Last weekend, I finally got around to picking my fabric and pattern for the Doll Quilt Swap. I’ve been wanting to do a paper-pieced project for a while, so I could put to use the mini iron my folks bought me at Christmas and also to try out the paper made specifically for paper piecing.

I chose a geometric pattern from Carol Doak’s Easy Paper-Pieced Keepsake Quilts book. I picked four coordinating fat quarters that I purchased from Connecting Threads a couple of months ago. I decided on the stars fabric pictured below. I love the fabric I purchased from there, the quality is great and it washed up very nicely. Needs a higher than normal iron setting, but that’s not a big deal. I purchased a bunch of threads from them too that I can’t wait to use in upcoming projects.

The next picture shows the progress I’ve made and my set-up next to the sewing machine, which is to the right of the photo. It’s very comfortable and I can easily roll from one side of the table to the other. The mini iron is fabulous to work with. Thanks Mom and Dad for the great gift. I use the 1/4″ masking-like tape to hold the pieces to the paper while sewing instead of pins as I find pins distort too much. I’m loving the special paper too, it’s very easy to sew and ironing doesn’t make it wobbly (you’ll know what I mean if you’ve ever used every-day paper).

So far, I have 9 of the 12, 4″ blocks completed. I’ll probably do a 1″ sashing between each block and finish off with a 2″ border.

I’m hoping to wrap the project up this weekend, but we’ll see how nice or not the weather is.

Progress on the Doll Quilt Swap
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7 thoughts on “Progress on the Doll Quilt Swap

  • July 17, 2008 at 8:31 am

    I love that block you chose! And your fabric is so pretty. I can’t wait to see it all put together!

  • July 17, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    oh what fun!!
    cant wait to see it all together
    i love that block

  • July 17, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    I love your choice of fab’s! I paperpiece alot and love it! It is addictive!

  • July 18, 2008 at 8:03 am

    Wonderful pictures, Michele – it’s going to be lovely. I’m working on a ninepatch with 3″ blocks right now.

  • July 19, 2008 at 2:40 am

    La combinaciĆ³n decolores es realmente bonita. Me encanta como esta quedando.

  • September 6, 2008 at 12:36 am

    Nice colors and the block is a perfect match for them. I have to ask, how is the mini iron working? I purchased one of those that look like the old fashioned toy irons I had as a child & it didn’t even heat up at all. I have been thinking about purchasing one like yours.
    Keep up the quilt photos they are amazing!

  • September 6, 2008 at 10:55 am

    Hi Jean,

    I love my mini iron, it made paper piecing so much more enjoyable .. no over pressed areas, I could control exactly what I wanted to be ironed (from tip to tip), very crisp seams, the paper didn’t get wobbly. It does get super hot, so I don’t use it on full high.


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