QUILT INFO

This is the first block from the pattern "The Milkmaid's Album" which was designed by Betty Alderman. Out of print pattern.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

1880 Doll Quilt Swap

I particpated in an 1880 Doll Quilt Swap organized by Deborah Cade in the Prim Folk Arts Facebook group.  My swap partner was Dianne Ducello of Helena Montanna.  The guidelines for the swap were that no side to be more than 18 inches and to be made in the style of one from 1880.  That meant handwork as Deborah reminded us that the sewing machine had not yet been invented.  Our hand piecing skills came into play.  Below is the quilt I made for Dianne.  It is hand applique, hand piecing, and hand quilted.  The small blocks are four inches square and the block designs by Jill Cox Kemp.  Click to enlarge and see the blocks better.


We also were to create a sort of background story as to why we were making a doll quilt for an 8 year old girl.  My story was that I was the aunt of an 8 year old girl whose mother has passed away.  She had been in my care quite a bit but now her father had a job offer in Denver, Colorado and was taking his beloved daughter with him.  I was a seamstress in Boston, Massachusetts and could not leave my sick father to travel with them.  I planned to later on move to Denver also because my brother-in-law said there would be many wealthy women there who would be in need of a talented seamstress.  The blocks all had special meaning and are explained in the letter to my "niece".



Dianne sent me a basket quilt with some special fabric in it gifted from her mother.  She also sent me a cloth doll with the sweetest face and dark brown braids.  She is wearing lace trimmed bloomers and holds a heart made from a section of an antique quilt.




Dianne's story was that the quilt was being made by an 8 year old girl with the help of her mother and making it for her cousin's birthday.  The cousin had moved out west and the girl making it hoped that they would be moving there also.


A successful swap!

Karen

17 comments:

  1. What a fun swap and love the stories with the quilts. Love the design you used, always loved the old quilts with simple appliqués.

    Debbie

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  2. What a wonderful idea for a swap. I love the stories you have each created, and, of course, the little quilts. Each one is wonderful. All of the applique you did made an extra special quilt. And the doll you received along with the quilt was a lovely addition.
    (But I do suggest someone check the facts as to when the sewing machine was invented.) :)

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  3. Oh wow!!! What fun!! Both quilts are wonderful, as are the stories to go along with them. The little applique quilt is amazing!

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  4. I love the whole idea of the swap you were in! I love the quilt you made and the one you received. Hugs,

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  5. What a wonderful swap! Both quilts are fantastic and their accompanimenting stories are delightful. I love all your applique of course!

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  6. I love the stories and love the quilts. Your quilt is so beautiful. I want one....lol Hugs

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  7. Wow! What an extremely lucky swapper you had!! I love every block...but the heart in hand is my very favorite. Such a beautiful piece, Karen! Your story, thinking and effort really made this extra special. I love the quilt you got in return, also!

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  8. Quilts AND stories, and by hand too - what a delightful swap! Love the quilts and that darling doll!

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  9. oh wow!! I love the little quilt you made for the swap and the cute story--what a fun project that must of been---
    and I love the little quilt and that great doll you got back--very talented ladies--
    enjoy, di

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  10. This was a very thought provoking and special swap, Karen. I love the doll quilt you made and the story was great!

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  11. What a fun idea! I love the quilt you made and received. Although the sewing machine was around well before 1880! I suppose not many could afford a luxury like that though,

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  12. Such creativity on both of the quilts and stories. I am sure you both had fun with this swap.

    Charlotte

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  13. Wonderful!!! I would have contributed...but didn't see the request...hopefully I can join in the next time there is a swap!!!

    Love the letters!!!

    Hug's, Carolyn

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  14. So much creativity, beauty and history here!! :)

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  15. what a fun swap! The little quilt is simply charming

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