Thursday, January 17, 2013

seeing red

i've been seeing and playing with red these past few days...
 
in late november i ordered a hand-made angel from dorthe of den lille lade blog for a christmas gift to my sister-in-law, and when the parcel arrived, these adorable little dolls were wrapped us a gift for me!


they are little danish nisse dolls and folklore has it they live in the attics and lofts and are very mischievous and disruptive....unless you ply them with rice pudding!
(rice pudding is my favourite dessert and you can bet that next christmas i will be placing a bowl of it out for these adorable little creatures!)

the detail dorthe puts into her creations is amazing and these characters are no exception, from their hats right down to their real wooden shoes

thank you so very much dorthe - i simply love them


the beautiful red and grey of the nisse dolls has inspired me to get busy and make this little table top quilt....
 

the fabric line is "rouenneries" by kaari meng of french general fame
and was a favourite of mine the day it hit the floor


i love the softness of the palette and the combination of the red, pink, grey, beige and cream is pretty and different


 the elegant tracery of the flowers and vines...


i could use it all year round as the fabrics aren't christmassy in way, but i think it would make a lovely and different christmas table centre


i think i'm getting addicted to making little quilts - i have one more just awaiting borders and then another that's cut but not sewn
 
once all three are pieced i'll quilt them all at once 
 seems i can't quite break out of my assembly line assembling technique just yet!


13 comments:

Marj Talbot said...

Those little dolls are so cute - lucky you. Your little quilt is gorgeous as usual - love the reds and greys - who says a quilt has to be big? Thanks for sharing - the little dolls brought out smiles at the end of the day.

Bead and Needle said...

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh - I absolutely LOVE this quilt! You may have just sparked my quilting side again! Actually, I am finishing up two baby quilts, but I love table top quilts, and this is beautiful! Love the little Nisse dolls, too...isn't our Dorthe the best?! Happy Friday, Jillayne - XOXO Tanya

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Jillayne:
Dorthe's dolls are adorable, and I always love French General fabrics. Your table mat is wonderful!!!
Thanks for sharing.
xo
Donna

Louise Michie said...

Red topper? Love it. Very well made indeed. Great for Valentines Day and any time when cheerfulness is in style.

Karen said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment! I love your table top quilt. I have not made one but I think that you have just inspired me to add that to my summer sewing list. The little dolls are delightful and I enjoyed reading the story about them. I LOVE rice pudding, too!

KW said...

Absolutely love the reds.......beautiful combinations.....what a wonderfully happy quilt to work on......and the dolls......dorthe is an amazing artist.

Suztats said...

Dorthe's dolls are delightful! Here's hoping they don't get up to too much mischief. Lovely quilt, too, with those nice reds.

softearthart said...

So lovely, cheers Marie

Createology said...

Such precious little Nisse dolls made by Darling Dorthe. They may need some rice pudding each month. ;o)
Your table quilt is beautiful. The fabrics are softly muted and gorgeous. Your post reflects how happily you have been sewing. Creative Hearts are Happy Hearts Dear...

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Jillayne,

The little Nisse dolls Dorthe gave you, are such darlings - how precious with their little wooden clogs. I love everything that the very talented, sweet Dorthe makes.
Love your wonderful quilt too, the reds and greys are just perfect.
Have a happy weekend
hugs
Carolyn

Deb said...

I just love the little quilt, the colors appear so soft and seem to fit together so well, as if each motif is spilling onto the other to create something new.

Wendy said...

your table topper is lovely, the fabrics really are gorgeous

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

LOve Dorthe's danish dolls and their sweet little outfits and clogs sooo - precious!
I've got a few of those "rouenneries" fabrics too and little projects in mind to use them for - reproductions of old french fabrics - that's why we love them!
Shane ♥