Friday, 20 April 2012

Bring on the Dancing Dollies

They have been waiting in the wings, they have practised hard and it is time now to introduce to you.... TRISH AND THE DOWNTON DANCERS The mystery blonde and leader of this little troupe is non other than Trish Harper, creator and inventor extraordinaire
All the dancers in formation.
Embroidery in the centre circle, matching the flowers in their hair.
Blocks in the borders.
Close up in formation.
It has been an absolute pleasure to stitch these little beauties and I am in awe of Trish Harper and her fabulous work. If you would like to make one of your own then just click on Broderie on my side bar and you can order the patterns from lovely Lizzie. I am in illustrious company by naming my Dollies after characters from Downton Abbey. Ralph Lauren has based his new collection on Downton Abbey and I was given a link and watched the fashion show. I can tell you that it was AMAZING. Lots of tailored suits and lots of black with glamorous gold details. Oh to be 6ft tall and slim. FABULOUS. Off to congratulate myself on a finish. Oh! that sounds so good - a finish. Yippee! I am so happy I am joining in with the Dancing Dollies.


  1. oh, thats a wonderful quilt for a little girl, this will also find my grnddaughter. your work is very gourios.
    have a good weekend
    mg elfriede

  2. What a beautiful quilt you've created! It's absolutely stunning and sweet at the same time. And you did it in no time at all. Oh and I like the name! Genius ;).

  3. It looks fantastic Shirley! Have you started quilting it yet!! Joan

  4. The first word that comes to mind is WOW! This is so beautiful Shirley. I love it.

  5. Your quilt is wonderful! Looks like so much fun to make!

  6. GORGEOUS!!!! I'm dancing with you Shirley - you have done am amazing job - congratulations on the finish!!! More Downton Abbey sounds great to me too!

  7. Gorgeous!You working very fast! But you have a great help from Frank(LOL)I love the embrodery in the centre circle!
    Have a nice weekend, Evelyne

  8. Fandabulastic Shirley!! They are really great and congratulations! *clapping madly from Dorset*

  9. Oh my God - that quilt it FABULOUS!! I love the soft colours around the ladies and each of the on point 4 patches. What plans do you have for the quilting?

    I was watching Escape to the Country again last night - disappointing - no Alistair and they were repeats! Maybe I should go and get Downton Abbey on DVD everyone says it's fab.

  10. oh shirley, so well done and i love the story line! you have done great justice to the pattern.

  11. It really is gorgeous Shirley and you must be so pleased! I just adore all the fabric colours you have used!

  12. Wow, looks fantastic!
    So sweet and pretty....I love it!

  13. Fabulous quilt Shirley and I think the stitcher should take another curtain call. All your dollies are fun with great fabric seledction and beautiful embroidery. Take care.

  14. You have done a fabulous job Shirley! I love how you have introduced each little darling to us and I love all your fabric choices. Ralph Lauren could learn a thing or two from your costume styling!

    I love all the costumes from Downton Abbey so it will be interesting to see how it all transforms into our everyday clothing.

  15. what a gorgeous quilt. Love all the little details.

  16. Oh Shirley what beautiful work. It has everything - great design, colour and handiwork. It even has it's own little story.
    This one really looks like a labour of love. Well done.

  17. Absolute lovely, Shirley!
    Greetings from Northern Germany,

  18. Shirley,

    Can you hear me clapping my hands in glee over here in France? Your work is enchanting and I adore the colours and motif you have used.

    Oh my, oh my. What a clever lady you are.

  19. Well none of the photos do this justice.
    You have such vision Shirley.
    My dancers would have maypoled all over,I saw this today and was bowled over.
    Well done on another finish.
    I still want my 'inheritance' though.
    You know the quilt I mean.
    You also look great.

  20. Absolutely gorgeous Shirley.

  21. Lovely Shirley.... It is the prettiest I have seen in along time....!!!! :0)
    Good luck with your quilting....
    Downtown abbey... What a Wonderful series... Still have number two to see.. Cant figure out how I could have missed that one on tv!!!

  22. Who doesn't love a dancing girl!

  23. omg this is just adorable, I LOVE this quilt, I bet it was really fun to make too
    I can see myself having fun dressing each of the dollies in cute adorable outfits thru the right fabric choices!!!! like paper dolls many years ago!.
    have to admit to not really liking paper dolls but thats what these remind me of!
    the embroidery is just so pretty and well I just love the quilt

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