Friday, July 22, 2016

Summer Sensations blog hop

Summer Dolly Quilt project

Front and back, measures 21" x 21"
In my quest to find summer blog hops, I stumbled onto a blog by Marian at seamstobesew.com hailing from Italy (first quilting blogger I have "met" from that country) who is hosting:

The rules for the hop are -

You must make something new. No old projects or previous projects. If you have a UFO that needs finishing that fits the bill, that’s fine, but please make something new.
Keep it small and fast to put together. In the summer time, most people want to be outdoors, but still like to get in a bit of sewing time. So make us something that you would use during the summer, whether it’s a picnic basket ruffle, cover, picnic items, baskets, placemats.


The schedule for Summer Sensations…



July 21
July 22
July 25
July 26



I chose to make a summer dolly quilt to fit in perfectly for the upcoming Mad Tea Party post (see badge on my sidebar). These remnants were in a bag of thrifted material I believe were combined for a banner. To be able to repurpose someone else's partially completed project is so rewarding.
Here I have organized the fabric. The strips were sewn together for the binding. I cut 4-1/2" by whatevers strips for the quilt. I decided not to OCD-it by fixing the sizing of the units from the fabric pieces that were previously sewn together. This was a quick and easy project I completed, including French binding, one late afternoon.

Sometimes less is more and a simple patchwork will do. I was inspired by Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts with her a-simple-summer-quilt. Since this qualifies as a "finish" I am linking up with her Finish It Up Friday. I guess this type of project is also called a "mini" so I also linked up with Kelly at myquiltinfatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday.

Last weekend hospice thrifting meant snagging this $1.50 mystery bag of fabric remnants.


And what a nice surprise, some pieces that could easily be the major part of a quilt. I will finish those squares and give them a new life.




Part of this hop is a giveaway - the prize is a $25.00 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop
Each giveaway starts at midnight of the day it's featured and ends at 11:59 pm of the same day.
All giveaways are during the Easter Standard Time Zone.
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Posting a Pattern of the Day from 1954, a romper for this Summer Sensations blog hop!
Hoping you are having a Sensational Summer!

38 comments:

  1. Adorable dolly quilt! I like the red, white and blue color theme.

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  2. Oh, I love working with found fabrics, too! Cute quilt!

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  3. I love the red white and blue fabrics!

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  4. lovely dolly quilt. my mom had this same pattern. used a lot.

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  5. That's too cute. I'm looking forward to the "Tea Party"

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  6. You got some great buys on your little shopping excursion! Very nice! I really like the black background/flower fabrics. Those really are pretty.

    Super cute doll quilt also. I keep thinking I really should make a couple of those for my Granddaughters and their American Girl Dolls. I think once I make them each their own quilts, I'll make a doll quilt very similar to theirs.

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  7. Sometimes quick and easy is the best! Love using my scraps. so glad you joined in on this hop.

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  8. I once participated in a UFO swap back in the early days of the internet, early 90's or so. It was fun and I ended up with a cool project to do. I never heard what happened to the UFO the other person received of mine but it was a fun way to get "rid" of something I wasn't going to finish. On the other side of that, I to think it's cool to come upon old fabrics, I'm not sure I could go back to using the old VIP prints of the 80s, but when we move home to the states, all 134 bins I have stored of cotton will be like found fabrics, because every single one of those fabrics were bought in the early 90s.. batiks were just becoming popular, that's how old they are.

    So, good for you are resurrecting old fabrics to make a cute little dolly blanket. It's a fun project for any girl to use for her dollies.

    I'm so happy you participated with me and the other bloggers in Summer Sensations, I look forward to seeing more of you.

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  9. What a sweet quilt, and I'm loving the romper pattern too. If only I could sew ... xxx

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  10. Always interesting to see what others leave and are later accumulated in a bag. Doll quilts are a loved item by little girls.

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  11. I love finding deals on fabric

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  12. Cute doll quilt. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  13. Thinking I should get my niece into dolls! How adorable - don't ya just LOVE tiny things?

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  14. love your choice of fabric and the colors.

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  15. That romper pattern brings back memories.

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  16. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.netJuly 22, 2016 at 12:45 PM

    Right now I am working on a UFO which will be a graduation gift for our oldest grandchild.

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  17. I like your thrift shop better than mine - never find any bags of fabric there! I did once pick up an Olfa ruler, even though I already had one. A back-up is always good! And it was certainly cheap enough. I like your dolly quilt and your decisions to go with what was already there. I wonder what your new thrift bag will look like when it's a quilt!

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  18. LOVE YOUR IDEAS! THANKS!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  19. Classic summer colors of red, white and blue made a great little doll quilt. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. I love the doll quilt made out of your thrift store find. I liked having quilts to comer my dolls when I was a little girl.

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  21. What a cute doll quilt. Love that it was stitched from a thrift store treasure. It is always fun to imagine what the "finds" were used for in a previous life.

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  22. The red, white and blue says summer through and through. Very sweet.

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  23. Love the colors. Lucky doll. I enjoyed your pattern of the day post. That was the year I was born!

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  24. What a fun item. And I think thrift shopping for fabric would be great and a challenge to make things from the finds.

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  25. Looks like you've got the start of a great project. Thanks for sharing!

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  26. I hope someday to score a find like yours at one of my thrift stores. Sweet little doll quilt too.

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  27. What a cute doll quilt. Some lucky girl will love it! raydeer@memlane.com

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  28. So much fun. Love your choices.

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  29. Love the doll quilt - and what a great thrift shop find!

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  30. I've not tried buying thrift fabric yet... Too many WIP projects to finish first, but I have inherited several stashes from friends and family, and it is fun to figure out what to do with someone else's WIP. You've done marvelous with these gems!

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  31. Cute little dolly quilt. AND great find at the Hospice sale too.

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  32. Ha- my mother dressed me like this all through the 60s and 70s!

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  33. You certainly have a knack for upcycling fabrics! I love your "Pattern of the Day" feature. I'm visiting from Quilting Mod and saw your link of CMQ.

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  34. Found you thru this Hop!! Love your blog already! Your Doll Quilt is great!

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  35. What a sweet dolly quilt. These small projects are so much fun to make.

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