Monday, July 21, 2008

old and new

The patterns are at the printer, and we're in Wisconsin for a family get-together and a little relaxation. Whew!

Tsia loves hanging out at her grandparents' house. They have a loft in their bedroom where all the toys are kept, so it's a bit like climbing up into a treehouse when she and her cousins go up to play. I've been rediscovering some old toys and dolls while we've been playing with the "new" toys, and it's interesting to see them from an adult's perspective: I can find lots of design inspiration in them (and a little nostalgia, too).



For example, this doll quilt. No one seems to know where it came from. It's a bit on the large side: approximately 2 1/2 feet by 3 or 3 1/2 feet. And it's in terrific condition. I've always associated it with my Mom's doll, with which we never played because it was one of the only toys my Grandma kept for my Mom and was special as a result. I'll show you her doll clothes sometime soon.



Anyway, these are mostly feedsack fabrics, right? I love the colors and patterns. Some of them are so contemporary-seeming, and others have a retro feel. I wonder if one of my Mom's aunts made this for her? Grandma grew up on a farm, one of twelve children. They probably went through a lot of feedsacks, and I'm sure no scrap was wasted. A doll quilt might have been the perfect use for smaller pieces, but I'm speculating.

14 comments:

  1. I love the handtied doll quilt

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  2. isn't it so funny to watch a youger hcild play with dolls and toys you used to play constantly with as a child? :) enjoy the vacation, I hope it's nice and relaxing!

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  3. Gorgeous fabrics on that quilt! If you do get around posting your old doll clothes, there's a really cool flickr group for vintage doll clothes that you should add them to!

    http://www.flickr.com/groups/vintagedollclothes/

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  4. It's so beautiful! How in the world could you immitate something that adorable now. And I like the larger size. It's more of a child's snuggly lap quilt. Gorgeous!

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  5. What a wonderful heirloom. I love the fabrics. I think you met my mom today at Gayfeather Fabrics - she passed your card along which led me here. I'm glad she did - your work is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your talents.

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  6. good luck with the printed.

    i love the quilt. some of the prints remind me a current liberty prints.

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  7. what a wonderful find! I am looking at all the different scraps, it's a bit hypnotizing! :)

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  8. Feedsack quilts are wonderful. I particularly like ones like this one, where there's no particular pattern so the fabric really shines through.

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  9. they may also be flour sacks. my mom has a quilt from my great grandmother made from flour sacks. many of the prints are just non specific pattern. but there are also some with fighter planes. i wish you could still buy supply this way!

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  10. What a lovely time you are enjoying... I especially like this find! My great-grandmother used to make her quilts from old clothes and/or scraps that were from dresses for MY mother. I was given a quilt (when I was a child) and I remember my mom always finding the square that contained her dress fabric.

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  11. That little quilt is fabulous.

    One of my aunts made my brother and I little blue quilts... ships sailing on blue background (light blue for me - dark blue for him) The ships were quilted from sack cloth. Mine is threadbare and I really want to repair it but I'm having a hard time finding sackcloth to replace the squares. Wah.

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  12. Very pretty quilt. I love the different patterned fabrics. It's a very nice treasure to keep in the family.

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  13. I just discovered your blog and love it, especially the scalloped hem skirt! I'm going to have to make one very soon. I too love old quilts (and new). This was a beautiful piece.

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  14. Such a beautiful quilt. I love the traditional style, so homely and rustic. Just found your blog...lovely.

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