Photos So Far

December 4, 2008 at 1:42 pm | Posted in Doll Quilt Swap, Swaps | 6 Comments

Here are some photos from my group ~ These 15 have either been received or are on their way right now. There are 5 others also on their way, but I don’t have pics for them.

DQS5 quilts received and on their way. by you.

lucyellen06 ~ swapmama ~


Do I smell a fire?

August 1, 2008 at 10:43 pm | Posted in Doll Quilt Swap, Swaps, WIP | 5 Comments

I must, because our swappers are smoking! Just take a look at some of these quilts:

While you are busy drooling over those beauties, I thought I’d also put in a special request. Please email your swap mama when you have sent your quilt off and please be sure to post at the group (you can email us too if you’d like) once you receive your quilt. It is challenging to keep up with where everyone is at in the process, so any help you can give will be most appreciated.

Progress report, 6/20 (Lisa’s group)

June 20, 2008 at 1:47 pm | Posted in Doll Quilt Swap, Swaps, WIP | Leave a comment

“And they’re off!”

It’s been about a week and a half since most of us received our partner information. While many swappers are taking their time deciding what their quilts will look like, others hit the ground running.
Swap Mama Susan knew right away which design she’ll be tackling this round: layered, appliquéd circles in her partner’s favorite colors. Love the dots-within-dots, and even dotted fabric!
Susan's circles
Samantha searched her stash for the colors her partner prefers and came up with these vibrant fabrics:

DQS4 Fabrics

…which became these blocks:

First Two Blocks

Rebecca got right to work: sketching, planning, and sewing a bird-y quilt, but her son fell in love with it, so she’ll have to come up with Plan B!
I’m guessing Megan‘s having so much fun with her new-ly acquired free-motion quilting skills that she might just use them for the swap!
Lynne had made some charming wonky butterflies and flowers for another project. She liked them so much that they might appear in her DSQ4 quilt.

sorta wonky butterflies
(p.s. if you want to try the butterflies yourself, she’s generously provided a great tutorial for them.
I loved seeing Leah‘s sketch becoming quilt-y reality, in the form of scrappy LeMoyne stars.

on my desk
Laura Jay is busy turning this stack of fabric into an I-Spy crazy quilt. *I* spy a cutie quilt in the making ;o)
Great work, all! How are YOU doing on YOUR quilt? We’d love to hear your ideas and see your progress on the Doll Quilt Swap flickr group discussions or photo pool.
If I’m your Swap Mama, e-mail me (losabia at yahoo dot com) a link to what you’re doing, and I’ll be happy to include it in the next update!

Button for Doll Quilt Swap 4

June 17, 2008 at 10:54 pm | Posted in Doll Quilt Swap, Swaps | 1 Comment

Doll Quilt Swap 4 button

Hi, Swappers! If you’d like to place this button on your blog or sidebar, copy and paste the following lines where you’d like the button to appear:

<a href=""><img src="" alt="Doll Quilt Swap 4 button"></a>

If you’d prefer a smaller button, get it here.

SIGN UPS are officially CLOSED

June 5, 2008 at 4:31 pm | Posted in Doll Quilt Swap, Swaps | 2 Comments

Well Ii hope everyone that wanted in, got in. We are at 100 members and have officially closed off sign ups. Thanks to everyone for your interest. This is looking to be another great round. Give us a little time to match up all of you and then we can get started!!

We will be updating DQS3 soon too, and thanks to everyone that played in that round.

Doll quilt swap 4

May 31, 2008 at 6:58 pm | Posted in Swaps | 8 Comments

Let the sign ups begin! It really is true, sign ups for round 4 are starting June 1, 2008. We all had such a blast in round 3 and thank you so much to fabulous swap mama Tanaya(themad1)!!! She has handed off to me for round 4, but is still a swap mama, so dont worry. Now i know a few of you have noticed Lisa(losabia) over at the flickr group, and she has agreed to come back as a swap mama too! yey! Last but not least we have the lovely Sarah (Krom_mama), I’m sure you all know her lovely little houses.  We have decided to set the limit at 100 members, so jump in! Please be sure to go thru the details of the swap, even if you have participated before. We have a couple new guidelines. Thanks.


  • Size: from 12″ x 12″ up to 24″ x 24″ or any rectangle or other shape in between.
  • Construction: Pieced, appliqued, wholecloth, or yo-yos; quilted by hand or machine; and bound. Embellish at will. Embroidery? Rickrack? Buttons? None? You decide.
  • Fabrics: Let’s do natural fibers: cotton, linen, or wool again, please!
  • Labels: please include a label on the quilt. 


