Thursday, April 24, 2014

A doll quilt

Hey guys,

This morning I was busy with hand sewing I thought I'll read me some blogs while I sewed. I went to my feedly and sadly there were only a handful of new blog posts to read. Is it me or have many bloggers stopped blogging? Some do write a post now and then but there are a big number who have completely stopped for a year. As I went through my feed, I noticed those blogs which are run like businesses are most active.

In my mind, there are a few kinds of blogs:
- blogs which I nickname directory blogs ... an example would be a bag tutorials site... this kind of blog survives on advertising
- blogs which are non-monetary, no ads, no sponsored posts, no pushing of products
- blogs which are like mine, small audience , a few ads and yes, pushing of my products
- blogs which became wildly successful and have personal posts as well as sponsored posts which are cleverly written so they don't come across as selling out
- blogs which promote other blogs, products for a fee

Oh, don't get me wrong but I tend to skip the last kind of blog unless I'm looking for something specific. I admire blogs run like businesses. I wish I know how to be that good. Such blogs are popular because they meet the needs of hunger readers.

Admiring is one thing. When it comes to reading blogs, my personal preference is to follow the daily life of whoever the blogger is. What did she make? What did she cook? What are her thoughts? Does she looove the colour turquoise? What made her love the colour turquoise? Stuff like that. And these bloggers aren't celebrities. Just ordinary folks like you and me who have somehow wormed their way into my life. (like I have into yours)

Anyway, what's the point of all these rambling? Well, despite all the signs of a decline in blogging, I've decided to revive an old blog. When I began blogging in 2007, I started out with a bang with 3 blogs. I gave up on the other two because Projects By Jane took over my life. But now that I have 3 new dolls, I've decided to resurrect my dolls blog Dressed Up Dolls. In fact today I wrote one new post for it here.

Remember the Dorset feather stitchery sampler I was making? It's done!

First I want to show you the backside. Some people are really bothered by the untidy stitching on the back. But I find them quite interesting especially against the polka dot backing.

This little quilt will is for my Pullip doll. If I were to make this for sale, I would not use running stitches to hold the binding because that would not survive numerous washing. Since it's for my doll, I thought the running stitches are so cute.

Check out the back.

Very zen.

See how she's barely tolerating the photo session.

She's so pretty she deserves a new bed. That will be my next project!

Linking to: Sew can she, Sew Many Ways and The Inspired Wren


Laurie-Jane said...

Love it all, your stitches are gorgeous I like a paisley pattern. I too like a blog where you get to know the person and look forward to a visit like your blog.

Corinna said...

Did I missed it? What's here name? And what about her "sisters" you got 3 I remember :-) adorable

Bethany said...

Oh I love that!! The colors are so pretty!!! That would be pretty as a wall-hanging too.

Sandra :) said...

Your mini quilt is sweet - very colourful and fun - the polka dot fabric backing/binding is the perfect addition!

Linda said...

What beautiful embroidery! Your little doll looks like she's really enjoying her new quilt!
Yes, I know I've not been blogging as regularly as I have in the past either, but I have been plagued with computer problems for months on end. (Then there was the fire, of course!) My new laptop crashed after only two months of use and we are not ready to buy a new PC yet. All of this really makes it difficult to blog regularly. I am borrowing my husband's laptop to comment now and only because he brought it home from work for a few days. I long for carefree days when I can blog again about the things I'm making. I think that time will come again, just not right away!

Jane McLellan said...

I do like the doll quilt! Yes, those are the sort of blogs I like reading too.

Jane said...

oh my gosh. the stitching is beautiful!! really really love it. and the colors are quite attractive.

Chris H said...

I love your little stitchery, and your doll is gorgeous. Yes, she deserves a new bed for sure.

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

The stitchery AND the doll are adorable ! Love the bright colors :)

Ren said...

That stitching is gorgeous! The colors, the variation in stitches, it works so well. I'd love to see you join us at the Inspire Us Thursdays link party on

Cheri the Quilting Nanny said...

Very pretty and unique! I sew doll quilts and gave to my grand daughters for christmas last year...they loved them. I told the too, that it isn't only for their dolls, they can take the little blanket outside to sit on in the grass or under the tree! They love doing that. Found you on Sew Many Ways linky!

Suzee said...

Hi Jane!! I still read your blog.. maybe a few days late but I do lol
I slacked off a bit blogging myself.. mainly I'm just busy. Sad excuse?? :( I have noticed some of my blogs as well not posting as much.. I'm thinking IG has taken over the blog community??
Its fast and easy...
I love your little doll and quilt.. the detail stitching is so good!!

Do you still make to sell for Vivocity?? Did I spell that right??

Ren said...

Thanks for linking up!

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