Sunday, June 19, 2022

Ditsy Doileys

 I have been collecting embroidered doilies for some 

time now,

sourcing them mainly from op shops around the state 

and even in Tasmania on a trip there last year.

I was also gathering vintage fabric and ditsy prints to 

use in my quilt making.

I had to steel myself cutting into the first couple of 


but once the pretty patches started to grow, it became 


I had to make some of them square with low volume fabrics....

Then I bordered them with the floral fabrics to make 

them 8" (finished) square.

I felt their pretty designs needed some breathing space, 

so cut 1 1/2" white and cream strips to border them 


Then I felt they were a bit 'white' so introduced some 

beige and browner tones.....

I'll continue to cut and piece and border, until I have 49 

blocks in total, to give a quilt which will finish at 70" 


And when a doily is too big or too lovely to cut up....

I'm working on another project!

Happy sewing!



Susan Smith said...

Look forward to seeing the finished quilt and what else you are going to do with the larger ones. Take care & hugs.

dutchcomfort said...

Susan, this is such a lovely and sweet project! When I first started blogging and I discovered some blogs from Australian quilters, I had no idea what the word doiley meant, but I soon found out. They are gorgeous and such great finds!

Redfinch said...

What a lovely idea! I have some old family linens that will be perfect for this--thank you for the inspiration. Ruth in VA, USA

smithcindyk said...

I love this! Way to preserve old art.

FlourishingPalms said...

What a lovely way to use your collected doilies and ditsy prints! I've never heard that term - "ditsy" - but in context it's easy to figure out what you were referring to. This is gonna be such a pretty quilt, with lots to look at and appreciate. Don't you wish that those who've stitched the embroideries could see what you've done with them? They'd be amazed, and proud to be included in your quilt.

Needled Mom said...

This is so pretty. The stitchers of the doilies would be so pleased to see them being used in a quilt.

KitKat said...

Thank you for this post. I, too, have a collection of doilies and a great fear of cutting into them. You've given me the courage and great ideas to get started. Bless you!

GO STARS! said...

This is lovely! What a great way to show off things that are usually put away into a cabinet never to see the light of day.

Karen S said...

What a wonderful collection of doilies. And what a fantastic way to use them. These blocks are looking great. I can see a lovely quilt ahead.

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

These are all looking very very pretty! I like the mix of white & darker lights, adds more interest.

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