Sunday, February 4, 2018

Sweet DREAMIs!


DREAMI, if you don't know, stands for DRop Everything And Make It! Also known as a quilting squirrel, it's a project that you just can't resist and have to make RIGHT NOW.


This week I learned about another neat charity, called A Doll Like Me. Amy sews soft, sweet dolls that share a physical disability with their young owner. It might be a scar, a birthmark, or a missing limb. It might be a bald doll for a tiny chemo patient. As a pediatric nurse, Amy sees how powerful and healing it is for children to love dolls that look like themselves. 


Bernie at Needle and Foot put out a call for quilters to make some tiny quilts to go with these amazing dolls, and I just couldn't resist stitching up these three. I had some left over blocks from one of my first Project Linus quilts. I thought the bright, happy jungle animals might bring a smile.


At around 20"x24" each, these little pieces stitched up super fast and I was able to make them all in a single day. I quilted them with a quick stipple and bound them all in the same blue stripe. 

I have a niece who had open heart surgery as a baby. When she was a little girl, she struggled with the large scar on her upper chest, always worrying that she looked "different." These quilts were made in her honor.


Making them was definitely a SQUIRREL! moment, so I'm calling them Kit 1, Kit 2, and Kit 3, since baby squirrels are called kits. I tested Kit 2 on Big Daddy, who rides on my husband's scooter. A perfect fit!


My scooter has a bear, too, named Eddy Jr. He's has been out in the rain for a while, his fur is starting to shed, and he's got a thin layer of road grime on him. He doesn't mind, but I didn't want to muss up the quilt. Big Daddy and the scooter he rides are both brand new and very clean, because they replace a bike and bear that were stolen from us mere weeks ago. That is a sad and sordid tale that I'll leave for another time, but you might notice the big cable lock around both front tires. We are sadder, wiser and more paranoid now.

16 comments:

Fiona said...

oh gosh you are so quick and do such lovely quilts.... how lovely to get around on the scooters and so annoying to have one taken... and the bear too!!!
Hugz

Anonymous said...

Sew cute! Claudia

Dar said...

What a wonderful idea for making quilts for patients to reflect their differences. You are so good to make them as quickly as you do.

Lisa Marie said...

So, so cute! I love this doll quilt project too and made my first little quilt for it over the weekend. Making happy quilts for kids is just too much fun to resist.

piecefulwendy said...

I read this post last night but on my phone, so wanted to come back and comment. Love the quilts and the pictures on the scooters! (Is that a pretzel up top on the picture of your boat??)

Vicki in MN said...

So wonderful you just were able to whip these up. They will be loved to pieces:) So sorry to hear you got a bike stolen. I know, personally, it is a very strange feeling and you feel violated when someone just takes something of yours.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Another great comfort quilt project!!!

Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting said...

Sweet! Love your scooter bear models. You could also link up to Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts: http://www.sliceofpiquilts.com/2018/01/52-charity-quilts-in-52-weeks.html

Needled Mom said...

That sounds like a great charity. Very sweet quilt too.

KaHolly said...

I knew you’d jump right on it! Great little quilts! I started one before I left for my two week visit away, but have another one here at my friend's already started. Such a worthy cause! You inspire me to keep working on it!

Cathy said...

I read about this somewhere last week and have it on my list to make a few doll quilts. Those dolls are an awesome idea, aren't they?

Sandy said...

What a great idea DREAMIs are. Making a complete project (or three!) in one day is so satisfying.

Val's Quilting Studio said...

Those doll quilts are adorable....I'm always disappointed when the worlds makes us a little bit more precautious. Darn it! (as I wrote Sean on his blog...a windsheild will be perfect!) Hey kinda my squirrel moment...did you cut your hair short???

JanineMarie said...

I just knew you would come up with some spectacularly colorful, fun quilts for kids!! Big Daddy looks very dapper modeling that one. Kits! I'm giggling. I've had line of the song "I like Dreamin" in my head all week. The rest of the song doesn't fit for quilting, but isn't DrEAMi-ing a blast?

Bernie Kringel said...

Louise, These are just wonderful. So happy, great colors and many fun prints to look at. Thank you for the generous gift of your time and talents!

Sandra Walker said...

Several doll quilts for Bernie, my own included, were February DrEAMis! Love it when the squirrels multiply and are so useful to boot! These are so cheery and extra special being made in honour of your niece. Thanks for linking up!