smooth as you quilt. Oh, and some of you might disagree, but I don’t sew over the pins. I had a needle shard hit and chip my glasses (I almost never wear my glasses), and that was the last time I ever did!

    So, seasoned quilters, would you please add your favorite tools or tips for the new quilters (or heck, a lot of experienced quilters could probably use them, too!) in the comments below? We can be a great resource for each other. Also, if anyone runs into any difficulties in constructing your quilt, please just send an e-mail to your Swap Mama or to the address at the top of that sidebar –> and we’ll help you.

     Thanks in advance

    Lisa K.


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  1. Hi Lisa,
    I’m so excited! I’m a newbie quilt swapper so I’m very grateful for such a welcoming swap committee! Here are my two tips:
    1. (found on another quilt blog–so if it’s yours, let us know so you can get your props!) When securing and pinning the quilt down, insert a marble underneath all three layers: between the table and fabric–it makes the pinning so much easier!
    2. When considering colors and patterns for piecing side by side, look at both fabrics together with squinted eyes–it helps hone in on the potential pairings’ matching or mismatching.
    Happy piecing, quilting and swapping!

  2. I know you have your hands full, but I really need help posting the badge/link to the Doll Swap. Could you send me the code please?

    Thank you.

  3. How do i put the doll swap button on my blog page?? BLOG land is new to me and I am having techincal difficulities LOL

    just when you get a minute I am in no hurry
    thanks julie

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