If you’d like to participate in the swap, please send an e-mail to the address at the top of the sidebar over there -> and include the following:

  • Full name (the last names won’t be shared)
  • E-mail address (will only be shared with your partner)
  • Full shipping address, including postal code and country (again, only your partner will receive this)
  • Blog address, if you have one (will be linked on the doll quilt swap site)
  • Flickr photostream, if you have one
  • You MUST have one or the other( Flickr acct or blog) 
  • Your preferences for your quilt to be received: things that you’d love to have or things that you would prefer NOT to receive. These can be general points such as colors (a particular color or combination – pastels, darks, brights, primary), themes (cats, repro, dots, primitive, plaids, NO CLOWNS [that’s mine!]), etc. If you really, really have no idea or love being surprised, please just write “Quilter’s Choice.” I definitely can’t promise that you’ll get an applique or hand-quilted quilt, even if you love them, but I’ll do my best to match y’all up with someone simpatico. If you just love to make (or try!) certain types of quilts (collage, applique, etc.) it would help with the matchups if you mentioned that, too.
  • Extra credit: Are you willing to send to internationally? or early? or even early to another country?


  • Signups will last from today, June 1st, until we reach 100 members.  Spread the word! Many of you missed the last round, and you can do others a favor by letting them know about the swap on your blog. You can write a quick post or include the following button code on a sidebar.
  • <a href=“”><img src=“” alt=“doll quilt swap button” /></a>
  • Partner information will be sent out within one week of sign ups closing. 
  • Quilts should be sent no later than Sept.1st.  August 11th, 2008 if sending out of country.  This gives everyone plenty of time to research, construct, and send their quilts. Of course you can send out your little packages in advance of that. Some of last round’s swappers had both sent and received before the sending deadline even rolled around.


This will remain a secret round robin swap. Your partner will not know your identity; you all seemed to like the cloak-and-dagger aspect of the swap last time! There’ll be a list of all the swappers in the sidebar if you want to keep track of everybody. I’m happy to relay super-secret messages between you and your partner if you need me to.


Ready for more quilt news?

July 15, 2007 at 5:18 pm | Posted in Doll Quilt Swap, Swaps, WIP | 1 Comment

I’m thrilled to report that the last items from Doll Quilt Swap I are completed!

Monica was happily surprised by this little beauty. It’s courtesy of Kristin, a brand new quiltmaker, who perservered through some challenges and delivered this totally handmade (!) quilt to its eager recipient.

Undeterred by her missing quilt, and bolstered by a treat from Swap Fairy Wendy, Monica signed up again for this round and is working on a beautiful applique piece.

Kristy also completed her DQSI project. She’s a new quilter, too. I hope she continues because this turned out so nicely! I’m sure Liz will agree when it arrives!

Speaking of Liz, she has a great idea for a clothesline quilt. Isn’t it pretty?

Liz has already received her quilt from this round (funny how that works!): this lovely nine-patch from Paula.

Pasha made some changes to her original plan and turned out this beauty!

And Pasha received her tropical flower log cabin from Swap Mama Wendy. I love the colors and the quilting. Wow.

DQSII Tropical Flower Log Cabin

Ros and her camera cable have been reunited, so now we can see her vibrant appliqued quilt.


Suzie’s quilt combines pretty patchwork, applique, and embroidery.

Rose has put her all into this appliqued scene, even printing some of the fabric herself!

Natalie’s completed the swap cycle, having both given

and received

striking red-and-gold quilts! The one she received, directly above, came from Pamela, who carefully considered every aspect of the quilt.

Sara M.‘s sent her pretty, colorful quilt, too!

Sarah G. has decided on her color scheme and is working on her blocks in blues and greens.

DQS II first attempt

AND if you love those wonky log cabins (I do! I do!), she’s generously posted a tutorial for them. Busy Sarah!

Last but not least, take a look at this stunner by Tami!

Please remember, quilts should be sent out by this Wednesday, July 18th!

I, for one, can’t wait to see the rest of the quilts!

Susan’s update

July 13, 2007 at 6:51 pm | Posted in Doll Quilt Swap, Swaps, WIP | Leave a comment

hey ladies!!! well this is swap mama susan with her update….

let see, well wordpress is not letting me add links so i will just post the links myself and please excuse the ugliness, ok back to our regularly scheduled programming.  here is a sneak peak at louise’s wonderful little lovely here

and then we have some gorgeous photos of lynns quilts at her photo page here

maggi has been hard at work trying her hand at hand quilting, here

margy got started right away and had hers finished before a lot had even started(including me!) here is her update

here is a tease of marijkes quilt, for more photos you have to go to flickr and check them out…that is as soon as i get them up there!!!ok, i have uploaded the photos to the flickr group so you can look now, just dont anyone look too closely at the label!!!

heres a teeny tiny peek at melissas quilt for her partner, and i did try to take my time and pick partners that i thought would make quilts that their partners would really like. so glad you noticed!

thats it for now, hope everyone is finishing up their little treasures for our mail out date next week.   good luck!

Doll Quilt Update – Less than a week to go!

July 12, 2007 at 2:40 pm | Posted in Doll Quilt Swap, quilting tips, Swaps, Uncategorized, WIP | 3 Comments

Hello everyone!  I hope you are all having a good time finishing up your quilts.  We are less than one week away from sending off our creations.  July 18th is around the corner!!  Are you ready?!

