A reader named Libby has been following my posts about doll quilts and asked, “Do you have a display of all your doll quilts? I'd love to see how you show/use them.”
19" x 22"
hand appliqued, hand quilted
© Diane Burdin,1991
I’ve never had much luck displaying doll quilts. Those charming groupings and tablescapes you see in magazines and online are inspirational, but as soon as I try to create one, my quilt becomes a magnet for clutter. Jim moves them off the coffee table so he can put his feet up, and guests mistake them for coasters. I get tired of the tug of war we play, shuffling them from one surface to another, so I don’t bother putting small quilts out any more.
This tulip is a Gwen Marston design. The pattern used to come in a package of Fairfield batting, although, as Gwen herself admits, who needs a pattern? Just cut one from folded paper. I used Roberta Horton woven plaids and stripes, added a saw tooth border and quilted it with my favorite folky fan pattern.
Many of my yard sale finds have ended up in the laundry room too: an old grater, butter paddles, wooden chopping board and cookie press,
clothesline winder, cabbage grater and a towel hook made by my friend Laurie from a silver fork and spoon.
Now, if I could only be that clever with quilt displays!