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dollbed.jpg Country Lane Quilts

               ~ Quilts designed by Kathleen Tracy

Welcome to Country Lane Quilts

Scrap quilts from the past have a great appeal for many quilters and if you enjoy making small, scrappy quilts you've come to the right place.  Years ago I fell in love with antique doll quilts and now I design my own using traditional blocks and reproduction fabrics to make them look like they were created long ago.

What is it about these little quilts from the past that draws us to them? Typically, a simple doll quilt was a young girl's first effort at sewing. The little quilts that we quilters fall in love with are not accomplished specimens with expert stitches, but have a naive, childlike quality that tells us just how hard these young quilters must have worked on their projects.  Many were made from scraps because that was what was available.  As children practiced on these and became more proficient,  their skills improved and when they were older they went on to make larger, more complicated quilts.


The Civil War Sewing Circle

Quilts and sewing accessories inspired by the Civil War era


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Fairfield makes my favorite batting for small quilts. Made of unbleached cotton, this natural batting is extremely soft and easy to needle, making it ideal for hand quilting.  It has moderate shrinkage when washed and has a nice drape that reminds me of antique quilts.

Looking for inspiration in making your small quilts? Then you'll love my online quilting group:  SmallQuiltTalk. Make new quilting friends and have fun sharing your photos and experiences making small quilts. Try one of our quilt challenges or small quilt swaps every couple of months and watch your creativity soar!

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But doll quilts are not only for children. Quilters of all ages love the satisfaction of making a project they can complete quickly and hang on a wall, display on a table or give as a special gift. If you're just beginning or interested in learning how to quilt, start small, and perhaps sew a doll quilt the way children did in the past.  Have fun while you learn to piece basic blocks that quilters have been using in their quilts for hundreds of years.  Use  fabric scraps to give your quilts your own "personal"  look and add a simple charm that reminds us of doll quilts made centuries ago.

Take a journey into the past with me through my books and patterns and you'll find yourself falling in love with simple quilts and traditional designs that look like they were made long ago. (I make larger quilts too!) Easy enough for beginners, charming for quilters who are young at heart.