Wednesday, June 16, 2021

International Doll Quilt Swap

 Last year I participated in an International Doll Quilt Swap organized by an Instagram "friend", @needlethimbleandthread.

I enjoyed the swap so I jumped in again when the 2021 swap was announced. Only those from the preceding get first chance to sign up for this  year. If spaces remain, a couple more are added--that is how I got in last year. 

This is the fifth and final doll quilt swap with Needle Thimble and Thread. This swap is kept small and run very well. There are 26 swappers. All must have an active Instagram feed. Their Instagram feed must include photos of their hand quilting. The project is kept small--14" minimum, 20" maximum. All projects must be made from 1800's-type reproduction fabrics. And the doll quilt must be hand-quilted.

In addition, there are mandatory deadlines:

A progress photo of the top must be posted by June 18.

A progress photo of the quilting must be posted by July 6.

If you don't meet those deadlines, you are removed from the swap.

The mailing date is no later than August 16 and you must be willing to mail internationally.

Last week I made my top and basted it:

Basted Top, 16" x 20"

This week I started the hand quilting:

Lucky spacing on pre-cut triangles

Close to half way done the quilting

The binding and sleeve and label are prepared, ready to go.

Organizing these kinds of projects takes a lot of effort. The rules are established based on "areas of concern" from prior years. You might think everyone will play by the rules but you would be surprised.  I am willing to do this swap because I know "bad" surprises are highly unlikely with this group.

Follow #ntatdqs2021 on Instagram to see all the amazing doll quilts as they are being made. After August 16, the finished quilts will be revealed by the recipients as they make their way around the world.

Let's quilt.



  1. Lovely, Barbara! Thank you for making us aware of this so we can follow along!

  2. It is a great little quilt, Barbara!
    I am not on Instagram, so your progress shared here is all I will see, but it sounds like a very well run swap. Your hand quilting is beautiful, and what serendipity that the Pam Buda "Remember Me"fabric lined up so well!

  3. Love your little doll quilt, Barbara! I’m too in the swap and I have an IG account, I was late on reading the swap announcement, but Christine added me as well!!! I’m still working on my top, hoping to finish it in the weekend!
    Greetings from Sicily! Rina.