I don’t know when I’ve had so much fun designing quilt blocks. It all goes back to a few months ago when my little granddaughter came for a visit. She’s all girl, lives in a world of pink, and loves paper dolls. Before she arrived, I purchased the Princess set of “paper” dolls made by Melissa & Doug. Of course, they’re not paper at all but sturdy pressed wood with magnetic ability to hold all the clothing to the doll. Where was Melissa and Doug when I was young?
As I watched her dress the doll this way and that, my brain began translating the activity into fabric and fusibles. So I went to work drawing simple little dresses, skirts, tops, vests, jackets, collars, and other clothing items on paper. I then adhered the pieces to card stock and cut them out to serve as my templates.
Since the pieces were small, I did a test block to make sure the entire process “worked.” Worked it did, and so I’m now beginning a new appliqué quilt block series that I believe you will thoroughly enjoy sewing and quilting along with me. At this point, I’ve only constructed two blocks so this is a work-in-progress. I haven’t even come to a final decision on lattice or block borders. But first things first–on to the blocks.
Every time I post a new paper doll quilt block, you will find the necessary appliqué files in the blue BOX in the right margin of the blog. Click on the file you need and choose “download.” The files are in PDF format and copyrighted for your personal use only. Feel free to use them for quilted gifts and charity items but not for commercial use of any kind. If you have any questions regarding use of the files, just email me.
Once you’ve downloaded the files, print the appliqué pieces, cut them out, and adhere them to something substantial like cardstock. (I find that spray adhesives that gum up your needle and you wouldn’t think of using again with fabric work great for this purpose.)
I hope you enjoy making these paper doll blocks along with me. In fact, I would love to see all the cute outfits you come up with from the various mix-and-match appliqué pieces I’ll be posting.