Since I finished up the Framed Nine Patch, my design wall is currently empty. I have an idea for a new project, but it will have to wait. I seem to have developed a new obsession.
You may remember earlier this spring I mentioned that I found an 18" doll in excellent condition at a local thrift store, and for $4 I couldn't resist. Just the doll, no clothing or anything. My excuse is that I can spend the rest of this year making clothes for her, then gift her to my 7-year old great niece for Christmas. Here she is in her dress from April:
I've named her Gracie, but my little niece can name her whatever she likes later.
I may have gotten a little carried away with making things for her. I picked up some baby things at the thrift store thinking I could modify them or use the fabric. I also found a commercial pattern that has basic pieces - shirt, pants, shoes - that I can modify as needed to make pretty much anything.
So Gracie now has tights, a nightie (made from an infant onesie), a purse, and shoes. And a cami with lace trim.
I planned to make one outfit or accessory set a month from April to Christmas. I'll definitely end up with more than that - I've become obsessed with making things for this doll. Pattern-making in 3D is different than pattern design for quilts, and I'm using skills I haven't used in years. I'm having fun with it. Maybe in my retirement I've entered my second childhood???!
Anyway, that's what I'm working on while I figure out what quilting project to work on next. Check out the quilting projects on everyone's design walls over at Patchwork Times.