Last week I participated in a fun challenge sponsored by Kim Lapaecks called "Project Quilting". This is a continuing project and details can be found in her blog http://kimscraftyapple.blogspot.com/ . The last challenge was the "Apple Blossoms Challenge" and we were to find inspiration in a group of photographs of the Lapaecks' apple orchard. Some of the photographs included pictures of Kim's daughters playing among the trees and these photographs are where I found my inspiration.
I was inspired by pictures of her daughters to create a cute little doll called,
I created a simple doll form foundation, layered it with batting and then proceeded to make a "quilt as you go" layer of a variety of pink 2 1/2 inch strips. To make this doll child friendly I drew the face on with permanent fabric markers and the hair and apple blossom are machine stitched securly onto the body. The doll is stuffed with polyester fiberfil and the back of the doll is a soft polyester fleece so that it makes a cuddly pillow to lay your head on. I look forward to entering more of Kim's challenges and see what other new and exciting challenges will come.
The challenge is to complete your project in a week and post pictures on Kim's flikr account. At the end of the week all projects go up for a public vote on Kim's blog where prizes are awarded to the winning project and a public winner is also chosen so there are two chances to win.
Project Quilting is open to anyone that wants to participate, so if you quilt check it out and get inspired. The next challenge will be posted at noon on Sunday, May 9, 2010.