Doll Quilt Sew-Along, Part 2

on February 6 | in Doll Quilt Sew-Along, Sew-Alongs, Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 32 Comments

Don’t miss Part 1 of our Doll Quilt Sew-Along from Alissa. Remember, if you have any questions throughout the sew-along visit the Sew-Along area of the forum. Add pics along the way if the mood strikes, either in the forum or in the Sew,Mama,Sew! photo pool.

From Alissa:
Thanks for coming back for Part 2 of our fun doll quilt sew along! Let’s get started with embellishing our quilt top and basting.


The finished doll quilt.

Part 2: Embellishing your quilt top and making the quilt “sandwich”

There are many options for embellishing your quilt top. I’ve decided to embroider a cute Sublime Stitching pattern on one of the blocks. Embroidery is a wonderful way to liven up a simple quilt top. Or what about some appliqué? Maybe sew on that special vintage button that deserves a place of honor. Or perhaps you’d like to add a little pocket for someone to hide their latest little treasure. This tutorial would be great for adding a pocket to anything!
Now that you’ve taken the time to add the embellishments of your choice, it’s time to baste all three layers of our quilt and make our quilt “sandwich.” Time to get the fat quarter (that is the back of your quilt) and the batting involved!
Carefully lay out and smooth your three layers. Make sure that they all line up. First, the back with wrong side up, then the batting. Lastly, center the top, right side up. The quilt top will be smaller than the back and batting. Make sure that all three layers are completely smooth with no lumps or bumps.
Pin all three layers together in regular intervals all over the quilt top. Make sure you pin plenty. In large quilts this step can be tedious but it is vital that you are thorough or you will pay the price during the next step: quilting. I put pins every 3 to 4 inches. Some people prefer to baste with spray. A good post on the types of spray and working with them can be found here.
Stop and appreciate your pinned quilt sandwich. Can’t wait to see you back here for part 3 next week when we’ll be quilting this beauty!
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32 Responses to Doll Quilt Sew-Along, Part 2

  1. Donna M. says:

    I’ve blogged about my start on this doll quilt . . .it’s coming along! So much fun!

  2. gemma says:

    thanks for the dimensions for making a doll quilt to match the pair of raggedy dolls I made – something nice to finishe them of for thier presentation on valentines day.

  3. Toby says:

    Thanks for the tutorial!

  4. JaneR says:

    Great post! I also love the 3 legged cat and the cute vintage fan!

  5. Danielle says:

    Thanks for the tutorial!

  6. Stacy says:

    That looks so cute!

  7. I love the color-coordinated cat feet in the first picture!

    Great tutorial. Doll quilts are so fun.

  8. Christine Bolin says:

    Great tutorial for putting in (or on) a pocket.

  9. Helena says:

    going get this one started this weekend with my daughter.

  10. Emily says:

    I miss quilting. A doll quilt would be a manageable size though! I need someone who likes dolls to give it to though. My daughter has had zero interest in dolls.

  11. Suzi says:

    I plan to start mine tomorrow. So excited to join along. great project.

  12. Sara says:

    I love the combination of orange and brown. My two favorite colors! Love the owl print.

  13. Jessy Roos says:

    I love the embroidery!

  14. Libby says:

    Great idea to embroidery a square. I can see how you could really personalize the doll quilt that way.

  15. Liz says:

    oh goodness! i think i’m gonna try it. i’ve been intimidated by making quilts. i’m sure a doll quilt will be just the right way to learn the basics. thanks!

  16. Sue Cahill says:

    What a sweet little quilt, I need to make lots and lots of these quilts for my grandaughters and for myself. Thanks again for the great instructions.

  17. Kat says:

    My first sew-along, and I’m already behind, but I’m hoping to catch up this weekend. Thanks!

  18. Margie says:

    Oh this is great. Thanks for showing us the way.

  19. Donna says:

    I just started part one of my quilt last night . . and decided to piece a bit of the scraps from cutting the squares for the front to use on my back . . so part one is taking me longer than it should. Hopefully will blog about it tonight – is any one else writing about this? I’d love to read about it . going to go and check what’s shaking on the forums!

  20. Andrea says:

    See I never pinned my first quild that is why when I sent to quilt stitch it it got all odd on me.
    Thank you.
    cant wait for part 3

  21. Andrea Methvin says:

    I can’t believe I am doing this! It will be my first quilt-I am a proud girl. Looking forward to next steps! Thanks for this great tutorial!

  22. alisha says:

    I love the embroidery idea. I haven’t finished the first step, but I hope to get everything cut and pieced tomorrow.

  23. Thanks for the great ideas of embellishing – It makes a girl think!

  24. Stacey says:

    Thanks for continuing this! I can’t wait for part 3!

  25. Rachel says:

    Looks great!!

  26. Shannon says:

    I’ve got two to work on! I can’t wait to finish! Thank you!

  27. Katie says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing Part 3.

  28. It’s coming along great! I’m looking forward to next week so I can continue my first quilt!

  29. Sabra says:

    Very good tutorial. Love the kitty feet in the finished quilt pic, too.

  30. Leah says:

    I am not quilting along right now, but I love reading these instructions! I am going to save this series of posts and hope to come back in a few weeks and “quilt along” then! Thanks for the wonderful instructions.

  31. Mirza says:

    Can’t wait til next week to see how to quilt this. I am loving this sew along.

  32. Anya T. says:

    Again, another great post! Thanks.

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