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September 3, 2012

Do you remember this block I made for the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks issue a few months ago?

Well as I was working on the design, I kept wondering how I would make a whole row of them? Would I keep them all the same, or try sets of dolls? I wondered how they would look on pillowcases, or lined up along the bottom edge of a duvet cover or quilt, or  maybe simply adorning a tote bag?

As I contemplated my options, I decided to take the plunge and ordered a stack of prints from Dena Designs Taza collection for Free Spirit Fabrics, and got to work on a nice big table runner featuring 13 precocious Lil’ Matryoshki..

The thing with ordering fabric online, is that you often have no idea of exactly the scale of the prints. Sometimes it works out just beautifully..

Other times, not so much. Okay, what on earth happened with Mrs. Droopy Boobs?

Once I gave some dolls a boob makeover and  had my 13 dolls all lined up, I decided that I must be color blind and suddenly hated the combos I’d put together. They were ok on their own, but standing them next to each other made my eyeballs bleed.

*Ugh*  So I ditched all the ladies in green, and started over with blue..

And liked that much better! I loved adding the embroidered details.

It’s a big runner, measuring 19″ x 60″ and would be a sweet touch for a birthday brunch, and completely charming done up for Christmas!

You can find the pattern in the latest issue of Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks.

And if you’d like to win a copy of the magazine, leave me a comment below and I”ll draw a winner on Thursday Sept 6th.


And the winner has been chosen! Click over to find out!

You should also pop by Quiltmaker’s blog for another chance to win!

Good luck and Happy Sewing!

113 Comments leave one →
  1. Fran permalink
    September 3, 2012 11:39 pm

    I LOVE your table runner! The embroidered faces are really exquisite. And it’s great to see the whole process, I really like to see other people’s editing & progress as well as the finished project. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the magazine.

  2. September 4, 2012 12:14 am

    Your table runner is super, well worth your perseverance and really shows off how versatile the pattern can be. Feel a bit sorry for the green dollies tho’.

  3. September 4, 2012 12:15 am

    Just love all the little faces, such variety

  4. September 4, 2012 12:52 am

    Looks great – I’ve been wanting to make that block and keep not getting around too it. So many things on the To Do list.

  5. September 4, 2012 1:00 am

    How sweet. Love all the happy faces.

  6. Binks permalink
    September 4, 2012 1:27 am

    Sooo cute. I love the idea of a table runner. I definitely want to try it out.

  7. September 4, 2012 1:37 am

    I love this! The little ladies could almost be angels at Christmas! I can imagine them with wings! Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. September 4, 2012 1:42 am

    Ha, I love Dena Designs, I love Babuskka dolls, and I always hated the word boobs because of my mother, until now, since I’m 40…anyway, they look great in blue! Certainly in love with the dolls with hair over one eye with the wink effect.

  9. Tanya permalink
    September 4, 2012 2:54 am

    Love your girls, they look great! Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  10. Joyce Mitchell permalink
    September 4, 2012 3:32 am

    So cute! Thanks for the giveaway.

  11. Jenny permalink
    September 4, 2012 3:36 am

    I’d love to win a copy. the runner is really cute!!!

  12. September 4, 2012 3:45 am

    Awesome! I love your table runner so much. The dolls are wonderful. Thanks!

  13. Lisa Marie permalink
    September 4, 2012 3:56 am

    Love the runner and all your patterns! I just completed a quilt using your Peeping Owl pattern and I am so thrilled with it, I could just look at it all day. Thanks for the chance to win!

  14. Leanne permalink
    September 4, 2012 4:16 am

    I love the table runner. The droopy boobs are a hoot – good thing you caught that before sewing the whole thing together!

  15. September 4, 2012 4:23 am

    So cute. I loved making this block.

  16. patricia permalink
    September 4, 2012 4:31 am

    I love your table runner. If I do not win a copy i will go and purchase one.

  17. September 4, 2012 5:33 am

    Love the cheeky dolls, boobs and all! Thanks for the giveaway.

  18. September 4, 2012 5:47 am

    Your pattern is great for fussy cutting. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  19. Pat Hersl permalink
    September 4, 2012 5:50 am

    “Boob makeover” – nearly spilled my coffee! Love the dolls-you did good.

  20. September 4, 2012 5:53 am

    If only boob makeovers could be that easy! Great job – and oh my you are so good at tiny embroidery!

  21. September 4, 2012 5:54 am

    I love that you shared your process with us. It turned out lovely!

  22. Candy permalink
    September 4, 2012 6:09 am

    How cute that runner is! Did you do the embroidery by hand? Love it!

  23. Pattij permalink
    September 4, 2012 6:10 am

    Your table runner is wonderful! Would love to try it!

  24. September 4, 2012 6:41 am

    Too funny!
    Love the pattern and would love to win the magazine.
    Thanks for the chance!

