|Miniature Doll Quilt Swap - May 2015|
A few weeks ago Lori at Humble Quilts put out a call for a Doll Quilt Swap. I fancied making a mini quilt. I fancied doing a swap for the first time. I resisted the first call, but by the second, I caved in. So I signed up. There were a few rules, but the main one was that it should be Civil War reproduction fabrics and that it should look like it 'time travelled from days past'.
|Judie Rothermel and Jo Morton Civil War Reproduction fabrics|
Once committed I went about choosing fabrics and a design for my miniature doll quilt swap. However, it appears that I don't actually have any Civil War Reproduction fabrics (yes, I was surprised too, perhaps I should have checked first) so it meant searching online for some fabrics and waiting for them to arrive. To add to the fun I ordered a pot luck 'Civil War bundle' from the Laughing Hedgehog. I was really pleased with the selection they sent, which included some Jo Morton shirtings and some Judie Rothermel civil war reproduction fabrics.
|English Paper Piecing - Irish Chain Quilt|
I procrastinated for as long as possible by doing a lot of online research about civil war quilts, but with the unexpected fabric search and knowing I had to send it abroad, panic set in. I also knew I only had a few windows of opportunity to get the project done. Finally, I ended up stitching an Irish Chain quilt, hand stitching it using English Paper Piecing. Living in the UK, my knowledge of the American Civil War is largely based on what I learnt watching 'Gone With The Wind'. Following through on this theme, Wikipedia informed me that the colours red and green are used symbolically throughout the original book by Margaret Mitchell. So along with this and Scarlett's Irish descendancy, an Irish Chain seemed appropriate.
|Hand quilting - cross hatch|
|Mini Irish Chain Quilt - Doll Quilt Swap - 16" x 20.5"|
Just to add to the panic, I noticed on the internet that several quilters taking part in the Doll Quilt Swap had already completed their quilts and had received them. I am pleased to say that once labelled, this little quilt is now heading across the Atlantic to a recipient who is part of the swap.
Thanks Lori for organising the Doll Quilt Swap! You will be able to see all the Doll Quilts made in the swap in a few weeks time over at Humble Quilts.
Joining up with Confessions and Crazy Mom Quilts.