Here is a bit of what my group has been up too…

Fiona has finished her CW Inspired doll quilt and it is on the way to her lucky partner.  She found a neat label that she thought went with the era of the quilt quite well.  Fiona says she will delight us with a picture of the entire quilt once her partner receives it.


Fiona quilt

Jan has finished piecing her quilt and is currently hand quilting it.  I can’t wait to see what the final product looks like.


Jen L. shows us a bit of her beautiful fabric.  I love the colors don’t you?


 Jhoanna  is now in the process of handbinding her quilt.  She considers herself to be a “newbie” as far as quilting is concerned, but I think she is already looking like a pro!


 Donna is trying to be a bit mysterious about her quilt.  She blurred the image to throw us off a bit.  But, we can still see something beautiful in the making.


 Deedeen made a pretty little blue number for her partner.  If you speak French (mine is VERY rusty), head on over to her blog and check it out.  If you don’t speak French, check it out anyway, she is very creative and the photography on her blog is tres jolie!

UPDATE…Sorry Swap Babes, but like I said, my French is VERY rusty and I misunderstood what Deedeen said on her blog.  This is not the quilt for her partner, she is still working on that particular quilt.  Okay, I am off to get out my old French dictionary from high school.  I think I need it!! LOL! 🙂


Laura over at Pine Ridge Quilter also gave us a glimpse at what she has been working on.  I like the bee!  Check out her blog for other beautiful quilting creations.  Laura is quite busy!


Jean-Sophie (I love her name!) has been busy as well.  Besides working on a special quilt for her partner, she has been busy putting together a tutorial for machine applique. 


If you would like to check it out, you can head on over to Flickr and check out her Notes for Machine Appliqué Posies

She also blogged the step-by-step instructions:

Introduction – contains information about threads and stitches, describes how to prepare the background fabric for all three methods and has step-by-step directions for Faced Applique

Preparing Circles for Appliqué – describes an alturnative way to prepare the center for a faced applique flower (good information to tuck away for preparing appliqué for any circle, oval or almost circle shape).

Using Templates
– describes too other methods, both using templates.  In one, you use freezer paper and glue stick; in the other, starch, an iron, and templates made from a heat resistant material.

Thank you for the tutorial Jean-Sophie!  I am sure everyone will learn something from it!

This is really wonderful work “Swap Babes!”  I am looking forward to seeing the final results from all of you!

Have a great week!

Signups ending early – NOW CLOSED

June 11, 2007 at 2:28 pm | Posted in Doll Quilt Swap, Swaps | 4 Comments

Thank you for your overwhelming response! Signups for DQS II are now CLOSED (6/11/07) 

As enrollment in Doll Quilt Swap II nears 100 swappers, we have to announce an early end to registration. We’d originally planned for the signup period to last until Father’s Day, but we’ve become a victim of our own popularity! Therefore, when the number of swappers reaches 100, registration for this round will close. There are currently 9 openings left in the swap.

We have mixed feelings about this, as of course we’d would love to be able to include everyone who wants to join in. The people who are signing up for this round seem every bit as enthusiastic and friendly as last time; however, 100 swappers is more than triple (nearly four times!) the number from the first swap, and administering all the swap details has become prohibitively time-consuming. We still want to be able to address all the questions and needs of the swappers with the same promptness and personal attention as before, but there’s only so much of us to go around!

Doll quilt from Wendy

swap fairy quilt for monica from wendy n.

DQSII is so thrilled to welcome Wendy N. as a much-needed and appreciated co-hostess for this round. Some of you may know her through Whiplash or the Doll Quilt CrAzY and Doll Quilt Challenge groups, for her Disappearing Nine-patch quilts. She was also Monica’s Swap Fairy, even though she wasn’t even a participant in the first round!  Wendy has already proven herself a dedicated and invaluable member of the Doll Quilt Swap team. Angela has decided to sit this swap out as a Swap Mama, although we’re pleased she’s still able to participate as a swapper.

We would love to add 2 or 3 more Doll Quilt Swap Mamas to our number. Having more people would lighten the load and make the swap run more smoothly for everyone involved. Are any of you interested in helping out? Please send an e-mail to the address at the top of the sidebar over there –> if you are interested in:

  • helping to send e-mails
  • responding to questions
  • assigning & sending partners
  • tracking quilts sent and received
  • contributing updates to this swap blog

Using for your own blog would be helpful, but it’s not required. You just need a willing spirit and a dash of tech savvy and I (Lisa K.) will take care of any training or instructions you might need!

Thanks to all of you out there for your understanding, for your overwhelming enthusiasm for these little quilts, and for your willingness to join our swap. We cannot call it our “little” swap anymore, but together we hope to maintain the friendly community started our first go ’round. We are sorry, in advance, for those who will not be able to join in, but we’ll do our best to make the current swap super-fun and make plans for another in the fall.

p.s. Thanks, too, to all of you who mentioned the swap on your blogs. Would you mind editing your posts to reflect the new 100-person limit, if you happened to mention the 17th as the deadline? Thank you.

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