In the last couple of years, I've become obsessed with Waldorf inspired dolls. Obsessed. I love that they are homemade. I love that they are all natural. I love that each one is a little piece of art. Kind of like quilts, don't you think?
I don't love that they are pricey (like quilts). So at first I tried to make one. Or I did make one. She's lovely, and my daughter actually plays with her. But I discovered that I really don't like making dolls. Actually, I discovered that I really don't like hand-sewing.
|Waldorf Inspired Doll - Little Amigo Pattern from Growing Up Sew Liberated|
So, recently, to get around both having to make a doll, and having to pay for one, I did a private swap with a mama. I made her some pillows. She sent me a gorgeous Bamboletta Little Buddy.
My swap partner was the best 'customer.' She asked for bright and modern. She told me she wasn't afraid of colour. That was it. I was free to make whatever I wanted. Here's what I came up with.
The first was a simple string pillow. I used Ashley's tutorial.
The second was a simple bright and low volume hst pillow. It feels so good to actually use some of my hoarded Denyse Schmidt fabric.
Finally, I used a pattern from Amanda Jean Norberg for my last pillow. The pattern in Math Facts and it is in the Winter 2012 issue of quilty magazine.
|Math Facts by Amanda Jean Norberg|
Isn't the barter system wonderful?
Well, what a satisfying swap that must have been! I love all of the colourful pillows you made and the sweet doll you received in return. I can't imagine how those sweet faces are sculpted...even though I love hand sewing, I don't think I'd take the time to make one (well, maybe one day if I ever have a grandchild I might). The doll you made is equally charming!
Bartering is so smart! You both got what you wanted and are happy. You made some pretty nice pillows - nice work!
bartering is wonderful - everybody wins! Lovely doll and gorgeous pillows!
Sheesh. Now I really really want one of those dolls. I hadn't heard of them before. Uh oh. cool cushions!
What a wonderful idea! Those pillows are fantastic - just love your fabric selection!
I love those cushions...so bright and colourful!!
Love those pillows!
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