I have been collecting embroidered doilies for some
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!
Look forward to seeing the finished quilt and what else you are going to do with the larger ones. Take care & hugs.
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!
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
I love this! Way to preserve old art.
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.
This is so pretty. The stitchers of the doilies would be so pleased to see them being used in a quilt.
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!
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.
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.
These are all looking very very pretty! I like the mix of white & darker lights, adds more interest.
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