Monday, February 22, 2010

dolly dresses tutorial

*2012 update*
This quilt was designed & made in February 2010. It features panels designed by Holly Holderman of Lakehouse Dry Goods. The panels were in stores in 2010 and are hard to find now. I do not have any extra or currently know of a shop that has them. There is no "pattern" for the little dresses as they were the panel. If I find a source I'll let you know. {If you know one, please let me know!}


Here is the tutorial for my dolly dresses quilt that was a part of Holly Holderman's blog hop.
{Better known to me as Aliyah's quilt}

Please read all directions before beginning!

2 dolly dresses panels {6 dresses on each one}
12 scraps of colored fabrics - charm squares work great
more colored fabrics scraps for applique letters
3/4 yard of LH07013 Polka Party Petite WOW {small white on white dot}
1/4 yard of LH03035 Frosted Dots WOW {large white on white dot}
1/2 yard of LH08053 Chunky Check Red for binding
9 1/2" square ruler
fusible web for applique letters

Cutting Directions
Cut 12 sashing strips at 1.5" x 9.5" from large WOW dot
Cut center piece at 31.5" x 11.5" from small WOW dot
Cut side borders at 29.5" x 2.5" from small WOW dot
Cut top & bottom borders at 53.5" x 2.5" from small WOW dot
Cut 4 squares at 2.5" from each of 12 fabrics for "photo corners"
Cut 12 dresses out as described below

1. Cut out dresses with 9 1/2" square ruler.

2. Place colored squares on corners of dress block to create a basic snowball block. The squares should be RST and you sew where the black line is in the diagram below.

3. trim off excess as shown below off all 4 corners and press the "photo corners" out to complete your snowball block. repeat for all 12 dress blocks.

4. Lay out your 12 blocks as shown below until you are happy with your layout and balance of colors.

5. Make the center panel.  As directed above it should be cut at 31.5" x 11.5" from small WOW dot. print out the letters you need from this PDF file. If the name you are going to use is a long name you may want to make the letters smaller so they all fit. Use fusible web to apply the letters. I sewed them on with a machine blanket stitch to finish them.

6. This is the overall layout of the quilt. sew the top & bottom rows together with 5 blocks and 4 sashing strips. For the center sew the sashing strips to the side blocks & then sew them onto the center panel. Then sew all 3 rows together. Finally sew the borders on.

7. Layer with batting & backing and quilt as desired. I did an overall loopy design and avoided quilting the letters in the center. As a result they appear to slightly pop off the quilt.

8. Attach binding using this tutorial.

You're done!!
This quilt really comes together super fast!


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Items from this pattern may not be produced for commercial resale. 


Suburban Stitcher said...

That is SO cute! Thank you for sharing it! The dresses look like they're in a scrapbook with those corners :)

eatmoresmores said...

Pretty quilt! I will probably make one for my niece at some point.

Unknown said...

I loved the quilt the first time that I saw it and still do! What a wonderful quilt for a little girl!

mascanlon said...

Very cute Julie. I couldn't decide in the first place what which quilt I wanted and now that I see how quickly this one came together thats another thing to consider. One thing for sure, I need lots of these panels for my stash!

Anne at Film and Thread said...

That is really cute and would work well with anything fussy cut. Thanks for the tutorial!

allsewnup said...

Soooo cute! These remind me of the paper doll clothes I had when I was a kid.
Thank you for the tutorial.


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QuiltNut Creations said...

love it. exactly what i was looking for for an upcoming baby shower. now if i can just find those dress panels lol

Jocelyn said...

Way TOO cute! Hey girl, congrats on being listed on We All Sew!

Jonathan said...

Super cute Julie!!

Crafts a la Mode said...

Isn't this adorable and thank you so much for sharing how to make it. This is what makes the blogging community important for those of us who like to learn new things. Thanks again. Linda

natalie. beyond the reef said...

awwwwww......cute! Love the polkadot and the binding...awwww.

Barb said...

Sooooooooooooooooo cute!!

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Hi Julie, your quilt and so cute and thanks for the tutorial.
Keep Stitchen'

Natalia from Piece N Quilt said...

The quilt is awesome and so is your tutorial!

Sherri said...

Thanks so much Julie...I'm printing the alphabet as I type--I can't wait to make this version of the quilt...and I'll use these letters a lot!

Anonymous said...

This quilt has stolen my heart since the first time you shared it. Any chance you will be making a kit to sell? I am so glad you are feeling better after your surgery. I have reactions to pain meds too, so I felt your pain. Back to the quilt, I am keeping my fingers crossed that you will be making a kit.

Kristy in Ohio

OrangeRoom said...

Extremely adorable.

Rebekah said...

these dress blocks are adorable!

Lisa ONeill said...

Very cute quilt Julie!

JessicaSews said...

This quilt is adorable!

...your 3 in a Box pattern is wonderful too!

Anne's House said...

Julie-----How wonderful! Thank you so much for this adorable project! LOVE !

Anne's House said...

Julie-----How wonderful! Thank you so much for this adorable project! LOVE !