Good Morning Quilters! What did I work on this last week? A doll quilt! With Buttons. Have you ever made a small quilt/doll quilt that has buttons on it?
(Of course, this doll quilt cannot be used by little children, because the little buttons might come off and be swallowed), but it is fine for a doll quilt for a grownup like me. Here is the story of this cute little quilt:
My friend Joan Brink brought over a small quilt kit she had received from a friend, and it was so cute. We both decided to make it. Here is the pattern, from the Red Button Quilt Co. (Here)
Joan's pattern included the fabrics, and some tiny little colored buttons to sew on the embroidered border around the quilt. Here is Joan with her kit when she came over to my house yesterday. She has the top all finished except for sewing on the little buttons. You probably can't see them, but the package of little colored "flower" buttons that came with the kit are in her right hand. Joan is going to hand quilt her little quilt.
When I made my version, I had fun sorting through my shoebox of half-square triangles to find four alike to make into pinwheels for the quilt:
I love pinwheels, and this little quilt went together so easily. I have a little glass jar full of pearl baby buttons, and I used some of them on my doll quilt. I sewed a button in the middle of each pinwheel and also used the tiny pearl buttons for flowers in the border around the edge. I put the batting and the backing together before I sewed all the little buttons on, and the buttons served as the "quilting" to keep the three layers together. I sewed each button on separately, and tied and cut the threads, leaving the thread ends showing on the front, so it is technically a "tied" quilt. I also put triangle hanging sleeves on the top two corners of the back.
If it isn't a free internet pattern, I don't like to make a quilt with a pattern unless I have actually supported the designer and bought the pattern. So I ordered this pattern and am giving it away to any of you who are reading this blog. Leave a comment below if you would like to be included in the drawing for the pattern. The pattern will include a set of small colorful "flower" buttons with it, but no fabrics.
I had this same issue with making a quilt without buying the pattern once before, and you can read about it here (Here) if you are interested. It is a pattern from the same pattern company, and another cute little quilt with buttons on it.
What have you been making this week? I have spent extra time caring for my sister, and embroidery time while with her has been a peaceful pastime. I hope to have another May flower garden block or two to show you next week.
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