Friday, March 13, 2015

The Marsala Quilt and My Doll Quilt Finish

Working with the color 'Marsala' has proved to be irresistible to me. Not sure why as the color is singularly unimpressive, but challenges often make it easier for me to willingly step out of my comfort zone. Good  for all of us, stepping out of our little boxes occasionally .
Getting ready to sew some Crossroads blocks....
Awhile back I found an interesting block called 'Crossroads' or 'Crossed Roads to Texas'. It was in an older book {The Collector's Dictionary of Quilt Names and Patterns by Yvonne M. Khin} that I picked up second hand somewhere. The block has been kind of buzzing around in my quilty thoughts ever since and then, combined with the Marsala idea, it all sort of melded into my latest quilt start.
A few blocks ready to be trimmed and some applique added....
There are no actual directions in the book, but it was easy enough to figure things out. I'll admit to doing some dithering over whether or not to make the circle pieces with applique or curved piecing--both have their advantages. And yes, even though I'm practically drowning in applique work lately, I ended up settling for just that. I am such an admirer of  the primitive and folksy look a little judicious {and imprecise} cutting and sewing can give to a quilt.
Auditioning some potential circles. I think we'll go with a more roundish shape....
Now to find the time. haha I can see that I'm going to have to make another goal list in order to get anything done in that department. Maybe if I eliminate the hours I sleep?*wink
Second finish of the year...
The little doll quilt finished up very nice and after looking through several stores, I finally found the doll bottles I wanted at Fred Meyers. We already attended a bridal shower today and now for my nieces birthday party tonight. Maybe I should skip dinner too?


  1. I'm always looking for applique too. Interesting new quilt you've started, I think it looks good. Cute little doll quilt.

  2. What a sweet little doll quilt. Interesting start. You'll do it Julie. It's not a race after all, so what if you don't get it finished tomorrow.

  3. Very special new project, a color I have never used. Looking forward to seeing what you will do next with it.

  4. I wish time and energy would keep up with the ideas!

  5. Absolutely in love with this little doll quilt! Marsala color was as well irresistible for me for many years. I did a sampler in these tunes. It makes me think I should take pictures of it and post it some day...

  6. The doll quilt is adorable. I like the color Marsala...very rich! :)

  7. What a lovely bunch of Marsala you had on hand. I don't think I have a single piece of fabric I could call Marsala even though I do love it. Your Marsala challenge quilt looks to be awesome.

    I always liked those little doll bottles that you could turn upside down and the fake milk inside looked like it disappeared like the doll drank it. Magic!

  8. I love how you add applique to your quilts so often. Makes me rethink some of my projects...forever in the works.
    blessings, jill

  9. Cute doll quilt, I really love the fabric :) I like where your going with the marsala quilt too. If only we could trade a little sleep for more sewing time, I would get in line for that.

  10. I'll be very interested to watch this new quilt grow (it's not a colour that excites me either, but I'm pretty sure I'll like this by the time you're done). As for sleep and food, who needs them?

  11. That green is great with the deep red blocks


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