August 4, 2010

Little Miss Puddlestomper

I've finally started working on my Doll Quilt Swap project again. I fused the puddle and umbrella to the background, and I made a to-scale sketch of my little girl and translated that onto fabric. It was never a question that she'd be a redhead like me ;)

To finish the top, all I need to do is start the raw-edge stitching. With the exception of the umbrella and her hair, I'm going to use charcoal thread to outline/detail everything.

The only thing I'm uncertain about is the gust of wind. I didn't like how the hat laid on the ground, and I felt like I needed something in the middle to fill the "dead zone", so I thought a gust of wind whisking it away would be cute. I like the idea, but I'm not sure how I feel about the placement or the fabric. I looked everywhere, and it's the closest I could find to what I had in mind. I wanted a print that had a direction/flow to it that felt like wind, but I'm not crazy about how the color looks with the rest of the quilt. It's light and kind of see-through, which is what I want, but I just don't know. Would more (small) swirls balance it out and make it stick out less? I'm leaning toward taking it out...but if I keep it, I'm going to add a few tiny leaves and bits swirling around in there as well...and there will also be some darker blue swirly stitching to augment it.

I'd really love to hear what you have to say, dear readers (all 5 of you..hehe). Please comment if you have some advice or inspiration for me!!!


I'd go for a few small swirlies -- around and over. Or instead of one big ol' gust, maybe several thin gusts swirling together. Yeah.... and then stitched gusts. That's my input.

Overall -- LOVE IT!

Wow, it is a lovely mini quilt- the rain fabric works very well. My daughter is a long haired read head- age 10 so maybe taller than this little one! Many of the other fabrics have strong vertical e.g the 'rain' and the lines in hope valley (?) green and the flower pattern- maybe the swirls in the gust are not as dynamic( although the swirls in the clouds work great!). I like your idea of linking it with tiny leaves/debris, but it could also work with just stitching lines and little leaves and no gust fabric. Sorry, long comment there!

this looks amazing!!!! personally, i think the gust of wind is a little too big, maybe stitched or embroidered smaller gusts will look better? but seriously, this looks AMAZING!!

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