Wednesday, March 31, 2010

I See London, I See France

Some of you may recall the giveaway I won a couple years ago from Lucy of Quilting with the Past II. My prize was this charming primitive doll named Little Faithy.

Well, Faithy arrived at my home rather immodestly dressed, without any undies! Fortunately I had just the solution ~ a pair of hand crocheted bloomers which fit her perfectly.

Does anyone know what these fancy pants were originally intended for? I doubt they were made as doll clothes since there is a crocheted loop at the waistline for hanging. The bloomers are far too small to be used as a hot pad, as so many crocheted oddities were in the 1940’s and 50’s. I thought perhaps they were meant to cover a small sachet pillow for one’s lingerie drawer .

At any rate, I’m happy to finally put them to some use. They’re far too pretty to keep hidden in a drawer. Ironically, the only way of revealing their lacy loveliness is to encourage people to peek under Faithy’s skirt. So much for modesty!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Too Much of a Good Thing?

Another year, another doll quilt! This is the beauty my friend, Barb, surprised me with on my birthday this year, a four patch variation made of reproduction prints in those chocolate browns that I love.

Barb and I have swapped several little quilts over the course of our friendship. To be honest, I always thought it was a pretty fair deal ~ you make a quilt, you get a quilt. Granted, Barb gets the short end of the stick from me. Because of my feeble fingers, her little quilts arrive in flimsy form. She still has to quilt and bind them herself, so in retrospect, the exchange isn’t fair at all.

For some reason, I never took into consideration how many other people Barb might be exchanging little quilts with, at least not until I read this post. It features a collection of "smalls" she's made for another of our friends. That’s just one friend. If you add it all up, Barb’s probably made over a hundred doll quilts for other people!

Enjoy these pictures of what I should probably call The Barbara Vedder Commemorative Doll Quilt Collection. A few of the quilts I've shown before, but they really should be enjoyed as a group.

Barb likes to add a surprise on the back of her quilts. Many feature a novelty fabric, sometimes at complete odds with the quilt itself. The fish fabric appears on the back of the Lewis and Clark Medallion, the sock monkeys grace the Puss in the Corner quilt made from reproduction fabrics, and the kitchen print completes the quirky look of the yellow and pink with four patches.

Thanks, Barb! I treasure them all.