Make this sweet miniature quilt for a little girl who loves to play with dolls. Susan Smith’s quilt pattern includes appliquéd flowers, butterflies and hearts as well as some English paper piecing.
Full materials list included in the instructions
Detailed step-by-step instructions illustrated with close-up photos and diagrams take you through each stage of making this project from cutting the fabrics, appliquéing the centre panel and adding the border through to quilting and binding
Appliqué shapes are provided on the pattern sheet full-size, ready to trace
Instructions are for needleturn appliqué, but they can be readily adapted to suit the appliqué method of your choice
A gorgeous gift for a little girl, a doll collector or even as a miniature to hang on the walls
Once the appliqué shapes have been prepared, the hand stitching and the size of the project mean it’s very portable – an excellent choice for working on when you’re away from home
Suitable for intermediate quiltmakers who enjoy projects that combine English paper piecing and appliqué
What are the projects you are most proud of? As a designer, I am proud that other people enjoy making my designs. With social media, it is wonderful to watch their journey with my designs.
Have you got favourite design motifs that you always return to? I am keen on putting a rabbit in quilts. I have put rabbits on lots of my quilts for about 20 years.
Do you like to use seasonal colour palettes or do you just go with the mood of the moment? My quilts are often quite detailed and take more than one season to make, so it is definitely the mood of the moment.
What’s the most flattering feedback you’ve ever had for your stitching? I'm not a fabulous stitcher and I don’t need my work to be perfect. But I think, as a designer, when someone comes back to make a second or third design, it is flattering. It’s an honour to have one of my designs used to make a special quilt for their family member.
You designed this little doll’s cot quilt as a Christmas present, didn’t you? Yes, I thought it would make wonderful Christmas gift - something to treasure for a lifetime.
Do you often make hand-stitched Christmas gifts for friends and family? Yes, I often do. I usually make some padded Liberty coathangers, someone usually receives a quilt and, last year, I knitted my daughter a detailed cabled hat. I cook a lot of things as Christmas gifts, as well.
Are craft supplies always on your Christmas wish list? Not really, but I would always welcome them. I often wish for a class somewhere as a gift. It's wonderful to learn something new.
Did you always hanker after a doll’s crib when you were a child? I hankered after anything to do with dolls. I love dolls, dolls’ prams, cribs and dolls’ clothes. I started knitting as a child to make dolls’ clothes, and that's how I started making quilts - for my dolls. I still love to see a beautiful dolls’ pram or crib.
Did you make lots of clothes for your childhood dolls? I loved to help my mother make dolls’ clothes. She made me so many beautiful detailed dolls’ clothes and packed them in little cases. I remember some very special Christmases, where I would wake up to my dolls dressed in new clothes, or there would be a little case full of clothes. She always managed to make them without us seeing them.