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Monday, September 27, 2021

Design Wall Monday - September 27, 2021

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.  

Please join in the Design Wall Mondays linky party below, and show us what you are doing.  Thanks for joining in!  A special thank you to those of you who mention Design Wall Mondays in your blog, and also provide a link back to this page.  


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19 comments:

tubakk said...

What a sweet mini quilt. But I don't need another project just now.

Gretchen Weaver said...

I made a small quilt from the Red Button Co years ago, it's a Christmas quilt. I purchased the kit at one of the Grand Rapids AQS shows. Are you going to hand quilt your little quilt? I did mine. I had sewed the buttons on first too then I had trouble with the quilting thread catching on the buttons! Happy quilting! Don't enter me in the drawing, I already have enough projects to work on!

Kate said...

A very pretty, with very tiny pieces, baby quilt. Enjoy your slow stitching time this week.

maggie fellow said...

very cute - I think all quilters have a button jar. and I think mine belonged to my mother

Val said...

Judy I have made a doll quilt with buttons that you are welcome to share. It is made with vintage 30s fabrics and the buttonsare in the alternate block in the center of the quilting.

bev said...

I also like to make the tiny doll quilts. I have made several Bow Tie ones over the years. They make a cute gift when needed.

Sharon said...

That’s a cute little quilt I’d love to make it. Must squeeze something else over to make time space

Sara said...

The little doll quilt is so cute! I've added buttons to some quilted pillows and to some wall hangings.

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

This is just precious looking, Judy. How our eye enjoys anything miniature. I feel the same way about supporting designers and I enjoy giving them shout outs on my blog. So many are generous with the free patterns too.

Cindy Quilts said...

Those little quilts are darling!

Carol Andrews said...

What sweet little quilts. It’s nice to hear how you support designers. They spend so much time at their craft purchasing their patterns seems fitting!

JoAnne said...

I love your little quilts! I've made a couple of quilts by Red Button Quilt Company and loved them. The buttons add so much to the finished quilt.

Bonnie said...

Very cute little quilt. I do like pinwheels. Hum, maybe it is time to do some pinwheel blocks....

Karen said...

I love your doll quilt and would love to make one.

Susan said...

Very cute!

ThreadCatcher said...

I am a fan of Red Button Quilts patterns and have made a couple of their little quilts. The addition of embroidery and buttons appeals to me. I would love to win your giveaway. Thanks for the chance!

QuiltGranma said...

Yup, I made a tiny quilt with pinwheels, and used buttons to hid the mismatched lign up of the triangles.

abelian said...

I love the weekly Design Wall Monday posts - so much inspiration! I also support designers by buying their patterns. Even if you could figure out the piecing, it’s the original IDEA that makes the quilt special. Dot

Jennifer said...

What a fun quilt to make with a friend and even better to use fabric and buttons on hand. Some really pretty design wall projects today - thanks for hosting!