Sleeping dog quilts

The key turns out to be a "Plain Block" that is written into the program. It existence of the Plain Block not readily apparent. You really have to know it’s available. I use EQ8 on my iMac. The drop down list with the Plain Block can be found by clicking on three light grey dots "…" in the bar over the blocks from the Block library. (I gather that this drop down list appears in Windows when you click on an empty space between blocks the block tool bar).

One of the choices in the drop down list is "add plain block". This adds a plain square to the blocks you can choose from. Once dropped on the quilt it can be moved around and changed to any size using the "adjust" button. When you have a block you like, you can copy and paste it as many times as you wish.

Just brilliant…once you know how. My design problems now have a very easy solution!

PS: I did this tutorial in May. Look what popped up on the May 13, 2018 Electric Quilt Newsletter! It was fun to find my project quilt highlighted. I had shared this photo at the end of the lesson on their website. I don’t have any business/financial ties to Electric Quilt–clearly they liked what I designed so they shared in their newsletter. (The link in the photo below isn’t active. But it is the same as the link in the first paragraph above).

I scanned this to my computer and then flipped the drawing horizontally. For fused applique, pattern pieces need to be a mirror image of the original drawing. I made 3 copies of the inverted drawing so I could cut up the pictures to make patterns to cut pieces to make a raw-edge applique. It’s important to have multiple copies as it’s not possible to cut out all the parts from one copy.

First fuse the Heat-n-Bond to the BACK side of each fabric. (This product includes excellent directions for its use). Then using a pencil, trace around each pattern piece on the paper side of the fused Heat’n Bond. Cut out each component of the applique. Remove the paper and fuse to the pillow cover. Stitch around each piece using either a narrow width zig-zag stitch with a very short stitch length or use a blanket stitch if your machine has one. Before you start sewing: Practice the stitching on some scraps of the fused fabric to see what works best on your sewing machine and which type of stitching you prefer. I used a zig-zag on this piece.

My brother gave me a gift certificate to Weir Crafts for Christmas. One of the items I purchased was a bag of doll skin scraps in assorted skin tones. I’ve only used skin fabric imported from the Netherlands and I wanted to see this American fabric. I also wanted to have some fabric to experiment or practice with that wasn’t so precious as the rather expensive brand new tubes of imported knit fabric.

One the things I have really needed to practice is making heads. On my larger dolls I tend to get mixed results…sometimes they are perfect, other times the heads nod a bit (endearing but they aren’t supposed to nod) and the neck is sometimes a bit wrinkled. So I’ve been making little heads and things have been looking up! (No pun intended)!!

Josie, the doll above is 8" tall. She is a very small classic Waldorf type doll with straight legs and outstretched arms. I used a pattern in the book Making Waldorf Dolls by Maricristin Sealey but decreased the pattern size 70% to match one of the heads I’d made. Her head is stable and they aren’t any wrinkles, but when I make this doll again, I’ll make the head a little bigger and the arms a bit shorter. But I do love that you can put this doll’s arms over her head like a ballerina!

The pattern calls for all solid fabrics. I had the solids, but looking at my stash I realized I had enough small/subtle fabrics of similar color and shades to make a scrappy quilt. I thought it might be more interesting to see some slight color gradations in the finished quilt. But that made the quilt significantly harder to make! Fortunately, only one of my fabrics had clearly directional design. I chose to turn that directional fabric 3 ways intentionally so it wouldn’t matter which way this square quilt is used.

The plus signs directions in the book are all strip pieced. Obviously that won’t work if you chose to make a scrappy quilt. I’m sharing the cutting instructions to make a scrappy quilt but you will need a copy of the book to make the quilt. You need to really pay attention when piecing this quilt. I was really trying to be careful but I still to do a bit of un-sewing! These cutting instructions are only for the plus signs, not the finished blocks. Each of the middle size blue plus signs in my quilt are a different fabric so the plus signs will be pieced individually, not strip pieced.