She's got a ticket to ride...

My niece is going to be one super happy girl when she opens her birthday presents from me.  She lives far, far away, unfortunately, so I won't get to see that moment of joy, but here's hoping that my sister will take pictures, because I suspect there may be squealing involved...

Katie recently received a hand-me-down gift from my mother, the doll cradle my sister and I shared (okay, fought over) when we were growing up.  I figured it was only appropriate for me to make a doll to go with!  I dug out my drool-covered copy of Wee Wonderfuls: 24 Dolls to Sew and Love and found the perfect doll for Katie, a pattern named Patchwork Penny.  And bonus, it had a pattern for a matching little doll quilt!

I had a Cabbage Patch doll that I adored as a little girl, and one of the things I liked best was that she looked like me.  Not that I liked Barbie any less for her blonde hair and blue eyes, but I liked having a doll with dark hair and dark eyes like me.  So, I chose to make Penny look as much like Katie as I could.

As always, Hillary's pattern was super easy to follow, but it did lead to cursing, as usual.  I am just not a very confident hand stitcher, especially when it comes to ladder stitching.  Oh well.  I did my best.  I really enjoyed making the wig of yarn and stitching it onto the doll, though I dreaded that step of the process and put it off for a good day before trying it.

My husband thought this adorable little doll quilt was a placemat gone awry (he thought it was sized oddly for a placemat).  Seriously.  He redeemed himself slightly, though - he picked out the binding from my stash for this one, though, which I think is a nice touch.  This is indeed the little quilt that I spray basted last week, and FMQ'd with the loopy design, and I really like how it looks, all finished up.

I really love how this birthday gift came together, and I can't wait to hear from Katie and see what she thinks. Happy (almost) birthday, sweet girl!

I'm linking up with {Sew} Modern Mondays over at Canoe Ridge Creations, make sure to check it out!

{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations

I'm also linking up to Fabric Tuesday this week.  I can't wait to see what Heather and Megan have cooking this week.  Have you heard about their upcoming Block Party?  Make sure to check it out, there are some seriously awesome prizes involved!

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