The June Bug Doll Quilt

Hi guys!  Those of you that have followed my blog for a while know that whenever I release a new pattern, I like to do a companion tutorial.  For the June Bug pattern, I'm showing you how I made this little cherry quilt!

I'm not really a quilter--at least not yet--but I think there's just something so incredibly charming about a doll quilt.  Since it's so small, it comes together easily. It's the perfect companion to my newest doll pattern! I've made my kids lots of dolls before, but I think these little dolls might be my favorite.  I feel like the more I made dolls for my girls, the better that they get.  These dolls are just so incredibly soft and cuddly.  I love everything about them, down to their little sculpted belly buttons!  If you are looking for a doll project that's truly a really special special gift, I think you'll really like this one.

I can't wait to see the variations of this pattern that you all come up with, both for the dolls and the quilt. 

For now though...who is ready to make a mini quilt!

Here's what you'll need:

You will need a 13.5x18.5 in piece of batting for the quilt center.

½ yard of lightweight fabric for the border strips and quilt backing. 

30 2.5 inch squares cut from quilting cotton

An approximately 3 inch x 10.5 inch rectangle strip for the top of the patchwork

Small pieces of felt for the cherries and leaves

Embroidery floss for the cherries, plus additional for quilt embellishments

Hand quilting thread

Basic sewing supplies

The quilt is made of 30 2.5 inch squares, with a 3 inch wide white fabric trim at the top.  Then it is framed with 2.5 inch border strips.  You will sew them together with a ¼ inch seam allowance.  The finished quilt is 13 x 18 inches.  The seam allowance is ¼ inch.  

Begin by cutting 30 2.5 inch squares, and arrange them as desired.  Cut out the cherry pieces from felt using the provided template.   

Sew the squares together, making one row at a time.  It’s very important here to make sure that you are very accurate with your seam allowance so that the pieces line up well.  Press. Follow by sewing the rows together.  Try to make sure that the squares line up as closely as possible. 
Once you finished the patchwork part of your quilt, cut a 3 inch white rectangle to attach to the top row of the quilt. 

Place your cherries where you’d like them, then attach with embroidery floss.  Add a running stitch along the top white strip if desired.

Next we are going to add a 3 inch border to your quilt.  Cut 3 inch strips.  Cut the side strips to match the length of your quilt front, including the length of the white border piece.  Placing the right sides together, add each side border.  Then cut a 3 inch border to attach to the top and bottom of the quilt.  Finally, cut a matching size back of quilt piece.  This quilt front piece and the quilt back piece should be about 13.5x18.5 inches in size.  Cut a matching sized piece of batting. 
Place the quilt front so that it is facing the “right” side of the quilt back.  Position your batting underneath these pieces.  Then sew all around the edges, leaving a 2 inch piece open at the base of the quilt. Turn right side out. 
Fold under the raw edges of the quilt and then use the ladder stitch to close the opening. 

Hand quilt as desired.  I used hand quilting thread to do a vertical diagonal line through every square, in an alternating fashion.  
I shared this project on Sew Can She's link party!  See the rest of the projects here.

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