Emma’s Quilt

by Nicole

Meet Emma.

She is one of the dolls in our family.

She has been in desperate need of a quilt, so much so that my girls have been using my mini quilts as doll quilts. I took that as a hint.

So I made this quilt for Emma.

Emma's quilt

It was inspired by the postage stamp quilt in Denyse Schmidt’s book, Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration.

My 5-year old daughter was my co-designer/co-creator of the quilt. I asked her what color she thought the quilt should be. “Orange!” was her reply. Luckily, I have a ton of orange scraps just waiting to be cut into 1.5″ squares. I used mostly solids in different shades of orange and added some off-white scraps. I included bits of blue here and there to cool down the orange a bit. I also included a few animal prints just for fun.

Using Denyse’s paper bag technique took the guess work out of which squares to sew together. The result was a nice randomness throughout the quilt.

I quilted diagonal straight lines – triple diagonal lines in one direction and a single diagonal in the other direction.

Emma's quilt_closeup

Once I put the quilt on Emma’s bed, I realized that something was missing. So I made this little pillow to match.

Emma's pillow

And on top of needing a quilt, Emma also needed some new clothes since half the time she’s lying around the house in the nude. I stitched up this denim jumper for her using a pair of my husband’s old jeans. It felt good to upcycle!


Our little Emma is in better shape now: a new quilt, pillow and jumper. And I’ve got three finishes to show for it!

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Gertie Pye July 26, 2013 - 12:10 pm

Just too cute! Is her name on the pillow paper pieced? You are just a wizard with these teeny makes! Love the little pairs of eyes peeping out of some of the squares x

Carla July 26, 2013 - 12:53 pm

How adorable! She looks very pleased : )

Jolana July 26, 2013 - 1:19 pm

Oh, your little Emma is lucky girl!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ It is gorgeous to be a doll in your house πŸ™‚
Have a wonderful weekend, Jolana

wish2stitch July 26, 2013 - 1:42 pm

Your daughter must be thrilled!! (and Emma too of course). The pillow is so cute and I love how the eyes in the animal fabric pop out at you.

Debbie July 26, 2013 - 2:15 pm

Super cute!

Paige July 26, 2013 - 2:46 pm

That is darling! No dollies live at my house but maybe my niece has one in need of a quilt!

West Michigan Quilter July 26, 2013 - 2:50 pm

Adorable! I bet your daughter is thrilled!

cyndiofthevortex July 26, 2013 - 3:17 pm

I'm so impressed with how productive you are! And so talented! You're a good mama.

BillieBee (billiemick) July 26, 2013 - 3:54 pm

Love Emma and her quilt!

Jessica Hadden July 26, 2013 - 3:59 pm

Emma must be the luckiest doll in the world!!! Just do not be suprised if tomorrow, she is nude again- SIGH! πŸ™‚

Sandy July 26, 2013 - 4:28 pm

More adorable items to inspire us with! I'm so impressed with your perfectly matching tiny squares. Thanks for sharing.

MaterialGirlQuilts July 26, 2013 - 4:29 pm

There almost too much cuteness in this post to stand! Love it all.

Kris from Duke Says Sew What July 26, 2013 - 4:34 pm

What a stunning little quilt and an adorable pillow! The colors are so fun!

Alli July 26, 2013 - 6:11 pm

Oh my goodness, how small is that pillow? Emma's name came out so neatly! You did a wonderful job! πŸ™‚

Tamie July 26, 2013 - 7:20 pm

What a sweet mom you are. Love the quilt, pillow and dress.

Katy Cameron July 26, 2013 - 7:22 pm

Perfect new bedding and outfit!

Mary Marcotte July 26, 2013 - 8:54 pm

Too cute! Emma's name is beautifully stitched! I found a way to avoid all that nudity around our house…sew doll clothing closed once the doll is dressed. Just a few tailor tacks between buttons will do. Of course, then there's no option to change clothing.

Izzy July 26, 2013 - 10:16 pm

How cute is that pillow! I love it.

Tammy July 26, 2013 - 11:47 pm

Super adorable

Kathy@KayakQuilting July 27, 2013 - 12:27 am

Emma is one lucky doll! Oh my…all those little squares in the quilt! Orange is the perfect happy color for both Emma and her best friend!

Lauren Deel July 27, 2013 - 2:42 am

This is so adorable – I love it all! Especially those teeny-tiny stitches!

Adrianne July 27, 2013 - 12:01 pm

This is so cute! Wow, that paper piecing must be tiny! Your daughters are lucky to have a mama like you.

Cynthia@aquilterbynight July 27, 2013 - 12:45 pm

So cute – all three pieces and especially the quilt. Makes me wish my daughters were little girls again ;).

JHNickodemus July 27, 2013 - 3:54 pm

So cute! Love that pillow and the pop of the quilt!

pandchintz July 28, 2013 - 10:37 pm

So very sweet – I bet Emma is the best dressed and best bed dressed doll in the neighbourhood!!

Rx for Quilting July 29, 2013 - 4:12 am

wow! amazing and very cute. im sure your little one is very happy! love your work and thanks for sharing.

Joy July 30, 2013 - 1:08 am

Oh you are so talented… I love it all… I am sure your girls think you are the best momma ever.

Peggy July 30, 2013 - 5:11 am

Holy cow – that is SO unbelievably cute!!! I LOVE the pillow. How on earth did you paper piece such a tiny pillow??? Unless, of course, Emma is actually a gigantic sized doll… πŸ™‚

Lisa August 1, 2013 - 2:04 am

Too cute. Where did you get Emma? My girls would love a dollie like Emma.

Heidi Staples August 1, 2013 - 4:02 am

Oh my word, Nicole, I absolutely LOVE these!!!

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