WIP Wednesday — Old Italian Block Doll Quilt

This is the doll quilt I am making for Lori’s (Humble Quilts) annual swap — the completed top can be found in an earlier post.

When I’m creating a doll-sized quilt, the most important thing for me is scale — in the design, prints, and quilting. Although I know it’s practically impossible to make a doll quilt that looks exactly like a full-sized quilt in miniature, that’s always my goal. So, I try to make quilts no larger than 18″ x 24″; draft blocks that are 3″ or less; select prints that have a smallish design; and make the quilting stitches as tiny as I possibly can (this is the hardest part — so many seams!).

My quilting pattern is pretty simple — double footballs in the diagonal pieces, a tiny circle in the center square, and 2 nested circles in the triangle pieces. I am using my 10″ Edmunds half hoop, which makes hand quilting edges so much easier (Edmunds also makes a larger version for big quilts).

Old-Italian-Block-doll-quilt-in-progress

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