  25. Tammy Hempel permalink
    September 4, 2012 6:43 am

    I love your block!! And the embroidery on the face is outstanding!!

  26. September 4, 2012 6:46 am

    Good to see a Canadian in there. I love love to win so thanks for the chance. The faces are so cute. I will be making one of these blocks.

  27. September 4, 2012 6:56 am

    Love the originally that you showed. These dolls are so cute and would make a great panel for a purse.

  28. September 4, 2012 7:01 am

    I think those are just adorable, you really did them justice. You couldn’t have picked a better fabric color. Thanks for sharing. I loved it!!

  29. VickiT permalink
    September 4, 2012 7:22 am

    I relaly love the look of this runner with those dolls all lined up that way. It’s funny too that I never have liked the Matryoshki’s until recently when I bought some fabric with them on it. For some reason seeing them in my hand that way made me change my mind. I don’t know why that was what did it, but now I just love them so I really loved your runner when I saw this was included in this next issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks.

  30. September 4, 2012 7:25 am

    Love your runner, and would love to win the copy!

  31. Anna permalink
    September 4, 2012 7:29 am

    This is one of my favorite design of yours. I like the way you arranged them by height it has a great flow to it. Bravo!

  32. September 4, 2012 7:44 am

    That is aveyr cute table runner!

  33. September 4, 2012 7:46 am

    It’s fun to see all the little ladies lined up in a row! Your embroidery details are just exquisite, Sonja!

  34. candace permalink
    September 4, 2012 8:11 am

    This lil ladies are just too cute!

  35. Dawn Hollingsworth permalink
    September 4, 2012 8:27 am

    This block is just so darn cute!! And I LOLed at your “tutorial” of your finished product! Hope you have since put the “ladies in green” to good use 🙂 Thanks for the laugh and the giveaway! Good luck, Everyone! 🙂

  36. September 4, 2012 8:28 am

    Love your table runner! Thanks for sharing your process–I always enjoy learning how designs evolve. Thanks for sharing!

  37. Linda (Petey) permalink
    September 4, 2012 8:50 am

    All your little Russian dolls just make me smile! It made such a change to change the green to blue…I redo alot because I cannot see it until it’s made :(. Thank you for showing even you pros sometimes redo.

  38. Lauren aka Giddy99 permalink
    September 4, 2012 8:59 am

    Love the Lil’ Matryoshka block! I want to try this one, for sure.

  39. Jane permalink
    September 4, 2012 9:11 am

    So wonerfully creative! Thanks for the opportunity to win the magazine and for sharing your work.

  40. September 4, 2012 9:22 am

    Love your table runner!

  41. September 4, 2012 9:32 am

    Too adorable for words!!!! Love it.

  42. September 4, 2012 9:53 am

    What a sweet little runner!

  43. Gill permalink
    September 4, 2012 10:08 am

    I love your matroyshka dolls!

  44. Jill permalink
    September 4, 2012 10:19 am

    Love the matroyshka dolls, especially the embroidery details.

  45. September 4, 2012 10:24 am

    I love this pattern, AND your sense of humor about Ms. Droopy Boobs’ unfortunate pattern placement predicament! I especially like how you varied the hairstyles on each doll. Adorable!

  46. September 4, 2012 10:36 am

    This is sew cute. Thank you sew much for the chance to win a copy of the magazine … 🙂 Pat

  47. September 4, 2012 10:48 am

    I would love to win a copy of this magazine. Your runner is adorable and would give me a chance to work on my PP skills!!

  48. lindawwww permalink
    September 4, 2012 10:57 am

    Your doll pattern is so cute. You captured the dolls’ personalities.

  49. Joana permalink
    September 4, 2012 10:58 am

    I am in love with your work, and the Matryoshkas are amazing! Continue the excelent work!

  50. cnuland permalink
    September 4, 2012 11:10 am

    Great job – I wouldn’t have the patience to piece all those together.

  51. Dell permalink
    September 4, 2012 11:13 am

    I love this. It is so sweet.

  52. Brenda Hulsey permalink
    September 4, 2012 11:55 am

    I agree! You really have to watch how the pattern in the fabric plays out some times! LOL! I love these dolls and I’m with you the blue does look better tah the green ones. Wonderful job!

  53. lee permalink
    September 4, 2012 11:56 am

    Congratulations! Your design is my absolute favorite! thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

  54. Jody permalink
    September 4, 2012 12:42 pm

    Cute runner–and I love your “bogging style” Mrs. Droopy Boobs, indeed!!!

  55. Carolyn H. permalink
    September 4, 2012 12:52 pm

    I love your table-runner. The blues and yellows are wonderful together. I enjoy paper piecing combined with the embroidery work. I would love to win this giveaway, thanks for the opportunity

  56. Sandy D permalink
    September 4, 2012 1:18 pm

    Love the runner and the extra detail was a good decision.

