Today is my stop on Elea Lutz’s Dolly Book Tour and I’m feeling very honoured to be included in helping Elea celebrate her second book. Elea was the inspiration behind me becoming a blogger (when she reached out for me to join her blog tour to celebrate her Strawberry Biscuit collection a few years ago). And I am so glad Elea encouraged me to blog because I have had so many wonderful creative opportunities including sewing for this blog tour!
Dolly Book, Elea’s first publication with Riley Blake Designs, is perfect if like me you want to recreate those memories of your childhood. Like Elea I had a rag doll that I absolutely loved growing up, and now thanks to her book, my 7 week old niece has one just like the one I had.
This was actually only second time I had made a soft toy and it is definitely very beginner friendly thanks to Elea’s well written and simple instructions. PS if you are concerned about stitching the dolly’s face Elea and Penny Rose have got you covered – with fusible felt eyelashes!! In fact you can also buy a Dolly Making Kit which would be the perfect Christmas gift for someone wanting to try doll making!
I am also incredibly blessed to have my niece due with her second baby so the second
project I choose is Dolly’s Own Mini Quilt. However as I wanted to make a baby quilt and not a mini quilt I enlarged the measurements slightly. I made 16 blocks, (increasing from the original 9) and then added a white solid border of 3 1/2 inches wide and then a second floral border also of 3 1/2 inches wide.
I used Elea’s latest collection with Penny Rose Little Dolly for my fabric and hand quilted around each flower and block using Aurifil thread in 12 weight. I absolutely adore the result and most importantly so does my niece!
I love and admire Elea and her designs so much and I really encourage you to pop over to her blog to read the inspiration behind her book Dolly. You can also see the full list of bloggers who have created gorgeous items from the book and although I will be sad to see this tour come to an end, I can not wait to see Nadra’s project! Nadra will be closing the blog tour this Friday so make sure you visit her blog Ellis and Higgs to see what she has made!
Happy Dolly Sewing!