A clean up day

I made a mess working on masks the last few days so I spent some time today cleaning up and cutting the last few masks. I have 18 left to make but they’re all cut and ready to sew and I’ll do them on another day. I wanted to start a new top today but I saw the pile of extra hourglass blocks and decided to get those assembled into a doll quilt. I just can’t stand seeing the leftovers go to waste.

Then as I was putting this top in the doll quilt bin, I realized how full it was and decided it was time to finish one. I pin basted an older one and started hand quilting it using the big stitch method. This one was pieced from chisel blocks that I thought I was going to use for a border but realized pretty quickly it wasn’t going to work … couldn’t waste them either.

I don’t do enough hand quilting to get very good at it but I enjoy it and these doll quilts are the perfect size to let me do a bit of it without dragging a project out for a long time. I’ve got the center quilted and one side of the border … 3 sides left to do and this one will be quilted.


  1. Your hand quilting looks perfect. I have never done it and doubt I will ever try it. I’m still working on trying to learn machine quilting.

  2. It’s wonderful seeing all of the different ways that you use your stash! I don’t have anywhere to donate doll quilts, but ideas are always welcome – and maybe I’ll have a granddaughter some day…

  3. I’ve taken your inspiration and used up some leftover blocks from my granddaughter’s unicorn quilt to make her a doll quilt. It turned out cute so I’ll give it to her next time I see her.

  4. I think you are doing a beautiful job with that Big Stitch quilting, Mary, and kudos on using up those leftover Hourglass blocks, too! Would you remind me what sized you aim for when making doll quilts?

  5. I was chatting to Joy and mentioned living in south tampa for a long time. She said that’s where you live, but the video looked pretty wooded… are you in palma ceia? Now I live in Colorado, after 23 years in Maryland! LeeAnna at leeannaquilts at gmail dot com

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