  57. Geri permalink
    September 4, 2012 1:24 pm

    My grandson brought me a set of the dolls from Russia when he was there with his high school Russian class. I would like to return the favor with this set, so cute.

  58. scrapperdeb permalink
    September 4, 2012 1:29 pm

    Very cute! i’d love to be entered to win.

  59. Madeline permalink
    September 4, 2012 1:53 pm

    You’re right, that green just didn’t make it for some reason. Too much contrast with the blueish centers. But 60 feet long! Wow, who has a table that size! or did you just get carried away? I would have divided it up for my 2 daughters!

  60. Debbi permalink
    September 4, 2012 1:54 pm

    Very cute tablerunner! I like the blue much better too. I think I’ll use your idea to make a tote bag using these dolls for my Russian friend.

  61. September 4, 2012 2:05 pm

    Haha, not 60 feet, 60 inches! Oh lord, those dolls would be huge! LOL!

  62. Jenelle Boxberger permalink
    September 4, 2012 2:20 pm

    Cute table runner. I would like to have a chance to be in your drawing. Thanks. Congrats on being in the magazine and thanks for sharing your talent.

  63. Peggy Grow permalink
    September 4, 2012 3:04 pm

    Your block was my absolute favorite out of all the blocks in that issue! I just love it – and I love the line of them as a table runner that much more! Thanks!

  64. Robyn Brown permalink
    September 4, 2012 3:08 pm

    I love Russian nesting dolls. That is a very cute pattern.

  65. CathyC in Alberta permalink
    September 4, 2012 3:17 pm

    Absolutely love your tablerunner and really enjoy the first “droppy boobs”. Probably cause I’m getting on in years and can relate!! Have been collecting all volumes and will be adding this one to the library..even if I have to purchase it.
    (Vancouver is my hometown..moving back into BC in October..can’t wait)

  66. MarciaW permalink
    September 4, 2012 3:28 pm

    The dolls make a cute table runner. They caught my eye when first published in 100 Blocks. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the Quilts from Quiltmakers 100 Blocks magazine.

  67. Kaye M. permalink
    September 4, 2012 3:29 pm

    The little dolls are so cute, the embroidery gives them so much personality! I like the blue fabric better than the green too!

  68. Kathy h permalink
    September 4, 2012 4:26 pm

    I loved your doll block and they are really cute in the table runner. I like all those blues.

  69. Sheryl Jones permalink
    September 4, 2012 5:24 pm

    This block and tablerunner are wonderful. Great choice of colors. Thanks for the chance to win.

  70. Ella permalink
    September 4, 2012 5:56 pm

    I love the dolls!

  71. Cecilia permalink
    September 4, 2012 6:30 pm

    Very pretty! I like the way your ladies look standing all in a row. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the magazine.

  72. Diantha Howard permalink
    September 4, 2012 6:47 pm

    I like the table runner with the little dolls. I agree that the blue ones are a big improvement over the green. The embroidered faces are really cute too!

  73. becky derry permalink
    September 4, 2012 7:34 pm

    Your dolls blocks are to cute. Would love a chance to win a copy of the magazine.Thank-you so much.Becky

  74. September 4, 2012 7:35 pm

    Oh my gosh!!! This came out fabulously! I love it!

  75. gil duncan permalink
    September 4, 2012 7:37 pm

    Doll blocks are adorable.Would love an opportunity to win the magazine. Thank-you very much.

  76. annieofbluegables permalink
    September 4, 2012 7:50 pm

    I love the darling dolls runner. Awesome!!! I’d love to be a part of the drawing. ❤

  77. Anda permalink
    September 4, 2012 8:00 pm

    My husband is Ukranian and would just love to see this tablerunner on our coffee table! awolk at rogers dot com

  78. SoPark permalink
    September 4, 2012 8:16 pm

    Cute tablerunner!

  79. June permalink
    September 4, 2012 8:35 pm

    So great to see your thoughts as you worked on this project. Loved that you could laugh at mistakes, try again and come up with something better. Very “uplifting!” would love the magazine to make my own.

  80. Bryan permalink
    September 4, 2012 9:29 pm

    I’m so excited to have discover you and your website. I love your projects and am so excited about doing the 13 Lil’ Matryoshki project.

  81. Judy permalink
    September 4, 2012 9:40 pm

    You gave me a good laugh adding your thoughts while you were making your table runner. I just love your Matryoshki dolls. I know what you mean about ordering fabric on line but what I usually have trouble with is color. So far I have been forutnate and not bought something that didn’t work with what I bought it for.

