Step One cut 3 inch stripes of black and white. Sew them together in two patterns. White Black White and Black White Black.
Cutting the 3 inch stripe sheets into three inch blocks
Black White Black and White Black White strips ready for sewing into the checkerboard pattern
Marion sews the checks together
A section of the checkerboard border is complete and laid against the existing body of the quilt top
It took quite a while to assemble this border and then attach it to the quilt. Once it was complete I took it to show it to the Cedar Grove Quilters. They invited me to have it quilted at a much faster rate than I could do on my own. It is very exciting for me to see it finished this spring. Who knows how long it would have taken me working by my self. Group quilting or “the Quilting Bee” is so much fun and interchange of ideas is invigorating. So much knowledge and experience is passed back and forth. It is a great experience!
“Harbor Lights” Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted 94″H x 102″W
The Cedar Grove Quilters are helping me quilt this piece. When we stretched it out in the quilt frames the checked border did not lay down properly. It was bunched up in places. Before we could start quilting I had to work on the quilt top and do some repairs. I had to take seams apart and then fold the seams inward so that each square fit better. Some of the square are now varying in size but at a glance it is not that noticeable and the quilting details make it work much better.
This doll had a crazy start. My great niece liked to play with old Barbies from the time she was a baby and she loved the Little Mermaid so I made a tail that would fit over the Barbie Legs. I came across this tail the other day and needing a refresher course in doll making, I thought I will start with this. You see my great niece is 7 now and she wants to make a Mermaid Doll. I made a pattern for the upper body and the arms, assembled and stuffed, embellished and used embroidery to make the face. I will make the hair next. Orange it will be.
Detail with Hair
view from behind
Close up of embroidery on the face
Older Mermaid Dolls These Dolls are made like Raggedy Ann Dolls These two are the first I made.
Cotton Rag Dolls
I had an idea for some serpentine arms after this.
Here is a pattern for the Sepentine style arms
3 Part Paper Pattern
A work in progress. The 3 separate parts were machine sewn to make the forms and then stuffed with the fiber fill Assembled by hand sewing