This little quilt, approximately 24" x 28", has been a joy to make. When I first saw the pattern, designed by Brenda Riddle of Acorn Quilt and Gift Company, I knew I wanted to make it. The little outfits were just so precious...I swear I had one of these dresses in my closet when I was little.
And if the dress wasn't in my closet, then I'm sure some of these were in the closets of my three sisters...
The nine blocks were so enjoyable to embroider...each one unique fun to do, with lots of opportunity to be creative. Brenda supplied us with wonderful instructions, but I must admit, I often took the easier route with the stitches.
I just love these overalls...
I hand quilted the Betsy's Closet in a checkerboard pattern...it just seemed to work for me. I outline stiched the outfits and used a Hera marker for the first time to make the lines. It worked perfectly and there were no lines that I had to worry about removing.
I wanted to go bright with the backing so grabbed this turquois blue fabric and even machine stitched the binding in place, remembering to add my little tag.
I'm not sure if this quilt will be used as a blanket or put on a wall, so I attached a sleeve in the same fabric so the quilt will be multi-purpose.
Of course I had to try it out in the doll cradle. Woodworker Hubby applied the final coat to the cradle just last week.
So that's it...my finish for this week. I am also posting news of my finish at Stitching Betsy's Closet. Jenny, who blogs at Jenny of Elephantz and Kathy who blogs at Shawkl Design Studio Blog, created this Betsy's Closet Quiltalong blog for everyone who wants to show their progress making the quilt. While I was doing my stitcheries, I would often visit the blog and see how others made the same block. Hope you will also check it out and make sure you scroll through the previous posts there to see a gorgeous array of Betsy's Closet creations.
Thanks for coming by today. If you remember, I was pretty busy on the weekend immersed in two workshops hosted by the Mira Stitchin' Post. It was a fabulous time and I have lots to show you, but that's for another day.
It's a great day for quilting!