  82. Sharon Lichter permalink
    September 4, 2012 9:44 pm

    What a cute table runner. I remember seeing these dolls in Russia.

  83. Terry Knott permalink
    September 4, 2012 10:47 pm

    What a funny comment about the “boob” makeover! I didn’t notice until you said something! This was my favorite pattern as I think they would make an awesome border on a little girl’s quilt!!!

  84. Pamela permalink
    September 5, 2012 3:01 am

    Thanks for sharing your talent in this table runner. I’ve been making many table runners lately for showers. This would be a unique for someone sharing dinner with their family.

  85. September 5, 2012 4:21 am

    Your dolls are so dang cute, love the long runner!

  86. Sylvia permalink
    September 5, 2012 4:32 am

    These are quite the ladies! They’re just so adorable. I think this one is my favorite.

  87. Maureen permalink
    September 5, 2012 5:53 am

    I love the runner! And I love paper piecing & these “ladies” would be something different for me but I’m always game to try something new/different! Thanks for the chance at the give-away!

  88. September 5, 2012 7:45 am

    I love the Russian Dolls, my husband lived in russia for a few years and this would be great to make a hang in his room of russian thing.

  89. Valerie Jenkins permalink
    September 5, 2012 9:29 am

    Sonja, your ladies definitely inspire me to do some paper piecing. They’re so cute. I would hang that near my sewing table, and then I’d have company to chat with while I play in the sewing room. Wonderful design.

  90. Ivy permalink
    September 5, 2012 9:53 am

    That is too cute! I love it!

  91. September 5, 2012 10:39 am

    Wow this is amazing! Great job and I love the blue and yellow much better!

  92. Carla G permalink
    September 5, 2012 2:29 pm

    Very cute dolls! 🙂 Thanks for a chance to win! 🙂

  93. jmniffer permalink
    September 5, 2012 3:14 pm

    Thanks for sharing the process as you made your table runner. It turned out super!

  94. September 5, 2012 4:25 pm

    Hi! I love those little dolls, reminds me of my Grandmother and Ukrainian babuska dolls!
    Thanks for the great patterns and the Giveaway!
    Take care, Leslie

  95. Lori Mahar permalink
    September 5, 2012 4:56 pm

    Your runner is so cute! Love the “boob” story!

  96. September 5, 2012 4:58 pm

    Oh my goodness, I love this runner! And I LOVE matryoshka dolls. I’m going to have to pick up this magazine ASAP!

  97. Sheila permalink
    September 5, 2012 6:33 pm

    Very cute!!!! I love these little dolls!

  98. Gloria Bruce permalink
    September 5, 2012 9:04 pm

    Your expansion of your block is very creative and adorable. Thanks for sharing your process.

  99. Jittina permalink
    September 5, 2012 10:01 pm

    Hope I’m not too late to enter. Your tablerunner is just adorable. I’m imagining a quilt for a little girl in pinks and reds.

  100. Carol Barringer permalink
    September 6, 2012 12:23 am

    I love little Russian dolls, and I love that this version is not appliqued. How funny about the “droopy boobs”! When fabric gets cut up, the design can look so different. CarolB

  101. Judy Forkner permalink
    September 6, 2012 1:17 am

    I love your dolls–my favorites!

  102. Elizabeth permalink
    September 6, 2012 6:43 am

    I love what you did with all the dolls. Thanks for sharing.

  103. Shari Rich permalink
    September 6, 2012 11:13 am

    So cute. I have a long table, would look great on it.

  104. Diana permalink
    September 6, 2012 11:21 am

    I just adore your little ladies. My sister in law is of Ukrainian heritage and she would just love this table runner. I’d love to win it so I could make it for her.

  105. Tamara Liddell permalink
    September 6, 2012 11:50 am

    Now that is adorable, love the commentary .

  106. Melva Nolan permalink
    September 6, 2012 11:53 am

    Adorable dolls. And I love the “droopy boobs” comment. lol!

  107. andrea griffin permalink
    September 6, 2012 12:32 pm

    I grew up with these dolls; now my daughter and granddaughter have them too. I love your pattern and think I’ll try it for my granddaughter. thanks so much

  108. Michelle Moore permalink
    September 6, 2012 12:56 pm

    I love these sweet girls! And the commentary makes them too funny!

  109. September 6, 2012 12:58 pm

    **** Comments closed!! Choosing a winner, stay tuned! ****

  110. Barb Keith permalink
    September 6, 2012 2:06 pm

    Love this pattern and all your creations

  111. September 6, 2012 2:33 pm

    this i think would be fun to do this with my grandaughter!

  112. September 6, 2012 4:22 pm

    I totally laughed out loud when I got to the droupy boob part of the tale.
    This is a wonderful table runner. Hmmmm a perfect gift for my mom! I’ll head over to the site for magazine details.
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie


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