Swap badge

April 1, 2008 at 8:07 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 7 Comments

Thanks to the beautiful and talented Helen, we know have a badge.  Feel free to add it to your blog if you like:

Blog Roll

March 30, 2008 at 1:08 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

On the home page of this blog is (finally!) the blog roll with FLickr Pages or Blogs for everyone participating in this swap.  Sorry it has taken me so long to get it up there.

If you are not listed, listed incorrectly, have changes/additions/etc….please let me know and I’ll fix it.

Swap Partners Have Been Mailed!

March 30, 2008 at 1:07 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Whew!!!! It has taken me 11 hours…but I finally have everyone matched and all the details sent out….

If you have not received an email from me tonight, check your Spam folder. If it isn’t there, contact me ASAP so that I can resend it to you. My email address is tanaya at gmail dot com (remove the spaces).

In the meantime, here is what the email said (minus the juicy bits at the bottom of each of your messages.

Dear Swappers;

Today is the day. No really, it is THE day. Today is the day that you get your swap partners information. I’m so happy to be hosting this swap and I’m really, really excited to see everyone’s ideas and plans and creative doll quilts.

First, I’d like to go over a few details/rules/FAQs. For this swap, everyone has agreed to make a small quilt. It should be understood that you will try to create a nice quilt, something worthy of gifting to someone else, something that you would be proud to give and happy to receive.

Don’t get nervous about this!! I don’t expect perfection or museum quality textiles. Just do your best. You can choose any style, any technique, anything that you like. Go simple, complex, traditional, contemporary, try something that you have perfected to a science or something that you’ve never attempted before. You are the master of your domain here, so most importantly…have fun with this! There are a few rough guidelines however:

SIZE: from 12×12 to 24×24…any size or shape in between.

MATERIALS: natural fibers/cotton, wool, linen

EMBELLISHMENTS: if you want to use them, feel free…beads, rickrack, buttons, doilies, ribbon, lace….anything or nothing at all.

CONSTRUCTION: Pieced, appliquéd, wholecloth, or yo-yos; quilted by hand or machine; and bound.

LABEL: It is recommended that you attach a label to the back of your quilt. I know, this can be a bit scary for some people though, so I will not make it a requirement. A label is however a very nice addition to any handmade quilt. Whether or not you decide to label your quilt, please do include a note with your quilt with your name and contact information (URL, blog, email address, etc. so that they can thank you).

SECRET: This will remain a secret round robin swap. Your partner will not know your identity. If you want to create a secret or anonymous email account to communicate with them, you can but this is entirely optional.

DUE DATE: The deadline for mailing your quilt is April 28th. This gives us a bit longer than 4 weeks. I like to plan on sending mine a week early…just in case life gets in the way and I’m delayed. But please try your hardest to get your package in the mail no later than April 28th. There is nothing more disappointing than not receiving a package. Also, please email me to let me know when you have mailed your quilt. Delivery confirmation is highly encouraged.

COMMUNICATION: If for any reason you cannot met the deadline or you need to drop out of this swap, please let me know as soon as you know. If you communicate any setbacks with me I can make sure things work out favorably for your partner, no hard feelings. If you do not communicate with me…well, poo. That just stinks for everyone.

I highly encourage you to use the Flickr Group (http://www.flickr.com/groups/dollquiltswap/) to communicate with each other. Post new topics and photographs of works in progress, view the Flickr streams and blogs of the other swappers, get to know each other. Comment on the photos and posts of other swappers. Please if possible post a picture of your finished quilt too.

Questions, comments, anything? Always feel free to contact me! I’m not the world’s most knowledgeable quilter, but I’m a whiz at Google searches.

Round 3 Swap Sign-Ups Begin!!

March 23, 2008 at 8:04 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments

I am thrilled to announce that sign ups for Round III (with a new hostess) have begun!!!  More info is over at Flickr.  Here is a quick rundown:

Sign ups start: 3.21.08
Sign ups end: after 50 people sign up or March 31, whichever happens first
Partners will be sent out 3 days after the sign ups end.
Packages to be mailed out 4 weeks after partners have been announced.

Rules/Guidelines: Follow your heart and go wherever your creativity takes you.

Size: Quilts should be no smaller than 12×12 and no larger than 24×24.

To sign up: Flickr Mail me!!! Include your name, mailing address, email address. (If you can’t Flickr Mail for whatever reason, post your email addy here and I’ll contact you.)

Do to the size of this swap, all players must agree to swap with whomever they are assigned and play nice. Communication is the key.

I’m so thrilled to be hosting this round and can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with.


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!

sending partners

June 16, 2007 at 7:45 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 9 Comments

i just wanted to make a quick update before i forget!

i sent out my groups partners just a little while ago, so hopefully they can get started this weekend still.

thanks for the welcome! i think this will be a super fun round!!

susan, one of your swap mamas

As seen on the Purl Bee blog

June 2, 2007 at 11:38 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Oh, my, I’m still fanning myself from the excitement.

The lovely and wildly popular Purl Bee featured several of our swap’s quilts in their post on doll quilts. Yes, Sarah and Maritza were there, along with (gulp) yours truly. They also linked to the DQS flickr group and swapper Calamity Kim‘s Doll Quilt CrAzY group.

For those of you who don’t know, Purl Bee is the blog of the wonderful Purl and Purl Patchwork shops in New York City. They also have an online shop. Please visit their blog if you haven’t before; it’s a wealth of information and tutorials on everything from toys and yarns, to quilts and knitting, to home decor and embroidery – and it’s lovely to look at, to boot!

The post said such nice things about doll quilts in general and the quilts in our group. Such notoriety! Such acclaim! Such good publicity for the next round of the next swap!


Thanks, Isabelle!


May 16, 2007 at 7:25 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Many of you are probably familiar with the collaborative website whipup.net, which counts among its many contributors many of the luminaries and up-and-comers of the online craft community. Their Whiplash challenge is a periodic (usually monthly) call to interpret a theme in craft and share the results, quick like a bunny rabbit. This month, the theme was left up to the readers, and what do you know? The vote was overwhelmingly for miniature quilts! One of the links they provided for inspiration was to our flickr photo pool, which delighted me to no end.

So if you’d like to flex those mini-quilting muscles and just can’t wait for the next doll quilt swap, feel free to scratch that itch by posting a project or tutorial and linking back to whiplash. Usually there are prizes, but I think there aren’t any this round. Should be fun anyway! You can enter until the end of the month.

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