Monday, May 3, 2010

My Very Own Dollies!

Life is so much easier without arm restrictions and look - at last - I have simplified Dancing Dollies © - it has been on my agenda for many years and I played around when I couldn't stitch, with ruler and templates slipping and sliding. Now I have made a block substitute for GT&SB! Next on my agenda - a cot quilt! For all you kind girls who have asked for a pattern, hopefully it is within the foreseeable future now!

No Quit Police around here - I use good quality polyester thread for my applique stitching, I've tried them all and just like the result the best - though I must try Aurafil! I often use freezer-paper shiny side up, pin it to the background then blind stitch it. That's where the little forceps above come in handy - I make a little opening on the back to pull the freezer paper out.

Keep the little advertising cards from your quilting magazines - a lovely weight in cardboard to make little circles to draw up for the heads of the dollies! Happy day!

33 Lovely People said ...:

O'Quilts said...

Both clever and adorable

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Just so cute Lurline....

ivoryspring said...

I just found your blog - love it! Your dollies are super cute.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh how wonderful to see you back and doing what you love. They are just darling!! Love the rick rack too!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

So absolutely wonderful Lurline!

Maree: said...

Love the Fabrics in the Dollies...they are Sweet..looking forward to your Pattern...
cheers

Mistea said...

The dollies look super sweet in those colours love the little pink scallops at the bottom.

Glad you can get back to it after the inconvenience of the shoulder issue.
Look forward to seeing more of your creations.
Enjoy

Julia said...

Looks lovely Lurline...very cute!
Hugs Julia ♥

Notjustnat said...

I love it Lurline. I have been wanting to make these dollies for years now and I think I will after seeing yours. I use the same applique technique as you. Thanks for sharing - Hugs Nat

Vicki said...

I love your ladies :) I bet you are feeling fab now that your splint has come off. :)

Janet said...

The dollies are really cute Lurline. Great job!

PatchworkRose said...

Just love them Lurline and I also love Aurifil. Is the most wonderful thread for topsitching on clothing too
Glad to see you now have needle and thread in hand :-)
Cheers
Lynne

Margaret said...

Oh, I love them so much! I've always admired your lovely dollies. I would so love a pattern!

Teresa said...

I love your dollies!! Congrats on being able to stitch and sew with fewer restrictions!!

Barb said...

how funny -
I make my berries and cherries a the same way. The cards are free and the perfect weight!
your dollie's are wonderful!

Lori Holt said...

Just ADORABLE Lurline. So sweet in thier little cotton dress prints! I love the little pink scallop...sweet.
x
lori

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Being out of commission has not hurt your incredible technique. Love these little ladies. I adore your work.

Sue-Anne said...

Your Dancing Dollies are very pretty Lurline. Thanks for the tip about those subscription cards.

Cybele's patch said...

The dollies are gorgeous. Have you tried silk to applique. It works wonderful and stitches are invisible.

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

I just love those sweet smaller ladies--you did a great job on them--good for you!!!!
Hugs, Di

West Michigan Quilter said...

Love your dollies. Very cute!

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Love your dollies and even a little green advise given. Can't wait for the pattern. So glad your arm is doing better.

Nedra said...

I was in the car with Pam Holland yesterday morning and she was answering e-mails, and she said "Lurline says hello". It made our world feel like such a small place! We've had such a wonderful time with Pam here.
Very lovely dollies you've been appliqueing.

Rumi said...

Lovely dollies Lurline! I'm sure you are so glad to be out of that sling!

~ Phyllis ~ said...

Oh my, Lurline. The dollies are beautiful. So colorful. I love them. Your blog is such a feast for the eyes.

fuska said...

beutiful ladies. they are dancing. lovely

Karen said...

Good to see some of those Dancing Dollies. I know you have had those on your plate for a while!

Dixie said...

Your dollies are precious. So glad you are on the mend!

Maggey and Jim said...

Lurline, what a fun group. looks like you are enjoying your time together. I love the dollies, they are so cute.. and the spools are lovely, I would like to make one someday..
HUgs
Maggey

Darlene said...

I'm glad you're able to enjoy your stitching again. Your dollies are adorable - very sweet indeed.

Mel said...

YAY dollies!!!

Ineke van den Akker said...

Just love this!
greetings from Holland,
Ineke

Carmiña said...

Hello Lurline,
Your dollies are different, lovely and you have a beautiful blog.
Thans for share